I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mallory now for a few years by working together through their family venues, Mallard’s Croft and The Jefferson Oxford. So when she asked me to shoot her and Wilson’s wedding, I was beyond thrilled. But what I didn’t know until the engagement session, is that they had such fire chemistry! Whooo y’all- these two are SO photogenic!
Mallory and Wilson, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your special day. I have had so much fun editing these. I hope you guys enjoy!
“Our wedding was incredibly unique because it was more or less planned in five days! Until a week before our set date, we were planning on going with a full-size wedding with around 500 guests; however, as the cases of COVID spiked in Mississippi, we decided to include just family and wedding party. This decision meant that the entire weekend would involve about 100 people that would attend both the rehearsal and the reception, so we went into action trying to make the weekend unique and intimate. We made the rehearsal dinner very casual with skeet shooting, an open bar, and comfort food. The idea was to give the feeling of a family reunion instead of a rigid sit-down dinner. It was a huge success, and by the end of the night, everyone had made new friends and reunited with old ones. Since there was no longer going to be a big reception with a band, we moved the wedding to 11 am and followed it with a wonderful brunch. The morning wedding was absolutely beautiful and unlike any Wilson or I had ever been to before. All in all, the weekend was everything we hoped it would be: family-oriented, beautiful, and memorable.” – Mallory
“As a little girl, I often imagined walking down the aisle, surrounded by friends and family! I had an idea of what I wanted it to look like from a young age, and I am so happy to look back and say after the fact that our marriage was everything I could have ever hoped it would be!” – Mallory
“When Wilson gave me his letter to read, he had started the letter the morning of the day he proposed and then wrote a couple more during engagement leading up to the wedding, so it was very sweet to go back through all those emotions and feelings again.” – Mallory
“It was really important to Wilson and I to get married in a church; however, due to COVID, both of our original church canceled on us. We were so disappointed, but during our wedding, John Sartelle reminded us that ‘the building does not make the church, the people are the church.’” -Mallory
“Because of COVID, we were only able to invite the wedding party and family, but that actually made the day extremely special. The reason being that both of us knew every single name and face in the building, so it felt like a big family reunion. Looking back, I can say that our crowd of 100 people was a perfect size! Before the ceremony, the only people that had seen me were my immediate family and my mother in law. Not even the bridesmaids knew what to expect when I came down the aisle! I am a daddy’s girl at heart, and I think our first look was perfect. That was a moment I will never forget. Wilson and I both wanted the ceremony to be God-centered and focused on the spiritual union of two people. Our minister, John Sartelle, who used to preach at Independent Presbyterian Church, did an excellent job at our wedding just as he had with the weddings of my parents and 3 of my aunts! We had a second preacher that was Wilson’s pastor growing up do the family prayer. The funny thing is that Wilson’s pastor moved and is now at my old church. Small world!” – Mallory
“I wanted a clean look with elegant flowers highlighting a color scheme of green and white, with just a touch of pink. I wanted the decorations to be beautiful but not distracting and tie the room into an elegant formal space.” – Mallory
“The veil I wore was worn by my aunts, and the cake plateau was a family heirloom that my grandmother and other family members have used over the years.” – Mallory
“Wilson and I met at Ole Miss on a RUF retreat during our freshman year. Mary Henley (my older sister) introduced us to each other, and we were friends; however, sophomore year of college, we were partners in Spanish class, and that is where our interest for each other really began!” – Mallory
“During Christmas break of our sophomore year, we threw a birthday party for Olivia Dear (one of my bridesmaids). At that party, I decided to ask Wilson to our Spring formal for Chi O as we were becoming close friends. Leading up to formal, Wilson took me on a couple of dates, and it became clear that we were both interested in each other. It wasn’t long before we started ‘officially’ dating, and the rest is history!” – Mallory
“I knew for years that I would one day propose to Mallory. Midway through my first semester of medical school in Jackson, I knew the time was right. I purchased her engagement ring from Juniker’s Jewelry in Jackson, and they, along with Paris Jewelers in Hattiesburg, were instrumental in helping me get the ring of her dreams. After asking Mallory’s father for permission to marry his daughter, we began to plan the big day. On December 20th, 2019, I drove up to Oxford, where I surprised Mallory on the square in front of the courthouse. As Mallory was rounding the corner, I had to shoo off a family taking Christmas card pictures and a woman that was smoking on the courthouse steps (in the background of our picture); however, it worked out, and she said yes! Following the proposal, we had dinner together in a private room in McEwens and then went to a party of just family to celebrate. What started as one of the most nerve-racking days of my life ended as one of the happiest. Seeing her face light up when I pulled out that box will be in my memory as long as I live. It was the first step on a journey that I had been waiting for years to begin.” – Wilson
“Each and every vendor that took part in our weekend did an excellent job! Elizbeth Heiskell’s food was incredible. The comfort food theme on Friday night was perfectly executed and took many of the guests back to Sunday lunch at their grandmother’s house. On Saturday, Elizabeth delivered a beautiful brunch with shrimp and grits, crepes, pastries, and countless other delicious plates. The local band, Grassfire, played a variety of bluegrass and country songs on Friday night to set the mood for the rehearsal dinner, and they were a hit! They ended the night taking requests from dancing bridesmaids! The Jefferson provided an unforgettable venue with its grand main entry hall and beautiful ballroom. The venue also put on a skeet shoot for the wedding party at the rehearsal dinner, which was a hit! This goes without saying, but we loved working with our photographer Ann-Marie! She was extremely professional and efficient, getting all the shots we wanted! Details and Oxford Floral made everything come to life, and all the little details were just stunning. David Naron and Paula Declerk went above and beyond on all the floral. Mona Dunlap was amazing to work with because she helped us plan a wedding in 5 days. Truly all of our vendors did such a fantastic job. I’m just so grateful for all the hard work that went into everything, especially will all the last minute changes.” – Mallory
“I would say the simpler the wedding, the better. If you are planning a wedding during a pandemic, make sure to have a plan B, C, and D just in case! Lastly, marriage is about two people joining each other in union before God and starting a life together; it’s not all about the big party!” – Mallory
Lead Photographer: Ann-Marie Wyatt | Second Shooter: Maddie Beck | Dress: Maggie Louise | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Tuxes: John White | Cake: Cakes by Mom and Me | Venue: The Jefferson | Coordinator: Mona Dunlap | Rehearsal Dinner Flowers: Paula Declerk | Ceremony Flowers: Oxford Floral | Invitations: Menage | Rentals: Details Rentals | Rehearsal Venue: The Jefferson | Videographer: Dan Frazier | Caterer: Elizabeth Heiskell | Hair: La Rousse | Makeup: Rivers Countiss & Mary Shields Hunter |