Nicole + Craig | 30A Wedding

You know that old saying that states “good things come in small packages”?  Well, we firmly believe that great-amazing-sweet-super-lovely things come in small packages.  Like intimate weddings where the focus is truly on the couple committing their love to one another.  We love being a part of these smaller, yet super-close-to-the-heart-incredible displays of commitment, and Nicole and Craig’s 30A wedding takes the cake for radiating love all over the place!  🙂

When Nicole first contacted us, she stole our hearts right away with her answers on what we consider to be a pretty simple contact form on our website.  From learning of her father’s passing just 3 years prior of a brain tumor, and her subsequent passion to support research and raise awareness for the cause, to her number one passion being her family and friends — we were instantly smitten.  Oh, and points were definitely won with her very accurate description of what attracted her to us in the first place:

“I am in love with the way you so artistically and beautifully capture the most intimate moments between couples. I love that you all seem so genuine, down-to-earth and spirited. Without even having met you guys, I like you already. :)”

The feeling was definitely mutual when we finally met Nicole and Craig for the first time.  We liked them a lot.  Which is why we were so darn heartbroken when we all learned of the impending Hurricane Isaac, who thought he’d put a big ol’ damper on the festivities.  Luckily, Nicole and Craig were so easygoing that we were able to split their coverage into two days, and capture their sweet beach wedding ceremony — sans hurricane.

Nicole and Craig’s intimate weekday wedding took place in a very private ceremony on Seacrest Beach, which is located between Rosemary and Alys Beaches on 30A.  Opting for our ‘petite collection’ was a perfect option for them, as it captures the sweetest moments of a smaller event — like vow renewals and initiate wedding ceremonies — while still affording the couple the opportunity to walk away with professional, artistic (and, ahem, beautiful) wedding photos.

Many thanks to our friend, Jamie Gummere of Blush Beauty Lounge, for the gorgeous job on Nicole’s makeup!

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DoubleTake Event | Pensacola Wedding Videographer

Ever wanted to crash a wedding without looking like a big jerk?  Well, Alan had the opportunity to do just that this past fall, and we’re proud to say that he definitely didn’t walk away bearing jerk-status of any kind.  He did, however, walk away capturing this incredible wedding video — although, this wasn’t just any wedding — it was ultimate non-wedding event of the year!

The DoubleTake Event, created by the super-talented Pensacola wedding planner, Sara Gillianne, is a mock wedding that brides are invited to crash!  Complete with a “fake” ceremony, reception and everything in-between, brides were able to experience every aspect of an amazing wedding — as a guest.

This was such a fun experience and we were so honored to have been the wedding videographer for it!

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Adagio | 30A Commercial Video Production

We’ve been showing off a lot of Alan’s talents in the world of wedding videos, but did you know that he also has some pretty insane skills in the world of commercial video production, too?  Well, he does.  In fact, before we get into today’s feature, click right here for a little proof of his rock star abilities in the world of commercial films.  See?  Told you.

Alan’s gone and outdid himself again with this video tour of an amazing beachfront rental property located on 30A, in Blue Mountain Beach.  Managed by our friends (no pun intended, really) with Your Friend at the Beach, the Adagio is just as incredible in person as it’s portrayed in this video.  (Side note: After drooling over this property and realizing how much you probably need a vacation, be sure to hop on over to their website and book your trip soon!  Their calendar is filling up fast!) 


Featured Friday: Destin Magazine | Destin Wedding Photographers

Destin Magazine recently published their ‘Beaches & Brides’ issue, and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it — because not only did our gorgeous couple, Lauren & Brett, grace their cover — but NINE (nine!!) of our other weddings were included as interior wedding features!  To say what an honor and blessing it is to have your work so highly regarded that it be included in such abundance is an understatement.  We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention and give HUGE thanks to our amazingly talented group of wedding professionals who made these events happen.  The hard work of planning, designing and executing a  wedding really can’t be translated in the manner it deserves, but the photos speak for themselves in displaying how beautiful each event was — and in the happiness radiating from each of our couples.  (Links provided at the bottom of everyone involved.)

Thank you, Destin Magazine, for these features — and to each and every person who had a hand in these amazing weddings. And last but certainly not least, thank you to our sweet couples for trusting us to photograph your wedding day!

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See more of Brenda + Harry here.

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See more of Sarah & Nick here and on the Southern Weddings blog!

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See more of Lauren & Trey here and on Every Last Detail’s blog!

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See more of Katie & Brad here.

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Baby IVey! | Destin Newborn Photography

We absolutely ADORE each and every newborn that comes through our studio doors — but when there’s one with a story like this one, it touches our hearts more than we can even explain.  Having three little ones of our own, we can’t fathom not having been physically together for their births.  Elaine and Trey are a military family (of THREE now!), and endured a deployment during most of the pregnancy, as well as the birth of their son.  We love everything about this newborn session, and feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to capture baby Ivey as a newborn!

This is such a beautiful story from Elaine, our proud new mama — and so proud of our Lindsey for being SUCH a rock star with these precious babies!

“Like most military families at one time they will have to endure a time of hardship when their loved one deploys. Our little family was no different. When I was 4 months pregnant with our first child my husband, Trey, deployed with his Special Forces team to Afghanistan. With my due date falling in the middle to end of his deployment he was unable to come home for the birth. Although he was unable to be physically present at the birth, he was able to watch the entire experience over Skpe. We were both so pleased after waiting 9 months to find out if we were having a boy or girl, to welcome our sweet baby boy, Edward Thomas Russell IV (nicknamed IVey), into the world!

