Coastal Engagement Session: Mckae + Ethan | Mandeville Wedding Photographer

“And I know you are the last thought, breath, and wish I will ever have, take, or make, because you are the daydream I am supposed to have for the rest of my life.”

I love photographing a girl in love. There are times in photographs that the heart, soul, and joy of her existence radiate right through into each snapshot in time. This is Mckae. As I sat flipping through her and Ethan’s finished gallery of images yesterday, my heart was so full of the contentment I felt from the both of them.

I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from their beachy engagement session!

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

From her personality to her clothing, Mckae is so delicate and dainty–being a girly girl myself, this was quite alright with me. (:

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae and Ethan, your connection absolutely stole my heart. I cannot wait to watch you two enter into this next step of life together.

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

Mckae + Ethan

In the spirit of engagements and love, just a little reminder about the SUMMER SALE I have going on:

From now until August 31, 2017 I am offering $500 OFF of select Wedding Photography Collections!

Email me if you’d like more info! Newly engaged? Know someone who is? Share this info with them.

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Spring Dinner with Lauren + Emma | New Orleans Lifestyle Photographer

“For just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there’s nothing else. It’s here, and you’d better decide to enjoy it or you’re going to be miserable wherever you go, for the rest of your life, forever. —Lev Grossman, The Magicians S”
Erin Loechner, Chasing Slow

I was gifted with the honor of crossing paths with Lauren a couple of years ago, and every day since, I remain baffled by the humor, talent, and graceful heart she possesses. Lauren is one of those people that you see online and likely think to yourself, “There’s no way this girl’s life is real.” I’ve watched her pour her heart and soul into her daughter, her home, and the things that fulfill her most, truly content with the time, talent, and people life has given her.

For those of you who don’t know Lauren, she’s an incredible photographer and an equally amazing cook. In between busy schedules, we try to get together for yummy dinners, heartfelt chats, and some girly laughs as often as possible. I took my camera over to her house when she invited me over for dinner and captured a few sweet photos of her and Emma whipping up the best meal.

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Emma lives the most colorful life for a toddler. From art projects to gardening, cooking together to traveling the world, Lauren is always so involved with keeping her ever-developing mind active and engaged. If you’ve ever met Emma you know just how much her little voice livens up any room…

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

While we waited on dinner to cook, we spent time soaking in the sunset on the rocking chairs of Lauren’s 100+ year-old beautiful home and adventured into the woods behind the house for a little swing in the Hammock. 

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

On our walk towards the Hammock, Emma stopped to show me the garden they had recently planted and told me that “We have to find a way for the animals not to eat her vegetables at night!”

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Lauren, the world truly is a little more enchanting with your hilarious side jokes, breathtaking eye for all things lovely, and graceful soul. Umm, and definitely your delicious meals…

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

Dinner with Lauren + Emma

If you are interested in a casual Lifestyle Session of this nature in your own home or on one of your family’s adventures. Please, contact me! I’d love to document the activities, places, and people that bring you the most joy in life!

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Dreamy Louisiana Plantation Wedding | Krystal + Nick: New Orleans Wedding Photography

“The heart is not like a box that gets filled up; it expands in size the more you love.”

This is a quote taken from the movie Her but reminded me so much of the capacity for love Krystal so clearly possesses and exudes.  From her positive attitude to the souls she surrounds herself, she is comprised of so much love and light.

Nothing I could say in this blog post though could portray more accurately Krystal’s aura or Nick’s admiration for her more than the words he wrote her that morning…

“Krystal, how do I even begin to express the way I feel about you into words? Just know that the length of this letter and the simplicity of words do not reflect the true meaning of my love for you. I wanted to take the time to explain some simple words I say to you all of the time, I love you.

I. When I say I, I mean all of me. It’s everything I’ve got; everything about me. My last dime, my last ounce, my last second, will be for you. I put everything I’ve got behind that first word.

I promise to offer the best of me for the rest of my life.”

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

“Love. Such a powerful word that gets used quite a bit. I don’t want that to drown this out.

To me it’s that word in the phrase that connects us. Everything I’ve got connecting with everything you’ve got. Love is everything in this marriage. No matter what we face, we’ve got to face it together, and build everything. I feel like we can take on the world with our love.”

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

“You. This is an easy one. This is me loving you. All of you. Everything about you.

No matter what you feel, think, or say about yourself, just know that I will love it all. You are the most beautiful person I have ever met.

You have an amazing heart that pours love for not just me, but for everyone close to us.

You are super gorgeous. I probably poke my chest out when you are on my arm. It’s just subconscious. You’ll have to get used to it. I’m proud of you.

You know how to take care of me and you know how to bring the best out of me. I love that you know me so well.”

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

“It feels so right marrying you. Easy decision. Best decision of my life to ask for your hand in marriage. Let’s go celebrate with our families…”

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

“Now you know what I mean when I say, ‘I love you.’ When I leave for work in the morning in a rush and I say this, it still has every ounce of meaning behind it, always will.

I’m excited for today and so excited to begin the next chapter. I love you.”

