Christana + Andrew | Livingston Mississippi Engagement Session

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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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A Biblical Response to The Coronavirus Outbreak

Yesterday as we were eating supper, I changed the TV from the kid’s shows that had been entertaining my littles to the evening news. As I watched the non-stop coverage of the growing Coronavirus pandemic I could feel fear and anxiety rising up in me. I was overwhelmed by the worldwide effects of this new illness as it is shutting down whole economies! This is NOT our Biblical Response to The Coronavirus Outbreak!!

After supper we loaded up as a family to take several boxes of snack bags to our parent ministry We Will Go. Holy Spirit used Amy Lancaster to bring the situation into Biblical perspective.

We are serving and ministering to the poorest population in our nation. There are no stockpiles. There is no savings. Kids are out of school and the single mom is faced with a decision: leave the kids at home and go to work, or stay home and don’t get paid. How does she make it without her paycheck?

What is our Biblical Response to The Coronavirus Outbreak? The Bible says “Do not fear” 365 times. Once for every day of the year! And the word “fear” is used over 500 times in the KJV! God has a LOT to say about fear!!

Will I give into fear and stockpile resources for my own family? Will I retreat into the safe bubble of my own home and be held hostage by fear? This is a fear based world view.

A Biblical world view says that I will not fear.

But when I am afraid,

    I will put my trust in you.

I praise God for what he has promised.

    I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?

    What can mere mortals do to me?

Psalm 56:3-4 NLT

When fear attempts to creep in, I will declare my TRUST in the LORD! I will declare Psalm 91 over myself and my family! I will use my voice to speak Truth OUT LOUD!

Our Biblical Response to The Coronavirus Outbreak in Regards to Stockpiling

A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosityj— all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Acts 2:43-47 NLT

Our Biblical Response to The Coronavirus Outbreak in regards to stockpiling is that we will continue to serve the Lord by sharing our resources with our neighbors in need. By sharing what we have today, we are declaring our trust in the Lord to provide for tomorrow! I am reminded of the Lord providing manna for the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. They were commanded to gather ONLY what they needed for that day, and anything extra they gathered in disobedience rotted overnight! This season of scarce resources is an opportunity for the Lord God Almighty to perform miracles of multiplication!! We are certainly praying for multiplication over our last 3 rolls of toilet paper!!

Our Biblical Response to The Coronavirus Outbreak in Regards to Social Distancing

Our Biblical Response to The Coronavirus Outbreak in regards to Social Distancing is that as a family we are honoring the request of our government officials to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.

We are choosing to worship from home DAILY instead of attending services at our church.

We will continue to check on our neighbors and meeting their needs as we are able based on the resources the Lord provides.

We will continue to have other believers over to our house to share meals and pray together.

We will be constantly diffusing DoTerra OnGuard in our home. And each member of our family has their own bottle of OnGuard sanitizing spray! We will wash our hands often and disinfect our home daily. We will continue to build our immunity by taking DoTerra LLV supplements daily.

We WILL NOT live in fear! We WILL NOT stop serving the Lord!! We WILL share His love as we share the resources He provides!!

How can you help?

  1. PRAY!
    • Pray for the Lord to provide for the needs of our neighbors through His unlimited resources!
    • Pray for divine health for us, our neighbors, and our entire community!
    • Pray for an atmosphere of PEACE to overwhelm our community!
  2. GIVE!
    • CLICK HERE to give financially
    • Email us at meridith@redeemer54.com if you would like to donate non-perishable food items and/or paper products.
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5 Simple Poses that Every Bride Should Try

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Even though your wedding photographer will guide you every step of the way, it doesn’t hurt to know a few tricks yourself.

Place your hands on your hips.

This is quite a common pose but it works wonders for your body. Keep your toes together and turned at a forty-five degree angle with a pop in the font knee. Place your corresponding hand on your hip. Slightly angle your body towards the camera for that slimming effect. It’s important to make it look natural though.

Get to know your better side.

Spend some time in front of the mirror and discover which side of your face is the better side. We all have one. Take a few selfies with your phone to see the results for yourself.

Sitting pretty.

How you sit makes a huge difference to your photos too. One of the best poses is when you cross your legs at the ankle. For an extra slimming effect, ever so slightly draw your arms and shoulders inwards.

Lighting matters.

Soft lights and natural lighting are the best for hiding any minor imperfections. Make sure that the room you’re getting ready in doesn’t have any harsh lighting and ensure that you won’t be sitting under any bright lights during the reception.

Angles make a difference.

