I can't think of a better post for St. Patrick's Day than this couple (other than an Irish wedding!) because y'all. Erica and Chad know how to party! After a super sweet ceremony officiated by a friend, The Right On Band filled the New Orleans Country Club with an amazing performance that had the crowd dancing all night. This was the biggest, most laid back party and I loved it. Everyone was so comfortable doing their thing, even when the pink afro wigs were handed out at the end of the night, and I think it speaks volumes about Erica and Chad, their families, and the people they choose to surround themselves with. I wasn't one bit surprised by the great vibes last Saturday after getting to know Erica's family--her father and step mother might look familiar if you've been keeping up with me for a while, since I photographed their surprise wedding about a year and a half ago. Hope you enjoy the images from this gorgeous wedding.
Okay, I've got to tell y'all the story of Ashley and Alex. They live in San Fransisco. Ashley called me up months before the wedding and said that Alex had proposed nearly a year prior with an "amazing surprise proposal," and that they just hadn't gotten around to actually planning the thing yet because, well... sometimes life gets in the way. So Ashley decided to plan a surprise elopement during their trip to New Orleans in May. She'd reveal the secret on the plane to NOLA. We kept things hush-hush.
Fast forward to the end of March. Ashley tells me that everything's still a surprise. A couple weeks later, she emails. "The cat's out of the bag": Alex had started planning another elopement in SF, so she had to be let in on the secret.
Like, you can't make up a better story than that. Two people each planning their elopement. Real life FTW.
A&A got ready together at an AirBNB in Central City on Sunday morning, then rode the St. Charles line streetcar to the Quarter. We walked to Jackson Square for an intimate ceremony with just a few friends in attendance, then had champagne and beignets at Cafe Du Monde. A short, sweet, simple thing that was definitely one of my favorites to date. "Small but perfect," as Ashley put it.
Also, happy Pride, everyone!! 🌈
The lightly overcast sky in New Orleans on Sarah and Mike's wedding day lent the light a smooth, luminous quality that doesn't always happen with cloudy skies. Leading up to the ceremony, we all wondered if it would actually rain! It did rain (only a little and at just the right time), but that certainly didn't put a damper on the party happening inside Tomas Bistro. Mike opened a bottle of Champagne with a sword (you'll see), and the newlyweds were oft-spotted looking into each other's eyes and kissing in the middle of the dance floor. (You'll see that too :)
Tori and David's evening wedding ceremony at Immaculate Conception in New Orleans was all things you'd expect from a matrimonial mass in an amazingly beautiful church. The homily put the day's purpose into perspective as the priest delivered words of advice and support. But once guests walked the few steps next door to the parish hall, the party transitioned into a jubilant, boisterous reception. Tori and David are super down to earth, but also leave plenty of room to be silly, sweet, and happy together. This Christmas Eve Eve wedding rocked!
When I got the call from Brittany a few months ago, I knew this was going to be an awesome party. "So many of our friends wanted to throw us engagement parties," she explained. "So we decided that we're going to have one big engagement party and hand out save the date cards that say 'in five minutes!'" I'm paraphrasing of course, but seriously. How cool is that?
She and Sid got ready at home with their kids (they each have three, leading to their hashtag #bradybunchoncrack), popped a couple bottles for family toasts, and headed down the street to a friend's house for the engagement party. And it was a pretty normal party for a while--until the kids began handing out save the date cards. The energy in the house exploded, and, well, you'll see!
Chrissy and Nick used to live right above Jackson Square, so it made perfect sense for their wedding ceremony to take place there. They were married in front of St. Louis Cathedral, surrounded by a small group of family and friends, and then were joined by the rest of their party at Tableau for a larger reception. The intimate ceremony allowed the couple to have the time with their immediate families that was super important to them. Afterward at Tableau, even more family and friends enveloped them. (I heard that some guests even sneakily watched the ceremony from balconies surrounding the Square!) The group second lined to Hotel Monteleone for the afterparty. We had a blast at this wedding!
I'm admittedly late to the game here, but if I make a post about 2015 before my first wedding of 2016 (which is this weekend) it still kind of counts as 2015, right?
Last year was full of big life changes for me: I relocated from New Orleans to Birmingham right after Mardi Gras. Commuted back to NOLA to work for a good six months after the move, while I made connections and booked clients in Birmingham for weddings and corporate jobs. (I still commute to NOLA on the regular—ain't nothin' gonna keep me away for too long.) Stopped relying on second shooting and odd freelance jobs to pay the bills. Got used to eating my parents' cooking (and taking leftovers home) at least once a week. Re-integrated into the everyday lives of some of my best friends in the whole world. Made connections with some of the most amazing clients ever. The list goes on and on, and it would be a complete lie if I told you that last year was easy. 2015 was the best year yet, and it was also soul-crushingly difficult. I'm glad it's over.
Last time I was in New Orleans, I had the pleasure of photographing my good friends Madeline and Robert down the street from their house in the Marigny. The setting sun and vibrant NOLA style graced us with incredible color that complements this couple's vivacious energy. Today is their anniversary, so happy anniversary y'all!
Laurie and Glen were married last fall in New Orleans and in the flurry of wedding season I did not post their wedding here. But at the very least, the warm weather and sunny vibes from their wedding day can get us all excited about the approaching spring weather!
The couple gathered a close-knit group of friends and family under an oak tree in New Orleans' City Park. After a joyful, tear-filled ceremony and so many hugs, we made our way to Noma Cafe for drinks, dinner, and cake.
From Mary's feather headpiece to their parasols embellished with Chinese beads, this couple's flair embodied a playfully dramatic outlook. They held their destination wedding in New Orleans, and the finicky April weather held out long enough for a rain-free ceremony and second line through the Bywater.