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Venue: Destrehan Plantation  –  Photo: Kali Norton  –  Video: Brock Gomez Productions  –  Hair + Makeup: Ivory Rose Beauty Co.  –  Florals: Something Borrowed Blooms  –  DJ: Quinn Landry, White Oak Productions

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

If Nick’s heartfelt letter didn’t bring you close enough to tears, watch the highlight reel of their day, by our friends at Brock Gomez Productions.

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New Orleans Terrell House Wedding | Marlo + Rachel: New Orleans Destination Wedding Photographer

Back when arranged marriages were the norm, couples were generally kept apart and not allowed to see each other before the ceremony actually took place. In the event that the bride was undesirable, the groom may have wanted to call off the wedding. When you consider the purpose of arranged marriages (think: political alliances, securing land and wealth, keeping specific families in power, etc.), it would be fairly embarrassing and shameful to the family should the groom be given the chance to change his mind. So, as a result, the groom and bride were forbidden to see each other prior to the ceremony. This is in keeping with the same purpose of the bride having a veil as well.

Nowadays, the tradition has simply carried over and the meaning has changed significantly. Some consider it bad luck (amounting to purely superstition), while others think it simply makes the event more special and exciting.

Marlo and Rachel chose to spend the day getting ready WITH one another. While they had separate bedrooms where they spent time among close friends, they soaked in various moments and sentiments of the day together, as well. Seeing the two of them enjoy such a monumental day unfold with one another was like a huge gust of fresh, cool air on a hot summer day.

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel and Marlo live in Austin, but they found The Terrell House to be a perfect place for them and their out of town guests to enjoy a Spring destination wedding in New Orleans.

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Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

The love, support, and genuinity present during their day was palpable–the kind that leaves you with the most soul-fulfilling feeling. Since they live in Austin and their wedding was a destination wedding, I wanted to make sure I got to get to know the two of them a bit before the wedding day. They came down a few months before the wedding and we had small bites and drinks at Shaya on Magazine Street where I truly left with the “these are my kind of people” feeling. (Side note: If you’ve never been to Shaya, do yourself a favor and make reservations ASAP. The culinary experience DOES NOT disappoint).

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

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Oh man, I love the feeling of a Spring Wedding in New Orleans.

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Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

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What’s better than enjoying a few quiet moments and a glass of rose’ with the love of your life before a monumental life event?

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Most of Marlo and Rachel’s guests stayed at the Terrell House and the guest houses across the street. It was so fun getting to know the various faces and personalities in their lives throughout the day.

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

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Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

They were accompanied down the aisle with their son, Liam, thankfully dodging the predicted rain for the day.

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

I’ve shot a lot of New Orleans Weddings, but Rachel and Marlo’s may have been one of the most authentically Nola weddings I’ve experienced, to date. From the feel of the historic Terrell House Bed & Breakfast to Velvet, the tarot card reader at their reception, it was one for the books.

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

My absolute favorite part of New Orleans receptions is a good ole’ Second Line down the block. Rachel and Marlo had Treme Brass Band lead their guests a few blocks down to the bar where they’d continue the night’s after-wedding festivities.

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel + Marlo Wedding

Rachel and Marlo, thank you for welcoming us into your New Orleans Elopement, treating us like family, and allowing us to document the love and respect that so clearly embodies and surrounds the two of you. I cannot wait to visit Austin and catch up over good food and drinks with the two of you there!

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To Live, Will Be An Awfully Big Adventure | Awaiting Baby: Lincoln Maternity Photographer

“To live, will be an awfully big adventure.”  – Peter Pan

With Peter Pan as the theme for baby boy’s nursery and having watched my sweet girl take leaps of faith, even in extreme fear, in her life, I found this quote only fitting for the introduction to this post.

Stacy and I met via a random phone call during a time of need and transitional period in both of our lives. We instantly “clicked,” but little did we know at that time, just how much value we would find in each other’s friendship from almost 1,000 miles apart. Over the past five years, not much has kept us from keeping in touch weekly on the deepest, darkest, and happiest of sentiments. Here’s to a lifelong friendship of growing old and phone calls that start with a huge sigh and “Okay, don’t judge me…”

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

I still remember the nervous phone call I received before her first date with Chase, the texts leading up to her realizing things could be serious, and the day she called to tell me the news of their engagement.

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

One of the most exciting texts I’ve received though, was a completely unexpected video of her sharing with Chase that he was going to be a daddy.

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

I spent the past weekend with Stacy, Chase, and her boys. Even more so than after their wedding day, I left the Midwest this time with such a full heart for the life Stacy and Chase have created with one another. We spent the weekend grilling out with close friends, eating too many chips and guac, and attending her boys’ soccer games.

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Stacy Maternity

Her boys are so lucky to have such loving, steadfast examples of men as father figures in their lives. I got to watch as they excelled in their soccer games with three wonderfully supportive parents cheering them on, practicing sports with them, and speaking words of encouragement when their spirits were down. This little boy is undoubtedly entering into an environment filled with love.Stacy Maternity

Stacy Maternity

Stacy and Chase, I cannot wait to make a trip back for my first meeting with Baby O and hopefully experiencing my first Midwestern snow.Stacy MaternityStacy MaternityStacy Maternity

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