32 total reviews
Wedding Date: 12/31/2012
Okay, this glowing review really is warranted! Kelly was a God send for our big day.
Leading up to the wedding Kelly was super quick with communication and following up (sometimes within minutes of an email or a call!) She is so friendly, I knew after our first phone call she was the perfect match for us. To complicate things I was in Tallahassee & my guy was in Texas. Because of the distance our communication was through email & phone calls, but Kelly never missed a beat. She answered every question I had & more. She is professional, but not cool & detached; she is warm & friendly - you can't help but to trust her.
I remember things being crazy & hectic on my wedding day-then Kelly walked in. It just seemed like everything calmed down when she got there. Kelly has an ease about her; she has the perfect energy for those hours before the big event. Kelly is so funny & sweet, it really is like having another girlfriend get ready with you (a girlfriend with crazy talent, top of the line equipment & an eye for making you look gorgeous) She captures those moments like your sisters helping you into your dress or your mom putting on your veil so organically. She knows how to translate those moments into images you'll cherish for a lifetime.
During the ceremony I honestly don't remember seeing or hearing Kelly, yet I have so many pictures of it (like hundreds-from a lot of different angles and distances) it's like she's a wedding ninja!
Kelly's biggest challenge for our wedding had to be our formal pictures due to some crazy family dynamics due to a nasty divorce. Kelly handled this like a BOSS! She had a list of all the shots & had planned this part of the event perfectly. By moving rapidly & keeping everything upbeat, my husbands biggest wedding day dream came true. He has not had a picture of him & both his parents together since 4th grade, but Kelly by her sheer professionalism & poise made this happen for him. My inlaws are actually smiling. together. in the same picture. I honestly don't think it would have possible with another photographer.
When it came to bridal party & couples shots, Kelly's innovation was incredible. Even when we only had one lighter to light 13 sparklers we have the most fun pictures from that time. For our couple pics Kelly had so many ideas. She truly captured the sweet intimacy in our first moments as husband & wife. I want to cry when I look at some of them; I swear to you I’ve never looked more beautiful in pictures in my entire life.
We have a wild assortment of pictures from our reception. Our wedding was on NYE & you can feel excitement from the night in the images. Our Sugar Shack was a hit & by 12:05 it was like everyone was dancing in it & Kelly just kept clicking away.
At the end of the night Kelly got some shots of our last dance. At her suggestion we did it in the empty ballroom that was covered in confetti. The relief & joy on our faces is palpable. It was the perfect way to end the day and start our lives together.
So those are my thoughts on Kelly. My only regret is that we only had her for 8 hours and not 11. Don't trust someone who promises you the stars for little or nothing. If you think her prices are too high you're wrong. Kelly's website allows you to pay over time leading up to your big day; $100 here, $500 there; you get what you pay for and Kelly is worth every.single.penny.
If you're looking for a sign about who to call this is it- call Kelly!
Wedding Date: 5/12/2013
By far the best decision I made for our Wedding. I can't begin to tell you how amazing Kelly was from the moment I inquired about her services to helping me through last minute details four months after our big day! She was the one and only reason our day ran so smoothly. She made sure to capture everything we wanted plus more! I still can't stop looking at our pictures and everyone who sees them is just in awe over how good they are. Again, I can't put into words how professional and fun Kelly is and what a joy she is to have there on your big day. She doesn't seem like someone you just hired to take your photos, but a friend who is there to help guide you. Kelly goes above and beyond and the service is worth every penny.
Wedding Date: 6/1/2013
Hiring Pure Sugar Studios was the best decision I could have made for our big day. After looking at some of photographer Kelly Hite's work I knew I would end up having great pictures but I had NO idea how helpful and vital she would end up being the day of the wedding. The hours leading up to the event were as hectic as can be but Kelly kept me (and my extensive bridal party) on schedule and most importantly, kept me calm. I really can't imagine the day without her. And boy, was I right about the great pictures! She is a magician behind that camera - I loved every one and will treasure them forever.
