Color Palette:
Storm Grey, White, Brass

What adjectives best describe your wedding?
Personal, Crazy, Perfect

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
As a photographer myself, I couldn’t get the thought of a natural light, outdoor wedding out of my head. As many weddings as I have shot with Catherine, I know the importance of the venue. At the end of the day I opted for a place that was dear to my heart. Crowley, Louisiana- Rice Capital of America, my sweet hometown. We decided on a beautiful piece of land surrounded by 100 year old oak trees. It is where I photograph most of my baby clients, every week when I drive up to shoot another baby, family, or bride, I am reminded of my special day and all the love and smiles that beautiful property has given me. I thought the most meaningful place to have our reception would be at OUR home, the one we have put literal blood, sweat, and tears renovating over the past year.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
The ‘material’ things were all amazing in my wedding: my custom ordered dress from Russia, my hand written signage from Portland, my letter pressed invitations from Denver, but nothing was as special to me as the PEOPLE that were there for me on our special day, especially our vendors. You can not actually purchase the kindness and love I received from my photographers, day of coordinator, event rentals, MUAH, florist, the list goes on! I am so very grateful for my TEAM!

What was your best wedding day memory?
My husband told me after the ceremony that not everything was finished at our house ( the reception location). We arrived and my husband, brother-in-law, Pure Vintage’s head lady Ashley, Amelia (my coordinator) were all on ladders putting up my garland on 9 foot poles over the outside social table. I couldn’t help but laugh. It rained ALL DAY long and it had come down to the last minute details. This was obviously not their job, but all hands were on deck making sure it was perfectly as I envisioned. At that moment I realized what a lucky I was to have all of them, including my husband who always executes my crazy ideas without complaining 🙂

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
We loved having our nieces, nephews, and godchildren a part of our day. All 9 of them! Being that my job revolves around children, I couldn’t have imaged getting married without them. Even if they were running around yanking the peonies out of the arrangements and rolling around our grass in their white heirloom lace outfits, we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!
I custom designed my wedding crest made of Rice, which was the theme of our wedding, and was printed on the invitations, napkins, and sign-in poster (printed by my bridesmaid Kate).
I borrowed the most beautiful china from my grandmother, but there was not enough in the set for everyone at the reception. I scoured the internet for months buying a piece here-and-there to collect my own set. At the end, I had accumulated my own fine china set to match my grandmothers.
My sister-in-law and I spent countless hours monograming initial place napkins for each one of our friends and family. I loved those <3
We just barely finished the renovations on the house in time for the wedding. Everything about our reception was touch by us, because it was at OUR house. John, my husband, is a master craftsman (in my book)! He built the most amazing bar and also the DJ stand!
The most dear thing at my house was our tree swing, that of course John repurposed, hung in the tree, and surprised me with my last birthday. We always swing there and talk about our day. On our wedding day, it was adorned with garland and flowers. We got a moment to sit, swing, take a photo and reflect on our sweet little life we have built together 🙂

What is your wedding song?
Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls

Getting Ready Outfits: ASOS | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom; BHLDNJenny Yoo | Wedding Dress Designer: Tatyana Kochnova | Wedding Shoes: Bella Belle | Bride’s Makeup: Madeline Dupuis; Joie de Vivre Salon  | Bride’s Hair: Katie Vincent; Joie de Vivre Salon | Groom’s Apparel: J Crew Mercantile | Ceremony Music: Lauren Baker | Florist: Brianna Belton Design | Stationery: Jolie & Co | Caterer: Imonelli | Event Rentals: Event RentalsPure Vintage Wedding Rentals & Design | Bridal Accessories: Badgley MischkaSalvadors Jewelers | Cake: The Cake Room | Children’s Heirloom: Auraluz | Candles: Creative Candles | Signage: HeyHalle | Violinist : Lauren Baker | Cookies: Southern Sugar Custom Cookies | Embroidery: The Patterned Pecan

Color Palette:
Blush, Ivory, Antique Green

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
We knew we wanted to elope; so, we chose Nottoway because it’s representative of our area and our culture!  

