Heather + Kenneth | Florida Destination Weddings

We might not have made the best first impression on Heather and Kenneth when our studio remodel was underway, forcing us out into the world of public meeting space, aka Panera. We have the coziest studio and love any opportunity to show it off, but this place was in mega shambles this spring and there was no way we could have made it decent enough to impress a potential Pure7 couple.  This NorCal couple was so extremely cool, when we sat down with them we instantly clicked over music, travel and mutual friends. We spent the morning with them over coffee and were elated when they confirmed that they were going to book our trio of greatness, including Ryan & Lindsey for photography and Alan for his video talents.

September arrived and the time came for this San Franciscan couple to make the cross-country trip for one of the the most awesome Florida destination weddings ever. The nostalgic cottage of Anna’s Veranda, in Inlet Beach, FL made the perfect location for them to gather with their family and friends for a celebration of their two lives merging. Kenneth, although being nothing short of a man’s man, was choking back tears on more than one occasion. There’s something so visceral about love between two people when you see a man brought to tears of joy. Their reaction to receiving their photos & highlights video had us in tears as well:

Heather:  “My productivity went out the window this afternoon! AMAZING!!!  I’m in LOVE with these photos.  I can’t stop laughing at the dancing photos, what a fun night.  I cannot thank you all enough for the gorgeous effort you put into these photos.  You captured the day perfectly.  I’m sad the wedding day is over but so thankful for all these beautiful memories.  I feel so blessed to have been able to work with such an amazing team!  Thank you so much.”

Kenneth:  “Heather and I are continually amazed by the level of professionalism and excellence that everyone on your team has show us, the love and appreciation for your art form really shines through your work. From our first meeting at Panera Bread we knew that we were going to love working with each of you. You have not only exceeded both of our expectations, but our families were also so pleased that each of our precious moments were captured on film. We have looked at our pictures countless times, and we can’t stop replaying the highlight video, everything is amazing. When I look at the pictures they automatically bring me back to those moments. You all did such a great job of capturing the love and affection that Heather and I feel for each other. That day was the best day of my life, from beginning to end it was awesome and I am so thankful that you guys were there to capture it for us. Heather and I had an immediate connection with your team,  you put us at ease and ensured us that we had made the right decision. We felt that you understood us, our likes and dislikes, the look we were going for at our wedding, and were able to translate that into the timeless photos and video that we will enjoy for the rest of our life. We look forward to seeing you all again in the future, hopefully you will be able to help us capture more amazing moments in our families future.”

We treasured the opportunity to share this day with you, Heather & Kenneth, and are thankful you chose us.

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Coordination: Shelby Peaden Events
Photo & Video: Pure 7 Studios

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Sandestin Hilton Wedding | Bridal Portraits + Video

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We’re excited to feature Christie & Scott’s elegant Sandestin Hilton wedding photos + highlights video on the blog today! Ryan & Lindsey had a blast photographing it, joined by our very own videographer, Alan, who had the pleasure of filming and creating their wedding video.  We met with Christie and her mother-in-law, Brenda, a little more than a year before their wedding as they began their planning. Many couples having an Emerald Coast destination wedding are planning it remotely and don’t have the opportunity to meet with us prior to retaining our services (in which case we still enjoy meeting via phone, email, and Skype!), so it is always a treat to have clients to the studio to meet in person during their wedding planning. It was evident upon meeting Christie and hearing her story how absolutely in love with her groom (to be) she was! In Christie’s own words,

“Scott and I met through mutual friends four years ago and did long distance while he was stationed in New Orleans and I was living in Destin, FL. The Coast Guard ended up moving him to Mobile, AL where I decided to join him. It was our first Christmas in our new home when he asked me to marry him. He hid the ring in my Christmas stocking and I was completely surprised when he asked! We were engaged for a year and a half and my future mother-in-law at the time did most of the planning. She was incredible and the wedding turned out to be more than I could have ever dreamed for! The day of the wedding I was surprisingly very calm. It was very overcast and I was worried about the pictures coming out perfectly. Luckily our photographers captured so many wonderful moments and the cloudy day made for some beautiful pictures! Everyone kept telling me that my wedding day is going to go by so fast and be such a blur, they were absolutely right! I am so happy we decided to do the video as well. I have watched our wedding video at least a hundred times already. Pure 7 really made this day even that much more special and we will always be so thankful.”

