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Let us tell you a little about Abbie and John: Abbie grew up living in Destin, FL every summer which is where her parents now reside. Throughout her life, they went back and forth between Birmingham and Destin regularly. She graduated from high school here in B'ham and decided to go to Auburn University! There she met John her freshman year. John was from Sylacauga, just an hour away from Auburn. They were study buddies who were well aware they both had crushes on each other. However, they went their separate ways after their first year of school. After graduation though, John got Abbie's number again and decided to call her up. Those freshman year crushes were soon rekindled and before long, what was a simple crush bloomed into something much more.
Abbie and John spent a ton of time at the beach, so it's no surprise that when John was ready to pop the question, there was only one perfect location in his mind. At the very end of the dock of the Baytowne marina on a beautiful July day, John gave Abbie a handwritten message in a bottle along with the most gorgeous ring you will ever see! Nine months later, we were able to visit the very same marina and take part in their wedding day! Abbie, of course, decided to marry in Florida and it was so perfect for them. She and her bridesmaids got ready in her parents home in Miramar Beach, just a few minutes away from the ceremony site at their condo in Santa Rosa Beach on 30A. We took several bridal party photos at the Baytowne Wharf at the marina and at an awesome little spot where Abbie found a little nook of spanish moss nestled off the boardwalk.
The ceremony was held on the beach in front of the Reaves' condo and reception followed across the street at Gulf Place! All the colors of the Gulf Place Town Center mixed in perfectly with Abbie's bright and colorful vision. The huge, open lawn made for a beautiful setting for Abbie and John to dance under the string lights. And the day would not have been complete without a gorgeous sunset... After the first dances, everyone was able to mingle as the sky turned all shades of red and pink. The entire day seemed to be exactly their style, and we are so glad we were able to be there with you! It was a lovely day and amazing to be able to witness!
Ceremony: Santa Rosa Beach // Reception venue: Gulf Place // Bride's Dress: Lillian West // Bridal Shop: Diane's Formal Affair // Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan // Groom's Attire: Cam Newton pants; J. Crew shirts // Makeup Artist: Staci with Pin Up Girls Hair Studio // Hair Stylist: Jeanie with Pin Up Girls Hair Studio // Floral: Flowers by Milk and Honey // Cake: Holy Cakes // Catering: The Eventful Planner // Invitations: Minted // Musician: Kyle LaMonica