Archive for September, 2011

Jessica & Thomas (known better as Jess & Bubba) chose to do a destination wedding in the beautiful beaches of Alabama. But this was more than just a destination. Both the wedding date and location had very special place in Jess’s heart. Sept 10, 2011 was the anniversary of the passing of her grandmother, and the Caribe Resort overlooked Orange Beach, a place where Jessica shared so many special moments with her grandmother.

It was a perfect sunny day for an Orange Beach wedding. While Jess and her girls went to the Davis White Salon for their hair, Bubba was getting dressed in an amazing white tuxedo, complete with a pair of tractor cuff links that Jess bought for him on Etsy. Bubba and all the guys started in white tuxedos, with the groomsmen wearing colorful ties and vests (yellow for the Best Man and coral for the Groomsmen).

Jess & Bubba decided to do a first look so they could enjoy some time together before the ceremony. As Bubba anxiously awaited at the end of a dock, Jessi walked up next to him. For a few seconds, they just stood next to each other, both looking out, before they finally turned towards each other.Bubba almost immediately started getting tears in his eyes as he looked at his bride for the first time! It was priceless!

Jess & Bubba’s wedding ended up being quite an attraction at the Caribe resort, with guests lining up and tubers in the lazy river piling up to watch the bride walk down the aisle. With promises and sweet words, they pledged themselves to a new life together and shared the perfect first kiss as husband and wife!

Jessi & Thomas then hosted 60 of their closest friends and family in a seaside-themed reception, complete with lighthouse-styled lanterns, seashells, and other nautical centerpieces. And it wouldn’t be an Alabama wedding without Shrimp & Grits at the reception! Mmmmmm!!!

Orange Beach enjoys some fantastic sunsets, and we were lucky to steal the newlyweds away for a few minutes to get a few last-minute photos of them in front of the brilliant orange and yellow skies.

We are so honored that Jess & Bubba chose us to share their wedding day with them. And it was also great seeing one of our 2010 couples, Stacie & Tim, at the wedding! We had to take an opportunity to get a picture with them all!

Jess & Bubba are spending the week in New Orleans (and making us so jealous with all of their photos on Facebook of beignets and gumbo). We hope that you are both having a great time! : )


Venue: Caribe Resort
Officiant: Curtis Ruise
Hair: Davis White Salon
Makeup: Stacie Rutkowski
Caterer: Cobalt Restaurant
Cake Designer: A Specialty Bakery
Floral Designer: Pam Roberts Flowers
DJ: A DJ Connection

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She laughs the same way that she loves – as hard as she can, without holding anything back. And he can’t help but laugh with her, noting how adorable she is when she crinkles her nose and squints her eyes. That’s because Ashley bubbly personality is contagious. You just can’t be around her and NOT smile!

We had such a fun time with these two lovebirds! Even early in the morning, they were full of smiles for us! We spent the morning with them at a local park getting to know more about them, including talking about their favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons! It’s great to have football compatibility. Trust me, I’ve been working on Matt for almost 7 years to get him to like my team! LOL!

We can’t wait for their wedding next spring, but for now here’s an introduction to the cuteness that is Ashley & Louis! : )

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The weather was perfect this past weekend for Jess & Bubba’s wedding in Orange Beach, AL! We also had the most AMAZING sunset, which we had to share in this sneak peek! More to come later this week! : )

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Tracy and Dennis first met through work and were initially just friends. After changing jobs, they still kept in touch, and soon realized that there was more than just friendship between them!

We started off at the former Wachovia Building in downtown Jacksonville where Tracy and Dennis first met. It was exciting to see the place where it all began, and they even ran into a few people that they used to work with while we were shooting! After hanging out in the atrium for awhile, we finally moved across the river to the new and improve Friendship Fountain, to enjoy the lights of the fountain and the Jacksonville riverfront. We even convinced them to walk up onto the Mainstreet Bridge for some shots looking back at the fountain.

Tracey and Dennis are the first to tell you how different they are, but it’s very easy to see how much they adore each other. From the way they just look at each other and smile to how they giggle and laugh, it’s easy to see that despite any differences in their personalities, these two were made for each other.

We had a great time hanging out with the two of you and we can’t wait for your wedding next year! And thanks so much to our past bride Angie for telling Tracy & Dennis about us! : )

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We hope that you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend! We’re looking forward to doing a low country boil tomorrow with our friends Tom & Linda, but the highlight today was an early morning engagement session with Ashley & Louis! They were all cuddles and cuteness this morning, and there were plenty of giggles, too! Our guess is there is never a dull moment with these two! They are always doing fun and exciting things, and they even gave us the idea to go to Sea World for Matt’s birthday!

More smiles coming later this week! Can’t wait to share more of these two lovebirds!! : )

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Earlier this week, we were thrilled to find out that Andrea & TJ’s gorgeous wedding at the Naval Academy was featured on the ever ours wedding blog! Andrea & TJ will be celebrating their anniversary exactly one month from today! I still swoon over these photos! It was such a romantic and beautiful wedding. Classic. Iconic. And we think Andrea & TJ are so cute that we just want to put them on top of a cake! Perfectly adorable bride and groom!

I hope that some day we get the opportunity to shoot another wedding at the Naval Academy, but this one will certainly live with us forever! The chapel, the classical music piping through, the grounds of the Academy, the rich history – such an honor to be part of it all! Thank you Lydia for sharing their wedding on your blog! We hope it inspires others as it continually inspires us {swoon}!

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It all started with a girl trying to catch the eye of a shy guy across the room. And that guy not believing that the pretty girl would be looking at him. But that’s how the story of Meredith and Mark got started. Mark would ask his friends, “Is that girl checking me out” and they would always tell him “No way!” Eventually, Mark got over his shyness and he and Meredith started down the path to their Happily Ever After.

Now that they live in Maine, Meredith & Mark wanted to plan a gorgeous seacoast-style wedding. They chose the beautiful First Parish Congregational Church in Saco, ME for their ceremony. The church has giant windows that let in the most gorgeous light and a huge vaulted ceiling. Mark started the processional by carrying in their baby girl, Blake, before awaiting his bride-to-be. And as Meredith was escorted by her father and throughout the ceremony, she was all smiles, knowing that she was finally marrying her soulmate! She could hardly contain herself. It was so cute to watch.

The entire wedding party and immediate family hopped onto a trolley after the ceremony to go to a nearby spot for group photos. To help Meredith & Mark get some time to themselves, we took them for a little walk down a path between huge, overarching trees and let them take everything in. It was great to see both of them relax and enjoy the feeling of being married. And despite being a little nervous, Mark pulled off a perfect dip with Meredith!

For the reception, they chose the charming Village By The Sea in Wells, ME, which also happened to be where they both got ready for their wedding day. Their first dance was so lovely and tender, followed by two of the most emotional toasts we’ve ever seen by the Maid of Honor and Best Man. Everyone had tears in their eyes by the end! With music provided by BTE Entertainment, the rest of the evening was one big celebration!

We’re so excited to share Meredith & Mark’s wedding photos and we wish them nothing but the very best as they and Blake continue their journey as an amazing family! Best wishes and thank you for making us a part of your special day!


Ceremony: First Parish Congregational Church, UCC
Officiant: Pastor Doug Nielson
Reception: Village By The Sea
Floral Designer: Harmon’s & Barton’s
Cake Designer: Let Them Eat Cake
DJ: BTE Entertainment

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