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Jan
21
2010

Drew & Whitney – Destination Florida Wedding Photography: Carillon Beach, FL

by Jody on January 21, 2010, posted in Destination Weddings,Featured Weddings

We had the honor to be a part of the beautiful wedding of Whitney and Drew…  It wasn’t beautiful simply because it was in Florida, or because it was in the FABULOUS destination wedding local Carillon Beach Resort, or because we had a killer sunset on the beach to shoot photos of these guys… It was a beautiful wedding because of the couple.

We were drawn to Whitney & Drew’s story… how they both love the Lord… how they wanted to honor God in their relationship, the love and respect they have for each other, how they were so genuinely excited to be committing themselves to each other,  how they actually have two streets back in TX that cross each other bearing their names (if that’s not a sign, what is??) and of course, waaay long before Whitney even met Drew, she knew she wanted us.  We like a bride who knows who she wants :)

As mentioned, Whitney and Drew chose a destination wedding in Carillon Beach Resort, which has a designated staff and event space to solely handle Carillon Beach Weddings. Once we arrived there, we knew why they had made the choice.  The resort is beautiful, relaxing, and they have a staff there who is AMAZING (yay Victoria & Avis!)!!!  The wedding was absolutely perfect and the guest list was to match, with only their absolute closest friends and family attending – all who have been a part of their relationship and lives.  We cannot tell you how thrilled we were to be welcomed into this personal, intimate, and meaningful wedding celebration and capture it.

The weather the day before was cloudy and overcast (not to mention COLD!), but by the time their wedding day festivities began, the sun was shining down!  The photography highlight of the day was immediately after the ceremony ended, we rushed down to the beach (in the decked out golf cart :) to catch the last bit of remaining light, and as we made our way over the steps of the pier to the beach, we were met with the most BEAUTIFUL sunset.  Whitney & Drew ignored the windy chill and worked it in the 20 minutes of sunlight we had left to shoot in!   It was the most gorgeous sunset you have ever seen and exactly what they were looking for in their photos.  Love it!

It was a great day and we are SO excited to show you the images!!  For those of you still wondering if we travel – yes!  We do!  We love traveling, so do not hesitate to call us if you do not live in Tennessee! :)

To view Drew & Whitney’s images online once they go live, sign up for their online guest book.

Enjoy the images!

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Drew holding his wedding gift for Whitney, getting ready to send it off to be delivered for his soon-to-be Bride!  We think she liked them… :)

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And now Drew receiving Whitney’s gift to him!

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LOVE these guys and their excitement in finally being married.  We don’t think they stopped smiling all day!

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And now, killer sunset…

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Off to warm up and celebrate!

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Ok, here is the groom’s cake.  As you can see, Whitney & Drew are represented with the dogs they each have AND also the street sign that has their names on them back in Texas!!  Lol, this was tooooooooo cute.

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After their exit, we went and shot around on the Carillon premises with all the lights they had turned on just for Whitney & Drew!  This would have been quite the challenge without our trusty video light and of course, Zach’s mad lighting skills.

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Thank-you, Victoria for letting us shoot in your back yard!

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Some of the awesome vendors from the day were:

- Accommodations & Florida Wedding Venue – Carillon Beach Resort. We cannot speak highly enough of Victoria and her team who were superb.
- Townsend Catering – Donna and David Townsend.  This seriously was the most AMAZING catered food we have ever had in all of our travels.
- Elegant Tents and Events -  Vicki Blount
- Nouveau Flowers - Christina Springfield
- Wedding Cake - Confections on the Coast

Florida was absolutly beautiful for a wedding.  If you could chose any place in the world to get married, where would you pick?  …I think we would go for Bora Bora… :)

  • http://www.ahpphotos.com imthiaz houseman

    what a beautiful location. sweet set, guys!

  • http://www.designsbyprater.com Susan P

    beautiful story. lovely wedding. awesomely rad photos. :) thanks for the share!

  • http://shotsbyglenda.blogspot.com Glenda

    Oh you guys these are sooooo beautiful! Wow… The venue, the couple, your pictures, WOW!!

  • http://www.weddingsinmotion.ca Geoff Heith

    Man I wish I could have been at your lighting seminar guys I love love love your use of external lights…makes me happy…

  • http://KatieWebb Katie Webb

    Awww these are amazing! Whitney looks so gorgeous! Zach and Jody you all did such a great job, as always; you are totally doing my wedding one day :)
    love you guys!

