Ann Morgan and West’s wedding weekend was simply perfection from beginning to end. This couple was magnetic, and it was so much fun to capture their love. Their ceremony in Ann Morgan’s home church lived up to her childhood dreams, and the entire town (plus some!) came together for an epic party to celebrate their union. We had the best weekend working with this amazing couple and all of their family and friends. I hope that you all enjoy this preview.
“Ann Morgan and I crossed paths many times in college, but I wasn’t lucky enough to meet her until the fall of my graduate school year. If I remember correctly, I was good friends with her maid of honor and asked her to introduce us. I was luckily able to woo her as we toasted the famous purple gatorade. Thankfully, I convinced her to let me take her to lunch and I can remember eating my fries with a fork because I was so nervous I would embarrass myself and get messy.” – West
“West asked me to be his girlfriend when we were in Memphis for a Leon Bridges concert at the Orpheum. We love Leon and our first dance was to his song ‘Beyond.'” – Ann Morgan
“It was two days before Christmas, and I had convinced Ann Morgan that we would not be spending Christmas together as I wouldn’t be able to go to Meridian with her. Because of this I thought we should dress up in “nice clothes” for a Christmas lunch to celebrate together at our favorite Oxford restaurant, St. Leo. On the walk home there are these miniature red photo booths that line the driveway of an old home. She’d always wanted to stop by them and check them out, so we did … and before she knew it I was on a knee too nervous to speak but luckily spit out the famous four words, ‘Will you marry me?’ We quickly took some photos then surprised her with both of our families for an intimate night of celebration that was really beautiful. Merry Christmas to us!” – West
“I remember during the first look, I was all set up in the chapel with the two photographers and the videographer. We were all set to go and on the surface I think I was good, but on the inside I was so nervous for some reason. When Ann Morgan came in her veil got stuck in the door and almost pulled her down. We shared a good long laugh and it helped us both shake the nerves.” – West
“I wore my grandmother’s veil from her own wedding day which was really special to me. The Thursday night before the wedding festivities began West gave me a beautiful pair of sapphire earrings that he had made using his great-grandmother’s stones. Then, the morning of our wedding day my parents gave me a sapphire ring that my Dad’s mother had left for me to have on my wedding day. All of these things made for some incredibly special “something old” and “something blues” to have and wear on my wedding day.” – Ann Morgan
“As a little girl I was obsessed with the Mississippi Magazine Bridal Registry. I would lock myself in my room each year as soon as it came out and scour the entire thing. Once West and I got engaged and I began to think about planning my own wedding, I didn’t really know how to articulate what I wanted, but my mom and all of our vendors worked so hard to make our wedding day exactly what I had always dreamt of. I think mine and West’s wedding really was all the pieces I loved about the various weddings I had seen throughout the years put together in a way that perfectly embodied us.” – Ann Morgan
“I always knew that I wanted to get married in the church where I grew up and where my parents were married. I used to sit in church and think about how I wanted it to be decorated on that big day someday. I always wanted everything to be timeless and simple. The church carpets are very red, so I knew that I wanted all white flowers and greenery so that nothing would clash with them. We kept with the classic white and greenery theme throughout the entire weekend, which I loved.” – Ann Morgan
“The most surprising thing to me was the range of emotions throughout the day. From the brunch, to the first look, to the ceremony, to the reception, it was a whirlwind. Laughing, smiling, a few tears I think I hit them all.” – West
“All of our vendors were fantastic, but it was really special to have one of my childhood best friends, Blake Barham Munn, as our florist. She is so talented and did an amazing job. She opened her own flower shop -Threefoot Blooms – this year and I am honored to have been her first wedding to do solo! Blake has the best taste and knows me so well that I just gave her a color scheme and said ‘Okay now do what you want, you’re the expert.’ Everything turned out to be PERFECT as I knew it would.” -Ann Morgan
“I think the most special thing to me was Ann Morgan and I being surrounded with our loved ones. We are so blessed to have wonderful friends and families and getting to share our moment with them and celebrate all together was so beautiful.” – West
“I had a few different people who told me not to sweat the small stuff. It’s the things that go ‘wrong’ that turn out to be the most memorable things you will still be laughing about in twenty years. It was great advice and I found that if you keep an open mind about how the weekend and day will play out instead of going into it with specific expectations it takes a lot of the stress out of the process. – Ann Morgan
“My advice to future brides would be- Don’t let the wedding planning stress you out. Remind yourself that the point of it all is to marry the person you love, and really nothing else matters. Don’t get caught up in what other people do or what you feel like you are supposed to do. It’s your day and it can go however you want it to! Just enjoy the entire season and the feeling of being loved and celebrated.” – Ann Morgan
“Ann Morgan and I just want to say a great big thank you. A thank you to our parents. A thank you to our families. A thank you to our vendors. A thank you to everyone who made it the most special ceremony to commemorate the best day of our lives. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!” – West
Vendors: Lead Photographer: Mackenzie Rue | Second Shooter: Taylor Knight | Dress: Elle James Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Tux: Joyce’s Etc. | Cakes: Carolyn’s Creations | Ceremony Venue: First Baptist Church of Meridian | Reception Venue: Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience (The MAX) | Coordinator: Susan Hill and An Howard Hill | Flowers: Threefoot Blooms | Invitations: Generations Fine Paper and Gifts | Rentals: Pretty Presentations | Band: Compozitionz | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: MSU Riley Center, Grand Opera House | Videographer: Dear Little Films | Caterer: Pretty Presentations | Hair: Brynn Chesney | Makeup: Rivers Countiss Keyes | Preparation Accommodations: The Lamar Family Home
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