Monday, June 5, 2017

A laugher-filled, concert styled backyard wedding (Jenn and Fitz,4-22-17)

Occasionally, I'll have wedding clients who don't want to do any of the traditional posed wedding pictures, and instead of covering that like a wedding, I get to photograph it like an event. It's very different, and more artistic, than my usual wedding coverage, and I enjoy it a lot.  This was one of those. 

Jenn and Fitz's friends and family gathered in a Louisiana back yard from many corners of the United States to celebrate their wedding weekend. Although it was a smaller group, it was obvious that each guest was dear to Jenn and Fitz, and they seemed to spend time with each and every one of them.

During the ceremony, the officiant called out the different states that people had traveled from, and and each group did a cheer.

As Jenn walked down the isle, during the silence with only the music going, she suddenly waved and said "Hi, everybody!" I'm not sure who the officiant was, but obviously he was a friend and a jokester. As he was describing the rings, he said some comments about "rings are meant to be on your hands for years of tender touches" that made everyone laugh really hard.

Jenn and Fitz themselves live in Washington State, but he is from Louisiana, so they traveled to his home town for the backyard wedding- the same back yard where Emma and Stephan had their reception.

Jenn has an infectious laughter, and she and Fitz didn't want to waste time taking pictures or doing the wedding formalities. They simply mingled, hugged, danced, and visited the entire night.

Jenn and Fitz obviously highly value music, family, and especially friends. The band was fabulous the entire night. The reception felt more like an outdoor concert that you attend with your best friends, which is fitting since the couple met at The Gorge during a concert.

What a wonderful night of simply celebrating it was. Thank you both for letting me be a small part of this!

  This puppy of theirs was a hit throughout the night with his tux on.

Dress: Maggie Sottero couture purchased from I Do Bridal; Seattle- they are awesome!
Shoes/ Accessories:Shoes: Chloe
Earnings; Adorn Studio by Loren Peters, Portland, OR
Hat: Pinkham millinery by Dayna Pinkham, Portland, OR
Rings: have to check with the hubby
Catering: Heirloom Cuisine
Cakes: Nanette out of Baton Rouge
Florist: Herromans
Music/band: Dave Jordan and the NIA
Bar: Heirloom cuisine (labor) ; liquor provided by family member
Other: Kevin Couhig; wedding coordinator extraordinaire!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A destination wedding of two hunters in the woods they love the most.

Chance proposed to Meagan from a deer stand. They hunt a LOT together, which you wouldn't guess looking at Meagan. She has a petite, delicate beauty, but she's not afraid to shoot a gun and tromp around the woods in boots. Their wedding was themed around hunting. 

Meagan and Chance had the opportunity to get married at a beautiful, creekside lodge owned by a family member- wayyyy out in the middle of nowhere near Woodville, Mississippi.

The first thing I saw when I drove up to Meagan and Chance's venue was his mom and a couple other girls on a 4-wheeler. Throughout the evening, I also saw a 4x4 van, a loose cow, and a large rattlesnake on the road. This wedding was in the country for sure. 
This cow got loose on the road between the guys and the girls' getting ready location.

Yes, they left in this.

The ceremony, which was quite non-traditional, was held in a second spot on the creek. Instead of using the creek as the backdrop, though, Meagan and Chance decided to use the dirt and tree root bank as a backdrop for the sunset ceremony. Guests were seated on hay bales covered with blankets on the flat plateau along the creek dropoff. 

 The location was stupendous, but then on top of all that, Chance's mother owns a wedding rentals business, and she pulled out all the best for this wedding. There were antlers, beautiful table pieces, unique wooden chairs, rustic serving furniture, and more - all arranged in a circle around the dance floor, topped with globe lights draping over. 

Meagan didn't have a lot of time to do a bridal portrait session before the wedding, so we did one before the ceremony around the property. This is where I saw her fearless woods presence take over. 

The officiant was a friend of the family, and his outfit was an inside joke in the family. His "bible" held a flask, and his glove is a Michael Jackson knockoff. 

Chance has an identical twin brother, Chase, and Chase jokingly told me that when Meagan married Chance, she married both of them. 

 This crowd included some great dancers, but Meagan's dad took the award for best dancer! 

Venue: private, Woodville, Mississippi 
Catering: friends 

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

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