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{Just Married} Ashley + Nick

Last month, I had the pleasure of photographing Ashley and Nick’s wedding, which took place on the grounds of Chapel in the Pines in Senatobia, Mississippi.

Lovely details of Ashley and Nick’s wedding

Before the ceremony, Ashley and Nick wanted to have a moment where they could connect and pray with one another without actually seeing each other. So they held hands around the door to the chapel. They also exchanged gifts during this special moment together.

Ashley brought Nick a pocket watch, which had their initials carved into it.

The Chapel in the Pine grounds made a BEAUTIFUL setting for wedding portraits!

Nick, showing his nephew and father his pocket watch

Instead of flower girls, the kids in the wedding ceremony had bubble guns to precede Ashley down the aisle!

Nick, as he sees his bride coming down the aisle

Nick made a ring box for their wedding rings

The newly minted Mrs. and Mr. Nelson with Nick’s Dad

Father and son

They got married in cowboy boots ūüôā

First dance as a married couple ūüôā

Father-daughter dance

Mother-son dance

And a sparkler-lined send-off at the end of the night!

Ashley and Nick’s wedding was so sweet. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson!

Dare2bDifferent Girls Weekend Retreat

Last weekend, I was asked by our friend Venisha to take photos one evening during the weekend retreat she was hosting for a group of girls from her church (including my niece!) The night I was there, the girls were getting ready for a dressy night where they were going out for a special dinner. They got dressed in their finest, and one of the girls was chosen at random to receive a hair and make-up makeover by a stylist Venisha brought in.  It was a lot of fun getting to spend a little time with these girls!

{Happy Birthday} Celebrating Shiv, Part One

The celebrations for Shiv’s 2nd birthday were so great that I hardly know where to begin!

I do know where to begin, actually: the mundan ceremony.

Don’t know what a mundan ceremony is? That’s okay. Neither did I before I was invited to photograph Shiv’s. Shiv’s parents, Nishta and Jill, were kind of enough to send the invited guests a little card with an explanation of what the ceremony involves and what it signifies. Here’s what it said:

“The mundan is an ancient Hindu sacrament marking a child’s first haircut. During the ceremony, the child’s head is shaved to bestow a long life and a prosperous future. As with all Hindu rites, a sacred fire, or havan, is built to invoke the presence and blessing of the divine.

Our family view Shiv’s mundan ceremony as an opportunity to honor the Indian heritage that constitutes part of his multifaceted identity. We also hope this occasion will be a way to bring together many different parts of Shiv’s extended family, to celebrate with you and thank each of you for your love, support, and guidance in our lives.”

The home where Shiv’s mundan took place was GORGEOUS

Meet Shiv – the man of the hour! With his Nani (Nistha’s mother)

Shiv with his mothers, Jill and Nistha (his Gigi and his Mama)Aunt “Coco” (Courtney) with Shiv, Gigi, and¬†Mama
Shiv, clutching his mama’s sari – the sari Nishta’s mom had worn at Nishta’s mundan¬†as a child!Sweetest face!It is traditional to remove your shoes when entering an Indian home

The priest, preparing for the ceremony
Shiv, having a look at the set-up for this very special ceremonyTime for Uncle Sacha to have the honor of performing the haircut. The priest hands over the scissors.
Snipping locks from Shiv’s hair

Only a little of Shiv’s hair was cut in the room where the ceremony took place, as he was taken into the bathroom to properly finish the haircut¬†¬†with clippers. Then he was bathed, as another step of the ceremony dictated. Since electric clippers would be a new experience for Shiv, his mothers wisely had his beloved Uncle Sacha come over and buzz his own hair with the clippers a few days before the mundan, so Shiv would hopefully be more at ease with having his hair shaved.

Shiv looks at the tufts of his hair as they fall to the counter. This was his first haircut, after all.Shiv didn’t even flinch when Uncle Sacha began buzzing his hair. He was very well behaved!GiGi and Mama lovingly hold Shiv during this processAll those little curls!Guests were serenadedA little boy¬† with a fresh haircut and freshly bathed had a change of clothes and returns for the rest of the ceremonyGuests participate in the blessing of ShivA reading by Shiv’s Uncle Dave. He read from R.M. Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet”
Aunt Coco read a poem by Rumi
Kate led those in attendance in call-and-response blessings for Shiv

Some of the items used in the mundanCenterpiece on one of the tables where the guests had lunch after the ceremonythe littlest mundan ceremony guest (and such a cutie!)

Guests, enjoying some good Indian food and wonderful fellowship after the mundanShiv and the other young men, playing around the back yard after lunch

Coming up next: Part Two of Shiv’s birthday weekend festivities!

{Just Married} Susan + Scott

Susan and Scott’s wedding day!

Susan and Scott’s wedding was at Grace-St. Luke’s in Memphis. ¬†As Susan showed me around the church and the hall where their reception would be held, I asked her what she wanted from her wedding photos. Her reply was “Impressions of the day.” ¬†So impressions of the day were what I tried to deliver!

Susan’s bouquet (later named “Bob”) and the bridesmaids’ bouquets¬†

Corsages for Susan’s mother and those who read scripture/prayers during the service

Susan helping her mother get ready before the ceremony

Bride and groom portraits before the service

Scott’s girls/Susan’s bridesmaids, Sarah Grace and Shannon

More pre-wedding portraits of the wedding party

The bride made the bread they’d use for taking communion during the ceremony!¬†

Susan, looking over the wedding program

Susan and her mother

Rev. Lawson, the wedding’s officiant¬†

Acolytes, preparing before the service 

Rev. Lawson, conversing with Sarah Grace and Susan

While the guest list was small, making the wedding an intimate affair, Grace-St. Luke’s is a rather large church. The wedding guests were allowed to sit in the choir seats in the chancel (area around the alter) instead of the pews in the nave. I thought that was really awesome! Having a wedding in a large, beautiful space but with the feel of a smaller chapel with your friends and loved ones really close to you during the ceremony!

The ceremony

Yay! Married! 

The OBVIOUSLY happy couple

Getting the marriage license paperwork taken care of has never been so cute! Look at Susan!

Reception noms

There’s good ole Bob the Bouquet again

The BEAUTIFUL wedding cake (and tasty, too – I felt compelled to verify its deliciousness)

These young ladies clearly enjoyed themselves at the reception

Scott and Susan, with Susan’s brother and his family

Time to cut that cake! 

First dance as husband and wife

Guests tearing up the dance floor at the reception

Photos with friends

I hope I gave Susan and Scott “impressions” of their wedding day with these photos. I also hope that everyone can see how truly happy everyone involved in the day was – from the bride and groom, to their good friends and family who were in attendance. Happy faces, all around! Congratulations, Susan and Scott!

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