Best Beach Accessories on Amazon

It’s officially Summer! I am here for the long days, afternoons at the beach followed by the best nap you will ever experience in your life and all the colors. It has been a blast so far with R! This is her first Summer so we have had to be creative when it comes to the beach. It gets hot here fast in Florida and I want to make sure she stays covered! So, we have been going to the beach early in the mornings and later in the afternoons for the most part but have snuck so afternoons in as well! I don’t know how people do it with multiple kids, but even just with one, I avoid the hassle of going to the store at all costs! So, Amazon prime to the rescue! As promised, here are a few of the best beach accessories on Amazon for us! Amazon has so many good things right now - so I hope to update you later in the Summer with other things we have added to our collection!

  1. Blue + White One-Piece Swimsuit - I haven’t worn a one-piece swimsuit in years but I am all about it this Summer. It is easier to get around in since R is on the go and crawling (lunging) everywhere.

  2. Hand-held aquarium - This is the neatest little aquarium! It is perfect for kids walking along the beach to collect shells and anything else they may find!

  3. Grey + White Throw Blanket - This throw blanket (x 2) is currently in my cart! I plan to put two of them on the ends of our couch for the best nap I plan on taking after the beach.

  4. Baby Pool - This baby pool is a lifesaver! It is easy to blow up and packs up small. Since R is at the age where she wants to discover everything - I put her in this at the beach to keep her from eating sand (aka getting it in her eye because that is the worsssst. Trust me.) Throw some toys in there and she’s happy watching people walk by and playing. Throw in some water and she’s in heaven!

  5. White Kite - Heart eyes. That’s all.

  6. Island Coloring Book - Earlier this year we went to South Florida on vacation and our family had a coloring book they kept open on their table. I found myself sitting there forever! It is so therapeutic.

  7. Women’s White One-Piece Swimsuit - Again, I am here for this one piece and impressed by how well it covered! I may never get in a two piece again. Ha!

  8. Mini Fan - This is technically a stroller fan that we bought for while we were at Disney World, but I have been clipping it onto my beach chair and it’s amazing! Especially when R wants to take a nap on me, it keeps us both cool.

  9. Baby Girl Fish Swimsuit - This is currently in my Amazon cart, too! So cute!

  10. Paula’s Choice Resist SPF Moisturizer - This is the facial moisturizer/SPF I use every day! I am sensitive skin that breaks out easily - especially in the sun - and this stuff works wonders for me!

  11. Jenga - After a long day at the beach (and that nap I am talking about), there is nothing better than no makeup, a big sweatshirt and family games. I hated playing games growing up, and now that I am older there is nothing more relaxing. Ha! Jenga is a classic!

  12. Baby Girl Flamingo Swimsuit - The cutest!

  13. Nets - Perfect for kids (and adults - who am I kidding) to catch things in the Gulf or bay!

  14. Baby White Hat - R wears this every single time she is outside!

  15. Waterproof Playing Cards - Perfect for the beach or pool!

  16. Sun Bum SPF - This is the sunscreen we have used forever! Everyone is raving about Supergoop but I have yet to try it! So, until then - Sun Bum it is!

Hope y’all liked this! Like I said, I hope to update it with more things as the Summer goes on! You can see most of these things in use on my Instagram!

Film Wedding Photographers | Alys Beach, Florida | Around Town
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Inside scoop - everyone says to post photos of people online because it is “what people want to see!” And while that is most likely true - I am like, “….. but have you seen where I live?!”

I am constantly taking photos around Alys Beach, Watersound, Watercolor, Rosemary and 30A in general. They are some of my favorite images because they don’t even need people - it is so beautiful here on its own. So, I decided to start a series called Around Town that will feature just this - images around my favorite 30A communities!

First up, the immaculate, all white, highly sought after town of Alys Beach, Florida that is a favorite of almost every breathing soul.

Seaside Florida Photographers | Seaside Chapel Wedding | Will + Elizabeth
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Where do I even begin with Will + Elizabeth’s Seaside, Florida wedding?! The fact that the girls got ready in the cutest beach house in Watercolor, Florida? Or the sweet details throughout the whole day? Or that there was not a dry eye in the Chapel while they read their own vows to each other? Or we can talk about the insane floral arch at the front of the Chapel. Where to even begin?

Will + Elizabeth are the sweetest couple ever! They had a Gulf front reception at Bud & Alley’s restaurant after the ceremony that was one for the books! If the view of the Coast wasn’t enough, they had a gorgeous floral runner on the main table, an insanely good cake and dancing all night!

It was such an honor to be a part of this day, W + E!

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30A Beach Photographers | Watersound Beach, Florida | Bell Family
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The Bell family is one those families that you wish lived right next door to you so that you could be best friends with them forever and ever. Ha! I met them for the first time last year in Watercolor, Florida! Our session was rained on but with their encouragement, we took the session indoors and it ended up being one of my favorites of 2018!! This year we photographed these growing girls in Watersound Beach, Florida with no rain and a breathtaking pink sunset!

I was SO excited that Andrew of Andrew Lanier Arts was there to create the below lifestyle video of their vacation. Warning - grab tissues!! There is something incredibly special about having a lifestyle video of your session to bring you right back to those moments that you will never get back again.

