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Chelsie + Dillon // Ruston, LA Wedding Video

Stunning Courtyard Wedding in Ruston, LA

Filmed in downtown Ruston at the Norton Building, Chelsie & Dillon's wedding film features the bride's sweet First Looks with her dad and the groom, tear-jerker speeches from the couples' best friends, & a breathtaking courtyard ceremony.

Videography: Pioneer Productions http://www.pioneerproductions.org/

Venue: The Norton Building https://www.facebook.com/thenortonbuilding/

Photography: Desirae Gooding Photography https://www.desiraegoodingphotography.com/

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Cassie + Jake // Macon, MS Wedding

This week we are sharing the love story of Cassie and Jake! They tied the knot at a beautiful, private residence near Macon. The weather was perfect for an outdoor wedding! We started the day by capturing Cassie and her bridesmaids getting ready upstairs in the huge lodge-style home. She shared a priceless moment with her mom who helped button her dress then walked out to the opening of the stairs for her father to see her for the first time that day! One of the sweetest moments of the day was definitely the first look between the bride and groom. Jake waited patiently at the end of the aisle with Cassie’s flowers. When she tapped on his shoulder for him to turn around, the look on Jake’s face was priceless. Since the weather was so perfect and there was a lot of extra time in the schedule, we were able to fly our drone a lot on this day! Not only did we get shots of the property and surrounding areas, but we also got a lot of the bride and groom standing under a giant tree that we thought was beautiful. Definitely some of our favorite shots of the day! The ceremony was held in the backyard with the bridal party positioned under the porch and the guests’ seating in the grass. There was a wooden arch structure at the end of the aisle with double doors which made for a grand entrance for the bridal party. There were hundreds of guests at this wedding- many people had to stand when they ran out of seats. You could tell Cassie and Jake are really loved by their family and friends! The bride was escorted into the ceremony by her father in a vintage car. The couple exchanged vows and rings in a very sweet Christian ceremony. Cassie’s best friend sang a special song as they lit a unity candle. When they kissed and were announced husband and wife, the smiles on their faces brought joy to everyone there! The couple exited the ceremony in the car, and we loved how she stuck her bouquet out the window! The reception was held both inside the house and outside on the back porch/ tent. There was a lot to take in here- a live band, dancing, photo booth, football game on the tv, and plenty of people! Cassie and Jake ended the night with a big sparkler exit which we also filmed with our drone. They had a lot of talented vendors at this wedding and hope to cross paths again!

Venue: Private Home

Photography: Denise Williams Photography

Videography: Pioneer Productions

Music: Analog Heart

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Ashley + Matthew // Starkville, MS Wedding

If you are a Mississippi State University fan, you have to see this wedding film!! Ashley and Matthew are both graduates of MSU and were married on campus at the Chapel of Memories. We started our day filming the bridal party getting ready alongside Ashley's cute dogs and chickens! The father/ daughter first look was priceless, and we loved how sweet Ashley's mom was with helping with her dress. Their house was filled with MSU memorabilia that helped display their love for all things State! The Chapel of Memories was a beautiful venue featuring large stained glass windows and elegant fountains. There was space open on both sides of the pews which made it perfect for getting any angle we needed during the ceremony. We really loved how Ashley and Matthew had written their own vows to exchange and took communion at the end! After taking pictures around campus with the happy couple, we all headed to the reception at The Mill. They had wonderful food available, including prime rib! It was a fun night of filming cake cutting, corn hole games, and dancing in Starkville!

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Lindy + Jared // Biloxi, MS Wedding

In April we traveled to Biloxi, MS for the beautiful wedding of Lindy and Jared! The groom and groomsmen prepped for the day at the new Margaritaville Resort while the bride and bridesmaids got ready at the venue, upstairs at the Slavonian Lodge. Lindy was assisted with her dress by her mom, and she also had a really sweet First Look with her dad! It was perfect weather the entire day, which helped set the scene for the bride and groom's special First Look under the beautiful oak trees. The way Jared looked at Lindy as he saw her in the wedding dress for the first time was priceless!

The ceremony was held in the large ballroom at the lodge. The bride and groom's families were seated in front of the stage. Other guests were seated at beautifully decorated tables detailed with fresh flowers already set for the reception. Lindy was escorted into the ballroom by her father up the aisle and by her groom up the stairs to the stage. The couple exchanged vows and rings underneath a gorgeous arch of flowers. We also thought it was cute when the ring bearer pulled a little Rubix cube out of his pocket to play with while on stage! After their vows were sealed with a kiss, the chairs where the family had been seated were moved aside to make room for the dance floor while the bridal party took pictures outside. 