I also have to mention the sweet (literally) gifts she sent me both prior & post the wedding. Before the wedding she sent a little introductory package with helpful hints and... CANDY! Then, after the wedding, she sent a USB with all of my photos and... MORE CANDY! All packaged up in the cutest way. I actually don't have the biggest sweet tooth in the world but the packages were so pretty and thoughtful I just ate them up! (Also literally)...
Moral of the story is - hire Pure Sugar. You won't be disappointed!
Wedding Date: 6/21/2014
I was initially drawn to Kelly because of her photography style- it's clean and simple and bright... I really wanted bright! Its just classic and I know her photos will never look dated. After shopping around, loving her style and talking to Kelly, I was amazed at how reasonable her pricing was as well! It was a no-brainer for me at that point. She had the trifecta- style, price and personality!
We did our engagement photos with Kelly as well as our wedding photos. I planned my St. Augustine wedding from Ohio and Kelly was a gem at making time to see me when I was in town and even fitting in our engagement session on Valentines Day in a very slim timeframe. Her personality is great, she's equal parts fabulous and laid back. Trust me in that you want both of those qualities around when planning a wedding! I could really ask her opinion on anything wedding related and she would give me an honest and helpful answer, but she kept things real and calm to on the wedding day.
I love our wedding and engagement pictures! Our outdoor wedding ceremony was rained out and while it could have been a disaster it, Kelly kept me calm and actually made me love our indoor ceremony space even more than our original plans. I just can't say enough good things about her and her team :) She wants to make your pictures exactly what YOU want, so she's open to all kinds of ideas and tries to incorporate every kind of picture/shot you want.
I honestly think she can't take a bad picture so you are in safe, funny and fabulous hands with Pure Sugar Studios!!
Wedding Date: 4/26/2014
Where do I even begin with Pure Sugar and all that is Kelly Hite!?
In my eyes she is super woman and one heck of a pro!
Within first meeting Kelly over coffee with my then fiancé her passion and organization was undeniable, and through almost a year and a half working together towards the big day it was her passion and organization that continued to shine through!
She offers more to a bride than a face behind a camera on just one day. She was a friend, support system and creative genius in many ways. I highly recommend starting your wedding adventure with her through the engagement photo sesh and you will never look back!
With photos now in hand and at print the proof really is in the pudding! Her hard work and attention to detail are written all over her work.
Thank you Pure Sugar!!
Wedding Date: 7/26/2014
Kelly was the best decision we made for our wedding. She is a sweetheart and very professional. She had our best interest in mind and went above and beyond to make us happy. She always responds within minutes to all the email communications which was very important for me. Kelly and her assistant were on point with everything from fixing my husband's boutonniere to carrying a lip gloss in hand for me touch up my make up for pictures. Having Kelly there was like having a family member who wanted to make sure everything is going smooth for us and she made sure we both look our best at all times. On our wedding day she arrived on time and made sure she captured everything from the details to all the candid moments between our families and us. I was able to live my wedding day again through all the pictures that she captured.
If you can only indulge in one thing for your wedding, let that be Pure Sugar Studios because you will not regret it and I am sure Kelly will make it worthwhile. All you have to do is have one conversation with this amazing talented woman to realize how passionate she is about her job and her commitment to make her clients happy.
Wedding Date: 6/7/2014
I began looking for photographers as soon as my husband proposed to me. I found a handful of photographers that I was interested in, but I stopped searching as soon as I saw Kelly's website. Her photography style is exactly what I was looking for and I immediately contacted her for more information. She walked me through my entire engagement and helped me prepare for my wedding, going above and beyond her role as photographer. The photos were stunning and she made me feel so comfortable in the midst of everything going on. I couldn't have asked for a better experience!