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My Wedding Dress! 

What was your best wedding day memory?
Before saying the vows, Ken, Kenneth (my step son), and I all held hands and prayed as a family. It was a special moment for us to become one family.

Amy and Ken’s wedding was perfection! The wedding was held outdoors under the mossy oaks of Nottoway on a sunny, lovely afternoon. The ceremony was intimate, there was lots of sweet moments and the evening ended with a relaxed sit down dinner. It was so hard to choose my favorite images but I’m sharing a highlight of the day below!

Prep/Ceremony/Reception: Nottoway Plantation | Florist: The Plantation Florist | Cake: Julie Humphrey | Wedding Dress: Tara Keeley | Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mishka | Bridal Accessories: David Yurman | Bride’s Hair: Hair by Ginger | Bride’s Makeup: Makeup by Victoria |

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Party, Amazing, and Fun

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
The ceremony venue (The Pharmacy Museum) was originally chosen because it was one of the only places close to Pat O’s that would rent out a space for ceremony only. But after looking at the place and seeing the courtyard we realized that it was everything we wanted in a wedding venue. The space perfectly fit us….easy and elegant yet simple. It was only a coincidence that we chose a place that represented what we do for a living.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My favorite wedding purchase has to be my wedding dress. I had been eyeing that dress for months on Instagram so when we went dress shopping, I chose to go to Blanc bridal specifically for that dress. I saw it as soon as I walked in and it was the first dress I grabbed. I saved it and tried it on last and as soon as I put it on I knew it was my dress. It was simple, easy, elegant yet a little bohemian. It was also super comfortable. For a long time, I wondered if I purchased the right dress but when I put it on on the day of the wedding, I fell even more in love with it.

What was your best wedding day memory?
The entire experience is my favorite memory. Everything about the day was perfect. The weather was beautiful. The day was fun getting our hair and makeup done. The ceremony was everything I wanted and the reception was the best party I have ever attended. I could not have asked for a better day. It was everything and more. I would do it 10 times over again! It was the best and most fun day of my life!!!

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?We love details and bringing together family. We incorporated a memory table to remember those who have passed and pictures of our parents at their weddings.

What is your wedding song?
Elvis – “Can’t Help Falling in Love”

Bride’s Prep Spot: French Quarter Apartment | Ceremony Location: Pharmacy Museum | Reception Location/Catering: Pat O’s on the River | Florist: Fat Cat Flowers | Wedding Cake: Swiss Confectionery | Event Rentals: Event Rental| Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Pronovias from Blanc Bridal | Wedding Shoes Designer: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Accessories: Earrings – Noa Sade | Bride’s Hair: Amber Buxton Salon | Makeup: Makeup by Megan | Groom’s Apparel: Brooks Brothers | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Adrianna Papell from Bridal Boutique by Maeme | Transportation: Royal Carriages and mini pony from Rowdy Rascals| Ceremony Music: Patrice Fisher | Reception Music: Top Cats

 

Color Palette:
Gold, white and a touch of pink

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Romantic. Intimate. Perfect.

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
We got married in the church where I grew up attending and received all my sacraments. It was very special to me to also be married there as we start this new chapter in our lives.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My favorite wedding purchase was my dress. I absolutely loved everything about it!

What was your best wedding day memory?
My favorite wedding memory is dancing all night long with my close family and friends. We truly had a blast and enjoyed every second of it.

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?We love details and bringing together family. We incorporated a memory table to remember those who have passed and pictures of our parents at their weddings.

