Emily & Joe – February 15, 2014 – Wedding Photography
Wedding Ceremony – St. Timothy Church, Mandeville, LA
Reception – Beau Chene Country Club , Mandeville, LA
We’ve covered many weddings at St. Timothy Church over the years, and Emily’s family was aware of our experience there and that we know and respect the rules of the church for ceremony coverage. This was one of the reasons they came to us when Emily was engaged to marry Joe there.
Prior to the wedding day, Emily told me she wanted to do a ‘First Look’ with Joe in the church, then take the formal photos prior to the ceremony. This is where the bride and groom take a (semi)private moment to greet each other before the wedding ceremony. We have the groom turn his back to where the bride will enter, and when she approaches him she taps him on the shoulder so he turns to greet her for the first time in her dress. We get to capture this moment in photos or video in a way we don’t really get with the ceremony itself, a good number of photos to reveal the reactions and love expressed between the couple. Emily and Joe are a very fun loving couple, as you can see in the photos. They both laugh and smile as easily as anyone I’ve met.
The other benefit is the First Look helps minimize the time needed after the ceremony for formal photos, as we can usually get most of them done before hand if planned properly. In Emily’s case, she decided to have the First Look in the church sanctuary, so her family and friends were able to watch from the balcony above. This was a great solution to another question, which is whether the couple want the moment privete, with just the two of them, or to have friends and family there to look on. It’s really up to the couple, which they perfer and feel comfortable with. With the wedding party able to view from above, it was a like the best of both worlds. They were able to view from a distance, without distracting the couple, thus giving them the feel they were having a completely private moment, with just the camera there to document it. It also meant the background didn’t have people in the photos. But more important, it helped them feel less self-conscious and able to just be there and share the moment together without feeling like they were be watched by an audience, even though they actually were able to share it with thier family. I love the stain glass in the church, a solid wall of colors, so I used these as best I could in getting the photos, as well as getting portraits of the bride and groom both inside the church, and getting to go outside by the memorial wall for some nice photos out there.
At the ceremony, the church rules require me to just get photos from the back of the room once the ceremony begins. There is also a nice view from the balcony for an overall shot perspective of the ceremony , so I was able to get a few from there too. After the ceremony, we were able to leave directly to the reception, since had taken care of the important photos before. When we arrived at Beau Chene for the reception, I had a little time to get a few shots of the cake, which was nicely placed in the opening between the entry room and the main room. I loved the big lights in the main room behind the table, so I used them as framing for the cake. When Emily and Joe had thier first dance, then the party began. Family and friends enjoyed the tasty food of the country club while the band kicked in (Rewind out of Baton Rouge). Toward the end of the evening, they handed out Alabama Crimson Tide along with LSU Tiger pompoms, which really sparked the party (a house divided). They used these for the exit to the limo to end a fabulous evening.