We get asked all the time if we travel for weddings. The answer is YES! We love photographing any destination wedding and traveling, especially when it’s somewhere we have never been.
We photographed Ryan and Arielle’s dream wedding in Cape Cod at the Wychmere Beach Club. You might remember their blog. They had a wonderful bridal party and one of the bridesmaids stood out.
Fast forward almost a year later. We got a phone call from this beautiful bridesmaid because she was getting married herself. Munirah told us she loved her best friend’s wedding pictures so much that she and Sam had to have us at their destination wedding. We were thrilled with the idea of documenting her wedding at the Jaxson in New Orleans! Who doesn’t love a trip to NOLA? (the food in New Orleans is to die for). Also, documenting new cities and event spaces we have yet to photograph is what we thrive on. Don’t get us wrong, we love Florida but when you get the opportunity to go on an adventure, you take advantage of that. If you’re looking for a destination wedding photographer, reach out to us through the contact form or call us directly at (561)247-4439. We love visiting new places!
The bride and bridesmaids got ready at a quaint Airbnb and fortunately for us, the groom’s parents have a home in New Orleans that’s not too far from the venue, where he and the rest of the guys got ready.
We then followed Munirah and Sam downtown to Jackson Square, where they did their first look. For those of you that may one day shoot in Jackson Square, please keep in mind you need a permit to do professional photography inside the square. We had Sam all set up for the first look and were told, not so gently by a city employee, that we weren’t allowed to do so. Thankfully, the video team knew the area and took us right around the corner to a spot in an alley behind the St. Louis Cathedral that turned out to be just perfect. Being good on the fly and problem solving is one of the major components of being a wedding photographer. Fortunately for all involved, we were able to solve this problem and get the first look off without a hitch.
One of the benefits of doing a first look is you can get the family formals out of the way if you have time. Luckily, we were in the French Quarter and got to do our family formals and bridal party shots with the city and French Quarter as our backdrop.
The ceremony took place outside on a patio area at The Jaxson with the Mississippi River as a backdrop. It was such an emotional experience. Both the bride and groom, shed a few tears for us to capture and you could feel the love in the air.
Capturing these everlasting moments is our specialty. Contact us through our online form or call us directly at (561)247-4439 to see if we’re available for your wedding date!
The reception was inside at The Jaxson. Sam and Munirah had an awesome first dance highlighted by a routine they put together themselves and cleary they nailed it. There were several emotional speeches and then everyone got to have some fun.
One of the most popular traditions during New Orleans weddings is the famous second line parade. At a wedding, it signifies the start of a new beginning of life for the bride and groom. A Brass band leads the bridal party and the guests from the ceremony to the reception venue or it may take place at the reception itself. A second line parade has two parts. The first line is usually a brass band and the ones being honored, the newlyweds. The newly married couple leads the second line holding uniquely decorated umbrellas or parasols as you can see from the images. Many couples opt to add a grand marshal, an energetic local who heads the parade. All of the guests who want to join in the celebration make up the second line. The guests form a line behind the band and the newly married couple dance to lively music with handkerchiefs or cocktail napkins in hand!
We had a police escort along with the second line leading us through the streets on New Orleans to Pat O’Brien’s. Sam and Munirah played the part and we almost felt like we were back in the 1920’s. What a blast!! We think every wedding should have a second line and we think all weddings should be this emotional and fun.
Are you interested in having us photograph your wedding? Check if we’re available by using the contact form or call us directly at (561)247-4439.
Makeup: A. Marie Williams
Hair: Ringletts Salon
Flowers: The Plant Gallery
Venue: The Jaxson
Catering: Cochon Butcher
Video: Bower Productions
Band: D Play