Backyard Wedding on Lake Lorman | Mr and Mrs Carmichael

Mississippi Lakeside Wedding

I started this business because deep in my heart I believe that a wedding is about so much more than all the pretty details. A wedding day is really about the beginning of a marriage. It is a picture of Jesus Christ returning for His pure and spotless bride, the church! I started this business because I want to tell the story that captures the love and joy of the day a couple says “I do” and really mean for it to last until only death separates them. Caroline & Ian’s lilac and white backyard wedding on Lake Lorman was everything I have built my business for!

Plans change, love remains.

When I first met Caroline & Ian last summer they were planning a big wedding at First Baptist Jackson with the reception at The South. As the wedding day drew near plans were changed to meet the current COVID-19 situation. Caroline’s emails and phone calls to me were always so encouraging! Throughout all the uncertainly her heart has focused on marrying the love of her life, and lifting high the name of Jesus! Everything else was just…. details.

The location was moved to the family lake house, and the guest list was scaled back to simply the family and bridal party. It may not have been the day they originally envisioned, but Caroline & Ian’s backyard wedding on Lake Lorman was absolutely perfect!

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The Wedding Day

The rain came. The rain went. The ceremony time changed two or three times. The timeline was thrown out and we simply went with the flow. No matter what the weather was doing outside, JOY was the prevalent mood in the atmosphere!

The clouds parted just in time for the ceremony. The gentle breeze coming off the lake kept the air cool and the bridesmaids dresses flowing beautifully! Ian’s reaction as he caught his first glempse of Caroline was priceless. There was not a dry eye in the small gathering of friends and family.

Pastor Chip Stevens of First Baptist Church Jackson shared a message on Biblical marriage that brought tears to my eyes. Jesus Christ was certainly honored in the sacred ceremony where two became one.

As dinner was served on the lawn, toasts were made. Steady. Nice. Friend. Dependable. Perfect for each other. I heard these words repeatedly as Caroline & Ian’s friends and family talked lovingly about the impact these two have had on each of their lives.

It has been such an honor to work with Caroline & Ian throughout their engagement and wedding day! I am honored to know them and to celebrate with them! It has been a joy to capture and edit the images from their beautiful backyard wedding on Lake Lorman!

Wedding planning checklist

Vendor Team:

Florals & Catering: Fresh Cut Catering & Floral

Bridal Gown: The Bridal Path

Bridesmaids: Mori Lee

Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson Shoes

Bride’s Veil: Toni Federici

Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank

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bride getting ready
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bride getting ready
Wedding Invitation
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Wedding Invitation
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Caroline chose to wear her mother’s wedding dress. Her sister Victoria also wore the same dress on her wedding day! Victoria and Caroline each changed the sleeves to make it uniquely their own.

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bride getting ready
bride getting ready
first look bridesmaids
first look bridesmaids
bride earrings
Sorority Sisters
Sorority Sisters
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bridal bouquet
bridal portrait
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groom's gift
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groom getting ready
groom getting ready
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groom and groomsmen
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letter from groom
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groom's first look
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backyard wedding on lake lorman
backyard wedding on lake lorman
backyard wedding on lake lorman
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backyard wedding on lake lorman
backyard wedding on lake lorman
backyard wedding on lake lorman
backyard wedding on lake lorman
rose petal exit
rose petal exit
rose petal exit
rose petal exit
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bridal party
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husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
husband and wife
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COVID wedding
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backyard wedding
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backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception
backyard wedding reception

Mr and Mrs Stubbs | Coronavirus Can’t Stop This Love!

COVID-19 Home Wedding

Coronavirus can’t stop this love!

MK + Spencer had big wedding plans. A large guest list. McClain Lodge booked. Bridal party and family flying in from all over the world. Then came coronavirus and social distancing. Necessary changes were made, including moving the wedding up, changing the location to the front yard, then limiting the number all the way down to ten. But the coronavirus can’t stop this love!

While the day may have been very different from what MK + Spencer originally envisioned, it was one of the sweetest wedding days I have ever been a part of!

Mississippi Spring Wedding

Saturday, March 28, 2020 may not have been the original date MK + Spencer picked to hold their wedding celebration. But we could not have asked for a more beautiful day!

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After changing their wedding date, MK + Spencer realized that the new wedding date was also the five year anniversary of their first date! Who knew a prom date would turn into wedding bells?!?!

Coronavirus wedding

To keep the number of people at the wedding as low as possible, Bethany of Oak Experience and I were the only two vendors in attendance. Bethany’s floral designs are always amazing! I especially love capturing her bridal bouquets!

Mississippi Spring Coronavirus Wedding

Getting Ready

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I just love a bride getting ready in her mother’s bedroom! There is something just so sweet about the history and familiarity of the setting.

