Rosemary Beach Documentary Wedding Photography by Holly Gardner » 30A documentary wedding photographer for adventurous couples

Welcome to my third attempt. I’ve been sitting here, trying to articulate how incredibly awesome Melinda and Jeff are, how unique their Alys Beach wedding was, and how I really, truly adore them so much that I wish they lived close by so we could be BFFs. But from every angle I approach it, I just end up coming off as cheesy and insincere. The honest truth is though, it’s true…

Melinda and Jeff’s wedding was sweet and simple and everything about their intimate nuptials breathed of authenticity and love. They are a couple that marches to their own drum, aren’t afraid to be absolutely ridiculously over-the-top silly and different, and are 100% focused on what really matters most – their family, dearest friends, and one another.

As I was getting to know them better, I asked them what part of the wedding they were most excited about. Jeff’s reply? “Marrying the love of my life on the sand with the sound of the waves behind us. A little like heaven.”  This day – the first of their lives together as husband and wife – surely didn’t disappoint. They said their vows on the beach with a vivid blue sky and the wind gently pushing Melinda’s hair aside as she walked down the sandy aisle toward her new husband. This couple and this day were blessed. Beautiful. A little like heaven.

– Holly

Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto001Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto002Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto003Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto004Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto005Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto006Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto007Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto008Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto009Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto010Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto011Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto012Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto017Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto015Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto016Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto018Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto019Carnes_AlysBeachWeddingPhoto020

 

Here are a few of the many people that made this day possible: 

Venue: Alys Beach, Florida

Photography: Holly Gardner Photography

Hair: Jasmine Rizzuto, Project: Style Salon

Dress: Maggie Sottero from Bravura Fashion 

 

The older I get, the more I yearn for the simple things in life like curling up to watch a movie with my husband, cooking a sweet potato to perfection, or the little stream of light that filters through our windows every afternoon. There is beauty in simplicity and knowing that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be in life. That knowing and inner peace is what not only helps me savor the little moments, but see the world in a whole new light.

Recently, Kate and Brendan let me show them how I see a little piece of the world that we share together – our quiet little neighborhood, nestled along the bay in Panama City Beach. We ventured through parking lots, marinas and empty lots to have a little fun and document the excitement they feel during this time of their life. They are adorably adorable and full of love and I know that their wedding next year is going to reflect that. Here are a few photos of Kate and Brendan being awesome and enjoying the beauty in the world around them.

– Holly

KateBrendanBayPointEngagement001KateBrendanBayPointEngagement002KateBrendanBayPointEngagement003KateBrendanBayPointEngagement004KateBrendanBayPointEngagement005KateBrendanBayPointEngagement006KateBrendanBayPointEngagement007KateBrendanBayPointEngagement008KateBrendanBayPointEngagement009

When I was a kid, I thought it was funny to write in the dust on people’s cars. My artistic graffiti was typically limited to smiley faces and sailboats, but I always saw it as a little way to blow off a little steam and brighten someone’s day (whether they appreciated it or not). Josh and I weren’t childhood friends, but I am pretty confident that he did the same thing as I. Because as a man he chose to take a note from my childhood playbook and step it up a notch – writing his proposal on the top of his truck so Jenne would see it when she looked off their balcony. After over six years together, many miles, and the highs and lows of going through life together, Josh and Jenne formalized their commitment to one another. This time, it wasn’t written in dust but made atop the sand and signified by two rings.

As Jenne walked down the aisle in her flowing wedding gown, I turned around to see a stoic Josh crack just a bit. It was obvious to everyone there how overwhelmed with love he was and the giddy smile on her face showed that the feelings were mutual. Afterwards, the two danced by the bay under the twinkling lights at the Destin Bay House. Their family and friends danced with them and then laughed and cheered as they drove off in a vintage car to start their new life together. I am certain that their lives will always be full of laughter and love because they have one another. Here are a few highlights from the day.

– Holly

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Destin Bay House modern wedding photo

Here are a few of the many vendors that made this day possible: 

Event Planner: Savoir Faire Weddings

Photography: Holly Gardner Photography

Venue: Destin Bay House

Decor, Catering & Rentals: Celestine’s

Cake Artist: Sweet for Sirten

Makeup Artist: Tiffany Vaughan

Hair: Amy Parker, The Grove Salon

Music: Rock the House

Hair/Makeup: Amy Rider

Getaway car: Bay Limo

  • Hayes - It was a beautiful day and a great celebration.ReplyCancel

UPS Delivery day is ridiculously exciting for me – particularly when the man in the brown suit comes bearing new heirloom albums! I can’t help but (carefully) tear open the package with great excitement and stare at all the loveliness that awaits me inside. Today I was greeted by stacks of boxes at the door, including Katie & Michael‘s heirloom album. This 10×10″ book features thick, lay-flat pages and the Slate leather cover features custom embossing with their names and wedding date. It sure is fun turning the pages and reliving their Carillon Beach wedding! Before I wrap it back up and ship it to the newlyweds, here are a few photos of it!

– Holly

_HG10530r_HG10533r_HG10537r

When I first met Mimi & Nick for their Rosemary Beach engagement session last year I knew that their wedding would be an intimate international affair. A few weeks ago Mimi’s family came from all over the country to watch her marry her sweet Kiwi boyfriend, Nick. Nick’s family and friends flew in from all over the globe for a starlight ceremony at Flint Hill. After saying their vows below the twinkling lights, they moved inside for a fun-filled reception with kind words by family and lots of dancing. I wish you many years of love and happiness!

– Holly

FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto001FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto002FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto003FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto004FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto005FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto006FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto008FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto009FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto010FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto011FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto012FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto013FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto014FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto015FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto016FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto017FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto018FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto019FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto020FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto021FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto022FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto023FlintHillAtlantaWeddingPhoto024

Here are a few of the many vendors that made this day possible: 

Photography: Holly Gardner Photography

Venue: Flint Hill (Atlanta, Ga)

Florist: Flowers From Us

Officiant: Rev. Steve Bates

Makeup artist: The Bridal Beauty Experts

Hair Stylist: Karen Tascon

DJ: Black Tie Events