About five or six days after the birth, IVey had his first photo session with Pure 7 studios. Everything about this session was amazing!! Lindsey was so wonderful with the baby and was able to capture beautiful shots of him. As a new mother getting to relax almost does not exist, but they had a cozy area that I was able to put my feet up, watch TV, and they even provided amazing goodies that I got to snack on. We are already looking forward to the next set of beautiful photos that will be taken in our next session!”

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Noel + Jim | Destin Wedding Videography

Noel and Jim didn’t let a little rain get in the way of their happy wedding day.  In fact, they smiled more than any two people should probably be allowed to smile in one day.  😉  They were so sweet, and so in love — and SO patient given the dire weather circumstances.  And it paid off: That rain held up just long enough for them to exchange their sweet vows — and then party on into the night as Mr. & Mrs.!

We loved being a part of their TOPS’L wedding celebration and are so excited to share their highlights reel put together by our talented Alan!

Venue: TOPS’l Beach & Racquet Club | Photography: Mad Love Photography | Coordination: Ceremony Design Company

Katie + Michael | Seaside 30A Weddings

We are *thisclose* to getting all of our happy 2012 weddings up on the blog!  Hey, better late than never, right?  And with the sun shining like crazy today — bright, blue skies and all — we thought Katie and Michael’s sunny and full-of-blue-skies Seaside wedding (say that five times fast) would be perfect for today’s feature!

There’s kind of a common theme among our wedding couples, and it’s that they all seem to have these charming, adorable, lovely, happy little personalities.  We’re pretty sure every wedding couple that’s sent our way is a match made in heaven.  Katie and Michael are no exception, as they were just adorable and awesome and all of the other “aboves”.

Their intimate ceremony took place overlooking the beach in Seaside, with a dinner reception immediately following at the nearby — and incredibly phenomenal — Cafe 30A restaurant.  If you’ve never experienced Cafe 30A, go now.  You won’t be disappointed.  They offer a private room upstairs that’s just perfect for more intimate wedding receptions.

Heather, of Defining Moments Weddings & Events, did an incredible job, as always, coordinating Katie and Michael’s wedding day, and putting them into the hands of some of very talented wedding friends.  Florals by the Sea never fails to disappoint in the area of design, decor and flowers, and Sweet for Sirten‘s cake was a perfect compliment to the amazing food.  Fantastic job by all and here’s to many years of happiness and sunshine, Katie and Michael!


Connie + Ray | Destin Wedding Video Services

If there’s nothing else you to on this pretty Friday, please make sure you watch this wedding video in its entirety.  Connie and Ray’s full-length cinematic wedding film will put a serious perma-grin on your face that will more than likely linger to the point where complete strangers will wonder what’s making you so stinking happy today.  The happiness that radiates from the couple, and the entire group of giddy, laughing guests is pretty much contagious!

Providing Destin Wedding video Services at a beach wedding ceremony  — especially when the wind is moving at mach speeds — can certainly prove challenging; which is why working with a professional wedding videographer who can capture that intensely sentimental ceremony, word-for-word, is so important.   As a couple, being able to look back on this for years to come is truly priceless.

A HUGE thank you to all the great professionals who made Connie and Ray’s wedding day so special and for including us on all the fun!

Event Designer + Planner: Jessica Miller, Serene Occasions | Caterer: Pascalli Foods | Photographer: Michelle Castle Photography | Reception Venue: The Beach House by ResortQuest | Hair + Makeup: Jessica Austin, Make Me Blush | Entertainment: Horizon Entertainment

Megan + Justin Wedding | Santa Rosa Beach Wedding Photographers

Ok.  This wedding.  Those flowers.  The colors.  THAT DRESS.  A little rain didn’t stop Megan and Justin’s beautiful Bentley’s on the Bay wedding from being a complete success — and drop-dead, gorgeously amazing at that!  And, we were pretty stoked that Lauren, of Every Last Detail, thought so too, as it was recently featured on her popular wedding blog.  The coolest part of it all is that Ryan and Lindsey chose to shoot a combination of both digital and film, so it’s always fun to showcase a wedding from both perspectives.  Both equally as amazing and beautiful, but just a slightly different look and feel.

There were so many incredible details we loved about this wedding, but some of the most touching were the “love notes” given to Megan, an elementary school teacher whose students wrote them, on the day of their wedding.  We also absolutely adored the cute flower girl, who just couldn’t get enough of Megan’s dress and veil (can you blame her?!?).  🙂  To top all the gorgeousness off, the couple elected to do a sunrise next-day session since they were leaving early in the afternoon for their honeymoon.  Sunrise sessions don’t happen often, but the results are some of the most breathtaking images we’ve had the privilege of creating.

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destin_photographers_0444.jpgVenue + Caterer: Bentley’s on the Bay  |  Floral + Event Design: Fisher’s Flowers  | Pastry Chef: Sugarlilly Sweet Shop  |  DJ: Todd Sparks, Gulf Talent Services  |  Hair: Leila Earnest  | Transportation: A Bride’s Ride

Chad & Danielle | Destin Maternity Photographer

Ryan recently had the amazing opportunity to photograph his niece, Danielle, and her husband (and one of Ryan’s best friends) Chad, for their oh-so-sweet maternity session.  This was an amazingly special session for us, as this will be the couples’ first child — and, well, you just can’t beat being a part of a family member’s incredible journey through pregnancy and bringing a new life into the world.

You may remember Chad and Danielle, as Ryan photographed their Sandestin wedding a few years back.  So many special milestones and blessings in this deserving couples’ life that that we’ve been blessed and honored to capture.  Memories captured in timeless photographs that they’ll cherish for a lifetime.

We’re so happy to report that baby Zeke was born just days before Christmas, and we absolutely CANNOT WAIT to share his gorgeous newborn photos!  In the meantime, enjoy this great session Ryan captured primarily on film, at their home in Destin.  And note the cute dog.  Bailey is quite awesome as well.

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