Alison and Corey were married on February 8th 2020 at Mississippi College in Clinton Mississippi. The week of their wedding there were wild storms across the entire southeast. There were jokes that the south had experienced every season that week, and it felt true.
There was the enormous fear that their wedding day would be impacted by the bad weather. However the Lord is good and the day of their wedding was absolute perfection! All the out of town guest were able to arrive safely. In fact, it was a beautiful sunny day that wasn’t too hot and wasn’t too cold. It was the first time I was ever in Mississippi and did not sweat. #weddingmiracle
This wedding was unique for me because the bride is a friend of mine. I was so happy when she contacted me to be her wedding. I’ve known her as long as I can remember so it was really special to be able to document her big day. I met Corey at their engagement session back in November when I was in New Orleans Louisiana. You can see their session HERE.
Corey is such a sweet guy and I’m so excited that my friend Alison has found such a great guy to love her for the rest of her life. They just get each other so well and I have an ease about them that is such a blessing.
Alison decided to have a first look with her father before the day got busy. I’m so glad she did because her dad’s reaction was priceless. She gave both sets of parents handkerchiefs that were embroidered with personal notes. A beautiful gift!
They chose to do their first look in the Provine Chapel, and when Corey turned around to see his bride his eyes got enormous. He didn’t even say anything at first because he was just so taken aback. Alison looked absolutely stunning in her gown. They exchanged fun silly gifts, which fits their personalities and relationship. Both gifts made the other laugh really hard. My favorite was the t-shirt that Alison had made for Corey for when they’re on the plane to their honeymoon in Venice. Corey thought that they needed lots of sleep on the plane however he did not want to miss the food. Alison asked her friend Rachel to create a t-shirt that said please wake me for snacks. It was a much-appreciated gift.
The campus at Mississippi College is absolutely beautiful and even though the grounds were really wet the sidewalks in the buildings were just so beautiful for portraits. I just love the beautiful light that was captured.
This ceremony was really lovely and Alison’s uncle officiated. The wedding singer was absolutely incredible and had such a stunning voice that filled the whole chapel.
When Mr. Mike gave Alison away he gave them advice at the alter about marriage. It was the first time I’d seen a Father of the Bride do this in a wedding and I thought it was so sweet.
There were a couple of things in particular that stood out at the reception that I just thought were absolutely amazing. The first is the best man’s speech given by Gabriel. At one point in his speech he asked people to raise their hands to show how long they had been married and then he passed out ring pops to all the couples that have been married over 30 years. It was such a cute way of bringing in the crowd. Gabriel certainly is an entertainer and everyone enjoyed his speech. Also Gabriel thanked everyone who would help make the day possible including photographers. That was the first time I’d ever been thanked in a speech at a wedding and I’m not going to lie I was shocked and really appreciated it.
The other was an incredibly unique way of exiting the wedding reception. They exited their reception having a second line. According to Advocate, “The wedding second line celebrates the newlyweds as they embark on a new life together. The main line leading the parade for a wedding is made up of the married couple, the brass band and usually a grand marshal. The second line is the wedding party and any passersby who want to join the celebration.” The couple led the crowd through the ballroom and the bridal party finished at the end of the line. They marched around the room to music –SO FUN! Then they did a reverse second line. Everyone turned around and then bridal party led the guests out to the front of the building, where the bride and groom finished with their grand exit.
Overall just an incredibly fun and beautiful day. Congratulations Corey + Alison! May your whole married life be as fun as your wedding!