Riverside Engagement Session in Memphis

Memphis Engagement Session

My time with Peyton & Ken Friday on Mud Island for their riverside engagement session in Memphis was so full of laughter my cheeks hurt on the drive home! The Word says that laughter is good medicine, and Friday was truly balm to my soul!

Peyton & Ken both live on Mud Island in Memphis, TN. Mud Island is a peaceful riverside community just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown Memphis. We spent most of our time along the river, which has become a very special place for Peyton & Ken.

How God Brought Them Together

My newest Meridith Lee couple met at Mississippi State during their freshman year. They were in some of the same classes and even shared a chemistry book. He told Peyton that he liked liked her right before the summer as he was going off to camp with no way of contact except through letters! So this sweet couple wrote old fashioned letters to each other that summer and began officially dating when they returned to MSU in the fall.

How He Proposed

Peyton and Ken both recently moved to Memphis. He started his job there and she is starting school. Peyton continues, “My favorite thing to do is go on picnics. We have always gone on them since we have been together. We live on Mud Island that is surrounded by rivers where we like to go on walks. What I thought was just a normal picnic date night in one of our “spots” ended up being the BEST surprise ever! Ken is the best and I am usually the worst and try to figure out surprises, but he kept this one from me which made it so so special!! He put in so much thought to our engagement and planned a surprise party with all of our families! It was the most special day that I will treasure forever.”

My Prayer For You

Peyton & Ken, I have prayed for you as I have edited the images from your Riverside Engagement Session in Memphis. The word that keeps coming to my mind is “encourager”. You are two of the most encouraging people I have ever met! This is truly a gift that the Lord will use to advance His Kingdom! Hard times WILL come. Jesus said, “in the world you WILL have trouble. Take heart, I have overcome the world.” Your gift of encouragement will help both you and those around you get through the hard times. It will even help you to see God’s hand at work in the midst of the hard.

Holy Spirit, continue to fill Peyton & Ken with joy and strength as they move forward into all You are calling them to! I ask you to surround them with like minded community as they look for a new church body to join in Memphis. Give them peace and wisdom and they begin their life together, knowing that you are guiding their steps. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

My time with you was such an encouragement for me! And your prayers have greatly blessed me!! I can’t wait to see you both again at Fairview Inn in March!!

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Clinton, MS Engagement Session | Allison and Gerard

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Allison & Gerard’s Clinton, MS Engagement Session was an absolute dream to capture! The Clinton Nature Trails was the perfect location for these two nature lovers. I loved having all the natural layers to include in their images!

How they met…

Allison says, “I’m on the local art council, and every year we host a free children’s art festival for children in Starkville. I was working a drawing booth, and Gerard was assigned as my volunteer! We worked together all day, and then both decided to exchange numbers after that. We found out later that, unbeknownst to us, we had been set up by the volunteer coordinator!”

How he popped the question…

We were at a conference in Banff, Canada, and I left the conference early so we could go hiking. He took me off the trail a little ways through and got down on one knee. It was the perfect setting over beautiful Lake Louise.

My prayer for you…

Allison & Gerard, I am praying for peace for you both as you plan your dream wedding in the midst of so much uncertainty. I pray that you will experience the peace that surpasses all understanding. I am also praying that every detail of your wedding day will come together perfectly, even better than you dreamed!

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Natchez Trace Engagement Session

Natchez Trace Engagement

Amanda & Asa’s Natchez Trace engagement session was an absolute dream to capture!

After just one Zoom meeting and an engagement session, I am so thankful to call Amanda & Asa friends. Getting to know this sweet couple and their story. Finding so many connecting points. It has truly been a dream! They are even sweeter than they are beautiful. When they walked up, I could feel the atmosphere shift as I was overwhelmed by the JOY of the Lord that they carry!

How they met…

Asa and I met in college. We were in the same English class and were COMPLETE opposites. He sat in the back and I sat up front. He was the class clown and I was quiet. He loved answering questions while I was fine just listening to everyone else answer out loud.

