Engagement Stories

Kayla and Mitchell's Fun Fall Engagement Session at Mississippi State

Kayla and Mitchell's Fun Fall Engagement Session at Mississippi State

From Friend Zone to First Dance - Kayla and Mitchell made their MSU engagement session extra personal and so much FUN! Hint: it wasn’t just frisbees that were flying!

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Kathryn and Coleman's Playful and Elegant Engagement Session in Columbus

Kathryn and Coleman's Playful and Elegant Engagement Session in Columbus

A fall engagement session doesn’t HAVE to be all about autumn leaves, y’all! Kathryn and Coleman’s October engagement session was a warm, playful, and super stylish adventure in downtown Columbus. Their session helped me fall love with our little town all over again!

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How To Prepare Your Heart for Your Engagement Session (And Some Practical Tips Too!)

How To Prepare Your Heart for Your Engagement Session (And Some Practical Tips Too!)

I don't want stress to steal your fun when you are planning your engagement session! So I've written a little blog post about how to prepare your heart (and your sweetheart) to help you both truly enjoy celebrating your love story!

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Madeline + Thomas' Romantic Springtime Engagement Session in Natchez

Madeline + Thomas' Romantic Springtime Engagement Session in Natchez

I loved how Madeline and Thomas made a romantic getaway of their engagement session! They spent the weekend at Monmouth Inn, and we began their session in the garden of this beautiful antebellum home. The new green of spring and the first blush of the redbuds were just beginning to color the woods. It was truly a perfect day.

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Katy-Whitten + Brandon's Beautiful Winter Engagement Session

Katy-Whitten + Brandon's Beautiful Winter Engagement Session

They were separated by distance and the call of life, old dreams, dashed hopes, and new dreams, but they never forgot each other. She became a writer, a poet, a momma. He became a geologist and a traveller. But in spite of everything, these two found each other again.

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Tori + Justin's Sweet Fall Engagement Session At Home on the Farm: Mississippi Wedding Photography

You know what I loved about this sweet engagement session? Well, besides Duke the adorable boxer, a.k.a. the"Wigglebutt"... And besides Tori and Justin's fun, laid-back, perfectly lovable personalities.... AND besides the AMAZING and PRECIOUS way that Justin proposed to Tori (we'll get to that in a minute!) I LOVED that this couple of cutie pie lovebirds decided to begin their e-session at their future home, which they were in the process of remodeling. Not only that, their future home has been in Justin's family for generations, AND this sweet little newlywed home sits in a corner of Justin's family's farm, which has - you guessed it -been in his family for years upon years. As we rode up and down the gravel roads and explored the fields and woods around McCondy, Mississippi, Justin had a story for almost every bridge, tree, and old homesite! Since I grew up on a gravel road and love to hear a good family story, I delighted in every moment of this session!IMG_6607Y'all, almost a year ago to the day, Justin surprised his beautiful sweetheart by proposing to her RIGHT HERE. How romantic is this, to write your proposal on the wall of the house you hope to share with the woman of your dreams? (He did a good job on that ring, too!)IMG_9584IMG_9823IMG_9682Mr. Duke is a very important member of the family, and just like his mom and dad, he loves to ride in the Polaris. He's very handsome and sweet and funny and very well-loved, and this photographer could have played with him all day!IMG_6500IMG_6544IMG_6568IMG_6595McCondy, Mississippi is FULL of amazing old barns, bridges, trees, and roads - Jonathan and I loved exploring with these two! IMG_6700IMG_6647IMG_6638Just as the sun was setting in the clear autumn sky, we stopped to spend a few moments near Justin's favorite tree.IMG_6735IMG_6762IMG_9880IMG_6866Justin and Tori finished up their lovely session with a few quiet, just-after-sunset photos. Jonathan and I loved every minute we were blessed to spend with them. It always makes a session extra special when the location is so deeply meaningful, and it made me fall in love with our wide open Mississippi farm country and wild old woods all over again! I can't wait to watch these precious hearts say "I do" at Southwind in Shannon, MS in three short days! Happy Wedding Week, Tori and Justin!

