I have known Andrea for a long time, so when she told me she was getting married and wanted me to shoot the wedding, I was so excited! I just knew she would make a stunningly elegant bride, and I was not disappointed.
Andrea and Ben’s wedding was so beautiful and the attention to detail was out of this world. To start off the weekend, The West family hosted an amazing rehearsal dinner at the Ole Miss South Endzone Club with James Beard award winner, Chef Ryan Prewitt of New Orleans, Peche providing an outstanding menu.
To kick off the wedding day, Andrea got ready at the Graduate Oxford hotel with her family and friends nearby.
Andrea and her daughter, Carlin shared a sweet moment while she was getting dressed for the day.
“We bought a house together last fall and decided that we’d love to start a new family tradition of having Christmas at our house, so we invited both of our families over on Christmas Day. We enjoyed time together spent with family and just as we were gathering around to bless the meal, Ben got down on one knee in front of everyone asked me to marry him! I was so excited that I didn’t even eat!” -Andrea
“After a few short months of dating, Ben moved to Houston, TX. We dated long distance for the period he was in Houston, about 4 years. Dating long distance is a hard thing, We then tried to see each other at least twice a month. A huge part of our dating life was Ole Miss football. We would meet in whatever city they were playing and make a weekend out of it.” – Andrea
“My boss, Dee Hobbs, introduced us. One day Dee said ‘Ben’s coming by the office to talk to me, but he’s really coming by to talk to you.” So Ben came in the office and said “Hey, Dee here?”” -Andrea
“When I left I did stop and talk to Andrea and she laughed at some of my bad jokes and so I kinda felt like this went pretty good.” -Ben
“It is true what everyone says, that your wedding day flies by so quickly. There are so many people that traveled and came to support us that we didn’t even get to say thank you to, I just hope that everyone who attended knows how grateful we are for their love, support and presence on the happiest day of our lives!” – Andrea
“We could not have pulled off such an amazingly beautiful ceremony and reception without Leigh Fox. Her attention to detail and desire for perfection made for an unforgettable night spent with our family and friends. She truly created the wedding of our dreams and we cannot thank her enough.” – Andrea
“Ben loves our dog, Chief. To add some personal touches to our reception, I surprised Ben by making huggies and napkins with little notes from ‘Chiefy’.” -Andrea
“I knew from the moment we started wedding planning that I wanted to use my Grandpa’s Mustang as our send off car. My Uncle Donnie drove us to The Graduate from the reception and he even surprised us wearing a chauffeur’s hat. That was a very special ending to our very special day!” -Andrea
“Thank you Ann-Marie and Sophie for making our wedding day last forever by taking gorgeous pictures and capturing the special moments for us! Thanks for keeping us all in line and on time. Things couldn’t have gone as smoothly had you not been there to help push things along.” -Andrea
Venues: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and The Lyric | Coordinator: Leigh Fox | Flowers: Deedra Stone Designs | Rental: Details Rentals Invitations: Soiree Signatures and The Dotted Line | Specialty Items: P. Press Papers | Band: Musical Fantasy | Caterer: Tallahatchie Gourmet | Cakes: Sweet T’s Bakery | Hair/Makeup: Julie Phillips Reid | Preparation Accommodations: The Graduate | Rehearsal Venue: The Field Club in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium | Rehearsal Catering: Chef Ryan Prewitt; Peche, New Orleans