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The only thing better than a beautiful, glowing bride on her wedding day, is two beautiful glowing brides! Victoria and Kourtney were radiant as they prepared for their wedding then took us on a walk-about in the historic New Orleans French Quarter. We had a blast with them and their wedding party as we made our way to Jackson Square to take photos in front of the iconic St. Louis Cathedral. We headed back just in time for their intimate courtyard wedding at the Dauphine Orleans. You could just feel the energy and excitement from their fun-loving, tight knit krewe of adoring friends and family. Small, intimate destination weddings are some of our favorites … small in numbers but big in love! Congratulations again to Victoria and Kourtney, and may you continue to keep that just wed glow for many years to come!
Love knows no season, love knows no age … the only thing that matters is that love is present, and it was present in a big way when Lisa Marie and Elwin made it official in New Orleans last month! They were surrounded by family and dear friends as they gathered around the Gumbel Fountain in Audubon Park on a near perfect Saturday afternoon and pledged to love one another for the rest of their lives. We documented the wedding, and then captured the playful banter, wonderful hugs and congratulatory musings of this jovial crowd. We may have even been treated to the state song of Alaska which was truly a wedding first for us!! We all hopped on the streetcar and headed down St. Charles Avenue to Superior Seafood, where the wedding party continued celebrating. It was on the streetcar that the new bride and groom shared with me that even though they had been together for many years, they only had 2 photos of themselves together. I’m happy to say that we fixed that! They now have a large gallery of photos of themselves together, documenting one of the most special days of their lives! We are so happy they chose New Orleans to tie the knot and document their legacy. Congratulations again guys!
It is always an honor and a privilege to be asked to photograph any bride’s wedding. When you get a phone call from one of your former photography instructors asking you to capture his only daughter’s wedding, the feeling of honor and privilege gets clicked up a whole nother level! And so it was that we were introduced to Sonya by her dad, Owen Murphy, who taught studio lighting to Steve and me at New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, several years ago when we were first starting out. We were delighted to meet Sonya, who though small in stature, probably has the biggest heart of anyone we’ve ever met! It’s easy to see why Garrett was swept off his feet when the two met while hanging with friends at Barcadia! Garrett, who plays tight end for the New Orleans Saints, is anything but small in stature, but the two couldn’t be more perfectly matched. It should come as no surprise that the wedding took place in early November, on the Saints’ bye week!
After getting ready at the beautiful Melrose Mansion, the bride and groom met for their first look in the Botanical Garden at City Park. The gardens were gorgeous on what turned out to be the first cold snap of the season, but the cold didn’t matter. There was enough love going around to keep everyone warm. The ceremony began and the wedding party came down the aisle to the lush sounds of John Rankin on guitar. The officiant was also another New Orleans photography mainstay, and great friend of the bride’s father, George Long. The ceremony was brief, yet heartfelt. In other words, it was perfect!
After all of the official formalities, first dances and the like, this party kicked into gear when The Salmon of Capistrano, great friends of the bride and groom, began to play. The normally quiet Conservatory of the Two Sisters came to life when everyone began dancing and singing their hearts out!
After a rousing send-off, the couple took off and the party continued at Barcadia … the place where it all began! Huge congratulations to Sonya + Garrett and wishing you both so many years of happiness.