Katherine + Nick || Ocean Springs, MS Wedding

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Katherine + Nick || Ocean Springs, MS Wedding

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

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Ali + Zach || Gautier, MS Wedding

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Ali + Zach || Gautier, MS Wedding

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!

Wedding details:

Venue: The Old Place, Gautier, MS

Wedding Planning: Ana Mcelwayne

Florist: Lady Di’s

DJ: Nightshift Sounds

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Grace + Tyler || Gulfport, MS Wedding Photography

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Grace + Tyler || Gulfport, MS Wedding Photography

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!

Vendors:

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

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Emily + Chance || Hattiesburg, MS Wedding

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Emily + Chance || Hattiesburg, MS Wedding

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

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Molly + Colt || Pass Christian, MS Wedding

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Molly + Colt || Pass Christian, MS Wedding

I'm so excited to share this wedding!  I met up with Molly for coffee in January at the Cat Island Coffee Shop in Pass Christian and ever since then I've been looking forward to her wedding!  She is so kind and such a gentle soul.  She asked me about my kiddos and we talked about how she is a preschool teacher and how much she loves her job.  Anyone who cares for other folks' babies is a total gem in my book.  I got to meet up with her again at her bridal session and I met her mom and sister as well.  They are just the sweetest people.  I just adore serving people in general, but serving people like Molly make me excited to jump out of bed in the morning!

 Molly and Colt  met while still in high school.  A mutual friend introduced them while at a Mardi Gras parade, and they've been inseparable ever since.  Colt proposed to Molly while they were visiting Tennessee around Christmas.  They were at a Christmas lights show when he got down on one knee, and all Molly could say was, "Are you serious?!"  Which really meant, "yes!"  She was just shocked she says, because she wasn't expecting that to happen.  I love proposal stories when the girl is completely surprised!  

I loved their elegant and simple wedding, full of beautiful and meaningful moments! Congrats Molly and Colt!

Huge thanks to my amazing second shooter Lisa Cooke. <3 

Vendors:

Hair:  Stacey Mullins, Natalie and Friends Studio

Makeup:  Amanda Trehern, Elysian Studio

Florist: Rachel Bond, Pine Hills Floral

Caterer:  Pass Christian Yacht Club

DJ:  Elvis Ta

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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