Friday, August 17, 2018

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!

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