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Episcopal Church + Hewlett Barn | Starkville, MS Wedding | Claire + Michael

Mississippi , July 20, 2016

Dear Claire + Michael,

I knew that your day would be a wonderful, beautiful celebration. I knew that there would be happy tears and lots of laughter, that everyone would be so excited for you, and that months of anticipation and planning would finally all come to fruition. What I didn’t know was how lucky I was to be your photographer. The two of you are so full of grace. Claire, the way you gave me total control over the photos, where they were shot, how long they took, everything! You complied with my every request and working with a bride who so trusted my judgment was and is such a gift. Michael, the way you thanked me for how the groomsmen photos were handled was so humbling because the reality was that I should have been thanking you. You all listened, were ready when I needed you, where I need you to be, and didn’t complain once about the heat! The two of you are extraordinary people and that couldn’t have been made more plain to me throughout the day. From the work you do in your professional lives, to the vibrant, selfless, way you love others, the two of you are incredible together and I cannot wait to see all the you accomplish. I wish you both nothing but the best.

Cheers to you!

Nikki

 

Claire + Michael got married at the church she grew up in, The Episcopalian Church of the Resurrection. It is an older, absolutely beautiful church with a lot of diferent places to photograph, making it wonderful for a wedding.

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

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A clean, white back drop is perfect for any and every photo. Particularly when the details are simple, clean and minimal. Also, Claire made her garter….. Isn’t it fabulous?

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Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire and her mom have the sweetest of relationships. And I’m pretty sure that her mom beating breast cancer within the last year made it even sweeter.

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Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

And time for the first look. 🙂

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Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

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Oh Claire, you are gorgeous!

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

An amazing couple makes for an amazing bridal party. Always.

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

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Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

The church has rules against photographing through the ceremony, which is a bit of bummer. But, I absolutely love this photo of Claire + her dad making their entrance.

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

And they are MARRIED!

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography
The photo above may be one of my favorites.

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

And another favorite is the one above because how can you not love a cathedral veil.

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Quick side note about the weather: it had be sunny and beautiful all day but for a quick moment, it seemed like there was going to be a major down poor.

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Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

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Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Another favorite.

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Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Since Michael is from New Orleans, there had to be a reference to Mardi Gras and it was rather perfect. 🙂

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

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Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

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Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael Hewlett Barn, The Stables Claire + Michael June 2016 © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Claire + Michael, thank you so much for allowing me to document your wedding. I so enjoyed it, and I hope the photos are some you cherish forever!

Vendors:

Ceremony Venue:Episcopal Church of the Resurrection

Reception Venue: Hewlett Barn

Catering: Harding Catering

Florals: The Flower Company

Wedding Dress: BHLDN

Hair + Makeup: Mia Salon

 

1 Comment
Wedding Planning Advice From A Bride
13:39 August 17, 2016

[…] week I mentioned that I had asked a few of my brides to share some of their wedding day advice. Claire had some fabulous insights, and this week, I couldn’t be more delighted with what Meghan had […]

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