Britnee + Scott || Biloxi, MS Wedding

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Britnee + Scott || Biloxi, MS Wedding

Pure gold.  Those two words pretty much sum up Britnee and Scott.  From the minute I met Britnee at the Cat Island Coffee Shop and was so touched by her sweet spirit and kindness, to the text I received yesterday when she told me to please take as much time as I needed to edit their wedding images. . .this duo has been beyond a joy to serve and get to know.  And it's obvious that lots of other people feel similarly about them because their church was a packed house of smiling people who love them and wanted to share in their most amazing day.  

The minute that the doors of the church opened and Britnee stepped into the aisle with her dad, it was really something to watch Scott's face.  Don't get me wrong, I love first looks.  But honestly not much can replace the face of a groom as he's watching his bride walk down the aisle to him (as all the other wedding photographers boo me off the stage for saying that!).   My wise friend Juliana told me that the one of the best ways to understand how God feels about his church is to watch the face of a groom as his bride to be comes down the aisle.  Completely and utterly in love with his bride.  It really is moving. 

Then there comes the time in the ceremony when the groom is supposed to take his bride as his "lawfully wedded wife" aaaaaand he accidentally leaves the letter "L" off and it turns into a whole other expression so he almost falls down laughing.  Yeah, that may have happened, but it made Brit and Scott's ceremony totally "them."  I can see them laughing and telling their kids about that one day and I love the photo captured of that moment.  

From reading sweet letters from each the other while getting ready, to Scott busting out with a surprisingly amazing falsetto singing voice at the reception, their day was so lighthearted, meaningful, and blessed.  Thanks for being amazing clients and now friends Britnee and Scott!   You two are the best!

Biggest thanks to Lisa Cooke for second shooting with me!

Vendors:

Hair and makeup:  Blown by Oliv Ares Haus of Glam

Florist:  Maria Vollmuth and Sonja Covacevich

Caterer:  Wendy Fayard

Band: The Rewind Band

 

 

 

 

 

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Megan + Reese || Corinth, MS Wedding

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Megan + Reese || Corinth, MS Wedding

Here's the story of a beautiful couple who does things big.  They love each other big.  They go on adventures big.  They plan their wedding big.  And when they accidentally found the wrong Grace Photography on the internet and fell in love with her work, they thought that they might reach out anyways and see if she would be willing to travel all the way from the other side of the state to capture their wedding.  Well I am so glad they did because I'm cut from the same cloth as they are!  I get along so well with dreamers and adventurers. ;) 

If anyone knows Megan and Reese, they'll tell you that these two do things from the heart and they are perfect for one another.  Megan is a spontaneous, joy filled spark of a gal and Reese is the more deliberate planner but still up for any adventure.  Their reception was travel/adventure themed and it was so much fun to see all the places they've been together, and to know that their story is only just starting!  Also, all of their details were made either by Megan and Reese or one of their friends.  They did an amazing job and are so creative!  

Megan and Reese had their First Look inside Fillmore Street Chapel, which is a beautiful and historical church.  The exterior brick has a unique character to it and was so much fun to photograph.  After shooting at the church, we met their wedding party at a huge tree-lined field a few blocks away.  Megan loves outdoor photos, so we spent as much time outdoors as the Mississippi heat would allow!  After wrapping up their shot list, we were heading back to the vehicles and Megan took off in almost a near sprint.  I've never seen a bride run in her wedding dress, but that's exactly what she did and she was SO good at it!  I gently encouraged Reese to go run with her and that's when I captured some of my all time favorite bride and groom shots.  If you feel like running through a field in your wedding dress on your wedding day, why not?!  I think the photos were 100% worth it (and Megan didn't get one grass stain!).

After a beautiful ceremony, the newlyweds had their very own second line down the street with their wedding party.  I've only ever seen second lines in New Orleans, but Reese is from Slidell, LA and so he brought the tradition up to Corinth, MS!  

There were just so many beautiful and meaningful parts of their day!

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Meg + Travers || New Orleans, LA Wedding

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Meg + Travers || New Orleans, LA Wedding

You know you love what you are doing when you feel like you need to pinch yourself sometimes.  Sitting down to edit Meg and Travers wedding definitely gave me all of those feelings.  Meg and Travers are both news reporters in New Orleans and definitely both killing it in their fields (Meg works for Fox, and Travers works for NBC. . .which are apparently the news rivals in town, ha!). Could be intimidating photographing their wedding right?!  But crazy enough, not once did I feel that way!  I could tell from the get go that they are my ideal couple...down to earth, kind, outgoing, never meets a stranger type of people.  The kind who make it an absolute joy to serve.  We met up at their reception site, the Ritz Carlton, a few months before their wedding, just so they could show me the layout of the place (so helpful when you love to pre-visualize before you shoot!).  As we were wrapping up, they told me their plans for the evening. . .ride their bikes together and grab an appetizer or drink at a few places as they watch a parade.  So not only are they a vocational powerhouse of a couple, they truly know how to slow down and enjoy life together.  How amazing is that?!  