A Sweet Delta Engagement at Heathman Plantation: Mississippi Wedding Photography

Oh, y'all. I am SO EXCITED for this weekend! We're kicking off our 2017 wedding season with precious Lane and Wesley's celebration in Indianola, Mississippi. I can't wait to witness their beautiful Delta wedding day! So to get the festivities off to a good start, here's a peek at their amazing engagement session on a gorgeous fall day at historic Heathman Plantation Commissary. (This place is so cool, Joanna Gaines would want to live here, I promise.)IMG_0028IMG_7513IMG_0045The Heathman Plantation Commissary has high tin ceilings, big big windows, vintage hardware... in short, everything you need to take adorable photos! I am so excited that we are going to get to see this place all decked out for Lane and Wesley's reception Saturday.IMG_7552IMG_7481Lane and Wesley brought their sweet fur babies. I think they perfectly represent the dynamic of the firstborn, middle child, and baby of the family! Guess who's the baby?  IMG_7440IMG_7616IMG_0140IMG_7574IMG_7693IMG_7655After spending some wonderful time at the Heathman Commissary, we wandered around the local fields and farms, and found some wonderful old silos.  This one was PERFECT. I'm telling you, Joanna Gaines would just DIE.IMG_0218IMG_0286IMG_7696IMG_7735Y'all, we were in the DELTA. So we just HAD to find a big old field for these sweeties, and we didn't have to look far! As the sun set and storm clouds rolled in, we had just enough time for some fun and dramatic evening light portraits. And Wesley got to finally put his hat on! IMG_7776IMG_7777So in just THREE SHORT DAYS we'll get to see these two Delta sweethearts say "I do!" I am so excited, and I can't wait to share the images from their beautiful day. Congratulations, and happy Wedding Week, Lane and Wesley!

Jenny + Randy: A Summer Engagement Session at the Noxubee Refuge: Mississippi Wedding Photography

I love sharing our photos on this blog for so many reasons...  I'm all about celebrating the beautiful engagement and wedding seasons of our clients... I delight to honor courage, love, faith, and commitment...  Plus, when the Mississippi skies are cold, gloomy, and gray, I love to look back and remember GREEN. So on this chilly, windy January afternoon, let's soak in these lovely moments from Jenny and Randy's engagement session at the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge near Starkville last July.img_0522img_3541If you haven't had a chance to visit the Noxubee Refuge yet, it's beautiful any time of the year, but in the warm months it's a quiet, lush retreat for anyone who loves the outdoors. It was a lovely backdrop for Jenny & Randy's bright, creative, and gentle personalities. We've gotten to know this sweet couple over the past few years at our home church, Vibrant, in Columbus. Jenny and Randy serve & lead there so faithfully, in so many ways - they offer up their skills, creativity, and friendship on a daily basis. It always brings us a special kind of joy when the sweethearts we are photographing are our friends & brothers & sisters in Christ as well!img_0592img_3518img_0622This Monday afternoon was one of those it-might-rain-but-then-again-it-might-not July afternoons, full of misty, soft light. We had this little stretch of highway all to ourselves.  Jenny was such a good sport about letting us try to photograph her jumping! I loved how these turned out! img_3592img_3591img_3569img_3637Jenny and Randy had the sweetest first date - they went kite flying! I was so excited that they wanted to commemorate that day by flying a kite in their engagement session. img_3621img_3628img_3615However...sometimes props just won't behave! Our kite wouldn't fly at ALL! When that happens, you just have to roll with it... Jenny and Randy are both film buffs, so they knew EXACTLY what to do when I asked them to show how sad they were about their kite!img_0713img_3507As thunder began to rumble in the distance, we explored other beautiful spots at the Refuge. I LOVED the sweet lace-backed dress Jenny wore for these pictures. img_3689img_0752img_3655img_3658img_0787img_3702Only a few short weeks after we visited the Refuge, Jenny and Randy said "I do" in a beautiful ceremony in Los Angeles. Jonathan and I are VERY glad that they are back in Mississippi, bringing fun, creativity, and love to all their friends and family in Columbus! Jenny and Randy, it's been a blessing to get to know you as friends, and we're excited to see what new adventures God has in store for you as Mr. and Mrs. May!

