Wedding Stories

Tacia & Gabe's Summer Garden Wedding at Old Waverly

Tacia & Gabe's Summer Garden Wedding at Old Waverly

When Tacia and Gabe were planning their wedding day, they told me what they were looking forward to the most was their First Look! And y’all, that special moment did NOT disappoint! Their summer wedding at Old Waverly was a joyful blend of sweet southern elegance and lighthearted celebration, and it was full of fun surprises and personal touches.

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An Elegant Black and Gold Wedding by the River: Michael and Juliana's Happy Day

An Elegant Black and Gold Wedding by the River: Michael and Juliana's Happy Day

Last November, we photographed Michael and Juliana's super stylish black and gold wedding on the river on a PERFECT fall day! Their after-dark wedding was one of the most touching and unique ceremonies we have ever been blessed to witness.

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Lane & Wesley said "I Do:" A Lovely Delta Wedding on a Rainy Day: Mississippi Wedding Photography

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.IMG_4001Inside the quiet sanctuary of Indianola First Baptist Church, the stained glass windows glowed softly with light. Outside, raindrops spangled the roses.IMG_4077IMG_1629IMG_4027IMG_1616As the storm clouds gathered outside, Lane and her sweet maids spent the morning safe, happy, and warm being pampered at Merle Norman.IMG_1651IMG_1701IMG_4080IMG_1715These 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 short, you help carry your sweet friend to the altar.  I loved how Lane's bridesmaids surrounded her with support and love.IMG_4173IMG_4199-2And her little flower girls made sure she got plenty of hugs!IMG_4210-2Lane had a PRECIOUS First Look with her sweet daddy. Oh my goodness, there were happy tears everywhere! IMG_1835IMG_4251IMG_4257Meanwhile, 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.IMG_1776IMG_1757Lane 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!IMG_4440IMG_1936IMG_4433IMG_4439-3And then it was time to say "I do!" Here are a few precious moments from their ceremony.IMG_4607IMG_1987IMG_2020One 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!IMG_2065And now, I present the happy Mr. and Mrs. Weeks! Wesley couldn't take his eyes off his beautiful bride, and can you blame him?IMG_2163IMG_2204If 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!)IMG_2294IMG_2438It 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! IMG_2256Y'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...IMG_4824IMG_4815IMG_4839 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!

Vendor Love

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

Reception Catering: Leslie Roark Scott, The Barbecue Princess, of Ubon's Restaurant, Yazoo City, MS  601-906-4844

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

Samantha & Kanaan Said "I Do:"An Intimate Rainy Day Wedding at Plymouth Bluff: Columbus, MS Wedding Photography

  "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. <3img_3587img_6361img_3595img_3731img_3619img_3633Oh my goodness, these precious ruffles on the neckline of Sam's dress just KILLED me.img_3601img_6452img_6498img_6431And just look at this gorgeous bride. I MEAN. HELLO.img_3704img_6591And of course Samantha had a lovely petal posse to back her up! Two sweet sisters and a best friend, who could ask for more?img_6610And speaking of petals, just take a look at her gorgeous bridal bouquet!img_3945And 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.img_3791img_3744img_3762img_3773Just look at these handsome gents! I LOVED the little ring bearers' suspenders, boots, and bow ties! img_6727Soon 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.dscf6438img_3818The beautiful bride came in on her daddy's arm, and her smile was all the sunshine Kanaan needed to see.img_6842img_3829But he shed a few "raindrops" of his own. <3img_6849img_6884They 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. img_6906-2img_6909And guess what?? It stopped raining long enough for us to step outside and take these beautiful bride and groom portraits! img_3918img_3888img_3926And then it was time to celebrate with music, a delicious dinner, and CAKE. img_7116img_7161img_7163The way these two looked at each other when they were having their First Dance.... no words.img_7191img_4018img_7235

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 ♥

Venue: Plymouth Bluff Environment Center

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.

