Winter Wedding at Stone Bridge Farms | Mr & Mrs Woodruff

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Mr & Mrs Woodruff’s Winter Wedding at Stone Bridge Farms has been such a dream to be part of!! I first met Christana + Andrew a year and a half ago at Victoria + Drew’s Detail Rich Disney Inspired Wedding, and I just fell in love with this sweet couple! At the time they were not yet engaged, but Andrew shared his proposal plans with me that day! I must confess that I Facebook stalked them for months waiting for his big plan to take place! Christana and I talked back and forth the whole time they were looking at venues and deciding on a date for their big day. Walking through the engagement and wedding planning season with my couples is such a joy for me!!

My associate team did an amazing job capturing Christana + Andrew’s Winter Wedding at Stone Bridge Farms! I couldn’t be more proud!

My Prayer For You

Christana + Andrew, I have prayed for you as I have edited the images from your wedding. As I pray, I feel God’s excitement over all He has planned for you!

The phrase that keeps running through my mind is from Psalm 23:2 –

He leads me beside still waters.

I know it has been crazy with work and wedding planning, but He is faithful to lead you beside still waters to restore your souls. He is faithful to bring refreshing for spirit, mind and body. Look for these opportunities and be obedient to drink from the still waters as He leads.

Vendor Team

It has been an honor to work alongside these amazing vendors!

Venue: Stone Bridge Farms

Coordinator: Stone Bridge Farms

Bridal Bouquet: Sola Flower Weddings

Florals: Stone Bridge Farms Florist

Catering: Stone Bridge Farms Catering

Bridal Gown: The Bride and Groom Bridal Boutique

Bride’s Shoes: Deblossom Shoes

Bride’s headpiece: Glam Duchess

Bridesmaids Dresses: Davids Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen: The Bride and Groom Bridal Boutique

Invitations: Digital Dreams Foundry & Prints of Love

Cakes: For Goodness Cakes

Details & Getting Ready

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The First Look & Portraits

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The Ceremony at Stone Bridge Farms

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The Reception at Stone Bridge Farms

Mississippi Country Wedding | Mr and Mrs Sullivan

Mississippi Country Wedding

Saturday I had the honor of celebrating Hayden + Brandon with their families and friends at their Mississippi Country wedding. The celebration was held at Hayden’s family’s farm, and I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful location!

My last wedding of 2019 was filled with beautiful details and family heirlooms that made my heart sing! Hayden + Brandon honored their families and their faith with every detail of their wedding day. From the cake servers and ring bearer pillow used in Hayden’s parent’s wedding, a first look with both of their parents, and the unity tree where dirt from each of their childhood homes was added during the ceremony, each detail told the story of a rich heritage of love built on a foundation of faith.

Hayden + Brandon, I have been praying for you and your new marriage as I have edited these images. I truly sense the Lord’s joy and excitement as you have made this step in obedience to His plan for your lives. I pray that you will always seek Him for clear direction in each decision you face. I pray His protection over you both, physically and emotionally, as you serve Jesus in your jobs and your personal lives. I pray that His love with fill you to overflowing! Abundant love for one another that overflows to each person you encounter, drawing many into the Kingdom of Heaven!

It has been such an honor to pray for you throughout your engagement, and to celebrate with you at your Mississippi Country wedding! I pray our friendship will continue for many years to come!

Vendor Team:

Planning | Design | Florals | Catering: Oak Weddings

Bride’s Gown: Lace Bridal Boutique

Bride & Flower Girl’s Shoes: Sperry

Groom & Groomsmen: Creative Formals

Bridesmaids: Azazie Bridesmaids

Videography: Revival House

DJ: William Cooke

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Mississippi Winter Engagement Session | Jordan + Lance

Mississippi Winter Engagement

Oh what a joy it was to spend time with Jordan + Lance this week capturing their Mississippi winter engagement session! We met at The Town of Livingston and I love how their session turned out!

Jordan + Lance grew up in the same town, knew the same people, had many of the same friends… but somehow they never met! Until one day Jordan popped up in Lance’s Facebook feed. He sent her a friend request, asked her out on a date, and the rest is history!

I asked Jordan how he popped the question. She says, “Lance told me he was getting an award at the Air Guard Base. He told me to dress up and wear a sun dress because we would be in pictures. His Commander met us with the award and we walked out on the flight line to the back of the airplane where the “award” would be presented. I turned to see our families with a sign hanging “Will You Marry Me?” and my little nephew (Eli) holding a sign “Turn Around Jo” I turned around to Lance on one knee asking me to marry him.”