Kandace + Tre's Cozy Mississippi State University Engagement Session: Starkville, MS Engagement Photography

Can I tell you something? When I first met Kandace and Tré, I thought to myself, "Oh my goodness, these two are going to have the most ADORABLE babies one day!" :) These two sweethearts are not only complete cutie pies, they're so sweet and in love, they are quite literally wrapped up in one another. They had to be, since it was FREEZING the day of their early spring engagement session! Kandace and Tré have been patiently waiting to say "I do" for two years while they both worked on earning degrees & completing their internships. Jonathan and I mope dissolve have withdrawals don't like it if we are apart from each other for two days, so when they told me that after their engagement, they had be separated by their studies for two years, this photographer's heart was deeply touched.   But guess what?? This Saturday, their waiting is OVER! These patient, hardworking sweethearts are saying "I do" at the Hewlett Barn and Stables in Starkville, and we can't wait to witness their joy!img_4034img_2114Don't let the bright sunshine fool you - it was a very, VERY cold, windy day on the campus of MSU when we took these precious photos! These two were real troopers! The weather made for lots of snuggly photos. <3img_4084img_2136img_4129img_2194img_4159img_2166img_2315Tré is so much in love with this beautiful girl. He's a complete romantic. You should read what he wrote on their wedding website at The Knot. No, really, go read it. Every woman deserves a man who loves her like this: Kandace and Tre's Love Storyimg_2276These two have the BEST laughter and the most beautiful smiles!img_2328img_2333img_4199img_4201img_4234Kandace and Tré, it has been a blessing and privilege for us as we have gotten to know the two of you and work together this year. We can't wait to watch the beginning of your life together as Mr. and Mrs. Smith! The waiting will be at an end, and a beautiful new beginning is in store for you this Saturday!

Kandace & Tré's Engagement Session Locations:

Mississippi State University and MSU Research Park, Starkville, MS

Sarah + Robby: A Spring Engagement in the Woods: Mississippi Engagement Photography

There's something wonderful about the wild, sweet Mississippi woods in the springtime. For a few brief weeks in March and April, every morning shows you a new flower, a new bud, a new shade of green. I couldn't be happier when Sarah and Robby told us that they wanted to celebrate their engagement in the sunlight-dappled woods and paths of Plymouth Bluff Center. The shady, quiet glades and trails and bluffs along the old riverbed of the Tombigbee felt like the perfect setting for these sweethearts. And this Saturday, a little church in the woods near Echola, Alabama, decorated with wildflowers, filled with the sweet music of a dulcimer, and lighted by the warm light of June, will be the perfect setting for them to say "I do."IMG_5889-2IMG_2518IMG_2964I've known Sarah's family for years, every since I was a brand-new, very nervous art teacher at the YMCA, and her beautiful momma Cynthia became a dear friend and mentor. Sarah was one of my very first students, and even when she was very young, I was taken by the very intentional way she approached her art lessons. She crafted beautiful, carefully rendered drawings and sculptures, and her delight in creating was an encouragement to me. I always thought of her as very kind, a little shy, and a very thoughtful and serious-minded young woman. Most importantly, everyone that spends time with her knows that her faith in Christ as her Savior is the foundation of her life, so when she told me that she had met her future husband, I knew the man who won her heart had to be very, very special. IMG_2555Sarah and Robby met for the first time at a meeting of the MSU Prayer Furnace in the summer of 2014. Even though Sarah was splitting her time between Columbus and Birmingham, they became friends, sharing prayer requests in the group, texting, and just talking.  Happily, soon Sarah moved home to Columbus, and Robby soon returned to Starkville to attend grad school at MSU. Little did Sarah know that this thoughtful, prayerful young man already knew in his heart that she was the woman he wanted to share his life with...IMG_5950IMG_2595IMG_2585While Sarah was away in Birmingham, Robby had been falling more and more in love with this beautiful dancer.  He began praying over their relationship and seeking God's will for their future...IMG_2796-2IMG_6072IMG_6118By the fall of 2015, Sarah and Robby both knew they were ready for a deeper relationship.  Robby asked Sarah out to a special dinner and shared his heart with her, and from that point their courtship began. After dating for almost 3 months, on Valentine's Day Robby collected roses, Reese's Pieces, and a wrote Sarah a love letter - and he asked her to marry him. She said yes, and they celebrated with friends and family at a surprise engagement party the same evening!IMG_6129IMG_6087IMG_6113-2The quiet beauty of the afternoon light streaming down through the trees reminded me of the light streaming through cathedral windows.  I think this little spot was just waiting for Sarah and Robby to find it.IMG_6200IMG_6216Sarah had shared a touching story with me: since she and Robby didn't have much extra money to spend on going out, many times they'd make sandwiches, sit on a bench in town, and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich date! So of course I wanted to make that precious part of their love story part of the session! So as the sun sank lower in the sky, we traveled back to Columbus for a few late evening portraits on the Riverwalk.IMG_6252-2IMG_2898And a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. <3IMG_6301IMG_6285IMG_2919IMG_2996Sarah and Robby's love story is best summed up in their own words: "Since November 20, the day we started dating, we both knew we were going to get married, and God has continually showed up with His grace, mercy, and love as Robby and I embark on this journey.  Neither of us had ever dated before, so everything is new, and sometimes scary, but God is always with us.  He has lavished His goodness on us, and continually takes us deeper and deeper into His heart and His love.  We are ever aware of our need of a Savior, and extremely thankful for His forgiveness.  We're so grateful we can now pursue the heart of God together as a couple." Sarah and Robby, Jonathan and I couldn't be happier for you two, and we are so excited to witness you two say "I do" this Saturday! Thank you for inviting us to help you celebrate the beginning of your lives together husband and wife!

