Sonya + Garrett // Married

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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Vendor Love:

Get Ready Location:  Melrose Mansion
Wedding Venue: New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park
Florals:  Self arranged using Fifty Flowers and Trader Joe’s
Officiant:  George Long
Hair/Makeup: Glow Salon
Bride’s Dress Purchased from Wedding Belles
Dress Design: Kate McDonald
Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Ceremony Music:  John Rankin
Reception Music:  The Salmon of Capistrano
Wedding Cake: Haydel’s

Groom’s Cake: La Louisiane Bakery

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Daniel + Joseph // Married

I’ve heard the expression “the third time’s a charm”, and by the looks of everything that went down on the third stop of Daniel and Joseph’s whirlwind marriage tour, I’d say that expression is pretty fitting here! Married first in New York, where the couple live, then in Montana, where Joseph grew up, they chose New Orleans for their third and final ceremony to celebrate with Daniel’s family. And boy, was it a family affair!! Pretty much every vendor for this joyous occasion had a family connection to Daniel (Red M included), and those that were not actual family, are adopted as family.

We picked up the grooms at their Airbnb just as they were finishing up with their final get ready. They tied up their ties and shoelaces then sorted through the sentimental bits of their details, deciding what to wear and telling me what each piece meant to them. It all had sentimental meaning from the cufflinks to the locket to the lucky bean that Maw-maw Josie always had in her purse. It all had such precious meaning and was all tied back to one of the many special people that love Daniel and Joseph so dearly. Ya’ll know I cry at weddings, and, well, given that Daniel is my nephew and I clearly remembered the day he was born, I found myself a little verklempt!

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The cake was made with absolute love by Daniel’s cousin, Rose Childress. It was as delicious as it was beautiful. And a second cake was there to celebrate the birthday of Joseph’s father, Mike Mace.

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The Marcell family (Daniel’s mother’s side) has a very unique tradition of welcoming new members into the family by presenting them with their very own pair of shrimp boots! The boots are decorated to match the personality of the new couple, and they are placed on the new couple while the band plays We are Family! It has become a lively and rather animated way of letting the newcomer know you are one of us now!

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Beautiful and sentimental toasts ensued as friends and family expressed their best wishes for the happy couple and immense joy for this union. One toaster nailed it when she described Daniel’s effervescence by stating “you, Daniel, are the human form of champagne!”

Wedding reception at House of BroelThe night ended with a second line around the house, a traditional New Orleans sendoff.

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Congratulations again to Daniel and Joseph! Wishing you many, many years of continued love and happiness!

Vendor Love:

Wedding Venue:  House of Broel
Officiant:  Bonnie Broel, House of Broel
Music:  Louisiana Spice Band
Lighting and Audio:  Audio Nola
Wedding attire:  Macy’s
Wedding Cake:  Rose Childress
Live Wedding Painter: Denise Hopkins Fine Art
Videographer:  Your Day Production

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Sonja + Tim // Married

Sometimes fate has a way of working its magic!  So you can call it fate, or call it the keen eye of the maitre’d that sat Sonja and Tim together at dinner each night on a cruise where they were both traveling with friends. Whatever you want to call it, one thing is for certain … these two were made for each other and are madly in love! It was a delight to photograph the pure joy of their day. The absolute love that they share for one another and the joy of celebrating the day with their family and friends just leap from the screen in their images.

Tim and Sonja chose to have a mid-morning/brunch ceremony, and the light in the courtyard at Chateau LeMoyne is just delicious at that time of day! So the light was perfect, the weather was perfect, and pretty much everything about their day was perfect, from the sweetest first look ever, to the boisterous buzz of parading through the streets of the French Quarter, and everything in between.

Congratulations to Tim and Sonja, and our wish for you is that fate continues to treat you kindly as you two continue your cruise together in this thing called marriage!

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Vendor Love:

Wedding Planner:  Rachel Swan, Swan Blue Events
Wedding Venue:  Chateau LeMoyne
Florist: Fat Cat Flowers
Officiant:  Rev Todd, Sensational Ceremonies
Hair/Makeup: Up’sADaisy Salon
Bride’s Dress Purchased from Signature Bridal, St. Louis MO
Dress Design:  Kenneth Winston
DJ: Countdown Sound and Productions
2nd line band: Jaywalkers
Wedding Cake: The Sweet Life Bakery

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