Khloe & Walker's Ocean Springs Wedding

I am so excited to share Khloe and Walker's wedding with you today! So many aspects came together to make it one of my favorites yet. I met up with the bride and her girls at the charming main house at Oak Shade, where they were busy getting ready, with the help of Ashley Mills of Blown...

makeup artist with bride and bridesmaid on wedding day

...and Marisa Janee of Jessica Jones Salon. These two were a perfect team!

hair stylist with bide and bridesmaid on wedding day

I love the excited hustle and bustle of wedding day mornings! There were so many preparations going on, but this group kept it fun and relaxed, thanks in part to some yummy snacks and some Disney tunes! :)

wedding preparation fun with bridesmaids

While they were getting ready to go, I grabbed some detail shots of the gorgeous rings and the lovely invitations (by UPS!). How cute is this little map of Ocean Springs, complete with all the important landmarks?! This couple was really looking out for their out-of-town guests. They wouldn't want anyone to miss out on any of our culinary favorites; Caboose Cones, Lovelace Drugs, Chef Scott's, Greenhouse on Porter, and Tatonut are all clearly marked! :)

wedding invitations and rings

We headed just around the corner to our very own First Presbyterian Church. I know I'm partial, but isn't it beautiful?

First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs, Mississippi

I got to church just as the flowers (by Chez Charles) were arriving. I love these bright colors!

pink, white, and green wedding flower bouquets by Chez Charles in Ocean Springs, Mississippi

The bold bouquets were the perfect complement to these beautiful dresses. The subtle pink of the bridesmaids' dresses (from Bridals by Lori) was so pretty, and the intricate lace detail of Khloe's Oleg Cassini gown was truly exquisite. 

bridal gown and pink lace bridesmaids dresses hanging up

And check out these Nina shoes! The platforms, the heels, the glamorous! And they must not have been too uncomfortable, because the bride walked in them like a champ! (But don't worry, she did change into flip flops later. ;))

bride's high heel platform gold sparkly shoes on piano

It really was a team effort to get this stunning bride perfectly put together.

bridesmaids helping bride put on her gown

There were so many sweet behind-the-scenes moments with these lovely ladies, but I must say my favorite was when the adorable flower girl serenaded us all with "Jesus Loves Me," including all three verses (who knew?!) and sign language! It was too sweet for words.

bride before ceremony with mother, grandmother, flower girl

Meanwhile, the guys were next door in Fellowship Hall putting on their fancy Calvin Klein tuxes. 

groom and groomsmen getting ready for wedding

Throughout the pre-ceremony part of the day, there was a lot of gift-giving going on. A joke was made in the ceremony about how much these two like getting gifts, but it's clear that they love giving them, too! There was a tie clip from the bride to her dad, new monogram jewelry from the mother of the groom to the bride, a new watch for the groom from the bride, the same new watch from the groom to his groomsmen... I honestly lost track of all the gifts! It was impressive!

wedding day gifts

While the guys stayed hidden away, the ladies came outside into the perfectly even light for some beautiful portraits. 

bride and bridesmaid portrait at First Presbyterian Church in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
flower girl photo with bridesmaids bouquets (Uninvented Colors Photography)

Aren't these ladies gorgeous?

bride and bridesmaids at First Presbyterian Church Ocean Springs (Uninvented Colors Photography)

The guys were looking pretty sharp, too!

groom and groomsmen photos before wedding in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
groom and groomsmen wedding portrait

One thing I'd never done before: a father/daughter first look! How cute is this?!

father of the bride first look

Did you know that according to tradition, the bridal bouquet is the final gift from the groom to the bride before they tie the knot? This was news to me when Khloe told me, but it made for an adorable moment when Walker "gave" the bouquet to his blushing bride--without seeing her! 

groom giving bride bouquet before wedding ceremony (Southern wedding tradition)

Guests began to arrive to the sanctuary, signing their names in the lovely DIY guestbook (which included some of the couple's beautiful engagement photos).

wedding guests arriving and signing guest book

After they found their seats, the processional began with the bagpipe stylings of the incredibly talented Steve Collins...

bagpipes at bridal procession

...and ended, of course with this grand entrance!

father walking bride down aisle at First Presbyterian Church Ocean Springs

The ceremony, officiated by our own Rev. Scott Castleman, was short but so heartfelt. The scripture reading was Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12, one of my absolute favorites for weddings (and one of the ones Alex and I chose for our own wedding).

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

wedding ceremony at First Presbyterian Church Ocean Springs

I think it's safe to saw that Khloe and Walker agree that two are indeed better than one! :)

couple's first kiss at wedding ceremony

The light outside was still perfect for these shots of the family and wedding party.

family wedding portraits (Uninvented Colors Photography)
wedding party photos (Uninvented Colors Photography)

My favorite part of this wedding day was the portrait time with just the bride and groom. It is such a joy to be the one documenting the way a brand new husband and wife look at each other. That romance combined with a cloudy sky and beautiful trees had me in photographer heaven, and I think these are my favorite bride & groom portraits to date.

bride and groom at First Presbyterian Church Ocean Springs
wedding portraits in Ocean Springs, Mississippi

See what I mean?! It doesn't get much better than this.

bride and groom kissing under live oak trees
bridal portrait with magnolia tree
bride and groom photo under veil
wedding bouquet and boutonniere details

At last, it was time to head just down the block to the Ocean Springs Community Center for the reception. The pretty centerpieces plus the amazing Walter Anderson wall murals made for the perfect backdrop to this fun party!

wedding reception decor at Ocean Springs Community Center

There were so many friendly faces ready to celebrate!

wedding reception guests at Ocean Springs Community Center

After a tasty dinner (also provided by Chez Charles)...

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...came the precious first dances.

father/daughter wedding dance
mother/son wedding dance
couple's first dance at wedding

The cake and cupcakes by French Kiss were so sweet, literally and figuratively.

wedding cake and cupcakes by French Kiss Pastries in Ocean Springs

I loved the sentiment of the cake-topper, too. In a culture that often seems to elevate weddings above marriages, it is so refreshing to remember this day is the beginning of something even greater.

couple cutting wedding cake

After the cake was cut (and gobbled up!), DJ White Hat (aka Timothy Johnson) kept the music coming, and the dance floor was packed!

DJ and dancers at wedding reception

There were some seriously good dancers! I was particularly impressed by the kids' moves. Check out those girls whipping their hair back and forth--ha! 

dancing at wedding reception at Ocean Springs Community Center

After dark...

Ocean Springs Community Center wedding reception venue at night

...the bouquet and garter were tossed...

bride and groom with friends who caught bouquet and garter

...and the crowd kept partying!

wedding reception dancing at Ocean Springs Community Center

The DJ warned us that there was time for only one more song, and I love that you can tell what it was from the photos. :)

YMCA dance at wedding reception (Uninvented Colors Photography)

The guests each grabbed a wedding wand (made by the bride herself!) to wave as the new Mr. and Mrs. made their exit. 

wedding wands (DIY)
wedding exit with wedding wands (Southern tradition)

These newlyweds were sent off in style!

wedding exit with balloons in car

I am so happy for these two. Their love for each other is beautifully evident, and I know their cord of three strands will not be broken. Congratulations, Khloe and Walker!