As a photographer who specializes in capturing the intimate and special moments of weddings on 30A, it is a blast working with amazing couples and learning their unique stories. Randi and Ben were no exception.
A small-town girl from southern Georgia and an avid Buckeye fan from Ohio met far away from their individual hometowns. In New York City, the two joined mutual friends to participate in a Santacon, an event where 100,000 people dress as Santa and go bar hopping in NYC. While Randi says Ben was charming, he didn’t manage to close the deal that night. Nearly one year later and some convincing from her best friend, and Randi hit Ben up on his offer for a date. One great date, a few burgers and beers, and the rest is history!
Using Randi’s birthday as a disguise, Ben timed the engagement after Randi’s arrival from an extended work trip in New York. When he picked her up at the airport, she had no clue what was going on. Ben had a record player and a gift for her birthday. He cued up to play Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind, and when Randi spun around, she found her to-be fiancé on one knee. The couple reflect on this moment as an incredibly special moment between the two of them, and they spent the remainder of the special day celebrating with friends and family.
Randi and Ben flew us to New York to shoot their engagement photos. Check out the blog with their photos here.
The moment Randi and Ben got engaged, they knew exactly where they wanted to get married…30A! Randi grew up going to 30A with her family and has a family home there. Early in their relationship, they would frequently escape the NYC winters with long weekends in 30A. It became such a special place where they shared so many special memories in their relationship, so Rosemary Beach was a no-brainer for their wedding location.
The couple wanted to make sure their wedding day was laid back and they could share their time with friends and family…and that is exactly what they did! They shared a first-look before the ceremony, which was one of the most special moments of their big day, and afterward enjoyed a pre-wedding celebration. One of Randi’s closest friends married the happy couple, and a sketch by Ben’s artistic mother was incorporated into many of their wedding elements. The entire day was a true testament to how important their family and friends are to them and how they have positively influenced their relationship.
Following the ceremony, Randi and Ben took off to Nicaragua, where they enjoyed a relaxing ceremony and reflected on their magical wedding on 30A. It was a great week of continued celebrations, while kicking off their marriage together. Best of luck to Randi and Ben as they embark on this next adventure!
Coordination: Avis Glenister of Peach and Pearl Events
Venue: Rosemary Beach, Eastern Green
Event Design: Mytrie Blue
Make Up: Blush Beauty Lounge
Catering: Blue Mountain Catering
Cake: Sweet for Sirten
Reception Band: The Perfect 10 Band / East Coast Entertainment