After the class ended we lost touch. Then in summer of 2017 he sent me a message just asking how my summer was going. From that one message we started talking everyday.

Once school started back in August, we met up at Cups for a “quick conversation”. We talked for 3 hours that day and could have easily kept going, but it started to rain on us. A few weeks and a couple dates later he officially asked me to be his girlfriend and it has been a dream ever since!

How he proposed…

I had just started working as a nurse and I was stressed all the time! He had decided that what I needed was a nice dinner date just the two of us. He told me to get dresses up and he would take me to my favorite restaurant, anywhere that has carbs lol.

After getting ready and hopping in the car he said we should stop by Mississippi College just to see how much it has changed since we graduated. I, of course, am a sentimental person and was all aboard.

We parked and sat on the swings where he asked me to be his girlfriend and we talked about adult life, our college lives and what we thought the future would hold. As we got up to leave, he bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him! It was the easiest yes of my life.

Prayer

Amanda & Asa, Lee & I have enjoyed praying for you from the day you inquired! As I have already told you, as Lee was praying the morning of our Zoom meeting, He felt the Lord impress on him that we would have a Holy Spirit connection! While the Lord has already used you to encourage me and confirm some next steps for me, I am super excited to see what else He has in store for our friendship!

As I have prayed for you I keep sensing the word STRONG. Specifically the words of Paul in Ephesians 6:10 come to mind. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” The Lord is giving you great strength that will grow even stronger as you grow in unity with Jesus and one another.

In this passage, Paul goes on to say, “put on the full armor of God, so that you will able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Jesus said that in this word we will have trouble, but take heart! He has overcome the world! And He gives us everything we need to walk hand-in-hand with Him in victory!

The strength that He is building in you, He will use to strengthen other around you. I see people coming to you discouraged by overwhelming problems, and Jesus flowing His strength through you so that the one who was discouraged leave not only encouraged, but also empowered!

He has mighty plans for you and your marriage!

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Madison + Zach | Ole Miss Engagement Session

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Madison + Zach made my photographer dreams come true with their Ole Miss engagement session this week! I have wanted a session on a university campus. When they asked if I was willing to drive to Oxford I may have screamed a very excited “YES!!”

Madison and Zach grew up in the same small town of Philadelphia, Mississippi. They went to high school and college together. They have grown up together and now they are excited to spend the rest of their lives together as husband and wife!

I am so in love with these images we created together! But even more than that, I am so excited to know this sweet couple.

Madison & Zach, I have prayed for you as I edited these images. The word the Lord kept bringing to my mind is “steady.” According to Merriam-Webster, the word steady means

  1. direct or sure in movement; firm in position.
  2. showing little variation or fluctuation.
  3. not easily disturbed or upset; constant in feeling, principle, purpose, or attachment, DEPENDABLE.

What beautiful qualities to have as both an individual AND in a marriage!

Psalm 119:133 says “Make my steps steady through Your promise.” This is now my declaration over you and your marriage. And I think I’ll start declaring this over my own marriage as well!

Madison & Zach, thank you for taking time to show me around campus during your Ole Miss engagement session! Thank you for trusting me as I “followed the light” to find the perfect locations for your session! Thank you for sharing your hearts, and listening as I shared mine. It is an honor to know you, and I am excited to celebrate your marriage with you in December!

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Christana + Andrew | Livingston Mississippi Engagement Session

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Christana + Andrew’s Livingston Mississippi engagement session at the Town of Livingston was such a dream to edit!! I just love how my associate Whitney captured the love and joy these two have for one another perfectly!

I first connected with Christana + Andrew after publishing out a blog post of their friends Victoria + Drew’s engagement session! Christana was in love with the images and already wanted to connect even before she and Andrew were officially engaged!

Fast forward to Victoria + Drew’s wedding day where Andrew was a groomsman, and I was so excited to meet this joyful couple! At one point in the day when Christana was not around, Andrew shared his proposal plan with me! It was so fun to hear how he was planning to pop the question MONTHS before the proposal took place!!