Good job Lance!

Jordan + Lance, I have prayed for you as I edited your session. As I pray I feel the Lord’s pleasure and excitement over the two of you becoming one! He has such amazing plans for you to advance the Kingdom together!

Below are just a few of my favorites from this beautiful Mississippi winter engagement session! I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Allison and Chris | A Town of Livingston Portrait Session

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Have you ever met someone and knew instantly that they were your kind of people? That’s how I felt when I met Allison and Chris for our portrait session on Tuesday! It was clear from the first moment I met them that these were two fun-loving people who were passionate about one another! Laid back, easy going and full of laughter, Allison and Chris braved the cold to meet me at the Town of Livingston near Flora, MS to capture these joy-filled images! As we walked around this small town and talked about the different paths life has taken us, we found so many points of intersection between my life and theirs! Not only do they know my bonus daughter Taylor, but Chris was an attorney at my uncle’s law firm and worked with my step-brother! Seriously, we had the BEST time!

Allison and Chris, as I have edited your images I have prayed over you both. The scriptures the Lord has given me for you is from Proverbs 15:15, “the cheerful heart has a continual feast” and from Proverbs 17:22, “a cheerful heart is good medicine.” Your laughter was certainly good medicine for me on a cold winter Tuesday and I am so thankful for our time together!!

 

The Gregory Family | A Downtown Jackson Family Session

Meet the Gregory family. A joyful, fun-loving, Jesus filled family that I had a BLAST spending time with recently!

The Gregory kids gave Ms. Karen a family session for Christmas. With a very active family of seven, we had to overcome some scheduling conflicts to make this family session happen… and I’m so thankful that Mr. Todd was such a trooper and didn’t allow his ankle surgery and cast stop us!

I first met Ms. Karen and oldest daughter Lauren when I was a missionary in downtown Jackson at We Will Go Ministries. In fact, the Lord spoke Isaiah 26:3 to me through Lauren just before I moved to the Middle East. “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.”  This is a Word the Lord knew I would need as I faced so many challenges in the years to come. I met second born Rebecca this past fall when she became one of my 2019 #meridithleebrides !! I loved every second of my time with her and fiance Adam in December at their engagement session and I can’t wait to shoot their wedding in May!

The Gregorys chose Downtown Jackson for their session, and I am loving the urban feel of their images! We spent time on the corner of Capitol and Congress Streets, as well as just down the street at the Mississippi State Capitol. I especially love the shots in front of the white brick wall around the Govenor’s Mansion!

Karen and Todd, as I spent time with you and your amazing kids, the Lord kept bringing Psalm 127:3-5 to my mind. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” You have raised up your children in the way they should go, and now as you begin to release your arrows out of your nest and into the world I feel the Lord saying to trust Him to continue to build their lives on the firm spiritual foundation He laid for each of them. Oh what a beautiful heritage the Lord has given you in Lauren, Rebecca, Alyssa, Noah and McKenna!

5 Things You Should Trust To Your Wedding Photographer

Trust is the key ingredient to any relationship and this is true for the relationship you have with your wedding photographer. There’s a reason you chose them to capture the most important day of your life. While you may have a vision of how you want some of your images to turn out, for the most part, you are going to have to put a lot of trust in your photographer. Trusting your photographer a little more in these main areas will not only result in better images for you to remember your big day by but will also relieve you of some stress as well.

1. Choosing the Location of the Shot

You wedding photographer will have taken the time to familiarize themselves with your reception location or areas around your ceremony site to find the best places to photograph. They’ll know where gets the best light and where the best scenery is.

2. Time of Day to Shoot

Lighting is key to creating beautiful images and using the natural light of the sun will produce the best lighting setting but that doesn’t mean any time of the day will give you the same results. Your photographer will know what time of day will be best to take those gorgeous outdoor shots that won’t leave harsh shadows on your face or when to sneak outside to take some night inspired shots.

3. Poses

Trust your photographer to know what pose is the most flattering for you. They can see how the light is illuminating you and what is in the background. While some photographers will take into consideration your picture ideas, you shouldn’t be offended if they shoot down your ideas. Most times you’ll be working with limited time and light and you don’t want to waste much of either on your big day.

4. Editing Your Photos

Trust your photographer’s creative eye during the editing process. They will know which images will look best in black and white or color, and how best to crop each image. The editing process is a part of their style and this is one of the reasons you hired them. Trust them to use their skills to make each image stunning.