When it comes to your portraits, the shots should always be taken at eye-level or from above. Low angles will give you that dreaded double chin effect so avoid taking photos at that level. If you would like to look taller in your photos, try and stay away from tall objects or very tall people, it really does make a huge difference.

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!

A Wedding at The Ice House Venue | Mr and Mrs Miley

Mississippi WeddingMr & Mrs Miley’s Southern Wedding at The Ice House Venue was timeless, classic, and full of JOY! Sarah + Nathan know how to laugh and have a good time. I enjoyed a day of laughing right along with them as I captured each moment of their beautiful wedding day.

My team and I arrived at the venue early to scout out portrait locations and to have time to visit with Sarah, Nathan and their bridal party. This was such a fun group to spend the day with! Sarah was stunning in her Madeline Gardner gown. Nathan’s timeless blue suit was the perfect selection to complete the look for this dapper duo.

You may remember Sarah + Nathan’s May engagement session and the epic field we found. I was so excited when they were willing to hop in my van and go to the same field for their sunset Husband and Wife portraits!

Sarah + Nathan, I have continued to pray for you as I have edited the images from your wedding day. As I pray, I sense the Lord’s love for you both. He has such amazing plans for your life together! Keep your eyes on Him and allow Him to guide your every step, every decision. He is for you, and His love is greater than you can even imagine! Allow Him to fill you with His love so you can pour out that same love to one another!

Thank you for allowing me the honor of capturing your wedding day memories at your wedding at The Ice House Venue.

Vendor Team:

Venue: The Ice House Venue

Flowers: Something Borrowed Blooms

Caterer: Dena Piggot

Cake: Dream Cakes

DJ: Thomas DeMartini

Video: Caleb Jordan Byrd

Officiant: Chip Henderson

Hair/Makeup: Christine Cody

Photo Booth: Southern Exposure Selfie Booth

Bride’s gown: Madeline Gardner from Low’s Bridal

Tux: Tuxedo Junction

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids

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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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Town of Livingston 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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Hayden + Brandon | Engagement

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I am so excited to share Hayden + Brandon’s engagement session on the blog today! I had the best time with these two as we captured this special season of their lives at the Natchez Trace and Renaissance.

Hayden + Brandon met during early high school when the were both participating in 4H Shooting Sports and became each other’s “first love”! Hayden says that “life happened and we were ‘young and dumb’ and broke up.” Years later when they were both in junior college, God brought them back together. They talked for a long time and sought the Lord before deciding to try dating again.

As Hayden neared graduating from nursing school, Brandon began to plan his surprise proposal. When Hayden’s childhood best friend was in town for her own bridal shower, he knew this was the perfect opportunity. Hayden’s best friend went ring shopping with Brandon, helping to choose the perfect ring. And they planned a “Nursing School Graduation Party” for Hayden with everyone working together to keep the proposal a secret from her. At the graduation party, Brandon’s gift to Hayden was a pair of scrubs with her name embroidered on them, but with HIS last name! Hayden says that he is such a prankster, so she thought it was just a sweet gesture. Then she saw a framed picture of the ring and note saying “will you marry me?” Hayden turned around to see Brandon down on one knee and just about passed out! She was so surprised and couldn’t believe that everyone had kept such a big secret from her!

Hayden + Brandon, I have prayed for you as I have edited the images from your session. The verse the Lord has given me for you is Psalm 126:2, “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.'” I pray your mouths will always be filled with laugher and your tongues with songs of Joy! You will see the LORD do great things for you as you spread your joy and laughter!

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Hannah + Dustin | Engagement Session at The Town of Livingston

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I had the best time last week with Hannah + Dustin capturing their engagement session at The Town of Livingston and getting to know them both better! Engagement sessions are such a fun, relaxed time to not only capture beautiful images, but to build a friendship with my clients. My heart is to be a trusted friend and not just another vendor when I arrive on their wedding day!

Hannah and Dustin’s love story begins at a tailgate party on campus at Mississippi State University. Love blossomed and as Dustin’s graduation approached he invited Hannah to join him for a photo session to commemorate his coming graduation. They returned to the spot where they met and were posing for a picture when he got down on one knee and asked Hannah to spend forever with him!

Hannah and Dustin, I have prayed for you as I edited the images from our time together. As I have prayed the word JOY keeps coming to my mind. The Lord took me to Psalm 18:2 which says “The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. he is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” I pray that the JOY of the LORD will fill you both, and that He will truly be your rock, fortress, shield and strength! He is worth of your all! He is the solid foundation upon which to build your marriage and future! He is faithful and trustworthy! I am also praying for every detail for your wedding to come together perfectly, and for the day to go smoothly. I am so excited and can’t wait to see you again in October!

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