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

Today is a SUPER exciting day here, as I get to introduce everyone to our new associate photographer, Chrystal! I have known her for several years and have enjoyed watching her grow up and mature into a lovely, hard-working and talented lady. I knew in my heart that she was exactly the kind of person that I’d like to train to shoot with me and so when she returned to the area to finish college I basically kidnapped her and begged her to help out (true story.) She had second-shot a dozen or so weddings before starting to work with me last fall, so when she started assisting she was already ahead of the curve. Since then, she has quickly grown from a trusty assistant to a third shooter and now my steady second shooter for weddings. You could say we’re kind of going steady… Only in a totally professional, non-creepy way…DIserniaGroupsPortraits142rIn addition to weddings, she’s assisted me on multiple commercial shoots and portrait sessions and I’m proud to say she’s more than just a pretty lighting model. Although she is pretty cute, as evidenced by this shot I snagged while getting set up for a headshot session one day.Chrystal_850rOther special powers include:

All kids not only adore her, they listen to her.

* The ability to tame a group of wily groomsmen and get them where they need to be on time.

* Moving heavy furniture without breaking a sweat.

* Rocking the dance floor and looking cool doing it. (If you’re lucky she’ll even sing to you.)

* Staying calm and collected on the craziest of days.

* Always having the perfect thing to say when you need a little bit of encouragement or inspiration.

* An innate skill at finding things. Like my phone. And my keys. And my cameras…  _HG23161rAs if all that wasn’t enough, she’s become quite the competent shooter. (And her top knots are always perfect, even in the rain!)_HG13653rHere are a few images she captured during a recent maternity session we had together._HG23651rw_HG23618rwChrystal will be available for family photo sessions in the Panama City Beach/30A area this summer, so if you’d like to get on her calendar then please contact us for availability! Please also be sure to wave and tell her how awesome she is if you see her around shooting! She has no idea I’m doing this, so maybe all your kind words will keep her from beating me up. 😉 Have a great week!

– Holly

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Today I wanted to share a wedding that was full of more love and laughter than I can put into words! Suzie and Alex were married along St. Andrews Bay at the Panama City Country Club on a beautiful March day. They were surrounded by friends and family, who toasted to the newlyweds and danced the night away. There were sparklers, funny dances, and even a few (happy) tears. Since words alone won’t do this day justice, here are a few images of their special day!

– Holly


Here are just a few of the many vendors that helped make this day so amazing:

giEvent coordinator: Tailored Weddings, Alicia Carothers

Photography: Holly Gardner Photography

Videography: Gilmore Pictures

Ceremony and reception venue: Panama City Country Club

Officiant: Allan Newton

Ceremony musicians: Cathy Stephens and Bill Small (Woodlawn Methodist Church)

Florist: Designs by Carmen

Cake artist: Frilly Lily

Makeup artist: Alison Moore

Hair styling: Shelly Doss

DJ: DJ Vladi


Are you looking for a documentary-style photographer to capture your wedding day in vivid color? Contact me for availability and pricing!


There’s just something about a Southern wedding. The mossy oaks… The salty air… The joie de vivre of the family and friends, gathered in the places that hold the deepest meaning and memories of their lives. Michelle and Matthew experienced all this at their recent wedding in Panama City Beach, Florida. The couple said their vows in a Catholic ceremony before sharing their first communion with one another. Afterwards, they rode across town in vintage cars to their family’s private residence, where they were toasted by loved ones and danced the night away. The guests were treated to special musical performances by the Irish violin duo, Sephira, and ended the night with  a private fireworks show over the water. Words do not do justice to the beauty of the day, so here are a few images that I wanted to share with you. Please join me in wishing the new Mr. and Mrs. D’Isernia a huge congratulations and many years of happiness!




Here are just a few of the many vendors that helped make this day so amazing:

Event coordinator: Elegant Beginnings (Kimberly Bartoli)

Photography: Holly Gardner Photography

Videography: Theory Y Design (Evan Lanier)

Ceremony venue: St. Johns Catholic Church

Officiant: Father Roy Maurien

Reception venue: Private residence; Panama City Beach, FL

Florist: It’s a Perfect Day Wedding Florist

Cake artist: Sugar Boogers

Makeup & hair styling: Pin-Up Girls Hair Studio & Spa

Wedding gown: BHLDN

Band: Atlanta Pleasure Band

Special musical guests: Sephira

Tents: H&M Tent & Party Rentals

Catering: Vittles Catering

Engagement Ring: Hearts on Fire

Bridesmaids dresses: Love Marley by Watters


Are you looking for a documentary-style photographer to capture your wedding day in vivid color? Contact me to reserve your date!





Good afternoon! I was just sitting out back under an umbrella, editing my little heart out while my little man naps. I thought that it was the perfect time to share a few images from Monica & Nikola’s intimate ceremony at Henderson Beach State Park. The two said “I do” in front of a handful of close family and then dined together at a local restaurant afterwards. Their vows were spoken straight from their hearts, overlooking the Gulf and surrounded by seashells and burlap. Don Goodrum officiated the ceremony and family members signed their marriage certificate. Afterwards we walked along the beach for some portraits of the two of them, all the while I was sure to give them space and privacy to enjoy this intimate time in their lives. Here are a few images of their big day. Congratulations, Monica and Nikola!

– Holly



  • Donna Beatty - Awesome pictures!! You look so happy!! These photos made me smile! I’m so happy for you both! Miss you!ReplyCancel

Good morning, friends! The past couple months have been filled with the usual winter fun. Just as animals hibernate every winter after a busy year, so do wedding photographers. The cold winter is when we you are most likely to find your photogra-friends curled up under blankets in their jammies, sitting in a dark, cave-like office creating albums, making business plans and mentally preparing for the year to come. It is a time of rest and rejuvenation as well as great creativity and productivity. This winter has certainly been no exception! Recently, our short winter came to an end and the start of spring was signaled not only by the chirping birds outside my window but by Jesse and Samantha’s wedding in Pensacola Beach.

Jesse and Samantha were married in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their closest family and friends at the Margaritaville resort. The beachfront venue not only had spectacular views but delectable Southern food and the combination of the two made for and elegant but laid back feel to the day. Despite the ominous clouds hanging overhead, their love shone bright and lit up the room along with their colorful decorations. There was the usual laughter and happy tears as well as some phenomenal breakdancing by the groom and his brothers. Their day was the perfect way to kick off the spring and definitely pumps me up for the rest of the year. Cheers to Jesse and Samantha!!!

– Holly




Here are just a few of the many vendors that helped make this day so amazing:

Ceremony venue: Margaritaville Beach Hotel, Pensacola Beach

Cake artist: Tony Tuan

Makeup artist: Nikki Delapena

Hair stylist: Dawn Hamill

DJ: Emerald Coast DJ

Officiant: Kathy D’Auria

Makeup artist: Nikki Delapena

Hair stylist: Dawn Hamill

DJ: Emerald Coast DJ

Are you looking for a documentary-style photographer to capture your wedding day in vivid color? Contact me to reserve your date!