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Tory & Adam | the Chickory | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Tory & Adam – May 30, 2015
Pre-ceremony – Roosevelt Hotel, Westin Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Wedding & Reception – The Chicory, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert & Lisa Welch

Shoes and rings

Shoes and rings

Flowers & dress

Flowers & dress

Bride pre-ceremony

Bride pre-ceremony

Bride getting makeup

Bride getting makeup

Bride with dress

Bride with dress

Bride in hallway

Bride in hallway

Bride with bridesmaid

Bride with bridesmaid

Bride getting dressed

Bride getting dressed

Bride laughing

Bride laughing

Bride getting massage

Bride getting massage

Bride in doorway

Bride in doorway

Bride by stairway

Bride by stairway

Bride and bridesmaids in lobby

Bride and bridesmaids in lobby

Groom fixing tie

Groom fixing tie

Groom's shoes

Groom’s shoes

Groom getting ready

Groom getting ready

Groom on stairway

Groom on stairway

Groom and groomsmen

Groom and groomsmen

Groom portrait

Groom portrait

Ceremony chairs

Ceremony chairs

Ceremony program

Ceremony program

Table decor

Table decor

Wedding bouquets

Wedding bouquets

Bride in mirror

Bride in mirror

Bride with wedding cake

Bride with wedding cake

Flowergirl bow

Flowergirl bow

Bride with mother

Bride with mother

Bride and flowergirls

Bride and flowergirls

Flowergirls

Flowergirls

Bride entrance

Bride entrance

Groom sees bride

Groom sees bride

Bride and father

Bride and father

Wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony

Bride smiling

Bride smiling

Wedding vows

Wedding vows

Ring exchange

Ring exchange

First kiss

First kiss

Bride after ceremony

Bride after ceremony

Bride and groom

Bride and groom

Cake table

Cake table

First dance

First dance

bride and groom dance

bride and groom dance

Dip and kiss

Dip and kiss

Bride and father dance

Bride and father dance

Father gives toast

Father gives toast

Bride and groom toasting

Bride and groom toasting

Hora dance

Hora dance

Hora chair dance

Hora chair dance

Welcome sign

Welcome sign

Boy playing video games

Boy playing video games

Cake and toasting glasses

Cake and toasting glasses

Bride and groom kissing on balcony

Bride and groom kissing on balcony

Bride and groom outside on balcony

Bride and groom outside on balcony

Bride and groom dancing and kiss

Bride and groom dancing and kiss

New Orleans is one of the great destination wedding cities. Where else are there so many options to have your wedding conveniently located and with so many attractions to enjoy? Unlike Las Vegas, one of the other major destination locations for weddings, New Orleans has a style and history that is more than just the flashing lights and big hotels. There are many small, and unique venues that weren’t just built to house conventions and parties. The Chickory is one of those old buildings, built well over a century ago, and has a character that won’t be found in most other cities. With it’s interior brick walls and old Cypress wooden floors, gas lamp styled lighting, you know you aren’t is a modern hotel or casino. As a photographer, one of the things I love about the Chickory is the lighting. The windows are huge and the light comes in them with softness to sculpt the fine interior details.

Tory and Adam didn’t have a lot of detailed plans for their wedding photos, other than when and where the pre-ceremony and wedding was. They did have some lovely touches to the decorations, but when it came time to plan their day, it was more about enjoying themselves rather than fussing over photos or getting any particular things done. This made for a very casual and relaxed time, and some fun photos of them just having a great time. Toward the end of the reception, I did ask them if they would like to go out on the balcony to get a few final photos with the city lights as a background. These nicely topped off the evening, making for a complete wedding day they will not soon forget I’m sure.

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Katie & Shelby | Holy Name of Jesus, Rose Garden | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

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

Engagement portrait

Engagement portrait

Bouquet and mini-wedding cake

Bouquet and mini-wedding cake

Wedding rings

Wedding rings

Bride getting ready

Bride getting ready

Father of bride

Father of bride

Flower girls

Flower girls

Bride

Bride

Bride portrait

Bride portrait

Holy Name of Jesus

Holy Name of Jesus

Groom portrait

Groom portrait

Groom with boys

Groom with boys

Groomsmen

Groomsmen

Bride exiting limo

Bride exiting limo

Bride and father

Bride and father

Flowergirls down aisle

Flowergirls down aisle

Groom seeing bride entrance

Groom seeing bride entrance

Bride and father

Bride and father

Father giving away bride

Father giving away bride

Wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony

Church interior

Church interior

Flowers to parents

Flowers to parents

First kiss

First kiss

Exiting church

Exiting church

Bride and groom portrait n church

Bride and groom portrait n church

Wedding cake

Wedding cake

Bride and groom enter reception

Bride and groom enter reception

First dance

First dance

Brides hands

Brides hands

Grooms hands

Grooms hands

First dance at Rose Garden

First dance at Rose Garden

Bride and groom at reception

Bride and groom at reception

Bride and groom kissing

Bride and groom kissing

Bride and groom portrait

Bride and groom portrait

Wedding cake pulls

Wedding cake pulls

Bouquet toss

Bouquet toss

Last dance

Last dance

Second line dance

Second line dance

Second line dance with kids

Second line dance with kids

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.