What is your wedding song?
Me and You – Kenny Chesney

Bride’s Prep Spot: Estate at Charropin Beach | Ceremony Location: Our Lady of the Lake Church| Reception Location: Maison Lafitte  | Event Planner: Weddings by Allie | Caterer: The Lakehouse | Florist: Dreamweavers | Wedding Cake: The Cocoa Bean Bakery & Cafe| Event Rentals: Tentman and Big Easy Lighting | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Eddy K from Olivier Couture | Wedding Shoes Designer: Deimille | Bridal Accessories: Veil – Sara Gabriel; Hair Piece: Anna Marguerite | Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Jessica Ranatza | Groom’s Apparel: Black by Vera Wang | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Sorella Vita| Transportation: Limousine Livery | Getting Ready Outfits: Plum Pretty Sugar | Ceremony Music: Kitty Cleveland | Reception Music: Quinn Landry |  Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Videographer: Brooke Boyd Photo + Film

Dress Designer: Watters
Boutique: Wildflower Bridal
Florals: Leaf + Petal
Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Accessories: Etsy
Hair: Haley Guiberteau/Flawless Bride
Makeup Artist: Flawless Bride

Was this the dress you initially thought you’d wear for your wedding?
I did not have any specific vision for my wedding gown. So, when I entered the bridal shop with my mother, grandmother, three aunts, and four cousins I wasn’t sure I would be able to choose a dress. But when I first saw it on the hanger I fell in love with it!

Tell Me About Your Dress! Why did you choose this look?
This was only the third dress I tried on, and right away I knew it was perfect. I LOVE the lace on this dress! It is dainty and unique and feminine. I love how all of the different textures of lace and tulle come together on this dress. Best part … It’s both beautiful and comfortable and easy to wear!

How do you feel when you put on your dress?
… like a beautiful bride! When I put on other dresses I felt like I was playing dress-up. This dress feels like “me” … just a prettied up fancy bridal version of me!

Why did you choose this particular bridal session location?
After asking Catherine for suggestions on locations that would give us a true “Southern Louisiana” feel, she sent over a few suggestions. I immediately fell in love with gardens at the Longue Vue House! It turned out to be the perfect location!

Color Palette:
Soft neutrals

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church was so beautiful and it was so close to Latrobe’s. It was the most perfect set up for a “second line” from the Church to the reception. Latrobe’s on Royal was stunning from the inside out. The ambience and character of the building was seriously captivating. Even when we went to check out the venue during the day and there was no décor, lights or flowers the venue just really spoke for itself. It was so romantic and stunning. We could not of picked better venues for the look we were going for!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
This is a tough one, but I would have to say that my favorite wedding purchase was my dress. It was a bit different than what I had imagined getting, but when I tried it on I just knew that it was the one. I was so excited for Mark to see it!!

What was your best wedding day memory?

I have to say (and I think Mark would agree) that our favorite memory was having our family and friends there to celebrate with us. It was truly and overwhelming joy to be surrounded by all of the people who have greatly influenced both of our lives. We are so thankful and it really was a weekend that we will never forget.

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?

For our wedding we simply just wanted everyone to have fun!! We wanted people to be able to experience a “New Orleans Style” wedding first hand and create a memory that they would never forget. We wanted EVERYONE to dance, eat and party all night long and it’s safe to say I think that was accomplished. With Mark being from New Orleans and New Orleans always being a place that I have held close to my heart, we didn’t hesitate when it came to where we wanted to plan our wedding. The whole weekend was over the top incredible for both of us and the best way to toast to a lifetime together!

What is your wedding song?
“You and I” by John Legend

Bride’s Prep Spot: The Roosevelt | Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Italian Church | Reception Location: Latrobe’s | Event Planner: Valerie Gernhauser; Sapphire Events| Caterer: Latrobe’s | Florist: Kim Starr Wise | Wedding Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries | Event Rentals: Luminous Events | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Town and Country | Wedding Shoes Designer: Valentino | Bridal Accessories: Alexander Wang clutch; Louloute hand chain | Bride’s Hair and Makeup: BLEU | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | Getting Ready Outfits: Plum Pretty Sugar robes| Ceremony Music: New Orleans Finest | Reception Music: After 8 Band |  Stationery: Kristina Eaton | Videographer: Studio Vieux Carre

