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Romantic Christmas Wedding in the Woods

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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Winter
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Al Fresco

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.

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Wedding Dress: Casablanca Bridal | Cake: Deborah Hunter | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Catering: Hog Heaven BBQ | Catering: Lurny D's | Makeup: Heather Barnes | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Venue: The Cedars | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Rentals: Great Southern Events

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Mississippi Summer Anniversary Shoot

This is the kind of anniversary shoot that makes me want to grab my hubby and immediately get on the books for a session with Lauren Liddell. Sweet and simple yet overflowing with love, this gallery of images proves my theory that every anniversary should be celebrated with just such a session.


From Lauren LiddellIf you drive over the Reservoir here in Jackson, MS at sunset you in for an amazing treat. The light bounces off of the water and creates this amazing glow. Nilda and Jason got married on the beach and love being on the water. I knew when we chatted it would be the perfect place to take their pictures and to do the shoot I had been dreaming of for what feels like forever. When we arrived it was actually cloudy (completely unexpected) but it worked out well in creating a more romantic atmosphere with the candles lit!

Photography: Lauren Liddell | Dress: Shophopes | Venue: Jackson MS | Candleholders: Anthropologie | Ribbon: Silk And Willow

Classic Southern Wedding

Envisioning a day that was equal parts romanticclassic with just a dash of rustic whimsy thrown in for good measure, this stunning duo turned to the breathtaking Dunleith Historic Inn and a fab team of vendors to make it all happen.  The result?  A whirlwind day of Southern-style pretty all captured by Luke And Cat Photography and Houston Bass.  Head to The Vault to soak in every ounce.

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Spring
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Inn
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Rustic

From The Bride… Landon and I first met when we were showing cattle. Fast forward a few years… I was a junior at LSU, and Landon was a freshman and pledging to Kappa Sigma Fraternity. At one of their bid day parties, a mutual friend said I needed to meet one of their pledges because he used to “do that cow thing too,” and it was Landon. I looked at him and said, “Oh my! Haven’t you grown up?!” We kept in touch mildly over the next few years, a few flirtatious texts here and there. But it wasn’t until the summer after I graduated college, Landon randomly texted me one night, and I just so happened to need a ride. So he picked me up, and we’ve been on this journey together ever since!

We wanted to get married in Natchez, MS because this town is where Landon and I would live after we were married. We always wanted to have our wedding in the spring at a plantation—and Dunleith is hands down the most beautiful Plantation in the south in our mind—it has so much history of Natchez and the old south that we both cherish so much. They even have the coolest tradition: After every wedding, the bride etches her new initials in the window pane of the parlor room—so every wedding is now etched in as a part of the history at Dunleith!

We wanted an outdoor wedding that was very “romantically old south” and something that resembled a whimsical garden party where everyone could kickback and enjoy themselves.

For the style, I envisioned an Al Fresco event with lots of light, airy details that enhanced the beauty of our location. I wanted the feel to be a bit bohemian rustic with a mix of old southern formality.

I choose a neutral color palette that would blend and enhance all of the natural elements outside—ivory and mint green, with hints of light coral, and gold. I loved the bridesmaid dresses—they were all chiffon in a light shade of mint green, in fact sometimes they almost looked ivory… and I love that. Each bridesmaid chose their own style of dress they liked best. They also wore flowers in their hair to keep with the garden theme.

They guys added the southern formality with their suits, and they looked so dapper in the white dinner jackets and black bowties!

All of the flowers included at least one white rose because on our first real date, Landon brought me a single white rose… and I thought, well this is sweet… but why white? I said you do know white roses are usually for funerals or in memory, right?! He said, no I didn’t know that, but I got you a white rose because it’s not ordinary. It’s special and different like you. From then on, he would always randomly give me a single white rose, or a bouquet of red roses with one white rose in the mix.

Landon loves to hunt, so for the wedding centerpieces for the reception tables, I incorporated deer antlers that Landon has collected over the years, from the fields where they farm.

Landon also loves cheesecake, so we did a cheesecake buffet instead of a traditional groom’s cake. All of the food was a selection of our favorite Louisiana dishes—crawfish fettuccini, jambalaya, gumbo, seafood stuffed mushrooms and crab cakes.

The 1950 Cadillac that I rode in for the wedding was also very special to me. In 2008, one of my best friends and I ran a campaign for Student Body President & Vice President of LSU. I became extremely close with his family, and that car belongs to his father, who drove me that day.

Instead of a big gift, Landon and I decided to pick a new perfume and cologne to give each other on the day of the wedding. Scent is the strongest sense that brings back a memory in your mind, so we wanted this smell to be our first memory of our new life together.

The reception was perfect—the clear tent with the bistro lights and Chinese lanterns, to the fountain filled with Mississippi Magnolias and eucalyptus. Everything was exactly how I imagined it. Above the decor though, we just wanted everyone to have the best night ever. Our friends and family are still talking about what an epic party it was! I wish we could do it all again!

Photography: Luke And Cat Photography | Videographer: Houston Bass | Florist: Morton's Flowerland | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Makeup Artist: Danielle Huval | Band: At Fault Band | Wedding Venue: Dunleith Historic Inn | Dress Shop: I Do Bridal Couture | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier

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