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In case you missed the news, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 is called Living Coral and it’s a fabulous pinky orange hue. It’s reminiscent of sunsets, marine life, peaches and gorgeous tropical flowers.

About the color, Pantone says Living Coral is:

An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.

Pantone

We’ll see Living Coral used in fashion, home decor and marketing, but how can you use this Living Coral color in your wedding? To demonstrate, I thought, why not showcase my very own wedding – photographed by the beautiful and wildly talented Shannon Griffin.

I don’t know about you, but Living Coral is my jam. I love coral and shades of orange have been my favorite for years – I even have an orange toaster oven and Kitchen Aid stand mixer. If that tells you anything about how excited I am and that Living Coral truly is my soul color!

So when it came time to plan my own November 2017 wedding, Living Coral (though I didn’t know it was called that at the time) was at the top of my inspiration board.

Using Living Coral in my wedding came naturally for me, but I didn’t use it just as is. I used shades of it, and complimentary hues too! The first piece of any wedding are the Save the Dates and invitation suites. My custom wedding stationery featured smokey blue gray and copper to compliment Living Coral in my wedding color palette.

Copper geometric terrariums served as table centerpieces and custom handmade geometric boutonniere pins were made with copper too! Our handmade ceremony backdrop was surrounded by one-of-a-kind copper chairs and corn hole bean bags were a shade of Living Coral. So when you’re trying to use Living Coral in your wedding, think about the whole spectrum of coral by including copper or rose gold too!

Our reception decor included copper geometric hanging pendants above the wedding party table. Which also featured florals in beautiful shades of Living Coral at our wedding. The cake sat atop a copper geometric stand and featured more of that smokey blue grey hue with bold pops of Living Color and similar colors.

Even the top that I wore while getting ready was Living Coral! See guys, I’m not making this up, Living Coral really is my soul color!

The bridesmaids chose their dresses, the only guideline was they needed to be floor length and champagne in color with sequins. The groomsmen wore seersucker jackets (there’s that smokey blue grey again!) with navy pants. Both the champagne and seersucker served as neutral tones, letting the Living Coral inspired florals really pop!

And of course our furchildren were in the wedding too! Bailee wore a handmade champagne sequined harness with her own Living Coral floral collar. And Frank wore a handmade seersucker harness featuring a mini geometric boutonniere pin!

Our flower girl carried a copper geometric basket, decorated with, you guessed it, Living Coral color palette florals and filled with lavender for her to toss. And our ring bearer carried one of the handmade geometric terrariums.

I hope you’ve found inspiration in these photos from our day so you can see how to use Living Coral in your wedding too!

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Cheyenne is probably my new girl crush. I wanted to get to know her as a bride, but also a new friend, as soon as her inquiry email came through. She was so authentic. So real. And reminded me so much of myself as a bride trying to create a beautiful wedding. DIYing a LOT of things herself. Doing all this while without power for weeks, thanks to Hurricane Michael. Her hard work paid off. Their wedding at Space at Feather Oaks ended up being a truly stunning garden wedding, full of rich colors and vibrant handmade decorations.

Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding

In a moment of vulnerability, Cheyenne reached out just a few days prior to their romantic garden wedding to say that she probably wasn’t like most brides. And this probably wouldn’t be like most other weddings I’m photographed. She and her family made most of the decorations themselves. They didn’t hire a planner or event rentals. But she made sure to tell me that the two things she budgeted for were this gorgeous venue… and me, their photographer.

Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding

My heart swelled so much when she said that, I cried. To mean that much to a bride. It’s almost hard to fathom. But like I said earlier, Cheyenne and I are kindred spirits. Those were the two things I made sure my husband and I budgeted for with our own wedding. Because with a gorgeous venue and professional photographer, any wedding can look and feel breathtakingly beautiful.

Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding
Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding

So when I finally met Cheyenne, in the bridal suite the day of her wedding, I set down my equipment and gave her a big, big hug. This is a truly amazing woman. Full of beauty and grace. Light and laughter. But most importantly love. She wanted the day to focus on the love she felt for Trey.

I say all of this because it’s my hope that other brides who may have doubts about whether they’re “good enough” to hire me as their photographer, will know this: I am with you. I am one of you. I struggle with self-doubt in so many ways. Especially when it came to my own wedding day. But then I got the photos back from my amazing photographer and for the first time in my life, I saw that I was beautiful. And that I was worthy.

It is my hope that my photography will do the same for all of my brides. To help you see your beauty, especially on your wedding day. All brides are worthy of beautiful wedding photography.

Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding

Back to Cheyenne and Trey’s beautiful garden wedding. A very touching moment from their day included using a piece of Cheyenne’s brother’s shirt as her something blue. He passed away several months prior to the wedding and his widow was one of the bridesmaids. It was her idea to cut heart shapes from one of his blue shirts. She, Cheyenne and the mother of the bride each took turns cutting out a heart shape and tucking it into their bouquets.

Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding

Another touching moment was Cheyenne and Trey’s first look. While we took full advantage of the garden wedding for their portraits later on, I wanted this moment to be a little more intimate. The mother of the bride pinned Trey’s boutonniere on him moments before. Cheyenne tapped him on his shoulder and the joy on Trey’s face was priceless and so touching.

Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding
Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding
Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding
Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding
Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding
Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding
Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding

Emily is amazing. She was not only so professional, but just a really fun person to work with. I’m not really the picture taking type, but I never once felt awkward or staged. We corresponded for months before my actual day, and she always answered any questions I had quickly and thoroughly. Now that I’ve met her in person I can honestly say I feel like she’s not just my photographer, but a friend. She went above and beyond to make my day as special as possible and got all the photos I wanted and more. She was so helpful the day of and even sewed a button onto my dress last minute when it popped off! She really will try and help you and make it as easy as possible to create memories that last. I highly recommend her if you want someone who genuinely cares about your special day.

Cheyenne
Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding
Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding
Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding
Cheyenne + Trey | Space at Feather Oaks | garden wedding

Thank you, Cheyenne and Trey, for choosing me to photograph your garden wedding. Your wedding was truly beautiful and that’s because you both are beautiful people, inside and out. It was my honor to serve you xoxo

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  • Courtney - Such a beautiful story!! Emily you are so talented! What wonderful images you created for them to treasure of their wedding day.ReplyCancel

  • Cheyenne - SO beautiful ♥️ I didn’t know you were a talented writer as well! I loved reading this, it’s like viewing my wedding from the outside. Thank you SO much for being the best photographer I could have hoped for and making my day even more special.ReplyCancel

Claudia and I serve on the board together for the Animal Shelter Foundation. Our love of animals brought us together several years ago and we became fast friends. Her cat Tiki and both of my dogs have been used in marketing materials for the animal shelter. So I was super excited when she asked me to capture portraits of them for their holiday family photos.

holiday family photos with pets

Including furbabies in holiday family photos should be required. I love animals and will always encourage you to include your pets in all your photos! Kitty (below left) and Tiki (right) weren’t the biggest fans of the holiday attire. But darn it if they aren’t adorable for their holiday family photos!

holiday family photos with pets

When you have beautiful scenery right outside your front door like Claudia and Sean do, I always vote for home lifestyle sessions! Thank you Claudia for welcoming me into your home. I loved capturing your furbabies for your holiday family photos. 

holiday family photos with pets
holiday family photos with pets
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Stephanie and Rich’s wedding was supposed to be on the beach in Alligator Point. But then Hurricane Michael happened just two weeks prior. They, along with their family, scrambled to find something similar nearby but the damage and destruction from the hurricane was so far reaching that the closest place they could find ended up being a beautiful lakeside wedding on Wynn Lake.

Weddings are stressful enough, especially beach weddings. Add in the inevitable hurricane threat and things can go from bad to worse very quickly. Such was the case with Stephanie and Rich’s Alligator Point wedding. Two weeks prior to what would have been a stunning beach wedding in Alligator Point, Hurricane Michael blew through our area leaving massive destruction and devastation in its wake. 

Alligator Point suffered major damage, including the only road in and out of that area, which virtually washed away. The homes this couple had rented were damaged. There was no way a wedding was happening on Alligator Point any time soon.

Stephanie and Rich adapted very quickly and within a couple of days were able to find a log-cabin inspired house in Dade City that not only sat right on Wynn Lake but also had its own helipad. What?! A lakeside wedding was more their style anyway and it proved to be a truly magical venue for their intimate ceremony.

Friends and family rallied around to make sure the threat of rain didn’t stop this wedding yet again. A tent went up and decorations were set. You know how much I love DIY wedding decorations and this wedding featured some truly beautiful hand crafted pieces, including the benches used at the lakeside wedding ceremony site.

We timed their lakeside wedding ceremony perfectly with that highly-coveted golden hour light. The sun set behind them as they exchanged vows. Which lead to some very dreamy, and passionate, portraits too.

Enjoy these photos from Stephanie and Rich’s lakeside wedding in Dade City – I know I loved capturing these breathtaking images!

Their son was the perfect ring bearer. He did a great job posing for “getting ready” photos and formal portraits too. The thing he loved most about his parents lakeside wedding were all the crickets! They were jumping around at our feet all night! Here you can see this beautiful moment between momma and child. He was playing with crickets so she joined him.

Thank you Stephanie and Rich, and a big shout out to Valarie (Stephanie’s mom) for choosing me to capture your beautiful lakeside wedding.

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Demi contacted me and said she loved how, on my About page, I said focus on capturing candid moments that occur naturally between two people who are in love. That’s exactly what she wanted to have for her branding photography. Demi and Shon have been in love and married for 18 years! And now, they’re getting ready to start offering marriage advice professionally! Enough of their friends and family have asked what their secrets are to staying married so long that they’ve decided to put it all out there. This was the first of more-to-come branding photography sessions with Demi and Shon as they develop their brand and set to launch.

anniversary session with Demi and Shon Tallahassee Photographer Poppie Studios

It was a bit of a dreary day, usually my favorite because of the color of the light, but it was right on the cusp of raining too. Our first branding session survived being rained out though and we were able to capture some truly beautiful photos, full of love, laughter and emotion. This location was new for me as a photographer but somewhere I frequent quite often personally. The black walls looked gorgeous in the overcast light, really making the greens of the landscaping pop.

branding session with Demi and Shon Tallahassee Photographer Poppie Studios

Because Demi and Shon will be using these photos from their branding photography session for their own marketing, I don’t want to overshare. But I couldn’t not share some of these fabulous branding photography photos though! These two laughed so much, which made me smile the entire time. By the time we wrapped up my cheeks hurt. I loved this branding photography session with them and can’t wait to serve them again.

branding session with Demi and Shon Tallahassee Photographer Poppie Studios

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