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

What’s more American than apple pie and fireworks? Clear blue skies, Lilly Pulitzer, and the Keeley family! This clan converges on Panama City every year and we always spend a few hours documenting their sweet family. This year we headed to St. Andrews State Park, where we played on the beach, caught up on life, and just generally had a good time. Here are a few photos of our time together for you to enjoy as you get your grill fired up. Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!!!

– Holly


Joe and Arcelia’s wedding was only a few months ago, but I’ve still been unable to articulate all that I have wanted to say. What I do know is that their love is true, their family is one of the most supportive I’ve seen, and that their day was blessed. Sure, it flooded. But their love shone so bright that it overpowered the storm clouds. This day was meant to be, exactly as it was. I not only adore these two, but now consider them friends. Cheers to an overwhelmingly joyful and loving couple and Mazel Tov to the start of this new chapter in your lives.

– Holly



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

Wedding coordinator: Shelby Peaden Events

Photography: Holly Gardner Photography

Venue: Rosemary Beach, FL

Florist: Events by Nouveau Flowers

Officiant: Brian Baber (family friend)

Caterer: Cafe 30A

The only thing better than working in one of your favorite spots is getting to work in one of your favorite spots with sweet friends! After photographing the Thornton family for several years, Miss Chrystal took her turn with them one cloudy afternoon in St. Andrews State Park. They played, kissed, waved at pirates, and took lots of snack breaks. Chrystal documented their sweet family perfectly and I’m excited to share a few images from their time together!

– Holly


We sat there, staring at the screen, complete strangers. Neither of us knew what to say, but I had been put on the spot to help provide a few minutes of idle chit-chat, so that’s what I did. We talked about what the weather was like on the outside and I tried to listen to details of his daily routine, although I had to strain to understand through the high-pitch tones. Growing up around Navy divers, I had always been impressed by not only their strength but their smarts. But that conversation I had with a man locked in a hyperbaric chamber for a month left an indelible impression. These men (and women) know a heck of a lot about perseverance, strength of character, and commitment; a commitment not only to their job but to God, country, and their families.

When I met Keith and Kelly I was immediately struck by how cute they were together. That was obvious to anyone. But as I stood by them on their wedding day, I was reminded of the diver I had shared a few minutes with years before. The seriousness with which they took their vows. The commitment they expressed to one another. The formality and significance of the ceremony. Two separate times during their wedding day I found myself not only moved to tears but boo-hooing like a baby. I tried to explain it to my husband that night, but the only way I could describe it is that I felt the presence of God there. From the way a rainbow magically appeared out the window directly in front of them during their first dance to how their vows managed to leave nary a dry eye in the room. Witnessing it all was something special, and I felt privileged that they had entrusted me to document their day. Kelly & Keith – I wish you all many years of love, commitment and happiness.

– Holly


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

Venues: Eglin AFB Chapel & Bayview Officer’s Club

Photography: Holly Gardner Photography

Videography: Silver Thread Video

Florist: Perfect Day Wedding Florist

Officiant: Chaplain Anthony Cuchens

Makeup artist: Spa La La Day Spa

DJ: Bobby Spencer

  • Linda Beck Bridges - Each of us attending the wedding were given an amazing gift — we were shown that true love does still exist.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanie - How absolutely beautiful. Although I wasn’t there in person, I feel their love for each other as well as for their family beaming through these photos. God is good!ReplyCancel

It’s all sunshine and smiles here at the office, as I’m celebrating my little man’s second birthday. Not only are cupcakes hidden everywhere, there are beautiful images flying off the screen from this recent Grayton Beach session shot by Chrystal. This sweet family may be spread throughout Birmingham and Atlanta, but their family ties recently them to the beautiful, serene Grayton Beach for a week to celebrate being together by the sparkling emerald water. They are full of fun and personality and were a joy to spend the evening with. Here are a few images of the moments she captured during their evening together!

– Holly