We've got an announcement, Mississippi!!
We are SO EXCITED to announce that we are changing our name from INSPIRE to INSPIRATION MISSISSIPPI! We are thankful for you, our faithful “followers” and friends, and are so blessed to have you on this journey with us! We believe the best is yet to come! We look forward to you continuing to send us your INSPIRATIONal stories and events! 
Our mission statement remains "to create inspirational content and photos by celebrating Mississippi's most elite vendors. Here at Inspiration Mississippi, we are blessed to have the hospitality state and a household of faith at the root of our inspiration." 
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A place where inspiration for events meets a celebration of Mississippi's incredible vendors.
{Image Credits - Photo: Sharon Coker Photography, Bridal Dress: Bella Bridesmaid Jackson, Hair Piece: Molly Gee Designs, Hair and Makeup: Kate McNeely of Trim Salon, Floral: Green Oak Floral, Location: Fondren}
We are here to celebrate Mississippi, its rich history, its beauty and all of the amazing talent our great state has to offer. In our opinion, there's not a more beautiful place on earth for a wedding or event! We strive to "show off" all of the elite vendors and incredible talent across our state and to share with you all of the ways to utilize all of the simple, yet amazing, things found right here at home
{Image Credits - Photo: Christina Foto, Bridal Gown: Bridal Path, Hair Piece: Molly Gee Designs, Hair and Makeup: Kristina Myers, Sequin Dress: Hemline, Floral: Fresh Cut Catering and Floral, Location: Lefluer East House, Rentals: MS Tent}
Not only do we share inspiration for weddings, but we also share inspiration for classic, southern events whether it be a black tie affair, a backyard barbeque or a DIY birthday party.
{Image Credits - Photo: Chao Photography, Bridal Gown: Bridal Path, Floral: Fresh Cut Catering and Floral, Location: MS State Fair}
With the hospitality state and a household of faith at the root of your inspiration, every day life and every event can be one strait out of a storybook. We are inspired by you and would love to share your wedding, event or story! Visit our Submissions Page for all of the details. We cannot wait to hear from you!
{Image Credits - Photo: Chao Photography, Bridal Gown and Earrings: Bridal Path, Hair Piece: Molly Gee Designs, Hair: Bay Dewitt of Parlor Salon, Makeup: Amy Head Cosmetics, Suit: Tuxes Too, Location: MS State Fair}
{Guest Post} Rev. Heath Ferguson

I remember when I was eleven; I had a huge crush on a girl in my class.  At that moment in my life, I was deeply, madly in love.  I recall the feeling I felt when she said that she “liked” me too and we started “going steady."  Something happened then in my life that I can only now begin to identify.  I remember feeling that need to give up some independence in order to achieve happiness for the first time, and I didn’t like it.  Up until then, I had been the center of my own little world, and I only had to receive in order to be happy.  But now, as I began my second decade, that was all being challenged.  I remember the sick feeling in the pit of my stomach as I found myself waiting for another person to reveal how they were feeling before I could know how I was feeling.  This wasn’t cool!  This wasn’t fun!  Since when did I have to be dependent on someone else in order to experience joy?  Why was I losing independence in order to find comfort, meaning, and purpose?  After all, isn’t it when we are completely free that we are completely happy?  Isn’t THAT the American dream?  Aren’t we to be absolutely liberated in order to experience life at its fullest? 

I’m older now, and life has taught me many hard lessons.  One of them is that when you really love someone, deep intimacy is only attainable when you sacrifice control and independence.  I’m realizing that my love for those who mean the most to me is truly what shapes my life, not perpetually attempting to express my freedom and autonomy.  And those I love are also sacrificially surrendering their liberties and control in order to find me and love me.  And to that I’m so very grateful. 

And I think about God and how He loves me.  I think about how He limited Himself in order to come find me.  I think about how this omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent God gave up so much to love me.  Here’s God the Father giving me the perfect manifestation of His love in Jesus Christ.  Here, in Jesus Christ, is God; limited and lowered, who is somehow divine, yet man.  He came to experience life and loss as a mere man, so that I could know Him and love Him. He knew that He was the only way I could know hope and eternal joy.  He came to serve me, through self sacrifice. 

I think about all that means to me.  It makes me feel loved.  It makes me feel amazing.  It makes me want to love Him right back.  So how do I do that?  Do I do that by expressing all of the earthly freedom I can muster?  Do I do that by experiencing all the world has to offer?  The answer is no.  What it means is that I seek out the one I love daily.  It means that I find Him, adore Him and give my everything to Him.  It means that I serve Him, no matter the cost.  It means that I take His Word to heart and spend my life living for Him and doing what delights Him.  That’s what I’m learning love is about.  That’s the lesson in love that the Gospel is teaching me.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die, but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. {Romans 5: 6-8}


{Modern Mother}


Mothers! Who says that your wedding attire has to be one of those same ole' boring dresses that have been around for years? Nobody! Mother of the Bride and Groom dresses have come such a long way in the past few years and mothers these days can look  down right fabulous, as they should! Here are some great looks  from designers that you can find right here in Mississippi at Bridal Path.
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Do you have a big event coming up and want your skin to look its very best?  You should try a HydraFacial treatment at SKIN the Spa at Runnels Center!
The HydraFacial is a highly effective new skin resurfacing technology that is non-invasive and non-irritating. It is also the only procedure currently available that integrates cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and hydration simultaneously, saving time and giving immediately noticeable results with no discomfort or downtime. Used with specifically formulated serums, in combination with a vacuum-based skin abrasion tip, HydraFacial treatments remove dead skin cells and impurities while bathing the healthy underlying skin with deep cleansing, extracting, exfoliating and antioxidant serums. The serums are formulated to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, congested pores, hyper-pigmentation and acne-prone skin.

