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.
I can't think of a better way to cap my rush of fall weddings than with Ashley and Mark's French Quarter wedding. These two live in Houston, and when we met for their engagement session a few months ago, we became fast friends. I knew it was meant to be when A&M spent no less than fifteen minutes during our session debating a topic near to my heart: Prince or Michael Jackson? (I'm an MJ like Ashley.)
Ashley and I began the day at her mom's incredible home in Gentilly Terrace, eventually meeting up with Mark during their wedding ceremony at Chateau LeMoyne. Their wedding day was relaxed and sweet, with plenty of quiet downtime early in the day, followed by a courtyard ceremony that had everyone bathed in golden afternoon light.
Since it was so hot (on the 29th of October!!), A&M had decided to cut the length of their second line. But the police escort led us the full length of the parade--sixteen blocks, I believe! I think everyone ended up glad that we unknowingly signed up for a long second line. I know I did! We were all ready to jump in the pool once we arrived back at Chateau LeMoyne, but we resisted and partied the night away in the courtyard. Congratulations, y'all!
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.
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.