"Remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine."

Are y'all ready for this?! *Chair dances*



Last summer, a group of local vendors and I started collaborating on a stylized photoshoot. These are such a unique creative outlet and a wonderful way to see a vision brought to life. Our plans were sadly halted by a major flood in Baton Rouge, ruining the wedding gown & most of the props. But, we didn't let that stop our dream!

Months later we were able to join together again and move forward. On February 5, 2017, we headed to a private residence in Denham Springs. Everyone showed up ready to work & make magic. All in all the shoot lasted about 7 hours and involved a lot of work, and even more laughs. We had everything from cake, to décor, to hair & make-up, to stationary, and more. Look out for these images to be featured soon in Southern Celebrations Magazine!



Each bride chooses her details for a reason. Drawing out her beauty & personality is always my number one goal, but I love capturing the thoughtfully chosen elements in a way that tells a bride's story.

The best part?! Mon Cheri recently shared the shoot over on their blog! Talk about all the happy chair dances. I'm thrilled to have showcased the dress in a way that makes the designer proud.


How incredible are these intricate details?


This is definitely one for the books. <3

Huge thank you to all our vendors:
Concept & Design: Southern Celebrations Magazine
Dress: David Tutera For Mon Cheri at Shea Couture
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Kiss & Makeup Full Service Studio
Floral: The Floral Cottage Florist
Cake Designer: Fairy Dust Cakes
Rentals: Antiques at the Crossroads
Invitations: Invitobella, LLC
Styling Assistance: Poppy Lane Events, LLC

Vintage Woodlands Romance

From the breathtaking Windsor Ruins to the gorgeous gowns courtesy of Magnolia Mairee Bridal Boutique, Virginia of A Day To Remember Wedding & Event Planning, LLC brought magic and whimsy into this styled editorial. I am very honored to have been a part of it!

You can see the full editorial in Volume III of Southern Celebrations Magazine.

"Fierce. Beauty. Vintage. Woodlands. Romance. When you're madly in love, your romantic aura is fierce! You want to capture that essence for eternity.

For this inspirational shoot, Windsor Ruins in Port Gibson, Mississippi caught our attention. Its history is magnificent. To have lived in that era would've been ideal, to have seen the Ruins at their best.

It was said to be one of the largest antebellum homes overlooking the river! It survived wars and at one point was used as a make-shift hospital for wounded soldiers. Yet a lonely cigarette from a guest, caused Windsor Plantation to burn to the ground, leaving behind only the columns that stand today.

We used two different brides and grooms for this shoot, each couple tells their own story through the beautifully captured photos by Daylight Fading Photography. Our first couple, Brooke Allen and Matt Waldrop, had an intimate dinner prepared by Indulgence Fine Catering, Macadamia crusted salmon with lobster broth and buckwheat noodles. Their sweet-heart tablescape was styled by A Day To Remember Wedding & Event Planning, LLC. Virginia wanted to capture the surrounding woodlands and bring it to the table. The tablescape was completed with gorgeous floral designs by The Floral Cottage. Their wedding cake tells a story of its own! Kyleen Kiger-Smith, owner of Fairy Dust Cakes, captured the Ruins and columns beautifully, without taking away from the landscape.

We hope you're inspired by this shoot! Our fabulous creative team worked long and hard to capture the beauty of the surrounding woodlands of Windsor Ruins.

-Virginia Conway Buckner, Editor
Southern Celebrations Magazine

Bridal Portraits at Rock Chapel in Carmel, LA - Shreveport Louisiana Wedding Photographer

When I first learned about Rock Chapel, I KNEW I had to do a session there. The quiet beauty of the tiny church in the thick Louisiana woods looks almost like a fantasy.

"Nestled among the trees, high on a bluff, in all of its humble glory, beauty and mystery is the Rock Chapel. It was constructed in 1891 by Carmelite monks from the nearby Carmelite Monastery.  Stones from the surrounding area were gathered and joined together with mud plaster, it is a work of great beauty.  The walls were painted with beautiful, colorful frescos and the ceiling murals were painted by two monks from France.The Chapel was used as a retreat by the monks.  The Rock Chapel was originally a part of the nearby larger monastery.  At one time approximately sixty men and boys were under the tutelage of Father Peters.  It is recorded that six nuns also resided at the larger monastery in the convent.  In 1891 Father Peters left and was soon followed by the nuns.  On November 14, 1904, fire destroyed the larger church and Carmelite monastery.  The Rock Chapel and its marked graves are all that remain of the original Carmelite Monastery."

The chapel has been beautifully preserved by the local community. Spring flowers surround the landscaped yard adding to the quiet beauty of this historical treasure. When Hanah Barmore of Southern Glam Makeup Artistry contacted me about doing a styled shoot, I knew Rock Chapel was the perfect location!

Our model, Kristi, got married in Ruston just a few weeks after our session.

Isn't she beautiful? It turns out, her sister works with mine and Hanah's husbands. Small world!

Oh man, that lighting!

Hanah did a KILLER makeup job!


As you can tell, we had a lot of fun!

Hanah to the rescue!

My lights turned against me that day, so we lit this shot with my iPhone. Improvisation for the win!

I love this outtake because she looks like a Sesame Street character!

Kristi, thank you for the opportunity to take your bridal portraits. Also, huge thanks to Southern Glam Makeup Artistry for donating your talent and putting this shoot together!