Juliette + Paul: 2.24.18 | Portofino Island Resort | Pensacola Beach, Florida

A California couple, looking for a Florida photographer.  It almost seemed too good to be true.  Months later, as they stood on the white sand, thousands of miles from the West Coast, we watched as Juliette + Paul promised one another forever, and I found myself feeling perfectly at home.  Not only is Pensacola Beach the Gulf Coast’s best kept secret, one of my favorite places on Earth and practically the most idyllic backdrop for a beach wedding you can imagine, it was this incredible couple that tipped me over the edge.  When I first met Juliette + Paul, we clicked immediately – I knew they were my kind of people.  They are funny, full of joy, and to top it off… dog lovers!  So of course, we hit it off 😉  From the moment we first chatted, it’s been comfortable, familiar and fun, like we’ve been friends for years.  On the day of their wedding, when I arrived to Juliette’s suite, she greeted me with a hug and a gift.  “It’s nothing,” she said, “but it made me think of you!”  As I opened the tiny box to reveal a gold pineapple keychain, I couldn’t help but think how truly lucky I am to connect with such wonderful, thoughtful humans.  The type of people who give their photographer a gift on their own wedding day.  And that was just the start of it! There is something so incredibly special about hosting an intimate destination wedding.  Not only is the guest list smaller, but those in attendance are basically on holiday.  It’s not just a 4 hour event- it’s a group vacation!  And seriously, what better place to bring your closest friends and family than Portofino Island Resort.  This place is pure heaven, and the perfect setting to say “I do!”  As the day unfolded and MANY happy tears were shed, we watched as these two become Mr. and Mrs. Burns, the skies treated us with a perfectly pastel sunset during their portraits, and the celebration continued over a delicious dinner and a “sparkling” exit.  I’m unbelievably honored that I got to share in their joy and couldn’t be happier that I got to keep the celebration going at their reception back in Sacramento a few weeks later.  Cheers to my friends, the newlyweds!Portofino-Island-Resort-Pensacola-Beach-Wedding-Photographer_1000.jpg
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Dress | Sparkle Bridal | Sacramento, California

Venue | Portofino Island Resort | Pensacola Beach, Florida

Floral Design | Fiore of Pensacola

Wedding Planner | Jessica Jensen

Hair + Makeup | JMUAH! | Jillian Jensen Holt

Catering | Coastal Restaurant | Portofino Island Resort | Pensacola Beach, Florida

Cake | Cake Gallery

Staionery | minted.com

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