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Enchanting Champagne & Navy Wedding at Dogwood Venue

MARLEY + CAMERON | SUMRALL, MS

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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EMILY + LUKE | HATTIESBURG, MS

Sometimes relationships develop over decades, and Emily and Luke’s story is such a sweet example of that truth! These two have known each other since they were little. After years of friendship, their relationship blossomed into more while they were in high school. But, the timing wasn’t quite right. When something is meant to be it will be, and E+L reconnected while Emily was a student at Mississippi State.  

Football season is one of the best times of year to be a southerner. When Luke learned Emily was still a student at Mississippi State, he decided to return to his alma matter to do more than cheer for his favorite football team. He contacted one of Emily’s friends, borrowed a ticket to a game, and conveniently found a seat next to Emily. By the end of the game, Emily and Luke’s relationship had started again making football season even better!

When it was time to propose, Luke knew he wanted to celebrate, but he wanted his proposal to Emily to be shared in the moment between the two of them. And, he made sure it was romantic. Once she officially said yes, they went to Emily’s parents’ house where their friends and family were waiting for a crawfish boil to celebrate.

These two were such naturals in front of my camera, and I cannot wait until they are in front of my lens again soon for their Green Gates Farmhouse wedding day in Stringer! Based on their engagement session style, I can already tell their soiree will be elegant, timeless, and completely charming. I can’t wait!

Emily and Luke - I’m so blessed to know the two of you! Thank you for letting me be part of such an incredible time in your lives! To say I am ready for wedding day is an understatement! I hope you enjoy looking back on your engagement sesh! Big hugs, Shea

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KADEE + AARON | HATTIESBURG, MS

There is so much to love about Aaron and Kadee, and I think the best place to start is how they met! This sweet pair met on one of my favorite holidays of the year – the Fourth of July. The holiday itself is already so celebratory, but the day was made even more fun for Aaron and Kadee during a party along the Mississippi gulf coast that they both happened to attend. While they may have arrived not knowing each other, they obviously hit it off well because Aaron asked Kadee to be his date to a wedding the very next day.

Their relationship only continued after their first party together, and soon they were celebrating their engagement. Aaron planned a romantic proposal in the courtyard at Mary Mahoney’s. Then they enjoyed dinner together nearby at Patrick’s – a specific locale he had promised they would visit for the first time for a very special location.

When we met, Aaron and Kadee were already planning their romantic and elegant wedding at The Camelia House in Hattiesburg. To keep their upcoming wedding’s style in mind, we all wanted their engagement session to have the same feel. Their intimate session started in a beautiful courtyard, and I have to note how much I loved their style! They each wore jeans, and his shirt and her blouse were bright on their own but so complimentary of each other.

Just after, both A+K changed into their second outfti – a light blazer and jeans for him and a button down white dress with a fun bow for her – for the second part of their session. Kadee had dreamed of a rooftop session, so a rooftop during golden hour was the perfect spot to look out over Downtown Hattiesburg to capture the final photos of their shoot. After witnessing these two in front of my camera, I cannot wait to capture Aaron and Kadee’s southern wedding so soon!

Kadee & Aaron - I have loved every second of working with you guys! It’s such a blessing to be part of this amazing time in your lives, and I can’t wait to celebrate you this fall! I hope you love looking back on your engagement session! Big hugs, Shea

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