When it comes to a beach wedding, Navarre Beach ranks among one of the most beautiful places to elope. So, when Kristine and JJ came to me about their desire to have a Navarre Beach Elopement, I was one-hundred percent on board with helping make this happen.
Navarre Beach Elopement : About Kristine and JJ
The quick version of how Kristine and JJ met is fairly typical – they knew people, who knew people, who then connected them together.
But the added element to this story is what really connected them…puppies!
When the two of them started “talking” as a couple, it actually happened because the two of them tried to adopt the same dog.
Rather than fight over the dog, the two of them started dating – and their pup gets to have double the love!
Planning Their Navarre Beach Wedding
After some time of dating – of course it came down to JJ proposing to Kristine!
But, like many couples post-2020, they realized they didn’t want an intricate wedding.
Instead, they wanted to focus on something that felt truly intimate and relaxed.
Which is why they landed on having an elopement at Navarre Beach instead of having an extravagant affair.
As many couples find, however, planning an elopement can often lead to unforeseen problems.
During the planning process of their elopement, they ran into family members wanting to attend and celebrate with them.
While that isn’t anything bad, it’s not what JJ and Kristine wanted.
Their goal was simple: avoid unnecessary stress, and focus completely on each other. This meant that attendance to their wedding was limited to JJ, Kristine, her sister, and myself! (Honestly, the honor I have as an elopement photographer is so humbling and beautiful!)
This was a difficult decision for the two of them to make, because they did not want to exclude their family.
While they were certain in their decision, I still found it important to affirm them. Couples can often find themselves wrapped up in the politics of wedding planning, that they forget that the wedding is about their love – not their guests.
I know that sometimes my clients just need another cheerleader in their corner – which I’m always happy to be!
On the day of the wedding, we all woke up together and had a head start to our morning.
It was beautiful, because even before the start of the day began, the couple spent time together on the beach – reflecting on the day ahead of them .
When it was time to begin getting ready, there was no stress.
In fact, the entire day was low key and truly magical!
From Kristine’s sister helping her into her dress from David’s Bridal – their first look – their vows they wrote and put in a bottle! All of it!
And to top it all off, an Italian dinner at a restaurant in Pensacola afterward!
Kristine and JJ, your Navarre Beach wedding was absolutely beautiful, and I’m so blessed to have been a part of it.
Thank you so much for trusting me as your photographer.
P.S. If you think we’d be a great fit for each other, I’d love to talk with you and hear about your elopement!