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Elegant Black and White Wedding at Greengates


Emily and Luke’s wedding was a timeless, elegant event! This bride and groom planned a fantastic affair that would leave everyone talking! When I met Luke and Emily, I knew they would be fun to work with. They make each other smile from ear to ear. It was easy to tell that theirs was a fairytale kind of love. The two have known each other since childhood, dated while in highschool, and reconnected during football season while Emily was attending Mississippi State. While the proposal was intimate, Luke and Emily kicked off their engagement by celebrating with their dearest family and friends. That celebration would continue through the next several months leading up to their spectacular wedding, and I feel so blessed to have been able to play a small role in their adventure!

Greengates Farmhouse is a stunning rustic venue located in Stringer, Mississippi. It’s simply gorgeous with lots of sprawling acreage, large lake, and beautiful grounds. The inside of the venue is absolutely breathtaking with its brick foyer, natural lighting and lodge like feeling. The upstairs portion of the venue takes your breath away when you see the space. It was the perfect spot for Emily and Luke’s wedding! Throughout the day, I couldn’t help finding myself in awe of the planning and thoughtful attention to detail orchestrated by the amazing bride. True elegance was the reverberating theme for this particular event. While the getting ready portion of the day and the reception were to take place at Greengates, the ceremony itself was held at Raleigh Baptist Church. The couple was surrounded by so many that love them as they said their vows before God, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. After saying, “I do"“, the new bride and groom were showered with rose petals as they exited from the church where they drove away into the sunset in a sporty, black convertible. They were then welcomed back to Greengates to dance the night away with their loved ones as husband and wife. With the twinkle lights glowing, Emily and Luke enjoyed a celebration that was every bit as perfect as they are.

Emily and Luke - I could go back and photograph your day over and over again and never get tired! I have absolutely loved getting to know you two and seeing how much you adore each other. Your life together will be a very blessed and happy one I am sure. Thank you for choosing me to be part of your journey to becoming Mr. and Mrs.! Your event is one I will always remember!! I hope you enjoy looking back on your dreamy day! Big hugs, Shea

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Emily and Luke had the absolute best vendor team and I can’t thank them enough for making their day amazing!

Venue: Green Gates Farmhouse
Bride's Gown: Bridal Path
Florist: Still Magnolia Floral Design
Bridesmaid's Gowns: Morilee
Invitations: Stephen's Printing & Stationery Limited
Catering: Micah Gatlin
Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist: Kaelyn Shirley Graham
Wedding Cakes: Melinda Ward
Second Shooter: Sarah Clark

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I can’t say enough great things about Taylor and Alex’s wedding day at Rasberry Greene! This couple is so easy going, joyful, and have hearts of pure gold. I met Taylor and Alex over lunch and I knew working with them was going to be so much fun. We talked over wedding plans, how the couple met and our mutual love for our furbabies. I’ve never met anyone else who has a Chorkie like my Shadow but Taylor and Alex actually have two! This couple loves animals every bit as much as I do so there was no doubt about me absolutely adoring them.

Taylor and Alex’s story began when they met working at Anderson’s Hospital. They bonded over a shared love for their professions, dogs and Grey’s Anatomy. The two dated for about a year when Alex proposed. The groom originally planned to propose at midnight on Taylor’s birthday, but as luck would have it, a bad storm would knock out the power and totally change up his plan. Alex lit several candles and popped the question with a little help from George Strait and the pups. It was such a romantic proposal and Taylor couldn’t have been more surprised.

Rasberry Greene was the perfect location for Taylor and Alex’s wedding day! The couple knew they could see themselves getting married among the pines with the large lake as their backdrop after touring the venue. It’s always easy to see why couples choose Rasberry Greene because the owners are the very definition of kindness, the grounds are stunning, the bridal suite is jaw dropping, and the Gin itself has a rustic yet intimate feel. I seriously love how much Mr. Donnie, Mrs. Lauren and Ms. Becky always go above and beyond for their couples and they bend over backwards to make their day every bit the fairy tale they want it to be. From the moment we arrived and started shooting, Taylor and Alex couldn’t have been more merry and gracious. It was the dreamiest of days truly. There were so many precious moments, gorgeous details, and times I found myself wishing their day would never end!

Taylor and Alex - I can’t thank you guys enough for letting me be part of your celebration! Yours is a day I won’t ever forget and I feel so blessed to have played a small part in it. I just think the world of you both, and know you are going to have the happiest life together! I hope you enjoy looking back on your wedding day as much as I loved being part of it! Big hugs, Shea

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A huge thank you to all of the wonderful vendors who made Taylor and Alex’s day happen:

Venue: Rasberry Greene
Bride's Gown: Mimis Bridal
Wedding Coordinator: Courtney McArthur - Courtney Lynn Weddings
Grooms Tux: Steve's on the Square
Invitations: Shutterfly
Wedding Decor/Florals: Elements Catering and Floral Design
Caterer: Elements Catering and Floral Design
Hair Stylist: Bethany Ramage
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Katie
Wedding Cakes: Monkey Kisses

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Adam and Elizabeth had a darling wedding day at The Bay Bed and Breakfast in historic downtown Hattiesburg! I met the bride and groom last year for a family session on the farm that was followed by a glamorous engagement session in downtown Hattiesburg. Elizabeth and Adam have been through so much together, and are truly each others very best friends. The bride and groom wanted an intimate ceremony that reflected their southern roots, love for each other, and the admiration they have for their friends and families.

