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Heather + Kurt | You & Me Against The World

Heather and Kurt had a beautiful Oak Island wedding in Wilsonville, Alabama. The March weather was absolutely perfect! It was just the right blend of warmth, sun and clouds. Their ceremony was on the edge of the water overlooking the lake. A perfect view!

We loved ...

... their "no-kissing" rule! Heather and Kurt had decided they would not kiss during their "first look." They wanted their first kiss of the day to be as husband and wife. It was cute to see them resist against kissing during their pictures. They were so in awe of how beautiful/handsome the other was. So sweet!

... their venue! Heather and Kurt had been telling us how amazing it was at Oak Island. They instantly fell in love with it and knew without a doubt, that was were they were getting married. As we drove in, we immediately loved it too. It was stunning! It was the perfect backdrop for their wedding and enhanced the romance of their day.

... their sunset walk! As the sun was setting, we had to grab Heather and Kurt and take advantage of the amazing view. As we walked along the water, they were in their own world enjoying being husband and wife. They enjoyed their alone moments before heading back to the reception to celebrate!

Thank you Heather and Kurt for letting us be a part of your amazing day! Y'all are awesome!

Heather & Kurt's Wedding Vendors:

Venue // Oak Island - Wilsonville, Alabama Coordinator // Yolanda Tolbert - Oak Island Photographer // Say Bre Photography - Bre Conley Florist // Oak Island Makeup Artist // Rawwbeauty - Jackie Robinson Bridal Salon// Diane's Formal Affair Bridal Gown Designer // Maggie Sotterro Groom & Groomsmen // Men's Wearhouse Caterer // Chef Troy Hill - Talk of the Town Cake // Mary McNeese

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Here We Go To Port St. Joe | The Hamptons

Sometimes you just have to get away, be inspired and spend some time offline. One of our favorite places to escape to is Port St. Joe/Cape San Blas, Florida. This place is a hidden gem (so don't tell anyone, okay). This little town has a quaint charm that lifts your spirt.

A few reasons we LOVE Port St. Joe ...

Port St. Joe has the most amazing pizza place! I know, it seems kind of odd to go to the beach not eat seafood. Trust us, you have to stop by Joe Mama's. Our favorite pizza is pepperoni, mushroom, garlic and fresh spinach. Mmmmm ....

Joe Mamas Pizza

Joe Mamas Pizza

The dog-friendly beaches! In case you haven't realized it, we adore our dogs. :) Therefore, being able to take them on vacation with us is a big deal. They love beach so much! Sam (the black and tan) makes sure we wake up early for our morning beach walk. And yes ... we make them carry their own "poop bags."

dogs on beach

dogs on beach

Fishing on the beach, in the bay or in the sea. There are plenty of activities for the fisherman.

fishing at cape san blas

fishing at cape san blas

Spending time with family ...

Laughing at the Beach

Laughing at the Beach

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DCIM101GOPRO

And last, but definitely not least, the amazing sunsets!!

sunset at port st joe

sunset at port st joe

Here's a fun little video, we made with the GoPro Hero3, of our adventures. Have you ever seen happier pups?

Now it's your turn! The Cape San Blas rental house we stayed at has a private boardwalk to the beach and is dog friendly.

The Lunsford Family | A Day In The Life

One of my favorite benefits of social media is how it connects you with people who inspire and move you. At the end of January, I saw a special photo session by Ashley Warren in my news feed. The session was of this adorable family of six from the past summer. Jodi (Mom) had just been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and wanted a family portrait before she lost her hair from chemotherapy. The images of their family really connected with me.

A month later, I saw some photos of Jodi come across Ashley Warren's Facebook that were taken after her last chemo treatment. The images truly captured this beautiful, strong woman who has a contagious smile.

A few days later when I received a call from Jodi, and she said Ashley had given her our name, I immediately felt connected to her and could not wait to hear the rest of her story.

We arrived at the Lunsford's a few minutes before the kids got home, which gave us a little time to get ready and hear Jodi tell their story. As we listened to Jodi relive the moments she found out she had cancer and how that affected their family, Matt and I could not help but to be overcome with emotion. The sadness quickly turned to joy as she talked about hearing she was cured only a few days before our shoot.

The atmosphere of the house changed immediately as all four kids and Dad opened the door. The house immediately erupted into scooter racing, lightsaber fighting, mermaid tales, putting the kids things up, laughter and pure joy. After taking care of their parent responsibilities, Jodi and Tobi joined in on the fun. You can see that they're a united front, even when it's just playing lightsabers with the kids.

The Lunsford family is so full of life and love. I secretly wanted to put my camera down and be part of the Lunsford family.

The Lunsford's journey is one of adversity, strength, faith, love and family. Take a few minutes to hear their story. Trust me, you will be inspired and uplifted by their strength, love and faith. Share their story in hopes it might encourage and inspire others in their journey.

Thank you Lunsfords for letting us into your life and trusting us to capture your life-changing story! You have been a blessing to us!

 

Cara & Major | American Village Wedding

We are over the moon to get to share Cara and Major's wedding. We were lucky enough to meet them 3 years ago while filming a promo for a free wedding contest. So when Major called to talk about their wedding film, we were overjoyed to capture their story. Cara and Major are amazing people, with amazing spirits and an amazing love for each other and life.

We loved ...

... their "first look"!! This is one of the sweetest "first looks" we have captured. Major's emotion as he walked to Cara. Cara's nervous giggle in anticipation of seeing Major. As they stood there with each other, they were at a loss for words. Simply beautiful!

... their quiet anticipation! As it got closer to seeing each other for the first time, Cara and Major both became quieter and began to anticipate the moments that lie ahead.

... the groomsmen's belts! Major carved a leather belt for each groomsman. Each belt had a scene carved into it that represented an experience with Major and the groomsman. What an amazingly thoughtful gift that each of them will treasure!

... Cara and Major's love for each other! Love is hard to describe, but with Cara and Major you don't need to use words. Just watch the look on their faces as they talk about each other. See the way they hold each other. And when they were in the same room, they never took their eyes off of each other. It's a pure and beautiful thing!

Congratulations Cara and Major! We are beyond excited for you both!

Cara & Major's Vendors:

Venue // American Village - Montevallo, Alabama Coordinator // Engaging Celebrations - Beverly Andrews Photographer // Eric Chapman Photography Florist // Stephanie Drake DJ // Andy Reid Hair // Mallory Anderton Makeup Artist // Louise Bridal Salon// The White Room  Bridal Gown Designer // Watters Groom & Groomsmen // Saks Caterer // Michelle Johnson Cake // Dreamcakes

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The Schnader Family | A Day In The Life

We arrived at the Schnaders to find two cute little boys in their PJs. Mom and Dad start their day off with juicing and the boys insist on helping insert the fruits and vegetables.

Carter loves the train set that his dad helped him build! He has an active imagination and had named the characters that would be a part of his train adventures. He could have played with his trains all day. Coen, however, was much more interested in playing with the basketball goal. And making slam dunks!

Running through the house playing hide and go seek was filled with laughter and squeals. They all took turns counting and hiding.

The boys love to take walks with their parents on the trails. This gives them a chance to explore, run and throw rocks in the creek. Of course, you have to find the big rocks!

As the day ends, they run around the backyard playing with bubbles. Seeing who makes the biggest and who's goes the highest.

Thank you so much Schnader family for letting us be a part of your life and join in the laughter and adventure!! Enjoy this day in the life of their family!