Last June, Jonathan and I traveled down to the beautiful town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi to celebrate with Lauren and Kyle as they said "I do." Y'all, Ocean Springs is one of our favorite funky, fun loving, creative and boisterous Gulf Coast cities. It's PRETTY. It has old, shady, narrow streets lined with live oaks and colorful shops. It has amazing restaurants. It has BEACHES. It has some of the best bed-and-breakfast inns I have seen in Mississippi! So not only did Jonathan and I have a WONDERFUL time photographing this precious wedding (even though Tropical Storm Cindy tried to drown us all!) we had a fantastic getaway weekend as well! So THANK YOU, Lauren & Kyle and Ocean Springs!
Lauren and her family and friends spent the morning at the beautiful Roost Boutique Hotel in Ocean Springs. This lovely B&B was such a sweet, serene place for them to get ready for the day! And it was so much fun to photograph her pretty details at this unique venue!
Kyle and his family stayed at a VERY cool antebellum style vacation rental home just across town, on the edge of the water. It had such amazing views....and amazing live oak trees!
Kyle traveled over to the Roost so he and Lauren could have a sweet First Look moment together.
Lauren LOVES the gorgeous old live oaks that define the natural beauty of her hometown, so incorporating them into her and Kyle's couple portraits was a MUST for me! Since most of the ground was still covered by standing water due to the tropical storm, we had to get creative about our locations! But you don't have to look hard in Ocean Springs to find lovely portrait spots!
Lauren and Kyle had a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL six o'clock ceremony at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church on Jackson Avenue, officiated by Father Farrell and Father Snyder, and attended by their families, friends, and loved ones. Their wedding ceremony was truly precious and sacred.
Before Lauren and Kyle hopped into the party bus to head to their reception in Biloxi, we took a few more quick Bride and Groom portraits. Y'all, they were so sweet and gave me a few extra minutes to run (actually RUN) to our car to grab an umbrella .... even though it wasn't ACTUALLY raining! I just had to break out an umbrella for at least one portrait - it was my way of commemorating how Tropical Storm Cindy couldn't put a damper on this precious couples' beautiful wedding day! And I think the umbrella portraits of some of my favorites from the day!
Gulf Coast people are FRIENDLY, y'all, and they know how to celebrate! Lauren and Kyle's reception was held at the Sacred Heart Parish Life Center in Biloxi, and it was an evening full of delicious food, laughter, great music, and the dance floor was never empty! That's my favorite kind of night!
It was a beautiful day, y'all. It was a SUPER FUN night! And you know what was the best part? We got to wake up in Ocean Springs the next morning, and spend another day soaking up the fun, laid-back, artsy culture. Plus we ate lots of amazing seafood. I'm not even going to lie!
And guess what is the BEST best part? This May, we're going to celebrate with Lauren's sister Lindsey and her groom Alex when THEY celebrate their happy day! I can't wait to spend another weekend in this beautiful, friendly Gulf Coast town!
See you soon, Ocean Springs!
Venues: The Roost Boutique Hotel, Ocean Springs
St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Ocean Springs
The Sacred Heart Parish Life Center, Biloxi, MS
Bridal Attire: Gown by Essence of Australia, Circle Park Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaids' Attire: Bridal and Formal Boutique, Gulfport, MS
Bridal Makeup Artist: Mallory Fitzgerald Krohn
Bridal Hairstylist: Lisa Jones, Today's Hair and Nails, Ocean Springs
Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A Bank
Wedding Coordinator: Fountain Events by Chez Charles
Florist: Fountain Events by Chez Charles
Videography by Hubtown Productions
Wedding Cake Artist: Nita Lee's Cakes, Pass Christian
Groom's Table: desserts by family members
Catered by Broome's Inc.
Ceremony Music by Shari Pol
Reception Music by Brennan Roybal Band