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Kathryn & Greg – May 17, 2014
Wedding – The Canal Street Church, New Orleans, LA
Reception – The Columns Hotel, St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA
Kathryn and Greg originally contacted me about their wedding photography at the first of the year. It was to be a church wedding in New Orleans and reception with a few friends and family. It wasn’t a very large wedding, but more personal with the feeling of a celebration and everyone having fun. I think the wedding lived up to their desires, as it was a fabulous time for everyone.
I met them at the church, which is on Canal Street, as the it is named. It’s an old Presbyterian church that is now used for different denominational services. While it isn’t quite as grand as some of the larger churches in New Orleans, it does have a large open feel to it, and the feel of a long established building with a lot of history to it. If one wanted a wedding in New Orleans at a church, but didn’t have a particular requirement that it be a specific denomination, then the Canal Street Church is a good option for couples to consider. It can be decorated to one’s taste or style very easily, but doesn’t require a lot to give you a real church setting for your wedding. Of course, your ceremony will be according to who you decide you want for the service, and all arrangements for that are up to you. This is not true for all churches, many have requirements that they are going to do the wedding ceremony according to their preferred ways. For the bride and groom who want to make more decisions on their ceremony, this is a good church to consider.
For decorations, Katheryn and Greg had two large Calla Lily flower arrangements on the alter area, with ferns on the steps leading up. They had white flower bouquets with green ribbons on the ends of the pews down the center aisle. This all gave a very natural feel to the decorations, and fit nicely with the old architecture of the church. I started with photos of the groomsmen in front of the school next door to the church, and used the garden area with a wrought iron fence next to the church to take some formal photos of the groom. I then got some photos in the back room where the bride was with her bridesmaids. There were some large picture windows in the room that made a lovely background for her bridal portrait.
The ceremony was simple and sweet. As it was a day wedding, the light coming n the large windows made the church very bright and filled the room with a softness that made for excellent photos. I was able to get a good perspective from the balcony, and took many of the ceremony photos from there. Greg had a lot of spirit, and for the first kiss he dipped his bride in a dramatic fashion to the amusement of everyone. They positively beamed as they walked back down the aisle together after the ceremony. Afterward, I used the lovely architecture of the old church as a background for some memorable traditional style wedding portraits of the
We then went on the the Columns Hotel on St. Charles Ave. for the reception. This is one of the grand old mansion hotels in the garden district, a mainstay on one of the most famous streets in the city. If you are having a wedding here, it doesn’t get more New Orleans than this. They had the main reception room decorated with the same type of flowers and colors as the church, so they had a nice continuity between the two. This fitted the hotel rooms nicely as well, so the feel of the wedding continued from the church to the hotel perfectly. For the first dance, the bride and groom had a lot of fun playing to some music they had selected. They are a fun loving couple, and it really sparked the whole reception to be an animated afternoon. This was certainly not a stuffy or reserved crowd. Everyone joined in with the dancing and merriment. For the final send off, they completed the decoration theme with green and white pom poms to form a line for the newlyweds to leave the party and start their new life together.
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.
Danielle & Todd – May 10, 2014
Wedding & Reception – The Rose Garden, New Orleans, LA
Photography by Lisa Welch
About 10-12 years ago, Danielle came to our studio in Covington for her senior high school graduation portraits. I remembered the photos, she was fun and very photogenic. I also remembered she really liked taking photos and got lot’s of them. Fast forward to about a year ago, and she walks up to our booth at a bridal show and says, “you might not remember me, you did my senior photos.” I did remember her, and congratulated her on getting engaged. She was just starting to plan the wedding, so it was several months of emails and planning before she was ready to discuss the details. Unfortunately, by the time I did hear back from her, I had another wedding booked. However, Lisa was available, and Danielle was glad to have someone she knew she could trust to photograph her big day.
