Published Work Engagements

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Ashley and Thomas a Natchez Engagement

Ashley and Thomas’s Natchez engagement session.  Aren’t they just the most beautiful couple!

Their love story:

Q. How did you meet and how long have you been together ?
A. I met Thomas in January of 2012 but Thomas did not know he was meeting me! Thomas was the assistant men’s basketball coach at Southwest Mississippi Community College. At the time, I was living in Jackson, MS which is about an hour north of Summit. Being from the area and an alumnus of Southwest, I was very close to the President of the college, Dr. Steve Bishop and his wife, Melanie. Dr. Bishop and Melanie convinced me to come down for a basketball game to meet Thomas. I agreed. When I arrived at the gym the very first person I ran into was Thomas and with one look I knew Thomas has no clue I was even coming that night to meet him! I wanted to crawl under the bleachers. After the Bears suffered a defeating lost at the mercy of their rivals, the Pearl River Wildcats, Dr. Bishop made his way to the locker room to inform Thomas that he needed to come out and meet me. Now I’m sure you will have to get Thomas’s side of the story but I am pretty sure the last thing he wanted to do was come talk to me! But being the wonderful, sweet person he is, Thomas came out of the dressing room with a smile and we talked until they turned out the gym lights. Once again you will have to get Thomas’s side of the story but we left that night without him even asking for my phone number. There were a few attempts here and there for dinner via Facebook but the timing just never worked out.
I did not see Thomas until the next January when I started my new job at Southwest. Thomas did not expect to see me either because he walked in and then ran directly out of my office when he realized I worked at SMCC with him! Our paths crossed occasionally and one afternoon in April I received an email from Thomas asking if he could join me on my afternoon run. He asked me to call him and I immediately found this amusing because we had not exchanged numbers but Thomas had conveniently included this number in the email. We spent most afternoons running, walking, and talking. We became very close friends but the timing was not right for me. Towards the end of summer, things finally began to fall into place and time was on our side. Our friendship grew into relationship that I could have never imagined or expected.
Q. Tell us about the proposal. We want all the details! 
A. Thomas took a job as a basketball assistant at The University of Tennessee at Martin in April 2013. So our weekends together were precious. It was a typical Saturday. He had come to Summit for Memorial Day weekend and we had made the normal plans for dinner and the movies. I suggested he go play golf on Saturday because I enjoy just driving the cart. He suggest an early morning tee time and his brother who was in from Memphis joins us. We spending the day playing and while we are there he very carefully put his plan into action. Thomas’s former boss and friend had just recently resigned as the head basketball coach at Southwest to take another job so he called Thomas while we were on the course and asked him to come pick up the last of his things from basketball office in the gym but it had to be done before 9:00 p.m. because security would be locking the door. Step 1 completed. As I continue figure out what movie we were going to see that night, my best friend who was leaving for Europe in two days calls and suggest we go to dinner at a local restaurant around 8:00 p.m. since we were still playing golf and some other friends were joining us and that was the earliest they could be there. Step 2 completed. The closer it gets to 8:00 p.m. the more I realize we are going to be late to dinner once again. When Thomas FINALLY gets ready we hop in the car and head towards town but naturally and just like he hoped I reminded him about task of going by the gym before 9:00 p.m. to retrieve his things. He remembers and we head in that direction. As we pull up to the gym, He tells me just to stay in the car that he will grab the items and be right out. Patiently waiting, Thomas then calls and explains that he does in fact need my help and wants me to come inside. As I walk inside the gym, which appears to be dark, the door shuts behind me and a group of lights flips on to my left. There are lights strung from the ceiling and on those lights are 12 different pieces of paper that tell the story of the past months. As I follow the lighted path, I begin to read each story that Thomas has written. The stories ranged from our late evening jogs to many recruiting trips when I usually fell asleep on the long ride home. I laughed and cried at the same time. He even poked fun at himself about our first “dinner date” at Raising Canes. The very last story was the first night we met in that very gym. As I walked into the gym, Thomas was there kneeling where we originally stood that very first night and talked until they ran us out but this time the entire gym was lit with beautiful lights and candles. As I thought back to the night we first met to that moment we were currently living, I became overwhelmed with the love Thomas showed as well as the love God had shown by proving to me that HIS timing is truly everything. I immediately agreed and fell in love with the beautiful ring Thomas placed on my finger which belonged to his great aunt. He then whisked me away to dinner. Forty-Five minutes late now! haha When we arrived, I was surprised to find 30 of our friends and family greeting us with happy hugs and warm wishes. The best part was they had all played a part in the evening. From planning to decorating to keeping me in line. It was an night that will forever live in my memory. I later learned this night was also caught on video camera!

