We first met this couple when their Christmas tree farm engagement hit the pages of SMP. And while we might never get over the sweetness, their Mississippi wedding day? Well, it’s pretty magical too. A true labor of love, this couple’s families pulled together to build a barn, benches, tables, and so many personal details that transformed a cattle farm into the venue of their dreams. Lauren Kinsey photographed, Nathan Willis filmed, and the bride and her business partner (a.k.a. Mitchell Willis Events) pulled off rustic elegance to a T.
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From Nathan Willis Wedding Films…Saron & Neal were married at her parents’ farm in south Mississippi under an arbor Saron’s stepfather had built out of old farm equipment that belonged to her grandfather. It was a beautiful, breezy spring day, and they were married in a clover field among family and friends. Saron’s stepfather built a barn on the property for the reception, and Neal and his father built all the ceremony and reception tables and benches. It was such a happy day, and the love between everyone there was so present throughout the evening. Everyone laughed and hugged and partied all night. And when it was time for the band to go home, they played music on an iPod so they could keep dancing. It was probably the most fun wedding we have ever filmed.
Photography: Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Weddings | Cinematography: Nathan Willis Wedding Films | Coordination: Reagan Abney | Invitations: Signora E Mare | Catering: Jess Mitchell | Hair And Makeup: Allie Lee Bridal Makeup And Hair | Band: D Play Entertainment | Venue: At Home | Event Design + Floral Design: Mitchell Willis Events
There are bridal shows, and then there is the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase hosted by Sanderling Resort, a non-stop day of drop-dead gorgeous inspiration set against one of the world’s most beautiful backdrops. Think one talented vendor after another, yummy treats and useful tools to help pull off your dream wedding. All happening on March 19th, you must add this to your calendar NOW, lovelies.
Saying “I do” at the Outer Banks is always a beautiful thing… especially with the help of some of the most talented vendors you will ever meet. From cakes to floral to photography, the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase offers up over 30 wedding experts that will help you weave together that luxurious affair you’ve always imagined. Spend your day sampling tasty treats (hello cake, chocolate and Italian Ice), soaking in your complimentary hair and makeup consultation at The Relaxation Lounge, enjoying the live entertainment and even relaxing with a foot massage. It’s the wedding showcase to end all wedding showcases and we couldn’t be more excited.
Start making plans NOW to attend the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase hosted by Sanderling Resort on March 19th. Breathtaking tablescapes, fabulous gift bags and your dream day are sooo waiting.
What: The Outer Banks Wedding Showcase at Sanderling Resort is giving away a one night stay (either March 18th or 19th, 2016) for the Show, plus two tickets to attend! (Value $299)
How: Simply tell us in the comments below why you CAN NOT WAIT to say “I do” on the Outer Banks!
Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 11, 2016. For terms and conditions, click here. Good luck, lovelies! xo
There are a million and one reasons why we love the holidays, but coming in at number one on our list? Getting to spend the day with those we love. Which exactly why we LOVE this celebration, for these two planned the ultimate family gathering in the form of their Big Day. Marrying the holidays with holy matrimony we’re pretty much convinced they’ve given us the best present in the form of pretty. So if you need us, we’ll be opening this gallery thanks to Simply Sarah Photography in THE VAULT!
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From The Bride…Sam and I have known each other since high school (15 years) but it took me moving back home a couple of years ago for us to realize that we were meant to be more than friends. Never did either one of us imagine that we would end up marrying one of our best friends, but God had a bigger plan for us and our relationship. After a year and a half of dating, Sam proposed one afternoon at the King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson, the place where we fell in love. We decided on a wedding date that was 6 months away (after college football season), and started planning. We knew that we wanted a simple, intimate celebration with our friends and family, and a Christmas wedding seemed like the perfect setting.
We decided on The Cedars as the wedding/reception venue because of it’s rich Jackson history and it’s beautiful setting. Because it was December, we wanted it to feel like a cozy Christmas party it was exactly what we had hoped for. One of our closest friends, Blaine, married us, and our ceremony could not have been more perfectly “us.” My brother and Sam’s sister stood by us as our “best people”, while the rest of our party took a seat in the front rows. I walked in to “We have all the time in the world”, Sam’s favorite song from his favorite James Bond movie.
I didn’t hire a wedding planner, so all of the decorating and coordinating was up to us. I made all of the greenery and the mantle art while my friend and bridesmaid Kate arranged all of the flowers. My mom and cousin helped me and Kate with the tablescapes. We added little bits of Christmas with trees and fun garland and included a polaroid station so that guests could sign them as a “guest book”. Yummy food trucks were a fun catering alternative that seemed to be a hit, and my friends brought my chocolate lab Riley by after the ceremony to enjoy the party and everyone’s table scraps. Our wedding was truly a culmination of all of our friends and family coming together to help us share our celebration of love back with them. The perfect Christmas gift.
Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Wedding Dress: Casablanca Couture | Cake: Deborah Hunter | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Catering: Hog Heaven BBQ | Catering: Paco's Tacos | Makeup: Heather Barnes | Groom's Attire: Indochino Custom Apparel | Venue: The Cedars | Film Processing: Photovision | Rentals: Great Southern Events