The beginning of a new marriage is, of course, a serious and solemn occasion. But it's also a very happy and joyful time for the couple, and acknowledging this with a little levity can be a wonderful thing, making this special moment even more memorable for them and their friends and family in attendance. While photographing this wedding at the beautiful Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral in Biloxi, Mississippi, the priest had to stop himself in the middle of the ceremony to describe the huge smiles he was seeing on the faces of the bride and groom kneeling in front of him. He asked the couple to turn around to show the church congregation what he was talking about, and the result was this great shot of a lighthearted moment during their Catholic wedding mass.
I've photographed several Mississippi weddings at this church, and always look forward to it. It's a beautiful and prestigious cathedral that is a pleasure to work at. The church also features a very nice community center located directly behind it that is a perfect and convenient venue for a wedding reception, and is surprisingly elegant. Church community centers are often fairly sparse and simple inside, but this space is easily on par with many dedicated event spaces I've photographed at. I've shot several receptions here, and it's obviously very convenient to the Cathedral, with no transportation being necessary after the ceremony. It also features a large stage, which is great if a band will be providing your celebration's entertainment.
Location: 870 Howard Ave Biloxi, MS 39530.