Before the wedding we also had the opportunity to photograph Christie’s bridal portraits at Eden Gardens State Park which were proudly displayed at the wedding reception. We’re in the final stages of the album design process of Christie & Scott’s gorgeous bridal album (and Brenda’s parent album), and are so excited for them to see them soon!  Thank you, Christie, Scott, and Brenda for choosing our team to document your wedding day!  ~ Erica

Wedding photography & video: Pure 7 Studios

Coordination: Kiss the Bride Wedding & Event Planning

Floral Design: Florals by the Sea

Makeup: Adrienne Brackett Pure & Couture

Music: Prime Source Entertainment

Megan & Blake’s Wedding Highlights Film | Rosemary Beach Videographer

Just east of Rosemary Beach, Megan & Blake’s Inlet Beach wedding was truly a beautiful sight to behold, and one that Alan really enjoyed filming.  The ceremony led way to a fantastically fun celebration at Grande Point Pavilion, also in Inlet Beach.  The color palette that Meghan, a talented stylist at the Crown Beauty Bar in Arkansas (follow her on Instagram, under ‘this_is_meganharris’, she’s amazing!), chose for her wedding was very vibrant and pretty, and lent itself perfectly to a visually stunning wedding video.  The “getting ready” portion of the day also proved super fun to film . . . it doesn’t get much better than bridesmaids jumping on beds singing Miley Cyrus!  This couple chose the uber talented Arden, of It’s A Shore Thing, as their wedding planner and together they created a wedding dreams are made of.  Alan also enjoyed working with their amazing photographer, Dear Wesleyann, who is always a joy to work with. We hope that you enjoy their wedding film as much as we did creating it!  ~ Erica

Kimberly+Clain | Seagrove Wedding Photographers

We loved Kimberly’s initial inquiry into our wedding photography & videography services (which was, to be exact: “Hi, I have heard GREAT things about you and would love more information about everything you do and offer.”).  Needless to say, she had us at hello! Upon speaking to Ryan, Erica and Lindsey over the phone in the coming weeks, we all knew she was meant to be a #Pure7Bride. We had the pleasure of having Kimberly and her sweet mother, Lawana, to our studio shortly thereafter and were so excited when they officially chose Ryan & Lindsey as their wedding photographers, and Alan as their wedding videographer. Kimberly & Clain’s April 26, 2014 wedding was nothing shy of beautiful. They got ready for the wedding in WaterSound, and then proceeded to Seagrove Beach for the ceremony & reception (which took place at a private residence right outside Seaside, FL).  With such a fabulous vendor team, this wedding was one for the books and actually was . . . as it was featured in the 2014 Wedding Issue of VIE Magazine (see pages 188 – 190). We’re currently working on their stunning flush mount bridal album and can’t wait for them to see it.  Enjoy the beautiful images and wedding video of their seaside Santa Rosa Beach wedding below!

Full service coordination: CGS Weddings & Events
Catering: Signature Catering of 30A
Band: Acme Rhythm & Blues
Makeup: Brittnay Therese
Rentals: Big Day Rentals

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Michael & Jordan (Rosemary Beach Wedding Highlights)

Michael & Jordan’s wedding ceremony & reception took place at the Eastern Green in Rosemary Beach, FL.  This was such a fun video to create given the awesome personalities found in both wedding parties.  You can really see the fun both were sharing in their Rosemary Beach Wedding film, which made it a blast to capture for us as filmmakers.  We came equipped to shoot the day with a mixture of both Mark II’s and Mark III’s and set off using only Manfrotto fluid monopods.  It was extremely helpful to have a large space that was well lit, in which the girls interacted with one another and were very dynamic in their movements & placements within the room.  It’s so common, and very unfortunate, when a bride is cooped up in a corner or surrounded by mirrors in a tightly knit bathroom or space.   The blocking of the bridesmaids allowed us to change positions and shoot their interactions including laughs, smiles, and expressions from different angles.  It was this that created for the fun whip-pans, or directed movements between the girls while in discussion.  If the filmmaker is capable of panning and hitting their ‘mark’ on the ending frame, it is said to be more impactful and helps progress the story than a traditional cut.  While sometimes we are more inspired by music, or pacing than story telling, we try our best to construct sequences with actions and re-actions, whether that be among the guests or tying together similar clips to create a greater meaning.  Essentially in this instance, the movement of the pan rather than an additional cut helps to prevent the viewer from consciously acknowledging they are watching a film.  I really enjoyed expressing my thoughts here on how impactful camera movement can be, and hope to do so again in the future!  Please enjoy Michael & Jordan’s highlights film as listed below.


