Bryce + Stephanie | Florida Film Wedding Photographer
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When Stephanie walks into a room, her smile lights up the whole place! It is contagious! On her wedding day, I couldn't get over it! She looked gorgeous! I was taken back with how relaxed she was and how ready she was to see Bryce! 

Their first look was so sweet and natural. It was immediately evident that they are perfect together!

Their intimate seaside wedding had everything that was important to them - friends, family and natural elements!

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Wedding Planner - Beach Side Ceremonies & Events

Photography - Kaylie B. Poplin

Florals - Destin Floral Designs

You Are My Reason
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Everyone says to know your "why." 

I have spent so much time searching for mine. One year I thought it was ______. It changed a month later when I thought maybe my why is ______. I was searching for a reason to validate my reason for pursuing photography. Everyone said once you figure that out, everything else falls seamlessly into place.

As time has gone by and my "whys" have changed, I keep coming home to the things that have always had a death grip on my heart before photography was ever in the picture. They have been there for so long that I never thought about them being my "why." I don't even like using the term, "why." I like to call those never ending things my reason because when I think of a "why," I think of something that does change with circumstance, maturity and life. But a reason - that evolves out of the depths of who you are. It has been unwavering since the first day. 

At the end of every day - He is my reason. My family is my reason. People are my reason.

Photography is just a God given vehicle for it all.

Before blog posts, emails, inquiries and deadlines, I came alive when I captured the essence of a friend or family member on my point and shoot camera. I loved who I saw in front of me - so many people, even some on different continents - but they all reminded me of Him. It was a way for me to say to people - look at you! Look at how perfect you are and perfectly loved you are! 

That is a feeling I have not lost yet even today. 

I can get emotional at a wedding or while photographing a family because I see what they may not see in that minute. I feel like screaming - look! You are in the midst of the beginning of the most beautiful commitment you will ever make after salvation. Look! You are absolutely stunning! Look! You are leading those sweet kids! They are watching every beautiful move you make! 

I then look at my husband and our two dogs. They are my reason. I have prayed for that man before I ever knew his name. We have spent the last 5 or 6 years watching God mold our hearts for more than we thought possible. A lot of that molding came through our dogs! Ha! That is for another time but God knows how to best teach us. ;) 

A busy Summer is starting to slow down. I am overwhelmed with thankfulness for the people I was so lucky to meet this year. I am also reminded heavily that while my "why" has changed over time - my reason in Him never has nor will. 

Kyte Family | Watercolor, Florida Film Photographer
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The sweet Kyte family had a blast staying in Watercolor, Florida this Summer! They were such a pleasure to spend time with and photograph!

These kids made me wish my parents had taken the advice of my sisters and I when we told them that we needed them to adopt us a baby brother growing up. Watching these two play and poke at each other in the sweetest way made my heart melt! 

I have so much respect for these guys! You can tell a lot about a family when photographing them. The Kyte family has an undeniable special relationship full of acceptance and grace!

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Shawn + Amanda | Destin Bay House Wedding
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Shawn and Amanda's wedding day was a mix of tradition, elegance and coastal details! Shawn and his groomsmen got ready at a super cute bed and breakfast in Fort Walton Beach, Florida called Aunt Martha's. This gorgeous house right on the water was the perfect place for getting ready details and portraits (and not to mention the views!). Windows all throughout the house let in amazing natural light which is every photographer's dream! 

When I initially met Shawn and Amanda, I was taken back by how calm Amanda was. Her poise was incredible! I immediately felt like I had known her for a while, which made me even more excited to shoot their wedding! 

They had their ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church and their reception at the Destin Bay House in Destin, Florida. Their day couldn't have been prettier! Every detail from the ceremony to the reception was thoughtfully planned thanks to Amber at Beachside Ceremonies and Events! She absolutely made the whole experience so smooth for Shawn and Amanda, but also the vendors! 

One of my favorite parts of  Shawn and Amanda's wedding day was the friendship that they shared with their bridal party. Everyone was so excited for them and cheered them on throughout the whole day! 

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File Family | Seaside, Florida Family Film Photographer
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I met the File family in Seaside, Florida for their family portraits before the sun had even come up! Not many people opt for sunrise photos over sunset, but I am SO glad that they did! The sky was the color of pink cotton candy and we were in heaven!! 

