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Happy Mother's Day!

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Happy Mother's Day!

This is dedicated to all the moms who planned every detail, cried happy tears, buttoned-up dresses, adjusted ties, and danced the night away. You are so appreciated, and your love doesn't go unnoticed on your son or daughter's wedding day.

Often times for weddings, the mother of either the bride or groom is the first person we meet. They are the unseen heroes of the wedding day- making sure every detail is just right and taking care of everyone around them. 

We’ve put together some of our favorite “momma moments” to celebrate this special week. We feel so privileged to document such an important day for these families. From giving a heartwarming speech to holding an umbrella over the bride and groom while they dance in the rain, these are truly priceless memories!

Happy Mother’s Day!  

 

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Emily + Blake {Wedding} - Natchez, MS

Happy Spring! 

We are almost finished with our busy editing season and will soon move into wedding season again! Our latest wedding we are now able to share with you was set at a venue you may recognize from another film of ours - The Auburn Antebellum Home in Natchez, MS. It was such a pleasure to be part of Emily and Blake's wedding! The groom's reaction as his bride walked up the aisle was priceless. The weather and lighting was perfect during the late afternoon ceremony. The reception was held mainly in the back courtyard, beautifully decorated tables and lights strung across the entire area. Just as the couple was announced by the DJ and entered for their first dance, it started to rain. Ironically, their song was the Adele version of "To Make You Feel My Love" and these are the first lines:

When the rain is blowing in your face
And the whole world is on your case
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love

They continued to dance in the rain until it picked up and started to really pour. Just when we thought they would have to come inside and finish after the rain passed, the mother of the bride and a bridesmaid came running to the couple's side with umbrellas in hand. They stood in the rain just to hold the umbrellas over the bride and groom so they could finish their first dance - we thought that was so sweet!

The rain eventually cleared out and all of the guests were able to enjoy the dance floor. The bride and bridesmaids also had been practicing all day for a surprise choreographed dance that they later performed at the reception! We are so glad to have been able to film another Natchez wedding!

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Jordan + PJ {Wedding} - Hattiesburg, MS

Happy Thursday!

Back in late October, we had the pleasure of working with the Bakery Building in Hattiesburg, MS for two weekends in a row. Right across the street from the train station, it has become one of the most popular venues for weddings in the city, and understandably so! The vintage industrial character of this building is unmatched with its original hardwood floors, metal beams on the ceiling, and exposed brick walls. According to their website: "Originally built in 1927, The Bakery Building served as a full-scale bakery for many years. Over time and through changes in ownership (and several hurricanes), the building fell into disrepair. In 2003 an ambitious project began to restore the building, expose the inherent beauty and character of the space, and repurpose it for life today." 

Jordan & PJ discovered our work just one month before their wedding day and decided they had to book us! We are so excited that they did- their wedding video is such a sweet one. The letters they read to one another during their First Look were so heartfelt and authentic. Probably the most emotional part of the day was the Father-Daughter First Look. The reaction of Jordan's dad seeing her as a bride for the first time was absolutely priceless. We also loved how fun their Father/ Daughter and Mother/Son dances were at the reception. Jordan and her dad danced to "You've Got a Friend in Me" from the Disney movie, Toy Story (you can see in the video that before the dance, her dad is wearing a Woody cowboy hat.) We loved working with their families and team of vendors on this beautiful wedding day in Hattiesburg!

Venue: The Bakery Building | Videography: Pioneer Productions | Photography: Hannah Busing | Florals & Catering: Elements Catering and Floral Designs

- Ashley

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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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Rebecca + Adam {Wedding} - Natchez, MS

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Rebecca + Adam {Wedding} - Natchez, MS

One of our last summer weddings was held in the historic city of Natchez, MS, which sits just east of the Mississippi River. We were able to get some beautiful drone shots in just before the rain came, and the sun made its way back out just in time for the ceremony! The bride and groom requested that their vows not be included in their highlight video, so we knew we had to pick the perfect song to go along with this story; It's now one of our favorites! Auburn, the name of the home/museum built in 1812, featured a beautiful spiral staircase that is original to the house.

The outdoor ceremony, situated in the front yard of Auburn, began right at sunset which made for wonderful lighting. The bride, along with the flower girl and ring bearer, arrived by horse and carriage. The groom was turned around, facing away from the driveway, and anxiously waited for his bride. She was escorted up the aisle by her father, who is a local pastor and served as the officiant of the wedding. The couple exchanged vows, tied a unity knot, and exited on the carraige. The reception included great food and a fun "magic mirror" photo booth inside, as well as a dance floor outside. It was a beautiful day!

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Taste of West Jackson Food Competition {Ministry}

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Taste of West Jackson Food Competition {Ministry}

We have recently enjoyed filming and interviewing several restaurant owners for an upcoming competition hosted by our church called the Taste of West Jackson. We've been wanting to branch out into doing some videos for businesses for a while now and it's been a fun process! This particular video was made for Chi-town Salads and Sandwiches. The story behind Famo's restaurant made for an exciting editing process! We're planning on doing several more videos for the other restaurants participating in the competition. You can check out the other films we've done thus far on the Common Ground Facebook page. We can't wait to share more of our work soon! 

 

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Hope + Colton {Wedding} - Hattiesburg, MS

Hope + Colton {Wedding} - Hattiesburg, MS

On the last Saturday in June, we traveled south for Hope and Colton's wedding! The ceremony and reception were both held at Destiny Church in Hattiesburg, MS. It seemed like the entire building was filled with beautiful, personal decorations and details that really helped us tell the story of this sweet couple. From the touching photos of loved ones whom had passed away attached to the bride's bouquet, to the impressive SR-71 Titanium- a rare artifact from the Cold War- at the groom's table, everything was so unique and personal to the bride and groom. They also shared heartfelt letters to one another following the ceremony. Hearing the bride's account of how they fell in love at a hospital where they both work was priceless! Hope also gave us a big compliment about our work that we really appreciated. After finding us online and watching a few of our videos, she told Colton she wanted to go ahead and book us. Since we were the only videographers they had looked into so far, he suggested searching for a few more just to have more options to choose from. But Hope said she already knew she wanted us to film their wedding! She said she loved how we accentuate all of the special touches that make a wedding personal. We really enjoyed filming this special wedding, and we will be back to film and photograph another Hattiesburg wedding in October!