Locations for Sarah & Robby's Engagement Session

Plymouth Bluff Environmental Center

The Columbus Riverwalk

Love Takes You Places: Amanda + Matt's Vintage Aviation Engagement Session: Mississippi Engagement Photography

I have something special to share with you today!  I have a soft spot in my heart for this precious couple, Amanda and Matt, because their love story reminds me just a tiny bit of mine & Jonathan's. Before I met Jon, I had been out of Mississippi exactly three times, and I had never left the South.  And before I knew it, we were traveling all over the place, crossing oceans, having adventures, and learning to fly (literally!) My wonderful husband has dragged me kicking and screaming encouraged me out of my comfort zone from the moment we met, and my life is ever so much richer because of his daring spirit. So when we first sat down with these two, I was tickled because Amanda is a lovely, shy young woman - she admitted to bringing her sister along for support on her and Matt's first date! - and she has found her soulmate in a bold, adventure loving, professional pilot. And they've been having adventures ever since! For example: guess where Matt proposed? In PARIS, y'all.  PARIS, FRANCE. (Can you tell that he's also very romantic?) And guess what? They're saying "I do" to a lifetime of more adventures this Saturday!IMG_4484IMG_6510Amanda and Matt brought along their sweet fur baby, Bella the bulldog! Look at this FACE!IMG_4482IMG_6450We met Amanda and Matt for their fall e-session in the beautiful small town of Clinton, MS, where Amanda grew up. We were super excited because Clinton is just CUTE, y'all. The little historic downtown has brick streets and adorable shops and BICYCLES everywhere. I loved how they incorporated so many important elements of their lives - their love of small town life, their love of MSU, and Matt's service in the Armed Forces.  These things alone would have made for an amazing e-session, but Amanda had a surprise up her sleeve for Matt.IMG_6558IMG_6570IMG_6573IMG_6589IMG_6601IMG_4502After capturing these sweet moments in the charming old streets of Clinton, we drove a few miles out of town...IMG_6614IMG_4534IMG_4525-2... where a friend of Amanda's had a private airstrip filled with gorgeous old warbirds! Jonathan and I were over the moon at the chance to even just see these awesome planes, let alone photograph with them!IMG_6644IMG_4570IMG_4581Wouldn't you know it, the weather turned super chilly and windy the moment we stepped foot on the airstrip, but Amanda was a trooper. We had so much fun taking these pictures! IMG_6666IMG_4555IMG_6792IMG_6763IMG_6825IMG_4620Amanda and Matt, we have been so blessed to get to know you and share this part of your wedding journey with you! We can't wait to witness your beautiful day Saturday, and we can't wait to see where love takes you from here!