Sunday, March 5, 2017

Rebecca's bridal portraits, Woodville, Mississippi

Rebecca and Shannon got married this weekend, so I can finally publish her bridal portraits! We took them at Hampton Hall in Woodville, MS. This house is full of rich history, including an artist who once lived in the house.
When Rebecca's mom said she wanted to take pictures on the staircase, I tried to talk her out of it, because staircases are often SO BORING and tend to make unflattering pictures. This one, however, was quite the exception to the rule.

After most of the pictures at Hemstead Hall, we went over to the oldest methodist church in Mississippi, where the wedding ceremony was. I love the old doorways and stained glass windows in that church.
Rebecca's mom helped hold the veil while the wind blew to make it fall at the right angle. She was happy to jump in the bushes and get to work.

We had a good crew helping out, including her mom's best friend, Rebbie, who Rebecca is named after.
What a sweet day it was. :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Enjoying a small, family-oriented wedding

Kathryn and James have been living states apart and traveling nearly every weekend to see each other for a couple years. They are both quiet and reserved people, and they had a small family wedding in their families' hometown of Abbeville, Louisiana, near Lafayette.

Kathryn and James got ready for the wedding at the Caldwell House, a historical house in the downtown area of Abbeville, not far from the church. It's a small venue with a lot of room in the outdoor porches.

Kathryn got ready upstairs, and then did a little first look with her dad. Although the weather was REALLY cold that weekend (20 degrees), she was brave and went outside for some bridal portraits around the church.
One thing I remember most about my Granny is her hands.

Kathryn and James did their first look in between warming up in the church foyer. Once Kathryn and James saw each other and got to talk to each other, it was obvious that their nerves subsided. They started giggling and whispering, and their body language loosened up for pictures, despite the frigid wind.

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Abbeville is probably one of the most beautiful churches I've ever seen.

The half mass was very sweet and intimate. Kathryn's parents and grandparents were all married in this church.

The reception was a laid back family gathering. The food is one of my favorite parts about getting to go to weddings. Don's Catering made this really good brisket beef that I thought was out of this world, and then I tried the groom's stacked king cake. Amazing.

There was a little dancing and visiting at the reception, but one of the sweetest moments was when Kathryn leaned on her dad to just visit with him for a minute.

Kathryn and James chose a small two piece band to entertain, and they did a fabulous job. This lady could sing like nothing else I've ever heard. She really needs to be known in areas further than Lafayette, LA. The man with her did percussion and sang with her, and it was a great combination. They interacted with the crowd, took requests, and kept everyone dancing.

Thank you, Aymond family, for letting me be a part of this wedding.

Venues: St. Mary Magdelene Catholic Church, The Caldwell House
Catering: Don's Catering
Photography: Tara Marie Photography
2nd Photographer: Danielle

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Using Pinterest for wedding planning and coordinating with your wedding vendors

When I got married, there was no Pinterest, but how did I ever do without it??? Pinterest is my VERY FAVORITE wedding tool, especially now that I am a wedding vendor. 

Before I show up to photograph a wedding, I study the bride's Pinterest board, if they have shared one with me.  It helps me customize each and every wedding day photography session, engagement portrait session, and bridal portrait session for exactly what my brides have in mind.
Alyssa's Pinterest board that I studied before the wedding day.

Pinterest can be used to: 
Plan colors, flowers, dresses, desired wedding pictures, cakes, decor, activities, favors, and so much more.

You can share your Pinterest board with:
Your dress shop to help them find you "the dress."
Your florist so they'll get the right colors
Your bridesmaids, so they'll feel included
Your maid of honor who is wanting to help you plan
Your photographer, so she/he will know what style of photography is important to you

This board is shared with four people.

If you're new to Pinterest (get ready for a wonderful, obsessive addiction for the first few days), here's an overview. 

  • Pinterest is just like having a bunch of blank bulletin boards on a huge, white wall, with magazines, pins, and scissors all over the floor in front of you. You pin the digital pictures that you are inspired by onto categorized boards. 
  • Pictures to pin can be found on Pinterest or on any website. For example, if you want to create a registry board, you can pin pictures from Bed Bath and Beyond or Pottery Barn's websites.
  • A Pinterest board can be public or private.
  • You can share a Pinterest board with others to view, or you can collaborate by adding people to pin to your board with you.
  • You can view anyone's public boards.
  • You can follow and unfollow boards and people ("pinners"). 

