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Kandace & Kerry | Parkview Terrace, City Park | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Kandace & Kerry – August 2, 2014
Wedding & Reception – Parkview Terrace, City Park, New Orleans, LA

Wedding flowers and rings

Wedding flowers and rings


Bride and bridesmaids

Bride and bridesmaids


Groom

Groom


Bride entrance

Bride entrance


Wedding ceremony under the oak tree

Wedding ceremony under the oak tree


First kiss

First kiss


Bride and groom

Bride and groom


First Dance

First Dance


Wedding cake

Wedding cake


Wedding reception

Wedding reception

Kandace and Kerry had a very simple ceremony under the big oak tree across the stone bridge from Parkview Terrace in City Park. It’s a perfect ‘natural’ location for a ceremony, with the trees and park as a setting. As the bridal party and bride walk up to the ceremony site, there is beautiful dappled back lighting that makes for wonderful photos. There is also many angles to get photo while the ceremony is taking place, so I was able to get a variety of shots that show the whole setting along with closeups during the vows and ring exchange. We were able to use the same location for some lovely formal portraits afterward.

The reception was just back over the bridge inside the upper room of Parkview Terrace, so named because of the terrace balcony that surrounds the entire building, giving everyone a wonderful view of the park in every direction. The main room itself is quite spacious, and with windows along the two long walls, if feels very open. They started with their first dance, then had a fabulous reception with family and friends. We had talked about going down to the Popp Bandstand to get a few nightime photos there of the happy couple, but that would have required them leaving the party, and they preferred staying with their friends and family. That was fine as the photos we got after the ceremony were more than enough, and the time with their friends was obviously more important, as it should be.

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Erin & Nigel | St. Joseph and Champagne Palace | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Erin & Nigel – July 26, 2014
Wedding – St. Joseph Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA
Reception – The Champagne Palace, New Orleans, LA

Bride with wedding dress and flowers

Bride with wedding dress and flowers


Bride and bridesmaids

Bride and bridesmaids


St. Joseph Church, New Orleans, LA

St. Joseph Church, New Orleans, LA


Groom and groomsmen

Groom and groomsmen


Bride entrance

Bride entrance


Wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony


First kiss

First kiss


Bride and Groom portriats

Bride and Groom portriats


Bride and Groom at Champagne Palace

Bride and Groom at Champagne Palace


First dance

First dance


Cake cutting

Cake cutting


Garter and bouquet toss

Garter and bouquet toss


Reception dancing

Reception dancing


Second Line Dance

Second Line Dance

Erin & Nigel had a fabulous wedding at St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Champagne Palace for the reception. The church is so lovely, especially with the day light coming through the windows, there is a special glow there with the different colors coming down on the aisle. They were a very sweet couple, and I think you can see that in the photos of them together. Champagne Palace also offers some wonderful photo opportunities with the garden area in back, and of course the tall torch columns in front is a necessary photo there. As always, the reception there is a kick, and everyone had a great time. To end the evening, they did the traditional New Orleans second line dance, and for this wedding the bridesmaids had matching umbrellas to go with their outfits.

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Jena & Daniel | St. Theresa Avila, Southern Oaks | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Jena & Daniel – June 19, 2014
Wedding – St. Theresa Avila Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA
Reception – Southern Oaks Plantation, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert Welch

Engagement portraits Fontainbleau St. Park

Engagement portraits Fontainbleau St. Park


Wedding dress, shoes, flowers

Wedding dress, shoes, flowers


Bride and bridesmaids

Bride and bridesmaids


Groom at church

Groom at church


Bride in limo

Bride in limo


Bride entrance at wedding

Bride entrance at wedding


Wedding bride and groom

Wedding bride and groom


Ceremony vows

Ceremony vows


Bride and groom limo

Bride and groom limo


Horse carriage and fireworks

Horse carriage and fireworks


First Dance

First Dance


Bridal party dance

Bridal party dance


Cake cutting

Cake cutting


Second line dance

Second line dance

Jena and Daniel had a lot of details to their wedding. From decorations at the home, to the planned dances at the reception with the bridal party. It seemed like no detail was too small to overlook. Sometimes, this can cause the wedding to be stiff and boring. Not so for Jena and Daniel, they are both such fun loving people, with many friends who they love to share company with. This was one day that was a fabulous time for everyone. We started at Jena’s parentss house where she was getting ready, then on to Daniel’s parentss house which happened to be close by. The bride and groom had presents for each other, which was a lovely Louis Vuitton handbag for the bride (she had told the groom it was more expensive than he needed to spend, but he got it for her anyway…good man!), and she got him a new set of Titleist golf clubs. What a sensible lady!

