When you shoot weddings for as long as I have, you see it all. Couples that have quiet love that they hold tight to the vest, couples that act like they are the only ones in the room, and then there are couples that seem to pull all their love and energy for each other from the people surrounding them. Surely this is the case for Heather and Grady. They have the biggest love, the biggest joy and quite possibly the biggest veil I have ever seen. Pricilla would be so proud, Heather.
These two told me “thank you’“ literally a thousand times that day. Truly appreciating how hard we hustled to make their wedding day perfect. Grady and Heather, THANK YOU. Thank you for being so kind, so joyful, and thank you for having such a KICK BUTT reception! We hope that these images capture the absolute joy that you guys radiate. This was a wedding we will always hold close to our hearts.
“I have dreamed of my wedding day ever since I was a little girl. I remember dressing up as a bride and pretended to walk down the aisle at my grandparents’ house while my entire family so graciously watched my sisters and I put on a show. All I wanted was to be surrounded by the people who mean so much to us. Our wedding far surpassed any dream or vision that I could have ever imagined.” – Heather
“Grady and I met in the Student Senate at Ole Miss. He was a senior, and I was a junior. We ended up both traveling to the LSU game that year and purchased tickets together. We did not start dating until a full year later after he graduated and moved home to Louisville, Kentucky.“ – Heather
“Grady traveled to Oxford for Ole Miss Homecoming in 2015. After a year of going on dates, Grady graduating, visiting him in Louisville, and Grady making numerous visits to Oxford, Grady said, ‘I think we’ve proven we can make long-distance work.’ The rest is history!” – Heather
“Grady is the SWEETEST human on the face of the earth. I was getting my hair done and running late (who’s surprised?) to pick Grady up. We had a party to attend that evening, so I called Grady to let him know I was on the way. He said he was running behind as well, and asked if I could come inside and pull a suit for him to wear as he finished getting ready. I walked up to the house, unlocked the door, and Grady was standing in the living room in a full suit with flowers and candles everywhere! I, of course, started to sob. He got down on one knee and said, ‘Let’s get married!’ Five minutes later, both of our families arrived! We had an engagement celebration that night, and a wonderful crawfish boil the following day. He truly thought of everything!” – Heather
“The best advice that I received was to try and take little moments throughout the night to stop and look around with your husband. Truly stop and take it all in. You are surrounded by all your favorite people who love and care for you!” – Heather
“Grady’s wedding ring is very special because it was his grandfather’s wedding ring. We were able to cut the ring for Grady, and the other grandson, Cody, to each have half. Grady’s grandparents were supposed to be married on March 5th, 1956, but his grandfather was deployed early. They were married on February 29th, as well. You can still see the March 5th engraving on the inside of the ring.
I incorporated my grandmother’s handkerchief in my bouquet as my something old and borrowed. It was very special to us.” – Heather
“My father is my official hype man. Before he walked me down the aisle, he calmed my nerves by telling me how we are truly surrounded by so many amazing people who care and love for us. He also said this would be one of the most memorable walks of my life and to soak it all in. I always cry at weddings, so I knew I would, of course, cry at mine. As I walked in and turned the corner to see Grady, I sobbed. So many exciting emotions!” – Heather
“We had the best team I could have ever imagined. I want to start with the glue that held everything together, Courtney Samuels. Courtney traveled from Louisville to make sure our day was perfect. She was always ten steps in front of me. I cannot thank her enough for all of her help, love, and guidance over the past few months. Louisville brides – Courtney is your girl!
Next, Ashely with the Twisted Twig is an angel sent from above. That woman will go above and beyond to make your vision come to life and then exceed what you could ever imagine. We are beyond thankful.
Frameblender Films is an absolute must for your wedding day. Lisa and Christian are wonderful to work with, and so much fun. They make you feel comfortable with the camera following you all weekend.
Taylor Square Photography is the best of the best. Ann-Marie and Mackenzie were so easy and fun to work with all weekend. If we had any photo requests, they made it happen. I cannot imagine our day without them. P.S. – Ann Marie shot my senior photos in high school, so this was a no brainer for us. We go way back ;)” – Heather
“I think our personalities were seen in all the details we put into our special day. We wanted it to be classic, clean, neutral, and elegant. I loved our white lily arrangements everywhere. We wanted everyone to have fun and feel welcomed in our favorite town! I also think we had a killer performance of Mississippi Girl that we can’t decide if we want people to remember or forget.” – Heather
“My best advice to future brides is to soak it in and enjoy the process. There are so many little details to get hung up on that really do not matter. Show grace to those around you, including your fiancé, your family, and your friends. Talk through all the details with your fiancé, so both of your personalities shine through! It is also way more fun to plan all the details together!” – Heather
“We cannot thank our wonderful families for the most spectacular weekend we could have ever imagined. Mom and Dad- I love you with all my heart, and we are so thankful for everything you two did to make our weekend so special. I will always be your little girl. Cindy and Toby- You have always made me feel like family, but I am so thrilled that it is official. I love you both and could not be more thankful to have you as in-laws. Thank you for everything!” – Heather
Lead Photographer: Ann-Marie Wyatt | Second Shooter: Mackenzie Rue | Dress: Engagements Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Engagements Bridal | Tux: The Black Tux | Wedding Cake: Alice Chow | Grooms Cake: Sweet T’s Bakery | Venue: The Jefferson | Coordinator: Courtney Samuels | Flowers: Twisted Twig | Invitations: Sarah Woodall Design | Rentals: Details Rentals | Band: 2 Hipnotic from New Orleans | Rehearsal Venue: The Country Club of Oxford | Videographer: Frameblender Films | Caterer: Taylor Grocery Special Events | Hair: Regina Daniels and Erika Hewlett with Amara Salon | Makeup: Rivers Countiss; Isabella Allen; Mary Shields Hunter