southern wedding

Elegant Black and White Wedding at Greengates

EMILY + LUKE | STRINGER, MS

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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ELIZABETH + ADAM | HATTIESBURG, MS

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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