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.Read More
Here's a peek at a rainy day First Look at a lovely, rustic spring wedding at beautiful Southwind.Read More
This precious couple were married at the Hewlett Barn, and their First Look was full of sweet tears and happy laughter!Read More
Take a look at Mary Kathryn & Tyler's sweet winter engagement session at a family lake, featuring their sweet fur baby Joules and lots of sparkling sunshine!Read More
Y'all, I know I've said this before, but every time I open up a wedding gallery for the first time, it's like I'm opening up a treasure box. I know there will be so many beautiful moments in there, but I really don't know everything I will find! Jonathan and I both catch SO MANY lovely memories! So I'm doing something a little different for this "sneak peek" wedding post, something that I haven't done in a while. Here's my personal pick of a few images that just leapt out of Lightroom & into my heart this morning! I fell in LOVE with the pretty, pretty colors and rustic details of Tori & Justin's beautiful day, but since her sweet family are the proprietors of a wonderful local business, Magnolia Antique Mall, I wasn't surprised that it was a wedding full of darling details! I have so many more images that I'd love to share, but those will have to wait just a bit longer (here's a hint - did you see that SUNSET we had Saturday? Well, we did too, and I have some amazing bride and groom portraits I can't wait to share soon!) But until then, here's a little joy for your Monday! Congratulations, Tori & Justin! Our March weather may have brought some rain clouds across your day, but you two knew exactly what to do with those raindrops - DANCE in them! We absolutely love love LOVED how you two chose to celebrate the beginning of your new life as Mr. and Mrs. Bridgman. It was a perfectly joyful start to this new chapter of your life together!
Tori & Justin's Wedding Team:
Bride's Dress Designed by: Allure
Bride's Dress Purchased From: Faulkenbery's Bridal, Philadelphia, Mississippi
Bride's Hair and Makeup: Charlene Cook, 662-386-5346
Floral Designer: Holly Payne of Holly's Petals and Presents, (662)-963-0010
Cake Artist: Taylor Massey of Taylor Made Cake, (662) 251-2773
Videographer: Erica English
♥Special thanks and love from the Bride to: her mother, Abby Fitzgerald, her sister, Ninna Knight, and also to Victoria Burton & Dana Mordecai♥
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!Y'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!)Mr. 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!McCondy, Mississippi is FULL of amazing old barns, bridges, trees, and roads - Jonathan and I loved exploring with these two! Just as the sun was setting in the clear autumn sky, we stopped to spend a few moments near Justin's favorite tree.Justin 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!
You never know what March weather in Mississippi will be like. We've had so many weeks of sunny spring weather and BAM! just in time for Lane and Wesley's wedding day, winter came roaring back! But you know what? It really didn't matter, because this precious wedding took place in one of the more beautiful church sanctuaries we've ever seen, and their reception was at the wonderful, historic Heathman Plantation Commissary. Even better, Lane and Wesley were surrounded by the love of their friends and family, so all the cold rain in the world couldn't put a damper on their day! Here's a little peek at some of our favorite moments and images of their lovely day.Inside the quiet sanctuary of Indianola First Baptist Church, the stained glass windows glowed softly with light. Outside, raindrops spangled the roses.As the storm clouds gathered outside, Lane and her sweet maids spent the morning safe, happy, and warm being pampered at Merle Norman.These next two photos are dear to my heart because they're REAL, y'all. To be a bridesmaid is a high calling, and on the wedding day, you're a very busy person! You're an emotional support system, you keep track of the groom so he doesn't accidentally get a peek at his bride, you carry stuff, you pack stuff, you find stuff....in short, you help carry your sweet friend to the altar. I loved how Lane's bridesmaids surrounded her with support and love.And her little flower girls made sure she got plenty of hugs!Lane had a PRECIOUS First Look with her