Wedding: An Ole Miss gal and a Mississippi State guy...

April 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

What happens when an Ole Miss gal marries a Mississippi State guy? A whole lot of fun, laughter, and a few tears. It's Lizzy and Joel's fantastic wedding!

Verdon-48124a_alleyStrolling in Fishbone AlleyLizzy & Joel laugh as they stroll hand in hand down Fishbone Alley in Gulfport, just after they tied the knot! Photo: James Edward Bates Lizzy and Joel strolled into married life with big smiles on a day filled with laughter and tears.  A beautiful wedding ceremony at First United Methodist in Gulfport left many reaching for their hankies, the first look had all teary, and there may not have been a dry eye in the house during the first dances at their gorgeous Café Climb reception. This is a couple whose deep love for each other is abundantly evident and unquestionable. 

Verdon-33714a_alleyA kissLizzy & Joel sneak a kiss in Fishbone Alley, Gulfport, just after tying the knot. Photo: James Edward Bates

Verdon-33088aFirst lookFirst look between Lizzy and Joel Verndon. First United Methodist Church, Gulfport. Photo: James Edward Bates Verdon-33103aFirst look.Lizzy and Joel Verndon embrace at the first look. Photo: James Edward Bates

2018-04-29_0003Lizzy & Joel's wedding.First United Methodist, Gulfport. Photos by: James Edward Bates

But as any Mississippian knows, there is a special spot found in the valley between tears and laughter reserved for couples who come together across the divide of the Mississippi State/Ole Miss rivalry.  Lizzy & Joel showed off a touch of that rivalry in the cakes by Nita Lee.  The groom's cake was a salute to the Bulldog's, but even the gorgeous wedding cake stacked four tiers high and decorated with fresh flowers featured a surprise Ole Miss homage- Colonel Reb!  Hotty Toddy!

2018-04-29_0001A surprise in the cake - Hotty Toddy!The Verndon wedding cake by Nita Lee featured four beautiful flower decorated tiers and one surprise- Colonel Reb!

Verdon-34083aJoel's MS State Groom's cakeLizzy couldn't wait to cut into the MS State themed Groom's cake. Photo: James Edward Bates

Not all that surprising, there were a whole lot of Rebels and Bulldogs on hand to celebrate the couple, and with a few school pennants as props, many of them showed off their colors in the PhotoBooth.  

2018-04-29_00022018-04-29_0002Joel and Elizabeth Cottrell Verdon wedding reception at Cafe Climb in Gulfport, Mississippi, Saturday, March 31, 2018. Photo by Jamie Campfield Bates.

Who's to say which school is tops?  Everyone has their own opinions, but it was noted that after Joel & Lizzy exited and all the guests made their way home, there was still one man standing, well, sort of...

Verdon-34478aThe Exit.Joel & Lizzy exit their wedding, cheered on my Ole Miss and Mississippi State pom poms. Photo: James Edward Bates

JEB22022a_leftColonel Reb, the party's over.Joel and Elizabeth Cottrell Verdon wedding reception at Cafe Climb in Gulfport, Mississippi, Saturday, March 31, 2018. Photo by Jamie Campfield Bates. Colonel Reb, the party's over.  But a new life is just beginning for Lizzy & Joel, and we wish them all the best!  Here's to many years of Rebels and Bulldogs, fun and laughter!

 

Checkout their slideshow: CLICK HERE and links to vendors below!

Photography & PhotoBooth: James Edward Bates Photography

Getty ready spot (gals): Parents' home

Getting ready spot (guys): The Almanette Hotel & Bistro

Wedding: First United Methodist, Gulfport

Officiant: Rev. Claire Dobbs

Wedding planner: Margaret Murdock

Reception venue: Café Climb, Gulfport

Catering: Ms Audrey's Kitchen

Flowers: Forever Flowers, Gulfport

Wedding rings: WP Shelton

Bridals: Kay's Kreations, Tupelo

Menswear: Bridal & Formal Boutique & House of Tux

Hair: Chuck Kelly Salon

Makeup: Mallory Fitzgerald 

Rentals: ABC Rental Center

Cakes: Nita Lee, Pass Christian

Band: Meet the Press

Transportation: Golden Gulf Limo and Busted Wrench Garage

 


Wedding: Brandon & Roslyn

April 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

One of the best things about photographing a couple's wedding is that we get to see not only all the "action" of the day from start to finish, we really get to focus in on the "reaction."  It's an honor to be able to curate those moments so that they can be relived and enjoyed forever.