Color Palette:
Gray, Gold, Berry, Navy

What adjectives best describe your wedding?
Modern, Classic, Romantic

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
It was not our first choice (only because we hadn’t thought of it) but when we eventually found it, we could not believe we had not thought of it sooner! Other options were either too big or too small; this one seemed just right! We could not pass up the view! But even more importantly, it is just a few blocks from where we will start our life. To be able to walk past the place where we made so many memories seemed perfect! It was a block away from almost everyone’s hotel and next door to the afterparty! We could not have picked a more convenient and special place!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My dress for sure! I’m still so in love with it!

What was your best wedding day memory?
The first look was definitely one of our favorites! Being able to have that intimate moment beforehand really made me feel relaxed and put all the chaos into perspective. It was the perfect way to become grounded before the most important part of the day.

Another favorite is a little note that I wrote for the flower girl to give to Brandon at the end of the aisle. I wasn’t able to see her give it to him, but he says that this was one of his favorites and I am so glad! I had planned on doing this since the beginning- the note read: ” I can’t believe you’re Brandon. I can’t wait to marry you!” – We say “I can’t believe you’re Brandon” and I can’t believe you’re Amy” all the time- still in disbelief that we ended up together after so many years of being in each others lives.

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
The painting displayed at the guestbook table was actually a painting that Brandon did himself the month of the wedding. It’s a painting of a picture that was taken of us at his sister’s wedding. The background of the painting is all of our letters written to each other. This is absolutely one of my favorite details. I hand painted the succulents that were placed around the reception venue with gold leaf paint, in keeping with the gold detail theme. Brandon’s groom’s cake was another one of my favorite details that was a surprise for him. I had Fairy Dust Cakes recreate his proposal video using his exact artwork. Displayed next to the cake was the video itself, for those that hadn’t seen it yet. I love strawberry cake so I made sure to incorporate my favorite flavor into out wedding cake- So the entire wedding cake was strawberry inside 🙂 Brandon and his mom, being accustomed to traditional Mexican wedding receptions wanted to include the props- sombreros, mustaches, blow up cactus, etc. We loved the idea and it added the perfect nod to his Mexican family, while bringing in tons of fun!

What is your wedding song?
You and I- John Legend. We chose this song because it was in his proposal video, and always reminds us of that moment.

Event Planner: KBCook Weddings | Bride Prep: Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center | Ceremony: Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church | Reception: Shaw Center River Terrace | Caterer: Louisiana Bayou Bistro and Gourmet Girls (Champagne Jellies)| Florist: Root Floral Design| Wedding Cake: Fairy Dust Cakes | Event Rentals : Event Rental | Wedding Dress Designer: Anne Barge from I Do Bridal Couture | Earrings: Haute Bride from Bella Bleu Bridal | Hair Piece: Jolie Petale | Bride’s Hair: Elise Brannon – Glo Salon | Bride’s Makeup: Brooke Rafidi | Groom’s Apparel: Luca Falcone| Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids | Transportation: Classic Cars BR | Getting Ready Outfits: Victoria’s Secret | Reception Music: Chris Inman | Stationery: Minted

Prior to the wedding, Mollie decided that we would postpone her bridal session until after the wedding…and she would be joined by her husband, Bryan for the shoot! It really couldn’t have worked out more perfectly. They didn’t do a first look and had their wedding at night so it was really nice to get more portraits of the two of them in beautiful, natural light!

Their reception was celebrated at The Pavilion of Two Sisters in City Park, so we returned to that exact spot for their session! It was really fun seeing them dressed up again and having the chance to photograph this newly married couple! 🙂 Mollie + Bryan are so sweet. <3

If you have a wedding at night and are not doing a first look, this is a great way to get portraits of the two of you following the wedding! Below are a few of my personal favorites from the day:

Dress: Martina Liana from Town & Country  | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Hair: Nikki Barber | Bride’s Makeup: Katie Malone | Groom’s Apparal: John’s Tuxedo | Florals: Bella Blooms

Lyndsey and Kayne met when they were 17 at a summer camp just before the start of their senior year. That Fall they officially starting dating and six years later they are taking that next step and getting married! After spending a portion of their relationship long distance, they are both so ready to be in the city of New Orleans following the wedding!!