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Leah – Bridal Portraits | Race & Religious | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Leah – Bridal Portraits at Race & Religious, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert Welch

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Bridal portrait at Race & Religious

Bridal portrait at Race & Religious

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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.

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Liesbeth & Alexander | Westin Hotel | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Liesbeth & Alexander – December 13, 2014
Wedding & Reception – The Westin New Orleans Canal Place, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert Welch

Wedding rings

Wedding rings

Bride getting makeup

Bride getting makeup

Bridesmaids and shoes

Bridesmaids and shoes

Wedding bouquets

Wedding bouquets

Wedding dress

Wedding dress

Bride getting ready

Bride getting ready

Bride with shoes

Bride with shoes

Groom on stairs

Groom on stairs

Groomsmen having fun

Groomsmen having fun

Bride with mother and veil

Bride with mother and veil

Bride portrait

Bride portrait

Father giving away bride

Father giving away bride

Ring exchange

Ring exchange

First kiss

First kiss

Bride and groom with flower petals

Bride and groom with flower petals

Bride and groom kiss on stairs

Bride and groom kiss on stairs

Bride and groom portrait

Bride and groom portrait

Bride and groom

Bride and groom

First dance

First dance

Bride and groom dancing

Bride and groom dancing

Bride and groom kiss

Bride and groom kiss

Groom with ring bearer and wedding cake

Groom with ring bearer and wedding cake

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dancing

Bride and groom on dance floor

Bride and groom on dance floor

Bride with ring bearer

Bride with ring bearer

Bride and groom

Bride and groom

Second line dancing

Second line dancing

Second line band

Second line band

Bride dancing with second line

Bride dancing with second line

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.

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Jordin & Alex | Southern Oaks Plantation | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Jordin & Alex – November 15, 2014
Pre-ceremony – Marriot – Lakeway, Metairie, LA
Wedding & Reception – Southern Oaks Plantation, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert & Lisa Welch

Wedding dress

Wedding dress

Crystal bridal bouquet

Crystal bridal bouquet

Wedding rings

Wedding rings

Bride with viel

Bride with viel

Bride with shoes

Bride with shoes

Bride earings

Bride earings

Bride's smile

Bride’s smile

Southern Oaks Plantation

Southern Oaks Plantation

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids

Bride portrait

Bride portrait

Groomsmen

Groomsmen

Groom's smile

Groom’s smile

Bride in horse drawn carriage

Bride in horse drawn carriage

Bride and father

Bride and father

Bride wedding ceremony

Bride wedding ceremony

Ring exchange

Ring exchange

First Kiss

First Kiss

Bride and groom kiss

Bride and groom kiss

Bride & groom in carriage

Bride & groom in carriage

Groom with bridesmaids

Groom with bridesmaids

Bride with groomsmen and flowers

Bride with groomsmen and flowers

Bridal party with sun glasses

Bridal party with sun glasses

First dance

First dance

Bride and groom fun

Bride and groom fun

Bridal party dancing

Bridal party dancing

Toasting glasses

Toasting glasses

Wedding cake

Wedding cake

Cake cutting

Cake cutting

Cake cutting hands

Cake cutting hands

Cake topper

Cake topper

Bride and groom dancing

Bride and groom dancing

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.

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Kat & Lash | St. Patrick’s Church, Calcasieu | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Kat & Lash – November 15, 2014
Pre-ceremony – The Roosevelt New Orleans
Wedding – St. Patrick’s Church, New Orleans, LA
Reception – Calcasieu – Private Dining by Chef Donald Link, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert Welch

Bride getting dressed

Bride getting dressed

Bride with veil

Bride with veil

Bride portrait

Bride portrait

Bride with flowers

Bride with flowers

Bride entrance at wedding

Bride entrance at wedding

Father giving away bride

Father giving away bride

St. Patrick's Church wedding

St. Patrick’s Church wedding

Bride and groom during wedding

Bride and groom during wedding

Kiss at alter

Kiss at alter

Wedding cake

Wedding cake

Mardi Gras mask

Mardi Gras mask

Food service by chef Donald Link

Food service by chef Donald Link

Shrimp tray

Shrimp tray

Serenade for bride and groom by saxaphone

Serenade for bride and groom by saxaphone

Calcasieu wedding reception

Calcasieu wedding reception

First dance

First dance

Bride and groom in elevator

Bride and groom in elevator

Bride and groom outside Calcasieu

Bride and groom outside Calcasieu

Kiss on street

Kiss on street

Bride and groom in New Orleans

Bride and groom in New Orleans

Bride and groom in New Orleans

Bride and groom in New Orleans

Last dance with Dr. Jazz

Last dance with Dr. Jazz

I was originally contacted by Kat to photograph her wedding to Lash. I didn’t have a lot of details or contact with them, just the basics on the ceremony and reception location. Her father followed up to book the wedding, which was to start with photos at the Roosevelt Hotel, followed by the ceremony at St. Patrick’s and reception at the very nice Calcasieu – Private Dining by Chef Donald Link. Beyond these few details, and the times, I had little info on what to expect, other than they would be traveling into town for the wedding. It turned out everyone was traveling to New Orleans, and from all over the world. Lash is from England, and he and Kat were staying in Florida with her parents, but others were traveling from Europe as well. It was a wonderful mix of people at their wedding, and New Orleans was just the perfect atmosphere for all the different people who attended. It is also a favorite city of the bride and groom, thus the reason they chose it for their special union.

