The most sought after sweet during January and February is a sugary, braided dough smothered in colored glaze and festive sprinkles.  This sinfully delicious dessert is the king cake, of course, and Broad Street Bakery has become the place to order this treasured Mardi Gras treat. 

While the cake is impressive, the pastry chef behind the perfect recipe is even more extraordinary!  Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, Jen Adelsheimer was determined to become an occupational therapist.  Little did she know, her passion would change and twenty years later she would be the Pastry Chef at Broad Street Bakery in Jackson.  “My only exposure to baking was a couple of family recipes (chocolate chess pie and strawberry cake) that my Aunt Diane sent me from Mississippi.  She is the only reason I had any interest in it growing up,” says Jen. 

After graduating as Valedictorian of her high school and receiving a scholarship to Brenau University, her desire to become an occupational therapist soon faded.  “By my sophomore year, I called my parents and told them college was not for me.  I knew I needed to get out and explore the world a little.  My parents were always great at supporting my decisions,” she reflects.  After a year aboard a cruise ship in Germany and Hawaii, Jen saw a commercial and felt Le Cordon Bleu calling.  “I was sold!” she laughs.  She earned a degree in Patisserie and Baking and completed an internship at Disney World before settling in Jackson. 

One of Jen’s greatest accomplishments at Broad Street has to be her incredibly delicious king cakes.  “When I started as Pastry Chef, we sold 125 king cakes.  I was told how hard this time a year was and I had a big challenge ahead of me.  I decided to challenge myself and change the recipe.  We have since doubled or tripled the sales!  Most mornings start around 2 or 3 am and we work through 4 or 5pm.  It sounds crazy, but we just love to bake!”

Thanks to Jen and her talented team, their delicious king cakes have taken Mississippi by storm.  What makes them so delicious?  Jen says, “Oh that is simple.  The heart and energy that go into each and every cake!  My team is 120% dedicated to each other and what we make for our customers.  We love to see our customers smile!”

The infamous Broad Street cake boasts an almond cream filling that is made from real almonds.  Most bakeries add an imitation almond flavoring to cream cheese, but Jen and her team create a mouthwatering almond paste. Fans of Broad Street's cakes can taste the difference.  

Though their recipe is top secret, Jen reveals the 7-step process takes two days.  The cakes are made from scratch with a buttery brioche dough, then filled with homemade cream cheese filling and almond cream.  The dough is then folded into a simple braid and tied into an oval shape.  Fresh from the oven, the cakes are coated in an apricot glaze, topped with a sugar icing then decorated with sprinkles.  Then Jen laughs, "Oh and now the fun part - it is ready to eat!"

Thank you, Jen, for sharing your delectable king cakes with us! 

Broad Street also offers their made from scratch Savory Jalapeno Cheddar Crawfish King Cake, consisting of a jalapeno cheddar brioche dough filled with creamy crawfish dip and topped with more jalapenos and cheddar cheese.  This is a fantastic dish to take home and finish baking for friends and family! 

Also, THIS weekend, Broad Street will be offering a special king cake available for the Super Bowl on Sunday!  You can choose between green and blue or white and blue, and they are decorated with a football sugar cookie emblazoned with XLIX.  Call to order this delicious treat for the game!

To order your king cake this Mardi Gras season, call Broad Street Bakery at 601.362.2900 or visit their website here.
 A special thanks to Christina Foto for the lovely photos of Jen, her team and those beautiful cakes!

{Blog by Mitchell Walters}

 
 
{Bride} Hayley Elizabeth Gilreath
{Groom} Keith Randall Stevens
{Hometowns} Hayley - Ridgeland, MS
Keith - San Diego, CA
{Wedding Site} Northminster Baptist Church, Jackson, MS
{Reception Site} Eudora Welty Commons, Downtown Jackson, MS
{Bride’s Bouquet} Meredith Young, Au Courant
{Bridesmaid Bouquets} Meredith Young, Au Courant

{How did the two of you meet?} We were introduced by college friends at CU (University of Colorado) in Boulder, where we attended, and are now Alumni.

{What is your proposal story?}
Keith and I dated for about 2 years while students at CU, and just knew all along it was meant to be. Keith surprised me with a weekend trip to Vail on February 1, 2014. We stayed at Four Seasons in Vail Village, and he took me to dinner at Game Creek Club on the top of the mountain that night. We rode the gondola up in the dark, then a snowcat took us the remainder of the way up to the restaurant. I had no idea what was happening, but he had it planned with the restaurant employees, and knelt and proposed to me after dinner. It was a fairytale evening, and a dream come true.

