{Bride}  Candace Hare
{Groom} Kyle Smith
{Hometowns} Candace - Raymond, MS | Kyle - Byram, MS
{Wedding Site} Bridlewood of Madison- Madison, MS
{Reception Site} Bridlewood of Madison- Madison, MS
{Bride’s Bouquet} Queen Anne’s lace, lavender roses, succulents, white and green hydrangea, lavender spikey, lavender lepto, and white garden roses
{Bridesmaid Bouquets} Lavender roses, succulents, white and green hydrangea, lavender spikey, and lavender lepto

{How did the two of you meet?}
Kyle and I have known each other since high school. When I was in 8th grade and played on the high school's girls' soccer team, he was actually our ball boy! We both went to Mississippi State University, had classes together and tailgated together, but we were always just friends. After Kyle graduated college, he moved to Indiana for a job. Two years later, his job transferred him back home. He joined my gym May of 2014. (He always says he joined because he knew I was a member there) We went on our first date June 27, 2014 and have been together ever since!

{What is your proposal story?}
Kyle wanted to take me out for an early birthday dinner because we had plans on my actual birthday. He decided we should try a new restaurant and made reservations at The Gathering in The Town of Livingston. As we were walking up to the restaurant, I mentioned the Livingston Sweet Shoppe next door and Kyle asked me if I wanted to go before dinner, I naturally, said yes. When we walked in, the owner asked what brought us out for the night and Kyle told him we were celebrating my birthday. He led us straight to the popcorn and started giving me samples of different flavors. As I’m eating the popcorn (my appetizer, right?), I heard someone beating on the glass front door. I turned to look and I saw my entire family waving at me through the windows. I was super confused so I turned to Kyle for an explanation and there he was on one knee holding the most beautiful ring! **Que the water works** Both of our families rushed in cheering and that's when I noticed our friends were there watching through the windows too! What was really cool, Kyle got my brother in law to set up his go pro and it videoed the whole thing! We all went to eat at The Gathering where there were balloons, signs, cakes, flowers, and gifts. It was the most incredible thing.

{What inspired your wedding and reception locations?}

As soon as we got engaged, a family friend mentioned to me a new venue that was in the works of being built! She told me that they already had a similar location in Hattiesburg, MS. The very next weekend I went to The Barn at Bridlewood in Hattiesburg to check it out and I instantly knew that if Bridlewood of Madison were to be anything like the original one, that it would be absolutely perfect! I booked Bridlewood of Madison that day and the venue hadn’t even started to be built yet! It was so exciting (and sometimes nerve-racking) seeing the entire process of the venue being built from start to finish! Marcus, the co-owner, was so patient with me every time I would ask to come see the progress! He was truly wonderful!

{What inspired your color scheme/theme/flowers?}

I wanted something springy, whimsical, romantic, and a little vintage. Purple is my favorite color and green is Kyle’s favorite color so I just chose soft purples and greens and went with it!

{How did you pick “the dress?”}

I went to two different dress stores in Jackson. I liked everything but didn’t love anything! My mom and I decided to make the trip to Mimi’s Bridal in Laurel, and found the one! I had been avoiding strapless dresses the entire dress shopping process and I ended up loving a strapless!

{What’s your favorite unique accessory? Is there a story behind it?}
I have two- The first is a blue crystal bunny (our last name is Hare) that my older sister attached to her bouquet in her wedding 6 years prior. The second was my “something old” which was my mom’s diamond bracelet!


{What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process?}
Honestly, my favorite part of the process was when all the details were finalized! Haha- I am a very indecisive person so, wedding planning was harder for me! Thank goodness for Kyle, my mom, sisters, and best friends because they were a lot of help! Also, I am very thankful for our wedding coordinator, Meredith McCullough, who took all of my planning and ideas and turned them into reality the day of our wedding! She totally got my vision!!

