Friday, April 27, 2018

Who says weddings have to be big?

One side of weddings that I don't show too often is the super-small weddings that I get to do. It's not unusual for me to be one of 12 guests at a wedding from time to time. Kevin Dreher (our local small wedding officiant) and I have worked MANY of these weddings together. St. Francisville is a perfect place for small destination weddings in Louisiana. We have the oak trees, lots of bed & breakfasts, and lots of beauty and warm days.

Sheen and Tim had just their kids and a few family members and friends at their Saturday evening wedding at Shadetree Inn. Guests included the B&B owner, KW, and his dog.

The ceremony was short and sweet, held on the ridge below the swing at Shadetree Inn's back yard. Sheena made her own bouquet.

For me personally, small weddings are fabulous because 1. they're a little lower stress, and 2. the couple always allows me plenty of time for a portrait session of the two of them. They don't have 300 guests waiting to visit with them, so we can take our time and go around the facilities to look for great light and portrait locations.

After portraits, signing the license, and a toast, the family just played on the swings and visited.

Congratulations, Sheena and Tim. Thank you for having me as one of the few in attendance at your wedding!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Local wedding vendors - a styled, yet real, engagement party

Y'all, I'm a big fan of using quality local businesses whenever possible. It's not just a courtesy- it's an opportunity to help friends, make new friends, and help our community as a whole.

I live in out in the country in St. Francisville, which is on the outskirts of a few small towns that sort of run together. I get gas in St. Francisville, bank in Jackson, go to church in Zachary, and get my animal feed in Ethel, and go to Wal-Mart (if I have to) in New Roads. Weddings around here are the same way. We may not have all the vendors in one town, but we do have some really good vendors around, and many of us love the small town life, or work out of our country homes, yet want to be found.

So, I had this idea- what if we put together a Feliciana parishes wedding vendors styled shoot, to get a few of these high-quality small town wedding vendors all in one place?

First, I visited with Heather from Taylor Claire Lettering. Heather and I had worked together for another styled shoot, and that's where I discovered that her work is so beautiful! Heather does custom lettering and calligraphy for signs, chalkboards, invitation addressing, invitations, and place settings, just to name a few. If you need something written, she has 3 different styles of writing that she can do. She lives in the middle of nowhere in St. Francisville, on the other side of West Feliciana Parish from me, works out of her country home, and delivers or ships the products out to her clients.

Next, I visited with Alysia Brown, our local small town florist in her home-based business, The Sheepish Lion. Alysia and I met right before she launched her business. She is very family-focused florist who does event flowers from her home. She and I had done one wedding together, and her whimsical style is admirable, yet her customer service is even more so! Alysia focuses on weddings and events for her flowers, and does a few wreaths at our local festival, Christmas in the Country.

Last, I called some coordinators from Clinton who I've worked with for a couple weddings- Southern Standard Events by Lindsey and Brandy Hornsby. These ladies are married to two brothers and live across from each other on a country road outside of Clinton.
They were putting plans together for something they've been wanting to do for a long time- a backyard Kentucky Derby themed engagement party for Brandy's daughter, Preslie. Since they already had a date and a place together, it was so easy for us all to simply tag along and add our flair to the party.

In true coordinator form, and much to my relief, the SSE girls took the coordinating from that point on. They met with Alysia and Heather and everyone got their ducks in a row to be ready for March 24th in Brandy's back yard.

Caryn Roland of Heirloom Cuisine, who lives and works in a rural St. Francisville location, and her staff catered the party. Heirloom Cuisine may be from a small town, but the company is an award-winning, extremely popular catering company in the Baton Rouge area.

Yes, these were amazing.

I wasn't sure if people would actually dress up in derby attire or not, but surprisingly, most people did! Even the men were looking sharp in their suits, and the ladies' hats were fun to photograph. :)

Yard games were a hit with the kids, and sangria and mint juleps were popular with the adults. Lindsey's husband played a few songs while the guests enjoyed the view past the pool, and Preslie and Zach opened gifts.

One neat piece of entertainment was the "how well do you know the bride and groom" sheet for guests to fill out.  This would be so much fun at a wedding too!

So, in summary, as you can see, this party was a really fun, relaxing, beautiful event thanks to some of the fabulous small-town vendors. :)


Friday, April 13, 2018

Photographing a friend's wedding- James and Kelly, New Roads wedding, Erwinville, Louisiana wedding

James is a sort of long-time friend of ours from team roping and ranch rodeos, and he went to school with my husband also. I had not met Kelly before, but when called me and came in to meet, I felt like instant friends. James couldn't have picked a sweeter woman to be his bride.

It was a blast being there with friends and photographing this wedding.

That lady in the back though... LOL

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