Since their beautiful images are begging to be shared, I'll end here!  Congrats Meg and Travers and thank you for trusting me to capture your amazing day! 

Huge thanks to Lisa Cooke for helping me capture their day!

Wedding Planner:  Renee Ganucheau 

Getting Ready/Reception location:  Ritz Carolton Hotel

Ceremony:  Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church

Hair + Makeup:  Style House Nola

Flowers:  Meade Wenzel

Caterer:  Ritz Carolton

Band:  Mixed Nuts

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Carly + Kenneth || New Orleans, LA Wedding

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Carly + Kenneth || New Orleans, LA Wedding

So before I show off their fun and gorgeous wedding, I just have to say that Carly and Kenneth prove my long held belief that nurses are just the best people in the world.  I've shared this before, but I've always loved the idea of nursing because I loved my science classes in college and I also love to help people.  My road hasn't led me to that just yet (maybe it will eventually?) because right now I am so passionate about wedding photography.  But somehow I keep getting these amazing brides who are nurses, and I love it!  Ok, excuse the digression.  So back to the story... Carly and Kenneth are both nurses, and they actually met when Carly began working on the unit that Kenneth was a supervisor over.  She admits now that she found him attractive that very first day, but that they kept things as a professional friendship for the next three years, until Kenneth took a job elsewhere.  And the rest is history.  

In the little time that I've known these two, I can tell that they are an amazing team together.  They are both kind, fun-loving, spontaneous, committed to their professions, and really good dancers. Ha!  (My photography juices get stirred up when the bride and groom come storming on the dance floor, btw!)  Their wedding was a beautiful and fun celebration from start to finish.  Just wait until you see the stained glass at St. Dominic Catholic Church!  

Congrats Carly and Kenneth!  So honored to have been the one to capture your day!

Wedding Planning:  Uncommon Camellia, Natalie Atkinson

Videography:  Lagniappe Events

Band:  The Topcats

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Caroline + Chris || New Orleans, LA Wedding

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Caroline + Chris || New Orleans, LA Wedding

The day before Caroline and Chris' wedding was a beautiful day in New Orleans.  I spent time scouting out some perfect locations at the Audubon Park for their First Look.  The light was glorious and beautiful and it felt so good to get inspired the day before their wedding!  I also got to try a salmon and egg crepe for the first time from Crepes a la Cart, which happened to be just around the corner from their ceremony location (but that's another story for another time).  After scouting locations, I attended their rehearsal dinner at Commander's Palace.  I loved getting to hear all the heartfelt toasts and wishes for this incredible couple.  And I got to see a little peek into what makes these two so amazing together. . .they're both family oriented to the max, very hardworking, but also fun-loving, and they have supported and loved each other through the thick and thin.  The joy that their family and friends had for them the night before their wedding was so thick in the air.  I need to start attending more rehearsal dinners!

Come their wedding day, it was apparent that my plans for their First Look were going to need to change.  As Caroline sipped happily on her mimosa and laughed with her gals while getting ready, the rain pelted the windows of her hotel.  The weather got so crazy that at one point, an alarm went off in the building.  Because Caroline and Chris were getting married in one of the most beautiful churches in New Orleans, that became the next obvious location for their First Look.  It ended up being perfect!  The ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt.  Afterwards, we headed over to the Audubon Tea Room for the reception.  (Oh and some amazing bridal party shots on the carousel behind the Tea Room!)  Both Caroline and Chris let me know that their reception would have a lot of crazy dancing, and they were so not wrong.  You just have to see the photos.  What a fun and amazing day!  Congrats you two!  

Big thanks to Lisa Cooke for second shooting. <3 

And these amazing folks:

Makeup: Katie Malone

Hair:  Beth Washington

Florist:  The Plant Gallery

Caterer:  Audubon Tea Room

Band: Rewind

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Ann-Carter + Garon || Biloxi, MS Wedding

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Ann-Carter + Garon || Biloxi, MS Wedding

I first met Ann-Carter over coffee in January.  I had just had my baby girl Reese a month before, so it was honestly just really nice to get out of the house and grab a coffee for an hour or two!  And Ann-Carter is the epitome of a breath of fresh air!   She's the kind of person who greets you with the biggest smile and immediately treats you like you've known each other for years.  I loved getting to hear about her travels throughout the past years and also how she had been swept off her feet by an amazing man from Tennessee.  He sounded incredible, and when I met him on the wedding day, I could totally tell they are the perfect match!  Both of them are incredibly kind, humble, hardworking, (ok and yes really easy on the eyes, ha!), and I know that they are going to have some amazing adventures together!  Check out their stunning, Christ-centered wedding!  (PS Biggest thanks ever to my second shooter, Misty Nolan!)