We’ve covered many weddings at the Rose Garden in the Harahan area of New Orleans. It’s a convenient facility that offers several rooms and areas for different parts of a wedding. The main room has beautiful chandeliers and a huge mantle as the center piece of the room. This is the area where the ceremony is held, which is then prepared for the reception afterward. There is a lovely entrance area, and a side room for the bridesmaids to wait for the ceremony to begin. The front of the building
has a nice garden area and over hang for the participants to arrive. The garden area served as a nice backdrop for the formal photos after the ceremony, particularly with the last parts of daylight still in the sky.
Danielle and Todd had a great time with their family and friends. Lisa of course did a fabulous job capturing everything, and they were thrilled to have all the photos to remember the evening with.
Jennifer & Joshua – March 8, 2014
Wedding – Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
As one of the top destination wedding cities in the US, New Orleans is an obvious choice for many people who are looking for a place to get married other than where they live. Jennifer and Joshua had been to New Orleans before. When they decided to have their ceremony, and wanted something a little more adventurous than the farm land near their home in Kentucky, they knew that New Orleans was the place for them. Like it is for so many others, the Crescent City offers the great combination of a historical and picturesque setting, along with many fun attractions and activities, not to mention the fabulous food. Since they had a few friends and family in attendance, New Orleans offered everyone the opportunity for a great time to go with the celebration for the happy couple. Let’s face it, no matter where you live, there is nothing else like New Orleans, and if you are coming here to get married with a small group in attendance, there is no place better than Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter. It’s truly the focal point of the city. What could be more perfect than that?
When we first heard from Jennifer about her plans to get married in New Orleans, she didn’t know exactly where she would do it. She asked me what I would recommend, and for the type of ceremony she had in mind the traditional locations would be Jackson Square, City Park, or a courtyard with one of the hotels either in the French Quarter or perhaps in the Garden District, like a St. Charles Ave. mansion. I mentioned these to her, and what to consider for each of these. Jackson Square offers the most convenient location for going to get something to eat afterward, which was their plan. She decided to do that, and since it was a late morning ceremony they would go to a nearby restaurant to eat afterward.
The ceremony was scheduled for 11:00am, and we met by the fountain inside the park. It was bright sun at that time, and since it caused everyone to squint we walked over to the shaded area under the large oak trees to the side of the park. The ceremony was very shot, and very sweet. They started right away when we found a good spot, while thier friends and family watched as a group to the side. There were no chairs, everyone stood and enjoyed the moment. Jennifer and Joshua were very animated, and kept glancing over at the group, which made for some fun photos. The first kiss signaled it was done, as he picked her up off her feet to celebrate.
After the marriage license was signed, we took some formal portraits there in the square. First with each of the couples by themselves, and the whole group. Of course, everyone got photos with the newlyweds. Then the guests went to get started with lunch, I believe they went to Tujaque’s or Muriel’s, though there are so many options within just a few blocks from there. While they went to get seated, I walked into the French Quarter with the bride and groom to get some special photos for them together. First we stopped in front of the Cabildo, where a street band was playing some traditional New Orleans jazz. They started doing a little dancing, so we got some first dance photos, street style! We then went to get photos in the streets of the quarter, with the architecture and beautiful wrought iron fences and unique lights for backgrounds. Of course we went up to Preservation Hall to get some photos there, as they had just spent the evening before enjoying the music there. The texture of that building in particular makes for wonderful photos.
In all, I’m sure the day was just what Jennifer and Joshua had hoped for, and their wedding day was well recorded for them to cherish the rest of their lives together.
Lisa & Travis – February 21, 2014
Pre-Wedding – Doubletree Inn, New Orleans, LA
Wedding – Riverview Room, Jax Brewery, New Orleans, LA
Candle decorations – Glowing Occasions
We were originally referred to Lisa and Travis for their wedding video by another videographer friend who wasn’t available to help them. Lisa’s father contacted me and we went over the details of their wedding plans and he booked us to cover the ceremony and reception for them, which was to be at the Riverview Room in the Jax Brewery building by the French Quarter. He later contacted me about doing the photography as well, after looking at our photos and deciding that we would be a better fit for them to do both the photography and video coverage.