The church was St. Theresa Avila Catholic Church, a beautiful old church that really has a special look when the daylight filters inside. After the ceremony, they rode to Southern Oaks Plantation in an old Rolls Royce limo. They then took the horse drawn carriage ride to the front of the building to enjoy the fireworks and streamers for their entrance to the reception. Everyone had a great time, as is always the case at Southern Oaks. They recently had a celebration party with their friends to show off the photos and video from the wedding. Reports are it was a terrific party and everyone enjoyed the photos. I’m sure there will be many more celebrations to follow for this happy couple!

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Grace & Alex | Eiffel Society | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Grace & Alex – June 14, 2014
Pre-Ceremony – The Hotel Modern, New Orleans, LA
Wedding & Recption – The Eiffel Society , New Orleans, LA
Photography & Video by – Robert & Lisa Welch

Wedding Rings and Shoes

Wedding Rings and Shoes


Wedding dress and bridesmaids

Wedding dress and bridesmaids


Groom

Groom


First Look Photos

First Look Photos


Eiffel Society

Eiffel Society


Decor

Decor


Bride's Entrance

Bride’s Entrance


Bride and groom

Bride and groom


First Dance

First Dance


Toasts

Toasts


Second Line and Exit

Second Line and Exit

We had a very busy year in 2014, still just trying to get some of the older wedding posted on our website. So this one was from last June, finishing out the first half of the year with a lovely wedding at the Eiffel Society on St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans. When Grace first contacted me, I was excited to do our first wedding at the Eiffel Society as I’d heard about the unique decor and architecture of the location. It probed to have plenty of that.

She also wanted to do a First Look before the wedding with her and Alex. We discussed locations for this, including some hotels in the French Quarter. I recommended something closer to the area where the wedding would be as it would be easier to get from the hotel if they didn’t have to deal with the limited access within the French Quarter to get everyone from one location to the next. It turned out to be a great suggestion as there was a big event happening that day in the French Quarter, and it certainly would have proved difficult to get in and out of the area. She wound up picking the Hotel Modern, right along Lee Circle, which has easy access to St. Charles Ave. When we got to the hotel, I found a nice area outside between two buildings of the hotel that gave us some privacy for the First Look.

I’ll say a few thoughts on doing First Look sessions. First, the idea is to create a special moment for the bride and groom to see each other for the first time on their wedding day. Of course, since it’s not like a wedding ceremony, where the moment is set in formal traditions of the bride walking down the aisle, there are a lot of variations in how it can be approached. My main question for the bride and groom is if they want it private, or with their family and friends in attendance. We’ve done it both ways, so it’s really just personal preference. Then it’s a matter of picking a good spot and setting up for it to happen so that they have a moment together when they first greet each other. After they have had that time, we are able to get portraits taken care of that would normally have to be done after the wedding ceremony.

At the Eiffel Society, Grace and Alex’ wedding was a lovely affair, with a hoopa set up for a background to the ceremony. Right away after the ceremony, we got the license signed, took a few extra photos, and were able to go into the first dances, and the rest of the reception. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and they did the carrying of the bride in groom in chairs around the room, A Jewish tradition called the Hora dance. They had their toasts with the best man and maid of honor stepping up to do the honors admirably, and plenty of more dancing to fill out the evening. For the end, they had a second line dance with umbrellas followed by a sparkler exit down the ramp that goes to the avenue. All in all it was a fabulous evening for the happy couple, they were very pleased with everything and I think we did a wonderful job capturing it for them.

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Kimberly & Jared | Mater Dolorosa Church, Arbor Room | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Kimberly & Jared – June 7, 2014
Wedding – The Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA
Reception – The Arbor Room, Popp Fountain, City Park, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert & Lisa Welch