St. Patrick’s is one of the more stunning churches to photograph, in my opinion. I love the fresco paintings, some of the more spectacular and colorful ones. They had some very nice moments in the ceremony, and I was a bit surprised to find out the groom was indeed Catholic, which I guess is not as uncommon in England as I had thought. We then went on to Calcasieu for the reception, which I was unfamiliar with. It’s upstairs in a rather non-descript part of what I guess is the warehouse district of New Orleans. It turns out this is exactly the part of New Orlenas that Kat and Lash love, the rather industrial part of town, if you will. They requested we go out on the street to take a few quick photos with the buildings in the background. Not typical of weddings, but fun none the less. They had Dr. Jazz to keep the atmosphere local for the reception, and of course the exquisite food by Chef Donald Link made the evening most enjoyable. It was a bit different experience, but I always enjoy the off the beaten path type weddings like this. It’s what makes New Orleans such a fabulous area to work in, no two weddings ever need to be the same here.

Of course, they finished out the evening with a second line dance around the restaurant, which was a new experience for many of the guests. It’s great to feel the excitement they have. The uniqueness of our local culture in this fabulous city always charms, and leaves our guests happy and wanting more.

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Ingrid & Ryan | Rosy’s Jazz Hall | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photograph

Ingrid & Ryan – November 14, 2014
Wedding & Reception – Rosy’s Jazz Hall, New Orleans, LA
Photography by – Robert Welch

Rosy's dining area

Rosy’s dining area

Bridal bouquet

Bridal bouquet

Bride in mirror

Bride in mirror

Bride getting ready

Bride getting ready

Groom waiting on bride

Groom waiting on bride

Wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony

Bride and Groom Vows

Bride and Groom Vows

Bride and Groom fist pump

Bride and Groom fist pump

Bride and Groom exit

Bride and Groom exit

Bride and Groom on balcony

Bride and Groom on balcony

Bride and Groom kissing

Bride and Groom kissing

Bride and Groom portrait

Bride and Groom portrait

Bride and Groom reception entrance

Bride and Groom reception entrance

First dance

First dance

Father and Daughter dance

Father and Daughter dance

Cake cutting

Cake cutting

Hugs at the reception

Hugs at the reception

Comparing shoes

Comparing shoes

Kissing outside Rosy's Jazz Hall

Kissing outside Rosy’s Jazz Hall

Bride and Groom with Rosy's sign

Bride and Groom with Rosy’s sign

Party pic with friends

Party pic with friends

Bride peeking over shoulder

Bride peeking over shoulder

Second line dance

Second line dance

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.

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Patrice & Lamar | Rose & Botanical Garden | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

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


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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.

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Jennifer & Brett | Holy Name of Mary and La Maison Creole | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Jennifer & Brett – October 18, 2014
Wedding – Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA
Reception – La Maison Creole, Harvey, LA

Bridal portraits

Bridal portraits


Bridal prep

Bridal prep


Bride dressing

Bride dressing


Bride and bridesmaids

Bride and bridesmaids


Groom and groomsmen

Groom and groomsmen


Bride church entrance

Bride church entrance


Wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony


First kiss

First kiss


Bride and groom portraits

Bride and groom portraits


La Maison Creole reception details

La Maison Creole reception details


Bride and groom enter

Bride and groom enter


First dance

First dance


Reception dancing

Reception dancing


Wedding cake

Wedding cake


Wedding cake cutting

Wedding cake cutting


Reception fun

Reception fun


Garter toss

Garter toss


Bride and groom exit

Bride and groom exit

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.

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Katie | City Park, NOMA | New Orleans, LA | Bridal Photography

Katie – Bridal Portrait Photography
City Park, NOMA Museum, New Orleans, LA

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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.

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Shatari & Joseph | Champagne Palace | New Orleans, LA | Wedding Photography

Shatari & Joseph – October 11, 2014
Pre-ceremony – Marriott Metairie at Lakeway
Wedding & Reception – The Champagne Palace, New Orleans, LA

Wedding dress and flowers

Wedding dress and flowers


Bride's shoes

Bride’s shoes


Bride in dress

Bride in dress


Bride with causeway bridge

Bride with causeway bridge


Groom at Champagne Palace

Groom at Champagne Palace


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Bride enters ceremony


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Wedding ceremony


First kiss

First kiss


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Recessional


Bride and groom at Champagne Palace

Bride and groom at Champagne Palace


Wedding cake

Wedding cake


First dance

First dance


Cake cutting

Cake cutting


Reception dancing

Reception dancing


Second line dance

Second line dance

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.

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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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