Heather + Tyler’s Sweet Summer Wedding at the Poor House: Starkville, MS Wedding Photography

What a blessing it is on a cold, gloomy January day to look back at a beautiful sunny June wedding! Today, I want to share with you the lovely moments of Heather & Tyler’s wedding under the oaks at the Poor House. So let’s all turn our thermostats up, grab a glass of sweet tea, and pretend it’s time for sundresses and sandals for a little while. Who’s with me?

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Heather dreamed of marrying her sweetheart under the green shade of  a stately tree, and when she visited the Poor House and saw the the beautiful old oaks there, she knew she had found the perfect place for their romantic, rustic outdoor wedding.

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The two guest rooms at the Poor House were a comfortable and cozy setting for Heather & her bridesmaids to relax and get ready.

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Outside under the trees, friends and family had spent many hours lovingly decorating every inch of the grounds with precious handmade touches. I LOVED how the chandelier added a touch of whimsy and elegance to the ceremony oak!

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The rustic groom’s table perfectly celebrated Tyler’s service in the Marine Corps as well as his love of the outdoors.

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The soft lavender of the bridesmaid’s gowns was lovely in the warm June light.

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Heather was so radiant and relaxed on her wedding day! She was a truly happy bride!

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Not only was she happy and vibrant, she was absolutely gorgeous from head to toe.

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Heather’s bouquet combined lovely cool hues of lavender, purple, pink, and soft green. It was such a lovely combination, perfect for her romantic outdoor wedding. I’ve never seen hydrangeas in such a deep shade!

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This precious detail touched my heart: in order to keep her beloved grandfather’s memory close on her wedding day, Heather sewed a heart-shaped patch from his favorite shirt to her gown.

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Heather’s bridesmaids were every bit as bright and lovely as the radiant bride.

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And let me tell you – Tyler’s groomsmen were a HOOT. Heather and Tyler grew up with these guys, and the result of that close relationship was that everyone knew how to keep the bride and groom laughing!

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Tyler’s a Marine. If he had any wedding day jitters – which I doubt – he certainly didn’t show it! He was as relaxed, calm, and happy as his lovely bride. I could tell he couldn’t wait to see Heather, but his groomsmen did a good job of keeping him in line.

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And I can’t forget to mention these two tiny flower girls, who were very shy and very precious.

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As soft music played beneath the green leaves, guests arrived, excited to see their beloved sweethearts say “I do.” They were greeted by two adorable young hostesses as they signed the guest book. I loved that Heather & Tyler provided their friends and family with old-fashioned printed fans as programs! What a perfect idea for an outdoor summer wedding in Mississippi!

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Heather and her father waited behind the lovely rustic wood doors as the tiniest members of the wedding party made their way down the aisle. The little curly headed ring bearer wasn’t sure about his suit at first, but when it was time to walk down the aisle, he did a wonderful job! He and his little escort made an absolutely darling sight!

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And then the doors opened, and beautiful Heather came down the grassy aisle on the arm on her proud daddy…1453221636_33.jpeg1453221642_34.jpeg

… and Tyler’s face lit up like fireworks on the Fourth of July. 1453221648_35.jpeg1453221651_36.jpeg1453221658_37.jpeg1453221664_38.jpeg1453221668_39.jpeg

And as the warm, honey colored evening light filtered through the branches, these two began their life as husband and wife.

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After the ceremony, family and friends gathered to dance, dine, and celebrate with the joyful new Mr. and Mrs. Weber.

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Pecan pie for a groom’s cake? Yes, please!

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Heather and Tyler’s wedding cake was four tiers of whimsical sweetness with a fun surprise for the bridesmaids – cake pulls! In this sweet nod to Old South tradition, tiny charms attached to ribbons are hidden under the cake. Each bridesmaid selects a ribbon to pull, and the charm they receive tells their fortune. For example, a hot air balloon foretells travel; a heart foretells new love; and an anchor means adventure is around the corner. I loved seeing the maids’ reactions when they saw their charms!

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As the sun set and the fireflies began to dance under the trees, Heather and Tyler danced their first dance.

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Heather and Tyler’s reception was full of smiles, laughter, and very excited little ones!

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The dazzling light of a hundred sparklers lit the way for the bride and groom to dash off into the night… but before they left, Tyler gave his lovely bride a kiss. I LOVE sparkler kisses, and this one was epic. (Great job, Tyler!)

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Heather and Tyler, it gave Jonathan and I so much joy to walk with you through your wedding season. You two have the sweetest romance, and your love story has only just begun!  We were so blessed, and are so grateful, to have been witnesses to your first steps as husband and wife.

Vendor Love:
Wedding and Reception Venue: The Poor House, 1581 West Poor House Road, Starkville, MS Contact Person: Michael Wolfe, 662-418-7621
Bride’s Gown Designed By: Mori Lee
Bridal Gown Boutique: Imaginations Bridal, Brookhaven, MS  http://www.imaginationsbridal.com
Bridesmaids’ Gowns Designed By: Bill Levkoff
Bridesmaids’ Gowns Boutique: Kay’s Kreations, Tupelo, MS   http://www.kays-kreations.net
Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: House of Tux
Bridal Makeup By:  Brittany DeVall of A Britt Face,  brittdevall@yahoo.com, 225-335-0425  http://instagram.com/abrittface
Bridal Hair Design: Ramie Fletcher  662-889-0032
Ceremony Violinist: Jackson Yeager of Caledonia, MS
Reception Music: Bill Hughes, 662-210-5549
Cake Artist: Sandy Reynolds, 662-251-7365
Catering Provided By: Brian Michael’s Catering Company, Starkville, MS  http://www.brianmichaelscatering.com  662-418-8770
Floral Designer: LeAnne at Fleur De Lis, http://www.floristnstarkvillems.com  662-498-1011
Reception Seating Provided By: Big Show Rentals, West Point, MS  http://www.bigshowrentalswestpointms.com

 

 

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