{Besides the actual wedding, what was your favorite moment of the wedding day?}

We had to have our rehearsal the morning of the wedding because our venue was booked the Friday night before. One of my favorite moments was being with Kyle, our family, and wedding party in a calm, casual *no makeup* atmosphere eating breakfast together before the rehearsal. I know people say its bad luck to see your groom before the first look or wedding ceremony but it just felt right! Another favorite moment was our letter exchange, first look, and gift exchange! It was such a sweet and special time that Kyle and I got to have before the group photos and wedding started!

{What was your favorite surprise detail/moment about your wedding day?}

I was surprised that it didn’t rain!! The entire week leading up to the wedding had an 80% chance of rain for the wedding day. We were planning for an outdoors ceremony which had stress levels a little high! It sprinkled that morning and then the weather was perfect for the rest of the day! The Lord answered all of our prayers!

{Your favorite picture from the big day?}

One of my favorite pictures was the one of me and Kyle kissing and our wedding party cheering in the background!

{The picture that represents the two of you best?}

Probably the one of me smashing wedding cake in Kyle’s face. He told me after, that he hadn’t planned to do it and didn’t think I would either. I totally caught him off guard and it was awesome! We are very playful and love to laugh and have a good time so I think that one represents us well!


Vendors:

Photographer: Brian Flint Photography
Weekend Coordinator: Meredith McCullough/Stella & Co. Events
Dress: Mimi’s Bridal
Bride’s Jewelry: Mom’s diamond bracelet
Headpiece: Molly Gee Designs
Hair: Memrie Haguewood at Luxe Salon
Make-up: Janell Vandevender
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse
Videographer: Take Two Video Pro
Venue: Bridlewood of Madison
Rentals: Eventful
Florist: Fresh Cut
Catering: 4Top Catering
Bar: Char Bar
Band: The Dantones
Bride’s Cake: That Special Touch
Groom’s Cake: Kyle’s great grandmother made mini fried pies and pound cake
Print Material: Invitation and monogram- Love Supply Co
Car Service: Trolley - Phoenix Limousine


 
 
With a neutral canvas topped with pops of color, piles of pillows and cozy textures, Kim Rogers of Persnickety created her son’s perfect haven. “The design is cowboy and Indian. I loved mixing Pendleton Indian blankets with modern colors. The John Deere green side table is exactly that color, John Deere Green,” she smiles. “The striped bedding adds a modern touch to the white and black geometric rug, and all of the pictures are family photographs and drawings.”

Rogers beautifully blended the room with new and old pieces. An Alphabet wall hanging and rustic bear chairs from Persnickety pair nicely with sentimental family objects, such as vintage milk jugs from her grandfather, who was a milkman. When designing any space, Rogers recommends leaving a wall or corner slightly unfinished. “I love having room to grow; it keeps my creative juices flowing.”

{Blog post by Mitchell Walters}
 
 

For the second year in a row, people are going Over the Edge with friends, Friends of Children’s Hospital that is! Edgers, those that are going over the edge, will rappel down the 14 story Trustmark Corporate Office building tomorrow Saturday, April 22nd beginning at 8:00 a.m.

To be able to go Over the Edge, Edgers had to raise at least $1000. They were also encouraged to raise even more! Edgers that raise $1,500 or more receive 2 passes to the “Drop Party” at the Governor’s Mansion Friday night, April 21st. Those that raise $2,000 or more are eligible to use a GoPro during their rappel. As part of the Drop Party Friday night, 10 VIP Edgers will be rappelling down the building. To date, 60 Edgers are scheduled to rappel down the building throughout the day tomorrow.

Board member, David Spurk came across the idea to go Over the Edge. “He saw this event in another town and thought it would be a new, exciting event for Friends to put on and the rest is history,” says Elisha Bailey, Director of Giving and Community Partnerships for Friends of Children’s Hospital. “So far $157,095 has been raised and that amount continues to grow!” Last year, the event raised over $173,000, surpassing their original goal of $100,000. Money raised will go directly to Friends of Children’s Hospital, the organization that raises funds for Children’s of Mississippi. “With the recent announcement of a Capital Campaign to renovate and expand Batson Children’s Hospital, Friends will be focusing our support on this transformative project to improve pediatric health care in Mississippi. Funds raised from Over the Edge will help make the dream of a new hospital for children come true,” says Bailey.

