Destination Wedding Photographer

Lexie + Trevor

I've been sitting here with the cursor blinking at me for what seems like forever. Blink. Blink. Blink. Words still aren't coming to me. Below is a wedding that means to me way more than words can describe. I honestly wish I could just take all of you there, even if just for a few moments. Each and every wedding I photograph is so individually special and perfect and beautiful to me; but every so often a couple, and a venue, and a locale, and their friends and family will stop you dead in your tracks. This was that wedding. You probably remember Alexis and Trevor from our super short, but ridiculously beautiful Brooklyn engagement session a couple of months back. They were nervous as all get out, but I still made them take pictures with me, and I'm so glad we did. The wedding day rolls around, I had arrived in New Orleans just a couple of days earlier and had spent my time exploring with my little family, stuffing my face with beignets, and listening to street musicians in the French Quarter for what seemed like hours at a time. We had a touch of rain in the morning, no problem, I figured. Turns out, it wasn't. It stopped just minutes before we were to get off the bus to take some portraits. There's just so many bits and pieces I wish I could gush about this day for hours a time, but I guess I'll just have to save that for another time. We're talking beautiful sun peaking through the clouds, Spanish moss hanging off of seemingly every tree in sight, a gorgeous ceremony venue surrounded by ridiculously cool family members and friends. Then there was the reading. Rather than a poem or some scripture, Trevor and Alexis opted to have their friends read snippets of their GChat conversations from some six or seven years earlier, before they were even dating. People were rolling in their seats for a good ten minutes. It was so indescribably "them."

There was just so much here. So much to see. So much beauty. So much love and happiness. The music was in the air from three different extremely talented bands, and everyone was there to have as much fun as they could possibly muster. The "Second Line" through the streets following dinner en route to dancing was one of the most magical things I've had the opportunity to photograph (and just maybe caused me to shed a tear or twelve behind my camera...I mean...it was just humid?). Just so, so much goodness. My dreams. An additional defining moment in this beautiful art form I get to call a job.

So sit back, drink some coffee, and come along with me to the beautiful land known as NOLA. This post is a doozy, but I promise it'll be well worth it.

New Orleans, LA :: 10.11.14

Preparation Venue :: Roosevelt Hotel

Ceremony Venue :: Audubon Park

Dinner Venue :: Arnaud's and French75

Dancing Venue :: New Orleans House of Blues

Planning :: Mint Julep Productions

Brass Band :: Kinfolk Brass Band

Reception Band :: Ask the Thomas Bros.

Second Shooter :: Ben Hood

Joel + Marcelle

Goodness, this wedding meant so much to me. I've known Joel and his siblings for years, and got the chance to photograph his sister, Christianne's wedding earlier in 2012 so it was such a ridiculous honor to be asked to document his and Marcelle's day as well. Here's the kicker though, they wanted to take this thing on the road and bring friends and family with them to a new destination; one a bit further down the map than Michigan. So all of their favorite people piled into cars and airplanes and made the trek to beautiful Nashville, TN for a weekend to remember. There was wineries, dueling piano bars, cocktail parties and late-night adventures. One of my favorite things about destination weddings is the time that I get to spend with the friends and family leading up to the wedding day. That mutual trust and friendship that is formed by living down the hall from people for a couple days prior makes some magic happen. Everyone is relaxed, having a great time, and I'm just there without any notice, able to tell that story as an insider. When I first met with Joel and Marcelle, they explained about how they wanted a laid back, yet swanky candle-lit 1940's affair. It's safe to say they tackled that in a ridiculous renovated train station. I loved every second of the weekend and I can't thank the two of them enough for allowing me the chance to tell this story.

Cheers.

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Nashville, TN :: 08.19.12

Ceremony + Reception Venue :: Union Station Hotel

Band :: Marino Music

Florist :: Belle's Fleurs

Cake :: The Sweetest Day