Keep reading for more of their story, and to see my favorite images from their Livingston Mississippi Engagement Session!

How they met…

Andrew and I met through mutual friends. Andrew was a part of Mississippi State’s BYX chapter, and I was a coworker with one of his friends, Max. Max invited me to a date party where I was able to meet and develop friendships throughout BYX. Andrew and I did not officially get to know each other until my junior year (his sophomore year) when we were in the same chemistry class together. He was also living with a group of BYX guys that I would always hang out with.

We started hanging out more and wanted to get to know each other more after Thanksgiving. Our friendship grew stronger from Thanksgiving through the end of the school year. After our chemistry final, we celebrated with Cook Out milkshakes and driving around North Farm. That was when we found out how we felt about each other. We continued to get to know each other over Christmas and into the start of the year before he asked me at a basketball game to be his girlfriend.

How he popped the question…

Over Christmas break when we wanted to get to know each other even more, Andrew visited me in Georgia. Because neither of us have really ever toured downtown Atlanta, we decided to make it a day trip. We visited the World of Coke, road the Skyview Atlanta ferris wheel, and walked around Centennial Olympic Park. My mother bought bricks for my family during the 1996 Olympics, and they were hidden somewhere in the park. So, Andrew and I went on a hunt to find the bricks. My mom has never been able to find them, so we told her that we will all visit the bricks some time in the future.

Fast forward three years later, Andrew and I were visiting my mother for Christmas. Us three along with my mom’s friends all went downtown for the day. We showed her the bricks, and Andrew proposed at my family’s bricks in the park. He was worried I would see it on the way there so he also hid the engagement ring box in his sock. It also was the day of the Clemson-Oklahoma game so we had a lot of cheers going on during the moment. We even had a security officer ride around us on a bike helping film the moment.

My prayer for you…

Christana + Andrew, it has been such a joy to get to know you over the past year, and I am so excited for your upcoming wedding!

I am not only praying for every detail of your wedding day to come together perfectly, but I am also praying for your marriage. You both radiate the JOY of the LORD, and I pray that you are always reminded that The Joy Of The Lord Is Your STRENGTH! Hard times will come, but He is faithful to see you through!

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Nicole + Austin | Engagement

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When Nicole + Austin agreed to meet me at the Windsor Ruins for their engagement session my heart nearly exploded! I was so excited to try out a new location and include a bit of Mississippi History in a session!

If you have followed along for awhile, you know that I LOVE engagement sessions because it is a chance for me to get to know my couples. I love hearing their stories and just having fun together on a relaxed photo shoot so we build a relationship prior to the wedding day!

How They Met

We knew of each other back in high school because we had a lot of the same friends. However, it wasn’t until my freshman year of college that we actually started talking and hanging out.

I came home from Mississippi State for Christmas break and I knew he was always at the parties and bonfires our friends would have. So, I texted him and said “Hey, let me know of anything you hear going on over Christmas break!” Well, the very next day he messaged me and said “Hey, I haven’t heard about anything, but I do need to go Christmas shopping for my mom and sister, and I’m clueless as to what to get, will you come help me?” I was like “Yeah, I’d love to” (what girl doesn’t like shopping?!)

Well, we spent every day after that together. The entire first month of us hanging out we were strictly just two friends hanging out and riding around all night. We only went our separate ways long enough to go home to sleep and when we woke up, we always met back up. I guess somewhere throughout that month we caught feelings and decided we wanted to be more.

We started dating Jan 5th, 2015, right before I had to go back to Starkville for spring semester.

And how did Austin pop the question?

So anyone who knows me knows that I’m completely obsessed with penguins. It’s weird. I know lol.

Anyways, we had to go to Memphis so Austin could run the half marathon for St. Jude. We had decided months before that we would go to the zoo because hello they have penguins. Haha He had planned to propose to me right in front of the penguins. (talk about the perfect idea) However, that did not happen.

