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Aida Ordaz & Joseph Orgeron


Like many of my brides and grooms, I met Aida and Joe for the first time several months after they booked me. We met in the French Quarter last May to do their Engagement Portraits. I instantly knew I liked Aida and Joe. They were laid back, easy going and just plain nice to be around. We got some great pics including this photo near Jax Brewery that Aida displayed at the reception.

Aida & Joe's Engagement Portrait Displayed at Reception

The wedding day started for Jeff and I taking pictures of Aida and Joe getting ready at the St. Louis Hotel. Jeff took pictures of Joe and his groomsmen while I spent time photographing the girls. Jeff caught Joe when he opened his wedding gift from Aida and then did group portraits in the courtyard while I took photos Aida getting her makeup done.



Aida arrived at the church in a vintage Rolls Royce. I caught this moment of anticipation as Aida’s father got out of the car and the dome light in the car illuminated her face.


Aida and Joe were married at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor on State Street uptown. I was able to create this image during the ceremony from the chapel side of the church. I always feel like I’m in a Gothic Cathedral when I’m shooting here. The lighting on the altar is fantastic…I was able to use natural light for the vows and ring exchange – I always prefer getting the natural ambiance when I’m shooting, so this was perfect.


Urban Earth designed the flowers – both the bouquets and the arrangements at the reception. Each table at the reception was draped in cascades of orchids and crystals with the centerpiece of the courtyard being the fountain which Urban Earth made extraordinarily amazing. The arrangements were accented by strategically placed lights with pink gels which added a dramatic flair to the already gorgeous courtyard. The band, Johnny Angel and the Swinging Demons (who happen to be old friends of Jeff’s), played for the reception.


The cake cutting took place half way through the reception, and was marked with a toast by Joe’s twin brother and best man. The rest of the evening, Joe and Aida danced and mingled with their guests. I was able to catch this image of Aida showing off the watch she gave to Joe earlier in the day.



The evening ended with a challenge for the guests to keep sparklers lit in the light rain that had been created a cool mist outside the St Louis Hotel. A horse and carriage whisked Joe and Aida away on a tour of the French Quarter.


- Jessica
Saturday, September 20th, 2008 9:02 pm


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