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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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Jill & Eric | Magnolia Plantation, New Orleans | Wedding Photography

Jill & Eric – November 15, 2013
Wedding Photos by Robert Welch
Pre-Ceremony Prep: Hampton Inn & Suites, Metairie, LA
Wedding & Reception: Magnolia Plantation, Metairie, LA

Bride, Dress and Flowers

Bride, Dress and Flowers


Bride getting ready

Bride getting ready


Groom and groomsmen

Groom and groomsmen


Bride entrance with father

Bride entrance with father


Wedding ceremony and first kiss

Wedding ceremony and first kiss


Reception first dance

Reception first dance


Parent dance

Parent dance


Wedding cake

Wedding cake


Wedding reception at Magnolia Plantation

Wedding reception at Magnolia Plantation

Jill and Eric had a lovely wedding at the Magnolia Plantation. Jill’s father did the service, it was very emotional for father walking daughter up the aisle, then presiding over the matrimonial ceremony. As always, Magnolia Plantation served as a perfect location to have the ceremony and reception in one location. This proved to lighten the spirits despite the rain which would have dampened things otherwise.

The pre-ceremony photos were at the Hampton Inn & Suites, which is conveniently located a few blocks away from Magnolia Plantation. Jill did her own makeup, and she had the bridal bouquets lined up for me to photograph on the table. The shoes made a nice composition for the shot, as they kept in the color scheme of the flowers and was accented by the bridesmaids sashes. Once Jill had put on her dress, she went in the adjoining room, which made for some lovely shots of the special moments with her bridesmaids and mother helping her get ready. I always love the observer nature of shots like this, giving a sneak peak at the ‘behind the scenes’ action.

When I got to the Magnolia Plantation, I got the photos of Eric with the guys, all dressed up and looking dapper, but still having plenty of fun. I really loved the photos of the groom with the sweat little ring bearer. Once the processional started, the ring bearer was to overwhelmed to make down the aisle holding hands with the flower girl, he stopped about half way down, refusing to go on, so Eric walked up to help then walked the flower girl down the aisle. It turned into a really cute shot having the groom walk with the flower girl like that. Moments like this are what define each wedding, and make each one unique and memorable for the people in them. It’s always great when it’s allowed to happen in a spontaneous manner, the photos and video usually have a warmth and naturalness that reflects the impromptu nature of the moment.

For the ceremony itself, Jill and her father made a lovely entrance, and once at the ceremony spot, she and her soon to be betrothed were absolutely gleaming at each other. It was not a long ceremony, still it was filled with emotion, and my favorite moment was Jill spinning around to kiss her husband for the first time with such vigor that her dress when flying around like a Whirling Dervish dancer. In all my years of photographing weddings, I’ve never seen a first kiss quite like that. Certainly made for a fun and different photo.

Everyone had a great time at the reception, Jill and Eric’s family were all present and had lot’s of group photos taken. The dance floor was in regular use, with both the bridal party and friends as well as lot’s of kids enjoying themselves. The parent dances were very cute, as were the decorations for the wedding cake, which has a fabulous setting in the Magnolia Plantation. All and all, a special event for the happy couple, one they and their friends and family won’t soon forget.

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Leah & Skip | Beauregard-Keyes House, New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photojournalism

Leah & Skip – November 3, 2013
Wedding Photos
Ceremony & Reception: Beauregard-Keyes House, New Orleans, LA
Wedding Day Coordinator: Rhoda at All About Events
Second Line Band: Storyville Stompers Brass Band

Wedding entrance bride and groom

Wedding entrance bride and groom


Beauregard-Keyes garden wedding ceremony

Beauregard-Keyes garden wedding ceremony


Second Line Band Dance

Second Line Band Dance


French Quarter 2nd Line Dance

French Quarter 2nd Line Dance


Bride and groom second line

Bride and groom second line


Wedding cupcake cake decor

Wedding cupcake cake decor


Dinner is served

Dinner is served


First dance with band

First dance with band


Dancing with guests

Dancing with guests


Reception

Reception

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.

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Ashley & Eric | Parkview Terrace, New Orleans City Park | Wedding Photojournalism

Ashley & Eric – October 26, 2013
Wedding Photos
Ceremony & Reception: Parkview Terrace, New Orleans City Park, LA

Wedding dress and rings

Wedding dress and rings


Bride getting ready

Bride getting ready


Bride and bridesmaids at NOMA

Bride and bridesmaids at NOMA


Groom and groomsmen on City Park bridge

Groom and groomsmen on City Park bridge


Wedding decor and flower girls

Wedding decor and flower girls


Bride ceremony entrance

Bride ceremony entrance


Wedding ceremony at Parkview Terrace

Wedding ceremony at Parkview Terrace


Bride and groom portraits

Bride and groom portraits


Wedding cake and decor

Wedding cake and decor


Reception dancing

Reception dancing


Cake cutting and toast

Cake cutting and toast


Second line dance with brass band

Second line dance with brass band

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.

