Tag Archives: New Orleans
Katie & Shelby – January 3, 2015
Wedding – Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA
Reception – Calcasieu – The Rose Garden, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert Welch
We did some wonderful bridal portraits for Katie in New Orleans City Park prior to their wedding, as well as some engagement portraits with both Katie & Shelby at Fontainbleu St. Park in Mandeville.
Their wedding was at the fabulous Holy Name of Jesus church on St. Charles by the Loyola campus. This church is certainly one of the truly majestic churches in the city, and always fun to photograph. Since it was right after Christmas time, they still had the holiday decorations which made for an even more fabulous setting. After the ceremony, we had a police escort to the Rose Garden, on Citris Blvd. near Elmwood. They also still had the Christmas decorations up, so everything had the same feel for decorations. After a really sweet first dance, we went outside the front of the building to get a few quick photos in the outside garden area, before going back to finish the reception. All told, it was a lovely wedding for a very sweet and handsome couple.
Leah – Bridal Portraits at Race & Religious, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert Welch
A few months before Leah’s wedding, we did her bridal portraits at Race & Religious, a very interesting location with some wonderful old architecture. It’s a very artistic setting to take photos in, and I was looking forward to the opportunity to go there for the first time. We got some lovely photos for her, which she picked her favorite to print large and display at her wedding reception.
Liesbeth & Alexander – December 13, 2014
Wedding & Reception – The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert Welch
Weddings at the Westin benefit from the fabulous staircase to take photos on. There are so many great hotels in New Orleans, but the Westin is right among the top in so many ways. Leisbeth and Alexander had a fabulous time with their wedding there. The rooms for getting ready in are very large, which always makes it easier for everyone. she had some lovely flowers, and the shoe collection was amazing. I loved the photos of the bridesmaids with the shoes. The ceremony was in one of the meeting rooms, dressed up with drapes and a stage. Afterward, they retired to the Plimsoll club for the reception. The view from there of the city is fantastic, from the Crescent City bridge to the French Quarter. They finished off the evening with a second line band. These are the weddings where I feel so glad to be a photographer in New Orleans.
Jordin & Alex – November 15, 2014
Pre-ceremony – Marriot – Lakeway, Metairie, LA
Wedding & Reception – Southern Oaks Plantation, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert & Lisa Welch
Southern Oaks is one of the most popular venues in New Orleans for weddings, and with good reason. The staff is excellent and the food is tasty. The setting is pretty stellar as well, with the beautiful plantation building and lovely yard featuring a majestic live oak tree. Every wedding we’ve done there has been superb, and Jordin & Ales’ wedding was no exception. I met Jordin at the Lakeway Marriot near the foot of the Causeway bridge in Metairie. This hotel is very nice for a getting ready location, (especially since it’s on the way to anywhere in New Orleans for us). There is plenty of room and they have a view of the lake that is fun for photos. Jordin had a fabulous crystal bouquet, we’ve been seeing more of these lately it seems. I guess brides like the idea of being able to keep their bouquet after the wedding.
At the ceremony, the bride came around in the wonderful horse drawn carriage they have, which always makes for a grand bridal entrance. The ceremony was topped of by some lovely photos of the newlyweds getting back in the carriage together. They had a wonderful time at the reception, their friends and family were in full party mode, and the fun didn’t stop until the evening was over.
Ingrid & Ryan – November 14, 2014
Wedding & Reception – Rosy’s Jazz Hall, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert Welch
Ingrid and Ryan are very easy going people, nothing would keep them from enjoying themselves at their wedding. There were a few hiccups, but with their ‘slide on the ice’ demeanor, it all was good and was a terrifically fun evening for everyone. The bride got ready upstairs at Rosy’s Jazz Hall, where I went to get a few quick photos. She didn’t want a lot of fuss, so a quickly we were ready for the ceremony. They had their ceremony inside, which is a lovely location in the open arboretum area. The trees inside give the feeling of being outside. They were playful and fun loving through the ceremony, as well as the whole evening. We took a few quick photos upstairs, the doorway/balcony shot was one that Ingrid wanted, and then off to the first dance. After they had settled in a bit, we stepped outside quickly for a couple of shots in front of the building, which Ingrid had also wanted, as they love the feeling of the street and nightclub atmosphere. We finished up with a second line dance, naturally.
