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Summer Elopement in Cancun | Alli + Steve: Mexico Wedding Photographer

“Now that I can talk to you from age forty, I can tell you–don’t worry, it’s all good. Life is the same, only better. Never perfect, never settled, never figured out, but ever beautifully flowing.”

– Garance Dore, Love Style Life

As I spent the week in Mexico laughing, dancing, and conversing with Alli and Steve’s nearest and dearest friends, it filled me with so much joy to be able to spend so much genuine time getting to know and love those who support them the most. I’ve known Alli since college, and without a shadow of a doubt, she’s deserving of the abundance of love and joy that is present in this season of her life. Alli is one of the most thoughtful, selfless, and positive humans I’ve ever had the pleasure of calling a friend, and after spending the week watching Steve completely and utterly dote on her and speak on the qualities he adores in her, I felt just how genuine the respect the two of them carry for one another is.

Alli and Steve eloped for a destination wedding in Cancun at Dreams Playa Mujeres Resort. This was my first time in Cancun and from the resort to the locals, food to the gorgeous sights, it was one of my most favorite trips, to date. In a blog post soon, I’ll post about the trip and personal adventures, specifically, so stay tuned! For now, enjoy these dreamy photos of their elopement!

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

One of my most favorite parts of the day is watching couples exchange letters. It always gives me a little glimpse into the little quirks between the two of them. Alli is a graphic designer and creative through and through, so naturally, her gift for Steve was laid out in the most picture-perfect way.

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Steve’s relationships with his guy friends was so neat to soak in–most of them friends since childhood.

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

The details and anticipation of bridal prep just never get old.

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli and Steve chose to keep it traditional and not see one another until the ceremony, so we snuck outside with the girls to the other end of the breathtaking resort for a few quick photos.

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

When I tell you that Alli and Steve have the most genuine group of friends and family, I’m not exaggerating. I’m pretty sure holding back tears was difficult for everyone during the overwhelmingly joyful and emotion-filled ceremony. 

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

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There was no shortage of fun to be had with this crew, when in Mexico. The fiesta game was strong.

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

And as I walked over to photograph the guys, I found them already posted up…

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Alli + Steve Wedding

Quite possibly my favorite detail of the day was the Mariachi band that played during cocktail hour. Mexico cocktails to a mariachi band at sunset, yes please.

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli and Steve, thank you for not only asking me to document this time for you, but also, inviting me to connect with and soak in the genuine personalities of those who love and support the two of you the most. Spending the week documenting the two of you enter into this next chapter is something I’ll never forget.

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Historic Uptown New Orleans Wedding: Julie + Michael | New Orleans Wedding Photographer

Do you know the origins of the wedding party? According to tradition, only an unmarried woman could be a maid of honor, and only the brother, best friend, or father of the groom could be the best man.

The original purpose of the bridesmaid and the best man was to aid in the capture of the bride, get her to church on time, and keep any hostile family members away! 

The “best” in best man refers to his skill with a sword, should the need arise. His purpose was as a backup to the groom in case he had to resort to kidnapping his intended bride away from disapproving family members.

Once the flower girl’s role was not simply to spread petals down the aisle, but to protect the bride from the Devil with her shield of virginity. Today, the ring bearer can be a girl, boy, or even a dog!

Now that you’re educated on a few fun facts of the origins of the wedding party, I hope you enjoy a few photos from Julie and Michael’s stunning classic, Southern Spring wedding at The Elms Mansion in Uptown New Orleans.

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Julie + Michael Wedding

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Julie and her girls got ready at the Ponchartrain Hotel, which is full of such unique, funky vibes.

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Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

We then headed over to Elms Mansion, where both Julie’s dad and Michael took a moment alone to see Julie for the first time.

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Julie + Michael Wedding

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Julie + Michael Wedding

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Julie + Michael Wedding

Isn’t Julie’s Stella York dress matched with Michael’s seersucker some Southern perfection?

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Julie + Michael Wedding

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Julie + Michael Wedding

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Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Can we just talk about dogs in weddings for a moment? Rascal was loving his time in the spotlight as much as everyone was enjoying him there.

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Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

Julie + Michael Wedding

If you’ve never been to the Elms Mansion, it’s an absolutely stunning New Orleans venue. It’s classic and the courtyard provides for the most intimate ceremony.

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Julie + Michael Wedding

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Julie + Michael, wishing you a lifetime of love, laughs, and all of the happiness.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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…”

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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.”

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Krystal + Nick Wedding

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Krystal + Nick Wedding

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Krystal + Nick Wedding

Krystal + Nick Wedding

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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

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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.

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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

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).

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

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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?

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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.

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Rachel + Marlo Wedding

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Rachel + Marlo Wedding

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Celebrating L-O-V-E | February Exclusive Offer: New Orleans Wedding Photographer

If I’m being honest, lover or no lover, I’ve never been much of a fan of Valentine’s Day. Nonetheless, I AM a huge fan of celebrating LOVE of all kinds. Whether it be your significant other, your fur babies, or love for your grandma. My heart becomes a little puddle of mush on the floor when I think about celebrating those people that make this life sweet and worth living for us all.

So, with that being said, I’m doing something I almost NEVER do. I’m offering 10% off all bookings made during the month of February in celebration of ANY love that makes your life a little sweeter. Weddings, engagements, families, proposals–all of it. For anyone who books any of the aforementioned during the month of February, you will receive 10% OFF as a little thank you from me to you.

 

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+++ Offer valid for bookings in which signed contract + retainer are received in February 2017. Offer valid for 2017 wedding bookings and regular sessions booked through May 2017. Senior Sessions are excluded from this offer.

I’ll also be in Lincoln in April, so this offer also applies to any bookings made for those dates, as long as contracts + retainer are received during the month of February.IMG_6780

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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