sweet daddy. Oh my goodness, there were happy tears everywhere! Meanwhile, the handsome groom was upstairs helping his groomsmen figure out their ties. Wesley's best man (who just happened to be his daddy) helped them get it all sorted out.Lane and Wesley had a very sweet moment together before the ceremony. I loved this idea! What a fun and special way to have a moment together without seeing each other!And then it was time to say "I do!" Here are a few precious moments from their ceremony.One of the little ring bearers wasn't sure about the acting required for this picture, but when he saw how much fun his friends were having, he came around!And now, I present the happy Mr. and Mrs. Weeks! Wesley couldn't take his eyes off his beautiful bride, and can you blame him?If you saw Lane and Wesley's engagement story (you can check it out here) you'll recognize their reception venue! They celebrated with their friends and family at the historic Heathman Plantation Commissary. Every inch was decorated beautifully... I wish I had enough room in this blog post to show you every single corner! (Check out the top right hand window in this next photo... Jonathan caught me at work!)It was SUCH a fun night! That beautiful old building was filled with music and laughter and so, so much love. And when you're in the Delta, you have BARBECUE for your reception meal! Oh my goodness, it was soooo good! Y'all, I have so many more precious moments I want to share! I am really trying to keep this post short and sweet, because I am definitely guilty of oversharing! When it comes to a beautiful wedding, I always have a hard time limiting myself to just a few photos. I'll end with these sweet moments from Lane and Wesley's First Dance... This photographer cried, y'all. Lane and Wesley's wedding hashtag, #beenwaitingforweeks, perfectly described the joy these two shared as they danced the night away. I'm so thankful that Jonathan and I were able to be a part of this day! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Weeks!
Day-Of Wedding Coordinator: Debbie Esplin, Wedding Days Exclusively
Lane's Bridal Gown: Alfred Angelo
Bridesmaids' Gowns: Azazie
Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Abraham's, Cleveland, MS (662) 843-4541
Reception Venue: Heathman Plantation Commissary
Bridal Hair Artist: Kelsey Pate, 662-207-4037
Bridal Party Hair & Makeup: Merle Norman of Indianola, MS 304 Highway 82 E Indianola, MS 38778 (662) 452-5115
Cake Artist: Kristi Smith, 662-207-7040
Floral Artist: Felecia Love, 662-347-1207
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.)The 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.Lane 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? After 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.Y'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! So 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!
Candy-colored balloons, bright blue skies, warm breezes, soft green grass.... a bright yellow dress, and a sweet picnic full of hope, love, and memories... this pretty perfectly describes Joby and Thierry's anniversary session last summer! All the credit goes to Joby for planning out this fun, lighthearted celebration of four years of marriage. I loved loved LOVED everything about this day - this precious couple is near and dear to our hearts, I adore the movie "Up," the hills and fields near the old Winery are one of my favorite places, and.... balloons, y'all. Lots and lots of BALLOONS! These photographs make me homesick for summer. And for this hill.Here's to Joby & Thierry, and to all the beautiful adventures still waiting out there!
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.If 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!This 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! Jenny 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. However...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!As 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. Only 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!
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!Don'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. <3Tré 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 StoryThese two have the BEST laughter and the most beautiful smiles!Kandace 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
"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.
