LYSSA & ADAM | EMERALD GRANDE | DESTIN, FLORIDA

So full of joy and laughter is this sweet bride!  One of our absolute favorite things about her is how much she just laughs...at everything!  She is so much fun to be around and her laughter is contagious.  The Emerald Grande in Destin, Florida was the perfect place for her wedding.  The light & the beauty of this place complimented her so well.  Even in the midst of a difficult moment during the day (read on to find out more), she pressed on and continued to shine. That's how it's done, Lyssa! Way to go!

We also have a fun little announcement in the midst of this post (an announcement that AFFECTS THIS WEEKEND!!).  Keep on reading! You'll see what I mean.

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THE GORGEOUS EMERALD GRANDE!

THE GORGEOUS EMERALD GRANDE!

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THE BRIDE & HER BRIDESMAIDS JUST RELAXING TOGETHER, RIGHT BEFORE THE BIG MOMENTS BEGIN,  IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS OF THE DAY. BRIDES, BE SURE TO BUILD IN ENOUGH TIME FOR THIS...WE CAN HELP YOU WITH THIS.

THE BRIDE & HER BRIDESMAIDS JUST RELAXING TOGETHER, RIGHT BEFORE THE BIG MOMENTS BEGIN,  IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS OF THE DAY. BRIDES, BE SURE TO BUILD IN ENOUGH TIME FOR THIS...WE CAN HELP YOU WITH THIS.

THE LOVELY BRIDE SPENDING SOME SWEET MOMENTS WITH HER ADORABLE FLOWER GIRL

THE LOVELY BRIDE SPENDING SOME SWEET MOMENTS WITH HER ADORABLE FLOWER GIRL

WOULDN'T YOU LOVE TO KNOW WHERE THESE GORGEOUS FLOWERS CAME FROM?  ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE "MADE" THEM!!! WHAT?  UNBELIEVABLY TALENTED!

WOULDN'T YOU LOVE TO KNOW WHERE THESE GORGEOUS FLOWERS CAME FROM?  ARE YOU READY FOR THIS? THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE "MADE" THEM!!! WHAT?  UNBELIEVABLY TALENTED!

CHECK OUT THIS GORGEOUS BRIDAL BOUQUET!  AGAIN MADE BY THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE.  SO SPECIAL AND LOVELY!

CHECK OUT THIS GORGEOUS BRIDAL BOUQUET!  AGAIN MADE BY THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE.  SO SPECIAL AND LOVELY!

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AS THE BRIDES' FAMILY/FRIENDS WERE COMPLETING THE FINISHING TOUCHES, SHE BEGAN TO FEELQUITE ILL.  SHE HAD GOTTEN OVERHEATED AND WAS A BIT UNDER THE WEATHER FOR A LITTLE WHILE.  BUT SHE CAME THROUGH IT WITH A SWEET SMILE ON HER FACE...AS EXPECTED.   I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM HER IN THAT MOMENT. SUCH BEAUTY!

AS THE BRIDES' FAMILY/FRIENDS WERE COMPLETING THE FINISHING TOUCHES, SHE BEGAN TO FEELQUITE ILL.  SHE HAD GOTTEN OVERHEATED AND WAS A BIT UNDER THE WEATHER FOR A LITTLE WHILE.  BUT SHE CAME THROUGH IT WITH A SWEET SMILE ON HER FACE...AS EXPECTED.   I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM HER IN THAT MOMENT. SUCH BEAUTY!

THE ABOVE PHOTO IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS FROM THE DAY - NOT FOR THE PERFECT LIGHTING OR COMPOSITION, BUT FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THAT THIS REFLECTS WHO MY HUSBAND (AND AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHY PARTNER) IS AT HIS CORE - A SERVANT!  AS THE BRIDE WAS OVERHEATED & SICK, ALLEN DIGS OUT OUR HUGE REFLECTOR TO GIVE HER SOME AIR, WHICH LIGHTENED UP THE MOMENT & MADE EVEN THE BRIDE LAUGH!  LOVE THIS GUY!

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LYSSA HAD THE SWEETEST BRIDESMAIDS.  THEY WERE SO HELPFUL AND KIND WHEN SHE WASN'T FEELING WELL, AND ALTHOUGH WE WERE LIMITED ON OUR TIME DUE TO THE DELAY, WE WERE STILL ABLE TO PHOTOGRAPH THEM ALL TOGETHER.  SO LOVELY!