The wedding will be taking place in Lyndsey’s home town…Lyndsey will even be getting ready in the house she grew up in. How fun that they will be making their most special memory yet in a city that means so much.

We photographed their engagement session at City Park in New Orleans and I am so so happy to share their images. Lyndsey’s blue dress is absolutely gorgeous but what mostly stands out is their sweet connection with one another! I cannot wait for the wedding. <3

Color Palette:
Ivory, Navy and Gold

What adjectives best describe your wedding?
Classy, Sentimental and Exciting!

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
St. Mary’s was the most beautiful church we had been in! Both courtyards – at the Beauregard Keyes house and outside the Ursuline Convent reminded us of France (where we got engaged!)

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Lace Topper

What was your best wedding day memory?
Seeing Alex as I walked down the aisle – Laura
Laura walking through the doors of the church with her dad – Alex

What is your wedding song?
La Vie En Rose

Bride’s Prep Spot: The Westin | Groom’s Prep Spot: The Roosevelt| Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Italian Church| Reception Location: Marche | Event Planner: Terry Kenney | Florist: Leaf and Petal| Wedding & Groom’s Cake: Nonna Randazzo’s| Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Blanc – Badgley Mischka (Dress) from Wedding Belles| Bride’s Hair: Trish | Bride’s Makeup: Micah Desonier | Groom’s Apparel: The Black Tux| Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier from Wedding Belles | Transportation: Alert Transportation| Ceremony Music: Dreux Montegut, Ryan Asprion, Natalie Cascante | Reception Music: Phat Hats Band| Videographer: Robbie Eutsler

Color Palette:
Burgundy, Brown, Creme

What adjectives best describe your wedding?
“New Orleans” rustic elegance

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church is over 250 years old. It is the church I was raised in, made all my sacraments, and dreamed of walking down the aisle my whole life.
Our reception venue, Maison de Tours, is located on the church square across from the church. The venue has been restored to its original 1855 splendor with an open courtyard featuring a cascading fountain and balconies showcasing beautiful views of the church square.Ultimately, I chose the venues for their historic charm. I wanted guests to feel like they were in New Orleans.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My favorite purchase was the Bunk Johnson Brazz Band. The sounds of their instruments filled the air as soon as the church doors opened, setting the scene and tempo for the rest of the night!!!

What was your best wedding day memory?
By far the best part of the whole night was when Quaid convinced me to go upstairs for a bite to eat. While waiting for the keys on the small balcony over looking the courtyard with all our wedding guest, The band began playing our wedding song, We enjoyed an impromptu moment just the two of us.

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
We enjoy playing games with our families and friends, so our sign-in was large “Jenga” blocks for guests to sign. All the details showcased our personal rustic style. With everything from bull horns and cowhides to sugarcane stalks and feathers.

What is your wedding song?
“Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton

Bride’s Prep Spot: Maison De Tours | Event Planner: Southern Fete | Caterer: Imonelli | Florist: Tina Guidroz; Flowers and More by Dean | Wedding Cake: Guidry’s Cake Shop | Groom’s Cake: Rickey Meche’s Donut King | Event Rentals: Party Central | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Madison JamesAshley Renee’ Bridal  | Wedding Shoes Designer: Jessica Simpson | Bridal Accessories: Kendra Scott | Bride’s Hair: Kelly Bulliard | Bride’s Makeup: Allison Derouen; Merle Norman | Groom’s Apparel: Jos. A. Bank | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Hayley Paige | Ceremony Music: Patrick Melancon; Borislava Ilcheva; Scotty Walker | Reception Music: The Nik L Beer Band; Bunk Johnson Brazz Band |  Stationery: Inkling Design Studio | Videographer: Ginger and Clove

