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Destination Wedding in Carillon Beach, FL for Ann and Pack

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Ann Layton and Pack’s relationship started as high school sweethearts in just 9th grade when they had their first date at Pack’s basketball game before going to the movies together. Though they dated through their junior year, they didn’t speak for seven years after calling it quits until reuniting years later and had a much more romantic second “first date” complete with dinner and a sunset boat ride.

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Romantic Engagement Celebrated With Family & Friends

Pack planned an amazingly romantic proposal that set the mood for their wedding! For their one year anniversary, they traveled to Nashville where they started with a walk on Ann Layton’s favorite bridge. Little did Ann Layton know, Pack had coordinated a photographer to capture the moment Pack proposed. Ann described the moment he got down on one knee and proposed as “a dream!” Afterwards, they walked to a nearby bar where both of their families and their closest friends were waiting to celebrate.

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Why Carillon Beach was the Perfect Wedding Destination

When asked why they chose a Carillon Beach wedding, Ann Layton explained why that location was the perfect romantic spot to celebrate their love,

“We chose Carillon because we both love the beach. For us, the beach represents so much of God’s beauty and has always been our relaxation place… We had heard about carillon through Pack’s older sister who got married there a few years before us! It was absolutely stunning!”

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Coastal Indoor Ceremony at Meeting House

Ann Layton and Pack tied the knot at the Meeting House in Carillon Beach, Florida once again surrounded by their family and friends. Tastefully designed with coastal colors, their wedding atmosphere seemed just as romantic as the proposal. The Meeting House provided the perfect indoor setting while still allowing for outdoor seating and plenty of light that focused on the ceremony and the couple being celebrated.

“The most memorable moment for me was walking down the aisle and looking at Pack, not as my boyfriend or fiancé, but as my soulmate and husband. It was a moment I will always cherish!”


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Romantic Lighting for an Outdoor Reception

The outdoor reception area showed bright and cheery with gorgeous details including lighting that made for amazing reception photos as the sun went down! The celebration flowed with their romantic proposal and ceremony with personal touches like the special dance for Ann Layton and her grandfather.

“One big part of our wedding that we added in was my solo dance with my grandfather, Bubba. We danced to his hit song “That’s What I’ll Do” and it meant the world to me! He has always been a huge inspiration in my life and has always shown me the importance of what a Godly man truly looks like inside and out.”

I loved capturing the love between Ann Layton and Pack especially since they were surrounded with love and excitement from their friends and family. Their focus on each other and the celebration of a milestone in their relationship made for beautiful photos and a special day!

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Carillon Beach Wedding Vendors That Made It Happen

We love working with fellow wedding professionals that are as dedicated to making the couple’s wedding day as enjoyable and romantic as we are!

Haven & Jonah’s Outdoor Wedding on 30a by St. Andrews Bay


Within moments of meeting Haven and Jonah, their excitement to spend the rest of their lives together is obvious from the way they look at and talk about each other. Matched by their close friends who just knew they were perfect for each other, the couple started their relationship with an evening of drinking wine and eating stinky cheese together and continued to fall more and more in love until Jonah proposed exactly three years later to the day in Helsingor, Denmark on a trip to visit his family. I feel honored that this beautiful couple chose me as their wedding photographer for their gorgeous 30a wedding by the bay.

A Wedding Proposal in Denmark

“In August of 2015, we went on a trip to Denmark to visit some of Jonah’s family, which also happened to fall during our 3rd anniversary. On the day of our anniversary Jonah gave me an anniversary gift of a Kate Spade purse and some funny finger puppets… this turned out to be a distraction. The whole time Jonah was standing behind me with the ring. When I turned around, he was holding my “real” present and asked me if I wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.”


Coastal Style Wedding Details

Though Haven and Jonah live in New York City, they made the trip to Florida for a 30a wedding in Panama City where Haven grew up. Local wedding planner and florist, Rachelle Youd, worked with the couple to plan their perfect wedding that expressed their personalities and style while emphasizing their relationship with each other and with the family and friends that came to celebrate with them.

