Every so often, close friends or family members will ask me to photograph their weddings, but are uncertain as to whether or not I'll want to. Most often, I definitely want to! While I'm officially on the clock as a hired professional, I also get to spend more time with the couple and the family than virtually everyone else on the wedding day. That's really special to me, because I know how little time guests get to actually spend with the bride and groom. Plus, it's an honour to be a part of capturing the special day of people I love.
I recently had the opportunity to photograph my husband's cousin's wedding in Georgia, but prior to that, flew out to Mississippi to photograph the engagement session. Julia (my husband's cousin) and Ben drove out from Atlanta and we chose the quiet little town of Raymond, Mississippi (and nearby Civil War battlefield) as the backdrop for their engagement photos. This post features Part I of their two-part shoot, and blends lush southern greenery with historic landmarks like the Raymond County Courthouse and St. Mark's Episcopal Church which have endured throughout both the better and the worse these past 150 or so years. An apt setting for a couple planning a lifelong commitment in the face of whatever may come. Watch for Part II in the coming weeks.
Credits // Photography - Jaime Lauren Photography / Hair + Makeup - Kristina Myers / Dress - J. Crew / Julia's Sunglasses + Earrings - Kate Spade / Belt - Anthropologie / Shoes - Antonio Melani / Ben's Shirt + Pants - Banana Republic / Shoes - Sebago / Sunglasses - J. Crew / Amos the Beagle's Bow Tie - The Southern Pup - Etsy / Film Processing + Scans - Photovision //