Michael + Lauren | Alys Beach, Florida Wedding
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Michael + Lauren's Alys Beach wedding was one that I have looked forward to for over a year! They are two are the kindest, most humble beings! Lauren reached out to me over a year ago! Between a years worth of emails and phone calls - I felt like I had known her forever! Her and Michael are the kind of people that you adore instantly!

Their seaside ceremony was so sweet! The sun barely came out all day, but I really think that it was perfect! It gave the whole look a soft, gentleness which completely embodies who they are!

Michael + Lauren - you two were such a highlight of my year! Thank you so much for your friendship, kindness and genuineness! 

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Andrew + Lauren | The Grand On Foster Wedding Dothan, Alabama
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Andrew and Lauren are one of those couples that you want to be around all of the time! The way that they love each other, makes you feel loved just by being in their presence. 

When we first spoke, I knew their wedding was going to be special! They chose to get married at the Grand on Foster in Dothan, Alabama because the venue matched the moody, elegant aesthetic they were aiming for. I had the best time shooting their day because the vibe was different than what I've done in the past!

The details were gorgeous - Lauren put so much thought into them - but it was the celebratory and worshipful attitude that made their whole day memorable! The ceremony was like none I have been apart of before! They made the chief focus of their marriage day a picture of Christ's marriage to His church. It was breathtaking! 

Andrew & Lauren, thanks so much for giving me the honor to be apart of this! You two live out the Gospel evidently and beautifully.

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Planning : Claire, The Grand on Foster

Florals : The Petaler Co.

Photography : Kaylie B. Poplin Photography

Dress : Rue De Seine

Bridesmaids Dress : Jenny Yoo

Venue : The Grand on Foster

Cake : Tara Temptations

Invitations : Weezer's Card Room

Williams Family | Santa Rosa Beach, FL Film Photographers
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She was my first childhood best friend! We were both born in Texas, both moved to a small town in Georgia where our parents met, both nicknamed "bug", both played baseball on the same team that our dads coached on, both went to the same school, both made our parents wonder if we would ever grow out of the tomboy stage... and the list goes on! 

When Kate told me that her family was coming to Santa Rosa Beach and wanted me to photograph them, I freaked out! It has been years since we have seen each other and let me tell you, nothing had changed! 

I had such a great time walking around with them in Watercolor, catching up and photographing them along the way! They are such a special family! The role they played in my life for many seasons is one that I cherish! 

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Cannoy Family | Fort Walton Beach, Florida Film Photographers
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Fall is in the air and family sessions are still in full swing! This is my absolute favorite time of the year to live at the beach. Families that vacation to the Emerald Coast during the Fall agree! The traffic slows down, the beaches are empty and the weather is perfect!

The Cannoy family's session in Fort Walton Beach, Florida was an example of how perfect this time of the year is here! They are such a precious family and those girls are the sweetest ever! 

It was such an honor to meet them and photograph them while they were here with their family! 

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Victoria Austin Designs Newborn | Fairhope, Alabama Film Photographer
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There is nothing like watching Victoria Austin Designs become a Mother. I don't know if welcoming a child into the world could ever feel natural the first few months, but she would make you think otherwise! She seamlessly transitioned into this new adventure!

Let's just talk a minute about this nursery. You will want to live in Baby A's room! Tori's eye for design exploded into the cutest, detailed space! Every little element was thoughtfully curated and meaningful! 

I can't get enough of this family. I just can't. 

And Otto - well, you may remember his presence years ago in their family portraits. Of course he had to be in a few portraits with his new brother! 

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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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