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.