New Orleans Wedding Photographer

Jessica + Aleks

New Orleans is always SO incredibly good to me. In 2017 I had the chance to re-visit this amazing city for two back-to-back weekends; kicking things off with Jessica + Aleks and the dream team they hired to make this day more incredible than words can even begin to describe. Every last detail, from prep at The Melrose Mansion, to the vintage Rolls to get to the ceremony, to the clear-top tent and incredible details at The Elms Mansion in the historic Garden District of New Orleans . It was all brought together by the insanely talented Brooke Casey Weddings to be a night I truly won't ever forget. 

Now, for Jessica + Aleks. The ever-loving, goofy grin-bearing couple that brought me to The Big Easy for this day. Their story is insane, and involves Aleks spotting Jessica in LAX days before meeting her for the first time (not knowing that his future held her being an associate attorney in his law office), and being smitten with her from the start, before he even knew her name. From Toronto to NOLA (and guests from around the world), they wanted this destination wedding to be fun, relaxed, and carry over a bit of that New Orleans magic Jessica had known was there since she was a little girl. I'll let the photos below speak to that, but I think all that magic and more was there. 

After a long blogging hiatus and an insanely busy 2017, I'm just glad to be back here again sharing these stories that I get the honor to tell, week in and week out. So follow along, because there's more goodness to be shown, and I'm itching to share these stories with the world. 

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