Aysia + Kevin // Married

Some people look for love their whole life and others just have it show up on their doorstep, literally. When Aysia threw a graduation party for one of her friends Kevin arrived unannounced with a group of their mutual friends and, as they say, the rest is history!  In early November, these two made even more history when they married in a beautiful ceremony at the Hilton St. Charles in downtown New Orleans.  As if New Orleans does not have enough history of its own, the building where the wedding took place is the former home of the Jerusalem Temple.  Remnants of the temple can been seen in the decor and the architecture.

The wedding was rich in love, family and tradition. There were lots of family members present to witness the celebration, including the 2 year old daughter of the bride and groom, who near about stole the show!  As a matter of fact, there were actually a rare five generations present at the wedding. In addition, the bride carried a red orb necklace in her pocket as a reminder to have yet another grandmother near.  When the ceremony ended, the couple honored their African ancestors by engaging in the tradition of jumping the broom then headed off to partake in a fantastic New Orleans tradition, the second line!  The bride’s Delta Sigma Theta sorority sisters were in the house to share love and keep their traditions alive, as well!

When we asked Aysia what she wanted people to remember about the wedding, she replied that she wanted them to remember that they all had a great time.  We believe that mission was accomplished!  Congratulations again to the happy couple, and wishing you many, many years of joy!!
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Vendor Love
Wedding Planner: Michelle Norwood
Wedding and Reception Venue:  Hilton St. Charles 
Makeup: Faces of Virtue
Bride’s Dress Purchased from The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe
Bride’s Shoes:  Badgley Mischka and Kate Spade
Wedding Cake:  Sucre
Florist: Amanda Jewel Floral + Design
DJ:  DJ Polo
Secondline Band: Kinfolk Brass Band
Video music licenses:  TripleScoop through Animoto

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Renee + Renato // Married

Renee and Renato met while working together as nurses at their first hospital jobs in Houston. They were friends for a long time before realizing that maybe there was something more, although they suspect that most of their coworkers figured it out before they did!  Renee told us that she finally realized she was in love with Renato while holding a ladder as he climbed the roof of a sick friend’s home in the middle of the night trying to secretly decorate the house with Christmas lights so the family could be surprised when they woke up!  We just love that story … it says so much about how loving and caring these two are toward others, and that is exactly the kind of love and caring we saw when we photographed their beautiful wedding at the Immaculate Conception Church in New Orleans. A quick, but fun second line through the streets of New Orleans moved the party over to the Federal Ballroom where one heck of a party took place.  Don’t let the chill personalities of Renee and Renato fool you … these two can dance and know how to have a good time!  And seriously, its kind of hard to keep your feet from moving when Souled Out is in the house. We’re considering becoming wedding crashers just so we can hear them again and again!  Congratulations once again, Renee and Renato!  Many years of happiness to you both.

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Vendor Love

Wedding Planner: Sue Rudiger
Bride’s Get Ready Venue: The Royal Sonesta
Hair: Amber Buxton
Makeup: Katherine Coll
Bride’s Dress Purchased from David’s Bridal
Bride’s Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Wedding Venue:  Immaculate Conception
Reception Venue:  The Federal Ballroom
Wedding Cake:  Haydel’s Bakery
Florist: Beth’s Flowers
Band:  Souled Out
Video music licenses: FyrFly-SongFreedom and TripleScoop through Animoto

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Brandi + Dan // Married

It might just be fate when a guy lives in New Orleans for five years, then moves 1,300 miles away and finds a girl from Louisiana!  Such is the story of Dan and Brandi, who both worked for the New Orleans Hornets, but several years apart, and eventually met in New Jersey through mutual friends!  It only makes sense that their New Orleans connection would bring them back to tie the knot.  And so on an incredibly beautiful day in October, they, along with their fabulously fun-loving crew took over the Columns Hotel for one heck of a celebration.  The ceremony took place right on the steps of the antique mansion on beautiful, tree-lined St. Charles Avenue.  Throughout the ceremony the low rumble of streetcars groaned along the neutral ground, as if to remind all who would listen, yes, you are in New Orleans, while remnants of Mardi Gras beads could still be seen draping from the power lines.New Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding Details at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding Details at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding Details at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns Hotel

After the exchange of their own heartfelt vows, the wedding party ventured out to the neutral ground for portraits, hoping to catch a streetcar in the background.  Not only did one come by, but the streetcar driver exerted her southern hospitality and invited the newlyweds onto the streetcar for a wedding picture they will treasure for years to come!
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As most New Orleans celebrations go, there was lots of great food, accompanied by great music and dancing.  And to finish the night, a traditional New Orleans second line lead the entire gang down the Avenue from one New Orleans, icon to the next, a party at Fat Harry’s.  All our best to the new McBrides!  Many years of happiness to you both!   New Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding Second Line at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding Second Line at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding Second Line at Columns HotelNew Orleans Wedding Second Line at Columns Hotel

Vendor Love:

Venue: The Columns Hotel
Hair and Makeup: Dazzle Doll
Bride’s Dress Purchased from Bridal Boutique in Baton Rouge
Bride’s Dress Designer: Alvina Valenta
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Wedding Cake:  Haydel’s Bakery
Florist: Beth’s Flowers 
DJ:  David Storm
Video music licenses: FyrFly-SongFreedom and TripleScoop through Animoto

 

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