Sarah & Robby Said "I Do:" A Simply Lovely Woodland Wedding: Mississippi Wedding Photography

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.IMG_2319IMG_2399I remember an ethereal wedding gown glowing with light.IMG_2353IMG_2470IMG_9312I remember the low, rippling notes of a dulcimer filling a quiet church.IMG_2438I 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.DSCF5663IMG_2493-2IMG_2521I remember quickly handwritten love notes on notebook paper, flying back and forth between two sweethearts.IMG_2570-2IMG_2537IMG_9396I 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.IMG_9458IMG_9669-2DSCF5728IMG_2579-2IMG_9604I remember this moment. And this one. And this one.IMG_2667IMG_9902IMG_9758IMG_9834I remember a church filled with prayer and hope and expectation.IMG_2840IMG_2813IMG_9914IMG_9917IMG_2852I 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.IMG_2935IMG_9999IMG_2943IMG_2950I remember sweet songs of praise lifted up on high to the One who makes all things new.IMG_0046IMG_0091I remember pastors whose love for this couple spilled out in their smiles.IMG_0102IMG_0125IMG_0148IMG_0131IMG_2988I remember a first kiss. I remember joy.IMG_3044IMG_0193IMG_3105IMG_3134I remember a sweet brand new wife who, minutes after being married, was worried about her new husband's new shoes hurting his feet.IMG_3147I remember tables filled with sweet pies of every description.IMG_9839IMG_9848IMG_9857IMG_3201IMG_0298IMG_0315I remember laughter and joy and best wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs. lifting up to heaven with clouds of bubbles.IMG_0387IMG_3233IMG_0344IMG_3269IMG_0349I 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.IMG_3342IMG_3302IMG_3356IMG_0397IMG_3314IMG_0456IMG_3371Sarah 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:

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  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!

Emily & Nathan Said "I Do:" A June Wedding At The Hewlett Barn: Mississippi Wedding Photographers

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. IMG_0562IMG_0595IMG_6950IMG_0591Look 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.IMG_7107IMG_7071Just before Emily slipped into her wedding gown, I caught her sweet Momma helping her Dad practice for his First Dance with his baby girl.IMG_0622IMG_1131IMG_7140IMG_7036Emily 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!IMG_0647IMG_7157And 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! IMG_7210IMG_7227IMG_0694IMG_7553IMG_0794IMG_0792There's just something about that moment when the bride puts on her veil... IMG_0800Outside on the beautiful back porch, the handsome groom was all smiles, especially when his little nieces and nephew wanted a picture with him!IMG_0765IMG_0746Emily'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.IMG_7238.... 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...IMG_7356And 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...IMG_7425IMG_0887IMG_0890IMG_0892I think for just a moment, time stopped for Nathan.IMG_0898And then his heart overflowed with joy, and some of it leaked out his eyes...IMG_0908IMG_0925IMG_7460And in the presence of many loving witnesses, these two sweethearts said "We do."IMG_0935IMG_7472IMG_7479And then the party began!IMG_0944IMG_7579IMG_0972(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!IMG_7390IMG_7378And 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!)IMG_7174IMG_0948IMG_0951IMG_0984IMG_0996IMG_0981Just 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...IMG_7591IMG_7658IMG_7616And then it was time to dance the night away!IMG_7888IMG_7784IMG_7871IMG_1274IMG_7809The 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.IMG_7902IMG_1284IMG_1300Emily 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

Amanda + Matt Said "I Do!"

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.IMG_5696IMG_6072Amanda had roses, roses, roses everywhere. IMG_5834IMG_9266IMG_5925This 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.IMG_6026-2IMG_5974Matt 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...IMG_9702IMG_9734IMG_9735IMG_9713IMG_9729IMG_6193IMG_6238Two sweet nephews had the honor (and joy) of ringing the bells to announced the new Mr. and Mrs. Matt McCann!IMG_6259IMG_6332IMG_9955IMG_6436We 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!IMG_6388The reception decor was gorgeous. Did I mention there were roses EVERYWHERE?IMG_5936IMG_9521Amanda 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!IMG_6565IMG_0097IMG_6584At 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!IMG_6627IMG_6653IMG_0167IMG_6678I 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.IMG_0358IMG_6714IMG_0211IMG_0325IMG_6768IMG_6753IMG_0392IMG_0408Amanda 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

For All the Precious Mommas: Happy Mothers' Day! Mississippi Wedding Photography

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!)IMG_1728Laura 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!IMG_3966And here's a happy moment between lovely Heather and her momma on her summer wedding day at The Poor House in Starkville.IMG_6222I loved how precious Cate wanted lots and lots of photos with her proud momma on her wedding day in West Point.IMG_8192As 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!)IMG_5664Their 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!)IMG_5825I 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....IMG_6805... and this sweet hug on Leann's wedding morning says it all....IMG_0464...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.IMG_6537And here's beautiful Kathleen and her lovely momma during her wedding morning at the First Baptist Church Chapel in Starkville.IMG_5000Tyler'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?)IMG_6984Mommas also need to give their babies kisses, no matter how grown they are...IMG_8122IMG_0305But 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.IMG_6667IMG_6858So this is my official reminder to myself and all you grown up babies out there... Hold your momma's hand one more time.IMG_0074Let her hug and kiss you.IMG_0229Dance and sing with her...IMG_0847IMG_9127IMG_1985Because 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.IMG_4647IMG_4030And take lots and lots of pictures with her! Happy Mothers' Day to all the precious mommas, young and old!