Coordination: Stephanie Tate, Savoir Faire Weddings
Photography: Dede Edwards
Band: Azz Izz
Florals: Florals By The Sea
Cake: Sweet For Sirten
Catering: Townsend Catering
Makeup: Paint Me Pretty
Hair: Mindy Noris, JS Salon

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach 2014 | 30a photographers

We were honored to have asked back as one of the photography + commercial video sponsors of the electrifying annual event held in Alys Beach and known as Digital Graffiti.
As stated on the DG website, “Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the world’s first projection art festival, with artists using the latest technologies to project their original works onto the town’s iconic white walls.  Sometimes referred to as “Photon Bombing,” “Guerilla Projection” or “Urban Projection,” underground artists around the globe have already been using the latest design, animation and projection technologies to cast dynamic images onto skyscrapers and other urban structures as a means of artistic expression. But Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the first outdoor festival specifically organized to celebrate and showcase these unique talents. “Our town literally becomes their blank canvas,” said Kelli Siler, Alys Beach’s Events Coordinator.”
Digital Graffiti 2014 was just as epic as was last year’s event.  There were returning artists from year prior, as well as new digital artists from all over the world.  Shantell Martin is my personal favorite.  She had an interactive canvas in which she would digitally draw on or around the subjects.  One of the new artists I was drawn to was Joseph Toney.  His piece was projected on one of the beautiful houses that lines scenic highway 30a.   Saturday night was a great conclusion to DG2014, with amazing music and live visuals set to music by the talented team at B-Boy Productions.  Jeff with Facetime Photobooth was back again, and that is always a treat.  DG is better and better with each year, and we’re look forward to what is to come for Digital Graffiti 2015.   ~Ryan

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Destin Real Estate + Aerial Video

We’re so excited to officially announce the launch of our aerial real estate films!  Using state-of-the-art drone and media technology, we produce engaging, dynamic films showcasing our client’s properties and residing communities, giving the viewer an in-depth view of all that each premise has to offer.  The perspective offered by our aerial videos is truly a one-of-a-kind viewing experience!

We recently showcased one of Alan’s incredible real estate films of the Gulf-front Adagio property in Blue Mountain Beach (also seen below), which offers the viewer a virtual step inside this gorgeous property.  Much more than your standard run-of-the-mill “virtual tour” or slideshow of static images, our professional real estate videos truly bring a property to life.

Taking the “virtual tour” to an entirely new level with in-depth aerial views of a property and its surrounding communities is something we’re incredibly excited to offer in and around the Destin and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida areas.  We’re confident that Alan’s professional training combined with his unmatched talents and ability to produce high quality aerial video will take your real estate marketing to an entirely new level!

Girls’ Night Out | Destin Event Videography Services

Who doesn’t love a good girls’ night out — especially when it takes place at an incredible restaurant (on the beach!), and includes things like a rockin’ DJ, a talented band, beautiful decor, the best photo booth in town, and gobs of fun?!?    That’s exactly what we experienced at the 7th Girls’ Night Out {GNO}, hosted by Proffitt PR this past September at Elephant Walk in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.  These GNOs aren ‘t just any ol’ event — they’re one of the Emerald Coast’s largest women-only social events designed to provide an outing for talented female professionals in the area to come together to benefit a local charity.  In this Arabian Nights-themed GNO, over $12,500 was raised to benefit The Shelter House Domestic Violence Center of Northwest Florida.  Now that’s a girls’ night to brag about!

Not only did we have a great time, but we were super-honored to have had Alan film this event!  Thanks to everyone involved, and especially to Proffitt PR for asking us to provide our event videography services for such a great group of women.  Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next GNO!

DoubleTake Event | Pensacola Wedding Videographer

Ever wanted to crash a wedding without looking like a big jerk?  Well, Alan had the opportunity to do just that this past fall, and we’re proud to say that he definitely didn’t walk away bearing jerk-status of any kind.  He did, however, walk away capturing this incredible wedding video — although, this wasn’t just any wedding — it was ultimate non-wedding event of the year!

The DoubleTake Event, created by the super-talented Pensacola wedding planner, Sara Gillianne, is a mock wedding that brides are invited to crash!  Complete with a “fake” ceremony, reception and everything in-between, brides were able to experience every aspect of an amazing wedding — as a guest.

This was such a fun experience and we were so honored to have been the wedding videographer for it!

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Adagio | 30A Commercial Video Production

We’ve been showing off a lot of Alan’s talents in the world of wedding videos, but did you know that he also has some pretty insane skills in the world of commercial video production, too?  Well, he does.  In fact, before we get into today’s feature, click right here for a little proof of his rock star abilities in the world of commercial films.  See?  Told you.

Alan’s gone and outdid himself again with this video tour of an amazing beachfront rental property located on 30A, in Blue Mountain Beach.  Managed by our friends (no pun intended, really) with Your Friend at the Beach, the Adagio is just as incredible in person as it’s portrayed in this video.  (Side note: After drooling over this property and realizing how much you probably need a vacation, be sure to hop on over to their website and book your trip soon!  Their calendar is filling up fast!)