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Saturday Morning Movie: Romantic + Emotional Southern Wedding

I see a whole lotta wedding videos and believe me, they’re all amazing, romantic and more often than not, leave tears in my eyes. But well, this one right here made me stop. Stop and stare. Made me pause and take it all in. The story is beautiful, the words, magical and resonating. The Film Poets didn’t just create a record of a wedding day; they creatively shared the story of Adam and Kristin, their friends, their family, their journey. Safe to say, my weekend just started on quite a high note. Enjoy!

From The Film PoetsThere were a lot of words that came to mind when we first started talking with Kristin and Adam – playful, unique, and beautiful where some of them. It was only after meeting them and their family that we realized there was so much more.

The Place: Providence Hill Farm is a beautiful wedding venue located in Jackson, Mississippi. As we were flying our drone, what stood out were the winding roads that led to the stables. Since Kristin had decided earlier that week to have the ceremony inside because of potentially bad weather, the ceremony layout was different than anything we had seen before. Always up for a challenge, we adapted our approach and were able to use the long and narrow aisle to get some unique shots during the processional.

The Story: Our goal for any creative film, whether it’s a Highlights or Feature, is to build an emotionally engaging story. We had a lot to choose from, and the decisions on how to best weave the pieces together weren’t easy make.

For a long time, Adam’s sister Sarah has known that Kristin would marry her brother. This felt like the perfect introduction for building anticipation for what was to come. During college, Kristin’s roommates knew that she had a mysterious boyfriend, but they were never sure who he was. We decided to use these playful stories to give context to their relationship. From our previous talks with the couple, we learned that Adam’s grandmother had raised him and his two sisters. You’ll notice that we paid special attention to her throughout the day, especially when his sister Jessica started sharing her story about Adam’s father. I personally know what it’s like to lose a parent and to have them absent at the wedding, so I knew how special it would be to honor Adam’s dad by showing how he was on everyone’s mind.

The Response: With nearly 400,000 views on our YouTube channel, this Highlights Film has become one of our favorites. But what really matters to us is what Kristin had to say: “Thank you so much Matt and Pacey. I could not have dreamed up a better video. I am speechless and forever grateful that Adam and I will have this video to treasure for the rest of our lives.
P.S. My phone is still blowing up about it!!

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Cinematography: The Film Poets

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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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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 | Cake: Deborah Hunter | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Catering: Hog Heaven BBQ | Catering: Paco's Tacos | 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 & Willow