Fall Natchez Trace Engagement Session

Fall engagement session

Alexia + Hunter’s Natchez Trace Engagement Session

There are SO MANY reasons why I am excited to blog this fall Natchez Trace engagement session!! First, Alexia + Hunter are the the sweetest and most fun couple ever! Second, my associate photographer Tara shot this session! I was there as a second photographer just to back her up on her first engagement session with me. When I uploaded the images from both of our memory cards, I had to look at the metadata to know whose images were whose!! I love how Tara is able to match my style seamlessly.

Even though Tara will be the photographing Alexia + Hunter’s wedding day, I still am still able to get to know my amazing Meridith Lee couples! I loved “meeting” Alexia + Hunter during their Zoom consult, and it was even more fun to spend time with them as a second photographer at their engagement session. While I will only be second shooting a handful of engagement sessions with Tara, investing in a relationship with all Meridith Lee couples will remain a priority! Helping my brides plan all the details of their perfect day, and supporting my couples with prayer and encouragement will always be a big part of the Meridith Lee Wedding Experience!

How they met…

When I asked Alexia how they met, she replied “We met at Mississippi College, mostly through FCA lead team! He played baseball and I played softball. We were actually both short-stops.. ha! We met sophomore year and were very good friends for about a year and a half before we started dating! Hunter jokes a lot about me putting him in the friend-zone 🙈”

How He proposed…

He told me we had a wedding to go to in Columbus for one their family friends. They made it very believable – there actually was a wedding so that helped! There were too many of us to fit in one car, so Hunter and I drove separately. Turns out, we turn into one of his family friends house where there were rows of sunflowers that Hunter had planted himself!!! He planted them 3 months before! I love sunflowers and we always try to find sunflower fields, so I was absolutely impressed. He told me he had planted them for one reason, and got down on one need to ask me to marry him! It was the most perfect day!

My Prayer For You!

As I edited these images, I have prayed for you and your future marriage. The verse that keeps coming to my mind is 1 Corinthians 16:14. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” This is such a key to all relationships, but especially marriage. I pray that you will not allow pride into your relationship, but that you will stay humble and patient with one another, considering one another’s needs above your own. I pray that you will grow in your love for one another as you draw closer to Jesus.

It is such an honor to know you and pray with you through this season! And I hope you love these images from your engagement session as much as I do!!

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An Engagement Session at Reunion Golf & Country Club

Reunion Engagement Session

An engagement session with a Meridith Lee Associate Photographer!

To say that I am excited about growing my associate photographer program is a huge understatement! And this engagement session at Reunion is such a joy to share on the blog today!!

How they met…

When I asked Rachel how she and Brennan met, she shared:

We met during my freshman year and Brennan’s sophomore year at MSU. The guys in my friend group from my dormitory were friends with Brennan through their fraternity, BYX. The friend group would frequently hang out at Brennan’s apartment and that is where he and I became close. I would go to Brennan for advice and he would listen no matter what the subject of my rantings was. We talked throughout that summer. We grew together over the fall semester of 2017 until he asked me to be his girlfriend on December 1.

How he proposed…

After over 2 years of dating and many talks about the future and marriage, I knew a proposal was coming but he managed to surprise me. My best friend and now maid of honor, Amanda, told me she needed to practice taking graduation pictures. So I agreed and threw on a cute outfit, some makeup, and some dry shampoo. We met at the Chapel of Memories on MSU’s campus and started playing around taking pictures though I did think it was weird she was taking a lot of pictures from behind. We moved to the Junction and took all of the typical pictures: with the bulldog, in front of the jumbotron, with the other bulldog. Then, she wanted to go across the road to the big field. She had me face the stadium and hold my cowbell above my head then told me to turn around.


Brennan was standing there dressed up and holding the dried flowers from the bouquet I caught at the last wedding we went to, a small note, and a conspicuous little box. I was totally shocked to the point that somehow I dropped my cowbell. He walked up to me, handed me the flowers, and read his note though I do not remember a single word of it. By this point I was apparently hyperventilating, so he very calmly said “Are you ready?” He got down on one knee, said my full name and asked me to marry him.


Amanda was still taking pictures and his sister Emma, the other maid of honor, was also hiding taking pictures. We took a whole bunch of us after he proposed. Then, we went to eat lunch at Central Station Grill where my parents, his parents, and my brother and his family were waiting to have a celebratory lunch together.

Prayer

Rachel & Brennan, I have loved getting to know you via Zoom as we have talked about wedding plans! I have also loved praying over you as I edited the images from your engagement session!!

As I pray for you, the word UNITY keeps coming to my mind. I feel that God is going to use you to bring greater unity in the Body of Christ! Walking in unity with Christ and one another in marriage is key to advancing the Kingdom of Heaven!!

Rachel & Brennan, I hope you love the images from your engagement session at Reunion as much as I do!!

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Livingston Engagement Session | Haley & Josh

Chapel of Livingston Mississippi Engagement Session

I get to work with the most amazing couples, and Haley and Josh are no exception! We had the best time getting to know each other on Friday at their Town of Livingston engagement session!!

