Did the weather cooperate on the wedding day?
WELL. Three days before Shelby and Connor’s downtown Pensacola wedding, our area was ravaged by Hurricane Sally (2020, am I right?). The morning of their wedding, much of the city was still without power, and the Pensacola Country Club was dealing with major flooding. Our airports were closed and many of our streets and bridges were closed as well. Shelby and Connor had no choice but to cancel their reception. Their wonderful church offered to host the ceremony as planned, with or without power, and this amazing couple decided to move forward with a family-only ceremony that celebrated their marriage. I am so glad to they did. The day was meaningful and intimate and special (and we will celebrate again this winter at their postponed reception!).
What made the wedding venue special?
St. Paul’s Catholic Church is one of the most beautiful churches in Pensacola. The bold blue and gold colors are grand and majestic. It is truly a gorgeous spot to be married. Even better is how well the church treats its patrons. It was without power of any sort, but offered to open the church and host the wedding ceremony anyway. Fortunately, the power flickered back on less than hour before Shelby and Connor said their vows, but I’ll never forget how hard the church worked to make the day special.
Tell me about the couple’s choice of color palette.
Shelby’s wedding party wore beautiful crimson bridesmaids’ dresses, in different styles. This was a beautiful complement to the red and white florals of the lush bouquets, and it really made it feel like fall.
What was the couple’s session like?
We ended the day with a portrait session in downtown Pensacola, and it was wonderful. Shelby and Connor strolled through a beautiful neighborhood park near our studio, and it was inspiring to look for the beauty and grace in a week full of damage. The resulting photographs are stunning. They capture the bride and groom’s personality, sense of humor, and joy – and leave me even more excited to do it all again (with a much larger crowd!) this December.