Wedding Date: 3/1/2014
I’m so glad we hired Kelly Hite with Pure Sugar for our wedding. My husband and I hired Kelly to shoot our wedding and also to shoot bridal portraits for me the week before the wedding. We couldn’t be more pleased with how the photos turned out. They are gorgeous!
Kelly went out of her way to make my bridal portraits very special, and to assure me that we had reliable back-up options if it rained on our wedding day (which thankfully, it did not). I’ve never experienced a “photo shoot” before, like the bridal portraits that Kelly did for me, so I was nervous. She gave me LOTS of very helpful direction during the shoot, for which I was very thankful, because I didn’t know the best way to position myself, where to direct my gaze, etc.
For both the portraits and the wedding day, Kelly was just an endless source of positive energy! Of course, my husband and I were running on adrenaline all day, but Kelly has an amazing amount of energy considering how many hours she has to be on her feet shooting and directing people. I was thankful for this because she kept everyone moving all day long, and also helped to keep everyone in the right place and at the right time. She kept me laughing and relaxed all day long! She gave us lots of useful guidance on how to schedule our family photos before and after the wedding.
A word to potential clients: It will serve you well if you are organized and fully participate in the planning for the photography of your wedding – it will pay you back in dividends. No photographer will ever be able to know who everyone in your family is and be able to herd dozens of people everywhere. My mother and I spent a lot of time making lists and setting up the order and timeline for our photos, then checking and editing those lists with Kelly according to her guidance, and then assigning family members to “stage direct” people for photos after our ceremony. This made the entire process much smoother than if we had just left everything to chance.
On the same token, I’ll say that we also threw Kelly a couple of “curve balls” on the wedding day – she handled them with humor and grace!
The last thing I’d like to say is that Kelly is a wonderful person. Of course, she is super-talented, she is very responsive to questions and emails (which was especially helpful to me since I was planning my wedding from the West Coast), and attentive to her promised deadlines. But she is just great fun to be around! I’m so glad I got to know her through the process of planning my wedding. Thank you, Pure Sugar, for taking such good care of me and my family!
Wedding Date: 4/25/2014
This first wedding planning advice I received once we were engaged was to make sure to pick a photographer we loved. "You will spend most of your wedding day with this person so make sure you really like him/her". I knew from my ridiculous amount of wedding vendor research that Kelly's incredible pictures were exactly the style I was looking for but, once we meet her, Kelly's charming personality sealed the deal for us right away. I loved her studio and loved that she had albums and pictures displayed for us to view.
Our engagement shoot had some weather threats but Kelly was flexible and made it all work out. Despite the less-than-perfect weather I was very happy with the photos and the chance to "practice" for the big day. It made me feel much more relaxed when taking the wedding day photos. Kelly also worked with us on a time crunch and got us a photo to use for our Save-the-date within days of the shoot.
On our wedding day Kelly was amazing. We had a large wedding party and large families. Kelly was patient and professional. I don't know how she does it.
We were incredibly happy with how the pictures turned out. She has an amazing talent for finding creative shots. I will and already have recommended her to anyone I know looking for a photographer.
I have received so many compliments on our photos and I owe all of that to Kelly.
Hire her you won't be disappointed :)
Wedding Date: 3/23/2014
Kelly was great! She was able to accommodate requests for additional formal photos from my family members and still kept us on schedule to get all of the pictures we wanted around St. Augustine. The pictures are beautiful! I usually don't like photos of myself and was worried that I would be left with no photos that I would actually want to frame but she took so many great shots that now I have the opposite issue of having a hard time narrowing it down. Kelly and her assistant were easy to work with. I felt like she really listenend to what we liked and gave us exactly what we wanted and more. I would not have changed a thing!
Wedding Date: 12/29/2013
We were so very lucky to have found Kelly and Pure Sugar Studios. My daughter had a destination wedding in Ponte Vedra so I depended heavily on recommendations from others. And this one was a gem. I can't say enough nice things about our experience - she was professional, creative, accomodating, funny and so personable. She made great suggestions, remembered things we never even thought about and we have some fantastic pictures as memories of this very special occasion. Do everything you can to book Pure Sugar Studios.