Here's a peek at a sweet summer wedding in Starkville, full of roses, lace, and Mississippi State memories!Read More
If this fall e-session doesn't make you start dreaming of cool nights, bright leaves, and warm sweaters, I don't know what will...Read More
This is what I remember from Sarah & Robby's wedding yesterday. I remember the light, lively laugher of bridesmaids behind closed doors and the tangy, rich smell of rosemary.I remember an ethereal wedding gown glowing with light.I remember the low, rippling notes of a dulcimer filling a quiet church.I remember a nervous and devoted groom who, determined not to catch an accidental glimpse of his bride before the ceremony, asked to be BLINDFOLDED before he entered the church.I remember quickly handwritten love notes on notebook paper, flying back and forth between two sweethearts.I remember how the room lit up when Sarah put on her flower crown. I remember groomsmen quick to smile and laugh, and I remember sudden drops of tears like passing June showers.I remember this moment. And this one. And this one.I remember a church filled with prayer and hope and expectation.I remember how Robby closed his eyes when he saw Sarah for the first time, but just for a moment, as if to make sure it wasn't all a dream.I remember sweet songs of praise lifted up on high to the One who makes all things new.I remember pastors whose love for this couple spilled out in their smiles.I remember a first kiss. I remember joy.I remember a sweet brand new wife who, minutes after being married, was worried about her new husband's new shoes hurting his feet.I remember tables filled with sweet pies of every description.I remember laughter and joy and best wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs. lifting up to heaven with clouds of bubbles.I remember hot June evening air, bright green leaves, and the low rumble of thunder not very far away... but where these two were, the sun shone bright.Sarah and Robby, your wedding was a beautiful celebration of God's love. The lovely halls of Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church were filled with joy and hope and a sweet kind of peace that comes from unity of spirit and purpose. We feel so blessed and thankful to have been with you at the beginning of your journey as husband and wife, and we know that your life together will continue to be a sweet offering of fragrance to the Lord.
"...Age to age He stands,
And time is in His hands,
Beginning and the end,
Beginning and the end... How great is our God! Sing with me, how great is our God!"
Wedding Team Appreciation
Location: Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, 12890 Boyd Road, Echola, Alabama Pastor Tim McCool email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officiants: Pastors Jody and C.J. Andrews of Life Church of Columbus, MS
Bride's Gown: purchased from It's A Date Formals in Starkville, MS (662) 871-8055
Bouquets and Flower Arrangements created by the Bride's mother, Cynthia, and friends. The flowers in the bouquets and garland are a collection of blooms grown by the bride and her mother and wildflowers gathered just before the wedding day.
Calligraphy by the Bride's Mother, Cynthia Mutch
Bridal Hairstyle by Abigail McCool
Ceremony and Reception Music on the Hammered Dulcimer and Keyboard by Kyle Paxton of Kyle Paxton Studio Email:email@example.com Phone: (850) 624-8736
Bride and Groom's Wedding Pecan Pie: baked with love by Di and Jeremy Wickham
The Bride and Groom also wish to thank the McCool family, Leigh Murphree, their families, and everyone who baked and brought pies for the Reception!
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."I'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. Sarah 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...While 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...By 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!The 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.Sarah 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.And a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. <3Sarah 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
Exactly one week ago, Jonathan and I had the wonderful experience of again photographing a wedding at one of our favorite venues, The Hewlett Barn and Stables. We were so blessed to spend the day with sweet Emily and Nathan and their families and friends! Every wedding week has its own little surprises and stresses, but I think Emily and Nathan had more than their fair share... In this case, Nathan had to battle the tummy bug the week before, and poor Emily had to make a trip to the ER just TWO DAYS before the wedding! But when their Big Day rolled around, it was full of so much love and laughter, all the stress and trouble just seemed to wash away. Look at all these beautiful smiling faces! Emily was surrounded by such a wonderful group of friends (plus one soon-to-be sister) on her wedding day.Just before Emily slipped into her wedding gown, I caught her sweet Momma helping her Dad practice for his First Dance with his baby girl.Emily waited to see her groom until the ceremony, but her Dad got to have a First Look moment of his own... and he was blown away! Good job, Mr. Holtman!And oh my goodness, do I have to say it? Emily was radiant on her wedding day. She kept her lovely composure even after a "near miss" with her groom - and let me tell you, I've never seen a bride move so fast