High School Sweethearts and a Stunning Seaside Wedding | Alex & Phillip

High school sweethearts still going strong! Alex and Phillip met through mutual friends in high school in the quest to find a date to senior prom. They went to the movies for their first official date, and both were a little jittery with typical first-date nerves. Phillip even accidentally threw his movie ticket away before they got into the theater! That day was the first of many spent laughing together and enjoying the funny moments that each day has to offer.

Alex and Phillip’s many years of spending time together, laughing at and with each other, and growing as a couple only deepened their connection and heightened their love for one another. They knew they wanted to spend their lives together.

Knowing that Alex always wanted a private engagement, Phillip planned the perfect backyard proposal. On their way from their favorite burger spot to get ice cream, Phillip told Alex they needed to stop at the house so he could use the restroom. Alex, serious about her ice cream, said she would wait in the car, but Phillip insisted she go in the house with him so she could let the dog out. Of course, this was just a ruse! Phillip led Alex to the backyard where the trees were lit up, sparkling in the night. Thinking nothing of it, Alex commented on how she really liked the new set up. It wasn’t until Phillip led her to the center of the trees to a table with an envelope and small box on top that she began to realize what was going on. Immediately, she started crying, and though she can’t remember everything he said, she couldn’t have imagined a better moment.

This backyard proposal led to a stunning wedding in Seaside, Florida. The couple found this beautiful paradise location while looking through a wedding magazine. Having never been to Seaside before, they took a virtual tour of the town, fell in love, booked a trip to visit, and immediately decided it was the place when they walked into the Seaside Chapel.

Their actual wedding day was low-key and causal, as only a beach wedding can be, and exactly what the happy couple pictured. A unique and special part of the day was the cross on the bride’s bracelet…it was worn by all the women in Alex’s family on their wedding day starting with her great-grandmother. The day was also filled with moments reminiscent of a fairytale, specifically when the bride and groom exited the chapel and were surrounded by smiling friends and family tossing petals at the newlyweds. The joy they felt at that moment and the excitement on everyone’s face was a moment they will never forget.

Wishing all the happiness to Alex and Phillip as they continue their great adventure together!

Venue – Seaside Chapel
Coordinator – Defining Moments by Heather
Videographer – Josh Kidd
Florist-  Events by Nouveau
Hair and Makeup – Rollands
Caterer – Fish out of the Water
Cake – Confections by the Coast
Band/DJ – GT Entertainment

Beautiful Wedding in Stunning Seaside, FL | Hannah and Sam

Sometimes a chance meeting is all it takes to change your life. At least, that’s how it worked out for Hannah and Sam. Seven years ago, the two met at a party hosted by a mutual friend. Both had decided to go on a whim, so it was lucky (or destiny, perhaps?) that their paths crossed. They hit it off immediately, and after a successful first date and a fancy dinner, their forever story began.

Fast forward through a whirlwind of dates, laughter, shared smiles, travels, and dog snuggles, and the time came for Sam to pop the question. Romantic doesn’t even begin to describe their engagement. Picture this: a ski trip in Utah, horse-drawn sleigh, crisp mountain air, immaculate white snow, winter wonderland proposal…it was nothing short of magical.

After loading up their blankets on the sleigh, they moved slowly up the snowy side of the mountain. Half way up, the coachmen stopped to feed the horse and mentioned it was a beautiful spot for a photo. Thinking it all very suspicious, Hannah removed the ring she always wore on her ring finger and stashed it in her pocket. You know, just in case.

Though she had her suspicions, when Sam dropped to one knee, Hannah was still so surprised and incredibly excited. Ring on her finger, they hopped back into the sleigh and made their way back. The sleigh ride was over, but their journey together was just beginning.

Of course, now it was time for Hannah and Sam to choose the perfect location for their special day.

Since she was a little girl, Hannah enjoyed vacations on 30A with her family, and she started brining Sam and his family over the last seven years. So, naturally, it was the perfect choice.

With the quaint beauty of Seaside and the unmatched, white sandy beaches, they couldn’t imagine celebrating their day anywhere else. They wanted to make sure everyone felt relaxed and could truly enjoy all the festivities. Of the location, Hannah said, “It made the whole weekend a great experience, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

From the intimate smiles shared to the emotional sharing of vows to the spectacular bar with a wide variety of drinks, it was truly a day to remember.

So what’s next for this beautiful couple? They have moved back to the US – oh, did we mention these world travelers were living in the UK? Yeah, they’re pretty cool! They are also currently preparing for the arrival of their first child in the fall. We couldn’t be more thrilled for these two lovebirds and wish them all the best on their future adventures!

