Elizabeth + Greg // Married

We are living in some crazy times, and Corona has us all doing things in a way that we never could have imagined. It’s a tough time to be in the wedding industry and an even tougher time to be engaged, with all the uncertainty about when events can take place and what can and can’t happen.  All of our spring weddings have been postponed and I thought, at least for the time being that our October weddings were safe, but I should know by now to never assume anything!  Last week we got a call early on Friday morning, and it was Elizabeth, a bride we had booked for the coveted date of 10/10/2020.  I could hear trepidation in her voice and she began telling me that her fiance had lost his job, not unheard of in the time of Corona.  My heart sank as I figured they were cancelling their wedding, but she immediately followed up with the fact that since he needed health insurance they were going to get married ahead of time and still have their reception in October.  “Awesome,” I said! “When is the wedding?” to which she responded, “Today, at 5:30 on our porch.”  Cue the scramble!

I didn’t think twice about not being there!  We popped batteries on the charger, dusted off our gear, donned a mask and were out the door.  Elizabeth is a childhood friend of my youngest son whom I’ve known since they were in grammar school.  I wouldn’t miss her wedding for the world, much less let this go undocumented.  We just had to figure out how to capture it safely.  Face masks and long lenses were in order to maintain the proper social distancing.  We were delighted when we arrived to see that in less than 8 hours, Elizabeth and Greg had pulled together the perfect setting for a New Orleans porch wedding.  From the wedding favors (hand sanitizer) to the cake and the catering, every single vendor came through in a pinch to make this wedding happen, and coming together when it really counts is what New Orleans does best.

I was touched by their ability to just roll with the situation and improvise.  No ring, no problem!  With this string, I thee wed just rolled right off of Elizabeth’s tongue with ease. Actually, they had everything they needed to make a wedding and the thing that really matters most, the love for each other and the love of their families, they had in abundance. This is going to be a story that they tell their children and grandchildren … about love in the time of Corona!

I’m so happy to have been a part of this joyous celebration. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever left a wedding without hugging my clients, which made me a little sad, but being able to witness such genuine love and joy more than made up for it. I can’t wait to catch the second half of this fun story in October!

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Ann + Kim // Married

Just three short weeks ago, before everything in the world went awry, we had the wonderful privilege of capturing the beautiful love story of Ann and Kim. It was a day filled with so much love and joy, surrounded by their families and friends who clearly love and support them. We always ask our couples what they want their guests to remember most about their celebration, to which Ann and Kim replied, “That is was a loving blast.” We are pretty sure that was accomplished. From the Baby Shark wedding party song to the boisterous second line, the dancing never stopped and a great time was had by all.

Having met like most modern couples, on Match.com, we’d say by looking at the connection shared by Ann and Kim that they are a pretty good match. In these uncertain times, having someone in your life to lean on can be a great comfort. Having someone you actually want to be quarantined with is golden! Congratulations again to Ann and Kim and the best wishes for a long and happy marriage!

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  • Kim Rowland - Awesome job!!!  I love everything about our pictures and the video.  Thank you!!!

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    • admin - Thank you, Kim! We loved working with you and Ann … such a joyous occasion!! ~mReplyCancel

Jennifer + Ian // Remarried

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” is the exact same way both Jennifer and Ian began their vows to one another. I suppose when you’ve been married for 25 years you share the same mind, or at least that’s how it appears with these two. Their vow renewal was so wonderful to watch … they are such a beautiful couple and so much in love. She still laughs readily at his quick wit, he adores her with every fiber of his being. They’ve managed to navigate this thing called marriage for 25 years in a way that could serve as a “how to” for all of us, and here they are in front of their family and friends vowing to keep doing “forever” again, until death. Its rare and refreshing and downright inspiring to see that kind of commitment in this day and age of disposable everything.

Married at Mardi Gras time 25 years ago, it was only natural that Jennifer and Ian returned to The Big Easy to celebrate their anniversary. It’s usually not too difficult to get family and friends to join you in New Orleans for a celebration, and true to form, the courtyard of Hotel Provincial was overflowing with love!  Making the celebration even more special is that the ceremony was officiated by their oldest son and the rings were being watched over by their youngest.  After the joyful and moving ceremony, the whole party moved over to the Ursuline Room at Hotel Provincial for cocktails and dinner.  We left the party with our best parade recommendations and know that this fun-loving group enjoyed the remainder of the weekend at Mardi Gras! Laissez les bon temps roule, Jennifer and Ian, and we hope you call us when you celebrate your 50th!!

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Sharon + James // Married

February is the month where we celebrate love and with all that romance in the air, it seems like the perfect time to get married!! At least that’s what Sharon + James were feeling when they headed to New Orleans for their elopement with six of their best friends in tow! The “Elopement 8” is what they called themselves, dispelling any hard, fast preconceived notions that an elopement has to be just the two of you! You’ve probably read it here on our blog before, or at least you’ve heard it on the Internet … when it comes to your wedding, there are no rules anymore! It’s your day and you should do it your way … like in a park, on a bridge, wearing red converse with your six besties cheering you on!! Because at the end of the day, it really is all about the two of you joining your lives, and the love you share.

We met Sharon + James in the sculpture garden at City Park just before their wedding for a quick photo session. We probably could have kept them in the garden for hours, it is so beautiful in there and the newer section provides so many great opportunities for portraits! We met the officiant at the Langles Bridge just as the sun was beginning to set and she performed the wedding ceremony while Sharon + James’ friends gathered round for support and cheers!  We continued photographing the Elopement 8 until we lost light and then the most magical full moon rose over the horizon.  I’ve read it’s good luck to get married on the day of a full moon, and if the size of the moon is any indicator, Sharon + James should be blessed with bountiful luck and abundant love!

If you’re feeling the love and thinking about an elopement in New Orleans, we’d be delighted to help! We work with a trusted group of vendors that we will be happy to recommend to get you started on planning your New Orleans love story! Contact us today!

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