5. Handling Printing Your Photos

Your photographer knows where to get prints made and probably has a long-term relationship with a reputable printing company. The worst thing you can do is have a stunning image, order a large print and find the colors are off, the image is blurred or it simply looks dull. Knowing where to get your prints made, what size they should be done in and which ones will look best in your albums, wall art or thank you cards is part of the package you get when you hired a professional photographer. Trust them and listen to what they think will look best for what you want.

Valen and Kody | A Proposal at McClain’s Lodge

Congratulations to Valen and Kody!! I was so excited when I first got the call to be part of this surprise proposal! I mean, who doesn’t love a surprise?!? Especially one THIS GOOD!

The plan was to set up family portraits at McClains Lodge all initiated by Kody’s mom Cindy. This plan worked perfectly with how I normally run my family sessions, which include not only the big family portrait, but break out sessions for each smaller family grouping, and also each couple.

We started with Cindy and Justin and their precious granddaughter Evelyn.

Then we captured some of just the two of them… because we should all have updated portraits with our spouse on a regular basis!

Next I took these precious images of Kayla, Patrick and Evelyn making sure to also include some shots of just mom and dad.

We then got pictures of the whole family together… We then moved on to a set of portraits of just Kody and Valen. After taking a few pictures, I gave Kody the sign that this was his moment. He twirled Valen around, told her how beautiful she looked and that he wanted to tell her that every day for the rest of their lives.

He then dropped down on one knee, pulled out the ring, and asked the big question… “Valen, will you marry me?”

As everyone celebrated Valen’s big “YES” to Kody, it was so fun to hear all the little details, how they came together and how everyone managed to keep the secret from Valen!

We continued taking pictures, and were sure to capture more full family portraits now that Valen had a ring on her finger!

It was also so fun to have Valen’s mom and step-dad there as well! They traveled from out of town to be here for this special moment… they were in on the surprise, but Valen thought they just happened to come visit the same weekend that Cindy planned family portraits.

We also had to get a picture in front of Kody’s new truck. She got white gold, he got platinum.

Marilyn and Will | A Downtown Jackson Engagement Session

It was fall semester of 2014 when Marilyn and Will first met in a College Algebra class at Hinds CC. He was a freshman, she a high school senior dual enrolled to get a jump start on college. Just before the final exam He slipped her his phone number, which led to their first date on January 6, 2015 (which was a special day for me as I celebrated my 38th birthday just five days before marrying the man God chose for me)!

I love getting to know my clients, hearing their love stories and how God brought them together. It is always such a special treat when I can also get to know about their walk with Christ and the hope they have in Him for their marriage, relationship and future! Marilyn and Will encouraged me so much as we got to spend time together last week capturing this beautiful engagement season for them! The love these two have for one another bubbles over into so much laughter… which made for so many amazing images! Marilyn and Will are advancing the Kingdom full force by attacking the enemy with JOY and LAUGHTER!!

An engagement season is a time of transition, of walking through change. One of my favorite things about my job is being able to pray and support my brides and grooms through this season. Will, as I pray for you I feel so much excitement from the Lord about what He has planned for you in the new job you are starting tomorrow! I feel He has special assignments for you there. People who need more than your skills and education, but they need to hear YOUR story of how Jesus has changed your life. I also see that as you faithfully serve in your new job that you will grow in favor with the men and women you will work with. They will be drawn to you because of your integrity and the Lord will use this as an open door for you to share Him with them.

Marilyn, as you step into this last semester of college I am specifically praying for strength and endurance. The skills you are learning now will carry you forward into medical school, but there are also relationships with classmates that the Lord is calling you to go deeper with. I feel like the Lord has two specific girls that He wants to use you to bring them to salvation in Him. He is asking you to BE BOLD in sharing your story!

Marilyn and Will, it is such an honor to get to know you and pray for you both! I hope you enjoy this sneak peek of a few of my favorite images from your engagement session. I am so excited to capture all the details of your beautiful wedding in May!! It will be here before we know it!!

The Thompson Family

One of the most fun parts of my job is reconnecting with friends from years gone by. I was so excited when Ms. Connie contacted me about taking some family portraits! Reconnecting with this family that I knew during my growing up days at St. Mark’s UMC was so special!! I especially remember my season as the interim youth pastor while Kevin and Carter were both in my youth group! They have grown into fine young men with families of their own, and Ms. Connie and Mr. David are proud grandparents of these three beautiful grandkids.

It has been such an honor to not only capture these memories for you, but also to pray over each of you as I edit. And it has been such a pleasure to reconnect and have some time to catch up with each of you! Many blessings, Thompson Family!