{What inspired your wedding and reception locations?} Northminster was my home church growing up, and I knew I wanted my wedding to be there, with Chuck Poole, our wonderful pastor, as officiant.

{What inspired your color scheme/theme/flowers?} I always dreamed of a classic, traditional wedding, one in which the pictures could be seen many years afterward, and you wouldn't be able to tell the year of the wedding by seeing "trendy" ideas.

{How did you pick “the dress?”} My mom, my sister and I went to The Bridal Path, and Louanne Mashburn helped us. She's wonderful! I tried on about 20 dresses before I tried on "THE DRESS", and we all 4 knew it was the one when I put it on.

{What’s your favorite unique accessory? Is there a story behind it?}
I wore my mother's first diamond my dad gave her. It was a ring that she had converted into a beautiful necklace after he got her a 30th anniversary ring 10 years ago. It was so special to me to wear her necklace, because she never takes it off, and offered it to me for my wedding.

{What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process?}
I loved shopping for my gown and shoes, and it was so much fun flying home from Colorado to meet with Kendall and all the vendors.

{Besides the actual wedding, what was your favorite moment of the wedding day?} Keith and I washed one another's feet right before the ceremony, symbolic of a total commitment to one another. Dr. Poole blessed our marriage and we had prayer for our future together.

{What was your favorite surprise detail/moment about your wedding day?} I think the biggest surprise was just seeing one another for our "first look", and realizing how seeing one another before the ceremony put us both more at ease.

{Your favorite picture from the big day?} One of the pictures taken beside the church in a wooded area with light filtering thru the trees. We both loved those.

{The picture that represents the two of you best?} probable one of the above-mentioned ones, or one in which he "dipped" me at the ceremony.

Photographer: Adam and Alli Photography
Event Planner: Kendall Poole Event Planning
Dress: The Bridal Path
Bride’s Jewelry: Maison-Weiss and borrowed diamond necklace from my mother
Hair: Katie Rouse of Barnette's Salon
Make-up: Katie Rouse of Barnette's Salon
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Bridal Path
Tuxes: Tuxes, Too
Videographer: Matt and Pacey Harris with The Film Poets Venue:Eudora Welty Commons
Lighting: Davaine Lighting
Rentals: MS Tent and Party Rental
Florist: Meredith Young of Au Courant
Catering: Wendy Putt of Fresh Cut Catering and Floral
Bar: World of Wines
Band: Hunter Gibson and the Gators
Bride’s Cake: Cakes by Iris
Groom’s Cake: Cakes by Iris
Print Material: Emily Ferguson of KPEP
Car Service: Packard for bride and Groom - Way Back in Time
Trolley for wedding party: Fondren Express Trolley
Transportation for family: Phoenix Limousine & Luxury Coach, LLC Cigar Bar - Jon David, Tobacconist, of The Country Squire
 
 
Super Bowl Sunday is quickly approaching.  The Patriots and Seahawks will be battling for the NFL Championship Game title this Sunday, February 1!  Whether you are a Patriots or Seahawks fan, or simply prefer the brilliant commercials, the NFL Championship Game is always a great time to host a casual bash with friends. 

THE INVITE
We asked Emily Ferguson for Designs by Kendall Poole Event Planning to create the perfect invitation for a laid-back evening with great friends and good football.

THE MENU
We envision a "bring a dish to share" gathering, and you will not disappoint friends and family with Catering from Georgia Blue!  Their mouthwatering Blues Burger and Georgia Blue Chicken Sandwiches are incredible. They also offer savory family style sides and tasty desserts.  For more information on Georgia Blue, please click here!

FOR THE GIRLS

Some girls love football, and some girls don't.  At the end of the night, celebrate the winning team and surprise your guests with a shower of confetti!  Thimblepress makes incredibly fun glitter push-pop confetti to continue the party long after the game is over.  Visit the Thimblepress website here!

With six days left to plan your Super Bowl soiree, we hope you find these ideas easy, fun and inspiring!
{Blog by Mitchell Walters}
 
 
At the age of thirteen, a beautiful redheaded girl met a sweet dark-headed boy at space camp in Jackson.  During the last week of camp, Allison Nobles and Adam Hudson were locked into a dark simulator with no windows, no clock, a handful of friends, and a tight schedule regulated by their cohorts in mission control. Naturally, they bonded. 

