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Starkville, MS Wedding |First Baptist Chapel + The Dawg House | Emily + Will

Mississippi , July 6, 2016

Dear Emily + Will,

I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to be a part of your wedding. The two of you are so gracious, so kind, and so loving. Emily, I so appreciated your attentiveness to detail, how you made sure there was time for photos, and how you trusted my judgement. You are the type of bride that photographers dream of. And Will, thank you for being patient, for being willing to go with the flow even when things needed to change at the last minute. Thank you for being willing to endure the heat. And most of all, thank you for allowing me to document your first moments together as husband and wife. You two really are such an incredible couple, and I look forward to seeing what your future has in store.

Cheers to you,

Nikki

One of the things that was so amazing about Emily + Will’s wedding was how they incorporated the city of Starkville in their wedding. When Emily told me they wanted photos in a variety of locations, I could not have been more thrilled. And, when I saw the VRBO that Emily was getting ready at, I seriously contemplated making every single of one my Starkville brides get ready there.

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06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography
Emily’s dad passed away when she was young. Throughout the day, there were little mementos in honor of him, and it was lovely.

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06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography

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I’m not going to lie. There was a moment when I wondered if I could require all of my Starkville brides to get ready at the here.
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These bridesmaids were fabulous.

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Emily and Will opted to give each other gifts before the first look. And Will was even able to get his niece to help decorate Emily’s package.

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Will gave Emily a camera and she laughed with delight at it.
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Speaking of said flower girl, here she is. And she sorta kinda stole the show in a very innocent, adorable way. 🙂
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The guys got ready at the chapel, and these photos of Will with his dad are some of my favorite guy getting ready photos to date.

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Looking good, Will!
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For those of you who are wondering what Emily got will, it’s was her dad’s Rolex.
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After the gifts were exchanged, we headed over to the Research Park for the first look. And I must say, Will was pretty thrilled to see Emily. 🙂

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06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography
Will’s expression is the best.

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06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography

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You guys have good-looking friends!

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06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography
Serioulsy, thank you Emily + Will for having such fabulous friends. Usually I get a little nervous when shooting a 20+ person bridal party but I will photograph you and all your friends any day!
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The image below is one of my favorites from the day, maybe even from the month of June. I’ve had this image in my mind for a long time, and couldn’t be more grateful to these two for indulging me and letting me create it.

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06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography
After these photos, it was time to get married!!

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06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography

06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography

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06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography

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HUSBAND + WIFE!!!!

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06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography
After the wedding snuck away to grab just a few more photos of the bride and groom on campus. The gray skies parted just enough to let a little sun through and it was perfect!

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This is another favorite.

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Their reception was at The Dawghouse, a restaurant on Main Street in an iconic building. Full disclosure, the Dawghouse actually had their last event on the night of Emily and Will’s wedding which made things a little crazy for the couple. That being said, I think it went wonderfully and looked beautiful! And, if anyone is looking for a fabulous building on Main Street, let me know!

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06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography

06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography

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How great is the last name “Ford”?!
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LOVE LOVE LOVE first dances! 🙂

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This is Emily’s stepdad and he was hilarious, cracking jokes and keeping everyone laughing all day long.

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06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography

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06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography

06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography

06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography

06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography
Another favorite image.

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06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography

06-04-16 Will + Emily Wedding Starkville, MS © Nikki McKenzie Photography

Congratulations on a beautiful wedding you two! Thanks for letting me be a part of it!

Vendors:

Ceremony: First Baptist Chapel

Reception: The Dawghouse

Flowers: Fleur-de-Lis

Cake: House of Memories

Photography: Nikki McKenzie

Band: New Era

1 Comment
Micah Nelson
18:43 July 6, 2016

Beautiful! Looks like it was such a sweet day! I love your perspective and their colors were awesome.

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