Roslyn & Brandon recently got married here on the Gulf Coast, and their celebrations took place in and around some of Biloxi's most iconic venues.  

After getting ready at the Beau Rivage, Brandon anxiously awaited the first look with Roslyn, and his reaction was priceless.

2018-04-25_00012018-04-25_0001Brandon and Roslyn Jones Robb wedding day, bride and groom see each other for the first time that day on the grounds of the Beau Rivage. by James Edward Bates. 2018-04-25_00022018-04-25_0002Brandon and Roslyn Jones Robb wedding day, bride and groom see each other for the first time that day on the grounds of the Beau Rivage. by James Edward Bates. 2018-04-25_00032018-04-25_0003Brandon and Roslyn Jones Robb wedding day, bride and groom see each other for the first time that day on the grounds of the Beau Rivage. by James Edward Bates. 2018-04-25_00042018-04-25_0004Brandon and Roslyn Jones Robb wedding day, bride and groom see each other for the first time that day on the grounds of the Beau Rivage. by James Edward Bates.

Their ceremony took place at the beautiful St Michael's Catholic Church in Biloxi, and from there, friends and family joined the couple to celebrate at the Biloxi Visitor's Center.

2018-04-26_00012018-04-26_0001Brandon and Roslyn Jones Robb wedding dat, Biloxi, Mississippi, Saturday, February 24, 2018. Ceremony at St Michael's Catholic Church. Photo by James Edward Bates.

2018-04-26_00072018-04-26_0007Brandon and Roslyn Jones Robb wedding dat, Biloxi, Mississippi, Saturday, February 24, 2018. Reception at Biloxi Visitor's Center. Photo by James Edward Bates. 2018-04-26_00062018-04-26_0006Brandon and Roslyn Jones Robb wedding dat, Biloxi, Mississippi, Saturday, February 24, 2018. Photo by James Edward Bates. We bid farewell with our best wishes for a lifetime of happiness to this hometown couple!  

 

Vendor links/info:

Photography: James Edward Bates Photography

Wedding coordination/flowers:  Angie Stenum

Officiant: Father Gregory Barras

Catering: Southern Flavor Catering

Wedding dress: Martina Liana from Town & Country Bridals, New Orleans

Menswear:  Men's Wearhouse

Videography: Take Two Video

Hair: Stephanie Stillman

Makeup: Kaelah Carew and Mallory Fitzgerald

Music: Nightshift Sounds

Cakes: Cakes by Tina

 

 

 

 

 

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New Baby: Hudson

April 18, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

JEB21388_944pJEB21388_944pHudson Introducing... baby Hudson!  One of the most exciting things we get to do is to watch love grow, and that's just what we've done with Hudson's wonderful family.  Over the years, we have photographed his mom and dad - as they got engaged, then for their wedding, even as they waited for Hudson's arrival with maternity photos.

Hudson We had so much fun shooting this laid back at-home lifestyle session.  It was such a joy to see the three of them settling into all the changes happening in their cozy home- along with furry big brother, Brutus, who is all about his little brother!  

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We cannot wait to see what the future holds for Hudson!

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Reverend Billy Graham New York Last Crusade

March 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The world lost a great evangelist on February 21, 2018. Rev. Billy Graham was 99 years of age. I had the honor of photographing Rev. Graham's last true crusade at Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York in 2005. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it was a remarkable experience to witness this faithful servant of God share the gospel message with hundreds of thousands of people. The crowd was estimated to be 242,000 over three days. Rest in Peace, sir. You're home now.  #BillyGraham #JesusSaves

Click for more photos: http://www.jamesedwardbates.com/rev_billy_graham_…/e53fe3db7 crusade49.JPGcrusade49.JPGA billboard promoting the Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade as seen in Times Square on Friday, June 24, 2005, in New York. (Photo by James Edward Bates)


Boroughf Family Outing

March 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

We love documenting families in photos & video moments, telling your story for future generations! Whether a family dinner, an afternoon at the beach or park, let us capture memories of a special day. 

Click to view Boroughf Family Outing in San Jose & Santa Cruz, California:
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