With Alli living in Hattiesburg and Adam in Canton, the teens became pen pals and wrote endearing letters back and forth. Over the years, their correspondence dwindled as distance got in the way.  Adam founded a software development company at seventeen but admits, “I have always been interested in photography!”  He began shooting films and photographing friends.  Alli also had a knack for taking pictures.  Adam says sweetly, “Back at space camp, I remember Alli running around with a disposable camera.  She was the designated photographer for her family even though she didn’t have a nice camera.”
The adoring childhood friends reconnected in college and soon became husband and wife.  Alli says with awe, “With a genius brain like Steve Jobs, an adventurous heart like Johnny Depp, and a loving spirit like Elf, Adam inspires me to be a better me – and is always striving to be a better him.” She laughs, “Of course, this is just my opinion of how I view my husband!”  She also adores his extensive collection of colorful, quirky socks.  Alli says, “He becomes his sock character!”  Equally enamored, Adam admires his wife’s delightful, warm spirit.  He says, “Alli has an incredible heart for people.  The best decision I ever made was marrying my best friend.” 

With Adam’s ten years of shooting experience, the two began attending workshops to perfect their wedding photography skills.  During their first year of marriage, Adam and Alli prayerfully opened their own business, Adam + Alli Photography.
Alli says, “Our faith plays a large part in our business.  The tree in our logo actually has to do with being grounded and rooted in our faith.  We would never push our beliefs on clients, but we do love when we can pray with or for our brides and grooms. We want our couples to be just as prepared for their marriage as they are for their wedding day!”  Bride Laura Leone admits, “Adam and Alli are the calm in the midst of the wedding storm!  They are the stability that you look for on your wedding day.   They adapt to the slightest change in schedule without compromising amazing quality.“
Today, Adam and Alli specialize in creating magnificent memories for a bride and groom.   Adam raves, “Alli approaches photography at an emotional level and connects beautifully with people.  There is something magical about the moments she captures.  I have the technical strength and we help each other.” 
The stunning redhead and the charming boy she met at space camp are truly a flawless team, and it shows in their lovely photographs.  Adam and Alli’s talent, faith and incredible hearts are beautifully displayed in every moment they capture. 
 For more information on Adam + Alli Photography and to view samples of their gorgeous photos, please click here!

{All photos courtesy of Followell Fotography and Blog by Mitchell Walters}
 
 
“I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too big a burden to bear.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we rest and reflect on this beautiful Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we are reminded of what an extraordinary man he was.  Today, we commemorate the birth of a man whose wise words still resonate so deeply within our hearts. 

On December 10, 2017, Mississippi will celebrate its 200 anniversary as a state.  On that very day, a powerful new Civil Rights Museum will open its doors to the public in downtown Jackson. 
Lucy Allen, Museum Division Director for the Department of Archives and History, is the project director for not only the Civil Rights Museum, but also the Museum of Mississippi History, which will also open in 2017.

This state of the art Civil Rights Museum will feature impressive interactive exhibits, with the voices of Mississippi guiding guests through the struggles and victories of civil rights.  One of many galleries will be titled, “Where Do We Go From Here?” and focuses on where Mississippi has been, where we are in 2017, and where we still need to go.  Lucy eloquently says, “The gallery will be forever changing.”

Stephanie Morrisey, also of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, says there will be a tranquil “This Little Light of Mine” Gallery in the middle of the museum.  “This is a hub where guests can go in, re energize, and contemplate.  The museum tells a story that is overwhelming to hear.  Music such as This Little Light of Mine will play in this peaceful space, as people view a beautiful white sculpture, bathed in light.”
Lucy says, “The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is the first state supported civil rights museum in the nation; the legislature has provided the funds.  It is very important that Mississippi’s civil rights museum is state supported.  It shows that what happened in Mississippi has not only had an impact on our state, but also on the nation.”  She adds, “We will not concentrate on many national events; we want to talk about the common people who made a difference in Mississippi.”

With the focus solely on Mississippi’s civil rights story, the Civil Rights Museum will feature around 500 artifacts, including content from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, historic footage from WLBT, and the Medgar and Myrlie Evers papers, which are a “true treasure trove,” says Lucy. 
The outside of this exquisite, moving museum will be completed in June of 2015, and will usher in guests in late 2017. 

For more information on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, please click here

{Blog by Mitchell Walters}

 
 
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

We absolutely love Emerson’s words that every day is the best day in the year.  And a new year is a fresh start!  It’s a time to prioritize, reorganize, and set dreams and goals for the upcoming months.  We are excited to announce a new blog series entitled New Year, New You!  We will be sharing vital information over the upcoming weeks from professionals around the state.  You can expect helpful hints from financial planners, professional organizers, etc. 