While Elizabeth and her best girls started the morning off getting pampered, Adam and his brothers tended to the last minute details of the day. This groom wanted everything to be totally perfect for his soon to be wife! Elizabeth wanted to surprise Adam with not only one but two wedding gowns and I have to say she did just that in stunning fashion! The groom knew some of the details of her first dress, so the second dress was a happy surprise. Her gown from Forrest Paper and Bridal was absolutely gorgeous on her. Adam was every bit the dashing and dapper groom wearing leather spenders embossed with his initials, specialty cuff links, and a light gray suit paired with a bow tie. Elizabeth chose the loveliest details to reflect the overall southern theme of the day. So much thought and care went into every facet of the Weaver wedding, and it was a joy to capture Elizabeth’s vision.

The ceremony took place at the Bay Bed and Breakfast where the couple exchanged hand written vows. Once the bride and groom said “I do”, we all traveled to the Thirsty Hippo for the reception where Adam and Elizabeth danced the afternoon away to tunes courtesy of Carey Hudson and Katrina Miller. A blast was had by all, and the new Mr .and Mrs. soon made their way to Boston for their honeymoon.

Elizabeth and Adam - you’re day is one I will truly never forget! Thank you for letting me play a small role in your journey to becoming husband and wife. I know you two will live happily ever after! I hope you enjoy looking back on your wedding day!! Big hugs, Shea

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Many thanks to Adam and Elizabeth’s wonderful vendor team for making their day so special!

Venue: The Bay Bed & Breakfast

Reception Venue: Thirsty Hippo

Bride's Gown: Forrest Paper And Bridal Co

Groom's Tux: John White, Ltd.

Florals: Sweet Blossoms

Invitations: Dandy Lion Paper

Band: Cary Hudson & Katrina Miller

Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist: Jade Mitchell

Wedding Cake: Monkey Kisses

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Oh, what a joy it was to be part of Marley and Cameron’s wedding day! These two kicked off my fall wedding season and theirs was my 13th wedding to shoot this year. Having known Cameron and Marley for a few years, I already knew that photographing their wedding would be a true blessing. I totally admit that I cried all day long! It’s just so easy to love these two and that was clearly obvious from the amount of friends and family that surrounded them on their wedding day. With a bridal party of over 30, we had the BEST day laughing and working together! I got to see first hand just how many friendships they’d formed over the years and how adored they were by those in their bridal party. It made me admire Cameron and Marley even more than I already did.

Dogwood Venue was the perfect spot for the Barnhill wedding! With it’s open design, jaw dropping bride and groom suites, and sprawling acreage along The Trace, we had plenty of locations for shooting. The bride started the morning off celebrating with her best girls while the guys enjoyed a little bit of down time before the festivities got started. There were so many precious moments from the book full of letters to the bride from her bridesmaids, to the arrangement made specifically for Marley’s mom that the couple gave to her during the ceremony, but I have to say my favorite was Marley and Cameron’s first look. I seriously don’t think I’ve ever cried that hard during a first look!!! Cameron was so overcome by emotion at seeing his beautiful wife to be, and there wasn’t a single dry eye in the place. From there, the two just relaxed and spent the remainder of the day enjoying each others company and that of their loved ones. Theirs is a wedding day I will always remember and cherish. When you look back through some of my favorites from their event, I think you’ll see why!

Marley and Cameron - I’ll never forget the first time I met you. It was at a tailgate a few years ago when Tracy and I had just started working together. Do you remember? I remember thinking how funny it was that Cameron had a sister named Carley and now had a girlfriend named Marley. Then as I watched you grow as a couple, I always felt like you two would make the most amazing husband and wife team. Then last summer when we went on one of our trips to the Reservoir, I remember telling Tracy that I thought a proposal had to be right around the corner. And it was! Being there on the day you proposed, Cameron, was just the absolute best. I can’t thank you guys enough for letting me be part of your incredible journey. You are going to have the most AMAZING life together! Big hugs and all my love, Shea

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Marley & Cameron’s wedding day was so absolutely perfect! I am so thankful for the amazing team of vendors who put together their incredible event!

Venue: Dogwood Venue

Brides Gown: House of Tux

Second Shooter: Meridith Lee Photography

Videography: Revival House

Catering: Stonehouse Restaurant

Coordinator: Sarah Elizabeth Clark

Groom's Cake: Sister Moon Cakery

Bride’s Cake: Simply Divine Cakes by Sheila Cooper

Hair Stylist: Kodi Atkins

Makeup Artist: Sidni Clark

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