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5eleven Palafox Wedding : A + J


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    It seems 2024 will be the year of travel for us, and one of first big trips for a wedding was Jesse and Amanda’s big day in Pensacola, FL this April!  While it was an amazing day in the sunshine state, this is nowhere near the beginning of our story with these lovelys.  We have to go back to November of 2021 here near Asheville!  Jesse reached out to us about helping to capture his surprise proposal to his then girlfriend Amanda.  Jesse was high energy and you could tell he was crazy about Amanda.  Everything had to be perfect, and to add to the excitement, it was also going to be a surprise for his daughters who would be traveling to the area with them.  Everything went off without a hitch and it ended up being one of the sweetest proposals we’ve ever been a part of and an always pleasant reminder of why we love being photographers.


man proposing to his girlfriend

woman reacting to her boyfriend's proposal

man proposing to his girlfriend near Asheville

woman hugging her fiance

step daughters hugging their step mom

woman caressing her fiance

We also got to see them last year in mid spring for their engagement session at the NC Arboretum.  These cuties picked up right where they left off, and absolutely crushed their engagement photos.



We still had another year to go, but it was totally worth the wait!  Jesse and Megan said their I dos at 5Eleven Palafox.  This was our first time visiting their venue and it was super cute!  It was exactly as we had seen on instagram and made for the perfect setting for their big day!  Their planing team Fete Flora Events, was the bomb diggity!  They’re posh styling had the reception and ceremony space looking gorgeous!  As much as we could talk about how beautiful everything was, this one goes deeper than that.  For us, it was about connections.  Jesse and Amanda had a special relationship with everyone at their wedding.  I don’t think I saw a single guest that wasn’t laughing with them or sharing a drink with them at one point or another.  They even made us feel like one of the crew and for that we will be forever grateful!  Did we mention Amanda’s mid reception haircut?!   This one is a celebration for the ages and one we hope you enjoy following along on!


5eleven palafox wedding ceremony space

ceremony backdrop at 5eleven palafox

wedding table decor

luxury wedding table decorations

white wedding cake with lush florals

lush florals on a white wedding cake

boho inspired sweetheart table

seating chart

marco shot of wedding rings

bride's details

bride's shoes and details

shot outside looking in at the bridal suite at 5eleven palafox

reflection shot of the bride getting her make up done

bride's dress hanging on the wall

bride's slippers

bride's hair

bride getting her make up done at 5eleven palafox

the bride holding her dress

sassy bridal party portrait

bridal party portrait wearing pink and white robes

the bride smiling in the mirror as her mom helps her with her dress

bride's dress being buttoned by her mother

the bride and her mother both crying

the bridesmaids reacting to seeing the bride

bridal party hugging

vogue bridal party portrait

bridal party portrait in the window light

dramatic bridal portrait in a window

groom's details

groom's watch

groom buttoning his shirt

groom finishing buttoning his shirt

groom buttoning his vest

bride's sister helping him with his tie

fun groom's party portrait in front of 5eleven palafox

wedding party portrait with people walking by

groom's portrait with his daughters

groom's reaction shot through the wedding guests

the bride's father walking her down the aisle

groom reacting to seeing the bride

groom hugging the bride's dad

5eleven palafox wedding ceremony

bride smiling at the groom during the ceremony

wide angle shot of wedding ceremony at 5eleven palafox

bride and groom sharing their first kiss

bride and groom walking into the ceremony

bride smiling at the groom during their first dance

bride laughing during the first dance

bride and groom smiling while sitting at their table

bride smiling at the groom as the bridal party walks

full wedding party portrait in front of venue

bridal party walking down the sidewalk

creative bridal party portrait

groom nestling up on the bride's cheek

bride and groom kissing in front of larger lighting letters

bride and groom holding hands in front of a brick building

bride getting a hair cut

bride looking at herself in the mirror

bride and groom cheersing with their friends

bride dancing with a glow stick

groomsman dancing with a glow stick

wedding guests dancing and singing

bride tossing bouquet

women catching bouquet

bride hugging her step daughter


Planning/Coordinating: Fete Flora Events

Florals: Fete Flora Events

Ceremony Music: Marvelous Strings

Videography: PV Cobia

Officiant & DJ: The Beach Preacher

Rentals & Decor: Events Styled by Luxe

Customer Lighting Letters: Alpha Lit Pensacola


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