With spring quickly approaching, many Mississippians will be looking to buy a new home!  House hunting, securing mortgages, and buying a home can be a stressful, confusing process.

We reached out to Patrick Davis of The Mortgage Connection, LLC, in Madison.  Today, Patrick shares his expert tips and advice for home buyers! 

1. Don’t go buy anything if you are thinking of purchasing a house.  The reason being if you go out and purchase a     vehicle then your “buying power” slowly diminishes.   I should add, don’t buy anything during the loan process!

2. Try not to go look at homes before getting prequalified.   You might find yourself comparing those higher priced homes to your “buying power”.  Plus, you might lose out on a house if you aren’t prequalified.

3. Have your credit report pulled by yourself or a mortgage loan officer.  I would suggest letting a mortgage professional pull it so that way you all can discuss realistic goals and numbers.  Once you have an understanding of your situation then you can house hunt with a clear picture.

4. You don’t have to have 20% or more to put down on a house.  Most lenders have programs that will allow you to put down a minimum of 3.5%. There are programs out there that will allow you to get into a house with 100% financing.  Obviously putting more money down will lower your house note and most of the time will get you a better rate. 

5. You don’t want to be “married” to a house.  This can be solved by understanding how much home you can afford on a monthly basis.  There are a lot of rule of thumbs out there but you need to look at it from the ground – up.   Most of the time you can get prequalified for more home than you want but if you aren’t comfortable with that particular mortgage payment then you don’t need to go look at that house range.   If the buyers are comfortable with a $1000/mo mortgage payment, then work backwards to see what house range fits their situation.  My clients find this to be very helpful.

6. Get a professional real estate agent to help you, like Emily Ferguson of Nix-Tann & Associates, Inc.  This is just as important as getting the right mortgage loan officer.  Having a great real estate agent will guide you through the process with ease and eliminate problems before they arise.  Plus, they know the market value of every house.

7. Know what market you want to live in but also be open to other markets in the area.

8. Get a home inspection.  They can point out potential problems that could require costly repairs down the road as well as items that need to be fixed now.  Don’t use someone the seller has suggested either.

Thank you, Patrick, for this wonderful advice!  Patrick can be reached at 601.559.5990 or Patrick@tmchomeloans.com

{Photo is courtesy of Stephanie Rhea and Blog by Mitchell Walters}
 
 
Following a private first look and foot washing ceremony at their church, Kendall Poole and Will Ellis arrived at The South Warehouse in downtown Jackson.  Throughout their romantic vows, guests held glowing candles, creating a dreamy, intimate affair.  After the service, guests savored delicious fare at an elegant seated dinner, an homage to the bride's beloved Sunday lunches with family.
Kendall and Will's spectacular wedding is featured in the first print issue of Inspiration Mississippi Magazine!   We hope you will pick up a copy today!  All of Kendall and Will's lovely details, inspiring ideas and romantic photographs truly come to life on the pages of Inspiration Mississippi. 
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Vendors:
Ceremony and Reception Venue:  The South Warehouse
Photographer: Adam + Alli Photography
Dress:  The Bridal Path
Hair & Makeup:  Kate McNeely of Trim Salon
Tuxes:  Tuxes Too
Videographer:  Brock Gomez Productions
Lighting: Davaine Lighting
Catering and Florals:  Fresh Cut Catering & Floral
Bartending:  World of Wines & Liquors
Band:  Almost Famous Band
Bride’s Cake:  Cakes by Iris
Groom’s Cake:  The Cake Diva
Transportation:  Your Special Day Car Service
Photo Booth:  Big Bad Photo Booth
On-Site Artist:  Ginger Cook
Ceremony Music: Joyful Praise Choir
Sound:  Bobby Gross Productions
Accessories:  Molly Gee Designs (hair piece and belt) Broque Revival (jewelry)
 
