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Danielle Bourgeois & Denis Breaud

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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- Jessica
Monday, October 12th, 2009 4:39 pm

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