The light and airy wedding style and coastal colors in the wedding details reflected the beachy atmosphere from the watercolor invitations to the floral bridesmaid’s dresses by Paper Crown to the paper fans set out for their guests at the ceremony.

Haven spent the hours before the wedding excitedly getting ready with her bridesmaids in their matching robes. After a few tender moments with her father, her mother helped her get into her off-shoulder wedding dress designed by Sarah Seven that made her look effortlessly beautiful before walking out the door to marry the love of her life.





Oaks by the Bay Park Ceremony Under Live Oaks

Haven and Jonah’s official wedding festivities began at the Oaks by the Bay Park in the historic St. Andrews neighborhood surrounded by their families and closest friends. Purposefully selected as the wedding ceremony location, the unique 30a wedding venue had once been a favorite spot to visit while Haven was young.

The Oaks by the Bay Park offered a peaceful setting for Haven and Jonah’s outdoor wedding ceremony with the beautiful live oaks covered in Spanish moss that Haven had always loved growing up. They planned an interfaith ceremony that incorporated both of their religious backgrounds that Haven described as“the perfect mix of the two of us, our faith, and our closest friends and family.”



Wedding Day Tip! After the ceremony, we slipped off to the nearby beach for their first portraits together as a married couple! Setting aside enough time for these photos is incredibly important, because the rest of the photos will likely include guests and it’s likely the only time during the wedding that the bride and groom will have just to themselves.


Boho Chic Reception Details

While the floral details at the ceremony continued to add to the overall bohemian chic style, the candles and vines resting on suspended wooden planks made the reception area even more magical. The floral place cards and table numbers complemented the distressed tables and chairs while the cake made by Sweet for Sirten looked absolutely delicious with a simple floral design.


Time to Party!

With a romantic decor that transformed the lawn at Harbour Village in the St. Andrews neighborhood into a dreamy wedding celebration, the newly married couple started the party off with their first dance followed by a fun father/daughter dance. After hours of dancing, laughing, and enjoying time they had with their guests, they continued the festivities at the local bourbon bar after a celebratory sparkler exit, which just happened to be one of Jonah’s favorite moments.

“My favorite part of the wedding was after the reception, leaving dinner to the post reception. Walking under a wall of sparklers, seeing all our friends and family was a special moment.”




A Wedding is Just the Beginning

After the wedding, the newlyweds spent 17 days traveling through Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Cambodia on a honeymoon that matched their wedding with, as they put it, “So much delicious food, friendly people, and beautiful scenery!”

Now they’re looking forward to the next exciting adventure, the start of Haven’s new career as an oncologist and Baby Girl Sachar!


30a Wedding Vendors
– Wedding Planner: Rachelle Youd Designs
– Catering: Townsend Catering
– Florist: Rachelle Youd Designs
– Wedding Cake: Sweet for Sirten
– Makeup: Angela Law Beauty
– Dress: Sarah Seven Flagship Salon in NYC
– Bridesmaid Dresses: Paper Crown

























































Margo & Alex watercolor wedding

We are excited to share with you these beautiful photos from Margo and Alex’s Watercolor Resort wedding. This was the perfect wedding to kick off our 2017 season. We are so genuinely blessed for each and every couple over the past 10 years that has trusted us to photograph their special day. We will make sure to keep the blog updated with all our upcoming weddings.

Coordination: Nina Dolin, Watercolor Weddings

Day of Coordination: Tammy D’Agostino, The Eventful Planner

Venue: Marina Park, Watercolor Fl

Reception: Lakehouse at Watercolor

Videographer: Momentus Films

Florists: Events by Nouveau

Cake Artist: Confections on the Coast

Ceremony Music: Celebrity AllStars

Cocktail Hour Music: Wedding Music Plus

Makeup Artist: Jamie at Blush Beauty Lounge

Hair Stylist: Mindy Norris

Dress Designer: Warren Barron Bridal

Bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaids

Men’s Suits: Culwell and Sons


A Timeless Seaside Wedding | Angie & Mike

We met this fun couple last spring when we shot their engagement portraits (you can see those here), so we already knew their wedding would be fantastic. We were absolutely thrilled, though, when it turned out to be even more fabulous than we ever anticipated. But we weren’t the only ones to fall in love with this classic Seaside wedding. Not one, but two industry publications chose to feature this beautiful day: wedding blog Borrowed and Blue, and this fall’s print edition of The Knot magazine.