The boys were so adorable! When they told me that they had two little ones, I knew we would have to incorporate the West Ruskin pavilion in the town of Seaside into the photos because of its boat design! 

File family - you guys were so amazing! Thank you for being so happy at such early hours and so full of love!

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Haney Family | Grayton Beach, Florida Family Film Photographer
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Family sessions like the Haney family session in Grayton Beach, Florida remind me of why I love Summertime so much on the Gulf Coast. The punches of color in the sunsets. The laughter of kids as they run up and down the shoreline without a care in the world. It makes my heart come alive! 

This crew had all of that! Thank you so much, Haney family, for letting me photograph your flawless family! You made me fall in love with these Summer nights all over again! 

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Laura Beth Senior Portraits | Rosemary Beach, Florida Film Photographer
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Laura Beth is a silent strong. A beauty - inside and out. A sweet smile with a hilarious sense of humor. To say I loved spending time with her, her mom and her sister for her senior portraits in Rosemary Beach is an understatement. 

I met her family last Fall while they were staying in WaterColor, Florida. We photographed their family there and I knew immediately that this was a family that I would adore for years to come! 

Get ready, world. This lady is the real deal.

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Wedding Day Morning | 30A Florida Film Wedding Photographer
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I remember my wedding day like it was yesterday. We had an intimate wedding with our closest family and friends! (We wouldn't change a thing!) The morning of my wedding I remember vividly. I remember waking up with my sisters, receiving a phone call that my wedding photographer had gotten there hours before she was suppose to (She blew my mind that day!), having all of my cousins down the hall from us... it was a big family reunion. I loved every minute of it. 

BUT. 

I wish I had breathed.

There are two things that I am not good at : having all eyes on me and relaying emotion. 

That morning was just like we had planned. It was smooth. It was full of people I wanted near me during that time. But, I never took a minute for me to collect myself so that I could be in the right frame of mind. 

Instead, I was very emotional. BUT. Because I hate being the center of attention and am not good with showing emotion, I choked it all down and didn't show any the whole day. Not when I saw my Dad for the first time. Not when Cory and I had our first look. And the worst - not during the ceremony when Cory and I were saying our vows. I barely looked at him. Not to sound dramatic (because all is well two and a half years later. Lol!), but he remembers that really well. I couldn't, though. I couldn't hug my Dad when he first saw me, I couldn't show too much excitement when I saw Cory for the first time... I sure couldn't look at him when everyone else around us was crying during the ceremony. I couldn't let my guard down because I knew if I did, it wasn't coming back up. 

I didn't take a minute for myself before everything started to let myself be okay with everything I was feeling.

This editorial was based off of the morning of your wedding. If I could give any advice to anyone for the morning of their wedding, I would say breathe.

Gorgeously styled and florals : Studio Petali

Model : Piper 

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Jon + Gretchen | Savannah, GA Engagement Film Photographer
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Ever meet someone and think, "They are insanely perfect for each other?" That is exactly the thought I had as Jon, Gretchen and I walked around historic Savannah for their engagement portraits! 

The beauty, culture and art of Savannah is intoxicating. The draping Live Oak trees, the homes full of so much character, the musicians on every corner, the live painters, the horses passing by... Good grief. This little, Georgia coastal town gets me every time!

Jon and Gretchen felt like lifelong friends from the minute we met! They had me rolling the entire time I photographed them! Their laid back style was met with a strong sense of friendship between them, which was so inspiring to witness! 

Thank you guys for letting me hang out Downtown with you for a little while! Even though it was just for a few hours, I felt like I had been with friends I had known forever!

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Teak & Twine | Wedding, Bridesmaids and Corporate Gifts
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In honor of Teak & Twine's new website launch this month (yay!), I decided to share a few photos of our shoot together earlier this year!

Gratitude changes everything.

That is a quote that Torrance lives by. She is infused with it. The first time we met, it was oozing from how she carried herself, her speech and her outlook on business. She is a rare gem! Our friend dates are never long enough!

Teak & Twine holds a standard of excellence that is contagious! The Teak & Twine girls put their heart into every single box they create even down to how they strategically package each one! (I've spied with my own little eye!)

Simply put, Teak & Twine is wonderful and I am a firm believer that its success is due to the character of Torrance. (Not only is she killing it in business, but she is also a brand new mom!) They are the perfect place to shop for any gift but a few being bridal, bridesmaids, client and corporate!

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