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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A Green and Gold Fall Wedding at McClain Lodge

McClain Lodge Fall Wedding

Mr & Mrs Woods’ green and gold fall wedding at McClain Lodge was an absolute dream to capture! Allison and Gerrard are such a sweet couple. I have loved getting to know them and celebrating with their friends and family!

Special Guests

McClain Lodge was the perfect setting for Allison and Gerrard’s wedding. This artsy couple met at Mississippi State University where Allison is studying Wildlife Biology and specializing in frogs. Special guests of the day included not only family and friends from California and Colorado, but also an alligator who swam near as we were taking portraits, and a baby frog who hopped onto the train of Allison’s gown to say a special hello!

Every detail of this green and gold fall wedding at McClain Lodge was carefully planned and chosen over Allison and Gerrard’s three year engagement. The day could not have been more perfect!

Prayer

I have had the song “The Blessing” playing on repeat as I have edited the images for your blog post. I have been singing and praying over you and your marriage.

The Lord bless you
And keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His
Face toward you
And give you peace

May His favor be upon you
And a thousand generations
Your family and your children
And tHeir children, and their children

Vendor Team:

This amazing vendor team worked tirelessly to make Allison and Gerrard’s wedding day special.

Wedding Coordinator: Oak Weddings & Events

Venue: Mcclain Resort

Bride’s Gown: It’s A Date Formals

Invitations: Erica Ashley Design

MUA: Jamie Bobbitt

Hair: Mollie Camille

Maid of Honor’s Dress: BHLDN

Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal

Groom’s Attire: It’s A Date Formals

Cake: Proof Bakery Starkville

Band: Hunter Gibson and the Gators

Ceremony musicians: Sting Music for Mississippi Weddings; Kate Morgan

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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

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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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2021 Senior Session | Rivers Watts

2021 Senior Session

Senior Year

Senior year is such a special time, and I absolute LOVE getting to capture the memories of this season with a 2021 Senior Session!!

I had a blast with Rivers and her mom Tania at the Natchez Trace Overlook last week! Rivers is a homeschool senior and excited about all God has planned for her!

Rivers, as I have edited these fun images of you, I have prayed. The verse that keeps coming to my mind is 1 Timothy 4:12, “And don’t be intimidated by those who are older than you; simply be the example they need to see by being faithful and true in all that you do. Speak the truth and live a life of purity and authentic love as you remain strong in your faith.”

As you finish high school and transition into adult life, remember to remain strong in your faith! Trust Jesus to guide you through each step and decision. He sees the end from the beginning and knows the best path for you to take!! Trust Him!!

2021 Senior Sessions!

It is not too late to book your own 2021 Senior Session!! Simply Click Here for all the details!

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The Lake House Wedding | Mr and Mrs Phan

On the morning of Amanda & Asa’s bridal consult, my husband prayed and felt that I would have a special connection with this couple. That is a prophetic word that has certainly come true!! From their Zoom bridal consult, to their engagement session, and now their lake house wedding day… I have loved every moment of getting to know this amazing couple!

Mr & Mrs Phan’s Lake House Wedding was simply perfect! Jesus sent the perfect clouds to give us diffused light for perfect images. We stayed ahead of schedule all day, and everything went so smoothly with time for Amanda & Asa to simply enjoy the day and savor each moment!

Amanda & Asa, you are so full of JOY and it has been so life giving to get to know you! I can’t help but feel the Lord’s pleasure and excitement when I pray for you!! As I have prayed for you the verse from Song of Solomon 8:6 keeps coming to mind. “Place me like a seal on your heart, like a seal on your arm.” He has put His seal of approval on you love and marriage. He has such great plans for your life together, plans to advance His Kingdom!!

Thank you for the honor of capturing the memories of your wedding day!! I was such a joy for Tara and I to celebrate with you!!

The Details

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Getting Ready

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First Look

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Bride and Groom Portraits

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Bridal Party

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Ceremony

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Husband and Wife Sunset Portraits

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Lake House Wedding Reception

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Vendor Team:

Venue: The Lake House Venue

Bridal Gown: The Bridal Path

Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux

Bridesmaids: Azazie

Event Coordinator: Loretta Tyree

Florals: Little Bluestem Farm

Invitations: Minted

Caterer: The Lake House Venue

Cake: Elizabeth Milner

Entertainment: Howl Music, LLC

Downtown Raymond Engagement Session | Anna + Wes

Downtown Raymond Engagement Session

I am so excited to share Anna + Wes’s downtown Raymond engagement session on the blog! Anna + Wes are so full of joy and love for one another, and it really shows in their images!

