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We're better when we're together! We're husband and wife, business partners, CrossFit workout buddies and best friends doing life together. When we're not shooting wedding celebrations you can find us hanging out at home with our pup Lulu, while Ryan attempts to master the art of lattes!

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OUR LOVE STORY

OUR LOVE STORY

Once Upon a Blind Date...

Anna + Ryan met

Ryans high school best friend happened to be Anna's sorority sister in College. Seeing how similar we were she tried to play cupid and get us together thinking we would hit it off. Ryan was just coming out of a relationship and wasn't looking at meeting anyone new and so three full years go by until one day Ryan stumbles upon a tagged photo of Anna on Facebook. Realizing it was the same girl his friend had tried to set him up with years earlier, he slid into that Facebook DM and the rest is history! 

love at first sight

One week later we went on our first date. It was filled with laughter and an instant connection that was undeniable. We both knew we had found something special with each other and we didn't want the day to end.  A week after that we became “official”. From that day on we shared everything together and our connection only grew stronger. Then, on our 1 year dating anniversary we got engaged on the steps of the St Louis.

a very 'extra' proposal

We had dinner a nice spot in the French Quarter and actually had our own dining room and wait staff. Ryan slipped away while Annas sister walked in with an iPad filled with personal videos of her friends excitement and a special dress. After changing, a horse carriage took Anna through the french quarter while she watched a slideshow of our favorite memories together. Awaiting at the proposal spot were our families and her best friends staggered up the stairs leading to Ryan. As Anna would go up the steps, they would ask if she was a certain Disney Princess. They would then tell her that she was Princess Anna, and why she was better than the Disney Princess — 6 months later, we were married and it just keeps getting better and better!


Favorite Coffee

FAVORITE LENS

HAPPY PLACE

LOVE TOO MUCH

FAV CROSSFIT MOVE

SCARED OF

WANT TO TRAVEL TO

ENNEAGRAM

EMBARRASSED I CAN'T

HIDDEN TALENT

Cold Brew with a shot, a splash of cream + sugar free vanilla.

Iced Java Moe from our
local coffee shop!

Favorite Coffee

FAVORITE LENS

HAPPY PLACE

LOVE TOO MUCH

FAV CROSSFIT MOVE

SCARED OF

WANT TO TRAVEL TO

Enneagram

EMBARRASSED I CAN'T

HIDDEN TALENT

Ryan

Anna

85mm 1.4

50mm 1.2

Anywhere with sun and the ocean.

Disney World

Custom Suits!

Candy. All the gummy candies!

Power cleans or ring muscle ups.

Handstand walking and pull-ups.

Pretty Little Liars theme song
and spiders.

Doesn’t have time to be scared - saving Ryan from spiders.

Venice, Italy

Positano, Italy

7 — Constant source of love, laughter, and energy.


1w2 — Natural helper who loves serving others + organizing!

Do anything “handy”...

Eat fruit or vegetables #candy

Talking Anna into letting me
buy more clothes.

Finding candy shops when we travel!

Associate Photographer + YASS Girl

MEET THE TEAM

Lauren

Lauren is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi and lives in Hattiesburg! She's married to her best friend, John Lloyd, and they have two Brittanys: Lilah + Lucy. She's an avid sports fan and loves College Football Saturday's and NFL Sunday's. You can catch her hanging out with her sweet pups watching Bravo. Lauren has a passion for serving people, encouraging love, and making people laugh!

Associate Photographer + HuSTLE QUEEN

Alexis

owner + ORGANIZING QUEEN

Anna Leonard

 Anna is in charge of a lot of things... except laundry and cooking! Anna has always been the girl you can count on with a camera in hand even before going professional! The fact that she's a 1w2 guarantees that Anna will always have a list and schedule in place to make sure all parts of the Refuge Experience is captured! Besides keeping the team in line, you can typically find her with candy in hand, overusing emojis, and trying to convince Ryan to move to Disney World!

owner + coffee addict

Ryan Leonard

Ryan is our communicator, dreamer, fashion king, head poser, and leader (especially when it comes to popping the confetti)! It may have to do with the fact he has constant caffeine running through his veins or simply because he’s 100% an enneagram 7, but when this guy is involved you know joy and fun comes too! Besides being the constant source of energy for our team, you can typically find Ryan with coffee in hand, talking “too much”, and trying to convince Anna why he needs another custom suit!

Alexis is an absolute joy to be around! She moved to Hattiesburg from Saraland, Alabama to attend The University of Southern Mississippi  and fell in love with our hometown! She's currently engaged and we are so excited to celebrate Alexis and her awesome fiancé Zach at their wedding in 2021!  Alexis has a heart for people and a deep desire to empower women and help them see their true beauty! 

Let us be your refuge

THE REFUGE TEAM

We'd love to serve + celebrate with you!

IN TOUCH!

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While we have loved being a husband and wife duo, we began growing our team and bringing on new talented photographers (some who were Refuge brides!) so that we could serve more couples in more areas! Together with our growing team, we want to be a Refuge for our couples just like Jesus is for us. From initial inquiry to your big day, we aim to create relationships that last far after the wedding day. If this sounds like the type of vibe you want on your big day, click below!