to hide! There's just something about that moment when the bride puts on her veil... Outside on the beautiful back porch, the handsome groom was all smiles, especially when his little nieces and nephew wanted a picture with him!Emily's beautiful bridesmaids kept her smiling, and they were full of fun ideas for poses, which makes this photographer happy - I love it when the wedding party is committed to having a good time! They all looked SO so pretty in their bright dresses and cowgirl boots..... And Nathan's groomsmen kept him from running! (Just kidding!) But these guys were a HOOT! And when I asked Nathan which one was his Best Man, he said that ALL of them were! I LOVE photographing friendships like this...And then it was almost time for the ceremony... Wait till you see Nathan's reaction when he saw Emily walking towards him on the arm of her daddy...I think for just a moment, time stopped for Nathan.And then his heart overflowed with joy, and some of it leaked out his eyes...And in the presence of many loving witnesses, these two sweethearts said "We do."And then the party began!(Y'all, I have a confession. I LOVE watermelon. It's my favorite fruit ever, and this beautiful fruit display had a MONOGRAMMED watermelon. Someone has MAJOR carving skills...) And Nathan's fishing-themed groom's table was so sweet & fun. His cake was perfect - it had so many charming details. I also loved the candy-filled fishing tackle box on the groom's table - what a fun way to celebrate the groom's favorite pastime!And the wedding cake was a simple yet elegant work of art (and since I am also a professional wedding cake taster, yes it was just as yummy as it was beautiful!)Just as the sun was getting low and the June breeze beginning to have the first kiss of evening cool, Emily and Nathan stepped away from the party for just a few moments...And then it was time to dance the night away!The beautiful evening ended with a fun bouquet and garter toss, and then the brand new Mr. and Mrs. Sprouse were sent away into the sweet Mississippi night under showers of bright blazing sparklers.Emily and Nathan, the two of us couldn't be happier for the two of you. It's made us very happy, and been such a privilege, for Jonathan and I to witness this part of your precious love story! Your wedding day was beautiful and joyful, and we know the future holds many more blessings and beautiful moments for you and your families.
Wedding Team Love
Venue: The Hewlett Barn & Stables
Wedding Coordinator: Alicia Godwin, 662-549-5011
Bride's Gown Boutique: Kay's Kreations
Bridesmaids' Gowns Boutique: The Bride and Groom Bridal Boutique
Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: House of Tux
Bride's Hair Artist: Kristin Stephens at Salon 417 in Columbus, 662-327-9485
Bride's Makeup Artist: the Bride! Emily Holtman Sprouse at Salon 417, 662-327-9485
Bride's Bouquet: created by her friend Leah Wallace
Ceremony & Reception Decor by: Sherry Bustin, family friend
Reception Catering by: Brian Michaels Catering
Wedding Cake by: Annette Howton of Harding Catering
Groom's Cake by: Kelly Mason of Sassy Cake Creations, Columbus, MS
Ceremony Music by The Sumic Trio
Reception Music by The Blind Eye DJ
Seating and Tables provided by: Big Show Rentals
Oh my goodness. Today was Amanda and Matt's wedding day, and it was full of family, full of love, full of sweetness, and full of joy. This precious couple had their lovely ceremony and reception at historic Macon Presbyterian Church, the home church of the groom's family. As the bride and groom arrived, morning light poured through the intricately leaded windows - windows that Matt's grandfather created many years ago. I loved how the window panes became prisms and turned the light into shimmering rainbows.Amanda had roses, roses, roses everywhere. This CAKE, y'all. Every layer was a different flavor! It was GORGEOUS! Amanda gave a nod to her Norwegian family heritage by including a Soljie wedding crown at her cake table.Matt and Amanda chose to wait to see each other for the first time at the ceremony, and I LOVED Matt's expression when he saw his beautiful bride. I think he stopped breathing for a moment...Two sweet nephews had the honor (and joy) of ringing the bells to announced the new Mr. and Mrs. Matt McCann!We loved how Matt and his dad and brothers have a tradition of taking a ring picture at each wedding. Now every McCann man is taken!The reception decor was gorgeous. Did I mention there were roses EVERYWHERE?Amanda had an AWESOME surprise for her sweet pilot husband - she had made arrangements for a flyover of warbirds during the reception! They flew over the church not once, not twice, but three times! It gave me chills!At the end of the reception, Amanda and Matt made their departure under showers of sweet scented rose petals. But their day wasn't quite over yet - their next stop was the Macon Municipal Airport for some fun and unique bride and groom portraits!I have no words for how much Jon and I loved shooting these special photos for Amanda and Matt. A gorgeous, happy newlywed couple, a beautiful big sunny May sky, and PLANES. I mean, what a way to put a smile on a photographer's face! It was SO. MUCH. FUN.Amanda and Matt, you two blessed our socks off today. We enjoyed every moment of your beautiful wedding day (and every bite of that amazing cake!) Thank you so much for the opportunity to witness the beginning of your adventures as Mr. and Mrs. McCann!