Color Palette:
Marsala, Navy, Cream

What adjectives best describe your wedding?
Warm, Rustic, Elegant

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
The Chicory had the perfect combination of rustic elegance we were looking for. It was also important for us to have everything in one place for ease of planning with so many out of town guests (including the bride and groom). The Chicory did an amazing job and the food was great!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Probably our rings 🙂

What was your best wedding day memory?
Too many to pick a favorite! The send off at the end was pretty amazing and we loved getting to ride in pedicabs on the way to and from the ceremony. If we had to pick a favorite, I think it would be the ceremony itself. John Cromwell was the best officiant we could have imagined!

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
I pinned a charm of my deceased grandmothers into my dress. That was very meaningful. I feel like our personalities were incorporated by having John perform the ceremony. He really captured our relationship. Also, having Pink Fries Paperie make custom menus, programs and place cards allowed us to be part of the creative process.

What is your wedding song?
“These Arms of Mine” by Otis Redding

Bride’s Prep Spot: Loews New Orleans Hotel | Groom’s Prep Spot: Loews New Orleans Hotel | Event Planner: Kelly Mitchell Nola Weddings & Events | Caterer: The Chicory | Florist: Leaf + Petal New Orleans | Wedding Cake: Zoe’s Bakery | Event Rentals: Firefly Ambiance; House of Modern Vintage | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Lihi Hod ;Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Wedding Shoes Designer: M. Gemi | Bridal Accessories: J. Crew | Bride’s Hair: Tommy Centanni; Embodyment Salon & Spa | Bride’s Makeup: Midori Makeup Artistry | Groom’s Apparel: J. Crew | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Weddington Way | Transportation: NOLA Pedicabs | Ceremony Music: The Gumbo Trio | Reception Music: Rockin’ Dopsie Jr & The Zydeco Twisters |  Stationery: Minted; Pink Fries Paperie

Dress Designer: Eddy K
Boutique (dress/belt): Olivier Couture
Florals: Dreamweavers
Headpiece: Sara Gabriel
Shoes:
Jimmy Choo
Accessories: Gold Leaf Comb by Anna Marguerite and Pearl Studs
Hair/Makeup: About Face

Was this the dress you initially thought you’d wear for your wedding?Actually, Initially, I was in search of a more full, all lace dress. Each dress I would try on was beautiful but didn’t feel like me.

Tell Me About Your Dress! Why did you choose this look?
decided on this dress because of its simple silhouette and amazing all lace back and sleeves. The boutique  just received this dress and designer in their store so, I tried it on right off the mannequin and knew I found the right dress!

How do you feel when you put on your dress?
Wearing this dress makes me feel elegant yet still simple.

Why did you choose this particular bridal session location?
My high school alma mater is just down the street from the estate, and I have passed this location numerous times. It was always that “beautiful, white house on Lee Lane.” It wasn’t until I was searching on AirBnB that I realized you can rent the entire property and so I did for me and my bridal party to get ready on the wedding day. The owners were extremely gracious enough to allow me to have my bridal session on the property as well. I am so glad I did! The grounds are absolutely beautiful and like a small oasis in the middle of downtown Covington.

Any advice for future brides embarking on this wedding journey?
Enjoy every minute of the wedding journey and embrace opportunities to include your fiancé in decision making and details. Thomas had amazing ideas!

With the flooding in Louisiana, the ring shipment was a bit stressful…but Nic finally (with the help of his mother) was able to retrieve the ring from shipment! It was then transferred from his mom to Nic where he kept it safely in his possession! 🙂 Five days later on their way to Destin for a vacation with friends, he and Vict stopped for a night in New Orleans!

