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Danielle Bourgeois & Denis Breaud

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Danielle and Denis’ photos started 3 months before the wedding with their engagement portraits in Audubon Park and then again two weeks before the wedding with Danielle’s formal bridal portraits at Longue Vue House and Gardens. We had some great photo ops from each session and I’ve posted a few of my favorites here along with their wedding day photos.

The best thing about doing pre-wedding photo sessions is that I get a feel for the bride and groom’s personalities and likes and dislikes before the wedding.

I started Danielle and Denis’ wedding day photos with bride prep pictures at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. Jeff and our assistant photographer Susan met Denis and his groomsmen at Holy Name of Jesus Church and were able to capture some pre-ceremony formal and candid photos with them.

The ceremony went beautifully and the church looked amazing with the floral designs created by Danielle’s mom who owns Flowers by Janice in Harahan. Because there is no flash photography allowed at Holy Name and we are somewhat limited to where we can move, we always shoot with 3 photographers in order to make sure we cover everything during the ceremony. Jeff was stationed on the altar hidden off to the side, Susan took her post in the choir loft and I “floated” around the church capturing the ceremony from various angles. This approach allows us to get a good variety of photos without being intrusive.

After the Mass, the reception was held at the Audubon Tea Room. Some of the highlights at the reception were the sushi bar, the beautiful cakes (designed by Melissa’s Fine Pastries), an awesome band (Louisiana Spice) and the Roman Candy Man set up outside the reception at the end of the evening.

The reception seemed to fly by and the Tea Room had an ever-changing palette courtesy of the special lighting brought by the band. The lighting really added a lot of dimension and made the already beautiful Tea Room look just that much more amazing.

The bridal party had a blast dancing to Louisiana Spice’s rendition of Randy Newman’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On.” The reception ended with a traditional Second Line around the Tea Room and Danielle and Denis grabbed a quick kiss on their way out under the watch of the Roman Candy Man.

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Ireiel Woods & Demond Duke – September 5, 2009

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Ireiel and Demond planned their wedding for the very popular Labor Day Weekend 2009. Although usually we have two photographers (myself and an assistant photographer), we decided to bring a third photographer, Titus, to help cover the event. All I can say is this wedding was a blast to photograph. Not only was everything beautiful, but everyone at the wedding had a great time. The evening went by in the blink of an eye, but there was so much going on that we ended up taking more than1,500 photos between the three of us.

Ireiel and Demond prepared for the wedding at the International House Hotel where Jeff and I covered their Getting Ready photos. Titus met us at the church,Corpus Christi Church on Saint Bernard Ave, to help cover the wedding Mass. Eric from Bee’s Wedding and Event Floral Design created the sophisticated bouquet designs and decorated the church and reception with gorgeous arrangements incorporating cymbidium orchids, callas and roses.

The reception took place at the Riverview Room in Jax Brewery and featured a live band and cakes by Melissa’s Fine Pastries.  My personal favorite was the Demond’s groom’s cake which was a three-dimensional recreation of a Grand Marnier bottle. The detail on this cake was so intricate, right down to the 3-d “wax” seal.

The partying photos capture the fun that the wedding party and guests had at the reception…it’s always great photos when the guests aren’t afraid to have a good time. There were some great dancers at this party! The reception wrapped up with a second line which packed the dance floor and then Ireiel and Demond stayed to say their goodbyes to all their guests.

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Michelle Dodson & Mark Messina

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Michelle and Mark planned a destination wedding here in New Orleans in January. The couple said their vows during a daytime ceremony at the Saint Louis Cathedral and then treated their guests to a traditional New Orleans Second Line and mini-reception at the Hotel Monteleone. Later that evening the guests gathered for the formal reception at Bourbon Vieux.  Diane at Fat Cat Flowers designed the bouquets and the floral decorations that the church at reception.

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