Wedding Team Love:
Many, many thanks to Mr. Keith Winchester, a close friend of the family who not only coordinated the wedding, but also created the gorgeous flower arrangements!
Cake Artist: Lenny Ring
Bride's Gown and Bridesmaids' Dresses From: The Bridal Path
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!Amanda and Matt brought along their sweet fur baby, Bella the bulldog! Look at this FACE!We 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.After capturing these sweet moments in the charming old streets of Clinton, we drove a few miles out of town...... 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!Wouldn'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! Amanda 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!
Motherhood has been the greatest adventure, joy, and challenge of my life. Becoming a mom changed everything - my understanding of God, my understanding of myself, and my understanding of others. I know that one day our son will give his heart to a beautiful young woman and begin his own family, so when we photograph a wedding day, I am always deeply moved by the mommas. So in honor of Mothers' Day, here are a few of my favorite momma moments that we have been blessed to witness. This first image is dear to my heart... we photographed Bethany's wedding morning at her parents' home, and her precious momma had photos and mementoes of her children everywhere. So naturally her baby dress had to be photographed with her wedding dress. (P.S. To see more of these beautiful wedding stories, just click on each photograph!)Laura Leigh's sweet momma (who I thought at first was one of the bridesmaids! I want to know her secret!) seemed so calm and happy as she helped her lovely daughter dress at The Magnolias. She and Laura Leigh share the same pretty smile!And here's a happy moment between lovely Heather and her momma on her summer wedding day at The Poor House in Starkville.I loved how precious Cate wanted lots and lots of photos with her proud momma on her wedding day in West Point.As Adam waited on the porch to see his beautiful bride Elizabeth for the first time, I caught his momma peeking at him through the window. (That's going to be me one day!)Their wedding at Shadowlawn Bed and Breakfast was full of precious momma moments. Elizabeth was so proud to be escorted down the aisle on the arm of her beautiful mom, Burnette (who also is the loving owner of the beautiful Columbus B&B!)I love it when I witness & catch glimpses like these - when everyone just loses themselves in the wonder of the moment. Mallory had just finished dressing and she and her mom had time to just look in the mirror and take it all in before the whirlwind began....... and this sweet hug on Leann's wedding morning says it all.......and so does this tender moment between Cody and his beautiful momma during his and his lovely bride Kathleen's reception at the Bryan Athletic Administration Building on the campus of MSU.And here's beautiful Kathleen and her lovely momma during her wedding morning at the First Baptist Church Chapel in Starkville.Tyler's a very strong guy, a proud Marine, and I loved loved LOVED how Jonathan caught him giving his momma this big hug during their dance. Mommas need lots of hugs, even after their baby boys grow up! (See yours truly in the background there? My second shooter does a great job, doesn't he?)Mommas also need to give their babies kisses, no matter how grown they are...But sometimes... sometimes mommas have to say goodbye before they want to, and even though I believe they watch from heaven, too often they can't be there to kiss their babies on the wedding day. I loved how R.J. kept his momma close to his heart on his and Mallory's wedding day at the Northpointe Red Barn in Jackson.So this is my official reminder to myself and all you grown up babies out there... Hold your momma's hand one more time.Let her hug and kiss you.Dance and sing with her...Because while a momma's love lasts forever, her hugs and kisses do not, and one day her voice will be a sweet memory until the circle is unbroken in heaven.And take lots and lots of pictures with her! Happy Mothers' Day to all the precious mommas, young and old!