I met them at the Doubletree Inn to get some pre-ceremony getting ready photos, first going to the room Travis was in where he was dressing his young son, who would be the ring bearer for the ceremony. I really liked the cute photos we got there, a very special moment between father and son that I’m sure will be treasured when he grows up. I then went over to get photos of Lisa getting ready, and finished up with photos of her with her bridesmaids by the pool, just as we had done with Travis and the groomsmen. Then we headed off to Jax Brewery, where the ceremony and reception would be held upstairs in the Riverview Room.
The balcony off of the Riverview Room has a panoramic view of New Orleans, from the French Quarter to the CBD and over to the river (hence the name I’m sure). The ceremony site was setup with many candles provided by Glowing Occasions. When Lisa’s father had mentioned they only had some lamps for lighting provided by the Riverview Room, I suggested they might want to add some supplemental lighting. Either some decorative lights, such as some net lighting on the railing, or some candles. I gave him the name of Glowing Occasions who I had seen at a bridal show when their booth was near ours. The candles really added a nice ambiance to the setting, with the city lights serving as a brilliant background. After the ceremony, we took photos at the ceremony site with the same setting, which was equally memorable, especially with the bridge in the background. If you have your wedding in New Orleans, then featuring the cityscape as a backdrop is a nice option to have.
The party to follow was festive and joyous for the happy couple and their family. The Riverview Room has plenty of space for everyone to enjoy themselves, both inside and out on the balconies over looking the river. The groom was a Seattle Seahawks fan, thus the grooms cake, which of course was very sweet for him I’m sure as they had just won the Super Bowl. The red flowers accented the wedding cake nicely, with the candles providing the finishing touch for the cake table setting. After more dancing the bride and groom lead a second line dance around the room to finish off the reception, which was followed by their exit down on Decatur street. They had a horse and carriage waiting on them, and we proceeded downstairs to see them off. There were people already on the street, passers-by out enjoying the night, who stopped to add to the group seeing them off. With all the people crowded on the sidewalk, it really added to the excitement when the bride and groom finally left, ending another fabulous French Quarter New Orleans wedding.
Felicia & Ryan | Holy Name of Jesus Church & Mardi Gras World | Wedding Photography
Felicia & Ryan – December 14, 2013
Pre-Ceremony getting ready – Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans, La
ceremony – Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA
Reception – Mardi Gras World, New Orleans, LA
When I was first contacted to photograph Felicia & Ryan’s wedding, it was a wedding I knew would be a lot of fun and it certainly didn’t disappoint. They and their family and guest had a fabulous time, from the beautiful ceremony at the Holy Name of Jesus, to the joyful reception at Mardi Gras World. It was a fantastic evening, one that the happy couple certainly always remember.
We started with photos at the Hilton Riverside Hotel of the bridal prep. Felicia and her bridesmaids were wearing monogrammed shirts. They also had the dresses all hanging up together, which was a lovely touch. Usually, I’m just photographing the bride’s dress along, this was something a little different. When it came time for taking photos of the shoes and flowers, the light was just fading out side the window and I thought it was a pretty setting with the lights of the bridge in the window as a backdrop. I later used this for photos of the bride and her individual photos with bridesmaids and parents. I then left the room so she could get in her dress, and went down to the lobby for photos of the groom. The inside of the Hilton Riverside is architecturally dynamic, so I looked to incorporate that in their photos. The guys were very jovial, and did a great job posing in a group. The groom was on the 2009 LSU Men’s baseball championship team, which I didn’t know when I was taking his photos. I didn’t find out until the ceremony when the priest mentioned it. It was fun to find out, I remember that championship year and it was really exciting. Afterward, I went back to get the photos of Felicia in the hotel room before leaving for the ceremony.
