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  • Welcome to Birdsong Photography

 

Dear Kristen and Jason,

Thanks for a perfect day, an amazing first look with each other, and for the non-stop laughter. I heart you and such. #DontMakeItAwkward

 

My dearest Bay House,

Have you been working out? Planking? You’re beautiful, never change. #OhHay

 

Huge props to my sister from another mister, Erin Hadaway – Your wedding coordinating skills and ninja-like reflexes are legendary. Your clients are lucky to have you. Fist bump.

To the only man who truly does light up my life and everyone else’s at receptions and always keeps the party rocking into the night, Mr. Vaughn VanAmburg DJ.

To Tammy with the Eventful Planner for the amazing food.

To the DIY family crew that put the flowers together from Sam’s – Well played, seriously. Gorgeous work.

To Michelle Brown and Jessica Sirten with Teensy Treats / Sweet for Sirten for the most ridiculously gorgeous sight ever to grace my formerly fluffeh kid eyes that wasn’t a wedding cake. Gorgeous and absolutely delicious work as always.

To Destin Water Taxi for the super cool arrival of groomsmen by boat.

To my friend, Tara Russo with Powder and Paint 30A for the gorgeous hair and make up artistry.

And lastly but not leastly, my videographer friend, Jana with Milestones Studios for the beautiful film work.

 

Well played, everyone.

 

Well played.

 

It’s a bit of a surreal concept to me that I’m able to be close friends in this industry with artists and creatives that are sincerely inspiring to me as a photographer.

 

And it’s also a bit unnerving when you get to spend some time photographing them and hoping you don’t completely suck in the process. #goals

Someone once told me the best thing you can do for your own creativity is spend time around those who inspire you. And while her talent with all things weddings speaks for itself, her landscape work currently hangs in two places in my house. You can check it out here if you’d like –  Landscape Prints

Sincere thanks to my dear friend, Kacie Quesenberry, for sledding down from Montana and hanging out for a few days, for starting the landslide of portrait projects that came to life after this shoot, and for being a ridiculously talented inspiration.

 

 

 

Samantha and Ben were married at Old Christ Church in downtown Pensacola, Florida. An absolutely gorgeous day from start to finish, with more laughter than you could shake a stick at.

 

Seriously. People tried it. Couldn’t do it. #awkward

 

Sincere thanks to my unfairly talented friend, Mr. Heyward McKenzie with Culinary Catering 365, for always making freakishly amazing food whenever we work together, to my dear friend Janet Marie of Florida Dream Weddings for masterfully coordinating this beautiful shindig, to Ian the Scottish DJ with 1st Class Sounds, to Meg “The Manager” Burke for her ridiculous talent and for shooting this with me, to Publix for still blowing my mind and making consistently amazing wedding cakes, to Jackie with Southern Floral Traditions for the gorgeous flowers, to New World Inn for a bridal suite completely bathed in gorgeous natural light, and to Palafox Wharf for a great reception space and all of the towels to dry off my completely soaked self after trying to save a reception tent from the wind and rain. #yolo

To Sammie and Ben, thanks for letting me be a part of your day, and for being completely wonderful to work with!

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I love huge trees.

 

I especially love huge trees with Spanish moss, and Eden Gardens State Park in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida has one of the prettiest trees I’ve ever seen in person.

Throw in a sleepy puppy, a ridiculous amounts of laughter and love, a perfect first look, Chris being blindfolded and manhandled during the reception, and all in all it was a perfect day.

 

Hilary and Chris – thanks for letting me shoot your wedding, and thanks for all the crazy amounts of love and friendship. Here’s to new adventures above and below the waves.

 

Meg “The Manager” Burke – thanks for all of the crazy talent that you bring to both my clients and your own, and thanks for shooting this with me. #FistBump #BaDaLaDaLaDaLah

 

 

 

B

 

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Sincere thanks to Meg “The Manager” Burke for shooting this wedding with me. Amazing work as always, my friend. #fistbump

Dear Anyone That May Ever Get Married Ever,

 

 

This is a first look.

 

 

It’s when a couple sees each other before the ceremony. It’s a few moments to get away from the insanity that is Other People’s Drama on your wedding day and talk/hug/kiss/breathe/laugh about how drunk your family already is. It’s super beneficial for both you and your entire wedding, as the majority of your photos will be finished before your ceremony ever happens. It is, in fact, one of the only times you’ll have to yourselves the entire day.

Some people will tell you to not do it because it won’t be as special when you walk down the aisle to each other, but as my good friend Chris demonstrates here, that’s not the case. At all. #iLoveYouMan

Some people will also tell you that it’s not traditional to see each other before the wedding ceremony. And they’re right, it’s not traditional.

Because back when that tradition came about, Bubba Jr. rode his tricycle across the desert, handed some cows and donkeys to your dad and 45 brothers, and …lean close……until you were bought and paid for, sold to a baby-makin’ dream come true, your veil stayed on.

It stayed on in case you were ugly and he didn’t want to buy you. Your worth, quite literally, was based from the neck down.

Warms your heart, huh?

Bottom line, as always, it’s your wedding day. It’s a party to celebrate your love story. And you can do whatever you want to. Just make sure it’s what each other wants.

Everyone else and their opinions are welcome to book a session and we’ll shoot a wedding for them as well. Birdsong Photography pacifiers included.

xoxo