Of course the main event will be the rappelling down the building, but there will be other fun activities for those that come to watch. There will be a Kids’ Zone with face painting, photo snapshots, balloons, games, and an opportunity to design a card or crown for a patient at Batson. There will also be food trucks offering delicious food to enjoy while watching the Edgers rappel.

As Edgers prepare to go Over the Edge, they will be welcomed by signs made by patients at the hospital congratulating them and thanking them for their participation. Let's support Friends of Children's Hospital and all they do to support Mississippi's only hospital for children. For more information about Over the Edge with Friends, please click here. To learn more about Friends of Children’s Hospital, please click here.

{Blog posted by Jill Dale}





 
 
Did you know that April 1st is International Pillow Fight Day? And how, might you ask, do you celebrate International Pillow Fight Day? By donating a new pillow to the Salvation Army! Many of you did just that on April 1st right here in Jackson. Inspiration Mississippi was thrilled to partner with The Salvation Army, Anjou, Amerigo, CHAR, Saltine and Sombra to celebrate our third annual Pillow Donation Day!

The pillows were donated to the Salvation Army of Jackson to provide a Mississippian with a comfortable place to sleep.  Donors received a $5 coupon to participating restaurants for each donation made. New pillows for those in need and a discount on your meal is a win-win for everyone involved!

“The donated pillows will be used in our shelter, the Center for Hope,” said Rosalind Yarber, Director of Social Services. The Center for Hope is a shelter that houses men and women, 18 years old and older. It is operated entirely by donations whether that be food, clothing, bed linens, towels, personal hygiene products, etc. “We are so appreciative of the pillows that were donated,” smiles Yarber. The shelter is open year around daily from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. It serves to give residents a hand up, not a hand out. Residents not only get a place to lay their head, they take part in many of the services that are available to assist them. “Our case managers work with residents to guide them and assist them in becoming productive members of society,” continues Yarber. They assist residents in finding and applying for jobs and also applying for various grants to help with temporary housing and also vouchers for food, clothing, and furniture. They also offer GED classes to the public and to residents through a partnership with Jackson Public Schools.

The Salvation Army’s motto, “Doing the Most Good” is evident in everything they do right here in Jackson. Their mission is to serve others – every day. You can be a part of the “good” they are doing by volunteering, partnering with them in their various programs and giving financially to help them with their mission. To learn more about The Salvation Army and other ways you can assist them, please visit their website The Salvation Army.

Once again, Mississippians showed how generous they are through our third annual Pillow Donation Day and we want to say “Thank you!” from the team at Inspiration Mississippi!
 
{Blog post by Jill Dale}


 
 
Brown Bottling Group is excited to share its newest offering, LIFEWTR. A purified water that is pH balanced with electrolytes added for taste, LIFEWTR combines creativity and design to serve as source of inspiration and hydration. The bottles provide a beautiful canvas for art and design, featuring rotating label motifs created by emerging and developing artists, whose work will serve as a spark of creativity and dose of inspiration.

“One of the coolest things about this premium water is that the artwork on the labels will change every three months or so. There are currently 3 bottle designs, and there will be 3 brand new designs to replace the current ones at the end of May,” says Emily Helm, Marketing Manager at Brown Bottling Grown. Series 1 artists include MOMO, Craig and Karl, and Jason Woodside. All 3 artists create vibrant art for public spaces.

Be inspired and unleash your creative potential with LIFEWTR. To learn more about Brown Bottling Group, click here. You can find more information about LIFEWTR and read about the Series 1 artists at www.lifewtr.com

 

Easter Blessings

04/16/2017

 
I know that my redeemer lives,and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me!
Job 19:25-27

Florist:  Willow Blu
Photographer:  Katelyn Anne Photography

Easter blessings from the team at Inspiration Mississippi.







 
 
Rarely does an event complement a bride so beautifully.  Beneath a chandelier wrapped in greenery and florals, Alexa Stone and her dearest friends gathered in her fiancé’s family garden for a dreamy bridal shower.