Check out some before and afters of the this amazing new technology.

{Reduces the appearance of clogged or enlarged pores}
{Softens and plumps lines around the mouth}
{Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead}
{Reduces puffiness and dark circles around the eyes}
{Treats acne breakouts and hyper-pigmentation}
All skin types can benefit from the HydraFacial, even sensitive skin! Before a treatment, the skin is analyzed to determine which solutions, which exfoliating tip and what suction to use.  No two people have the same skin, so there are many settings that can be adjusted for each individual.

For maximum results, they recommend treatments be done every four to six weeks to keep the skin healthy, prevent further damage and make it glow.
 HydraFacial is often featured on TV news and talk shows. Check out Dr. Nassif, of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, talking about the Hydrafacial on Good day L.A. 
After dinner, when Leslie and Chris arrived at her grandparents house to pick up a boat, she found that Chris had set up a tent down by the lake with a collage of photos of their courtship and lots of flowers. In the midst of of all the photos was an envelope with a question mark. When she opened the envelope there were the words "Quieres Casarte Conmigo?" (Will you marry me in Spanish).

In ninth grade, Leslie took her first Spanish class and took her first mission trip to Mexico. She immediately fell in love with the language and is now a Spanish teacher. She and Chris started dating her senior year of high school and
were married in the church she grew up in, First Baptist Church Brookhaven, MS. The church is a special part of Leslie's life and help mold her into the woman she is today. Check out some of our favorite shots captured by Jeff Chao of Chao Photography.
One of the couple's favorite moments came when they had their "first look." After spending so much time planning their wedding and getting ready, it was such a special moment to see each other for the first time on the actual wedding day and spend time together.
On Sunday, Frozen took home the Oscar for Best Animated Feature and for Best Original Song, but the movie had already inspired a group of local artists here in Mississippi as they collaborated to create a series of images inspired by the hit film.

Inspired by the white-hot look of the massive hit film, freelance hair and makeup artist Kristina Myers turned the models into modern day versions of Elsa and Anna.  The looks were achieved using makeup hues of muted pinks and purples with merlot lips on “Elsa” and burnt oranges, deep browns and nude lips on “Anna.”  Their hair was styled to resemble elements of the film with texture, body and a braid detail. Models Molly Gee and Kaitlyn Estep perfectly portrayed their character’s essence with their respective composed and playful expressions.  

The photos were shot by Brian and Hollie Hull of Hull Portraits Studio in rural Flowood. The Hulls created a winter landscape using bare tree limbs, mossy greens, saturated light, and icy-colored architecture to achieve the look of a cold, stark terrain. 

Through their creative collaboration, the artists were able to capture the essence of the heroine’s looks in a fresh and fabulous way.
Here at Inspire, we are all about personalizing your wedding. After all, your big day is just that, YOUR big day!

One of the most fun ways to make a wedding personal is by picking foods that reflect the bride and groom and the family and friends that they have chosen to celebrate with them. We sat down with Wendy Putt, of Fresh Cut Catering and Floral, to talk about food ideas to make your day a true reflection of you as a couple! Wendy recommends picking foods that you not only like, but that represent the places you love and the culture of your guests. She takes pride in getting to know her couples and what makes them unique.
Here are some tips for making your menu your own.

{Taste of Home} Make sure to include foods that reflect where you and your guests are from. Wendy says that many of her clients choose their Mississippi Bar with items such as fried catfish, bar b q and black eyed pea salsa to wow the out of town guests with the flavors of our great state. She suggests also considering regional foods to help the out of town guests feel at home, like a cajun dish and beignets for guests traveling from Louisiana.

{Making Memories} Another idea that Wendy gives for making your food personal is to choose items that reflect special memories in your relationship. Do you love to go out for sushi? Have a sushi bar! Was your first date was at an Italian restaurant? Why not have a pasta bar with each of your favorite sauces.  Were you got engaged in New Orleans? Why not have fresh oysters shucked in front of your guests by Chef Bruce, himself.  Whatever the memory, what better occasion to celebrate it!
{All Inclusive} When considering food items, Wendy suggests trying to include items to suit the needs of your guests. If you know that a lot of children will be present, consider setting up an area with kid-friendly foods like chicken tenders, PB&J or mac-n-cheese. What kid, or adult for that matter, can resist those delicious items? She suggests also making sure to have items like fruit and cheese for any guests who may have dietary restrictions. Having at least one to two items that anyone can eat will ensure that none of your guests leave hungry.

{Team Spirit} Are you and your fiancé die-hard fans of your alma mater? Wendy reflects on one of her favorite set ups, where they served tailgate foods out of the actual tailgate of a vintage truck! Make it even more personal by decorating your “tailgate” with team gear. Getting married during football season? Why not stream the game live so your guests don’t miss out!

{All About Service} According to Wendy, another important part of personalizing your menu, is deciding how the food will be served. The way you choose to serve your food can set the mood of the evening. Are your guests the types who are ready for a cocktail upon arrival? Consider passed appetizers like crab cakes or bacon-pudding bites during your cocktail hour. Do you want to make sure that everyone spends plenty of time on the dance floor? Buffet style is probably your best bet. Want a more formal feel? How about a sit-down dinner? Have a family tradition of eating every Sunday at Grandma’s? Why not take a sit-down dinner in a different direction by having the food served home-style in the center of the table.

These days, weddings are less about traditions and more about celebrating your unique relationship. Choosing a menu that reflects you both is sure to have your guests leaving with a feeling that they experienced a day that was as unique as you are. Wendy takes such pride in being able to help couples achieve this for their event. There’s no wrong way, only the way that best fits you!