When you have a bride with a beautifully dreamy and romantic vision AND a heart of gold, it pushes you a little extra as an artist to create something that she deserves! When Marissa and I were discussing ideas for her bridal session, there were lots of exclamation points and “yays!” in our emails. Race and Religious did not disappoint one bit, and Marissa was just the best to work with! Enjoy!
I was excited to work with Marissa and Colby from the moment Marissa and I started chatting about her engagement session. I could tell that Marissa was a kindred spirit: a romantic soul who loves all things vintage. I loved that she had a strong, creative vision for her engagement, bridal, and wedding photos and she took the time to share her vision with me every step of the way. You’ll see her awesome vintage/bohemian vision throughout the wedding, and Jean McGrury at After the Proposal Planning made it all come together so beautifully (I’ve never ever seen a wedding arch made out of greenery and pampas grass…so dreamy!).
And Colby, well he’s really smart. The kind of smart where he reads a lot and also listens to 4 hour long podcasts about history (!!!). But also the kind of smart where as a 7th grader, he had eyes for the girl he would eventually marry. Marissa says that Colby calls it “a compelling story of determination and perseverance” (cue Marissa giggling) as he pursued her throughout high school, college, until ultimately they started a relationship after college when Marissa went to an out of state wedding with him. They’ve been inseparable ever since and welcomed a sweet baby boy, Walter, in 2017.
I loved getting to know this kind, warm, hilarious, and beautiful couple! Their day is definitely one for the books!
Getting ready location, bride: The Guest House, Gulfport
Ceremony Venue: The Event Center at Climb Cafe, Gulfport
Second Shooter: My-Tram Seymour
Wedding Planner: Jean McGrury, After the Proposal
Flowers: Matt Washburn, After the Proposal
Makeup: Jackie Merlau Hall
Hair: Brandi Bosarge
Cake: French Kiss Pastries
Videographer: Michael Terrell, All Terrain Productions
DJ: Marcel Lanoux, Nighshift Sounds
Catering: Patrick Heim, Taste Catering
When I’m getting to know a couple, I send them a little questionnaire to find out more about their story. My favorite question asks them which of the following their relationship is most like: a cozy blanket, a romantic comedy, a firework show, or other (and to explain). Most of my brides choose the first two, but Cleo chose the last, explaining that they are most like a musical comedy. I was immediately intrigued. She went on to say that they are both musical enthusiasts, and that they spend their time laughing, having fun, constantly singing and dancing together. I knew right then that this wedding would be amazing! I love a couple that loves taking joy in just being together, making each other laugh, and not taking themselves too seriously as they navigate all that life brings their way. It’s a recipe for a happy life, you guys!
So a Great Gatsby theme totally seemed perfect for these two lighthearted romantics, and I have to say, their wedding did not disappoint. I’m talking rich jewel toned dresses, a beaming bride in an art deco inspired dress, a flapper dress dance off in an alley, a sweet daughter and father first look, a bride and groom duet at the altar (!!!), and a seriously amazing reception decked out in gorgeous florals and F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes to get everyone in the mood for celebrating. Cleo and Devin, there’s no one else like you two and I’m so incredibly honored that I got to capture the day you pledged your lives to one another!
Bride Getting Ready Location: Hotel Whiskey, Pass Christian
Ceremony location: Christ Episcopal Church, Bay St. Louis
Reception Venue: Bay St. Louis Community Hall
Hair: Hair Affair, Long Beach
Florist: Elements Catering and Floral Design
Caterer: Elements Catering and Design
Cake: Deann Whisenhunt
Band: Dr. Rock and the Interns
What a joy this wedding was to shoot! Carin and Brice are such a fun-loving, kind, and thoughtful couple and their wedding day flowed so seamlessly. You can tell that every detail was thought over and planned so sweetly (down to having blankets on hand for guests in case they got cold during the ceremony!). Carin was the perfect mix of elegance and relaxation as she chose the most beautiful lace dress and then paired it with awesome white tennis shoes. A girl after my own heart! She was so thoughtful to give Brice quite a few gifts to open us as he got ready for the wedding, one gift being a pair of socks decorated with her beautiful face. ;) Of course he had to put them on! It was a little gusty that day (that might be a little understatement, but I swear you can’t tell it from the photos!) but everyone was beaming for the couple the whole time. I looked out the window of Carin’s bridal suite and mentioned to her that we could try to shoot indoors since the wind was literally shaking the tree branches. She didn’t miss a beat and told me sweetly that she definitely wanted to shoot outdoors. I’m so glad we did because the light was so soft and pretty!
Carin and Brice, your day was amazing and I know it was everything you hoped and dreamed it would be! Congrats!
