Monday, July 17, 2017

Best Kiss during the Ceremony Award goes to...

 Whitney and Bodie win the award for "best kiss during ceremony!"

It has been such a wet summer here in Louisiana, and thank goodness for our indoor plantation venues that are available!  This wedding at Greenwood Plantation was no exception. The ceremony continued on the porch, and the guests simply raised their umbrellas and enjoyed the show.

Whitney and Bodie have quite a history of riding horses and spending time in the country together. They're both from North Louisiana and South Arkansas, but they ended up getting married at this St. Francisville plantation because of Whitney's love for old plantation history. She came to Greenwood to visit years ago, and had always dreamed of getting married here. The venue, especially with its newest renovations, did not disappoint.

I later learned that both Whitney, Bodie, and many of their friends who were in the wedding attended the same college as I did- Southern Arkansas University! It was kind-of neat to reminisce and talk to people from that area.

That look that the groom gets on his face when he gets a great wedding day gift, compiled by the bride and the photographer... ;)

Here's another one- it started like this and then got lower!
Those daddy/daughter songs are a killer.
Venue- Greenwood Plantation
DJ - Geaux Live DJ
Flowers - Laurie Collins (friend)
Dress - Happily Ever After Shreveport

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 
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