From the moment I met Katie and Devon, I knew that I was going to have a great time working with them.  Katie’s joy and love of life is absolutely infectious, and the way Devon loves her is every girl’s dream.  These sweethearts originally met me out at Red Bluff for an adventurous engagement session (pictured above), where they danced and climbed and ran through streams together, excited to begin this new chapter of life.

On the morning of their wedding, I met Katie and all her bridesmaids at a gorgeous private residence in the Hattiesburg avenues.  The girls enjoyed a leisurely morning of make-up, mimosas and even cuddling babies.  From there they headed a few blocks over to Parkway Heights Methodist, where Katie had not one, but two heartfelt first looks – one with her father, and another with Devon.  Following the beautiful faith-based ceremony, I stole Katie and Devon away for a bit and brought them to my favorite little secret spot in downtown Hattiesburg for some pictures of just the two of them.  I always encourage couples to take the time to do this after their ceremony.  Emotions are high, you are finally married, and there won’t be another chance for peace or privacy until after the reception! 

The reception was absolutely stunning, in the newly re-done and glamorous Bottling Company.  Their five-tiered cake sat near an impressive custom-made swing, and their food spread was a work of art.  The dance floor stayed packed all night long, partially thanks to the amazing DJ’s selection.  The night ended with a sparkler exit and a romantic drive off in a convertible.  Katie and Devon’s wedding was as full of love and life as they are – both as individuals and as a couple.

Photography: Maria Newman Photography

Ceremony Venue: Parkway Heights Methodist

Reception Venue: The Bottling Company

Officient: Andy Stoddard

Florist: Jill Windham / Floral Designs by Jill

Dress: Allure gown from Imaginations Bridal

Hair + Make-up: Reagan Samander

Cake: Twelvefive Cakery

DJ: Logan and Sean Conerly

Videographer: Mondaini Films


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Wow this is incredible! AMAZING work! The tears rolling down her face, WOW just WOW. The bottling company is awesome also. You are a Great Mississippi wedding photographer

I have to agree the location is stunning. Her dress is spectacular. I love how you captured her joyful tears after reading the letter.

Congratulations, Katie and Devon!! Maria, you outdid yourself. What STUNNING photography, and the bottling company just makes it that much more of an amazing day! I love how you captured the emotion from the morning, those tears while she’s getting ready, and the calm peacefulness after their first look. Your images are so moving! Hattiesburg, Mississippi is blessed to habe you as a wedding photographer!

I absolutely love all the details you captured in this wedding! The venue is one of the neatest ones I’ve seen! I wish we had something like that where I live.

stahppppp. these are so perf. you captured this gorgeous wedding so perfectly. Hattiesburg bottling company looks like such a perfect place to get married!

These are so flipping amazingly gorgeous! I seriously love every single one of them!!!

i love all the detail and color in these photos! my favorite is the photo with the tears coming down her face while she’s reading the letter!

Hattiesburg looks like such a beautiful area. I’ve never been to Mississippi but I might need to add it to my bucket list. Looks like it was such a beautiful wedding and that dress is stunning- love all the special moments and character of the venue that you captured!

Wow! Such beautiful photos and what a special day! I’m sure the bride was thrilled to have all these special moments captured.

What a beautiful day! I love the way you shot the details and the black and whites. I wish we had a bottling company like that around here, for receptions!

The bottling company is just beautiful! I really loved seeing these images; you did so well! I loved how you captured her treats as she read his letter.

What a dreamy Mississippi wedding! They look so in love and as a wedding photographer you did such an awesome job capturing the details and authenticity.

Oh my goodness! These photos are BEAUTIFUL! You did an amazing job capturing every last detail but you can tell what a special day this was for everyone.