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!

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 stuff....in 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

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

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: time@timmccoollaw.com

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:kyle@kylepaxton.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!

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

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