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Sydney + Steven {Engagement} - Rodney, MS

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Sydney + Steven {Engagement} - Rodney, MS

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Hey there!

This week we are featuring one of our latest engagement sessions - perfect timing for Valentine's Day! Just as the weather was turning cooler here in Mississippi, we finally found a couple who wanted to brave a portrait session with us in a ghost town called Rodney. We've been out there exploring before but had never done any couples' portraits until now! Sydney and Steven were the perfect clients to go on this fun adventure with. They are such a sweet couple and loved seeing all of these historic buildings with us. 

Rodney sits just northeast of Natchez, MS so it's pretty close to the Mississippi River. There's a few different structures and cemeteries still standing in this little ghost town, but we just stayed around three structures while we were shooting: Old Rodney Presbyterian Church, Rodney Baptist Church, and Rodney Masonic Lodge. The town is not completely deserted; there are a handful of people who still live in the area, but all of the original structures have been abandoned for a long time.

Since the last time we came to Rodney (photo at the bottom of this post), the Masonic Lodge doors have been closed off  - it was in the worst shape out of the three. The Baptist church (circa 1850) is a beautiful white building trimmed with green shutters. Both inside and out, it has so much architectural charm that we love. The Presbyterian church (circa 1829) sits just across the way and is in much better shape. As a tall brick building right off the dirt road, it's hard to miss. It's famous for receiving the brunt of a squabble during the Civil War. According to stories we've read, the pastor at that time invited Union crew members from the USS Rattler gunboat to attend his service. However, Confederates heard about this and burst into the church to arrest them, violating their Sunday truce. When fellow Union crew members found out about the Confederates breaking the truce, they retaliated by firing a cannonball at the church. The damage is still visible on the front exterior. (In the photo below, you can see it in the brick, above the green shutters on the right.)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Until next time,

RD & Ashley

Behind the Scenes:

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Nadia + Ismael {Wedding} - Pearl, MS

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Nadia + Ismael {Wedding} - Pearl, MS

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We're back! 

It's been a busy few months! We've had so many weddings consecutively, and can't wait to share all of our new films and photos! It's been a great time, but we are glad to have a break soon.

One of our favorite weddings was Nadia and Ismael's. This was our first wedding to be a part of that was completely Spanish-speaking, as well as our first Catholic mass ceremony. We loved getting to know their family and all of their awesome cultural traditions! One of these traditions at the reception involved the couple standing on chairs, while their friends and family held them up. Her veil was held between them both, as other wedding guests tried to knock them over. We won't give away the rest, but watch their film for the full story! With all the excitement, their wedding day flew by. It was a truly original day, and we enjoyed being a part of it. We were not able to fit in their engagement session before their wedding day, so we ended up doing their session about a week after the wedding. It turned out better than we could have planned that way because we were able to get some amazing shots of Ismael and Nadia in their wedding attire as well! For any engaged couples who don't want a 'First Look' on your wedding day, this is a great alternative so you can have a full portrait session completely unrushed by all of the wedding day festivities. 

More to come soon!

-RD & Ash

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Katie + Seth {Engagement} - Swallow Falls, Maryland

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Katie + Seth {Engagement} - Swallow Falls, Maryland

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Welcome to our new site design!! Still playing catch up on our blog...if you follow us on Instagram (@pioneerproductionsms), you have seen a glimpse of this gorgeous engagement session. We were so excited to finally get to shoot in RD's home state of Maryland! We started out walking through the trails at Swallow Falls State Park and ended lakeside at Herrington Manor State Park. This was our first session to use our new DRONE! (You'll be able to see some of our recent drone footage in our latest wedding films). The entire afternoon ended up being the best adventure - we explored, laughed until we cried, got some amazing shots with the drone, and saw a black bear in the woods. Katie and Seth were such good sports braving the waterfall! We will be back in Maryland in just a couple of weeks to shoot these sweet friends' wedding so stay tuned! - Ash

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