LYSSA HAD THE SWEETEST BRIDESMAIDS.  THEY WERE SO HELPFUL AND KIND WHEN SHE WASN'T FEELING WELL, AND ALTHOUGH WE WERE LIMITED ON OUR TIME DUE TO THE DELAY, WE WERE STILL ABLE TO PHOTOGRAPH THEM ALL TOGETHER.  SO LOVELY!

THE EMERALD GRANDE IS SUCH A GORGEOUS DESTINATION WEDDING VENUE! 

THE EMERALD GRANDE IS SUCH A GORGEOUS DESTINATION WEDDING VENUE! 

THE FLOWER GIRL...IN ALL HER SPLENDOR.

THE FLOWER GIRL...IN ALL HER SPLENDOR.

WE JUST COULDN'T RESIST POSTING SOME SHOTS OF THIS CUTE LITTLE GUY - THE RING BEARER!

WE JUST COULDN'T RESIST POSTING SOME SHOTS OF THIS CUTE LITTLE GUY - THE RING BEARER!

ALLEN ALWAYS HAS SO MUCH FUN PHOTOGRAPHING THE GUYS!

ALLEN ALWAYS HAS SO MUCH FUN PHOTOGRAPHING THE GUYS!

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THE HANDSOME GROOM...READY FOR HIS BRIDE!

THE HANDSOME GROOM...READY FOR HIS BRIDE!

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ALLEN LOVES HAVING FUN WITH THE BRIDE & GROOM AND GIVING THEM IMAGES THAT THEY COULDN'T GET ANYWHERE ELSE - ALONG WITH THE INTENSE POSED PHOTOS, WE GET TO HAVE A LITTLE FUN WITH THESE ZANY POSES!

ALLEN LOVES HAVING FUN WITH THE BRIDE & GROOM AND GIVING THEM IMAGES THAT THEY COULDN'T GET ANYWHERE ELSE - ALONG WITH THE INTENSE POSED PHOTOS, WE GET TO HAVE A LITTLE FUN WITH THESE ZANY POSES!

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EVERY LITTLE SPOT AT THE EMERALD GRANDE IS JUST MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE LAST!

EVERY LITTLE SPOT AT THE EMERALD GRANDE IS JUST MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE LAST!

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THE FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCES ALWAYS GET TO US. THEY ARE ALWAYS SO TENDER AND SWEET. 

HERE IS THE BIG NEWS PROMISED IN THE INTRO...THE BRIDESMAID ON THE LEFT (THE MAID OF HONOR) LEFT SUCH AN IMPRESSION ON US AT THE WEDDING. SHE TOOK SUCH GREAT CARE THE BRIDE AND GAVE SO MUCH OF HERSELF. KATLYN ALSO GAVE THE SWEETEST TOAST TO THE BRIDE AND GROOM (THAT INCLUDED TEARS OF COURSE). 

WELL...GUESS WHAT?? WE NOW GET TO PHOTOGRAPH HER WEDDING...THIS WEEKEND (3/19/16)!!! WE ARE SOOOOO EXCITED AND CANNOT WAIT TO CELEBRATE WITH HER AND HER GROOM, MATTHEW!  SHE IS SO DESERVING OF A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING DAY, AND WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WITHIN OUR POWER TO HELP HER PULL IT OFF!

THERE'S ALWAYS ONE CRAZY DANCER THAT STANDS OUT AMONG THE REST!  AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT WE HOPE FOR!  THEY USUALLY HELP BRING LIFE TO THE RECEPTION!

THERE'S ALWAYS ONE CRAZY DANCER THAT STANDS OUT AMONG THE REST!  AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT WE HOPE FOR!  THEY USUALLY HELP BRING LIFE TO THE RECEPTION!

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LYSSA & ADAM, MAY YOU ALWAYS BE AS JOYFUL IN YOUR MARRIAGE AS YOU WERE ON YOUR WEDDING DAY AND REMEMBER HOW MUCH YOU LOVE EACH OTHER!  WE WERE SO HONORED TO BE A PART OF YOUR AMAZING DAY! THANKS FOR SHARING IT WITH US. OH, AND WE CAN'T WAIT TO HANG OUT WITH YOU AT KATLYN & MATTHEW'S WEDDING THIS WEEKEND!!

ENJOY THE JOURNEY!

ALLEN & CAROL

VENUE | EMERALD GRANDE AT HARBORWALK VILLAGE

WEDDING PLANNER | JULIE KILGORE @ EMERALD GRANDE AT HARBORWALK VILLAGE

BRIDE'S GOWN | DAVID'S BRIDAL

FLORIST| THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE