Fall Natchez Trace Engagement Session

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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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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!!

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Natchez Trace Engagement Session

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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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The Spann Family | Natchez Trace Overlook

I first met Jonathan & Ashton Spann when they came to We Will Go with a volunteer team from Pinelake Church. They were working with another We Will Go missionary and sharing about a mission trip they had recently returned from. That mission trip was to the same Middle Eastern country that I was planning to move to at that time! We connected and shared our hearts for this beautiful country and people that Jesus loves so much! That was now about six years ago and Jesus has taken all of us on crazy adventures with him!

Since then, the Lord has moved the Spann family into Midtown Jackson to share the love of Jesus! As a missionary, I am so excited to reconnect with like-hearted friends who are advancing the Kingdom in our city! And I am expectant to see how Jesus is going to use our friendship to encourage one another as we raise our littles on the mission field and live out the two greatest commandments to love God and love our neighbors on a daily basis.

Jonathan, Ashton & Sadie, the Lord sees you. He sees your heart. He sees your sacrifice. And He loves your willingness to obey no matter what. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Focus on Him! Do not take your eyes off Him to even notice the storm going on around you. He has called you out onto the water. He has called you to walk on the water with Him. As I pray for you now, I hear the chorus to the song Oceans by Hillsong United.

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

His plans for your family are better than you can ever imagine!