Tracy and Larry Said "I Do": A Sweet and Intimate Tallahassee Wedding at the Woman's Club

Here's a funny story... when our dear friend Larry told us where he and his beautiful sweetheart Tracy were going to have their wedding, he described the venue as "just one big room, and it has some big windows." So when we drove down to Tallahassee this past weekend to celebrate (and photograph, naturally) their wedding, we weren't sure quite what to expect.  We have since decided that Larry is a master of the art of understatement!  The Woman's Club of Tallahassee is a BEAUTIFUL, historic venue for an intimate wedding! Here's a little sneak peek at our friends' beautiful ceremony under the live oaks...IMG_5201IMG_7678IMG_7690The Woman's Club is nestled amongst a grove of live oaks in a quiet old residential neighborhood of Tallahassee. It's been an important part of Florida's history since the early 1900's.  So many meaningful events have happened under these oaks! And it's just as beautiful on the inside... I loved this airy, light-filled space.IMG_4794 Tracy entered the ceremony on the arms of her two big brothers. They escorted her so carefully and proudly!IMG_4858IMG_4875IMG_4881Surrounded by their loved ones, Larry and Tracy said their vows under the beautiful spreading branches of this gorgeous live oak tree. Their ceremony was simple, heartfelt, and joyful.IMG_7825IMG_7847IMG_4891IMG_7856IMG_4915After the ceremony Larry & Tracy stole away for a few quiet moments together. I found them though! IMG_7878IMG_7870IMG_7973IMG_5006IMG_7976Tracy was so elegant in her lovely gown. It suited her perfectly!IMG_7997IMG_7971IMG_8018IMG_8050IMG_5036IMG_5046IMG_8054Oh my goodness. This CAKE. It was beautiful and creamy and sweet and delicious. I should have hidden some pieces in my camera bag to take home!IMG_7651Tracy and Larry baked cookies and candied pecans to tuck into these precious little favor boxes for their guests. Yes, you read that right - they BAKED them. Hundreds of cookies. Hundreds of pecans. By THEMSELVES. This should help you understand what awesome people they are. (I should have put some more of these in my camera bag too.)IMG_7627IMG_7667Such a sweet, sweet first dance.IMG_8122IMG_8127I caught this tiny wedding guest peeking through the window!IMG_8227IMG_8228IMG_5212Speaking of tiny wedding guests... these two little dudes had some MOVES.IMG_8218IMG_8345IMG_8380IMG_8249We caught a future videographer practicing his craft.... <3IMG_5128IMG_8281Behave, Larry!IMG_8265IMG_8269IMG_8275Outside, the sky darkened to the deep deep blue of a warm Florida night, and the lamplight gave a golden glow to the Spanish moss. Inside, wedding guests danced and laughed with the bride and groom. It was a lovely ending to a beautiful day, and a wonderful beginning to the rest of Tracy and Larry's love story.IMG_8423IMG_8395IMG_8398IMG_8401IMG_5226Tracy and Larry, we were so SO happy to see you two say "I do!" We loved every minute of your wedding weekend, and we are so thankful for our enduring friendship. May God bless you as you begin your life as husband and wife!                                                                                         "Make new friends, but keep the old; those are silver, these are gold." - Joseph Parry

Vendor Love

Venue: The Woman's Club of Tallahassee

Bride's Gown From:  Vocelles: The Bridal Shoppe

Makeup Artist: Laura Henry of Laura J Artistry

Hair Artist: Deb Quimby (850) 284-5882

Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse and Tux of Tallahassee

Floral Designer: Daisey Trotman-Barker, friend of bride

Cake Artist: Kendra Brown

Caterer: Sonya Walters, LUXE Personal Chef and Catering     (803) 466-2209

Ceremony & Reception Music: DJ Jon J (Jonathan Jeudy)   (954) 851-6059

Black Tie and Red Roses: An October Wedding at Old Waverly - Columbus, MS Wedding Photography

I have such a lovely wedding at Old Waverly to share with you today! Jon and I loved every moment of Chelsea and Chad's beautiful October day, so I've had a hard time curating these images - I want to show every single sweet moment! Let me just say, Chelsea's choice of a bold, refined and rich palette of deep reds and black, with touches of silver and sparkle, made her and Chad's wedding party elegant with a capital E. Especially since their chosen venue was the Clubhouse at Old Waverly Golf Club - a place that is very special to Chelsea's family, since her precious grandparents, Nudie and Edie Dowdle, are founding members.IMG_3388IMG_1488IMG_1501IMG_3435IMG_3313IMG_3403IMG_3358Can you believe this precious tiny tuxedo?? Wait till you see who wore it on his mommy and daddy's big day!IMG_3380IMG_3363Chelsea's smiles and laughter as her friends and family helped her dress absolutely lit up the room.IMG_1567IMG_1551IMG_1577IMG_1554IMG_3577IMG_1596IMG_3568IMG_3561Chad was nervous and excited and couldn't wait to see his bride. I think he began to get a little worried when Chelsea was a few minutes late to their First Look...IMG_3627IMG_3619IMG_3607I'm so glad the drizzle held off so these two sweethearts could have their First Look moment at this quiet pond under the branches of an old oak. IMG_1626IMG_3652IMG_1632IMG_1636IMG_3659IMG_1651IMG_1647IMG_1702IMG_1688IMG_3690-2Secret garden paths were made for sweethearts.IMG_1757IMG_1712IMG_1765After the bride and groom had their First Look, we all rejoined the wedding party. Here's that darling little guy in his precious tiny tux that I promised you earlier....IMG_1877IMG_3928IMG_3811Look at this gorgeous, elegant wedding party! Especially the tiny ring bearer. I MEAN. He stole my heart (and I think everyone else's!)IMG_4086IMG_3774IMG_3738IMG_3775IMG_1816IMG_1802IMG_1814IMG_4257IMG_1846IMG_3975IMG_3981IMG_4000IMG_4006IMG_1952IMG_1965IMG_1983IMG_4050-2IMG_4033IMG_3947IMG_4035IMG_4051IMG_4060IMG_2013Look at these two! Don't they look like they belong on the cover of a magazine?IMG_2036IMG_2045IMG_2085IMG_4302IMG_3375IMG_4710IMG_4273IMG_4670IMG_4277IMG_2092IMG_3873IMG_2082IMG_4395IMG_4293IMG_2088IMG_4331IMG_4325IMG_4324IMG_4337IMG_4318IMG_4418IMG_4342IMG_2133IMG_2108IMG_2130IMG_4383IMG_4465IMG_4443IMG_4427IMG_4457IMG_4462IMG_4591IMG_4600IMG_4605I feel the same way about wedding cake... IMG_2186IMG_2149IMG_4733IMG_4530IMG_4717IMG_4768IMG_2147IMG_4672IMG_4627IMG_4628IMG_4631IMG_2196Chelsea had a special surprise for one of her little guests when she "tossed" her bouquet! IMG_4643IMG_2202Chelsea and Chad's family and friends sent them off with the sweetest sparkler exit. I loved how Mrs. Edie stayed far, far away from the fireworks, while Mr. Nudie enjoyed the sparklers!IMG_4695IMG_4685IMG_4691IMG_4689IMG_2228Chelsea and Chad, your wedding was as bright and elegant and lovely as the red roses that ornamented your day. It was such a blessing & honor to be witnesses to your joy!

{Vendor Love}

Venue: Old Waverly Golf Club

Wedding Coordinator: Karen Cooley, 662-574-4961

Bride and Bridesmaids' Gowns: The Bride and Groom Bridal Boutique

Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: House of Tux - The Bride and Groom: Bridal Boutique

Ring Bearer's Tiny Tux: Zulily

Hair Artists: Katie Stowell and Shelby Hardin, Salon 28, Starkville, MS  662-324-6900

Floral Designer: Meryl Fisackerly, Facebook: The Rambling Rose Florist & Event Planning, 662-574-1145

Cake Artist: Rachel Pitman, 501-944-1484, Facebook: Cakes by Rachel Pitman               Email:

Ceremony Music By: Hope Bassett,

Reception Music By: Red Mountain

Invitations Designed By: Invitations By Dawn