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After a long winter, it’s always fun to kick the spring wedding season off with a beachfront wedding. This March, Heidi and Derrick welcomed spring AND the new chapter of their lives with one another in at Palazzo Del Sol in Destin, FL. They said “I do” as the wind blew and took stole a few moments with one another at the last inklings of sunset before dancing the night away. I can’t think of a more wonderful way to kick the year off! Heidi and Derrick, congratulations on your marriage and many years of dancing through life together!

– Holly


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

Ceremony venue: Palazzo Del Sol, Destin, FL.

Ceremony coordinator: Seashell Wedding Company, Brandy

Florist: Flowers from the Heart

Photography: Holly Gardner Photography

Cake: Bake My Day

Officiant: John King

Makeup Artist: Make Me Blush, Jessica Austin

Hairstylist: Amber Conner

Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero from A-Net’s Bridal

A few weeks ago I posted images from John and Brianne’s engagement session at St. Andrews State Park and today I wanted to post an even more recent session! Lauren and Andrew will say “I do” this summer at St. George Island, and they came to Panama City Beach to kick it by the beach and plan their wedding for a few days. Their session was in the exact same location as John and Bri’s, but we were able to select different spots for a completely different feel. These two are sweet and funny and I think these images of their engagement session really show the tenderness of their love for one another. Enjoy!

–  Holly

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Patience has never been my strength. When I take a photo I love I want to race home, edit it up and share it with the world. When working for businesses and magazines that’s not an option though – I always have to wait until after they’ve been published by the client. During a styled shoot for Wyndham Vacations in Destin last fall, I found myself literally jumping up and down over the incredible skies. We’d spent a few hours shooting inside and then moved to the beach for sunset. Now I’m able to share a few of my favorites and I’m jumping up and down again at my computer. Yes, I love what I do. So without further ado, here are some sweet, soft, pastel sunset photos (and a few from their styled shoot section) with a couple that is full of love and light!

–  Holly



Hello, friends! I hope that you’re having a lovely love month. I’m sure it’s seemed quiet around here, but behind the scenes I’ve been working on designing heirloom albums, shooting editorial spreads and planning for the year ahead.
This weekend as I was prepping for a huge shoot later this week I ran across images from Brianna and John’s engagement session in Panama City Beach. Seeing as how it was one of my favorites this past year I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you. I’m very much looking forward to their Cape San Blas wedding next fall – if it’s half as fun as their engagement session was then it will be one for the books. Enjoy!
– Holly


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Most of the time, I really don’t miss the forbidden foods… I tell myself (and others) that I have grown to enjoy living without peanut butter, all things cheesy, and gorging myself at parties on junk food. And that’s true most of the time. But then there are moments that I find myself craving a mound of chocolate cake or a pizza, delivered fresh to our door. The thought I always have immediately afterwards is “That’s ridiculous. I’m healthier, my child is safe, and I don’t really need junk” – followed by overwhelming mom guilt.

Lately, my craving has been for one of the absolute most terrifying (at least to a food allergy mom) things ever – peanut butter pie. I have thought about it for a while and finally decided that I had to find a way to find  a “safe” version of it. A “peanut butter pie” with a “buttery graham crust” that’s completely free of all the things that make it a true southern delight – butter, cheese, and wheat. And so I scoured our grocery store and asked friends about suitable replacements and decided to give it a try. And man, am I glad I did! Our daughter helped me put this together one Saturday afternoon and we took a few pictures of the process for you to enjoy and replicate at home. It’s just as good as the original treat and was fun to make!


  • 1 package (8 oz.) GoVeggie Vegan “Cream Cheese” Spread or other dairy-free alternative
  • 1 1/2 Cups of confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 (16 oz) package of thawed CocoWhip
  • 1 Cup Wowbutter (Our son has a seed allergy, so sunflower spreads are out for us.)b
  • 1 Cup soy milk (or other dairy-free alternative)
  • 2 (9 inch) gluten and dairy-free graham style pie crusts

What you’ll need:

  • Mixer or bowl and large whisk (we use our Kitchen-Aid mixer for ease)
  • Spatula and/or spoon
  • Measuring cups


Step 1: Pour together cream cheese alternative and confectioner’s sugar.

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Step 2: Blend together


Step 3: Mix in Wowbutter. Lick fingers if so inclined. 😉


Step 4: Mix in milk alternative and beat until smooth.


Step 5: Add CocoWhip.


Make sure you get every last drop!


Step 6: Blend until smooth and then pour into a graham-style crust. For this step, I decided to take over because we didn’t want to spill any of the delicious concoction.


Step 7: Cover pie and freeze until firm.