Big thank you Nikole Muffler for second shooting!
Venue: The White Magnolia
Hair and Makeup: Jaci Duhe
Florist: Beth Bourgeois and Bride’s mother
Caterer: LA Bayou Bistro
Band: Chase Tyler Band
Kristen and Ryan got married just shy of two weeks ago and these images have been seriously burning a hole in my pocket ever since. I’ve been working hard to blog my weddings this year, but I got held back a little bit with the holiday shuffle. This one is worth the wait, though. Promise!
I loved getting to meet Kristen and Ryan at Karly and Todd’s wedding earlier this year, and then saw them again at Caroline and Chris’ wedding in the spring as well! 2018 was a busy year for these gals! Kristen and Ryan wanted a more laid back wedding photography experience, so they opted for a first look at New Orleans City Park. Kristen was an absolute knockout in her gold wedding dress and the peristyle made for the perfect backdrop for their photos. Their wedding ceremony was at Our Lady of Holy Rosary Church and then everyone celebrated at The Chicory. I loved every minute of their day, but I’d have to say that their reception was my favorite part. I captured some of my all time favorite reception photos that night…you’ll see why. ;)
Thank you so much for trusting me to capture your day Kristen and Ryan!
Getting Ready location: Hampton Inn and Suites
Ceremony: Our Lady of Holy Rosary
Reception: The Chicory
Wedding Planner: Elizabeth Burkhardt Weddings and Events
Hair Stylist: Katie Malone
Makeup: Sarah Walsh
Florist: The Plant Gallery
DJ: Phat Hat
I’m fairly certain that I shot the most beautiful wedding taking place anywhere on the planet this past Saturday. Just looking back over these images makes my cheeks hurt from smiling, and my heart ache that such a love exists! Ashlee’s makeup artist is one amazing talented gal (Chrissy Cox), because there were lots of tears before Ashlee even started walking down the aisle. Ashlee and Andrew have been together for 11 years, so their love has been tested by life’s ups and downs and it has proven to be true and solid. You’ll see from the images that they were glowing with so much joy that day!
I hope you love these images, Ashlee and Andrew, and enjoy your time on your honeymoon! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing me to document your day!
Biggest thanks to Misty Nolan for second shooting!
Venue: The Stables, Vancleave, MS
Wedding Planner: Jean McGrury, After the Proposal
Flowers: Jean McGrury
Hair: Nicki Hilton
Makeup: Chrissy Cox
Bride’s Dress: House of Tux
Cake: Cheeky Monkey Cake Company
DJ: Marcel Lanoux, Nightshift Sounds
Catering: Patrick Heim, Taste!
When Katherine reached out to me about shooting her wedding, I got really giddy. She was warm and kind from the get-go and she said she loved that I captured lots of personal and emotional moments that happen at a wedding. I knew she was my kind of gal from that moment on and prayed that she would choose me to shoot her wedding!
I feel so incredibly honored to have captured Katherine and Nick becoming husband and wife because they have such a beautiful and enduring love. Their story really is one that makes you believe more in the idea that we are destined for that “one person!” Nick’s family moved to Biloxi from New Jersey when he was starting 6th grade, and the teacher happened to put them in the same table group. Katherine remembers thinking that he was so cute and she even joked with a friend that she would date him one day (!!!). They ended up becoming good friends, and Katherine’s mom told me that she thought a few times, “why doesn’t Nick ask Katherine out?” during that time! Nick finally asked her out their junior year, and after an amazing first date kayaking to Deer Island, they were virtually inseparable. They are both incredibly kind people with mutual love for family, others, adventures, and spontaneity (and their Jeep Wagoneer, Alice!) How can their future not be full of SO many good things?!?
So so happy for you two and I can’t wait to see where life takes you!
Biggest thanks ever to my second shooter, Nikole Muffler!
Bride getting ready location: The Roost
Church: St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Ocean Springs
Reception: Marine Education Center, Ocean Springs
Hair: Kim David
Florist: Melissa England
Caterer: Scranton’s Restaurant and Catering
Band: Hub City Sound Machine
Breath of fresh air. That little saying pretty much sums up Ali and Zach’s wedding. It really is so refreshing to me when a couple decides to take their wedding day at their own pace and savor every moment. You’ll see the excitement these two had to marry one another in pretty much every photo, because they truly focussed on the fact that they were getting to marry their best friend that day. I love all the pretty details that make up a wedding, but when it’s all said and done, those really are dust in the wind compared to the vows that two people make to one another at their wedding. (Speaking of wind, you’ll see that we were blessed with quite a bit of it on Saturday, but I felt like it made the photos have more life and movement in them, which I’m always aiming for! Score!)
