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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2019 Pumpkin Patch Success

Our hearts are full as we celebrate the SUCCESS of our 8th annual food drive giveback event! Thanks to all who participated, we exceeded our goal once again. With the help of 47 families, we were able to collect 118 lbs of food and $495 in monetary donations, which will provide 2,078 meals to those in need in our community!! We thank all who participated for their time, effort and very generous donations. We are so thankful and grateful because we could not do this without each and every one of you!!

 

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