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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

Jackson Wedding Film from Nathan Willis Wedding Films

“Here’s to your first love being your last love.” How stinking cute is that? That is what one of the guests at this wedding wrote to the couple. They were wed in a sweet as can be soiree in Jackson, and our lovely LBBer Nathan Willis Wedding Films was there to capture the joy of the day in one of our favorite ways possible – with some extra fabulous wedding cinematography. So sit back and take it in this morning my loves, because it’s a good one.

Photography courtesy of Followell Fotography.


Trotter and I were headed down to New Orleansthe Mardi Gras Marathon and my 30th birthday. All I wanted to do for my birthday was to go to Jackson Square to have coffee and beignets. So that morning we walked to Cafe Du Monde and enjoyed our breakfast. Afterward, we walked around the square and as we passed the Cathedral, Trotter lead me into the park to a bench. We sat down and just took in the morning. Trotter asked me, “Do you know what I want?” I said, “No what?” He then got down on his knee and said “I want you to marry me!” At that moment I couldn’t even see my ring through my waterfall of tears.

We decided to have the wedding at The South because we thought it was the best location to hold both the wedding and the reception. It is a beautiful old warehouse that was renovated with exposed bricks and beams. We are Christians and wanted a church wedding but realized you don’t have to be in a church for it to be religious because the good Lord would be with us wherever we were. Plus Wendy Putt is the caterer for The South so it was a pretty easy decision.

I wanted an elegantly vintage wedding. I sat down with my sister Kendall Poole, who was my wedding planner, and her assistant Emily and we brainstormed. We looked through magazines, websites, and, of course, Pintrest. Being honest, I was not a traditional bride. I asked my sister to take care of all the details. I wanted to focus more on my groom and our marriage. I had a few things I really wanted but left most of it up to my sister.

Venue: The South Warehouse / Wedding Coordinator: Kendall Poole Event Planning / Photographer: Followell Fotography / Cinematography: Nathan Willis Wedding Films / Floral Design and Catering: Fresh Cut Catering & Floral / Lighting: Davaine Lighting / Cake: The Cake Diva / Miniature Cupcakes: Cakes by Iris / Ceremony Band: The Bellwether Worship Team / Reception Band: Chris Gil and the Soul Shakers

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