We loved how many flowers were around the room and their cool globe used as a guest sign-in! Everything was decorated in a really sophisticated grand style; from one of the largest cakes we've seen to the amazing ice sculpture, it was really something to see! After finishing up some pictures for the photographers and drone shots for us, the couple was announced as they re-entered the reception. Jared shared a sweet dance with his bride Lindy, as well as his mother. Then Lindy and her father started to what at first seemed like a "normal" father/ daughter dance. In the middle of the song, the music started to skip as if something had gone wrong with the DJ's equipment. Everyone was looking around trying to figure it out when all of the sudden a new song came on while Lindy and her father started dancing in sync! They had rehearsed this dance all along that featured a medley of hip-hop, disco, country line dancing, and the twist- such a special memory with her dad! They ended the dance by pulling in other family and bridal party members to join them on the dance floor. Everyone was having so much fun, and we loved how full their dance floor stayed almost the entire evening! One of our favorite shots is of Lindy's grandparents dancing together, and you can see Lindy and Jared to the left of them dancing together as well. We ended our time at the reception by grabbing a few shots of the couple's traditional money dance with their guests, the awesome vintage car they rented, and of course a beautiful sparkler exit at the front of the lodge.

We are very grateful for both families, the wedding party, and the awesome team of vendors for helping to make this wedding day go so smoothly and beautifully! We really enjoyed working alongside the talented photographers, Mark and Jeff!

Venue: Slavonian Lodge | Photography: Mark Eric Photography of New Orleans | Videography: Pioneer Productions | Floral Designs: Angie Stenum Event Design | DJ: Fuji Delahoussaye | Lighting and Father/Daughter Remix Music: Touch of Class Productions | Cake: Tanya Cumbest, The Cake Designer LLC

We had a lot of fun shooting and editing this wedding video! RD captured some breathtaking drone shots of the beach as well as the venue that are featured all throughout the film. But we also had a "blooper" (aka crash!) that we have shared below for a good laugh! (The drone was not damaged thankfully)

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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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Marie + Andrew {Wedding} - Decatur, MS

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Marie + Andrew {Wedding} - Decatur, MS

It's not every day you get to film a wedding at a castle! Our latest wedding highlight video was filmed in Decatur, MS at Pierce Castle. One of our early wedding videos from 2016 was also filmed here.

Andrew and Marie were married just before Christmas so everything was decorated for the holiday festivities! We enjoyed filming both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding day. On Friday, we stayed overnight in Philadelphia, MS which is nearby. This venue is only a few hours away from our home, but we still love to travel- we have several destination weddings coming up this year! 

There were many classic winter elements that gave the castle such a special touch. Each guest received a personalized Christmas ornament! And it was nice to have hot chocolate on this chilly day (cold even for Mississippi!).

The ceremony was located on the front patio under string lights and was officiated by the bride's father and the groom's grandfather. Both families were so welcoming all throughout the weekend. It's always a pleasure to be the wedding videographers at Pierce Castle! 

If you recognize the song, let us know in the comment section! 

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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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Bethanie + Jairus {Wedding} - Fort Ashby, WV

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Bethanie + Jairus {Wedding} - Fort Ashby, WV

In the middle of October, we had the privilege of filming for our Maryland side of the family! We traveled to Fort Ashby, WV for the beautiful wedding of our cousin Jairus, and his bride Bethanie. The elegant ceremony and fun-filled reception were both held at Brookdale Farms. We loved getting to capture all of these priceless moments for our family, and in the future, we are planning to edit a 'blooper' film together for them! On Christmas day while visiting everyone in Maryland, we were able to show this film on the big screen so nearly all of our family could watch it for the first time together. Everything about this wedding was beautiful - we really love to travel, and we hope to have more weddings up this way in 2018! 

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Kelcey + Austin {Wedding} - Grenada, MS

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Kelcey + Austin {Wedding} - Grenada, MS

We had a great time filming and photographing this special wedding in Grenada, Mississippi! The day started off with a cloudless drive up from Jackson, with striking blue skies. As we arrived in downtown Grenada, we encountered a stately brick building marked "First & Green," the wedding venue. The day went smoothly, and Kelsey and Austin were a wonderful couple to work with.  Despite a bout of rain before the ceremony, the excitement continued to grow! The bride and groom wrote compelling letters to one another, which they read for us for the highlight film. After the ceremony was over, everyone put on their dancing shoes and enjoyed live music by Style the Band. It was a great time! Shortly thereafter, the rain clouds parted and gave way for the couple to make their departure under a beautiful sunset with a dark orange tint. We hope to be back to Grenada one day soon!

 

-RD and 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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