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Cultural Arts Center, Hattiesburg, MS Military Elopement Photo Story Award

Cultural Center of Hattiesburg, Mississippi Wedding Picture of the happy bride and groom dancing as a married couple

Cultural Center of Hattiesburg, Mississippi Wedding Pic | the happy bride and groom dance for the first time as a married couple

Here, the happy bride and groom dance for the first time as a married couple as some guests applaud, clasp their hands in joy, and take pictures.

This couple, who seemed inspired by simple elegance and family, married at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. While some brides dream of big, fairytale weddings, this couple envisioned one spent with a small group of guests made up only of people whom they consider to be very special to them. Katie, the bride, wore a shimmering white dress while her groom, Evan, wore his Navy uniform. The couple shared a fairly traditional ceremony followed by a reception and dancing. The room, which used to be a library, was simply decorated with a few woodland-inspired touches and filled, more than anything else, with the love and joy of this close-knit group of people who all joined together to share in this special moment.

Wedding Photo from Hattiesburg Cultural, MS of the groom tucking his military hat under his arm as he waits to make his entrance

Wedding Photo from Hattiesburg Cultural, MS | the groom, tucks his hat under his arm as he waits to make his entrance

Evan, the groom, tucks his hat under his arm as he waits to make his entrance with his best man outside the main hall.

Wedding Photo from Hattiesburg, MS showing a flower girl dressed in light green with a crown of flowers and fairy wings

Wedding Photographers for Hattiesburg, MS | One of the flower girls, dressed in light green with a crown of flowers and fairy wings

One of the flower girls, dressed in light green with a crown of flowers and fairy wings on her back, reviews her instructions one more time with her mom.

Community Center Wedding image from the City of Hattiesburg as The ceremony took place in warm afternoon light that poured in through the windows

Community Center Weddings in the City of Hattiesburg | The ceremony took place in warm afternoon light that poured in through the windows

The ceremony took place in warm afternoon light that poured in through the windows of the old library. The bride and groom stand before the officiant while their guests stand and watch from their chairs behind them.

Hattiesburg Cultural Center Wedding Photo of The bride and groom sharing a look with one another while holding hands during the ceremony

Hattiesburg Cultural Center Wedding Photographer | The bride and groom share a meaningful look with one another while holding hands and smiling during the ceremony

Katie and Evan share a meaningful look with one another while holding hands and smiling during the ceremony. The officiant cannot help but smile at them himself.

Wedding Event Photo from Hattiesburg, MS of the grooms father holding his mothers hands behind her back during the ceremony

Wedding and Event Photography for Hattiesburg, MS | the grooms father holds his mother’s hands behind her back during the ceremony

Evan’s father holds his mother’s hands behind her back during the ceremony in a touching show of their joy, love, and anticipation. 

Hattiesburg Cultural Center, Hattiesburg, MS Wedding Picture from After the ceremony as the couple basks in the afterglow

Hattiesburg Cultural Center, Hattiesburg, MS Wedding Pic | After the ceremony, the couple basks in the afterglow

After the ceremony, the couple basks in the afterglow as they stand in front of an arch made of green boughs reminiscent of the forest, happy to finally be husband and wife.

Hattiesburg Cultural Center, MS Wedding Photo of the bride and groom toasting, wearing joyful smiles, wrapping arms together

Hattiesburg Cultural Center, MS Wedding Photography | the bride and groom both wearing joyful smiles, wrap their arms together

Katie and Evan, both wearing joyful smiles, wrap their arms together as they prepare to share a toast.

Hattiesburg MS Wedding Photo showing a Celebration of togetherness as the couple and their guests all dance

Hattiesburg MS Wedding Photographers | Celebrating their togetherness, the couple and their guests all dance together

Celebrating their togetherness, the couple and their guests all dance together, across multiple generations, all sharing in the joy of this quiet but intimate day.