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Joshua James & Kristy Marie Byrd
April 17, 2015

Richland, MS

Hometown: Ridgeland, MS

Wedding and Reception Venue: The Cotton Market, Richland, MS

Inspiration: Minimalist, simple, crafty, rustic
Photography: Joy Wheat of Life Captured by Joy

Film Photography: Kelley Joe Brumfield

Flowers/Decor: Wendy Putt with Fresh Cut Catering and Floral and DIY

Decor/Planning: Vera Foster

Cake: Shelley McLeod

Catering: Sonia Walley of 350 Degrees (Petal)

Entertainment: DJ Daze and DJ GrizzLee (Hattiesburg)

Dresses: David’s Bridal

Hair/Make-Up: Sarah Gartrell, Jesse Gallagher, Lauren Cooper of Static Salon (Madison)


What made your wedding unlike any wedding you’ve been to?

We did pretty much everything ourselves, alongside our families and close friends. The flowers on the tables were handpicked. My husband brewed a special beer just for the reception. And we had people of all ages on the dance floor — seriously, from 3 all the way to 60’s! Plus all the tunes were selected by our guests on their RSVP’s.


How did your wedding represent you as a couple?

From the start of our ceremony to the very end, everything was very “Love Byrds” themed. We hand-picked each song we played in the ceremony. The bridal entrance was one of our favorite Death Cab for Cutie songs, and the recessional was the theme song from “Star Wars.” I’ve always been about bright, funky shoes so the entire wedding party wore Van’s. We had an honorary bridesmaid light a candle for one of our best friends who passed away in 2011, whom we considered an honorary groomsmen on our big day. Every sign was handmade by the bride’s grandparents, and then hand-lettered and painted by the groom and bride’s mother. In addition to our special beer the groom brewed just for the wedding, the groom’s mother also crafted two specialty drinks with us in mind: a sangria and rum punch. We had an “in remembrance of” section on a table, with pictures of loved ones who couldn’t be with us because they are in Heaven. For the reception, I surprised my mom with a special dance between the two of us to Carrie Underwood’s “Mama’s Song,” and it was a very special for the both of us. Also, the groom designed our Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations. Everything was hand-made in some way, shape, and form. And again, we had everyone on the dance floor immediately. If you know us, you know we could dance to anything, all night long.


  1. If you could change anything about your wedding, what would it be?

Kristy: Well, I’d make sure Josh smushed the WHITE cake in my face, and not the red velvet! It stained the inside of my dress! But, it was cute and funny, and I really wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Josh: I mean, this may sound typical and cheesy, but I don’t think I’d change a single thing. Maybe the fact that the day of the wedding (and the previous day — for the rehearsal), there were 3 crashes on I-55. #weddingtraffic


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Kendra Smith-Parks was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She moved to Hattiesburg three years ago to pursue writing and become a journalism student. Now residing in Hattiesburg permanently, she is a full time student at Southern Miss. Dime is lucky to have her as its very first journalism intern. In the meantime she is probably eating ice cream, waiting tables at Cotton Blues or drowning in homework. You can catch her at your local restaurant or music venue around the Dirty South.

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