After running the half marathon, the bottom of both of his feet were huge blisters. Even though he assured me he was okay, there was no way I was gonna make him walk around the zoo with those blisters so I told him I didn’t wanna go to the zoo anymore. (I know I’m such a caring fiancee) He had one of my guy friends who’s a photographer in Tupelo drive all the way to Memphis. And they quickly had to come up with a new plan.

Well the only thing they could think of was the top of the pyramid looking out over the city of Memphis. So we go and get to the top of the pyramid and I was looking out at the view of the city and he was like “Nichole” and I was like “what” and I turned around and he was down on one knee!! Bless his heart, he couldn’t even get any words out through all of my crying.

When he told me about the penguin idea, I couldn’t help but say “I was trying to be a good girlfriend and not make you walk around the zoo with blisters, but if I’d known you were going to propose in front of the penguins, we would have still gone”. haha. However, he did an amazing job and planned the perfect proposal and although the penguin idea would have been the best thing ever, I wouldn’t trade the way it happened for anything in the world!”

My Prayer For You

Nicole + Austin, I have prayed for you as I edited the images from your engagement session. As I have prayed, I hear Holy Spirit singing “Come Away” over you. He wants to take you both on a WILD ADVENTURE following Jesus and advancing the Kingdom!

I also pray that the Lord will strengthen your relationship with one another and Himself throughout this engagement season and into your marriage. He desires to build a strong foundation with Him as the cornerstone for your marriage and future to be built upon!

Many blessings to you friends! And I will see you again in August!

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Caroline + Ian | A Town of Livingston Engagement Session

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It was such a joy to finally meet Caroline + Ian in person Friday afternoon at their Town of Livingston Engagement Session! Caroline first inquired with me about her May 2020 wedding at First Baptist Church of Jackson in June after seeing my work from two friend’s weddings at the same venue. With busy summer schedules we decided on a FaceTime call instead of a coffee date for their initial client meeting. Even over FaceTime I fell in love with this couple and their hearts for Jesus as we shared stories and talked about wedding plans!

How They Met

Caroline + Ian went to school together starting in the seventh grade. They had classes together throughout the years, but did not start hanging out consistently until after high school ended because they both had high school boyfriend/ girlfriend who were in different schools. They became good friends hanging out with groups. As high school was ending the relationship became something more once college started!

How Ian Proposed

While taking pictures on a beach trip with Caroline’s family, Ian got down on one knee asking her to marry him! Little did Caroline know, his mom had also driven down as a surprise! Caroline says “it was a dream!”

Prayers & Encouragement

Caroline + Ian, as I have edited these images I have prayed for you and your relationship. I am so honored by your prayers over me, my family and our ministry at the end of our session!! I know that the Lord has such big plans for you and your marriage! As I have prayed for you, the Holy Spirit gave me a picture of the two of you marching forward. Your arms were linked together and you were marching in perfect step with one another. Instead of the serious face of a soldier, your faces were RADIATING with JOY as to steadily took new ground for the Kingdom of Heaven! I am so excited to watch as His plans for you unfold!

Below are a few of my favorite images from your Town of Livingston Engagement Session! I hope you love them as much as I do!

Jessica + Wade | A Town of Livingston Engagement Session

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I loved my time with Jessica + Nathan at their Town of Livingston Engagement Session last week! Jessica and I had only met via FaceTime over the summer for her bridal consult, and I was so excited to meet this couple in person! Jessica + Wade also brought along their beautiful fur baby Echo to join in the fun!

How They Met

When asked how they met, Jessica shared with me that she and Wade were high school sweethearts. “The first time I saw Wade it was the day of a big grade-wide exam. I wasn’t interested at first, but my friend took one look at him and told me, “you’re going to date him”. I told her she was crazy. Just a few short months later, after switching classes to avoid an unwanted teacher, I found myself sitting in front of this boy in my new US History class. A couple days later, I received a Facebook Message (so retro) asking about homework ~that we totally didn’t have yet because school had just started~.”