Holy Name of Jesus church is one of the truly grand old Catholic churches of New Orleans. We’ve done many weddings there, and they are always spectacular. I was able to get some nice moments of the bride and groom looking over their shoulders in between the prayers and readings. I always look for those moments where the bride and groom are enjoying the moment on the alter, one time that is usually nice is when they are doing the communion, it’s a moment where the focus isn’t on the bride and groom and they have a little moment together. After the ceremony, I was able to get some fabulous photos in the church with the bride and groom, they are a lovely couple and this setting really highlighted them nicely.
From the church, we headed to Mardi Gras World. Years ago, we had done a wedding in the old Mardi Gras World on the Westbank. This new location is amazing, the detail they put into the interior gives the perfect illusion you are outside. As a wedding reception location, there is nothing quite like it, and it certainly added to the enjoyment of the evening. The band was the Boogie Men, one of the best party bands in New Orleans. After the first dance, the bride and a very emotional dance with her father, and the groom with his mother. The wedding cake was beautifully crafted with Fleur de Lis and the groom cake celebrated his LSU championship experience. The evening ended with a DJ finishing out the entertainment, and a 2nd line dance around the room. A tremendous evening none shall soon forget.
Leah & Skip – November 3, 2013
Ceremony & Reception: Beauregard-Keyes House, New Orleans, LA
Wedding Day Coordinator: Rhoda at All About Events
Second Line Band: Storyville Stompers Brass Band
New Orleans is a favorite destination wedding town. Leah and Skip invited their friends and family to spend the week with them here and enjoy all the city has to offer. It was a perfect choice, I’m sure, as everyone obviously had a fabulous time. The wedding ceremony was in the garden by the historic Beauregard-Keyes House, followed by a second line march through the French Quarter with the Storyville Stompers Brass Band. It was quite a tour and ended back at the Beauregard-Keyes House for a sitdown supper and the reception in the courtyard. All told, it was a picture perfect New Orleans style evening wedding for the happy couple and their friends, one we are sure they will not soon forget.
Ashley & Eric – October 26, 2013
Ceremony & Reception: Parkview Terrace, New Orleans City Park, LA
The Parkview Terrace enjoys easy access to the lovely City Park surroundings for additional photos. For Ashley and Eric we were able to get some beautiful portraits, first of the bride at New Orleans Museum of Art, then the groom with the groomsmen on the nearby rock bridge. We were later able to get the bride and groom on the Pop Bandstand with the wonderful lighting for a night shot. They of course had a great time at the wedding and reception, with a brass band coming in for some fun second line dancing to end the evening.
Skylar & Ryan – October 19, 2013
Ceremony & Reception: Benachi House and Garden, New Orleans, LA
Located a bit above the French Quarter, the Benachi House offers lovely grounds for a true New Orleans style wedding. Skylar and Ryan took full advantage of the location for their stellar wedding with all their family and friends. It was a heartfelt event, with both families eagerly celebrating the beautiful couple.
Jessica & Don – October 20, 2013
Pre-Ceremony – Queen And Crescent Hotel, New Orleans, LA
ceremony & Reception – Southern Oaks Plantation, New Orleans, LA
Another beautiful wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation, Jessica & Don had a Second Line Band to lead them back to the reception after the ceremony. This is a really joyous way to get the party started, and always gives us great opportunity for photos. I really enjoyed their first dance too, you can see in the photographs how much love these two have for each other, the emotions of the moment really come through. Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that they are a fabulous looking couple.
Gina & James – October 12, 2013
Ceremony & Reception: Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation, Westwego, LA
Gina & James wedding at Cedar Grove, Tchoupitoulas Plantation was on a gorgeous October day. The large chapel area is perfect for such weddings, the light is beautiful and the feeling of the day is a big part of the wedding even while everyone is actually indoors.