Courtney and Patrick were married at a small and intimate Pensacola Beach wedding ceremony before sunset with their closest family members on June 20, 2016. 

Courtney and Patrick met at a music festival camp. 10 years later, they found themselves at a beautiful Pensacola Beach house preparing for their wedding day.

There’s something so pure about small family weddings. Courtney and Patrick chose to celebrate their marriage with 18 of their family members in a ceremony unlike any I’ve ever photographed before. It was truly about two families joining together.


wedding bands and beach glass

wedding bouquet

groom getting ready with dad

It as a small wedding but these two didn’t skimp on the details. Courtney wore a gorgeous head piece to complement her dress and simple elegant jewelry.

bride getting ready in mirror

The family went down to the beach to prepare for the ceremony, as Courtney reached the end of the board walk, Patrick turned around to see her. Patrick, you win the prize for best reaction to a first look of the bride, for sure!

groom reaction to bride

groom reaction to bride down the aisle

bride and father down the aisle

The family stood in a circle with the bride and groom between two beautiful decorated shepherds hooks. Patrick’s sister performed the ceremony, standing by their side. Lots of thought went in to making this a family affair.

small ceremony in circle

bride and groom at ceremony

Courtney’s sister did a reading – a song from the music camp they met at.

bride and groom at beach ceremony
family member reading during ceremony

Before the exchanging of rings, The family did a ring warming, passing the rings around the circle and wishing the happy couple the best for the future.

ring warming during ceremony
ring warming during ceremony

Their vows were true to them – filled with beautiful promises and adorable digs. Their vows were a clear indication of who these two are together in love, but also as best friends. 

bride and groom reciting vows to each other
first kiss at small family beach wedding

bride and groom walking on beach
bride and groom at sunset on pensacola beach

bride and groom
bride and groom pensacola beach elopement
bride and groom with pensacola gulf

bride and groom pensacola beach elopement
bride and groom pensacola beach elopement
bride and groom pensacola beach elopement

We did portraits of them until there was literally no light left – one of my favorite things to do, really. As the sun set, we headed back to the house and watched the full moon rise from the rooftop deck. They danced, they laughed. As the light faded away, the two had a quiet moment, away from the family and festivities, to just enjoy each other.

groom embracing bride on rooftop at night pensacola beach elopement

Thank you both for allowing me to document such a special day for you. It was truly an honor, and I’m thrilled to have met you.

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