 
In 1970, three fashionable, creative and fun friends decided to open a business in Jackson.  With an interest in gorgeous wedding gowns, the women noticed that brides had to visit large department stores in order to find their perfect dress.  Together, the women opened one of the earliest and most successful bridal boutiques, The Bridal Path.
Radiant brides-to-be flock to the lovely store from all over the South.  The Bridal Path carries some of the most coveted bridal designers, and many of the brands are not carried in nearby stores. 
The Bridal Path's Gail Savage says, “One of our favorite things about working with a bride is being a part of a very special time in a family’s life.  They become part of our family and they all know that there isn’t anything we wouldn’t do for them.”
With many couples getting engaged over the holidays, we asked Gail to share The Bridal Path’s tips for choosing your perfect wedding dress:
Have a budget and tell your consultant what it is!  We want to be respectful of the budget and don't want you to fall in love with something that is more than you want to spend.
Bring your Mom or a close friend; someone who will help you make wise decisions.
Trust your instincts, wedding dresses aren't hard once you start trying on!
If you find something you love, buy it and move on to something else.  So many decisions revolve around what you are wearing and set a tone for the wedding.
Bring pictures or Pinterest photos to give us an idea of what you think you want.  It helps to have a starting place.
Be careful of how many people you bring with you.  Sometimes it can be difficult depending on the personalities to try and please everyone.
Wedding dress shopping should be fun!!  It doesn't have to be stressful.
Buy your gown from someone you trust and can help you with any problems that may arise. The Internet is not always a helpful resource.
Thank you, Gail, for your fantastic advice!  For more information on The Bridal Path, please visit their website here.
{Photos by Caitlyn Sullivan}
{Blog by Mitchell Walters}

 
 
“The Blues are really about telling a story.  Ask any blues musician what the blues represent to them and they will tell you it’s about life and telling their stories.  Mississippi has produced more blues musicians than any other part of this country.  It has not only affected Mississippi, but the culture of the entire United States.”

Dr. Edgar Smith

This Saturday, January 10, runners from around the country will gather at the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art for a beloved race around the city of Jackson.  The Mississippi Blues Marathon, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield, boasts a beautiful, rolling course in the capital city.  Participants will enjoy a spectacular mix of Blues music throughout the race, and award-winning medals will greet them at the finish line.
John Noblin, Director of the race, says, “We are looking forward to again welcoming runners from all over the country and beyond for the 8th Annual Mississippi Blues Marathon.”

While the course is impressive, what’s most impressive is who directly benefits from the race. 

A portion of the proceeds from the annual marathon is donated to the Mississippi Blues Commission’s Musician Benevolent Fund.  Dr. Edgar Smith, founding chairman of the Blues Musician Benevolent Committee explains, “Many of the Mississippi blues musicians are living in extreme poverty, needing food, shelter, and medical care.  We are about assisting these needy blues musicians who don’t have the funds to pay for their medical bills or everyday expenses.  We have even taken care of burial costs.”
Mississippi is the “Home of the Blues” and this poignant music has roots deeply planted in our Delta soil. However, many of the artists who express their heart and soul in the blues are greatly struggling. 

The need to help our blues musicians is real. 

Though Dr. Smith spent much of his life as a biochemist researcher and professor in Boston, Massachusetts, he has returned to his hometown to retire and enjoy life.  “I am a native of the Mississippi Delta.  I have been involved in the blues all of my life.  I grew up next to the biggest juke joint in town and those are the people with whom I grew up.”  Dr. Smith’s heart is in the blues.  Wishing to help these ailing musicians, he took the leadership role with the Fund Committee and says, “The group has been outstanding.”
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Photo of Dr. Edgar Smith with the late blues guitarist James T Model Ford and his wife, Estella (Photo courtesy of Dr. Edgar Smith)
The Mississippi Blues Marathon grants $10,000 each year to the Benevolent Fund.  “This has been a tremendous help to us and we are extremely grateful to Blue Cross Blue Shield.  This is a way for people to directly benefit our blues musicians.”  What a wonderful way to support the musicians who so beautifully express their life stories through the blues. 

For information on the MS Blues Marathon, please click here.

To learn about the Mississippi Blues Commission, visit their website here.  You can learn about the Benevolent Fund here
Thank you, Dr. Edgar Smith, for sharing your story and the opportunity to help Mississippi's blues musicians in need!
{Blog by Mitchell Walters}
 
 
{Bride}  Sarah Elizabeth Starnes
{Groom} Jamey Elkin
{Hometowns} Sarah Elizabeth – Cleveland, MS and Jamey – Jackson, MS
{Wedding Site}  Hutton Chapel at First Presbyterian Church - Jackson, MS
{Reception Site} The Fairview Inn – Jackson, MS

{Bride’s Bouquet} I carried a bouquet of white peonies, dusty miller, white and blush roses wrapped with a family handkerchief. Bouquet by AuCourant Floral

{Bridesmaid Bouquets} The bridesmaids carried bouquets of blush secret garden roses, white majolica spray roses, dusty miller, silver brunia, white hydrangea, blue thistle and astible wrapped in satin ribbon. Bouquets by AuCourant Floral

{How did the two of you meet?}
We met several years ago through Jamey’s cousin, who I worked with. We dated for a while but the timing wasn’t right, until we ran into each other at an event in Belhaven almost 2 years later. We have been together since!


