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Smith Lake

personal

The routine was a simple one; breakfast, a lathering of sun screen, then to the boat which would take us to the rocks. We climbed, jumped, and swam, lounged on the boat when a break was needed, and returned to the deep when we became too hot. There were stayed until the sun started to sink. Afterwards a flurry of showers and dinner preparations ensued, and then to bed the littles went. This sequence was repeated again, and again.  And it was during this time, as the sun soaked through our skins and into our souls that the beauty could be embraced. The beauty of laughter and learning, of failing and trying again; the beauty of courage and adventure.

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Old Waverly | West Point, MS Elopement | Katherine + Justin

Mississippi

Katherine + Justin,

I cannot thank you enough for letting me be a part of your wedding. It was such a beautiful event and an honor to witness. Everything about it was wonderful; the simplicity of ceremony, the love the shone from the faces of those in attendance, and the delight the two of you took in becoming husband and wife.

I wish you two nothing but the best!

Nikki

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Real Bride Advice: When to Save, When to Splurge, and Taking Care of Yourself

photography

You’ve all seen wedding advice from a variety of professionals. In fact, you’ve even seen them here. While wedding planning advice from professionals is definitely helpful (in fact, I’ll be featuring some different vendors on here soon), it’s wrong to forget about those who have just been through the whole process. That’s right. Those who recently got married are an incredible resource for those who are heading down the aisle. I’ve had the privilege of working with some fabulous brides and decided to ask if they’d be willing to share what they learned. Thankfully, several were gracious enough to respond and I couldn’t be more grateful. So, without further ado, I give you Claire. 🙂

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Portrait Session | Noxubee Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi | Isabella

family

Oh Isabella,

You are darling! You with your budding front teeth, button nose and beautiful brown eyes. And, I must say you did such great job throughout your shoot, even though it was bedtime and the grass wasn’t your favorite. You are inquisitive and funny, you love jewelry and have a fabulous sense of fashion. 🙂 Thank you so much for letting me photograph you, and your parents. I so enjoyed it!

Cheers to you,

Nikki

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First Baptist Chapel + The Bryan Building | MS Wedding | Meghan + Drew

Mississippi

Meghan + Drew,

I loved your wedding. It was such a delight to be a part of, and so much beauty to behold. I loved all the tenderness and thoughtfulness that was woven throughout the entire day; how it was close friends who played the most important parts from dressing, decorating, and directing.  Drew, the way you looked at Meghan, and kept your eyes on her all day was the sweetest thing to watch.  And Meghan, you radiated joy, all day, with eyes only for Drew.

I hope you have loved your first month together as husband and wife! Thank you again for letting me document you and your love for one another.

Cheers to you,

Nikki

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City Wedding: A Bride’s Guide To An Epic Wedding

Northwest

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of shooting a wedding a wedding that literary took place all over town. The couple had gone to school at Mississippi State University and they absolutely loved their four years in Starkville. They decided to have their wedding in town at small, beautiful little chapel, and their reception in an iconic building on Main Street. Rather than just locating their photos to those two places, they built enough time in their schedule to get photos at an amazing VRBO, the Research Park and a few spots on campus. It ended up being absolutely amazing, giving them a diverse set of portraits for the bridal party, family, and themselves.

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

Mississippi

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

 

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Wedding Play by Play: Scheduling Your Day

Scheduling

“The ceremony will take an hour at most, the reception will probably be two or three. But, how long does the whole day actually take and how long do I need to plan for each different part? Do you have a sample wedding day timeline I could see?”  These are questions I get all the time.

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Rehearsal Dinner | Claire + Michael

Mississippi

Claire + Michael,

The only words that could be used to describe your rehearsal dinner are love, beauty, and tenderness. Clearly, it was planned with the two of you in mind as a time to celebrate you as a couple, you as individuals, and celebrate all of the love you have for others. Everything about it was beautiful; the decor and the food, the words people used to describe, and all the sentiments that family and friends used to share their experiences with you. And the tenderness. At times, it was almost too much. There was tenderness in the way everyone shuffled in, being sure to sign the “guestbook,” tenderness in how the meal was served, and tenderness in the eyes of all who participated. Thank you so much for allowing me into such a beautiful, rich evening.

Cheers to you,

Nikki

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