Venue – Seaside Chapel
Coordinator – It’s a Shore Thing
Florist – Florals by the Sea
Caterer – Townsend Catering
Cake Designer – Confections on the Coast
Reception – AzZ-IzZ
Make up Artist – Blush Beauty Salon
Hair Stylist – Doria Hair
Dress Designer – Amsale from Haute Bride
Bridesmaid Dress – J. Crew

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Spring Wedding Seaside Style | Victoria & Spencer

When the whole crew headed out to cover Spencer and Victoria’s Seaside wedding a few weeks ago, we knew, based on their engagement session we shot last fall, that this day would be bright and colorful. It did not disappoint! From the fabulous Valentino’s Victoria scooped up from eBay at $500 below retail (true story!) to the pink flamingos that became an unplanned theme, the details of the day perfectly showcased this couple’s funky personality.


Our tag team of Ryan & Lindsey were everywhere with film and digital cameras, while Alan was the usual fly-on-the-wall for the day, shooting video in his trademark style. The highlight reel is at the end of this post; if you want to see the groom cry, skip to the 01:06 minute mark.


Seaside Wedding Highlights Video | Jennifer & Steven

The weather on March 19th was absolutely perfect. As we packed up our gear that morning and headed out to shoot their wedding video, we were convinced that Jennifer & Steven had ordered it specifically for their special day.

Seaside weddings are just beautiful, so a wedding at the Seaside Chapel followed by a reception on Kelly Green in neighboring Alys Beach is a fantastic combination. Every intricate detail was attended to by the talented planners at It’s A Shore Thing, so we knew this would be a stunning wedding. We were not disappointed and, as captured in the highlights footage below, neither were the guests.

Our fly-on-the-wall and eye-in-the-sky coverage will make you feel like you were there. You’ll see that everyone had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the entire day, start to finish. The real question, though, was what would Jennifer & Steven think. We didn’t have to wait long to find out, and were thrilled with their response.

“We just watched the wedding highlights film and we are so in love with it!” Jennifer wrote. “Alan did such an amazing job!!”

Stay tuned for the full-length video coming soon (yay!), and feel free to forward this to any friends who are planning their wedding. We’d love to chat with them about creating their custom wedding video.

Oh, and if you want to catch the look on Steven’s face when he turns to see Jennifer for the First Look, skip ahead to the 01:10 mark. It will just…well, see for yourself. Then go ahead – watch it a few more times. We did (true story).

Lauren & Trey’s Seaside Beach Wedding

When Jennifer {“Jen2”} from It’s a Shore Thing popped in one afternoon with Lauren to chat about the possibility of us photographing her upcoming Seaside Chapel wedding, we spent the next couple hours giddy with excitement after getting to know this sweet girl from Arkansas.  Not only do we love Seaside weddings, we also love a bride who we immediately click with.  They had spent the day talking flowers and food and cake and all-things wedding, so by the time they got to us, we were like, “Helloooo, let’s have this amazing wedding tomorrow!”  Jen the wedding planner basically thought we had lost our marbles {which sometimes happens when we get giddy with excitement; especially that Erica – she even starts climbing walls and running laps around the studio sometimes}, so we decided we put on our patient pants and wait until April rolled around for Lauren & Trey’s pretty wedding. And boy, oh boy, was it ever pretty!

We arrived to find our gorgeous bride getting dolled up by the oh-so-talented Johnathan Doria and Deana Kale, and even stumbled across all of Lauren’s wicked-fun details.  A cute weekend welcome packet, a gorgeous old Bible wrapped in ribbon for the sweet ring bearer to tote down the aisle, and a pair of sparkly pumps that made our little cameras do a slight backflip.  UH-dorable.  Oh, and did we mention the dress?   Sigh.  Being a wedding photographer is really hard sometimes.

We moseyed on over to the pretty white chapel for their sweet nuptials, then on to the drool-worthy {also known as reallydarnpretty} Lyceum Lawn reception, where we were ecstatic to find lawn games (hi, have you heard of life-sized Jenga?  Yeah, us either and it was pretty great), more sparkles, a chevron cake, and a whole night’s worth of boogie-down tunes.  Oh!  There was also a very fabulous church pew awaiting our arrival for those amazing beach sunset photos . . . all Lauren’s idea!  (We failed to mention that being a 30A wedding photographer is also really hard sometimes.)

Wanna see a Seaside beach wedding photographer in-action?  Well then lookie here:

Ever so grateful for the AMAZING team of wedding professionals that worked so hard to bring this gorgeous day together for two special people!

Full Service Wedding Planner:  It’s a Shore Thing Wedding & Event Planning 

Caterer: Townsend Catering

Event Design & Florals: Events by Nouveau

Pastry Chef: Confections on the Coast

Hair: Johnathan Doria

Makeup: Deana Kale

DJ: Beachside DJ

Ceremony Music: Gulf Talent Services