I’m going to keep this short and sweet because the photos really are some of my favorite ever, and I just can’t wait to share them. Ali and Zach, thank you so much for choosing me and I know you’re going to have an incredible future together!
Thanks to Hannah Stewart for second shooting and Annie Hsu for assisting!
Venue: The Old Place, Gautier, MS
Wedding Planning: Ana Mcelwayne
Florist: Lady Di’s
DJ: Nightshift Sounds
I first met Grace and Tyler back in 2016 at Katie and Brandon’s wedding in Long Beach, MS. Grace was Katie’s maid of honor and Tyler was Brandon’s best man. I remember Tyler asking for my business card during the formal photos, and he might have said something about possibly needing to hire me soon. How sweet of him that he was already looking forward to proposing to Grace and wanted to get a jump start on helping to plan their day!
Their wedding day was simply perfect. I loved getting to hear more about their sweet story during their ceremony. Grace’s brother, Ben, and Tyler were childhood best friends and Grace had a crush on him from the get go. One night she was laying in her bed and she just had the thought, “I’m going to marry Tyler one day.” Does that not give you chills? As if it couldn’t get any better, they were each other’s first kiss! Once they got to college, they ran into one another again, Tyler asked Grace out and the rest is history.
Their wedding day was so lighthearted, happy, and inspiring. I am so so happy that they chose me to capture it and I loved how their images turned out!
I wish you two so many adventures, with your dog Cooper, and lots and lots of coffee (Grace’s favorite thing, besides Tyler!).
Biggest thanks to Misty Nolan for her amazing second shooting!
Wedding Planner: Robin Young
Florist: Pine Hills Floral
Caterer: Great Southern Club
Band: Papa C and the Slammin Horns
Cakes: Melissa’s Bakery
Videographer: Revival House
How do I start a blog post about one of the loveliest weddings I’ve ever captured? Honestly, nothing I can say can explain the beauty of the day, which is why I am so so thankful that the photos pretty much tell the story! I can tell you this, I was brought to tears a few times during their day. And that says a lot because I’m not a crier. I’m a deep feeler for sure, but I am not a crier. (Otherwise I might be a mess most weddings! Ha!) But I couldn’t help it on this wedding day! Emily and Chance’s day was punctuated by so many beautiful moments that showed their hearts towards one another, and towards Jesus, so clearly.
They chose the inside of their church, Main Street United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, for their First Look because it’s a huge part of their story. It’s where they grew up, where they were confirmed, and where they met (at three years old, you guys!). And it's there where they washed one another’s feet before anything else happened on their wedding day. It was such an honor to get to witness and capture those profound moments.
And since they did a First Look, we got a lot of time for bride and groom portraits before the wedding. They got to spend time taking in one another, practicing their first dance in the courtyard of the church, and squeezing one another surrounded by their fun-loving wedding party. Emily was drop dead gorgeous in her lace-sleeved gown and Chance was extra dapper in his grey suit. A bow tie just looks right on him! And even though it was “their day” and they were essentially the stars of the show, Emily and Chance were their regular selves…. so gracious and kind to everyone. It’s always a joy to serve my brides and grooms, but these two made it the easiest thing in the world to capture their day. Every so often throughout the day, Emily would just look over at me and give me the most genuine thanks for being there. She's one of those amazing people who knows how to see and love others.
Their wedding ceremony was beautifully inspiring. It was a worship service from start to finish. Lots of tears in that room. It was so joyful but you could also sense the deep reverence that these two brought to the words they were saying to each other, and to God. And then on the way to their reception at the Brookside Barn, we stopped off at Chance’s family home down the street. The light was perfection at that point and we shot all around the property. I’m not sure I’ll ever get to take photos of a bride and groom kissing an Elvis bust again, so don’t scroll too quickly, mmkay? We finished the evening with Emily and Chance’s beautiful first dance under the pine trees and drizzly summer sky. Guests were treated to a beautiful and creative spread of food (avocado bar!) and desserts. And after a packed dance floor reception, Emily and Chance exited to sparklers and followed by a huge fireworks show.
These two are destined for an adventurous life together filled with laughter, deep talks, finding joy in the ordinary, and growing closer to Jesus together. Does it get better than that?!
Biggest thanks ever to Misty Nolan for being an amazing second shooter!
Ceremony Location: Main Street United Methodist Church, Hattiesburg
Reception Location: Brookside Barn
Planner: Adrienne Garanich
Florist: Blooms a Garden Shop
Hair: Whitney Douglas
Caterer: Pretty Presentations
Band: Figure 8