an enlightened opportunity…

erin of enlighten events approached us with the idea of shooting a totally unique handmade concept dress covered with beautiful fresh mokara orchids, chile roses & circus roses. it was truly one of a kind! we immediately knew the make-up would have to be done by the fabulous renee of two fishes artistry. ashley with pure & couture in destin did a phenomenal job with the hair adding to the essence of the shoot. as soon as we arrived on location in watercolor the heavens opened up and downpoured for a good hour. so we lost some light, big deal. i was still very happy with what daylight we had left. the rain created a fresh/lush feel to the images which further enhanced the look of what i had envisioned. since we weren’t quite ready to hang the dress up and the sun had set, it was time to bring out some dramatic off-camera lighting. this is something that i take great pleasure in using to produce emotion through light.  we are already talking about our next concept dress. erin, it was a pleasure working with you and i look forward to again in the future. ~ryan

a rainy day wedding…. carillon weddings at carillon beach

brooke & keith planned a gorgeous wedding at carillon beach. nature threw a little wrench in their plans so instead of a beach ceremony, they were wed in the beautiful meeting house. to make up for it, God gave them one of the most beautiful sunsets we’ve ever seen and *WOW* was it amazing! brooke, keith, and the rest of their friends and family didn’t let the rain get them down and dined and danced the night away. thanks to brooke & keith for choosing us to photograph their unforgettable day. thank you, as always, to all of the wonderful talent listed below who helped make this wedding so beautiful.

venue and full service planning & coordination: carillon weddings at carillon beach (victoria & avis)
bridal gown: nicole miller
bride’s shoes: tory burch
bridesmaid dresses: ann taylor
bridesmaid shoes: haviannas
bride/groom/bridemaid jewelry: gregg helfer ltd.
groomsmen apparel: island importer
groomsmen shoes: rainbow sandals
makeup: salon baliage (joanie day)
hair: salon baliage (kevin)
flowers: nouveau flowers
catering: townsend catering
cake: confections on the coast
dj: gulf talent services
ceremony music: wedding music plus
photography: pure 7 studios

a 90210/32550 engagement

when our friends, brian & tara, hired us to photograph their october wedding we were super honored and excited. when brian offered to fly ryan out to LA and put him up while he shot their engagement session, we were even more excited! any chance to get to a new place is fun for us, and beautiful california proved no different. we spent 5 days between orange county and LA, and brian (being from CA) had tons of fun stuff planned for us to do (and eat)! it was also a treat that another couple that are also previous clients and friends (remember the beautiful wedding of Christen & Graeme?) came along on the trip. right after our plane landed we hopped on the freeway and were off to a dodger’s game. the dodger’s won! the next several days were filled with eating yogurt, shopping, sight-seeing, eating yogurt, checking out tattoo shops (high voltage included), eating yogurt, beach-bathing, mechanic bull-riding at the saddle ranch, celebrity spying (the only 2 we saw were dennis rodman and jalen rose), advancing our muffin-tops at in-and-out burgerdel tacorubioskean coffe, having brunch at the most amazing place on earth (plums)… oh and did i mention eating yogurt? brian is an amazing dj (him and christen own the fantastic b-boy productions), and ryan had fun tagging along with him to an elegant california wedding at the saint regis hotel. we were also able to attend a service at brian’s former church, the crossing which was awesome! reminded us a lot of our own amazing church, shoreline. brian saved the last day for the engagement session, and we had a blast visiting a few different spots including the top of the standard hotel. it was a bummer to finally come home, but we were missing our kids (a little). we can’t wait to go back in jan! thanks to brian & tara for giving us one of the best weeks of our life!!

p.s. if you are thinking some of those look like NW FL you would be correct. we had a little wardrobe malfunction in CA (as in brian forgot to bring anything that matched tara) so we decided to re-shoot some here in sunny FL. 😉

jennifer & jake’s hot and steamy carillon beach wedding. . .

if there is any way to prove staying power in a couple, let planning a wedding during the hottest part of the summer be the way. . .july 17th to be exact.  we thought we were going to get lucky with some clouds and then the clouds turned into a short late afternoon shower.  which you’d think would lead a bride to intense panic.  however, not the case with jennifer.  she was nothing but happy to simply be marrying jake.  everyone that was attending the wedding was an absolute blast!  from the beginning of the reception to the very end the dance floor remained full of energy and some interesting moves i’ve never seen before!  we had such a fun time with everybody there and can’t wait for jennifer and jake to come back to fl!

