Monday, July 15, 2019

Keeping it simple- a quick engagement and a TUESDAY wedding

This engagement may go down as my shortest one I've ever worked with- just 2 months. But here's the good story....

 Luke is in the USMC, and he and Lexi had been in the friend zone for a long time - like lots of years in the friend zone. Their faith and family had tons in common. They lived in separate towns, and one day while on leave, Luke got in touch with his good friend, Lexi. They went to hang out and see if it might be more than a friendship that they had, and sure enough... She got in the car after that first date and said to herself "I'm going to marry him!" He knew the same, and was sold. 

He then was deployed for a few months, and sometime during all that, he popped the question and Lexi said yes. :)  

The two of them didn't care for the wedding process to be complicated, especially since Luke was being moved to a different military base soon. So, they looked at a few dates within the next two months, and finally decided on a TUESDAY, 5-14-19. And what better way can you spend a Tuesday evening? (except maybe at Taco Tuesday- just kidding Lexi). Plus, many wedding vendors, including myself, have special rates and discounts for weekday weddings, so they saved a lot of $. 



Greenwood Plantation has a beautiful setup 100% of the time, so the was an easy choice for this smaller wedding. They did a first look, which enabled us plenty of private time to take some gorgeous photos of the two of them. 





Lexi + Luke have to be the happiest couple I've photographed in a long time, and that makes such a difference in beautiful wedding pictures. Perhaps a short engagement and a Tuesday wedding is the ticket!




Secret handshake anyone?







Monday, July 8, 2019

Converting over to social....

Have you ever read the book Essentialism by Greg Kowen? It's a fabulous book about keeping things (stuff, time, activities) in your life SIMPLE. It's been a concept that doesn't come naturally to me, but in applying it, I'm loving the effect of simplifying, of saying no, and only saying "yes" to the things that truly matter and are worth my time. I've cleaned out my closet. I'm working on cleaning out my shed, my kitchen, and my calendar.

Let's take this blog for example. There is no phone app for blogging anymore. If I blog, put up a facebook post, and put something on instagram from every photo shoot I did, it would take over an hour each to get that done. Not to mention, it's triplicate work.

I like looking back through the blog, so I'm not totally discontinuing it. But, in efforts to SIMPLIFY and actually get pictures out there quicker, easier, and more consistently, I'm steering away from this blog and focusing efforts on the social media pages I love and can quickly post to- specifically our Instagram and Facebook pages. Plus, all of our current full proofing galleries are easy to scroll through and see all in one place.

Here are the links, and I hope to meet you there! PS check out the Essentialism book...
Tara

Friday, September 28, 2018

Bree + Tim

Bree and Tim's wedding was neat to me for a couple reasons, one being that my husband was the officiant! Josh is the preacher at the cowboy church in Zachary (Cross Creek Cowboy Church) and doesn't officiate too many weddings, but Bree and Tim thought that he would be a great fit for them.
We got to attend the rehearsal the Thursday night before the wedding, and enjoyed getting to know some more of their family members.

Enjoy!


















Venues- Chapel at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gabriel's House of Events
DJ - DJ Kool-Aid, Plaquemine
Makeup - Kristi Waldrop
Hair - H&Co by Hope
Florist - Sloane Florist, Plaquemine
Cakes - Ms. Lillian Broussard
Catering - Gabriel's House of Events
Dress - Bridal Boutique
Decor - Gabriel's House of Events


Friday, August 17, 2018

Andrea & Jason- small wedding at the Bluffs

Andrea and Jason's small family-only wedding at the Bluffs of St. Francisville was very sweet. Andrea works in property management, and Jason is into golfing. Their vacation home is at the Bluffs, and it seemed like the perfect place to do a small wedding. 





Between the two of them, they have 5 kids and 2 grandchildren who were fun to photograph.




Congratulations, y'all!

Dunleith Plantation = a great place for a Wednesday destination tiny wedding

Dunleith Plantation in Natchez- y'all- it's stunning. The grounds are gorgeous, the house is clean and well-cared for, the rooms and hallways are spacious, the porches are spotless, and the light is perfect on front, back, and sides for photography. Weddings that I've done there have had amazing food as well.



Valerie & Brendan, coming from New Orleans, wanted to keep their wedding very small and simple. They love to travel and explore together, so when they recently explored Natchez and saw Dunleith, they decided THAT was the place they should get married. So, they scheduled the wedding for a random Wednesday afternoon, got the JP, photographer, venue, and cake, and voila- wedding.




Valerie was so very sweet, and always entertained by Brendan. She told me that she actually picked out two dresses and couldn't decide, so she let Brendan see both of them and help her decide. Regardless of already seeing her in that dress, he was enamored by her when she came down the steps, ready for the tiny justice of the peace ceremony.


Just as we were about to start the ceremony, with only me, Ginnie (the site coordinator) and the judge as witnesses, in walks this couple. They had met at the bar the night before and ended up going swimming together, and somewhere in the drunken mix, Valerie & Brendan invited them to the wedding ceremony.




After the short ceremony with the judge, we did a little cake-cutting and then a portrait session around Dunleith. The little greenhouse was a request by Valerie, because she wants a greenhouse in her future, and those ended up being some of my favorite images from the day.






I can't think of much better way to spend a Wednesday evening than photographing a wedding like this.

PS- A couple interesting note about the two- Brendan is a horse & carriage driver in New Orleans, and they together own a New Orleans VRBO!





Friday, May 25, 2018

Kelsey and Caleb's wedding, Jackson, Louisiana

Kelsey and Caleb have been together since high school. They got married in the little town of Jackson, Louisiana, where they met and lived (and will live) life together, which also happens to be my favorite town.
I'm so happy to have Kelsey and Caleb as part of our community and so happy to have been a part of their wedding.










TM


Hair/Makeup: Katey Slaughter @ Ruby Salon
Florist: Billy Heroman's
Cakes: Ambrosia Bakery, Surreal Creations
Catering: Charles Lanoue
Dress: Bustle
DJ/Band: Jude Quebedeaux @ Classic Sounds by Jude
Jewelry: Patrick's Fine Jewelry
Painter: Alex Harvie Live Paintings
Other: Tiger Rentals
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