The plan was to get in early and head to a spot that meant so much to them right near the river. But as plans and life go…they had to improvise. Nic’s brother met them in the French Quarter and after Beignets they took a walk. Stopping along the river, not too far from their special place where he had originally intended to propose, Nic took Victoria’s hand and asked her to marry him!

They cried, laughed, hugged, and spent the next several days celebrating the start of this journey together.

Vic and Nic are close friends of mine so it was especially unique and fun to be able to photograph their engagement session in the French Quarter! <3 We played music, we danced…and we finished the session at Pat O’s. I would say it was a pretty perfect day and I’m so thrilled to be able to share my favorites!!

Color Palette:
Aubergine and Gold

What adjectives best describe your wedding?
Amazing, Elegant, BEAUTIFUL, COLD

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
They literally took care of every single wedding detail you could think of. Not to mention it was absolutely breathtaking!!..and the food was AMAZING!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My wedding dress was my absolute favorite wedding purchase. I felt so beautiful in it!!

What was your best wedding day memory?
My favorites wedding day memory was walking down the aisle, and having my veil whip in the wind and get all tangled in my dad’s face. Yet, this all happened while keeping my eyes on my new husband and seeing the tears! 

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
We are both very simple people. We kept it as simple and sweet as possible. We incorporated Josh’s two favorite things in the whole world: LSU football (grooms cake), and that he is a hard core deer hunter.

What is your wedding song?
“I Do” by Mark Wills

Bride & Groom’s Prep Spot: Double Tree by Hilton New Orleans  | Event Planner: Southern Oaks Plantation | Caterer: Southern Oaks Plantation  | Florist: Bella Blooms | Wedding Cake: Bridgette Bassa| Groom’s Cake: Bridgette Bassa | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Kenneth|WinstonBustles and Bows | Bridal Accessories: Wildflower Boutique | Bride’s Hair: Kayla Veillion | Bride’s Makeup: Jenna Kelley | Groom’s Apparel: Alumni Shop for Him and Her | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Southern Bridal | Transportation: American Luxury | Stationery: Elle Designs | Videographer: 63 Films

Dress Designer: Anne Barge
Boutique (dress/belt): I Do Bridal Couture
Florals: Root Floral Design
Headpiece: Jolie Petale
Accessories: Earrings- Bella Bleu Bridal (Brand is Haute Bride)
Hair/Makeup: Elise Brannon-Owner-Glow Salon

Was this the dress you initially thought you’d wear for your wedding?
Not at all! Every detail was opposite of everything I had planned in my head all along! I imagined embellishments and chiffon or lace- something ethereal-and definitely not strapless, and I ended up with strapless and ultra modern!

Tell Me About Your Dress! Why did you choose this look?
As I was looking through dresses on the rack, the saleswoman was doing the same and pulled one out to ask if I wanted to try it on. I remember turning around to look at what she was holding up and immediately fell in love with it. The color-an ivory almost champagne color -caught my attention first, followed by the material and modern structure. This was all before I noticed it was a high low dress, so I died a little more after that!

How do you feel when you put on your dress?
When I put my dress on I feel like what I’m wearing on the outside, matches who I feel like I am on the inside. That’s the best way I can describe it. It feels like I’m wearing a perfect description of my personality. Although, I’m sure many people will be shocked by what seems like a daring choice for me, (I tend to dress very basic) I guess if I were to have my true personality come through in my clothing it would be this dress- The combination of the understated, minimal, classic vibes, mixed with the fun and non-traditional skirt. And what better day to feel the most like myself!

Why did you choose this particular bridal session location?
This location is special because it is also our reception venue. These photos were taken in the same place we’ll be having our first dance, visiting with all of our family and friends, and making memories on our wedding day. The space also goes well with the modern, structured vibe of the dress!

