The Lawless Family | NAS Pensacola Lighthouse | Pensacola, Florida

I am so happy that I had the chance to hang out with this sweet family again!  When Stef had her maternity photos taken back in November, she mentioned coming back to town for a family shoot after Ryleigh was born in January + Dan returned from Afghanistan in March.  I followed Stef’s pregnancy , Ryleigh’s birth and Dan’s return on facebook and wished we lived closer so I could have taken all of those pictures too!!  But of course, I was honored that they chose me to document this sweet time in their life with their first family photos!  Little Ryleigh is already SUCH a Daddy’s Girl!   And to top it off, their stop in Pensacola was along the route to their final destination – Disney!  Stef + Dan, I hope you had an amazing trip!  Little Ryleigh is just the sweetest!  Enjoy your photos!2014-04-17_0001.jpg
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Jenny + John: 4.4.14 | Hemingway’s Island Grill| Pensacola Beach, Florida

Wedding season is officially here!!  This year is going to be BUSY, but more importantly, really, really FUN!  Along with HUGE things happening locally, we have so many clients coming to the Gulf Coast from all over the country for their destination weddings + photo sessions.  So very appropriately, we started the season with a GORGEOUS destination wedding on Pensacola Beach!!  The first Friday of April, I joined Jenny + John’s family + friends to watch them say “I Do!” in front of the Gulf of Mexico, far away from their home in Indiana.  It has always been Jenny’s dream to get married on the beach so when the forecast called for spotty thunderstorms, (the most unpredictable of April showers,) we were all a little concerned.  (I might have done an “anti-rain” dance.)  Jenny + her bridesmaids were troopers and joined me on the porch for some portraits while a heavy rain came down around us, but by the time we were wrapping up, the sun was shining!  And it stayed that way for the rest of the day, with a lovely sunset to top things off! (I’d like to think it was my anti-rain dance. )  Jenny + John, it was an honor + a pleasure.  Enjoy your day through my lens!!

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The ladies’ reaction to seeing Jenny in her dress for the first time:

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Jenny’s sweet gift to her mother:

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Can you believe it was raining during these portraits!?

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Next, I headed over to Peg Leg Pete’s for a few portraits with John + his groomsmen:
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And then it was back to the house for the ceremony, but before Jenny walked down the aisle, she got to share a special moment with John, WITHOUT seeing each other around the door!  I always love these sweet moments!
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Everybody!  Woohoo!
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Portrait time!  Jenny + John had their engagement session with me just two days before their wedding, so they were warmed up and ready to go for these pictures!!
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The light was so pretty at Hemingway’s, so we snapped a few more portraits along the water before heading in for their reception!  These are definitely some of my favorites from the day!!
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Some reception details:
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And one last photo to end the night!  Many congratulations to Jenny + John!  Thanks for choosing Pensacola Beach AND Kate’s Captures for your wedding!!
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Dress | Bridal Superstore – Indianapolis, IN
Flowers (Bouquets/Boutonnierres)| Southern Floral Traditions
Jewelry | David’s Bridal
Groomsmen Attire| Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids Dresses| Davids Bridal
DJ | Marty Stanovich
Hair | Cindy Byerly (Bloomington, IN)
Makeup | Kristen Lee Saxon, Stay The Clinical Spa
Ceremony | Pensacola Beach
Reception | Hemingway’s Island Grill
Officiant | Patrick Waters
Catering | Hemingway’s Island Grill
Cake | Betty Weber Cakes