Gulf Shores PhotographerGulf Shores PhotographerA mock bridal session photographed at Ft. Pickens, Pensacola Beach. Penelope Dress provided by Simply Bridal www.simplybridal.com and model is Alanah Gamwell.

Wedding Portraits Taken in Pensacola Beach

March 15, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

​Before I get into the photography part, I want to give a shout out to the app Dark Skies. On this Saturday afternoon it was a valuable tool for prognostication the rain. The bride wanted an outdoor wedding but it was a rainy day. I looked at the app and it gave us a notification the rain was going to stop in 10 minutes, and pick back up in 30 minutes. With some last minute changes in the schedule Anna was able to have an outdoor wedding in between the showers. For those of you who need a weather app that can predict rain periods within an hour it is a valuable tool.

On a weather related note, it doesn't sound great to have a dark and gloomy atmosphere for a wedding. However, Anna and Jack were upbeat throughout the whole day. Their guests were as well. As I mentioned, the rain picked back up after the wedding. I didn't think we were going to get any outdoor portrait shots. Just before last light the rain stopped so I grabbed Anna and Jack and we headed to the pier. Because it was a very strong South wind, the beach house on the bay side blocked the winds. The farther down the pier we went the stronger the winds became. 

Also, we were losing light fast. Normally one thinks of sunsets and dunes for their beach wedding portraits and that was the original plan. Strong winds, drizzling rain, and gloomy clouds were what we were given. However, Anna and Jack were great sports and we decided to turn this into a positive. I used the dark skies to create a surreal mood, and Anna used the long flowing dress from the Bridal Loft to create motion against the wind. We ended up getting some great dreamy looking portraits and some of the pictures looks like Anna is floating in the wind. 

Hair and Makeup by Hannah Heirs

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