Getting ready location and reception venue:  The White House Hotel

Ceremony:  First Baptist Church of Biloxi

Florist:  Ashlei Marie

Caterer:  Cora's Restaurant

DJ:  Everett Warmack

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Natalie + Zach || New Orleans, LA Wedding

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Natalie + Zach || New Orleans, LA Wedding

I’ve been looking forward to Natalie and Zach’s day ever since I shot their engagement session over the summer!  Natalie had sent me some inspiration photos beforehand, and I instantly fell in love with what she had in mind.  I get downright giddy when I see that my clients love photos that capture  moments, rather than poses.  Dare I use the word “candid”?!  Btw, because I’m a word nerd I looked up the definition of candid.  I actually love the non-photography related definition: “free from reservation, sincere.”   It’s a given that any wedding photography will have lots of posed shots, but I want my clients to look through their photos and see plenty of shots with lots of heart and soul and off-the-cuff moments!  Natalie trusted me 100% throughout the wedding to capture all the joy and beauty on her day, and I couldn't be more honored. 

Ok, now that I’ve gotten all philosophical on the blog post, off to the photos of this beautiful couple’s day!  Oh, and and if you make it to the end, check out the link to Natalie and Zach's gorgeous wedding day teaser from Bower Productions!  

Second Photographer:  Lauryn Atwood, L. Atwood Photography 

Bridal preparation:  Windsor Court Hotel

Ceremony: St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church

Hair:  Beth Washington, Carpe Diem Boutique Salon

Makeup:  Sarah Walsh

Videography:  Bower Productions

Flowers: Pick-a-Petal

Cake:  La Louisiane Bakery

Wedding Planner:  Laren Hill

Natalie + Zach's wedding day video teaser:  Click here

 

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Liz + Kevin || Bay St. Louis, MS Wedding

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Liz + Kevin || Bay St. Louis, MS Wedding

Ok, so not going to lie, my stomach was in absolute knots the morning of Kevin and Liz's wedding.  My phone would not stop going off with different weather alerts.  Usually rain on a wedding day doesn't phase me.  I love the challenge of creating beautiful portraits in whatever situation I am faced with!  But getting reports of potential tornadoes and flash flooding definitely made me nervous.  Liz, on the other hand, was completely unphased. We had been texting that week and she knew the weather reports were bad. She kept assuring me that she wasn't stressed in the least and was just excited to marry Kevin!  Once I showed up to capture her getting ready, I knew that she was totally telling the truth.  This girl wasn't going to let anything rain on her parade (pun intended!).   She even let me take her dress outside while there was thunder booming closer and closer to us.  I'll never forget how the sky practically opened up while we were trying to shoot some relaxed photos of Liz and her girls in their robes.  Even Dex, Liz and Kevin's dog, was running for cover.

I'm sure that Liz's sunny personality was one of the first thing Kevin noticed about her when they met in Atlanta in 2014.  Liz was there visiting a friend while checking out a few cities that could potentially be her new home.  She noticed an adorable golden retriever puppy playing in her friend Katherine's yard, and by the end of the night, she and his owner were spending a lot of time together.  Fast forward 4 years, and now Liz is marrying the cute dog owner. ;)  

Liz and Kevin, I couldn't have been more honored to capture your day!  

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Franny + Jeremy || Long Beach, MS Wedding

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Franny + Jeremy || Long Beach, MS Wedding

There really is a huge privilege in getting to capture a couple's wedding day.  You know that the couple is putting an enormous amount of trust in you to document literally one of the most important days in their lives.  It's something that gets my blood pumping just sitting here thinking about!  And when that couple is family. . .it becomes even more special!  This beautiful bride, Franny, is a cousin of mine on my dad's side of the family.  My dad comes from a large Italian family here on the coast, but I only really know our more immediate family because we lived all over the place since my dad was in the Air Force. When I moved to Mississippi in 2008, I had a lot of family that I grew up seeing at family reunions or at the annual Italian sausage Christmas Eve gathering every year (how lucky am I?!), but who I really didn't know very well.  It's been so awesome to get to know some of them better by shooting their weddings (like one of my favorite brides everrr...Sara Ashton).   Both of these gals and their families have been so kind to me and I love that I can call them family and now friends!  

I loved that Franny and Jeremy chose to do a First Look before their wedding!  Since both of them are so laid back, they wanted their wedding day to run smoothly and to be able to enjoy themselves as much as possible.  Having a First Look is a fantastic way to accomplish both of those goals.  We got to shoot under some of the pretty oaks at St. Thomas, and since both of them love the outdoors, I think those portraits reflect their style well.  Their ceremony was a full Catholic mass, and they incorporated a really unique and beautiful element during it.  After Franny and Jeremy lit the unity candle, their wedding party each lit candles as well and then lit the candles that each guest in the audience was holding.  It was a really beautiful symbol to show that Franny and Jeremy's love will spread Christ's love through the world.  

There were so many other beautiful moments in the day. . .but I'll let the images do the talking! 

Huge shoutout to my amazing second shooter Lauryn Atwood!