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Philip + Sierra | St. Michaels & Palafox Wharf

It's always a little bit intimidating when someone hires you for their wedding (arguably one of the most important days of a persons life) without meeting you first. It's also probably not a good idea to completely space and run 2 hours late for your first meeting with this person. (Everyone makes mistakes, photographers are people too! I promise this is the only time I've done this.) Luckily, Philip & Sierra are two of the sweetest people, we met, hit it off, and everything worked out alright in the end :)

What was the most anticipated moment of the day?

Sierra- "Seeing each other at our ceremony! We didn't do a first look and wanted to keep with tradition of seeing each other at our ceremony. I couldn't wait to see Philip at the end of the aisle."

Philip- "The exchange of vows. I was excited to be able to finally express our vows for each other in front of our family, friends, and God."

What was the biggest surprise of the day?:

Sierra- "Philip gave me a Beauty and The Beast wedding figurine for my wedding gift. On our first date Philip brought me to see Beauty and The Beast in 3D since I am a huge Disney fan. It is a special memory that I was surprised to have him incorporate into our big day!"

Did anything unexpected happen? What was the outcome?:

Sierra- "My sister (MOH) forgot to bring the rings to give to the best man. The trolley bringing my family to the church had to turn around to meet the reception coordinator to pick up the rings. It was a memorable experience for my family and a fun way to have everyone included!"

Philip- "The priest telling my aunt to stop taking pictures with her phone during the ceremony and to leave the pictures to Molly! It was hard to not laugh at that moment!"

What advice would you give to couples planning their wedding now?:

"Enjoy every moment of the planning process, even the stressful ones. It goes quickly and you only have one wedding, it's worth every emotion!"

Were you nervous? How did you squash the nerves?:

Sierra- "No, I was more anxious the morning of. Anxious to see Philip. I remember just wanting it to be time for the ceremony so I could see him! Being surrounded by my Mom and bridesmaids kept me calm, Sage (my sister and MOH) was a big help!'

Philip- "Of course I was nervous! I was getting married! I just calmed myself knowing we were meant to be together." (AWWWWWWWW!)

What were some of your favorite wedding details? How did you come up with them?: 

Sierra- "The memory table to honor our family that passed away, we are very family oriented and know we wouldn't be who we are without our family. The Mickey and Minnie ears we wore during our cake cutting, to incorporate our love of Disney. We also had a raw bar since our family loves seafood and traveled across the country to Florida, we wanted to reflect that. Our grand exit was unique. We had everyone ring cowbells to match our last dance, a lot of our family commented on how that added a special touch to our wedding."

How did you feel at the end of the day?:

"Overjoyed, it was a perfect day! We were truly happy to be husband and wife celebrating with our friends and family."

What are you most looking forward to about married life?

"Continuing the journey of life together. We learn from each other, which is a beautiful thing."

Event Details:

Bridal Suite: New World Landing 

Ceremony Venue: Basilica of Saint Michael the Archangel

Reception Venue: Palafox Wharf

Coordinating: P.S. Weddings

Catering: Nancy's Haute Affairs

Photography: Rockwell Images


Robert + Kimberly | Sowell Farms, Milton FL

I have a soft spot for brides who get unanticipated rain on their wedding day. Once upon a time (many moons ago....) I was that bride; the one with an outdoor ceremony, a backup plan, and crossed fingers. Sometimes the rain clears, sometimes it doesn't, but either way your wedding ceremony is always going to be something you remember fondly, no matter what the weather was! And it helps that the indoor space at Sowell Farms is just as beautiful as all the outdoor space!

(Plus, I met one of my now best friends at this wedding!!)

Event Details:

Ceremony & Reception Venue- Sowell Farms

Photography- Rockwell Images

Brandon + Alyssa | Niceville, FL

Since moving to Pensacola, it's always really fun to get to head back to my little hometown (Niceville, Florida....yes it's a real place.) for a celebration!!

Plus, Brandon was one of the most enthusiastic picture-taking grooms I've ever gotten to work with. He was cracking us up ALL day!

See what I mean? Look at Brandon, hamming it up!

Event details:

Ceremony venue- Christ Our Redeemer Catholic Church

Reception Venue- Soundside at Hurlburt Field

Photography- Rockwell Images

Andrew + Brianna | Old Christ Church & Palafox House

HOLY CRAP I'M FINALLY BLOGGING. You can all collectively gasp now. *GASP*

I've had this wedding ready to go for uh....longer than I'll ever admit, because I am the worst at blogging, but here it goes!!

Most anticipated moment of the day:

Brianna- "Seeing each other for the first time!"

Andrew- "Getting to say 'I do,' and finally marrying her" (YALL. HOW STINKING PRECIOUS.)

What ended up being your favorite part of the day?:

Brianna- "The ceremony, and when the whole day was over" (Because then the real fun starts- being married!! Oh, you thought I was gonna say something else? Get your mind out of the gutter!)

Andrew- "The ceremony!"

Any advice for couples planning their wedding now?:

Brianna- "Make sure you have someone you trust to help you, and don't wait until the last minute to do anything, plan everything waaaay in advance! If you don't, you, as the bride, might go crazy!"

Andrew- "Sit back and enjoy the ride" (If there ever was a more typical groom answer, LOL)

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?:

Brianna- "Going on lots of adventures, and just getting to do life with each other."

Andrew- "Growing old with her." (I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING!)

Event details:

Ceremony Venue- Old Christ Church

Reception Venue- Palafox House

Flowers- Fiore of Pensacola

Photography- Rockwell Images

Non-Bar Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties

Don't get me wrong, I love going out to a good bar every once in awhile. But if you're anything like me, the thought of being the center of attention (sash, crown, phallic-shaped memorabilia, etc) in a room full of drunk strangers makes me a little anxious. Or maybe bars just aren't your thing, and that's totally cool. (You could also be like me and have gotten married when you were 20, so the whole bar scene wasn't really an option.) So I have compiled a list of equally awesome non-bar bachelorette/bachelor party ideas!!

1. Sky Zone Pensacola

Two words. Trampoline. Park. I don't think I need to say any more, except this place is SO MUCH FUN.


2. Dreamland Skating Rink

I may be a little biased towards this one, since this is where I actually had my bachelorette party, but as a child of the 90's there's nothing like a good skating rink party! (Bonus point if you get the guy in the sound booth to play strictly 90's music)

3. Escape on Palafox

A great way to test out how your bridesmaids/groomsmen deal with stress :P Spend 60 minutes locked in a room with them trying to solve puzzles and find clues to escape!!

4. Pensacola Blue Wahoos Baseball Game

Even if you're not the biggest fan of baseball, live sports are so much fun. Plus, this option is family friendly if you or your partner have kids that you want to bring along! (You would have to be getting married during baseball season though.)

5. Gallery Night in Downtown Pensacola

I'm also a bit partial to this idea, since gallery night was where hubby and I had our first date. They close down Palafox St. and there are a TON of awesome bands playing, food vendors/trucks, and art galleries showcasing local artists. It's all the best downtown Pensacola has to offer crammed into one night!


Did you have a unique bachelorette/bachelor party? Or do you have a great idea for a non-traditional one? Tell me about it in the comments!!