Bridal prep

Bridal prep


Wedding dress, shoes and rings

Wedding dress, shoes and rings


Bride in wedding dress

Bride in wedding dress


Bride and bridesmaids

Bride and bridesmaids


Groom and wedding rings

Groom and wedding rings


Groom and 2nd line band

Groom and 2nd line band


Groom at church

Groom at church


Bride wedding entrance

Bride wedding entrance


Ring exchange

Ring exchange


Wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony


First kiss

First kiss


Bride and groom portraits

Bride and groom portraits


Wedding cake

Wedding cake


Grooms cake

Grooms cake


Bride groom entrance

Bride groom entrance


First dance

First dance


Cake cutting

Cake cutting


Wedding band

Wedding band


bouquet toss

bouquet toss


Garter toss

Garter toss


Reception dancing

Reception dancing

We had covered Kimberly’s sister’s wedding a couple of years prior when we got the call that she was getting married. Having worked with the family once before made it very easy for us to know what to expect, a lavish and festive evening, and we weren’t disappointed. We started with Robert taking photos at kimberly’s parents house where she was getting ready. It’s a lovely setting for photos, particularly because of a beautiful curved stairway and wonderful door in the front entrance. This was the perfect setting for pre-ceremony photos with the bride, her family and bridesmaids. The yard there also offers fantastic photo settings, including a bridge over the pond in the front. It was rather hot on this particular June day, so we limited the outside photos to this one location. It turned out to be a terrific setting for all the bridesmaids.

Lisa met the groom at his parents house a few blocks from the church where the ceremony was to be held, the Mater Dolorosa. They had a 2nd line band march them to the church, which certainly engaged the spirits for the day. As one of the grand historical churches of New Orleans, the Mater Dolorosa is an amazing setting for a wedding, with stunning architecture including painted ceilings. The origins of this particular church are particularly appropriate for a wedding ceremony as the church was founded upon uniting the local German and French parishes of the Carrollton area of New Orleans.

After the ceremony, we took some photos at the church and then headed to City Park for the reception at the Arbor Room. We took some more family photos by the Popp Fountain, as well as some of my favorite bride and groom photos of the year. The bride and groom started off the reception with a wonderful dance which was well appreciated by those in attendance. After enjoying some time with their guests, we went on to the cake cutting. The brides cake was a four tiered creme cake beautifully decorated with flowers to match the bouquets. The grooms cake incorporated some pieces of a school project he had done as a young boy, a replica of a hunting blind. Included were some LSU colors and decorations. Afterward the Boogie Men band played to the appreciative friends and family in attendance, who know how to enjoy a good band and make a party memorable. On the dance floor there was little to distinguish between the bride and grooms friends or their family, as everyone had an equally good time. After the garter and bouquet toss, the bride and groom lead everyone around the room with a 2nd line dance, umbrellas and handkerchiefs raised in a traditional New Orleans manner. There was little this evening lacked, and by the end everyone had certainly had a time they will not soon forget.

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Samantha & Jeffry | Chateau Country Club| Kenner, LA | Wedding Photography

Samantha & Jeffry – May 13, 2014
Pre-Ceremony – Hilton Airport, Kenner, LA
Wedding & Reception – Chateau Country Club, Kenner, LA

Wedding dress

Wedding dress


Bride prep

Bride prep


First Look photos

First Look photos


Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom


Bride wedding entrance

Bride wedding entrance


Wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony


First kiss

First kiss


First dance

First dance


Bride and groom kiss

Bride and groom kiss


Cake cutting

Cake cutting


Bouquet toss and second line dance

Bouquet toss and second line dance

We met Samantha and her bridesmaids at the Hilton Airport hotel for the pre-ceremony getting ready photos. Then proceeded to the Chateau Country Club for any formal portraits. The original plan for the wedding was to be outside, in the gazebo to the back of the club house. Unfortunately, it had been raining earlier that day, so the plans had been altered to move the ceremony inside. The ballroom at the country club is very spacious and plush, however, so it makes a lovely location for this situation. Prior to the ceremony, we did a ‘first look’ session with the bride and groom in the lobby of the club house. The staircases leading up each side of the room make for an elegant location for this, and the light coming in the windows is nice also.

After the ceremony, we proceeded to the first dances as we had already taken all the formal portraits prior to the ceremony. This is the advantage of doing a ‘first look’ session, and it helps the flow from the ceremony to the reception. Everyone had a fabulous time for the reception, which ended with a second line dance around the room.

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Kathryn & Greg | Canal St. Church, Columns Hotel | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Kathryn & Greg – May 17, 2014
Wedding – The Canal Street Church, New Orleans, LA
Reception – The Columns Hotel, St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA

Bride portrait, Groom and groomsmen

Bride portrait, Groom and groomsmen


Church decorations, bride entrance

Church decorations, bride entrance


Wedding ceremony, Canal Street Church

Wedding ceremony, Canal Street Church


First kiss

First kiss


Bride and groom church portraits

Bride and groom church portraits


Reception deocorations

Reception deocorations


Bride and groom first dance

Bride and groom first dance


Wedding reception Columns Hotel

Wedding reception Columns Hotel


Reception dancing and party

Reception dancing and party


Wedding cake cutting and bouquet toss

Wedding cake cutting and bouquet toss


Reception exit bride and groom

Reception exit bride and groom

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
happy couple.

