Airy Light Flled Island Engagement

Engagement sessions filled with that good ol’ golden light? They’re kind of everything. Take this pretty little picture captured by the massively talented Anna Shackleford as proof. Complete with a champagne fueled picnic and romantic walk, we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!

From Anna ShacklefordRyan grew up on St. Simons Island and Kaitlin grew up in Atlanta. She vacationed with her family on the Island throughout her childhood and it always held a special place in her heart. The island is full of stunning Oak trees dripping with spanish moss, light that will make your heart flutter and so much southern hospitality.

They both spent years in Atlanta, but it took a trip back to St. Simons for their paths to cross at a local restaurant. They hit it off and have since spent their time traveling the world together and living in Atlanta together. Kaitlin was inspired by the Italian coast for her second look at their engagement session. They brought along a bottle of Champagne that was gifted to them by a close family friend following their engagement.

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Photography: Anna Shackleford | Hair + Makeup: Emma Collins Beauty | Blue + Gold Dress: Lilly Pulitzer | Blue Lace Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Lemon Dress: Draper James | Location: Epworth by the Sea

Destination Wedding on Saint Simons Island

Oh to be a rose in the bouquet at this wedding. Not only would you catch everything romantic about Alea Moore’s photographs in real time – like the boat ride entrance or the sweet lineup of the littlest attendants – but I’m guessing you’d have an inside look at a beautiful love, being situated so close to this stunning couple.


From Alea Moore PhotographyWe can see exactly why Allyson and Gardner decided to have their destination wedding in beautiful Saint Simons Island. Their wedding was just perfection. With a long classic veil and family heirloom jewelry, custom ties for the guys, gold and aqua accents, the live oaks with spanish moss, gorgeous florals, The Boathouse, the custom made table runners, a seriously cute couple, to the amazing boat ride entrance. Its hard not to fall in love with this wedding! Every single detail was spectacular! Of course I wouldn’t expect anything less from the amazing ladies at Caroline Carter Events. Our favorite part of the day was the couple being introduced to their reception by boat! You’d never guess it had been a downpour rain earlier in the day and we were unsure if they would even be allowed to have their boat ride. So thankful it stayed dry enough for such a fun and memorable part of their day! Such a beautifully classic with so many unique details.

Photography: Alea Moore Photography | Videographer: IMint Media | Event Design: Beachview Tent Rentals | Event Planning: Caroline Carter Events | Floral Design: Garden On The Square | Gown: Bridals By Lori | Cake: I Do Cakes | Church: Wesley United Methodist | Catering: Frederica Boathouse | Makeup: Judy Crouch Makeup | Grooms Suit: Jos. A. Bank | Boathouse: Frederica Boathouse | Bridesmaids Dress: J.Crew | Custom Ties: Vineyard Vines | Veil: Toni Federici Via Bridals By Lori

DIY St. Simons Island Wedding

When you sit down and strip back the layers of beautiful handmade affair, you’ll find one thing sitting at the center – love. The kind of love that outshines any DIYed detail (no matter how clever) and embraces all the unplanned moments (rain storm, power loss and all!) It’s the perfect reminder of what weddings are all about and you can pay a visit to the gallery from Mi Amore Foto to see it all unfold.


From the Bride… The more and more I know and experience life and love with Couper, the more I am reminded that God intended life to be profound and humbling in the best way. When I was first getting to know Couper, he entirely surpassed the high expectations I had set for someone I could really live life with forever and he continues to do so in our marriage. I always believed it should be that way, but it’s funny how I am still surprised.

Every day. In so many ways he has proven to me that a life worth living is one that is loving well. Couper is real. He is honest and faithful to no end- even at the times when he would seem to have the right to do otherwise. Marriage has humbled and inspired me in that way- getting to learn closely how someone can do life like he does. He is so impressive in how he carries himself. I have loved living with him- cooking, dreaming, singing, working, dancing, building, drinking, traveling, praying, crying, laughing- with him.

Aside from the part where I became wedded to the handsome red-head in the company of friends and family under the beautiful live oaks, my favorite parts of the wedding are ironically not what I had assumed, mostly because they did not go as planned. Because of rain and a loss of power, my dear friend Lydia sung our first dance song with no amplification. Dancing with Couper to the sound of her voice and the rain beating on the tent is something Couper and I will never forget.

The image of friends and family walking around with their shoes off and mud up to their ankles with big smiles on their faces is one that continues to bless the both of us. I remember driving off the island with Couper and watching the sun go down- thinking how the timing of everything- the sun, the rain, the ceremony, the photos, the people, the reception- could not have been more perfect. We are so thankful to be surrounded by people that would celebrate with us joyfully, regardless of the weather.

Photography: Mi Amore Foto | Wedding Planner: Heather Marshall | Florist: Gay Whatley - Cottage Flowers | Cake: Sugar Bakers | Invitations: Smokey Road Press | Bride's Shoes: Anthropologie | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Francesca's | DJ: Island Sound | Groom's Suit: Jack Victor | Venue: East Beach | Bride's Dress: Casablanca | Groom's Boots: Allen Edmonds | Groom's Bow Tie: Lord Wallington