Wedding Date: 11/10/2012
Well, for starters, I should preface this by saying that your photographer is your most important wedding vendor. IT'S SO TURE! If your photographer isn't great, well then you better have a memory of steel because how else will you remember your beautiful day, for the next 20,000 you spend married?? That being said, I could not be happier with Kelly from Pure Sugar Studios! Our pictures are just as perfect as our day! She captured all the details, the little moments that are sometimes overlooked, our expressions, and of course all of the posed family ones that your mom wants- and they are all beautiful! I remember looking through all 2500 images and straining myself to narrow it down to a somewhat socially acceptable number of 300 to post on facebook. I have actually had one of my friends hire her because they loved my picture so much! She is not only an amazing photographer, but she is also great to work with! She is so professional, thoughtful, and experienced! Besides all of this, I am by nature an extremely anxious (but nice lol) person and I can't tell you how nice it was to have someone who knew what they were doing, and could keep me calm- calm is good. I would recommend her a thousand times over to anyone and although this review is long overdue (I got married December of 2012), better late than never!
Wedding Date: 10/13/2012
From the first time we spoke with Kelly on the phone we had no doubts of who our photographer was going to be. She has such and amazing energy and excitement about her and it is quite contagious. We couldn't have had more fun during all our pictures and they came out even better than expected. She was such a great help and supporter though all our planning that we actually wished she was our wedding planner before we had selected one. We would definitely recommend her to anyone and will use her in the future.
Wedding Date: 10/5/2013
she was great, fantastic pictures!! so many to choose!!
Wedding Date: 3/8/2014
If you are looking for someone who is professional, fun, and takes amazing photos then Pure Sugar Studios is the way to go for your wedding! I recently did my engagement photos with Kelly, and I was AMAZED at how well they turned out! More impressively, I loved how comfortable Kelly made both me and my fiancé feel during the shoot! She knew exactly how to put us both at ease and help us enjoy it!
Kelly also helped with other areas of my wedding planning! She has made herself available to answer any questions throughout my entire wedding planning process. I got my photos two weeks after my shoot, and I was in love with all of them! It made it so hard to choose photos for my save the dates! I am so excited to have Kelly on my wedding day! She is truly amazing and talented at what she does and I would highly recommend her!!
Wedding Date: 4/28/2011
Kelly Hite did an amazing job with my wedding photos!! They turn out perfect!!
Wedding Date: 4/26/2013
I did my engagement photos and wedding photos with Kelly from Pure Sugar Studios. She was so easy to work with and my photos are wonderful, very romantic looking.
Wedding Date: 4/13/2013
Kelly was wonderful. She was with us the whole day. She even stayed after the wedding to take more pictures of us. She has creative ideas and also listened to mine. I couldn't be happier with our choice to have her at our wedding!
Wedding Date: 2/2/2013
Best decision I made (besides the groom! ) Kelly is so talented and creative, and also an amazing sounding board throughout the wedding planning process! She's the best!
Wedding Date: 11/17/2012
Kelly was a wonderful photographer! She is very flexible, energetic and ready for action. She is also extremely organized which is the most helpful element on the day of your wedding. She always remained calm, and let me know everything was going to work out. She takes beautiful, well crafted shots, and is able to capture the subtle details of the day. I am VERY happy with my choice!
Modern Photographic Confections
Pure Sugar is an award-winning wedding studio based out of Northeast FL. Fun lovin' photography specializing in artistic and documentary coverage that’s described as romantic, fashionable and vintage with a modern flair. We look forward to meeting you and hearing more about your fabulous wedding!
- Starting Price Range: $1,000-$1,999
- Other Styles: Boudoir, Trash the Dress
- Specialty: A Variety/Blend of Styles
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013