Any advice for future brides embarking on this wedding journey?
No matter what you had in mind for your dress- Try. on. every. kind. anyway! and expect the unexpected 🙂

Color Palette:
White and Gold with touches of greenery

What adjectives best describe your wedding?
King’s Day, Elegant, Timeless, Carnival

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
We loved the open area of the garden and the City Park tree still being lit from Christmas and the Oaks. It gave a really pretty wintery vibe.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Everything! Seeing all your plans and details come together is just a speechless feeling.

What was your best wedding day memory?
Dancing the night away with the people we love the most. Seeing all of our family and friends so happy to celebrate us. Also, the doubloon send off was such a cool moment! We both wanted a wintery wedding and we both got it being the coldest day of the year in New Orleans so far!! 33 degree low – made our dreams come true 😉

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
I did incorporate my grandparents in my bouquet using their picture charms. I also wore my late grandmother’s sapphire ring. She is the reason Bryan and I actually started dating after she passed.
Also, we got married on King’s Day which was the start of Mardi Gras season so of course we wanted to incorporate Mardi Gras masks, groom’s cake was the LSU king cake, our favors were mini-king cakes and ended the night with a doubloon send off!!! It was the perfect touch to Mardi Gras, being we are both from New Orleans.

What is your wedding song?
My Girl by The Temptations

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Bride’s Prep Spot: The Westin New Orleans | Groom’s Prep Spot: The Westin New Orleans | Ceremony Location: St. Francis of Assisi | Reception Location: Pavilion of the Two Sisters | Caterer: Pavilion of the Two Sisters | Florist: Bella Blooms | Wedding Cake: La Louisiane Bakery | Groom’s Cake: La Louisiane Bakery | Event Rentals: Event Rental | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Martina Liana; Town & Country Bridal | Wedding Shoes Designer: Jimmy Choo | Bridal Accessories: Toni Federici | Bride’s Hair: Nikki Barber | Bride’s Makeup: Katie Malone Makeup Studio | Groom’s Apparel: John’s Tuxedos, Inc.  | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy CollectionTown & Country Bridal  | Transportation: Limousine Livery | Getting Ready Outfits: Topshop | Reception Music: The Boogie Men | Stationery: Gem Printing Company

Anne Elise + Michael originally met at Tulane. However, they were a year a part in school so for a short period of time after Michael graduated they spent time in two different states. The original plan was for them to stay in those places until after Anne Elise finished school..but Michael couldn’t wait! 🙂 Now, they are both officially Louisiana residents.

Michael proposed to Anne Elise in the courtyard of Tableu with their families waiting upstairs. Anne Elise shared the video, which was SO incredibly sweet!! You can view their proposal video at this link: https://vimeo.com/17606999

Anne Elise and Michael chose City Park in New Orleans for their engagement session because they loved the mossy oaks and variety in the landscape. We had such a fun day!!! …. I’m so thrilled to post a preview of their session:

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Life has a really unique way of bringing people together. For Anna and Forrest, they were brought together because Forrest’s father was Anna’s freshman year professor in college…and at a later Halloween party they connected the dots over this mutual connection.

After the Halloween party, they continued to get to know each other and the rest was history. The day that Forrest received the keys to his house, he proposed as soon as they walked in. He even went as far as to put up their new last name in blocks on the mantle.

After the proposal, he surprised Anna with a gathering of their friends and family members at Tim and Tia’s in River Ranch.

We photographed their engagement session in Louisiana at Rip Van Winkle Gardens. It was a gorgeous day and we had so much fun exploring and documenting their love in the gardens of this venue. And seriously, how fabulous is this pink dress?! Below is a preview of their session:

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After a two year whirlwind of falling in love, Kim and Andrew have gotten engaged!

Andrew left letters around town at some of their favorite places from earlier on in their relationship! The last stop was at The Horse Farm where Andrew was waiting for Kim with a question. 🙂

Kim says she cried so much but eventually able to say YES! Their families arrives shortly after and they celebrated with champagne.

We photographed their engagements around Andrew’s family home. It was nice being at a location that was not only beautiful but sentimental as well. I am sharing a few of my favorites below!

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