“He proceeded to ask me out three different times before my mom persuaded me to “give the boy a chance”. For our first date, we got dinner and went to a movie. He picked me up, dropped me off, and introduced himself to my parents. Who would have know that 7 years later, we would be where we are now!”

How He Proposed

I especially love their engagement story. “Christmas Day 2017 we were at his mother’s house with her whole side of the family. His mother has a tradition where she spends several months collecting the “perfect” ornament for each person that will be attending that year. She unwraps all of them, writes the year on the bottom, and decorates her tree with them. After gifts have been exchanged, everyone takes turns (oldest to youngest) to go up to the tree and try to guess which ornament is theirs for this year. I was the youngest person there that year and so I went last.”

“I went up to the tree, circled it a few times, and was a little confused because my ornament was usually a Mississippi State ornament but there weren’t any on the tree. After a little prompting, I went back around to the back of the tree and found my ornament. It was an ornament shaped like an engagement ring box popped open just like a proposal. I thought, surely this isn’t mine, but I took it off the tree and walked back around to see Wade in front of his family down on one knee with another box in his hand. I barely uttered a yes to his question before jumping into his arms and putting my real ring on my finger. He knew that Christmas holds a really special place in my heart but this was for sure was the best Christmas ever.”

Prayer

Jessica + Wade, as I have edited the images below I have prayed for you and your relationship. The word that keeps coming to my mind as I pray is HOLY. The Lord desires for your marriage to be a beautiful example of the passionate and holy love that Jesus has for His bride, and that the bride has for Him! He has such amazing plans for the two of you, walking in unity, to advance the Kingdom of Heaven!

Jessica + Wade, I hope you enjoy my favorite images from you Town of Livingston Engagement Session!

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Outdoor Engagement Session at Livingston

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Ashley + Kirk’s Outdoor Engagement Session at the Town of Livingston was such a joy to capture! It was a joyful session full of laughter and perfect golden light!

I first met Ashley last year when she responded to our ad on Care.com looking for a babysitter for Isaac and Pippa. We interviewed several, but Ashley was the person we chose to watch out little ones three days a week so I could work. Isaac, Pippa and I all fell in love with her and are so thankful for the time she spent loving our precious little ones!

Ashley + Kirk met at Ole Miss and have moved to Jackson for Kirk to attend The University of Mississippi Medical School. They are planning a January destination wedding in Turks and Caicos!

Ashley + Kirk, I have prayed for you both as I edited your session and the word the Holy Spirit keeps giving me is JOY! I am praying abundant JOY over you both as you enjoy your engagement and wedding planning season. I am praying for a JOY FILLED wedding and honeymoon in the islands! The Lord has such good plans for you both, and I pray He will draw you deeper into His heart as you seek Him for each step of your journey together.

Below are a few of my favorite images from Ashely + Kirk’s engagement session.

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Lindsey + Payton’s Town of Livingston engagement session was such a dream! Perfect light, beautiful setting, and a beautiful couple styled perfectly!

Have you ever met someone and though to yourself “these are people I want to hang out with”? You just feel at ease and at peace with them. That is exactly how I felt about Lindsey + Payton! We talked about world travel, good food, and how to make a homemade air conditioner. It was also fun to discover that I graduated from high school with Payton’s older sister! I just love those moments when histories cross paths and the world suddenly seems smaller.

Lindsey + Payton, I have prayed for you as I edited these beautiful images. As I prayed for you, Holy Spirit gave me a picture of a gentle stream of cool clear water. I have a sense of refreshing peace. I am praying for the Holy Spirit to fill each of you to overflowing with His refreshing peace so that you can overflow to those around you.

I am so excited to work with Bethany from Oak Experience on Lindsey + Payton’s May 2020 wedding at their home and land in Pelahatchie, MS! I know it will be a beautiful day full of joy and laughter! Below are my favorite images from their beautiful Town of Livingston engagement session.

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