 

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Ashley and Thomas a Natchez Engagement
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Congrats Ashley & Brandon ! We cannot wait to celebrate with the two of you !

 

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Congrats Ashley & Brandon ! We cannot wait to celebrate with the two of you !
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Meet Ashley & Brandon

Meet Ashley & Brandon
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French Quarter romance! Heather and Brandon

 

In the mood for a little French Quarter romance?   Then you’ll certainly enjoy Heather and Brandon’s French Quarter engagement session.  These two certainly know how to rock the camera, I can’t wait for their wedding next month!

 

Q. How did you meet and how long have you been together ?
A. Welllllllll “technically” we first met on a playground in elementary school, we were both in kindergarten. We remained buddies up until high school, where we attended different schools and lost touch. About two and a half years ago while deployed in Afghanistan, he found me on Facebook and after several days of hesitation (which he admitted to =D ) he finally decided to message me. We messaged back and forth for several weeks, as cliche’ as it sounds, we picked up right where we left off, as if losing touch for 10+ years had never happened. Weeks turned into months, 6 months later he returned to Alaska, where he was stationed and a year later I moved there. And the rest is history!
Q. How did he/she ask you out for your first date?
A. This wasn’t your typical “first date”.. It was more like “Hey want to see Alaska?” Me, having never stepped foot on an airplane (I was one of those crazy people who thought every flight crashed or got hijacked) finally decided to just do it. He booked the flight, I flew to Alaska alone and well…. pretty legit first date, right?!
Q. Where did you go on your first date?
A. Does the airport count?? ;) ..I’m kidding.. ..a restaurant called the Turtle Club in Alaska. He had steak, I had halibut.
Q. Tell us about the proposal. We want all the details!
A. We have brought new meaning to the whole “long distance relationship” thing.. Literally…. across.the.world, him in Alaska, me in Louisiana. I’d fly there, he’d fly home. On one of his trips home, I picked him up from the airport. We were waiting for his bags and as soon as he saw one come rolling out, he asked me to go get it. Now men in the Army do not travel light. Of course I looked at him like he’d lost his mind, thinking “Is he serious right now, he wants ME to go get his 200lb bag?!” But….I did. As I turned around to lug something bigger than me, I looked up and saw him on one knee holding a medium sized gold box. He then asked me to marry him.. I said yes, THEN opened the box. Inside were flakes of fake snow, down beneath that was a snowman that he made himself, out of clay (scarf and all haha) and hanging from one of the stick arms was a ring tied with a ribbon. Ironically the first time I visited Alaska there was no snow and I, being the child I am, wanted to build a snowman desperately because I never had. So he brought the snow and snowman to me! :) He had to return to Alaska, he had a year left being stationed there. We didn’t want to spend another day apart from one another so I packed my bags, hopped on a plane and moved to Alaska. Hey, you only live once right?! Good grief… Written down, this sounds like something out of a Nicholas Sparks novel. :/
Q. Favorite things to do together.

A. Everything… I know that might sound crazy but we truly are best friends. While I am very artistic and he is very much the outdoor male, he will sit and paint with me and I caught my first fish with him. I’ve brought out his inner “crafty” self and lately we’ve started building and antiquing furniture. That is definitely a trial and error craft.
Q. Have a passion (besides your love of course) tell us about it!
A. I’ve been drawing/painting since I was in my early teens. I can sit for hours and draw. His truly is serving his country.. 12 years he’s dedicated his life to the Army. He’s deployed to Iraq 5 times and Afghanistan once.
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A Natchez Engagement Portrait

We couldn’t wait to share this Natchez engagement portrait with you.  Meet Ashley and Thomas!  These two lovebirds will be getting married Summit, Mississippi next month.

They met at Southwest Mississippi Community College, where Thomas is now the head basketball coach.  They love going to the movies, but love the popcorn more than anything (I can so relate to that)!

Look for more from their beautiful Natchez engagement session at Brandon Hall coming soon!

A Natchez Engagement Portrait
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