Spring Wedding at St. Stephen’s Church, Metairie Country Club // Amelie + Chris Married

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there were a certain pair of three year olds that became quite enamored with one another at The Little Red Schoolhouse.  Fast forward 27 years, and they finally became husband and wife in a beautiful April ceremony! This union has been a long time in the making, but oh so worth the wait. Amelie was stunning as she walked down the aisle in her gown by Ti Adora to meet Chris on the altar of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church. Making the occasion even more special, the mass was celebrated by Fr. McGinn, the former president of Jesuit, the groom’s alma mater. The wedding party then dashed off to Metairie Country Club for a night of revelry that will not be soon forgotten! Congratulations to Amelie and Chris, and wishing you many, many years of happiness!

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Vendor Love:
Wedding Planner: Uncommon Camellia, Natalie Atkinson
Ceremony: St. Stephen’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Metairie Country Club
Hair: Beth Washington
Makeup: Tisa, Tisa Beauty Bar
Bride’s Dress Designer: Ti Adora
Bride’s Dress purchased from: Wedding Belles
Bride’s Cake: La Louisiane Bakery
Groom’s Cake: Sweet Life Bakery
Florist: Bee’s Wedding and Event Designs
Music: Louisiana Spice Band
Transportation: American Luxury Limousines
Videography: Studio Vieux Carre

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New Orleans Wedding at Felicity // Auburn + Taylor, Married

They say that good things come to those who wait.  In a year where so many plans had to be rearranged due to COVID, Auburn and Taylor had to wait a little longer than anticipated to be married, and by all accounts, it appears that very good things have come their way! They were finally able to celebrate their marriage on a brilliant, sunny day in March, at beautiful Felicity church. How sunny was it? The sun shone so brightly it beamed through the stained glass at Felicity, creating prisms of light that danced across the building.  Yes, there were literally rainbows washing over the sanctuary and down the aisles, and they punctuated the ceremony with joy and added to all the wonderful rainbow vibes of the day! And it was so good! Congratulations again to The Cains!  We were so happy to capture your beautiful love story and we wish you many, many years of happiness to come.

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Vendor Love:

Wedding Planner:  Weddings by Lulu
Get Ready Location:  Double Tree Hotel
Hair/Makeup:  Just Face It (Jessica and Chris)
Brides’dresses – Maggie Sottero
Auburn’s Dress purchased from – Ashley Renee Bridal
Taylor’s Dress purchased from – Southern Bridal
Venue – Felicity
Rentals – Yur Event
Florist – Fat Cat
Limo – Big Easy Limo
Bakery – Gambino’s
Reception Music – DJ Chris Stylez
Ceremony Music – Elizabeth Thacker
Caterer – Catered to Nola

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Spring is Springing up all over!!!

Spring Family PhotosWe’ve been meaning to post a quick Happy New Year, but somehow it’s March already!!  2020 was one crazy year and we are hoping that the worst is now behind us. While we were in the throes of lockdown, toilet paper shortages and learning new and creative ways to celebrate life’s occasions, one thing became abundantly clear to us … that family is the most important thing there is.  Throughout the chaos of the last year, we circled the proverbial wagons, pulled our loved ones close and held on.  We felt the heartbreak of loss together, and the joy of the limited times we could celebrate. Who would have ever thought that a shared po-boy in the driveway could ever taste so good? [True story!]

 

Now that we can start to move around a little bit and slowly start sticking our toes back out into the world, scheduling a family photo might be in order.  Spring is springing all over the place, and Easter and Mother’s Day are right around the corner, all great reasons to get your spring family or senior photo sessions on our books!

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Keep in mind that between weddings, events and holidays, our schedule gets packed, so book now to get your preferred date.

 

We offer family sessions Sunday through Friday and occasionally on Saturday depending on our wedding schedule at any location of your choosing. For more information about our family sessions, follow the Lifestyle link on our website.

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Unmasking the Myth that Pinterest DIY’s are Easy

Container Garden

When I married Steve, I moved into the house that he had owned for the last 30+ years.  By all accounts, it is a lovely house, and with a few feminine touches, it has become a quite comfortable home for us.  The only thing that makes me a little crazy is that it has no yard space and I love to be outside.  After three years of exploring every possible nook and cranny of the property and wracking my brain for areas where I might create a garden/patio oasis (yes, I even considered the roof), the only outside area I could find to build a little garden/patio oasis was to take over half of the driveway.  That’s not a huge problem, since we have plenty enough parking space … but we do live on a very busy street.  No problemo!  I’ll just go to Pinterest and find one of those simple DIY Projects that are all over the place and find a creative way to build a privacy wall.  Why Pinterest?  Because everything on there looks so beautiful, and can be done in, what, like 3 Easy Steps!  Well, that was just before Christmas last year, and the conversation went something like this, “Hey honey …. don’t stress about my Christmas gift!  I just want you to help me build this simple little privacy planter that I found on Pinterest.”  And so this project began.  I honestly should have known better, since as a photographer, I’m constantly met with clients’ unreal expectations for images that they find on Pinterest, to which I explain that I will use  their Pinterest suggestions as inspiration, but I cannot replicate those images exactly.  I should have listened to my own advice.

