Who says you have to break the bank when hosting a shower? Sometimes, all you need is a pinterest board and some creativity! Check out some our favorite pictures captured by Studio MJW.

For this adorable baby shower, the hostesses scoured the Mother-to-Be's pinterest boards and noticed a theme, vintage nursery rhymes and storybooks! So they took the inspiration and ran strait to the local flea market. There, they found all kinds of unique books to use for decoration.
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They put their DIY skills to use and created some unique decorations. The first is a wreath made of pages from an old book that they spray painted with gold glitter and then rolled.
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Each hostess made delicious food and came up with nursery rhyme inspired names for their creations. The cake, which was topped with a carousel of vintage lambs, was appropriately named "Mary Had a Little Linden." Linden, of course, is the baby's name that's being celebrated.
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The best thing about a DIY shower is that most everything can be given to the Mother-to-be and used in the nursery, such as these one of a kind baby blocks. Each wooden block was decoupaged with pages from a vintage "Mother Goose" book.
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Photography by Studio MJW
 
 
As you all know, sequins and glitter are everything right now! And we wanted to share with you how fun it is to incorporate them into a wedding. The LeFleur East House provided a stunning backdrop that allowed the glam of the bridal gown and the sequins to really pop!
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Tate celebrated her birthday with a 50's theme at Jackson's diner, Brent's Drugs!! The party was complete with a hoola hoops, poodle skirts, glass bottled cokes and milkshakes. Check out some of our favorite pics from the adorable party taken by Tate K. Nations.
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{Guest Post}: Rev. Heath Ferguson

When does the quest for magnificence become the struggle for survival?

Have you ever watched Olympic swimming?  There is something noteworthy and “extra” exciting  about the races in which one or more of the racers are expected to come near or shatter a world record.  There is a buzz in the crowd and potentially slower participants are excited about even being involved in a potentially historic event.  We slide to more attentive postures when we see the swimmers take their marks.  We focus our eyes intently when we hear the starter fire his gun.  Soon after the swimmers hit the water, we see this line appear out in front of or among the swimmers.  This sliding line is the record for the event.  Things get really interesting when that line is the world record.  You see, the world record line is basically the “no one has ever swum faster than this fast” mark. 

Interest is peaked and excitement is palpable because those watching are possibly witnessing the pinnacle of magnificence when it comes to swimming.  The idea that: “We are watching history in the making!” is so much fun to be involved in, even from our living rooms.  For me, interest wanes when that world record line drifts off ahead of the swimmers and eventually disappears.  Because then, the race is no longer chasing the magnificent, historical mark that has never before been achieved.  It simply becomes a matter of swimming faster than the next fastest competitor.  The race has now become relative to the field and is no longer that chase for magnificence.

Relative morality in society today is much like these less exciting races.  Relative morality says that I’m ok or I’m even good as long as I’m better than you, or her, or him.  The problem with relative morality is this: only being better than the next person allows us to gauge our moral success or failure on those whom we can manipulate into being lesser people so that we can feel better about who we are.  With relative morality, the scale is never trustworthy, and even worse it pits us against one another.  When all that I need to do is to wait for you to stumble in order to feel better about myself, I wind up actually rooting against you.  Worse than that, I might even throw things into your path to make you stumble. 

You see, far too often, we forget about the world record holder for love and morality, Jesus Christ.  We let His pace drift so far ahead of us that we find ourselves simply struggling to beat one another, and it’s much easier to slow one another down than to put forth the energy and focus to chase down the Holiness of Christ.  And as a result we’re weary and worn.  We’re defensive and dejected.  When we lose sight of Christ’s magnificence, we become mere survivors struggling along, looking over our shoulders, just hoping to not be overcome by the next competitor.  The fact of the matter is this: Christ set the mark for us so that we might see the magnificence of His Father’s kingdom.  He set the world record for love and He beckons us to come to him and find rest from the world and the miserable relative morality that’s been sold to us.  When did we forget about chasing the world record holder and become satisfied with simply beating one another?  In Christ, there is a magnificent healing and hope beyond the struggles of today.  Seek Him.  Chase Him.  He’s cheering for us.  He’s calling out to us. 

{Hebrews 2:13b-17}
And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.  For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.  For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 

{Matthew 11:28}
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

 
 
