Sena contacted me about wedding photography about a year ago, a little bit before Will proposed to her. Yes, before! Sena and Will are *middle school sweethearts* so it wasn’t a matter of ‘if’ Will would ask, but ‘when’! I got to see firsthand how head over heels these two are for each other when they came to Tupelo last fall for their engagement session. Not only are they madly in love, but they are also some of the kindest, sweetest people I have ever had the chance to meet.
Sena and Will started their wedding day at the Holmes House, which is this gorgeous bed and breakfast on the Holmes Community College campus, where they went to school. Bethany Sigrest with OAK: A Southern Experience was there working her magic on almost every detail of the wedding day, from the cake, to the flowers, to the invitation suite to the catering. Sena’s jewelry had touches of rose gold, and Will’s wedding band was made out of deer antler because he loves to hunt. How awesome is that! Everything looked so beautiful! When we started the day with the first look, I couldn’t help but grin when Sena and Will laid eyes on each other. Both of them were radiating with so much love and happiness! I also very much enjoyed getting to know Sena and Will’s friends and family- they are surrounding by such a strong, loving group of people. Sena prayed with her mother, sisters and bridesmaids while waiting for the ceremony to begin, and there was not a dry eye in the room.
The ceremony was at the Chapel on campus (scroll down to see photos, beautiful!), and Sena and Will professed their love to God and each other in front of their loved ones. Two became one, and they were off to the ceremony! Sena’s younger cousins have a band called American Hope, and they performed at the reception back at the Holmes House. At the end of the day, guests waved ribbons as Sena and Will raced to their getaway car, Will’s grandfather’s amazing green Ford antique car! I’m so so happy for you, Sena and Will! Your wedding day was absolutely beautiful, and I’m honored to have been a part of it!
Venue: Holmes House and Chapel at Holmes Community College
Wedding Planner: Bethany Sigrest with OAK: A Southern Experience
Caterer, florist and cake: OAK: A Southern Experience
Hair: Dana Morris
Makeup: Selby Hope
Videographer: Moore Media Group
Band: American Hope
I met Megan and Sam with Sam’s family when we went on a tour of their beautiful venue, Hollow Creek Plantation. It was so fun getting to meet them, and share a meal at George’s in New Albany after (go there ASAP). On the big day, Megan was absolutely radiant. And super calm. She was ready to marry her man! Sam was laughing and joking throughout the day, and make his signature “Sam face” at the camera quite a few times! We started the day with their first look, which we did right on the edge of the water of the lake where the ceremony was going to take place. The setting was almost as stunning as this two!
Once the ceremony started, Megan rode in with her father on a horse-pulled carriage! It added a super unique touch to the day. They exchanged vows surrounded by friends and family, and the reception followed at the covered pavilion. They cut their gorgeous tiered buttercream wedding cake, and Sam’s golf themed groom’s cake. They danced, drank bottle Cokes and enjoyed the company of those they love best. They ended the night with a sparkler exit, which are so much fun to photograph! Sam’s sister Claire was their videographer, and it was fun working with her throughout the day!
The Wises went on a cruise for their honeymoon (jealous!) and I want to wish them all the best and a long and happy marriage! I just know these two are going to enjoy their journey together so much!
Venue: Hollow Creek Plantation, Ecru
Dress: Kay’s Kreations
Cake: Debbie Hall
Florist: Jim’s Lily Pad Florist
Catering: Nichols Foods and Deli
Hair: Marlee Sappington
Makeup: John Tanner
Videographer: Claire Wise
Claire and David are such wonderful people. I first met Claire when we featured her work at Aspen Bay in Mud and Magnolias, and then I photographed her friend Cara’s wedding last year. This year was Claire’s turn! Every little detail of Claire and David’s wedding was very “them” as a couple. They DIY’ed a lot of the decorations, and Claire even made a gorgeous quilt for David! She worked on it for months in secret leading up to the wedding, she said it was her first time quilting- it turned out amazing! The ceremony was held at the small country church she attended growing up, the Red Banks United Methodist Church. After Claire and David exchanged their vows, everyone headed down the road to Claire’s parent’s home. The guests gathered in the beautiful greenhouse (Claire’s dad has quite the green thumb!), where they ate and drank and hugged and laughed. Their friend played “Such Great Heights” by the Postal Service on the guitar for their first dance, and I definitely shed a tear (one of my all time favorite songs, and the perfect wedding song!). At the end of the day, they said goodbye to friends and family with a bird seed exit! These two are madly in love with one another, and had the perfect day to taking their two lives and officially becoming one. Congratulations Claire and David! All the best to you both in this crazy little thing called love! :)
Ceremony: Red Banks United Methodist Church
Venue: Claire’s parent’s house
Dress: The Barefoot Bride, Memphis
Florist: Kacie Cooper Floral Design, Memphis
Cake: Old Towne Bakery, Olive Branch