  • Philip H

    You two did an AMAZING job on Whitney and Drew’s wedding!!! I know they must be just jumping up and down looking at their pics. Congrats on some great pics and thanks for doing such an amazing job!

  • Jared, Kate & Lucas Cox

    Absolutely stunning photos!! My favorites are the black and white shot where Whitney and Drew are dancing and the one where they are kissing out on the beach and Whitney is bare foot. But with so many gorgeous shots, it is hard to pick favorites!!

  • Nikki Sparks

    I absolutely love the photo story!!! I cried the whole way through the presenation! You guys look so blissfully happy and excited to start your new life together. Miss and love you, Whit!! You guys need to stop by KSBJ and say hi when you can! CONGRATULATIONS!

  • http://steppatatime.blogspot.com Tara

    Amazing couple & amazing photos! Love all of them! Congrats again to you both!

  • Brooks McClain

    Wow!! What beautiful pictures and what a beautiful couple. Those pictures bring back so many fun memories :-) Go get ‘em, kids!

  • Teresa Bedwell

    Whitney & Drew, It’s so much fun remembering!!! You two looked as though you were in a fairy tale! You are both beautiful and your love and joy was absolutely contagious!

    Jody & Zach, Thanks so much for the wonderful pictures!!!! They are absolutely stunning! You truly captured the joy and love shared by Drew and Whitney and by all present! Your personalities made the process of “picture posing” very relaxed and fun! Thank you, Jody, for capturing my happiness for my daughter as I helped her dress. That moment was priceless!!

  • Bobby & Frances Bedwell

    These pictures are totally amazing! What a beautiful granddaughter we have. We are so glad to welcome Drew into our family. Come see us sometime!

  • Barbara Beninati

    Absolutely beautiful..so much joy, happiness in every picture. Loved the
    beach ones….blessings to both of you!
    (miss you Whitney- come see us…)

  • roxanne

    lovely! so lovely!

  • Shelia Pierce

    Oh Whitney! Congrats to you and Drew. It was great seeing your pictorial fairy tale unfold. Great shots! I wish you all the best. Miss you and your wonderful smile. Beautiful friend, beautiful bride and now a beautiful wife! My best to you both! ~Shelia

  • Jen

    So cute!! Love the red heels with the white dress!!! You two look so happy! I’m so glad God brought you together! I wish you love and blessings!
    XOXO

  • http://lhcwords.blogspot.com Lisa H. Chang

    I love these pictures! Teach me your mad lighting skills! :)

  • http://www.rhondapattonweddings.com Rhonda Patton

    Beautifully captured!!!! The shoe shot is hot!

  • http://alysefrenchphotographyblog.com Alyse French

    Ahh, I LOVE this wedding! Your work blows me away, yet again! :)

  • http://www.stephenknuthblog.com Stephen Knuth

    Wow… this was one of the BEST weddings I have ever seen. I love the mix of natural light images + studio light. You two are such a perfect team!

  • http://www.stephenknuthblog.com Stephen Knuth

    Wow! One of the BEST weddings I have ever seen. You two are the perfect team

  • Jon Williams

    I am Holly Baumgartner’s dad and I just viewed the shots of Holl,Chris and Carter and they were great!

  • Karen Loyal

    Wow. Stunning. Amazing photographs. You look so in love! I’m very happy for you both. Your photographer is the best I’ve seen. thanks for sharing the pics!

  • http://www.feuzareis.com Feuza

    This wedding is sickly perfect oh the sea salt! genius! love details, love the outside shots, love love where they did the ceremony,

  • http://www.ericfoleyphotography.com Eric Foley

    WOW, you guys really blew me away with this one! Awesome set from start to end.

  • http://Www.eiriktan.com Eirik

    Excellent!

  • http://www.dimattiaphotography.net joe dimattia

    great job on this wedding guys! as usual I might add! beautiful shots. I am hoping to take your workshop when you come to CT. it would be amazing to learn from you both!

  • http://thethirtysomethingbride.com The Thirty-Something Bride

    Lovely, simply lovely. You two are awesome.

  • rashmi

    What awesomeness!!!
    I am a fan of your photography…wanna learn something form you!

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