Amanda Doyle and baby Blake Austin Doyle

  When I was a freshman in high school, I remember being asked to sit at a lunch table with my new friend and his friends. I remember sitting down and seeing the others just kind of look at me. One of them looked and said "what's your name?" I replied " Blake" He then said "hey, my name's Blake , how old are you?"   "14?" I said to which he replied "well, I'm 15 so it's my name" with a smile I will never forget. He then asked my last name and told me that was my new name. It is crazy to me how some things you just cant forget. No matter how many other things you may see or do, some things are just there with you forever.

 A few years later, after becoming close with him and his twin brother Bart, I had realized that this group of friends was so much more than just that. The amount of love shared and expressed between all of us and the amount of sheer gratitude for one another is so strong it can make you smile just to even hear one of their names. I remember hanging out with them and it was the first time one of my friends told me they loved me. It wasn't weird, it just felt right to say it back. something else I cant forget. Bart and Blake were two people that no matter how hard you look, you could never find two people like them. It is so hard to explain why, but if you know them, you know why you cant.

 One night when i was approaching senior year, Blake was involved in a terrible accident and lost his leg. I remember spending a ton of time with him and his family during it all and becoming even closer to them. It was a tough time and one thing that I noticed is that his spirit, it was never broken. He still had that same smile and laugh that could light up the darkest rooms. We all worried that he wouldn't truly be happy again, losing his leg held him back from doing all of the things he loved the most. Then around 2005 something amazing happened when he met Amanda.

 Blake and Amanda were head over heels for each other. Right off the bat they hit it off and were most often only seen together. She became a regular in our circle of friends and there was something so beautiful about seeing them together. It was the kind of love you would see in a movie and hope and dream to one day smile at someone they way they did, just once.

 They married in 2013 and found out they were pregnant in October 2014. They announced their beautiful surprise around Christmas and we all knew this baby was going to be so loved and so spoiled. I remember seeing their announcement photo and instantly tearing up just thinking about that beautiful baby and how much love it would be surrounded by. Its something that I hope for.. we all hope for.

  On January 24 2015, sadly the world lost one of its best. Blake was in a tragic accident and did not survive. When the news arrived to me, I was at a loss for words. A thousand thoughts ran through my head but my mind kept coming back to one thing, Amanda and the baby. This was one of the hardest days in my entire life... in our lives.

 I rushed back to Pensacola for the memorial service and was surrounded by those same friends. The ones that accepted me in their group, the ones that did the same with her. That's when i realized that.. Blake was such a great person, so strong and full of love. He would do anything in the world for his friends and would never ask for anything in return. We all would do the same for him or anyone and I realized that while Amanda i'm sure felt lonely, she was nowhere near being alone. She never will be. Those same friends will be here for not only her, but for their beautiful daughter. To see all of the memories and share in the laughter and tears forever. I was honored when I was asked to photograph these photos for her. It meant the world to me to be considered and I had the best day with her.

 The crazy thing is when we showed up it was cloudy and there was not much sunlight. As soon as we started the clouds parted and let the sun come out for a bit. When we finished, they came right back and it started to rain shortly after. We both felt Blake was there with us, watching and smiling. I speak for so many people when I say , I cant wait to meet this beautiful baby. She will have the strongest, tight knit family one could ever hope for. We all love you Blake, we will make sure your little girl and beautiful wife are taken care of.

 One thing he and his brother taught me was to never leave without saying i love you, no matter what..

I love you.

"Happiness is to love as God is to life. I said that" -Blake

Jeremy and Mary Kathryn Rill

I had the honor to photograph this couple on their big day this past summer. What a great time it was. They both were such a joy to be around and had everyone laughing the entire day. No one was in a stressed mood and the overall feel of the wedding was pure happiness. I enjoyed spending the day with them and their families. Thanks again for having us and we hope your lives continue to spread happiness and joy to everyone you come in contact with, Cheers!

 

Lil Indies

So about a year ago I began a new venture of becoming a bartender. I had a handful of people who helped me get to the point of taking guests and creating my own drinks and even some who helped me transition into a new city and a new bar. One of those people was Kaitlin McGavock. She and I met back in May and I had mentioned maybe moving to Orlando, where she was from, and she told me anything I needed she would help me as best as she could. I took her up on this offer and not only did she help but she went out of her way and still continues to go out of her way to help me out and others around me who share a similar interest in the craft.

 She started her own place and named it after her incredible daughter, Indiana. A couple weeks back I had the chance to photograph them in the bar. The world needs more people like this girl, her awesome partner in crime Will (owner of wills pub here in Orlando as well) and amazing daughter. Thanks again for letting me do this and Cheers to you guys. - Blake

Kim and Lance Nelson

I recently shot a wedding back in Pensacola with Kim and Lance. What a great day it was all around. The weather, the party, the location, everything was perfect down to the last detail. I photographed their engagement a while back and was honored to be there on their big day. The day was long but it was one that did not feel like work at all. Thank you guys so much for asking me to be there with you and I hope you have an amazing life together. Cheers

 

Leecy and Bob Chiles

 A few months back I double booked myself on the second weekend of June. A wedding Saturday and Sunday. My assistant was not happy and my friends thought I was crazy, but I am glad I took both jobs. What a reward this wedding was for me. I was a little tired starting the day but as we started seeing the photos come to life, my energy level went up immensely. I had the honor of photographing these two back in the early spring and it was a blast! So I knew their wedding would be nothing short of extraordinary. Here is a look at their day and again, Thanks for having us. We wish you the best and Cheers to the both of you.

Shea and Chris Dadant

What a fun day this was for everyone. I had an absolute blast at this wedding and everyone involved was a joy to be around. One of the highlights of this day was one of their portraits. They wanted one in the middle of 12th avenue in Pensacola. They were concerned however, with how we would stop traffic. We managed to knock out a few shots in a little under a minute and had perfect timing with the cars. I wanted to say thanks for having us and we are happy for you guys! Congrats and cheers to you both. Here's a look at their big day.

Rebecca and Dave

What a fun wedding to photograph. The day was set to have heavy rain and did not rain a drop which was incredible. We spent some time at the Crowne Plaza downtown and then moved over to the venue and had a great day with these two. I was honored to have been there to capture this beautiful day for you guys. Congrats and best of luck to the both of you.

Cheers

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Lane Wedding

I first met Mark, the groom, attending Pensacola High School back in 2003. We played music together a few times and like most people do, kind of lost contact over the past 10 years or so. Recently I was asked to shoot a wedding and it turned out to be his and his beautiful bride to be, Brandi. I was thrilled and excited to shoot in the new Christ church and to also follow them on a Pedi-cab! The day was filled with love and laughter and its weddings like this one that I will remember forever. Thanks for having us and we wish you the best. Cheers- Blake