Bell family - I love you. The end.

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Weekend Scenes : Kayaking and Saturdays Are For The Girls

It has been a hot minute since I did one of these! Partly because my weekends have been looking a little bit like changing diapers lately and partly because we work some weekends! Anyways, here we are and this past weekend was more exciting than most. Ha!

Started off with a day for just me and my girl. We ran errands around Destin and had lunch at our favorite tex-mex restaurant, Burrito Del Sol! (This was just one of two trips we had there over the weekend. Ha!) She also decided to boycott a nap on Saturday so I laid her in our bed and she went straight to sleep beside me. At least one of us got a nap!

Then, it was time on the water. Our favorite! We stopped by to see some of our best friends who just opened a bait and tackle shop in Fort Walton Beach (Emerald Coast Bait and Tackle - check them out!) and stock up on some lures. Cory went fishing on his kayak and I had a joy ride on mine. BTW, I love my Becasa bracelets! They are waterproof and made for a water lifestyle!

There is something about getting out in nature that refreshes you immensely. Being on the Coast helps a little, too. ;)

xoxo

Watercolor Inn & Resort Engagement | Gabe + Cassie
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Oh my goodness, I am just a little bit excited about this engagement session. Meet Cassie. We were roommates in college and by default best friends, fellow study buddies, “shhh’d” in the library pal and fellow Gilmore girls veggie. (She loved it. I by default watched it. Lol.) That’s not the cool part, though….

She waited for Gabe. No… for real. Cassie didn’t date. Ever. She waited for her someone even despite being sought after in college. And good grief, she was worth being pursued by her someone. She is the sassiest, funniest, wittiest and one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever known!

I have waited so long for Gabe. (Go with me here.. lol) I have waited to see who she would end up with because he was going to have to be someone special. And he is.

Gabe grew up along the Gulf Coast, so it was only fitting for us to shoot their engagement session in Watercolor, Florida! The Watercolor Lakehouse backdrop was perfect for Gabe and the beach at sunset fit Cassie. These two together flowed like they were meant to be.

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I Said I Would Not Photograph Families
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Can I let you in on a secret?

I said I would not photograph families. 😱

By industry standards - it wasn't cool. It was kind of at the bottom of the totem pole. If you booked weddings - or "destination" weddings (gasp!) - you were wanted. Successful. All of those things.

So, I photographed families and didn't market it. I didn't post about it. But very quickly I realized that I was not only having a blast with each family during our time together... but that I loved it. And maybe even more than that - I was good at it. It felt good photographing something that I am at the core of myself passionate about - family.

And now?

Family portraits make up the bulk of my work. AND I LOVE IT. It fuels me. These families mean something to me. Over time photographing them over and over again every Summer, I have come to consider a lot of them great friends. They have reached out to me when hurricanes came through. They have cheered me on and encouraged me to trust God when Cory and I thought we only wanted to be dog parents. They were then the same ones who congratulated me, gave me advice and prayed for us when we had Rylynn.

The thing that I said I would never do has become something that I am wildly passionate about.

It's more than standing behind a camera for me. It is loving these families where they are, sharing in their love for the Emerald Coast/30A area and showing them through their images that the best times are now.

Little Squish Is Three Months
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Our little squish is a little over three months! Part of me can’t believe we can say we have survived three months (hello, no sleep!) and part of me feels like it has gone by semi fast.

She is starting to laugh, which is the best sound in the world and her smile kills me. She is apparently camera shy because any time Cory or I bring out our phones or camera, she goes straight faced. (Ha!) And she is the LOUDEST talker ever. (Which I love!) Ask anyone who has met her. Ha!

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This little dress and gold bracelet were mine when I was a baby. My mom saved it all of these years!

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When we found out we were pregnant, this song became the prayer I started praying over her life.

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.

Cory Asbury

Valentine's Day Gift Guide
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I am a sucker for any type of celebration! Valentine’s day is one of those! I remember in school there was a movement of “You are lame if you like Valentine’s day..” and I always secretly loved it - even if it meant just sharing gifts or a fun dinner with my friends!

If you are practical - just want to treat yourself - or have a friend that is a soon-to-be-bride or Coast lover, these are great gifts for her!

1 - These Cuyana travel bags are beautiful and perfect for an everyday makeup bag!

2 - This Plum Pretty Sugar robe has me in the mood for Summer! I love the ruffles at the bottom and on the sleeves!

3 - Who does not love a good t-shirt and specifically one that is made locally on our Coast?

4 - I just discovered Viviandrew and am obsessed! These earrings are gorgeous! If you have a soon-to-be-Bride friend, these are perfect for her!

5 - This honey is made locally in Destin and has been featured on Oprah! These candles are made from a Beeswax and soy blend and are fantastic!

6 - An Amazon favorite! I love these coffee mugs!

7 - This lip balm is so soft and so good! This rose color is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

8 - And finally - lunch or dinner at the Bay in Santa Rosa Beach! The view of the Choctawhatchee Bay is breathtaking and the food is great!

XOXO!