I had the best time walking around downtown Raymond finding the perfect spots for their engagement session. Their sweet fur babies were troopers and joined in the fun perfectly!

Anna + Wes, I have prayed for you as I have edited your gallery, and the Holy Spirit has given me Romans 15:5-6 to pray over you.

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I am praying for peace and harmony to reign in your relationship. The Lord intends for your marriage to be a beautiful picture of Christ and the Church! As you draw closer to Him and to one another, many will see His love through you and be drawn into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ!

I have loved editing these images from your downtown Raymond engagement session! I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Caroline + Ian | A Town of Livingston Engagement Session

Mississippi Engagement Session

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!

Old Union Baptist Church Wedding | Mr and Mrs Jarnagin

Old Union Baptist Church Wedding

Amber + Joans‘ Old Union Baptist Church Wedding in Shannon, MS was the sweetest day to capture! Their traditional wedding was full of sweet moments and details that brought honor and glory to Jesus!

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Amber + Jonas wanted to stick to tradition and see one another for the first time as she walked down the aisle. Just before the ceremony we planned a time for them to hold hands and pray together around a corner. This was the sweetest moment of the whole day! This special moment when the two of them paused in the moment to thank the Lord for bringing them together. They allowed me the honor of praying over them during this time. I will never forget the overwhelming presence of Holy Spirit and the beautiful picture of Jesus coming back for his spotless bride, the Church!

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Amber + Jonas’ Old Union Baptist Church wedding ceremony was ALL about Jesus! I could feel the pleasure of the Lord as the gospel was preached and these two were united as one. It was truly a day of celebration!!

Thank you to the amazing vendor team that brought every detail of Mr and Mrs Jarnagin’s Old Union Baptist Church wedding together perfectly!

Vendor Team:

Florals: Travis

Invitations: Vista Print

Caterer: Hey Mama, What’s For Supper

Cake: Melissa Nichols

Hair: Jenny Dickson

Makeup: Jessica Lee

Bridal Gown: Low’s Bridal

Tuxes: Generation Tux

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

A Rainy Philadelphia Wedding |Mr and Mrs Hanna

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Anna Leigh + Houston overcame numerous obstacles to become Mr & Mrs Hanna on their rainy Philadelphia wedding day. Saturday morning’s storm included trees down, power loss and other storm related issues. But Saturday, October 26, 2019 was a day of overcoming! We stood in agreement and commanded the rain to stop, and the day that began with obstacles quickly turned to a day of rejoicing as we celebrated love!

I have loved getting to know Anna Leigh + Houston during their engagement season. From planning and capturing their engagement session at the Town of Livingston, I knew that Anna Leigh loves open green spaces. I was so excited when their reception was moved to the Philadelphia Country Club and we were able to capture their bride & groom portraits on the golf course! The golf course was the perfect location for a rainy Philadelphia wedding. I was able to keep Anna Leigh and Houston on the golf cart path and out of the mud. We also kept the clear umbrellas at hand in case the drizzle began again. The Lord gave us a perfect fifteen minute break in the rain so we were able to capture beautiful outdoor portraits! Answered prayers indeed!

Anna Leigh + Houston, I have continued to pray for you and your marriage as I have edited these images. I see the Lord’s hand in every detail of your wedding day. From stopping the rain, to the outpouring of joy, Holy Spirit was present in every moment. I teared up again as I edited the images from your foot washing, remembering how special this moment was. You kept Jesus at the forefront of every detail of your wedding day. Continue to do this, and you will truly be a chord of three strands that will not be easily broken.

I am so thankful for the amazing vendor team that overcame every obstacle to make Mr & Mrs Hanna’s rainy Philadelphia wedding day absolutely perfect!

Vendor Team

Ceremony Venue | Trinity Baptist Church Philadelphia, MS

Reception Venue | Philadelphia Country Club

Bride Getting Ready | 457 Pecan

Full Service Planning | Oak Experience

Florals | Oak Experience

Invitations | Oak Experience

Caterer | Oak Experience

Cakes | Oak Experience

Bride’s Gown | The Bridal Path

Bride’s Shoes | Steve Madden

Groom’s Attire | Beyond Expectations

Bridesmaid’s Dresses | The Bridal Path

Bride’s Hair | Madelen Greer

Bride’s Makeup | Jamie Bobbitt

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