Out of the 100 plus weddings I’ve photographed, Erica and JayDee’s has got to be the sweetest one yet. When I found out their ages I was SO excited to be their wedding photographer and document their special day. When I found out their story, I was even more excited and honored to be the one to photograph every moment for them. Erica and JayDee were both widowed before they married. JayDee had been a widower for the last 21 years, and Erica had been a widow for the last 7. One of the cool links in their story is that the maid of honor from JayDee’s first wedding is who ended up setting Erica and JayDee up together, and now they’re happily married! The Grand Magnolia House was the perfect location for their wedding venue. The grandkids loved riding their scooters around the yard as well as hanging out on the porch and taking advantage of the rocking chairs.

The whole day was about family, and I believe that’s how every wedding should be. Together, Erica and JayDee have 6 kids, who all have children of their own. Along with a few close friends, their wedding guests were their family members. One of my favorite things about being a wedding photographer is that I get to witness two lives becoming one, and it’s even more beautiful when it’s two family units becoming one family. Both families were so welcoming to me and made me feel right at home. I loved hanging out with them and getting to know them a little more throughout the day!

A huge shout out to all the vendors who made everything beautiful!

Venue | The Grand Magnolia House

Coordinator | Tamara Joiner

DJ | The Party Man

Catering | Robin & Wayne Mills with Make it Cake

I absolutely loved Erica’s wedding dress and fit her personality perfectly!


Erica and JayDee’s ceremony was incredibly sweet. The look on JayDee’s face when he saw Erica walking down the aisle was so precious, and the way he kept looking at her during the ceremony as if he had just won the lottery made my heart melt like a puddle. After 21 years of waiting, God sent him Erica and you could just see in his eyes how blessed and unbelievably grateful he was.

The flower girl was JayDee’s granddaughter and the ring bearer was one of Erica’s grandsons. They both did so good!

One of Erica’s daughters sang a special song during the ceremony, and some of her sons read scriptures as well.

Erica and JayDee exchanged red roses to each other as a symbol of vowing to always take care of each other, followed by their first kiss as husband and wife. In all my years of being a wedding photographer I’d never seen anything like that and thought it was so sweet!

I loved Erica’s idea for flowers at the ceremony and reception. Instead of spending money on arrangements that would die after the wedding, they decided to get flowers and plants that could be planted in their garden and yard after the wedding! That’s some great wisdom right there.

Seriously, how sweet are they?!


The back deck was the dance floor where they “cut the rug” and where The Party Man put on an amazing reception! Everyone was dancing the whole evening. Even as I was leaving, the grandkids were still flossing strong. 😉

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Arent! May the Lord bless your marriage and give you many years together!