If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times. Engagement session are one of my favorite parts of the Meridith Lee Wedding Experience! Not only do I get to coach my couples through my posing system without the pressure and time crunch of a wedding day, but it gives me a chance to get to know them. I want to show up on your wedding day. as a friend who celebrates with you! And I feel like that mission was accomplish on Friday as Haley, Josh and I shared stories and had fun!

Haley and Josh wanted to include their golden retriever Molly is a few of their images. Molly was an absolute rock star dog model!! I love how these first family pictures turned out!!

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How they met…

I asked Haley to tell me about how she and Josh first met. I just love their story!!

Josh and I actually met in our youth group at church my junior year of high school and his senior year. I invited him to come play ultimate frisbee with my friend group one Sunday night. He texted me that night and we became best friends! No feelings, just friends. For a whole year, we endured so many questions of “why aren’t y’all dating?” or “Do y’all like each other?” and every answer was the same… “We’re just friends.”

A year into our friendship, he asked me to go to prom and that’s where the feelings began! A few months later he asked me to be his girlfriend. We are 4 years into this thing and we are so excited for the adventures ahead!

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How he proposed…

When I asked how he proposed, Haley shared…

The proposal was everything I could have ever imagined! A full day of events that led to the special moment. It started with lunch after church with my whole family, then coming home to flowers and a letter from Josh on my dresser.

My dad then took me to feed the ducks at a local lake (a place very special to me and my grandfather who just passed away) and he gave me the whole spill of how he has prayed for us, etc. My family is really special to me so having their prayers and blessings were just what I needed! Dad then dropped me off at the nail salon, where I met up with my mom and grandmother to get my nails done.

Then Josh picked me up and took me to a pecan orchard that he always went to as a kid and had the full set up there!! It was such a special moment for us!

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My Prayer For You

Haley and Josh, as I have edited the images from your engagement session, I have prayed for you. The word that keeps coming to my mind is LEGACY. Jesus has blessed you with a rich spiritual legacy from your parents and grandparents. This is a legacy that you will continue and pass down to future generations.

Paul’s words to “fight the good fight” also come to my mind. I encourage you to fight for your marriage every day. Fight to keep Jesus first and your marriage relationship second. This is the foundation that your legacy will be built on. It is the example that your children and grandchildren will follow. A marriage built on a solid foundation in Christ will advance the Kingdom of Heaven in powerful ways!!

He has big plans for you!!

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Fondren Engagement Session

Fondren Engagement Session

Anna Claire & Brett’s Fondren engagement session was a BLAST!! When the weather forecast showed rain, we began brainstorming indoor location. Once we talked about having their session at Brent’s Drugs, the location was set rain or shine!

I first met Anna Claire almost 10 years ago when her cousin was my roommate at We Will Go Ministries. Anna Claire’s mom and aunt were instrumental in helping our ministry start a children’s program, and Anna Claire was the sweetest young teen girl I ever met!

Fast forward to today, and I can’t believe she is old enough to be getting married!! We love Anna Claire and her family and I am so blessed to work with her and Brett during this special season of their lives!

How they met…

I asked Anna Claire how they met. “We actually met when we were kids! We went to the same home church and reconnected once we got older! It was very random but definitely the Lord’s set up!”

How he popped the question…

“We were planning to go out to eat for our two year anniversary, but he took me to the visitor’s center in Clinton instead. He told me that he wanted to show me something. Once we got there, he had a sweet sign and sunflowers everywhere! He had me read the board, which had scriptures verses, and when I turned around, he was on one knee. He told me he had another surprise for me and took me back to my house where all of our families were waiting for us! It was soooo sweet.”

Prayer

Anna Claire & Brett, I have prayed for you as I edited the images from your Fondren engagement session. As I see the genuine joy in your beautiful smiles, the verse that keeps coming to mind is “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble, but we can take heart! He has overcome the world! In life and in marriage you will face hard times. Always remember that you are a team. Jesus brought you together, and He will see you through each and every trial. Keep your eyes on Him, and always remember that the JOY of the LORD is your strength!!

I can’t wait to see you again in December as we celebrate you two becoming ONE!

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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

Clinton Mississippi Engagement

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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Kristen + Damion | Union MS Engagement

Union, MS Engagement

Getting to meet and spend time with Kristen & Damion last week for their Union, MS engagement session was such a sweet time! Kristen has a smile that can light up a room, and Damion’s quiet strength is such a calming presence.

Kristen & Damion wanted to have their engagement session at their home in Union, MS. They also included their boys, who were so much fun to play with! This engagement session was full of energy and laughter!

Kristen & Damion, I have prayed for you and the boys as I edited these images. I can feel the Lord’s excitement over all He has planned for your family! September 5th will be a day of celebration!! I am so excited to work with Bethany at Oak Experience once again to see your dream wedding day come true!!

Below are my FAVORITES from your session! I hope you love them as much as I do!!

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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

Ole Miss Engagement

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

Chapel of Livingston Mississippi Engagement Session

Livingston Mississippi Engagement Session

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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