As I’m sure y’all know, the Gulf Coast region of Florida, as well as much of the coastline of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, has been affected by the recent oil spill. This news has hit pretty close to home for the SW staff, as Lara’s family lives in Pensacola and, you know, we just adore Gulf Coast weddings in general — they’re some of the most beautiful in the world!
When we reached out to some of our closest local photographer friends, looking for a way to help, we heard something a bit different from each.
Some wanted us to remind our readers that there are plenty of gorgeous seaside-but-not-beachside venues still available to brides in the Gulf Coast. In the past, we’ve gushed over weddings at Carillon, Rosemary, Seaside, Eden Gardens, and Watercolor, to name just a few.
Some wanted us to remind y’all that there are other gorgeous areas of Florida to consider. Charles from Meg Baisden Photography put it well: “We’re trying to remind our clients that we still live and work in one of the most amazing states in the country. Florida is a wedding market with all sorts of incredible venues throughout the state, including The Breakers in Palm Beach, the Epping Forest Yacht Club in Jacksonville, Casa Monica in St. Augustine, the Biltmore Estate in Miami, and Amelia Island.”
And some wanted us to remind y’all that they love to travel! As Paul of Paul Johnson Photography wrote, “We are all very comfortable with true destination weddings, it just so happens that we live near a very successful and amazing destination! What this means is that our photography businesses are well prepared for working with couples at a long distance both before and after the wedding day.”
For our part, we’d simply like to remind you how talented these vendors are. As they say, they’d love to travel for your wedding, no matter where it might be. And though you might choose to do so to help a hurting area, you should really do so because they’re amazing at what they do. We promise, you won’t regret it. There are so many great vendors that we love on the Gulf Coast, but here are a few photographers who have contributed a lot to SW over the years…
Genya and Wesleyann, the ladies behind Vue Photography, are two of the funniest, kindest, and most generally wonderful people you’ll meet. Make sure you follow their Twitters accounts — hilarious! Past SW features include Katie + Andy, Ashley + Zane, and Aimee + Brad. Vue was also featured in V2, a peek of which you can see here.
Paul of Paul Johnson Photography, along with his wife Mecheal, is famous for gorgeous portraits and going above and beyond for his clients. His Southern charm is also quite well known. Super-humanly responsive through email, we know they would take great care of any of you. Past SW features include Amy + Clayton, Julie + Andy, and Renee + Roland.
Paul was also featured in V1 and recently took some great photographs of our Editor-in-Chief’s family.
We’ve had the good fortune to work with Rae and Wes Leytham for 6 years now through Bliss and SW, and we can’t sing their praises enough! They were one of the very first teams to support SW when it was brand new, they’re both hilarious balls of energy, and — oh yes — they’re having twins! Past SW features include Ginny + Brad, Brooke + Tim, and Brittany + Jarrod.
Rae and Wes were also featured in V1. We love you guys!
Meg and Charles of Meg Baisden Photography are beloved by their clients for beautiful images, superior service, and great personalities. They travel extensively throughout Florida for weddings throughout the year, and could talk your ear off about the fabulous vendor possibilities throughout the Sunshine State. Past SW features include Meredith + Albert, Kelly + Robert, and Charlotte + Sean.
Rick Schamberger of East Hill Photo is another dear friend and supporter from way back when — in fact, he had a wedding in the first first issue, the one before V1. Rick has a lovely, classic style, and he takes beautiful black and whites. Past SW features include Stephanie + George (parts I and II)!
So much love to all of these friends and everyone else affected. We’re grateful for all you do to inspire us and our readers!
*Nope, this isn’t a paid ad. We just want to show you how great these folks are!