Pure 7 Studios Seaside Wedding Angie and Mike

When you see the photos from Angie & Mike’s sweet rustic Seaside wedding, you’ll understand why it was so irresistible.


Bohemian WaterColor Wedding | Shannon & Ryan

The saying, “April showers bring May flowers” certainly was true at Shannon’s and Ryan’s tropical bohemian WaterColor wedding last month. A wonderfully warm spring day along the Emerald Coast was the perfect backdrop for this lush, colorful wedding at one of 30A‘s choice wedding venues.

Pure 7 Studios Bohemian Watercolor Wedding Beach Glam

With the bride wearing an absolutely fabulous flower crown and her dream gown by Israeli designer Berta, how could this gorgeous day be anything less than perfect? As you scroll through these photos, which are a mix of digital and film images, you’ll see how every detail, from the mini-crown for the flower girl to the bride’s crystal headpiece worn for post-ceremony photos, came together to make it exactly that: perfect.


WaterColor Weddings | Elaine & Turner

What do you do when you’re on a first date with a beautiful girl who orders fish for the shared main course at a fondue restaurant, and you don’t like seafood?
You eat it anyway.
Nearly four years and a few fights over OU football later, that dinner paid off for Turner as he and Elaine said “I do” on an absolutely picture-perfect day in WaterColor.
We’re pretty sure Turner had a voice in the final dinner selections, because we noticed there was no seafood dish on their mouthwateringly Southern menu.


Rosemary Beach Weddings | Ali & Brian

The understated elegance of Rosemary Beach was the ideal backdrop for Ali and Brian’s classic color scheme of black and white with gold accents. The event planner was absolutely thrilled with her destination wedding to her CPA groom, and they both thoroughly enjoyed their weekend in one of the most beautiful places along the Emerald Coast.


“So many people warned us it would go by quickly and we wouldn’t remember a thing,” Ali said. “We feel incredibly lucky because we remember every detail! The day as a whole was so fun and filled with so much laughter and love.” Even the flower girl yelling that she had to go potty in the middle of the ceremony was right in line with their self-described goofy personalities and has become a fond memory from this lively event.


Before the Big Day | Pure7 Engagement Shoots

Weddings are our jam. Totally. Especially in the fabulous 30A weather that’s happening right now! A close runner-up for us, though, are engagement sessions. They are seriously so much fun!

The groom is beaming with pride, the bride hasn’t yet tired of using grand gestures to point at everything with her left hand, and the couple is still basking in the afterglow of the proposal evening. This season of life is fresh and exciting and, we’ve found, can make for one of the most fun photoshoots a couple can do together.


Whether you want to capture your life at the beach or in the Big Apple, we’re ready whenever and wherever you are. Before you disappear into Pinterest + planning, let’s talk about why engagement pictures can be one of the best ways to prepare for a super important part of your wedding day.


Fresh Vintage Watersound Wedding | Carley & Justin

As wedding photographers located at in beautiful beach destination community, the weddings we shoot are almost always on the beach. While we always love a jaw-dropping Alys Beach or Seaside beach wedding, it is a breath of fresh air when we get to cover a wedding on land instead of in the sand.


Carley and Justin’s Fresh Vintage Watersound Wedding was just that. For starters, we all know what vintage usually looks and feels like.  As you oo and ahh through the photos, you’ll notice they didn’t overdo it or try to theme their wedding at all. The Vintage feel is very subtle and fresh.