"I'm gonna love you like nobody's loved you, come rain or come shine... High as a mountain and deep as a river, come rain or come shine... I guess when you met me it was just one of those things, But don't ever bet me, cause I'm gonna be true if you let me... You're gonna love me like nobody's loved me, come rain or come shine... Happy together, unhappy together, and won't it be fine? Days may be cloudy or sunny, We're in or we're out of the money, But I'm with you always, I'm with you rain or shine..." Come Rain or Come Shine, Billie Holliday
September weather in Mississippi is tricky. When you wake up in the morning, it feels cool and crisp, like a lovely fall day... by noon, it's 100 degrees Fahrenheit...and by 5 pm, it's thundering and lightning! It's just hard to plan an outdoor wedding for this time of year! Samantha and Kanaan's plans for an evening ceremony by the pond Saturday were washed away by the rain showers that moved in that afternoon. However, Sam's sweet family immediately put Plan B into action, and the ceremony was moved into the rustic wood-paneled walls of the Auditorium. So while the atmosphere outside may have been damp and humid, the atmosphere inside Plymouth Bluff Center was full of love, cheerfulness, and tender concern. Because of their love for one another and their families' love for them, Sam & Kanaan's wedding day had EVERY. SINGLE. THING. it needed to be lovely... and here's a sneak peek to prove it. <3Oh my goodness, these precious ruffles on the neckline of Sam's dress just KILLED me.And just look at this gorgeous bride. I MEAN. HELLO.And of course Samantha had a lovely petal posse to back her up! Two sweet sisters and a best friend, who could ask for more?And speaking of petals, just take a look at her gorgeous bridal bouquet!And here's her handsome groom, Mr. Kanaan Ford. The guys had their own share of challenges on the wedding morning, besides the rain... I believe I heard something about someone losing their keys?? I often think that wedding days are just a microcosm of life - we make our plans, we hope for the best, but you know what? In the end, we learn to thankfully receive what we are given from God's hand, and we learn to see the joy and beauty even in the messy, didn't-go-as-planned moments of life. And Sam & Kanaan did just that, on their beautiful, rainy wedding day.Just look at these handsome gents! I LOVED the little ring bearers' suspenders, boots, and bow ties! Soon it was time to gather in the little wood-paneled auditorium of the Plymouth Bluff Center. Friends and family found their places, and beautiful music filled the room.The beautiful bride came in on her daddy's arm, and her smile was all the sunshine Kanaan needed to see.But he shed a few "raindrops" of his own. <3They may not have been surrounded by the early fall woods or by the warm light of a September afternoon, but Sam and Kanaan had something much, much better. They were surrounded, covered, and protected by the perfect beauty of the love of God, and they were wrapped in the warm love of their family and friends. And guess what?? It stopped raining long enough for us to step outside and take these beautiful bride and groom portraits! And then it was time to celebrate with music, a delicious dinner, and CAKE. The way these two looked at each other when they were having their First Dance.... no words.
After celebrating with their loved ones, Sam and Kanaan dashed away through the rain to begin their new life as Mr. and Mrs. Ford! No, these are not special laser sparklers - the rain and some lens fog combined to give a spectacular lighting effect as the bride and groom made their getaway! I thought it was very cool that the weather gave these two some special effects for their exit!
Sam and Kanaan, it's been such a blessing for us to be part of your journey to your wedding day. Life is full of sunny days and rainy days, but now you two are shelter for one another!
♥ Wedding Team Love ♥
Bride's Gown Boutique: David's Bridal, Tupelo MS
Hair Artist: Erin Morgan, sister of the Bride
Floral Designer & Cake Artist: Monti King, Flowers by the Bunch
Reception Catering: Brian Michaels Catering
The Bride & Groom also wish to extend special thanks to Rebekah and Rachel Stoll for providing the beautiful ceremony music, and to and Carole and Kathryn Pearson for all their help coordinating and decorating.