Kelly & Ramon
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
By Jennifer Jones Photography
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Kelly and Ramon's outdoor Mississippi Wedding was truly a family affair... from the location to the flowers, friends and family were involved in every aspect of their special day.  This Nashville couple decided to wed in the bride's Mississippi hometown, on a beautiful piece of land they purchased to eventually be their "one day" home.  Friends from all over the country traveled to Big Level, Mississippi to participate in this unique ceremony.  After a cocktail hour in the home of the bride's father, the couple led a "wedding march" down a country lane to the ceremony site at the bottom of a hill in a picturesque clearing.  The centerpiece of the ceremony was a breathtaking floral wreath, woven by a friend to include freshly picked cotton which was harvested from the neighboring cotton field.  During the ceremony, guests were asked to rise and participate in the planting of a fruit orchard on the property.  The couple wanted a lifelong reminder of their friends and family joined together in this place on their wedding day.  After planting the orchard, a family ring ceremony, including rings for the children of the bride and groom, was held by passing the four rings throughout the seated guests to allow them to pray over and bless the rings and the union.  The couple recited their own handwritten vows to one another and were then showered by guests with fresh rose petals.  After a recessional back down the country lane, guests traveled to nearby Wiggins, MS for an intimate reception in a one hundred year old building on the town's historic Pine Hill.  The reception tables were elegantly set with various vintage china patterns collected by the bride, and pumpkin floral centerpieces created by the bride's sisters.  A true southern feast was provided by Movie Star Restaurant in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  The bride's cake was a cinnamon apple naked cake, perfect  for the fall evening.  Children were treated to bottled Barq's Rootbeer, a southern staple, and gusts received jars of the bride's grandfather's cane syrup as favors.  After the reception, the couple and many of their friends and family traveled together to New Orleans for a "family moon".  

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