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.

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Emily & Scott | Parkview Terrace, City Park | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Emily & Scott – May 10, 2014
Pre-Ceremony – Drury Hotel, Le Pavillon hotel, New Orleans, LA
Wedding & Reception – Parkview Terrace, City Park, New Orleans, LA

Wedding dress and bride getting ready

Wedding dress and bride getting ready


Bride and bridesmaids at hotel

Bride and bridesmaids at hotel


Groom and groomsmen, formal portraits at ceremony site

Groom and groomsmen, formal portraits at ceremony site


Bride entrance at wedding ceremony, processional

Bride entrance at wedding ceremony, processional


Wedding ceremony at Parkview Terrace in City Park

Wedding ceremony at Parkview Terrace in City Park


Bridal party, bride and groom formal portraits in City Park

Bridal party, bride and groom formal portraits in City Park


Wedding cake, dance band, first dance

Wedding cake, dance band, first dance


First dance and reception detail photos

First dance and reception detail photos


Bouquet  and garter toss, reception dancing photos

Bouquet and garter toss, reception dancing photos


Second line band exit dance, bride and groom in limo

Second line band exit dance, bride and groom in limo

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.

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Danielle & Todd | The Rose Garden | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Danielle & Todd – May 10, 2014
Wedding & Reception – The Rose Garden, New Orleans, LA
Photography by Lisa Welch

Wedding decorations

Wedding decorations


Bride arrival

Bride arrival


Bride entrance

Bride entrance


Wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony


First Kiss

First Kiss


Bride and groom

Bride and groom


First dance

First dance


Cake cutting

Cake cutting


Reception dancing

Reception dancing


Wedding rings

Wedding rings

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.

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Jennifer & Joshua | Jackson Square, French Quarter | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Jennifer & Joshua – March 8, 2014
Wedding – Jackson Square, French Quarter, New Orleans, LA

Jackson Square Wedding

Jackson Square Wedding


Ceremony under tree

Ceremony under tree


First Kiss

First Kiss


Portrait Jackson Square

Portrait Jackson Square


Bride and groom portraits

Bride and groom portraits


First Dance

First Dance


Bride and groom portraits

Bride and groom portraits


French Quarter portraits

French Quarter portraits


Street portraits

Street portraits


Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall

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.

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Lisa & Travis | Riverview Room | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Lisa & Travis – February 21, 2014
Pre-Wedding – Doubletree Inn, New Orleans, LA
Wedding – Riverview Room, Jax Brewery, New Orleans, LA
Candle decorations – Glowing Occasions

Groom and ring bearer

Groom and ring bearer


Bride getting ready

Bride getting ready


Bride arrive

Bride arrive


Candle decorations Riverview Room

Candle decorations Riverview Room


Bride entrance

Bride entrance


Wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony


First kiss bride and groom

First kiss bride and groom


Portraits New Orleans

Portraits New Orleans


First dance

First dance


Cake cutting

Cake cutting


Bouquet and garter toss

Bouquet and garter toss


Reception dancing

Reception dancing


Second line and exit

Second line and exit

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.

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Felicia & Ryan | Holy Name of Jesus Church & Mardi Gras World | Wedding Photography

Felicia & Ryan | Holy Name of Jesus Church & Mardi Gras World | Wedding Photography

Felicia & Ryan – December 14, 2013
Wedding Photos
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

Wedding dress, shoes and bouquet

Wedding dress, shoes and bouquet


Bride giving gifts

Bride giving gifts


Bride in dress

Bride in dress


Groom, groomsmen and church

Groom, groomsmen and church


Bride wedding entrance

Bride wedding entrance


Wedding ceremony at Holy Name of Jesus

Wedding ceremony at Holy Name of Jesus


Ring exchange and vows

Ring exchange and vows


Bride and groom wedding processional

Bride and groom wedding processional


Bride and groom portraits

Bride and groom portraits


First dance at Mardi Gras World

First dance at Mardi Gras World


Father and daughter dance

Father and daughter dance


Wedding cake

Wedding cake


Reception at Mardi Gras World

Reception at Mardi Gras World

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.

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