There are perfect days in the life of a wedding photographer, and yesterday was one of them. I photographed Coleen and Doug’s wedding ceremony and reception in a day expertly coordinated by Kelley Mitchell of New Orleans Weddings and Events. Coleen loves the vintage company signs on the facades of the historic buildings of the French Quarter, so I picked this image to share as a preview. I look forward to sharing their complete wedding story soon.
The French Quarter is only a tiny part of New Orleans, but it is where I spend the majority of my time working as a wedding photographer. The beautiful architecture and romantic atmosphere make it the perfect choice for a wedding day. Stephanie and Brandon chose the elegant Omni Royal Orleans for their wedding weekend. The ceremony took place on the Garden Terrace, and the reception in the Grand Salon. Guests were treated to five star service from the expertly enthusiastic Omni banquet staff, and partied to the sounds of the After 8 band late into the evening. Stephanie and Brandon are two of the most laid-back, relaxed folks I have ever had the pleasure of working for. They are filled with joy and radiate a loving, peaceful energy. It’s just really fun to be around them, and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to be their wedding photographer. Here are some of my favorite moments from the day:
Tonight I photographed one of the most unique weddings I have experienced in my entire 10 years as a New Orleans wedding photographer. Don and Barbara flew in from California to celebrate their 36th Anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony. Friends from all over the world joined the happy couple to celebrate on the Creole Queen. In antebellum attire. Needless to say I was sad when the boat returned to port. But then the Storyville Stompers greeted the boat to lead the guests in a second line around the Spanish Plaza. I think this picture sums up the evening perfectly.
Tonight I had the pleasure of photographing Lindsay and Mike’s wedding at Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation. Before I head off to dreamland, I have to share this picture. Wedding photographers dream of capturing images like this one. I am thankful that the happy couple spared a few minutes away from their fantastic reception to join me in the gazebo for a little romantic portrait. Congratulations Lindsay and Mike!
Scheduling a session for you and your beloved after the wedding is a great way to maximize your wedding photography experience. If we know it’s scheduled, then that is less time on the actual wedding day that we have to set aside (away from your loved ones) for portraits. It also gives you a chance to be a little more relaxed with the treatment of your fantastic wedding dress. After-wedding portrait sessions are also a great way to incorporate locations that weren’t a part of your wedding day, or props that weren’t practical to have around.
I just had a great portrait session with Cassie and Ryan the morning after their wedding. They are big Saints fans, and the groom’s mother had the idea of giving them a portrait session the morning of the Saints game so we could incorporate the Superdome and their fellow Saints fans into the photographs. We added my VW SuperBeetle for a fun touch and we had all the elements for a colorful photo shoot. There are going to be so many photos from their wedding and day-after session that I am going to want to blog. In the meantime, here are just a couple of my faves: