(Closed) P’cola Brides

posted 10 years ago in Florida Panhandle
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Yayyyyyyy! A Pensacola board! Better late than never- I am getting married on the 24th!

Hope there are a lot other brides out there!

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I’m in Pcola and planning my Panama City wedding for April of next year.  Did any of yall go to the Southern Wedding Style premire?

 

http://www.swsmag.net/

 

Its pretty cool, and its a group of local girls. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

Has anyone used photographer Ursula Graham out of Pensacola? Her work looks great – comparable to others I’ve spoken with who charge twice as much – but she’s very young (21) and sounded it on the phone. (I.E. knew she had liability insurance but didn’t know how much, etc.)

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I haven’t heard of her before.  (Which is a little odd because I have gone to all the bridal shows etc.)  She is young, and its true, her blog does look good. MAKE SURE you get the link to look through an ENTIRE WEDDING’s photos. If she is posting 5-10 pics of a wedding, and the other 700 look blah, not such a great deal. My brother and sister-in-law got a deal from Patsy Brown and THEY look like they steped off a magazine!  BEAUTIFUL!!! The other guests however looked TERRIBLE!!!  There is not one picture where the rest of the family or friends dont look older than they are.  And her rates for the parents albums were OUTRAGEOUS!!  (This was several years ago so things may have changed – and I am NOT trying to dog on her -just telling you what to look for.)

Also, DONT BE AFRAID OF CALLING PAST BRIDES and getting their input.  On weddingbee alone ive read several tales of brides who didnt call b/c their personalities jived and the past work looked great… only to find out later that he/she was known to be unprofessional or obstrusive or just plain unreliable.  

And as for her pricing – not bad. But make a list of everything you are going to want: Bridal Album?  Parents Albums? Hours of coverage? Assistant photographer?  Etc – and THEN look at what that costs. You wouldn’t believe how those details can transform something from a "steal" to the same price as other great photographers.  

I did A LOT of research of photographers from Pcola to Panama City, and a few elsewhere, so if you want more info, send me a message!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I’m a photographer myself, and have my own printing equipment, etc., so all I want from her is her time, expertise and a CD of images… I can do prints and albums myself. She was quite open to this, whereas most photographers are not because they can earn crazy money on prints. While my biggest splurge on this wedding is def. the photography, I also don’t have $4000 to spend on it, which is what most others were asking for the amount of time I want. I will be down there at the end of the month and plan to meet with her then, and at that time will expect to see a list of previous clients who I can contact, her complete portfolio, the name, contact info and work of her backup, and her full insurance information.

I’m getting married in Grayton Beach… Anyone else have their wedding there? 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: Small church ceremony, museum reception

hi Caroline G- you may have already found someone great, in which case, nevermind! When we were considering a wedding in the Destin/Grayton/Sandestin area, a local photographer I came across and liked was Gwynne Lamica. She was married last year and I think goes by Gwyne Mark now (http://www.gwynemarkphotography.com/

 

Two others that are very good but a lot pricier are Paul Johnson (http://www.pauljohnsonphoto.com/) and Meg Baisden (http://www.megphoto.com/)

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

You ladies look like you are getting your specifics down pat…lol

 

I cannot stress enough 2 things when looking for a photographer…

 

1.  MEET with them … In person is great, but over the phone is ok too.  You have to make sure your personalities mend together… 

2.  (mdarrah hit on this) Look at a "storybook" of a wedding…. 100 images at minimum that tell the brides big day. Make sure you see all the events in there  – from start to finish ! 

 

Good luck on finding all your big day vendors !

 

Jen – BarefootSnapshots.com

 

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am getting married in p’cola, but i live in north alabama.  My parents moved there 3 years ago, and I am not sure where to start.   I am importing a photographer, and I have found a hair salon I like.  Any suggestions on chair rentals, bands, and suit rentals????

aderhsk

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

RAE LEYTHAM!!!!!!

HIGHLY recommend Rae Leytham!!!  She’s my photog and her pictures are to die for!  

http://www.raeleytham.net/ 

 

my blog posts about her:

http://barefootstargazer.blogspot.com/2008/08/vendor-bender-photography.html

http://barefootstargazer.blogspot.com/2008/08/photography-in-moment_06.html

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

 

Oh – and for cake – BETTY WEBER!!! 850-477-1745

 These were the top recommendations from the Pensacola Yatch Club’s wedding coordinator:

DJ:

          A DJ to Go – Ron and Sheila Ralph 850-941-1538

Flowers:

         Southern Floral Traditions –  Faith Pendo 850-453-8608

         Kebbie Hollingsworth 850-457-4515

         Fiore – Shannon Murphy Pallin 850-232-7354

Cakes:

         Betty Weber 850-477-1745

         Eleanor Buskirk 850-455-1880

 

Hope some of that helps!

 

Rae leytham ROCKS! =)

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

Hey, you mistyped her website – it’s .com, not .net 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

So sorry – the .net wasn’t loading for me all morning and I thought it was an error!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

ACK! I’m a jump across the state line in Alabama, but we’re getting married in Pcola in May!  I TOTALLY second the recs for Rae Leytham as a photog…she’s phenomenal. 

For budget brides near Pcola, there’s a new florist in town called Blossoms.  It’s on 29 (I wantt o say that it’s actually in Molino or Cantonment), but she’s great and her prices are better than some of the other bigger nams.

And yay!  A Betty cake rec on here!

 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Does the cake lady (Betty) work out of her house, or does she have a website or anything? I’m getting married in a month on Seacrest Beach & am scrambling for last minute things now! Luckily it’s on a Wednesday, so hopefully most vendors I still need are free! Thanks!

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