Coronavirus bridesmaids first look

Social distancing would not stop MK’s bridesmaids from having their first look via FaceTime!

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Groom getting ready
groom getting ready
groom getting ready

Bride + Groom Portraits

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bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
First Family Portrait
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits
bride and groom portraits

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Arbor
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Social Distancing Wedding

In keeping with the current social distancing requirements, the bride’s parent’s went live on FaceBook for the wedding ceremony! Over 100 people from around the world watched LIVE as MK + Spencer said “I do”!!

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outdoor wedding ceremony
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MK + Spencer waved to the friends who drove up and stayed in their cars for the ceremony!

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Reception + Exit

homemade wedding cake
homemade wedding cake
homemade wedding cake
vintage champaign

This bottle of champaign was purchased on MK’s parent’s honeymoon in Hawaii 24 years ago!

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getaway car
social distancing wedding
social distancing wedding

Neighbors held signs of congratulations and stood at the end of their driveways as MK + Spencer drove away!

Wedding Planning and COVID-19

Old Union Baptist Church Wedding

We are in this together!

So much has changed so quickly in our wold and nation in the last week. Wedding planning and COVID-19 has produced so many questions and uncertainty as we are encouraged not to gather in groups of 10 or more and to practice social distancing.

The world as we know it has changed. And spring weddings have been impacted. I have been on the phone with several brides this week rescheduling all the March, April and early May weddings I had booked. My heart breaks for every couple who is faced with postponing the big event they have been planning and looking forward to for so long!

Our Biblical Response to COVID-19

While our church and ministry have suspended all larger gatherings in cooperation with government requests, we are continuing to observe our Biblical Response to COVID-19 by checking on our neighbors and meeting needs as we are able. This will not change.

Staying Informed

As so much false information circulates on social media, it has become more important than ever to stay informed through reliable sources. We are keeping up with Fox News and the Mississippi State Department of Health for reliable information as the virus progresses.

Wedding Planning and COVID-19

As we navigate this together, I wanted to share a few tips:

Communicate with your wedding vendors

Communication is KEY as plans are changing rapidly! If you need to adjust your plans, or even reschedule all together, it is important to maintain clear communication with all of your wedding vendors. Make sure your vendors send you contract addendums to confirm and clarify all changes.

Communicate with your wedding guests

Do you have a wedding website? FaceBook Group? Or email list? If not, then now is the time to set it up. You can create a FREE Wedding Website using one of the beautiful templates on Minted. This is a great way to keep wedding guests up to date on your changing plans.

Offer virtual attendance to your guests

Do your new wedding plans include keeping your upcoming wedding date, but having a small family only ceremony? Include your guest via the web! FaceBook Live and YouTube Live are two options to provide guests a way to attend your wedding virtually!

PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!

As we enter uncharted territory, my encouragement to each of us is to pray without ceasing. God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Do not allow fear or worry to dominate your thoughts and decisions! Take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

Download our free Psalm 91 NLT printable to post in your home and declare over yourself, your family and community! Let’s pray without ceasing and see this virus defeated in Jesus’ Name!

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How to Look Good in Ceremony Photos

Disney Inspired Wedding at Old WaverlyFor most couples, the ceremony is such a whirlwind of emotions that couples can hardly remember the process once it’s over. For this reason the ceremony photos can be some of the most important and intimate images from your wedding day.  You’ll want to make them the best possible. Here are 5 tips for how to look good in ceremony photos.

1. Practice

You won’t be able to watch yourself walk down the aisle but you can practice your facial expression in a mirror. Study your face and learn which angle you like best so you know how to hold your head just right for those stunning images.

2. Look Up

Nerves can get the best of any bride or groom and this often leads to looking downward at the ground. Remember to keep your head up during your ceremony as much as possible so the photographer can capture flattering images of your entire face.

3. Laugh

Or at least smile. Again, because nerves can take over many couples forget to even smile during their ceremony. Keep a funny thought or joke in your head that will remind you to laugh a little or at least smile.

4. Be Yourself

It can be hard not to be self-conscious on your wedding day because you want everything to look and run perfectly. Don’t let the worry translate through to your images. Instead just be your best self, forget about how you are supposed to act and be true to who you really are. This will lead to beautiful photos that show genuine emotions and are more reflective of who you and your significant other are.

5. Forget About the Camera

Stay in the moment and trust that your photographer is doing their job to capture all the right moments. Don’t worry about finding the camera or looking in the direction of it instead focus on the person you are about to say “I Do” to. Remember to simply savor the moment and your photographer will capture the memories.

Remember, not all ceremony venues allow for photography and some will restrict the photographer to the back of the venue. So check in advance if there will be any limitations your photographer may face and make sure they are aware so they can be prepared.

Keep these 5 tips for how to look good in ceremony photos in mind as you plan and enjoy your wedding day and you will not be disappointed!