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Skylar & Ryan | Benachi House, New Orleans | Wedding Photojournalism

Skylar & Ryan – October 19, 2013
Wedding Photos
Ceremony & Reception: Benachi House and Garden, New Orleans, LA

Engagement Portraits

Engagement Portraits


Wedding dress and details

Wedding dress and details


Bride getting makeup

Bride getting makeup


Groom and groomsmen

Groom and groomsmen


Bride dressing

Bride dressing


Bride and details

Bride and details


Bride entrance

Bride entrance


Wedding Ceremony Benachi House

Wedding Ceremony Benachi House


Bride and groom

Bride and groom


First dance

First dance


Wedding reception

Wedding reception

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.

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Jessica & Don | Southern Oaks Plantation | Wedding Photography

Jessica & Don – October 20, 2013
Wedding Photos
Pre-Ceremony – Queen And Crescent Hotel, New Orleans, LA
ceremony & Reception – Southern Oaks Plantation, New Orleans, LA

Engagement Portraits

Engagement Portraits


Wedding dress, shoes and flowers

Wedding dress, shoes and flowers


Bride getting ready

Bride getting ready


Bride in dress

Bride in dress


Bride at Southern Oaks

Bride at Southern Oaks


Groom and Groomsmen

Groom and Groomsmen


Wedding Ceremony at Southern Oaks Plantation

Wedding Ceremony at Southern Oaks Plantation


Second Line Band

Second Line Band


Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake


First Dance

First Dance


Cake Cutting

Cake Cutting


Reception dancing

Reception dancing

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.

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Gina & James | Tchoupitoulas Plantation | Wedding Photojournalism

Gina & James – October 12, 2013
Wedding Photos
Ceremony & Reception: Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation, Westwego, LA

Cedar Grove wedding details

Cedar Grove wedding details


Bride and Bridesmaids

Bride and Bridesmaids


Bride and Groom portraits pre-ceremony

Bride and Groom portraits pre-ceremony


Bride wedding entrance

Bride wedding entrance


Tchoupitoulas Plantation wedding ceremony

Tchoupitoulas Plantation wedding ceremony


Bride and Groom portraits with bridal party

Bride and Groom portraits with bridal party


First Dance photos

First Dance photos


Cake Cutting

Parent dance and Cake Cutting


Reception dancing

Reception dancing

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.

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Nikki & Charles | Riverview Room, New Orleans | Wedding Photography

Nikki & Charles – August 24, 2013
Wedding Photos
Pre-Ceremony photos: Marriot Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
Ceremony & Reception: Riverview Room, Jax Brewery, New Orleans, LA

Wedding dress and shoes

Wedding dress and shoes


Bride getting ready

Bride getting ready


Riverview Room wedding

Riverview Room wedding


Bride and mother

Bride and mother


Groom and groomsmen

Groom and groomsmen


Wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony


Ceremony bride and groom

Ceremony bride and groom


Bride and Groom portraits

Bride and Groom portraits


First Dance

First Dance


Cake cutting

Cake cutting


Wedding toasts

Wedding toasts


Bouquet toss

Bouquet toss


Reception

Reception

Nikki and Charles had their wedding in the wonderful Riverview Room, with the Mississippi river behind them for a scenic backdrop. After the ceremony, we got some lovely photos on the balcony with the city behind and a brilliant sunset overhead.

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Aubrey & Tim | Tchoupitoulas Plantation | Wedding Photography

Aubrey & Tim – June 22, 2013
Wedding Photos
Ceremony & Reception: Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation, Westwego, LA

Engagement portaits

Engagement portaits


Red Rose bridesmaids bouquets

Red Rose bridesmaids bouquets


Bride and Red Boutonnieres

Bride and Red Boutonnieres


Bride with Westie puppy

Bride with Westie puppy


Groom & groomsmen

Groom & groomsmen


Red Bridesmaids Shoes

Red Bridesmaids Shoes


Bride ceremony entrance

Bride ceremony entrance


Wedding ceremony and marriage license signing

Wedding ceremony and marriage license signing


First Dance

First Dance


Bouquet Toss

Bouquet Toss


Second Line Dance

Second Line Dance

I skipped over posting Aubrey & Tim’s wedding for some reason, which I don’t understand because they were one of our favorite couples of the year. Maybe one of the reasons we liked them so much is because the Aubrey has a Westie dog, which is our family breed as well. They had a wonderful wedding at Cedar Grove, with their ceremony in the new chapel in the back, which was recently completely remodeled. Just before the wedding, Aubrey had completed her college degree to become a teacher, and just weeks after the wedding she got a teaching position. We love to hear such success stories for our brides and grooms!

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Megan & Jonathon | Tchoupitoulas Plantation Wedding Video | Westwego, LA

Megan & Jonathon – April 28, 2013
Wedding Video
Ceremony & Reception: Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation, Westwego, LA

Megan-Jonathon-Cedar-Grove from Welch Photography & Video on Vimeo.

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