  1.  From a computer, set up your Pinterest account, or change the name of your account to make sure it's unique. TIP: use your name so friends can find you, but if you have a common name, add your middle initial or something to help others find you better. 
  2. Create a new board for your wedding. TIP: Use a unique name for the board, including your name or your initials. For example, it could be J+T = 3-4-16  in the board title.
  3. Pin away! Pin everything on one wedding board, or have separate boards for each type of vendor.  Examples include your dress ideas, colors, requested photos, etc.
  4. Edit your board often. If you do away with a color or change an idea, delete the pin.
  5. Send a link from your public board to your florist, your dress shop, your photographer, coordinator, friends helping decorate, your printing company- all ideas in one place, just like the old fashioned wedding binder.  
  1. Mobile: Click the paper airplane at the top of any Pin or board.
    Desktop: Click on your board, then click the three dots above (...) to send it several different ways. I prefer to be emailed a direct link, because I save my brides' Pinterest board links in their database. 

Optional - Install the Pinterest App on your mobile device to keep your ideas on your ipad, phone, and more. 

Optional - To pin things from other websites, install the "Pin It" button (instructions). This will allow you to pin from vendor websites, magazine websites, and more. 
  1. The Pin it button is the red P.
 TIP: This is the only way to share a secret board that I've been able to find.
  1. Once you’ve created the board, push the PLUS button beside the board title. 
  2. Type in the first and last name of the person you would like to add as a contributor (or type in their email address). 
  3. You can invite a) people you follow on Pinterest  b)Facebook friends (if your Pinterest is linked with your facebook) c) someone by email address. 
See the plus button?

Example: if you want to share with me, share the board to me via Pinterest or via emailing me the link to your board.
  1. Add as many people as you'd like, but know that they'll all be able to pin to your board and see all of your pins.
 TIP 3: Make your board have a unique name,  because your wedding vendors will be following a few brides' boards.

Ellen helped me out by putting a unique name on her secret board, so I can easily find her board versus any of my other brides' boards.

Well,  there you go- a complete Pinterest tutorial. I hope you'll enjoy sharing and pinning, and I apologize for your new obsession if you're new to this. :)

If you're one of my brides, please share your board with me!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Allison and Blake

Allison and Blake's wedding. Where to start?

First of all, let's state that this wedding was supposed to be on 10/7. It was delayed to try to get it at St. Mary's after all the much-needed renovations were complete. However, St. Mary's really did need a LOT of renovations, and that continued to delay the process. So, Allison and Blake got married at the newer sister church, Immaculate Conception in Lakeland.

It got dark right as it was time to do pictures of the wedding party. It was COLD outside, but the girls braved the weather for the pictures!

Blake's Pawpaw was chauffer of the night with his antique car. On the way to pick up the moms, the car's lights didn't want to work. I volunteered to follow him on the way to the church, but that man was driving so fast I couldn't keep up!

Kelsey and Brett's little boy, Tucker, was in the wedding, and he and I became friends this time. :) The kids got down to the altar and then turned back around and loudly ran around the echoing church for a while. I thought the priest was going to call them out there for a minute.

Mrs. Sarita played the piano and Debbie sang (I had done head shots for Debbie this year and it was good to see her again.)

Once the ceremony got moving, the priest was about to do communion and realized that the vows had not been done yet. We all laughed and he proceeded with the vows.

Family pictures were really important to Allison and Blake, so we took plenty of time on those.

Kelsey somewhat behaved herself during the pictures of the bridesmaids with Blake.

As we were doing the pictures in front of the church, the bridesmaids and groomsmen were in the limo watching and whistling at Allison and Blake.

The couple took off in the antique car to the reception.

I had thought Allison told me they were expecting 100 guests, but it was actually 600! The civic center is the best place in New Roads for large crowds at weddings, and I love when they decorate with these things coming down from the ceiling.

The reception had a New Orleans flair to it, complete with a Saints cake, Mardi Gras beads, and a second line.  The best moment of the reception for me was a tie. It was either when they played "Jambalaya" and these three guys got down and "rowed their pirot down the bayou," or when the second line song came on, and Blake was nowhere to be found, so his Pawpaw took his place and went with Allison around the room.

It was a loud, fun wedding with a big group of friends and family, just like a south Louisiana wedding ought to be.


Photographer: Tara Marie Photography, Tara Morris & Danielle Aucoin
Bride's Cake: Michelle Weller
Groom's Cake: Baking on the Bayou
 Church: Immaculate Conception, Lakeland, LA
Reception: Scott Civic Center, New Roads, LA

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