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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Briana & Jon


It was nearing the end of another storybook evening at the George Peabody Library when I realized I had ended my 2017 wedding season in the exact same place on almost the exact same weekend. The only difference was that I wasn’t 9 months pregnant this time around. Thank the Lord!

And just as I did last year, I had an overwhelming amount of gratitude rush over me for everything I had documented this year, the couples I had met, and the constant reminder of how much joy and love surrounds us. 

For Briana and Jon, that joy and love was written all over their faces and reflected in every single photo I took. Truly! Just two of the most genuinely kind people I’ve ever met and that stands true for their friends and family as well. 

When Briana explained she had worked for BRIDES and Style Me Pretty as a writer, I knew right away that she must have had a good idea of how she wanted to plan her wedding! And just as I thought, everything was planned perfectly and couldn’t have unfolded more beautifully. Especially with the help of Erin of 1423 Events <3

One thing I love about winter weddings and especially celebrating at the George Peabody Library, is that you can dress to the nines. I’m always admiring all the gorgeous dresses and suits. For Briana and Jon’s wedding their was some serious style happening and it was so much fun to photograph. Not to mention the bride herself, wearing the most timeless and classic wedding dress there ever was! I desperately need to attend a winter wedding like Briana and Jon’s so I have an excuse to play dress up! 

Beyond the attire, there were so many details of this day that had me excited to be their photographer. One of the biggest being Briana and Jon’s invitation suite. Briana has a serious appreciation for good stationary, as do I! So when I saw her invitation suite I couldn’t wait to photograph it. Briana’s father is an incredible artist and he drew the Humanities Building from Loyola University on their suite. How amazing is that?! What a special way to turn a simple part of your wedding day into a treasured heirloom. I have no doubt that invitation will be framed in their home one day <3

As a nod to their Loyola alma mater Briana and Jon incorporated subtle hints of green into their day. From Briana’s amazing shoes and Jon’s suspenders.. not to mention the ceremony itself being held at the church on campus. It was a way for them to extend their love of Baltimore and Loyola to their friends and family from back home. Even with a rainy day, I think the wintery backdrop of lit lamp posts and old stone buildings was exactly what Briana and Jon were envisioning. I especially loved that we were able to take photos in front of the Humanities building to carry through  the theme from her dads drawings. <3

Then off to the Peabody we went! I’ll say it over and over until I’m blue in the face. There is no place in the world like this Library in Baltimore. Truly! I think it has to be one of the most amazing places on Earth. It’s Beauty and the Beast brought to life and you cant step inside that library without feeling like you just stepped into a fairytale. Just as if you were to look out at beautiful scenery, an amazing sunset, mountain skyline… its the same awe inspiring feeling.

With Briana and Jon’s love for music, this was a party from start to finish. They had one of the most amazing bands play through the night and there was not a moment the dance floor was empty. Briana and Jon had their first dance to Brown Eyed Girl and with everyone gathered around them and the bistro lights above, it was just one of the many magical moments of the evening.

Briana and Jon, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Every year I want to finish my wedding season with a bang but you guys went above and beyond for what I hoped to capture! This was a celebration I will never forget and I will always be grateful that you allowed me to document such an important day in your lives! All the love to you both.

And a big shout out to all the amazing vendors!

Photography // Sarah Murray Photography
H&MU // Airbrush Makeup by Ariel
Planner // 1423 Events
Band // Entertainment Exchange
Florals // Flowers & Fancies
Stationary // Lion in the Sun
Catering // Charles Levine Caterers & Events
Jeweler // Winter Jewelry
Ceremony // Loyola University Maryland
Reception // George Peabody Library Private Events

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