{What is your proposal story?}
One of my best friends called to tell me that she and her husband were coming to Jackson for the weekend and asked us to meet them for dinner. I had no idea she was in on the plan. When we were walking out of my house to leave for dinner (or so I thought), I noticed there were flowers, champagne, and a letter on the back porch. We had sat on my porch before our first date and he decided to propose in the same spot. Then we went to dinner at Walkers, which is our favorite restaurant and the site of our first date. It was fun to have that time for the two of us to let it all soak in. Jamey had also arranged for our family and friends to celebrate with us after dinner. It was the best night!

{What inspired your wedding and reception locations?}

We were married at First Presbyterian Church. Jamey grew up in that church, and I have been at the church since I moved to Jackson. We worshipped there together while we were dating, so we wanted our ceremony to take place in our church. We enjoyed going to dinner and events at the Fairview Inn while we were dating, so it was one of the first reception venues we looked into. We both lived in Belhaven while we were dating and live there now together, so we loved keeping the ceremony and reception in our neighborhood!

{What inspired your color scheme/theme/flowers?}
I really loved the blush tones. I also wanted a touch of blue mixed in the scheme since I had chosen navy for the bridesmaid dresses. I mentioned this to Meredith, and she came up with some great ideas. I absolutely loved her use of blue thistle in the bridesmaids’ bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnieres. She did such a wonderful job!

{How did you pick “the dress?”}
My mom and sister went with me to look for my dress. I knew that I wanted something with lace because I have always thought lace dresses looked so classic and elegant. They pulled a few dresses for me, and the second one I tried was the dress!

{What’s your favorite unique accessory? Is there a story behind it?}
I loved that we were able to incorporate several family pieces into our wedding day. My favorite accessory was a wedding band that was pinned to my bouquet that belonged to my grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. The dates of their weddings are each engraved on the inside of the band (1866, 1900, and 1934).  Also, we were able to use Jamey’s great-grandfather’s 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air to drive away from the wedding and reception. This car has been in Jamey’s family since it was new and it was so special to be able to use it on our wedding day.

{What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process?}
I loved meeting with the vendors! I thought it would be stressful, but they made the process so easy for us. It was fun to get to know such creative people that made our day so wonderful.

{Besides the actual wedding, what was your favorite moment of the wedding day?}
The first look was one of my favorite moments of the day. We had debated about seeing each other before, but I was so glad we did. Everything went by so fast, so it was great to have that time together before the wedding. It also helped us feel relaxed.

{What was your favorite surprise detail/moment about your wedding day?}
I loved when the doors opened right before I walked in. I was surprised at how overwhelmed I felt when I saw Jamey and the faces of our friends and family. Seeing Jamey at the end of the aisle was still emotional even though we had already seen each other earlier. It was such a sweet moment.

{Your favorite picture from the big day?}
It is so hard to pick a favorite because there were so many that I loved! Sully did such a wonderful job of capturing the day. The first look pictures and the pictures outside the Fairview are my favorite ones.

{The picture that represents the two of you best?}
There are two pictures of us laughing together that best represent us. One of the pictures was of us sitting in the chapel after our first look and the other was of us walking outside the Fairview Inn. Jamey makes me laugh a lot, so I loved that Sully captured that.

Photographer: Sully Clemmer
Event Planner: My mom and I did all of the planning. Ruth Smith coordinated the ceremony.
Dress: Bridal Path
Bride’s Jewelry: Family Pieces
Hair: Kristina Myers  (Mod by Kristina)         
Make-up: Kristina Myers (Mod by Kristina)
Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew
Tuxes: suits of their choice
Venue: The Fairview Inn
Rentals: The Fairview Inn
Catering: The Fairview Inn
Bar: The Fairview Inn
Band: Rapheal Semmes Jazz Band
Bride’s Cake: Adrienne Saxon of Jackson, MS
Groom’s Cake: Adrienne Saxon of Jackson, MS
Print Material: Invitations and Napkins by Fresh Ink, Programs by the Bolivar Commercial
Car Service: 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air that belonged to great-grandfather of the groom