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Rachel + Austin | Gulf Shores Beach Destination Wedding | Alabama Wedding Photographer

Gulf Shores beach wedding | Alabama wedding photographer

There's just something about a beach wedding that makes me swoon every time. Rachel and Austin tied the knot in a small gulf-front ceremony in Gulf Shores, and the affair was truly magical.

Rachel's Essense of Australia dress from Evermore Bridal was flowy and romantic, perfectly matching the beachy, windswept vibes. Both her dress and that gorgeous wildflower bouquet (shoutout to Debbie at Gulf Shores Roses and Blooms!) were so similar to mine that I couldn't believe it! It made me love her details and photos even more! I also love that her bridesmaids wore different colors and styles, and the groomsmen looked incredibly sharp in their matching 'fits.

Rachel's first looks with her gal pals and dad were some of my favorite moments from the wedding. There were many happy tears and laughter (thankful for that waterproof makeup by Fathom Beauty!), and it was really special to capture everyone's genuine emotions.

Cut to the actual ceremony, and Austin was pulling on my heartstrings as he teared up watching Rachel walk across the beach to meet him at the altar! Rachel chose a surprise song to walk down the aisle to that she knew Austin would love. It was incredibly sweet.

I also loved that the first thing that Rachel and Austin wanted to do after saying "I do" was serve each other in a sweet foot-washing ceremony. After their celebratory first kiss, I photographed some intimate newlywed portraits of the happy couple before it was time for their first dance. The sun was setting as they shared some sweet moments on the dance floor. Finally, it was time to cut the cake and send the new Mr. and Mrs. on their way!

(That ice cream cake was made by the bride and groom too! It may have been a little frozen 😆 but it was delicious!)

I can't thank Rachel and Austin enough for allowing me to document their wedding day. Congratulations, you two! If you are family, friend, or guest and want to see more from this special day, you can click HERE. The full gallery will be ready and uploaded by July 12, 2024 so be sure to check back to see all the moments from this special day!

If you or someone you know is looking for a destination wedding photographer in Gulf Shores or beyond, give me a shout! I'd love to hear from you.



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Jessi is a lifestyle documentary photographer based in southern Alabama, serving the Gulf Coast from Mobile, AL to Pensacola, FL, along with the Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta areas. She specializes in couple, wedding, maternity, newborn and family photography, and also enjoys commercial and creative portraiture. Available for travel worldwide. Find out more at

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