Emily & Scott – May 10, 2014
Pre-Ceremony – Drury Hotel, Le Pavillon hotel, New Orleans, LA
Wedding & Reception – Parkview Terrace, City Park, New Orleans, LA
I remember meeting Emily when she came with her parents to talk with us about her wedding photography. She is a bright, cheerful lady and I could tell it was going to be fun photographing her big day for her. We went over the details of the day, where we could start, what photos she was looking for, and what the plans were for the ceremony itself. With the wedding and reception in City Park, she was looking for a lovely outdoor setting under a particular giant live oak tree for the ceremony. Then the guests would walk the short path back to the reception which would be upstairs in the Parkview Terrace, above the Morning Call coffee shop in City Park.
That all sounded fabulous. She had booked the Drury Hotel on Poydras St. in New Orleans for her pre-ceremony getting ready location. While the Drury is a nice, old New Orleans style hotel, across the street is the fabulous Le Pavillon hotel, which is one of the ‘grand dame’ hotels of the city. She said they were staying there the next night for their honeymoon, so I suggested they might inquire for the opportunity to walk over there for the formal bridal portraits. She got permission for this from the hotel manager, so we were all set.
The day of the wedding arrives, and as is the case with spring time in Louisiana, rain was in the forcast. When I arrived at the hotel, it was iffy at best, but I was hopeful we could at least get the photos we had planned on. Up in the room at the Drury, we got the getting ready photos fine, including a lovely shot of the wedding rings in the window. Once Emily and her bridesmaids were ready, we headed downstairs to get the formal photos done. Unfortunately, by then the rain had really picked up and it was a serious downpour. Emily was determined, though, and wasn’t going to let this dampen her day. We gathered up all the umbrellas we could muster, and trooped across the street to the Le Pavillon as planned. Originally, I had imagined a photo I was hoping to capture, that of the bride and bridesmaids walking across Poydras street with city sky scrapers in the background. Kind of a recreation of the Beatles Abbey Road cover, as it were. The rain really changed that, but I wasn’t going to give up. I got my umbrella ready, and did the best I could to carry my gear while having the camera at the ready to get what photos I could. The photo was what I had in mind orginally, but it documented the moment none the less. As I was crossing the street, I looked up to notice half my umbrella had torn back in the wind, and I was pretty much drenched from the effort. Oh well, we continued on and got the formals done in the lobby as planned.
I went on to City park to see what awaited us there. The rain continued to threaten, so they moved the ceremony under the overhang of the building, instead of risking more rain disrupting the ceremony if it was held outside under the trees as planned. I’m sure Emily was disappointed, but she really didn’t let it show. The ceremony went fine, it was beautiful and the happy couple was able to get married with all the emotions and joy they could hope for. By the time the ceremony was over, the threat of more rain seemed to have passed, so we were able to go over to where the ceremony had originally been planned for and got the formal portraits of the family and bridal party done there. That worked out great, it was a lovely spot for those photos, and on the way back to the Parkview Terrace, we stopped to get a few more stellar photos of the bride and groom on the stone bridge, one of the more scenic spots in the park.
At the reception, they had a New orleans brass band playing music. This was a nice touch, raising the spirits of the party quite a lot. They had thier dances, followed by a great time with friends and family there to enjoy it with them. The rain held off, so they were able to go out on the balcony as well, enjoying the evening as the day ended. To end the party, the brass band marched them downstairs and out to the limo. While everything had not gone exactly as planned, they didn’t let that stop them from having the time of their life for this important day.