Monique & Charles recently wed on the beautiful beaches of Pensacola, Florida. Monique had been dreaming of an intimate beach wedding so they found a rental home and in only 3 months time scrambled together to host a wonderful wedding weekend. I originally warned Monique, my sister, that 3 months to plan a wedding is insane, but with a little help and a lot of determination they very successfully pulled it off! Their original plan was to go to Hawaii, but when realizing the cost and trouble of going so far, they decided to instead have a casual Hawaiian themed wedding at Pensacola Beach. Pensacola, Florida is only a 3 hr. drive from their home in New Orleans and boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. A few things they did to cut back on expenses was they made their own invitations, kept the guest list short, had a “help yourself” bar, and the family & wedding party pitched in the day of to do everything from pick up the cake, to decorate the house, and clean up afterwards. As the sister, maid of honor, and semi-day of coordinator there was no way I was going to attempt to also be the photographer. But I did enjoy helping the wedding photographer with their sunset portraits and taking these pictures. When editing my shots last night I also learned how much a few glasses of champagne can negatively affect my vision and focusing skills, yikes! Monique put me in charge of booking the photographer, and with such short notice (and a small budget) it was quite difficult to find someone that fit my high standards. So thankfully my dear friend and fellow photographer, Molly Plan, was willing to leave cold Colorado for a weekend away at the Florida beaches. To see some of her amazing photography from the wedding click here.