Amanda + Chris // Married

We met Chris and Amanda about a year before their wedding when we shot their engagement photos.  We instantly fell in love with how adorable they are individually, but it was their connection as a couple that we couldn’t help notice was just electric!  We were so excited for their wedding and when it finally arrived in early December, they did not disappoint!   Their ceremony took place in New Orleans at the beautiful chapel on the Ursuline Campus, The National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor.  In order to be married in the Shrine, the bride must be an alumnae of Ursuline, so it holds a very special place in her heart!  After the ceremony, the party kicked into high gear a little further uptown at Rosy’s Jazz Hall, where the Boogie Men kept everyone on their feet all evening. There is no doubt that a truly good time was had by all!  From some of the sweetest father/daughter moments ever, to groom tears, to the smokin’ hot sparkler exit … from beginning to end the day was perfect! Congratulations again and wishing you many, many years of happiness!
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Vendor Love

Get Ready Venue: Hampton Inn Convention Center
Hair:  Beth Washington
Makeup: Sarah Walsh
Bride’s Dress Purchased from Town and Country
Bride’s Dress Designer: Stella York
Wedding Venue: National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Reception Venue:  Rosy’s Jazz Hall
Wedding Cake:  Chez Pierre
Florist: Plantation Decor
Band:  The Boogie Men
Transportation: Riculfy Livery
Stationery: GEM Printing
Video music licenses: TripleScoop through Animoto and FyrFly-SongFreedom

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A New Orleans Anniversary Celebration

Its been a wonderful and whirlwind year for Bruce and LS.  What started with a New Orleans engagement turned into a wedding in Paris, and found them back in New Orleans to celebrate their engagement anniversary! Whew! What a fantastic place to begin and continue to celebrate a romance.  I love that they chose two of the most romantic cities to celebrate their love story, New Orleans and Paris … worlds apart, but so similar in so many ways.  Often times when we are strolling the French Quarter on a quiet evening, I like to let my imagination run wild and say, “tonight, we are in Paris” … and its not a big imaginative stretch at all!

 

On the  morning of our shoot, we headed out early to take advantage of beautiful morning light, and also to capture the charm of the French Quarter while it was still quiet.  There is a beautiful, mysterious calm in the Quarter, just after the sun rises and the streets have been cleaned, and the tourists are still asleep.  We made our way on two pedicabs to cover the most distance in the shortest amount of time and we had a blast whizzing through the streets from location to location in our own little pedicab convoy!  We visited all the French Quarter highlights, then ended back at Wellington & Co. Fine Jewelry on Royal Street, the place where Bruce bought LS’ engagement ring, and the very spot where he proposed.  They closed the circle on a wonderful year of firsts and new beginnings, but just like that ring that began this whole adventure, this story will continue in an unending circle of love. Happy Anniversary Bruce and LS, and wishing you many, many more!
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Hair and Makeup:  Verde Beauty
Outfits:  Untuckit
Pedicabs: Nola Pedicabs

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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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