Madison + Zach made my photographer dreams come true with their Ole Miss engagement session this week! I have wanted a session on a university campus. When they asked if I was willing to drive to Oxford I may have screamed a very excited “YES!!”
Madison and Zach grew up in the same small town of Philadelphia, Mississippi. They went to high school and college together. They have grown up together and now they are excited to spend the rest of their lives together as husband and wife!
I am so in love with these images we created together! But even more than that, I am so excited to know this sweet couple.
Madison & Zach, I have prayed for you as I edited these images. The word the Lord kept bringing to my mind is “steady.” According to Merriam-Webster, the word steady means
direct or sure in movement; firm in position.
showing little variation or fluctuation.
not easily disturbed or upset; constant in feeling, principle, purpose, or attachment, DEPENDABLE.
What beautiful qualities to have as both an individual AND in a marriage!
Psalm 119:133 says “Make my steps steady through Your promise.” This is now my declaration over you and your marriage. And I think I’ll start declaring this over my own marriage as well!
Madison & Zach, thank you for taking time to show me around campus during your Ole Miss engagement session! Thank you for trusting me as I “followed the light” to find the perfect locations for your session! Thank you for sharing your hearts, and listening as I shared mine. It is an honor to know you, and I am excited to celebrate your marriage with you in December!
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!
Planning a wedding is exciting and fun but it can also be one of the busiest times of your life. If you don’t want to end up being a nervous wreck a week before your big day, learn to prioritize and say no to any new commitments that would take away from other important wedding-related tasks. It’s really ok to say no every now and then.
2. Become the queen of organization
The more organized you are, the better your wedding planning experience will be. Keep a digital copy of all of your important documents, contracts and information in one file on your computer so that you can easily refer back to them when you need to. If you want to be able to bring important documents along to meetings with vendors, you can always create a wedding binder that contains all of the information you need. Plus it makes for a great backup copy too.
3. Have a little fun
There’s no need for you to be a frazzled bride. Take out your calendar and schedule a few fun days in-between all of your planning. Make fun and laughter a priority in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Sometimes it’s important to come back down to earth and remember why you’re choosing to marry your partner and that trying to control every single aspect of your day is only going to leave you wishing it was over. Go out and enjoy an afternoon with the girls where you don’t talk about the wedding at all.
4. Move your body
Exercise does wonders when you’ve got a lot on your plate and just need to take a breather and focus on your health. This doesn’t mean that you need to schedule in an hour at the gym every day either. If you’re strapped for time, a simple 15-20 minute walk or yoga session will make all the difference to your stress and energy levels.
5. Just breath
Take a complete timeout from wedding planning as often as you need to. Every bride deserves a relaxing soak in the tub or a heavenly hot stone massage to relieve some of the tension she might be feeling. It can be difficult to make time to simply relax but do your best to find the time, even if it’s just 30 minutes a week.
It happens; some brides look at their wedding photos and feel an immense sense of disappointment. Here are some common wedding photography mistakes to avoid. Here are 8 wedding photography mistakes you don’t want to make.
Mistake 1: Not hiring a second photographer
Weddings are expensive and all couples want to save money where they can but your photography shouldn’t be one of those things. A second photographer is well worth the extra money as they are able to capture moments from a different point of view or moments that your primary photographer might miss altogether because they are busy taking other photos.
Mistake 2: Skipping the first look shots
You can save a lot of time by shooting first look photos as sometimes ceremonies run late and you need to rush through your couple portraits in order to get to the reception on time. The first look photos are also very special in their own way and capture the raw emotion as you see each other for the first time.
Mistake 3: Waiting until the last minute to book a photographer
The longer you wait to book a photographer, the less chance you’ll be able to secure the photographer you really want. Some photographers are booked a year in advance so it’s never too early to book.
Mistake 4: Not picking someone to help organize your guests
Sometimes getting your family and wedding party together to take a few photos can be a nightmare, and this isn’t something that you should be worrying about on the day. Ask someone in your wedding party or even your MC to be in charge of making sure that the right people are in the right place for photos on the day.
Mistake 5: Looking directly at the camera all the time
Unless your photographer tells you to look at the camera, try and act as natural as possible and enjoy your day with your loved ones and your groom as these make for the best photos.
Mistake 6: Not having a rain backup plan
The weather can change so it’s a really good idea to have a plan for if it rains, especially if your ceremony or reception will be held outdoors. You should also be emotionally prepared for the fact that you might need to postpone your couple portraits if the weather doesn’t clear up.
Mistake 7: Failing to arrange an engagement shoot
Not only is it wonderful to capture this time as a newly engaged couple but it gives you the chance to practice and get comfortable in front of the camera. It also gives you the opportunity to get to know your photographer so that you are completely relaxed on the day.
Mistake 8: Hiring an amateur
It’s great when a family member or friend offers to take the photos at your wedding but hiring someone who isn’t a professional photographer has its setbacks. If you have a few photographers in mind, be sure to go through their portfolios to ensure that their work is up to scratch before you pay a deposit.
When Jonathan’s mom Adina emailed me about shooting her son’s wedding, I just couldn’t believe my friend had a son old enough to get married!! Adina and I met in a Bible Study 10+ years ago, and she has been a prayer warrior in my life ever since! What an honor it is to be chosen to capture her son’s special day!!
I first “met” Emiley & Jonathan on a FaceTime call where we were able to get to know one another, hear the story of how they met in Jujitsu class, and their passionate love of Jesus!! I was so excited that we were able to find time for an engagement session before their November wedding!!
Emiley send me photos she found on Pinterest of portraits in a cotton field, and my mission became finding a cotton field to make her vision come true! Thanks to family friends, we were given permission to use a beautiful cotton field in Carthage… and the results are STUNNING!!! Not only was the location and lighting ideal in every way, but these two are simply gorgeous!! And just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, we had the most LIFE GIVING conversation about Jesus on the drive back to town!! I am so encouraged by Emiley & Jonathan’s passionate pursuit of the One who created them and loves them!! They are going deeper with Him and He is truly the center of their lives and relationship!!
Emiley & Jonathan, I can not wait to capture your wedding in November!! And even more than that, I can’t wait to see how you both grow in your relationship with Jesus and one another!! Oh the plans He has for you both!!!