“Alexa has a very vintage, bohemian and chic style and personality.  We wanted the party to be the perfect mix of elegance meets flower child,” says her best friend and future sister-in-law, Kaci Morrison. 

“I couldn't believe how every single detail of the shower was a complete reflection of me,” smiles Stone.  “I was overwhelmed.  It was total perfection, from the flowers and food to the décor, everything was perfect.”

On the morning of the party, the hostesses secretly gathered to create exquisite floral crowns with Greenleaf Florals.  Braided with a mix of peonies, daises and greenery, the crowns topped each place setting, astonishing each and every guest.  Stone was floored.  “Not only did the girls take the time to hand make one for me, they made these magnificent flower crowns for every single guest.”

Before toasting the bride with champagne, her friends pinned a handwritten note to an antique birdcage.  It was the perfect sendoff after an afternoon beautifully blended with elegant and bohemian details.  Stone reflects, “I will always remember the incredible toast.  It was very humbling to be sitting there, showered by such thoughtfulness and beauty, knowing it is all for you.  To realize you truly have people in your life who know the real you and celebrate your individuality is the most special feeling. I wish that for everyone!”

Venue:  The Morrison Home                                                                                                                                                Florist:  Greenleaf Florist
Cake:  Nothing Bundt Cakes
Cookies:  Campbell’s Bakery
Macarons:  La Brioche Bakery

{Blog post by Mitchell Walters}
 
 
“I have always connected with nature and the history of my family in the outdoors.  But I had grown increasingly frustrated that classic hunting gear had not changed.  It didn’t have modern functionality; there was no place for your cell phone.  So, Wren & Ivy was born,” smiles B.C. Rogers.  “I couldn’t find what I wanted, so I designed and made it myself.  We took classic looking gear and added modern functionality to it.”

Wren & Ivy is a family business based in Madison, creating impressive hunting and outdoor gear.  Each handsome piece is handmade and comes with a lifetime guarantee.  Most of the Wren & Ivy rugged leather bags are crafted in Leon, Mexico.  Rogers says, “Leon is the leather capital of the world and provides the best consistent quality; all of our bags have a great weathered look.  Our motto is ‘Leave a Legacy.’  The day your bag looks the worst is the day you receive it.  We used ours this past hunting season and after over fifty days in the field, they looked incredible.”

Wren & Ivy also has an impressive array of outdoor accessories. “We have everything from a sleep bag to a Gentleman’s Grooming Kit.  All of our products were designed by a man and made with masculine materials – wax canvas and bridle leather.  If you want to personalize your gift, embossing is included in all of our products!  It’s nice to personalize a gift for your husband or father.  It really makes it special for them,” says Rogers.

The intricate Wren & Ivy logo has a wonderful family story.  Rogers smiles, “I designed the logo with an artist friend from Vermont.  My three-year-old daughter is Wren and my one-year-old son is named Ivy.  In the middle of the logo sits the Wren, representing my beautiful daughter, and she is surrounded and protected by her brother, Ivy.  She is resting on three petals, symbolizing the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.”

Rogers adds, “I would never presume my children will take over the company one day.  But I want them to know that everything my wife, Kim, and I do is certainly for them and with them in mind.”  He smiles, “Wren loves to walk in, point to the logo and say, ‘That’s me!’”

Handsome gear guaranteed to last a lifetime.  What a legacy Wren & Ivy will leave on generations to come.  Wren & Ivy products are available in Persnickety, a gorgeous shop in Madison.  For more information on this extraordinary Mississippi company and to purchase products online, please visit www.wrenandivy.com.

{Blog post by Mitchell Walters}

 
 
Saturday, April 8th is National Zoo Lovers Day! Celebrated nationwide, this is a great excuse to get your family and friends together and visit one or all of the zoos located here in our great state!

