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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engagement session at reunion
Mississippi Engagement Session
engagement session at reunion
Mississippi Engagement session

Backyard Wedding on Lake Lorman | Mr and Mrs Carmichael

Mississippi Lakeside Wedding

I started this business because deep in my heart I believe that a wedding is about so much more than all the pretty details. A wedding day is really about the beginning of a marriage. It is a picture of Jesus Christ returning for His pure and spotless bride, the church! I started this business because I want to tell the story that captures the love and joy of the day a couple says “I do” and really mean for it to last until only death separates them. Caroline & Ian’s lilac and white backyard wedding on Lake Lorman was everything I have built my business for!

Plans change, love remains.

When I first met Caroline & Ian last summer they were planning a big wedding at First Baptist Jackson with the reception at The South. As the wedding day drew near plans were changed to meet the current COVID-19 situation. Caroline’s emails and phone calls to me were always so encouraging! Throughout all the uncertainly her heart has focused on marrying the love of her life, and lifting high the name of Jesus! Everything else was just…. details.

The location was moved to the family lake house, and the guest list was scaled back to simply the family and bridal party. It may not have been the day they originally envisioned, but Caroline & Ian’s backyard wedding on Lake Lorman was absolutely perfect!

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The Wedding Day

The rain came. The rain went. The ceremony time changed two or three times. The timeline was thrown out and we simply went with the flow. No matter what the weather was doing outside, JOY was the prevalent mood in the atmosphere!

The clouds parted just in time for the ceremony. The gentle breeze coming off the lake kept the air cool and the bridesmaids dresses flowing beautifully! Ian’s reaction as he caught his first glempse of Caroline was priceless. There was not a dry eye in the small gathering of friends and family.

Pastor Chip Stevens of First Baptist Church Jackson shared a message on Biblical marriage that brought tears to my eyes. Jesus Christ was certainly honored in the sacred ceremony where two became one.

As dinner was served on the lawn, toasts were made. Steady. Nice. Friend. Dependable. Perfect for each other. I heard these words repeatedly as Caroline & Ian’s friends and family talked lovingly about the impact these two have had on each of their lives.

It has been such an honor to work with Caroline & Ian throughout their engagement and wedding day! I am honored to know them and to celebrate with them! It has been a joy to capture and edit the images from their beautiful backyard wedding on Lake Lorman!

Wedding planning checklist

Vendor Team:

Florals & Catering: Fresh Cut Catering & Floral

Bridal Gown: The Bridal Path

Bridesmaids: Mori Lee

Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson Shoes

Bride’s Veil: Toni Federici

Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank

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bride getting ready
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bride getting ready
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bride getting ready
Wedding Invitation
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Wedding Invitation
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Caroline chose to wear her mother’s wedding dress. Her sister Victoria also wore the same dress on her wedding day! Victoria and Caroline each changed the sleeves to make it uniquely their own.

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bride getting ready
bride getting ready
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first look bridesmaids
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Sorority Sisters
Sorority Sisters
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groom getting ready
groom getting ready
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groom and groomsmen
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backyard wedding on lake lorman
backyard wedding on lake lorman
backyard wedding on lake lorman
backyard wedding on lake lorman
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backyard wedding on lake lorman
backyard wedding on lake lorman
backyard wedding on lake lorman
backyard wedding on lake lorman
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rose petal exit
rose petal exit
rose petal exit
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bridal party
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husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
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COVID wedding
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backyard wedding
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backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception