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Late nights with cool breezes in the air call for ramblings about life and love. Perhaps it’s the Mazzy Star dance mix on repeat, the angle of the moon in the sky or the juxtaposition of the two, but something has me full of feeling and words I can’t quite manage to find. But somehow, in this moment, the words on my iPod seem to fit just right. You put your hands into your head and your smiles cover your heart… And then you just magically fade into one another and blend perfectly – two bodies into one heart…

Heather and Noel have perfected the art of seamlessly fading into one another – becoming one heart and soul, both independently strong and unique, but unstoppable together. Their love and peace with one another is inspiring and the way they look at one another is enough to melt the coldest heart.

And their wedding day? Well, you can bet that was pretty fantastic too – full of laughter, sunshine and salt air.  I am so excited to share a few highlights from their day. Enjoy!

– Holly





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

Ceremony venue: St. Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach, FL

Reception venue: St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club

Photography: Holly Gardner Photography

Florist: Designs by Carmen

Cake Artist: Fatty Patty’s

Makeup: Irene Richardson

Hair: Sierra Ray

Musical Entertainment: Gulf Talent Services

Happy fall, y’all! It’s time for a quick flashback to earlier this summer for a few highlights from Amber & Andrew’s wedding. They were married on the beach in Destin, Florida and partied all day and night with their closest family and friends. They were blessed with a stunning Southern sunset, cool gulf breezes and lots of puppy kisses. Here are a few highlights from their day!

– Holly




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

Ceremony venue: Private home, Destin, FL

Photography: Holly Gardner Photography

Videography: Britt Burns

Officiant: Dennis Rader

Makeup & Hair: Jasmine Rizzuto, Project Style Salon & Spa

Wedding Dress: Mori Lee

Well, hello there! It’s been a long, hot summer, which has been perfect for me to wrap up galleries and albums and take a little family vacation time. Now that summer is coming to an end, it’s time to start thinking about all the fun that’s to be had this fall! We have a little over a month until we kick things off with Heather and Noel’s wedding, so why don’t we go ahead and share a few favorite images from Lauren and Andrew?

Their big day took place on St. George Island this past June and was full of salt, sun and lots of fun! Their family and friends came from afar to toast the couple and dance the night away. We snuck away for a few beach sunset photos and rode around the island on the golf cart, savoring the last inkling of light before dancing the night away. Looking back at these photographs makes me smile as I think about what a great summer it’s been. Here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

– Holly


Summer is here and the first wedding season of the year is drawing to a close rapidly (how did that happen?). In the midst of editing, I figured it was time to hit pause and share a few images from a recent wedding that absolutely pulled on my heart strings –  Courtney & Jeff’s elegant Seaside wedding. After a touching first look in Watercolor, they said “I Do”  at the Seaside Chapel and danced the night away in Ruskin Park. Throughout the day, there was lots of love and laughter – from the expressions of the bridesmaids when they were spying (from a distance) on Courtney and Jeff’s first look, to the tears of joy and love in Jeff’s eyes as he saw his bride walk down the aisle.

A huge thanks to Defining Moments by Heather for putting together an amazing event and to Courtney, Jeff, and their families for being so warm and welcoming.


– Holly

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

Ceremony venue: Seaside Chapel

Event Coordinator: Defining Moments by Heather

Reception Venue: Seaside’s Ruskin Park

Florist: Milk & Honey

Photography: Holly Gardner Photography

Videography: Josh Kidd Films

Officiant: Gary Wingo

Makeup Artist: The Perfect Make-Up

Hairstylist: Hair Design by Jessica

Music: Masterpiece Band, Gulf Talent Services

Catering: Townsend Catering

Wedding Ring: Rotem Fartook, Bella Diamanti

Wedding Dress: Lela Rose


A few years ago, I met Heather on the job… The pretty little blonde was on assignment for the News Herald and I was working for a local company that was having a big press conference with Governor Rick Scott. It sounded easy enough, but when I got in the midst of the crowds I realized the lighting was awful, people were (literally) pushy, and I was feeling pretty out of my element. Heather was kind enough to guide me through the day and I was incredibly grateful for her, as I watched her navigate the crowds with ease. That day I gained a whole new appreciation for photojournalists… I knew they had a tough job, but I didn’t realize how different our lines of work really were. Since that day, I’ve always smiled when I’ve seen her images on the front page of the paper, or honked as I’ve driven by and seen her in the oddest places, hauling around her camera like it’s no big deal.

Recently, she became engaged to Noel in what may be one of the cutest proposal stories I’ve heard in a while. Shortly afterward, she contacted me about photographing her wedding. I have to confess feeling a little nervous – I always am when working with a fellow photographer- but particularly one that I know and whose work I follow. One recent evening at Camp Helen State Park we met up for their engagement session and I begged them to put away any preconceived notions and just trust me… Their session ended up being a ton of fun and we walked away with a ton of diverse photos, from glowy tree to pastel sunsets. Here are just a few from our evening together. Enjoy!

– Holly