Pryor and Andy were married at St. John's United Methodist Church in Greenwood, MS. This delta wedding was full of details  and surprises that fully represented the bride and groom. From the out of town gift bag tags being paint chips (Andy's family owns the local paint store) to the handheld fans that were pictures of their precious dog, every single aspect was unique and o, so fun!
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The cameo that decorated Pryor's bouquet was a gift given to her by her Grandmother who passed away just two weeks before the wedding. She also had her grandmother's antique tub at the reception which served as a cooler for drinks.
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One of the Pryor and Andy's favorite moments of the day came when they were walking down the aisle as bride and groom and a gospel choir burst into "O Happy Day."
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The main color scheme of aqua and orange is a favorite combination of Pryor's. She loves loud, bright, happy colors and gave her florist the freedom to let his imagination run wild!
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Andy let his love for music show throughout the reception. For the guests to sign, there was an old guitar of the his painted in the day's main color scheme and the groom's cake was also an exact replica of one of his guitars. Best of all, Andy's high school band reunited for a set when the band took a break!
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The reception represented the couples hometown of Greenwood, MS and also represented Memphis, TN where the bride has resided for the last five years. The reception took place at the old Kirk Auto Warehouse in Greenwood which provided the perfect rustic, delta atmosphere and atop her wedding cake was cotton that represents Greenwood, "The Cotton Capitol of the World." The groom made corn hole boards and had them hand painted, one to represent Greenwood and the other Memphis. They also had the most unique photo booth called "Amurica"  and a great band called Brad Birkendahl  and the Burning Love Band, both out of Memphis.
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Radiant Orchid has been chosen as the "Color of the Year" by Pantone for 2014. All of the top colors are rich and vibrant, but radiant orchid stands out and is so unique. It is the perfect combination of purple, fuchsia and hints of pink which makes for the most feminine shade.
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Joseph, originally from New Orleans, and Rachael, a huge fan, knew that their love for the great city had to be incorporated into their wedding day. The two of them chose Galloway United Methodist Church in downtown Jackson for their ceremony. They both knew they wanted to marry in a church and fell in love with Galloway's old charm and cathedral feel. It also has a gorgeous lighted cross at the alter that they both loved. For the reception, the two of them chose the Old Capitol Inn. The site gives off the perfect New Orleans vibe they were looking for with it's gorgeous courtyard, black awnings and beautiful black iron railing. Not to mention, Chef Cain's specialty is cajun food! Check out some of our favorite shots of their wedding day captured by David Legg Photography.
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Planning was easy for Rachael and Joseph as far as details were concerned. For flowers, Rachael knew she loved anything simple, classic and elegant and went with a gorgeous combination of white hydrangea, vendella roses, and lambs ear. The food would be cajun and that just so happened to be their Chef's specialty! But finding the perfect dress was no easy task. Rachael tried on 25+ gowns of all different fabrics, styles and designers, before she found the stunning gown she chose. She fell in love with it instantly!
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Rachael's favorite accessory was the vintage broach that accented  the stem of her bouquet. The broach was given to her by her mother who wanted to start a family tradition and have Rachael pass it along to her children one day.
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The rules for attending a wedding: {1} Be on time {2} Celebrate the marriage of your dear friends/family {3} Keep it classy. Simple enough, right? You would think so, but it seems that all manners go out the window sometimes. Perhaps it is the small town gossiper inside of us or maybe it's the amount of drinks served? We aren't sure, but below are some humorous tips on what to do and what not to do when attending a wedding.
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{The Ceremony}

First and foremost, arrive (at least) 30 minutes early for the ceremony. The time stated on the invitation is the time that the bride will be walking down the aisle. Do not be the guy that has to wait for the entire processional to be done before you even take a seat!

(Once the processional begins, be quiet!
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Secondly, please make sure your phone is on silent... or turned off... Or better yet, leave it in your car! Once again, you don't want to be "that guy" whose phone starts blaring Marvin Gay during the middle of the wedding vows.


Speaking of cell phones, no photos during the ceremony! This is not a concert and there's a reason they hired the professionals.

And for the love... do not wear white. Seriously, no one in attendance should have on a white dress except the bride. It's as simple as that!

Speaking of attire, please keep it classy. We all have that crazy aunt and/or friend who shows up dressed a little too scantily clad. Do not let that be you! Remember, this is not your day and you are not supposed to be the center of attention. The bride is!
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{The Reception}

If you are attending the reception, be sure you have attended the wedding first.


Be there when the couple cuts the cake and has their first dance!

Do not talk negatively about the bride, the groom or their taste in decor. Remember, it is not your day! It's their day and their wedding reflects the two of them as a couple.

Do not complain about the drink or food options that are available. Once again, the bride and groom chose the food and beverages that they like. Simply enjoy! They are free to you, after all.

Do not over drink. I know it can be a challenge sometimes when there is an open bar, but you do not want to be "that girl" doing the worm in a dress or "that guy" who is still doing keg stands behind the bar.

If the couple has a #weddinghashtag they are using to document the fun had by all of their guests, please make sure to keep your photos appropriate. No one needs to see how (insert name here) had a little too much fun and is now spending the night next to the toilet. Those are not the photos they are looking for!

Don't pick up the microphone. It rarely goes well.

And last, but most certainly not least, absolutely NO divorce bets should be made while in attendance!!!
 
 
{HAPPY NEW YEAR}
Well, 2014 is here and looks to be a good one.  All across Mississippi, there are events and happenings for everyone to enjoy whether you're into music, food, running or just want to have some good family fun. Below are just a few of the  happenings our great state has to offer this year!
{January}
Mississippi Blues Marathon {11th}
Jackson, MS
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{February}
Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo {6th-12th}
Jackson, MS
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{March}
Mal's St. Paddy's Parade {tba}
Jackson, MS
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{April}
Super Bulldog Weekend and Cotton District Arts Festival & Food Tasting {11th-13th}
Starkville, MS
Double Decker Arts Festival {25-26}
Oxford, MS
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{May}
Gulfport Music Festival {9th-10th}
Gulfport, MS
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{June}
Elvis Festival {5th-8th}
Tupelo, MS
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{July}
Neshoba County Fair {25th-1st}
Philadelphia, MS
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{August}
Bikes, Blues & Bayous {2nd}
Greenwood, MS
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{September}
Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival {15th-20th}
Greenville, MS
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{October}
The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race {17th-19th}
Natchez, MS
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{November}
Christmas on Ice {tba}
Madison, MS
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{December}
THE FIRST PRINT EDITION OF INSPIRE
{12.13.14}
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