Patrice & Lamar – November 8, 2014
Wedding – The Rose Garden, City Park, New Orleans, LA
Reception – Botanical Garden, City Park, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert Welch
Bride getting ready
Bride with Veil
Bride and Groom portrait
Wedding ceremony in Rose Garden, City Park, New Orleans, LA
Botanical Garden Nightscape
Second Line Dance
When I first met Patrice & Lamar about their wedding, they were very particular about what they were looking for in their photography. It is really nice when working with someone who has a vision of what they want that matches your approach to what you do, and that was the case for us. They wanted a lot of photos capturing the important and memorable moments of their wedding, and that is exactly what I like to do. I was really looking forward to their wedding and it didn’t disappoint.
The first look was in the breezeway from the Rose Garden to the Pavilion of Two Sisters, and with the sun coming in behind them, I thought the photos came out really nice. Lamar was very emotional upon seeing his soon-to-be wife, and it was hard for him to hold back his emotions. It was a very sweet moment, and exactly what you want in a First Look, that opportunity for the couple to have that moment together, without all the other stuff going on to take away from the first occasion for them to greet each other. The photos also are a nice way to remember the moment, and treasure it.
The ceremony was held in the Rose Garden by the Shriever Fountain featuring “The Water Bearer” by sculpture Enrique Alferez. With the sun starting to wane in the sky, the setting was so picturesque, superb for the ceremony. We followed up with a few photos before going to the Botanical Garden for the reception. After they got settled to eat a little, we went by the fountain in front of the conservatory to get a couple of shots with the remaining light in the night sky, a beautiful deep blue was an awesome setting for a couple of quick shots before the first dance. The rest of the evening was a terrific party, these two sure know how to enjoy themselves, as did all their friends and family.
Jennifer & Brett – October 18, 2014
Wedding – Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA
Reception – La Maison Creole, Harvey, LA
I did some bridal portraits for Jennifer at the church a month or so before the wedding. It was great to get some time for that at the church without having the schedule of the wedding day activities to limit our opportunity to have some fun and get some great photos. That is the challenge on the day of the wedding, there is so much going on and photos, while important, are not really the first concern. In Jennifer’s case, this church was significant to her as it’s the church she grew up in, and these photos have a lot of meaning for her.
For Jennifer and Brett, the wedding went very smoothly, though. I meet her at La Maison Creole where she was getting ready, and got her pre-ceremony photos there. Then the photos of Brett and the groomsmen at the church. After a beautiful ceremony, we got our family and bridal party photos, plus a few spectacular ones for the bride and groom of course. Then we headed over to the reception, which was a total kick. They have a lot of friends, and I think they were all there! I love a lively reception, and this one didn’t disappoint. Lot’s of dancing and cutting up on the floor, and a sparkler exit to end it all with. Some weddings are a lot of fun, some are even more than a lot. This one goes in the latter category.
Katie – Bridal Portrait Photography
City Park, NOMA Museum, New Orleans, LA
Katie and Shelby had a lovely wedding in early January at the Holy Name of Jesus church and the Rose Garden in New Orleans. I’ll be posting some photos from the wedding soon, but we had a wonderful bridal portrait session in City Park before the wedding. We started off with photos in from of the New Orleans Modern Art museum, then went over to the Pavillion of Two Sisters for more photos. This was a little before Christmas and they had some wonderful lighting decorations up, which added nicely to the photos there. They also had some fun lights in the Peristyle, so we finished up with a few photos there that I thought she would like. Katie was a lovely bride, and we had a great time getting some photos for her.
Shatari & Joseph – October 11, 2014
Pre-ceremony – Marriott Metairie at Lakeway
Wedding & Reception – The Champagne Palace, New Orleans, LA
The Champagne Palace is one of New Orleans premium locations for an all in one wedding experience. When Shatari & Joseph hired me to photograph their wedding there, I knew it would be a fun wedding, but had no idea just how fun it would be. The bridal prep was at the Marriott Metairie at Lakeway. This hotel has great rooms for the bride and bridesmaids to get ready in, as well as a terrific view of the Causeway and Lake Ponchartrain out the windows. I like to use those as backgrounds for photos of shoes, flowers and such. In this particular room, I felt the window had some interesting reflections and the sky was a rich blue, all of which gave an interesting view to take some photos of Shatari by the window.
At the ceremony, the light was just starting to fade, giving a very rich blue hue to the sky for the photos. After we got some portraits of the newlyweds, they went in for the dances and reception. The inside was wonderfully decorated, and the cake was a fantastic black & white layered tower with red roses to trim it out. After lot’s of fun on the dancefloor, the bridal party donned party masks and Mardi Gras Indians showed up to get the Second-line dance going. That ended the evening on a truly high note.
Kandace & Kerry – August 2, 2014
Wedding & Reception – Parkview Terrace, City Park, New Orleans, LA
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.
Erin & Nigel – July 26, 2014
Wedding – St. Joseph Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA
Reception – The Champagne Palace, New Orleans, LA
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.