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Deirdre + Duston :: Wedding

I think after each wedding that I shoot, I fall in love with what I do more and more. I get to work in the happiest environment because I am spending time with people on the happiest day of their lives and it’s AMAZING. The wedding industry is SO much fun and I wouldn’t trade my job for the world! Deirdre and Duston are yet another one of my incredibly awesome couples. Deirdre contacted me over a year ago to shoot their engagement photos and has been nothing but a pleasure to work with ever since. She is so passionate about life and it showed in everything she did while planning her wedding. I have been so excited to shoot their big day and was thrilled when it had finally arrived. Not only is she completely beautiful on the inside and out, she was going to be holding the festivities in one of my favorite cities… Natchez, Mississippi. The wedding took place at St Marys and the reception and prep was at Dunleith Plantation — which if you’ve been a blog follower for a while, you know that it is one of my favorite venues ever.

The day was perfect in every way and I had an amazing time sharing such beautiful memories with my beautiful clients.

Thank you Deirdre and Duston for EVERYTHING. You are both so amazing and I will forever cherish the memory of your wedding day.

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Their photo guestbook: (brides, these make for an awesome way for your guests to see your engagement photos!)

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Her dress was gorgeous.

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I love this shot of Deirdre with her bridesmaids before everyone got dressed.

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Deirdre and her father having a moment before he escorted her to see Duston for their First Look…

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The groom patiently awaiting his bride…

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Deirdre and Duston decided to do a First Look before the ceremony which is when the bride and groom see each other. I am HUGE fan of this as it not only is a super sweet and intimate moment shared by the bride and groom ONLY, but it gives us so much more time to get lots of pictures that we wouldn’t be able to get after the ceremony.

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In this case, it was going to be almost dark outside after the ceremony was over, so we wouldn’t have had all this pretty light to work with as well.

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Reason #2,235 a First Look is awesome: We get time to do all the bridal party photos before the ceremony as well… which means you get to your reception MUCH sooner. Deirdre and Duston even timed it so we were able to get ALL the family photos before hand as well. It made the day go SO SMOOTH… and on top of that no one was annoyed they were having to stay behind for group photos after the wedding cause let’s face it…. no one enjoys that part of the wedding when they know they are missing out on the cocktails and food!

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We headed to St. Mary for the ceremony.

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I love the next two shots Michael got.

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Married!

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Love this angle Michael got!

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There was just enough light left outside to be able to get this shot as soon as they exited.

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We headed back to Dunleith for the reception outside underneath the clear tent. I loved all the Japanese lanterns. So romantic.

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Don’t they look so happy and in love? Yes, I do believe they are.

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The dance floor never stopped all night. The party was a blast and I know Deirdre and Duston had the time of their lives.

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After a quick outfit change (isn’t that dress a PERFECT getaway outfit??), everyone second lined out to the front to see the happy couple off…

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I got this shot right before they made their big exit and I think it pretty much sums up the entire day: pure bliss.

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  • Kimber Smith

    beautiful wedding…the location was beautiful!!
    you ROCK as always!!!

  • Lindsey Gavin

    CONGRATS DEIRDRE AND DUSTON!!!! I hate that I was not able to make y’alls special day! These pictures are absolutely amazing!!!!! Deirdre, you look sooo gorgeous..Duston, you look very handsome also ;) I know y’all are extremely happy, the pictures tell it all! Love you both! -Lindsey

  • Wow, beautiful shots Courtney!

  • susan duvic

    I have tears in my eyes as I look at these amazing pictures of my gorgeous daughter and handsome son-in-law. I love you both with all my heart, Momma.

  • [...] before she was my assistant so I have known her for a year and half now. (See her wedding photos here and her cute save the date idea here.)  I am so thrilled she wanted to be a part of my world and I [...]

  • Pam Boudreaux

    Deirdre, I am so sorry I missed your wedding. Just viewing thses pics made me feel like I was there. You were a beautiful bride and your wedding party and hubby are gorgous.
    How blessed you are to be Courtney’s “Louise”. She is an amazing, awesome photographer!!! And best of all, looks like you found an awesome new friend.
    My health is beginning to improve so with the blessing of God I will see you and your mom real soon. Pam

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