So the Pinterest search led me to a moveable living privacy wall made of horse troughs!  Wow!  I had thought of the idea of planters but all of the larger ones I had found were rather pricey.  I thought the horse troughs would be much cheaper and, to boot, I could make them moveable, which was a plus since I had already bargained for half of our driveway and Steve still wanted access to one of our garages that I would be blocking off.  But here’s the catch … I didn’t have a clue where to get a horse trough.  I live in the suburbs of New Orleans, and they don’t sell these things at our local feed store.  Our local feed store doesn’t actually feed anything much larger than a Great Dane where I live.  So I hopped on the Internet and found the troughs I wanted.  They were made by Behlen Country, and they could be delivered to our house for a fee equal to the cost of the troughs themselves.  Hmmmm … this was starting to get quite pricey, so I had to start thinking.  As I often do, I went directly to the website for the manufacturer to see where they distribute in Louisiana and found out that there is a store in Lockport, Louisiana that is a distributor for Behlen Country horse troughs!  Yeah, that’s a 90 mile round trip from New Orleans, and given that we do not own a pickup truck, it was U-Haul for the day.  And there we were, exploring the sugar cane fields of Louisiana on a crisp, spring afternoon, pulling our horse troughs behind our Mustang, somewhat resembling the Beverly Hillbillies.

Urban GardenI was so excited to finally have my troughs in my possession, and couldn’t wait to begin filling them with plants!  But first, Steve wanted to put them on wheels, since we were making a moveable living privacy wall.  He calculated that one these horse troughs, which were 2 X 2 X 5 ft, would weigh approximately 2,500 lbs. when filled with dirt and plants.  He was very concerned that any wheels we attached would have to be large enough to evenly distribute that much weight without having the bottom sag.  Further, he became concerned that if we bolted the wheels directly to the bottom of the planters, that the wheels could rust and the planter would no longer be movable.  So we started looking for welding fabricators to design a frame in which to hold the troughs.  You know, finding someone who wants to deal with a small job such as this and deal with an impatient woman who is getting desperate for outdoor time, can be quite the challenge.  An Internet search and Facebook plea sent us on a lot of leads that just came up kind of empty.  So we put our heads together and came up with an option that we knew we could fabricate ourselves (or with the help of someone we knew could do it … thanks to our favorite trim carpenter Jared Marcell) and designed a pallet-type stand that we could place the trough on top of.  When and if the planters need to be moved, we could accomplish that with a pallet jack.  Yes, I now own a pallet jack … doesn’t every girl have her own pallet jack?  Try not to be jealous girls … that man of mine buys me the best gifts! 😉Urban GardenWith my troughs in hand and a plan to make them mobile firmly in place, I was ready to start assembling!  We decided we could lighten the whole trough just a bit and help with drainage by  packing the bottom with soda cans.  We had been saving cans for a while, and Steve’s sister gave us her supply, as well.  We started by packing in the cans as tightly as we could, and then covering them with a layer of weed cloth.  We decided not to punch holes in the bottom of the trough, as that would disturb the galvanized coating that keeps them from rusting.  The soda cans allow the water to drain off, and there is a drainage plug that we have left open for excess drainage to run out of.Urban GardenAfter the weed cloth, we added a layer of peat moss, about 3 or so inches thick.  We then started filling the troughs with a mixture of top soil, compost/manure and potting soil.Urban GardenAnd finally, we added in some blue spruce juniper.  We found these at Lowe’s for under $15.00 per plant, and given that we needed 12 for the whole project we were looking for something nice that didn’t bust the bank.  Steve and I went on a crazed scavenger hunt to every Lowe’s in the New Orleans Metro area, buying out their inventory of blue spruce juniper until we had finally found enough.  (I even withheld the name of these plants from my bestie and told her she couldn’t go buy one until I had secured enough.  It’s OK now Rachel … they are blue spruce juniper.)  My plan is to let them take for now, and then in the spring, I will add other cascading plants into the plant beds to make them fuller.  We were able to complete two of the planters, and are looking for either more soda cans so we can complete the other two, or an alternate method of adding lightness and drainage.  We’re still thinking on that one.  But … I am loving my outdoor space, which my kids have now dubbed my “secret garden”.  Yes, I am sitting outside writing this, underneath the stars and sipping on a glass of wine and I’m pretty happy with the way this project turned out.  I lost track of how much it cost a long time ago … I’m sure I could figure it out, but why torture myself at this point.  Sales on patio furniture have come and gone since this “easy” DIY began nearly a year ago, but my plastic adirondacks are standing in quite nicely for the time being!  I plan on staying off of Pinterest for a while and the next time I see some easy DIY project, like cool Halloween cupcakes or something, I might just check out Sam’s first!”

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  • Karen - Get plastic drainage pipe (like for end of a gutter downspout) for bottom of planters. Then add tree trimmings, brush, dried grass clippings, even half rotted logs to take up space before filling rest up with soil. You only need 10-12 inches of soil on top to grow things and over time the brush will break down. Each year add a few inches of compost. I love my stock tanks but painted them with outdoor latex paint instead of letting them weather. Ads some color to the yard. Mine are not moving anywhere though!ReplyCancel