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Never in a million years did I think that I’d end up back here. The day I graduated from high school I knew I was headed for big adventures that would take me far away from the South. Where everyone knew everyone and their business, roots run strong and the tea is so sweet it pours as slow as honey. But after a while it happened. It always seems to happen… There’s something about the South that draws its people in. Lures them back with the sweet smell of gumbo, gumbo and your mother’s favorite perfume. It takes a hold of your heart and embraces you with welcoming arms.

Brooke and Dan’s wedding reminded me of just how powerful that force can be. An Alabama native, Brooke is well-traveled and is living a true life of adventure and excitement. She met her match in Dan and couldn’t resist his hair-pulling, helicopter-flying shenanigans. They decided to marry in a place with generations of family history, surrounded by their closest family and friends, and we met down a dirt road in Gulf Shores at the Swift-Coles House, (which was built by her relatives). The day was as laid-back and happy as could be and everywhere I turned were people upon which best-selling novels (and comic books) could be written. The smell of gumbo wafted through the air as the whiskey flowed and a friend took the stage to play the harmonica. There was kudzu, doggy dancing, and lots of talk of mullet tossing. Here are some images of a few highlights of their day.

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All the details:

Venue: Swift-Coles House

Photography: Holly Gardner Photography

Catering: Jesse’s Restaurant

Musician: Sam Pointer

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From the first time I spoke with Rachael and Branson I knew that their day was destined to be easy breezy. From their laid-back personalities to how they described their future wedding-day (a day filled with closest friends and family, under the oaks) I just knew in my heart that the weather would be perfect and it would be flawless. And if something didn’t go according to plan that everything would be just fine because at the end of the day they were to be married.

We met at their beach house in Santa Rosa Beach and then headed over to Eden Gardens State Park. They said their vows by the big tree and then dined on Po’ Boys and other southern fare under the moss. As the sun set we walked around Eden, taking portraits along the way. Here are just a few images from their wedding day. Enjoy!

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All the  details:

Venue: Eden Gardens State Park

Photography: Holly Gardner Photography

Wedding dress: BHLDN

Makeup artist: Julia Kachalkova

Hair stylist: Mandi Anderson

Catering: Bud & Alley’s Dine by Design Catering

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Meet Mimi and Nick. They both love the sunshine, being by the water, and each other. Planning to wed along 30A in 2015, they are my one of my newest couples. We recently walked around Rosemary Beach together while they told me about just a few of the amazing places they’ve traveled around the world together and some of the adventures they’ve had together. They laughed and smiled despite the fact it was unseasonably cold, and we enjoyed a few moments by the windy beach. Here are a few photos from our scenic walk together!

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Since we’re on the topic of high school, I wanted to share a few photos from a recent session with a graduating high school senior. This session was especially neat because when I remember the day she was brought home from the hospital.  Yep, my parents lived next door to Kristen’s family and I was actually in high school. (Did I just age myself?) I honestly didn’t pay that much attention to the baby next door because I was… well, a teenager. But she and her brother looked cute and I’d see them play and state how precious they looked before going on my merry way. Well, last year I photographed her cousin’s engagement session in Panama City Beach and they brought Miss Kristen up. I said “Awww… I remember when she was a newborn. She must be in what, 6th grade?” Wrong. Dead wrong. Kristen was not only all grown up, she’d become a beautiful young woman.

When I was asked to photograph her senior pictures I tried to contain my enthusiasm. We met in St. Andrews and tromped around the area, stopping under the oaks and along colorful buildings. We even met a man that decided her senior pictures wouldn’t be complete without his parrot (who had a thing for sparkly earrings). Looking back, I’d have to agree!

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Standing in a line, we watched the older girls and struggled to keep up. Shaking my scrawny little legs and flat chest, I wondered how I would in four short years I could ever be as poised, confident and mature as the older girls. Even for the least-shy fourteen year old, entering high school is scary. Signing up to be a cheerleader at said school was doubly-scary. There were new routines, new outfits, and a sea of new faces, many of which just turned their noses up at me. Except for one upcoming senior… I can’t remember her exact words, but I recall her pulling me aside and saying something to the effect of “Come on, baby girl. Let me show you the moves. I’m Tina.” And it was then that I knew I’d be ok in this new school and that among the coolest of the cool remained a few leaders that put others first. It made a genuine impact on me and made me think a) about how a simple thing could mean so much to someone and b) how you never know who’s looking up to you.

A few years ago, Tina and I reconnected. I’m not sure if I’ve told her since how much I appreciate that simple gesture from way back in the fabulous 90’s. I’m sure that she doesn’t even remember it. But I do. When we reconnected as adults, I was pleased to learn that Tina was every bit of the vivacious, kind, funny (seriously… she’s hilarious) and genuine girl I’d met back before I’d hit puberty.

Several weeks ago I had the chance to photograph her with her sweet husband Peter and their new little love. They are building a house along 30A and so we decided to do something a little different and do their session in and around their house. There was dust, scaffolding, and drywall everywhere but we just rolled with it. Where there was no light, we made it.

I love these images of an old friend with her newly expanded family in their future home. Things look bright for the Romaines and it couldn’t be for more anyone more deserving. Cheers!

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