Audubon Park, New Orleans Bridals: Erin

There are so many things that make this post unique::::

So, I’ll start with that which is most personal to me….my friendship with Erin. Erin was my first friend in college. We had both embarked on the journey of architectural school and immediately clicked. Although we would be considered by some as opposite in ways, our friendship just made sense! We have both grown so much over the past 10 years and it’s hard to describe in words how wonderful it was to see Erin marry her husband Brad this past Saturday afternoon.

Erin has taught me lots over the years about life and loyalty; now, she’s inspiring others with her love. The love that she and Brad have for each other is SO genuine, and I couldn’t be happier for them. And guess what?! <–I was a guest for Erin + Brad’s wedding!! It was the first time in so long that I attended a wedding without my camera…and for this day in particular, I was a bridesmaid. :)

Erin’s bridals were EXTRA special for this reason and more:::

This was also my first “joint” photoshoot with another photographer. Erin + Geoffrey were there as well and I thoroughly enjoyed shooting by their side. I have so much respect for this couple as photographers and as people and I’ve really enjoyed our friendship over the past few years. We’ve both dabbled in film, have strong visions for the future of our businesses, and just have fun together!

For the shoot, Sara Buteaux contributed her MAD skills at hair/makeup as well. Erin, like most of the bride’s I work with, does not wear lots of makeup on a daily basis. But with Sara, she’s always able to find and accentuate a bride’s NATURAL beauty…even when they’re not used to wearing a lot of makeup!

And lastly, Mia of Root Floral Designs created two GORGEOUS bouquets…I mean SERIOUSLY the second bouquet shown below was one of my ALL-TIME favorites!!!!!! The colors were out of this world! And she also made two sweet flower crowns to incorporate during the shoot.

The pictures at the upper portion of this post were of Erin’s bridal gown. She wore this for an intimate wedding at a barn in Arnaudville where Brad saw her for the first time, shared their hand-written vows … and solidified their union as husband and wife. After the ceremony and first dance, Erin changed into her reception dress (seen in the lower portion of this post), so that she could party “fabulously” and comfortably at the Blue Moon Saloon. ;)

There was rain, and traffic, and all the elements that can occasionally interfere with the flow of a session, but with all the awesomeness happening on this day, it came together like magic glue! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone for participating. It was an awesome experience and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. <3

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Rip Van Winkle Garden Engagements: Alexis + Jarret

For Alexis + Jarret, this special time in their lives has been eight years in the making!

During Alexis’s recent graduation, as she received her diploma and walked toward Jarret he was there waiting on one knee.

Alexis + Jarret have such a sweet chemistry and a perfect balance. I really enjoyed spending the afternoon with them shooting in the Gardens of Rip Van Winkle! I was nervous about the rain the downpour but it never came…giving us the perfect even lighting for their session!

I’m very excited about Alexis + Jarret’s upcoming wedding and can’t wait to photograph the festivities when these two tie the knot!

Check out a few of my favorites from their engagement session below! :)

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This Journey I’m On…

At some point in my years of studying architecture, I fell in love with modern design and urban spaces. I imagined one day being in a place where I could walk everywhere, all the while observing the tiny nuances of a city: public transportion, diverse culture and people, public parks, dogs on leashes and historical architecture.

When I walked into the space I would soon call home….I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Windows that stretched from floor to ceiling…overlooking the skyline of New Orleans, exposed concrete walls and concrete floors, white sheetrock beautifully finished with no crown molding. This could only be described as my ideal living space.

Even if I were to close my eyes and dream up a place…it would be this. Sometimes it seems surreal.

I’m grateful to be so close to the place I still call home (Lafayette, LA) and have been spending the last few weeks back and forth so much. I am happy to be constantly reminded of my cajun culture there and glad to have the convenience of spending with my friends, family members.

I think the biggest accomplishment for me thus far is realizing that I was able to overcome fears and make the leap. It’s kind of like when I chose to start my business in the first place…I was scared to fail, scared to forego my path in architecture, and scared of what others may think. But at the end of the day, I chose happiness. <3 And again, that’s what I’ve decided to do.

Being in  a new place has been a bit lonely at times, and challenging being away from so many that I love…but it’s also pushed me to be more independent. I’ve also started cooking attempting to cook and am making progress. I did accidentally cook a cucumber instead of zucchini … but hey, I’m getting there. LOL Chaos is getting used to walking on the leash and everytime I take him outside I feel like a proud puppy mom.

I’m such a private person sometimes that it’s hard for me to share. But I feel that those of you who care enough to follow my blog and my work deserve to share in this experience with me! Because truly, if it wasn’t for all of the support and encouragement over the past few years I would never have had the chance to pursue these dreams of mine in the first place.

So, thank you. :)

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