The Hattiesburg Zoo

The Hattiesburg Zoo is located on over 14 acres amidst oak and pine trees surrounding Hattiesburg’s Kamper Park. The zoo includes over 55 different species of animals from 5 different continents! Experience the animals up close as you learn about them at the zoo, a living classroom. The EdZOOcation Center helps kids of all ages discover animals with direct access to a "petting zoo" and live talks provided by a zookeepeer. You can also picnic at the zoo, ride the carousel or take a ride on the train. For more information visit http://www.zoohattiesburg.com/

Jackson Zoological Park

The Jackson Zoological Park is located on 110 acres of land, with 54 of those acres developed, in Mississippi’s capital city of Jackson. The zoo is an interactive family friendly facility that offers various animal displays including chimpanzees, Sumatran tigers, Grevy's zebras, giraffes, red wolves and more. While at the zoo, be sure to catch a ride on the Replica Steam Train at Livingston Park. For more information visit http://jacksonzoo.org/

Although Zoo Lovers Day is celebrated tomorrow, April 8th, you can visit the Jackson Zoo tonight, April 7th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm for the 10th annual Zoo Brew. This 21-and-up event has grown from 80 guests and a limited selection of beers when it started in 2007, to 24 home brewers and 80 craft tastings! There will also be a dozen restaurants coming with delicious samples, specialty cocktails, the Jackson Zoo Brew "Get TRex'd" IPA from Lucky Town, the annual Tyson Wing Eating Competition, an awesome raffle, and great live music, all in the shadow of 12 animatronic dinos visiting on the African Forest Boardwalk.

Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo

Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo is home to over 260 animals. Explore the heart of where the buffalo roam on the monster bison bus or hop aboard the open air trolley to experience all the sights, sounds, and smells of the park. Some of the species you will see include water buffalo, giraffes, kangaroos, wallabies, zebras, lions, tigers and bears, along with many others. You will even have the opportunity to feed some of the animals and see them face to face including Joe the Camel, Patches the Giraffe and Zeke and Zelda the Zebras. Visit the petting zoo where kids can get up-close with rabbits, turkeys, pigmy goats, pot belly pigs and deer. Younger kids can also enjoy pony rides, while guided horse trail rides are available for the entire family. For more information visit http://www.tupelobuffalopark.com/

Get outside and visit a zoo this weekend and be sure to use #NationalZooLoversDay when you post on social media.

 
 

“A Labor and Delivery nurse actually set us up,” laughs Lauren Barry.  “Todd and I were introduced when I was a Resident.  I am an OBGYN and Todd is an Anesthesiologist.  She got it right; we are a perfect match!”
 
Todd Versteegh and his bride envisioned a romantic church wedding, followed by a magnificent lakeside reception in the Town of Livingston.  As the bride walked down the aisle, she clutched a lovely bouquet of succulents, peonies and hydrangeas.  Pinned to the flowers was a locket hugging a photograph of her late father.  “I borrowed my cousin’s locket and we put my dad’s picture inside.  It was a special combination: my something borrowed and my dad.”

Barry and her mother planned the perfect evening.  She smiles, “I felt like our wedding was such a celebration of us.  My mom was just so excited and happy for us and she made it fun.” After slipping into cowboy boots, the bride and groom enjoyed dancing beneath a gorgeous tent and enjoying sweets from the ice cream bar.  The newlyweds posed for a photograph with their three beloved dogs, then bid farewell in their grand getaway, a vintage Rolls Royce.

VENDORS:

Photographer:  Adam + Alli Photography
Event Planner:  Kendall Poole Event Planning
Dress:  The Bridal Path
Bride’s Jewelry:  Family locket
Hair:  Molly Gee Designs
Bridesmaid Dresses:  The Bridal Path
Tuxes:  Tuxes Too
Videographer:  Film Poets
Venue:  St. Luke’s Church in Fondren and the Town of Livingston
Lighting:  Davaine Lighting
Rentals:  Pretty Presentations
Catering:  Pretty Presentations
Bar:  World of Wines
Band:  Memphis Soul Revue
Bride’s Cake:  Cake Diva
Groom’s Cake:  Cake Diva
Print Material:  Emily Ferguson for Designs by KPEP
Car Service:  Way Back in Time

{Blog by Mitchell Walters}