Bahamas // Kayla + Scott


Kayla and Scott are avid travelers so from the time we met, our conversations always brought us back to the adventures we had all been on. Scott studied abroad in Australia and lived there for a few years and Kayla studied abroad for nursing in South Africa, working with mothers and babies. So, I don't think it came as a surprise when they told their family and friends they were going to have a destination wedding in the Bahamas. You are probably thinking, fancy all inclusive resort wedding... nope, this wedding was on a small island, filled with friendly locals, fisherman, golf carts for transportation, and tons of amazing beaches that at any given time, you were the only one in sight. From the airport, it then takes one small puddle hopper plane, one taxi, and one ferry boat to get you to Green Turtle Cay. So the adventure for Kayla & Scott’s wedding literally started when you packed your bags.

When I shoot destination weddings, I don’t always get to do too much exploring. So it was such a treat when I had a full day to roam Green Turtle Cay Island, relax, and shoot just for fun. Wedding days are amazing but their is always that pressure of staying on track with the timeline for the day. So the day before, I revved up my golf cart (reluctantly, as I had never driven one before!) and drove all around the tiny island. As small as it may be, it is packed with places to see. I spent a few hours walking through town, talking with some nice locals, and taking photos of a place that just shouts, you are in the BAHAMAS! Brightly painted homes and buildings, palm trees, wooden docks leading out to crystal clear water, fisherman, and so much more. After I bought a hat in a local shop, (because yes, I went to the Bahamas and forgot to bring sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen… I still don’t know what I was thinking!) I left town and searched for a few different beaches Kayla and Scott had mentioned. I even timed it out perfectly to visit them all during the times we would hopefully be shooting there the next day. At one point, after making my way to the most remote beach on the island, down a long and bumpy path through the jungle, I got my golf cart stuck in the sand…. and THANK. THE. LORD. I had run into a few of Kayla and Scott’s wedding guests who rescued me!! So needless to say, after that I decided to stay on a smooth trail and found myself drinking a beer at a tiki hut on the beach. This day in my life definitely goes down as a favorite.

For this entire trip the weather was amazing. Despite getting caught in a few night time showers, Kayla and Scott couldn’t have asked for better weather. While Kayla got ready down at the Green Turtle Club, Scott and his groomsmen got dressed in a row of colorful cottages on a different part of the island. When it came time for the first look, we headed to one of Kayla and Scott’s favorite beaches. I loved this first look because I don’t think Kayla was expecting Scott to cry… so when she realized he was crying she was surprised and jokingly called him out on it! It was a sweet and funny moment and I loved getting to document that reaction!

The coolest part about Green Turtle Cay is that because of its size, you can have all different parts of your wedding day around the island. Kayla and Scott utilized all of their favorite beaches for the day! Kayla got ready on the White Sound Bay, they had their first look at Ocean Beach, the ceremony took place at Bita Bay, sunset photos at Coco Bay, and then the reception back on the Marina at Green Turtle Club. I think all the guests had fun scooting around their golf carts! Which brings me to another amazing moment. Kayla’s dad surprised her with decorating their getaway golf cart after the ceremony. It was so incredible and looked like a professional florist decorated the cart! It was all her pop and I loved that.

The night carried on under the stars and bistro lights with a local band and the clubs signature Tipsy Turtle drink in everyones hand. I may have had a few myself : ) Kayla and Scott, I truly could never thank you enough for bringing me to the Bahamas, for your kindness, hospitality, and eating breakfast with me every morning. : ) You guys became instant friends and I feel blessed to have been able to document your love.

Shout out the the amazing vendors!!

VENUE // Green Turtle Club

PLANNER // Sarah at Green Turtle Club

CATERING & CAKE // Green Turtle Club

FLORALS // Buds N Blooms

BAND // New Entry Band

DRESS // Martina Liana

A few Fuji400h film scans sprinkled through out this post as well! Scans by @Photovisionprints

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charleston // Caitlin + Caleb


QUICK NOTE! I’ve got so much to say about this day, but first, before jumping ahead, you may want to read this to understand a few photos in this album ; )

When Caitlin & Caleb first reached out about having me travel to Charleston to document their wedding, I didn’t have to think about it for even a second. Not just because I’ve always wanted to go to Charleston but because I absolutely love these two. They are truly some of the kindest people you will ever meet and their daughter Cora is the absolute sweetest. She *almost* stole the show from her mom and dad... but I’ll just call it a tie ; )

I loved that this day was intimate with just their closest friends and family. It was such a joy to watch all those nearest to Caitlin and Caleb celebrate with them. One fun aspect of this day was that Caleb is actually a wedding DJ himself! So watching him DJ his own wedding was pretty funny and of course he did an amazing job! Cora boogied down all night and even joined in on their first dance which pretty much melted my heart. And to top all off, she even gave her own speech for everyone at the reception... Caleb, do I see a future DJ in the making?!

SO... there were a handful of firsts for me while I was on this trip! 
First time to Charleston, check.
First time having a biscuit in the south, triple check. (I had 3)
First time having shrimp and grits, check. 
First time seeing a dog wearing sunglasses in the passenger seat of a convertible Mustang, check.
First time I documented the groom and his dad accidentally drop the brides wedding band down the cracks of the rooftop deck, during the ceremony... check.

Yes, I got Caitlin and Caleb’s permission to share this story and yes, it has a happy ending! But seriously, this was a big first for me as a wedding photographer, I’ve seen a lot of things over the course of my career but never this! And I am so glad Caitlin and Caleb are letting me share a few of these photos! Bless you guys!! Not only because they are now great memories and a really funny story they can share for the rest of their lives (I think that’s an awesome gift in itself) but also because I captured the sweetest photos of Caleb finally putting the ring on Caitlin’s finger before the reception started.

And if you’re wondering how it ended, unfortunately Caleb and the many others who tried to retrieve the ring during the ceremony were unable to get it, but a local handy man and a few pulled up deck boards later and it was saved! So all in all, I consider this a bonus wedding memory for Caitlin & Caleb. Others aren’t so lucky <3

Big shout out to an amazing team of vendors! 
venue: Upstairs at Midtown
DJ: the groom himself! 
hair: Drybar
make up: Jordyn Martin Makeup 
florals: Propagate Studio
cake: Saffron Restaurant & Bakery
desserts: Christophe Artisan Chocolatier - Patissier
rentals: EventWorks 
Photography: Sarah Murray Photography

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