I had the pleasure of photographing Ashley and JP Rosenbaum's baby shower last week at General Assembly. The couple met and fell in love on season 7 of the Bachelorette and are expecting their first baby in October. The event was hosted by Minted and was filled with lovely paper banners and others fun decorations styled by my friend Ara of Rock Paper Scissors Events!
It is always such a pleasure to photograph a wedding in New Orleans, especially in the French Quarter! And it goes double when the groom is a family member. My cousin Bennett married his longtime sweetheart Lauren at Latrobe's on Royal in early June. The ceremony was performed on site by their pastor to a standing-room only crowd in the historic bank building's converted carriage house.
Following family portraits on the nearby courthouse steps, the party got started! I can't even post some of the photos here, seriously, this crowd was wild! :) However, my favorite dance floor moment was when I noticed the groom's mother, my Aunt, posing for a photo with the bride and bridesmaids. Normally, this wouldn't be a surprising sight, but I was so pleased she was even still at the wedding! (Due to a health condition, my Aunt didn't expect to stay after the ceremony) And then something amazing happened, she started dancing and didn't stop until THE END! It was such a beautiful thing and I still get teary eyed thinking about it because she was THERE, having the time of her life and no one saw that coming! (There is a photo below of her dancing with Bennett, surrounded by the party.) She told me later on she was feeling good and decided to stay after the portraits and it was perhaps the positive energy in the room that overwhelmed her. I kinda think it was a little miracle.
The second line took the guests from Latrobe's to Pat O'Brien's for the after party. Normally, I'd be high tailing it home for some sleep. Not that night. I had a flight back to New York at 6 am the next morning, and my Australian cousin Aimee was also scheduled on an early. So we made the only logical decision: stay up! Once everyone else left Pat O's, we found another watering hole and eventually made a stop a Cafe Du Monde about 3 am before heading to the airport. Won't be doing that again anytime soon, but it was the perfect ending to a perfectly New Orleans wedding.
- Venue: Latrobe’s on Royal
- Candles: Luminious Events
- Florist: Meade Wenzel
- Videographer: Studio Vieux Carre
- Cake: La Louisiane
- Band: Phat Hat
- Dress: From mother’s dress
- Shoes: Badgley Mischka
- Bridesmaid Dresses: Allure
On a misty, rainy day in March I met with Lauren, her mom and future mother-in-law in City Park's Botanic Garden. The light was soft and delicate, just like Lauren's pretty dress created out of part of her mother's own wedding dress! The back is just gorgeous.
It is very much a Southern tradition to take bridal photos before a wedding typically for display at the wedding. It can also be a great opportunity to try hair and make-up options out as well.
Lauren and Bennett's French Quarter wedding is coming up next!
In yesterday's post profiling Charlotte and Tyler's rehearsal dinner, there was a threat of rain on the wedding day. Thankfully, the rain held off until just as the ceremony concluded! Additionally, the rain gave us a fantastic rainbow during cocktail hour. I love photographing weddings with many meaningful family heirlooms and traditions. Charlotte's veil dates back many generations (I believe it is 200 years old?) and she entered her name in a family prayer book filled with the wedding dates and names of her foremothers. On the groom's side, the cake topper is a family heirloom.
Tyler gave a moving speech to his new bride during the reception and presented her with her own life jacket for future white water rafting trips together. Of course, I was also touched by the symbolic meaning of such a gift. Charlotte is a lucky gal!
Thank you to Charlotte, Tyler and their families for allowing MIho and I to document this special day!
Vendor Credits Below
- Ceremony Location: Private Home
- Reception Location: Private Club, Locust Valley, New York
- Flowers: Petals
- Band: Encore by Wilson Stevens Productions
- Bride's Dress: Austin Scarlett
- Brides' Shoes: Badgley Mischka
- Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale
- Invitations: William Arthur
- Day of Coordinator: Latha Youngren
- Second Photographer: Miho Aikawa