venue & coordinator:  carillon weddings

catering:  townsend catering

florals:  events by nouveau

cake:  confections on the coast

hair & makeup:  two fishes artistry

ceremony music:  bay arts string trio

reception music:  rendezvous

paper goods: mag & mimi designs

gown boutique: the bride room, nashville

groom/groomsmen apparel: jos a bank

photography:  pure7studios

nicki & mike — eden gardens state park wedding

this was the 1st wedding we have had the pleasure of working with shelby peaden, and hopefully there will be many more to come! the event was flawless, seamless, and visually stunning. we are so thankful that shelby sent us this wonderful couple to us as we totally fell in love with them!  upon first meeting nicki, we quickly learned that she was one of the most laid back people that we had ever met (which meant she was an extremely easy-going bride).  she had her very own room to get ready, while the rest of her bridal party was on the floor above, just to insure that she would remain as calm and collected as possible.  then we met mike.  he is such a goofball and a true kid at heart.  it’s no wonder they make such a great duo and decided to become a lifelong team.  the ceremony was (luckily) situated under the shade of an elderly moss-draped live oak and the earthy, anthropologie-inspired reception was down by the tucker bayou lending the pavilion as the dance floor.  since the entire anthropologie line is a huge favorite of ours here at the studio, this wedding has turned out to be one of our most adored of all time!  we had such a ball with nicki, mike and all of their guests in the funbooth that the scorching heat seemed bearable for the duration of the night.  and as the pastor at the ceremony said, ” if your love can remain as hot as this day in june then you’re sure to have a successful marriage”.  be sure to check out the photo-booth slideshow at the bottom which includes all of the wackiness*! thank you, nicki & mike, for choosing us as your photgraphers. it was an honor and we can’t wait to see you again! ~lindsey, ryan & the pure7 crew

*to nicki & mike’s family and friends: if you would like the link to view the entire proofing gallery from the photo-booth, please email us at

coordinator: shelby peaden events
venue: eden gardens
floral: nouveau
catering: townsend catering
cake: confections on the coast
ceremony music: penny shenkel orchestras
reception dj: gulf coast talent
hair & makeup: two fishes artistry
guest transportation: sunshine shuttle
getaway transportation: a brides ride
custom ceramic table decor: the wolfe studio
gown boutique: imaginations bridal
groomsmen apparel: jos a bank
photography & photo-booth: pure7studios

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elizabeth & michael… seaside wedding photographer; eden gardens state park wedding

elizabeth & michael, who reside in memphis, spent the last several months planning their beautiful wedding. were they going to let a little rain, thunder, and lightening dampen their spirits? no way! their intimate ceremony took place in the seaside chapel. they headed over to their eden state gardens wedding reception in style with one of the awesome vintage vehicles from a bride’s ride. everyone had a great time and danced the night away after dining on the delicious fare provided by the always *amazing* townsend catering. elizabeth’s uncle had a special treat for the bride and groom and entertained the crowd with his break-dancing! thank you, elizabeth & michael for inviting us to share in and photograph this special day. please stop by the studio next time you’re in town.. we’d love to see you again soon! ~erica

ceremony venue: seaside chapel; seaside, fl
reception venue: eden state gardens
hair & makeup: sandestin golf & beach resort spa
bride & bridesmaid gowns: ballew bridal
tux rentals: mr. burch
tent rentals: panama city rentals
guitar, 1st dance: jay liles
ceremony violinist & reception dj: gulf  talent services
catering: townsend catering
vintage cake topper: the constant gatherer; katie runnels
getaway car: a bride’s ride
photography: ryan & lindsey; pure7studios
groom’s cake: pastry arts (birmingham)
flowers: florals by the sea

paige & will…….we’re not in kansas anymore! ~Alys Beach Wedding Photographer

paige & will were one of our many couples that planned their wedding remotely, with the help of the awesome planner jennifer, of it’s a shore thing. it was one of the few times that we did not have the pleasure of actually meeting the couple before their wedding day. when the day came, we all became fast friends.  paige, will and their families & friends are so warm, loving (and just a little bit crazy) so we all meshed together VERY well! their ceremony & reception was held at the pristine alys beach resort. this is one of our absolute favorite venues to shoot, so it was a treat for us. they decided to hire our “photo-booth” service which was a BLAST. we brought along our nifty chalkboard speech bubbles and boy did this wedding party put them to good use! we have displayed some of our favorite photo-booth images in a slideshow at the end of this post for your viewing pleasure! thank you, paige & will, for inviting us to share in this wonderful day. we look forward to seeing you again soon! ~erica

full service planning & coordination: it’s a shore thing
venue: alys beach
photography & photo-booth: pure7studios

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keri & grant’s ‘palazzo del sol’ wedding

we met keri & grant back in september when they came to destin to plan their beach wedding with help from the eventful planner. that seems like ages ago.. we thought may would never arrive! this was a great wedding to cap the busy month off with. it is always a treat to work with our friend, tammy who owns the eventful planner (she is an *amazing* wedding planner & caterer). this wedding proved no less: classy, elegant, and beautiful and the food… to die for. thank you, keri & grant, for choosing pure7 to photograph and share in your special day!

venue: Palazzo Del Sol
planning & catering: the eventful planner
flowers: nouveau flowers
cake: bake my day

jill & scott’s carillon wedding- panama city wedding photographer

we were so excited to shoot  jill & scott’s wedding at the beautiful carillon weddings property in carillon beach, florida! the ceremony took place in the meeting house, and the reception took place on the beautiful village greens of carillon. victoria and avis worked hard with the couple to plan a wonderful wedding full of taste, style, and fun! thank you, jill & scott, for choosing pure 7 studios to capture this amazing day! ~erica

photography: pure7studios
venue and full-service planning & coordination: carillon weddings
tents: elegant tents & events
ceremony music: wedding music plus, inc
caterer: townsend catering
florist: nouveau flowers
cake: confections on the coast
dj service: todd sparks, gulf talent services