I had the pleasure of photographing Zack and Hannah's wedding at Ashley Manor last Friday - and man, was it fun! I love a boisterous crowd, and these guys sure did deliver. Ashley Manor was just gorgeous with all their post-flood renovations. I hadn't realized that they'd flooded last year, so I was so happy to learn that they'd fully recovered and taken the opportunity to renovate beautifully! I loved all the great moments between family members on this day - from all the laughs between one another, to multiple people crying during the ceremony (always a fav), it was a great night!
And, can we talk about one of *the* most creative groom's cakes I've ever seen? It was a giant can of Copenhagen! How funny is that??
Check out some of my favs from Zack and Hannah's big day!
Venue: Ashley Manor
Hair and makeup: Petal Salon
Videographer: Toadstone Media
Cake artist: Ambrosia Bakery
Zack teared up while watching Hannah walk down the aisle, don't let him tell you differently! ;)
Grandmother, mother and Hannah's rings. <3
True bro, right there!
Zack recently lost his grandmother, and wanted to make sure her presence was felt on his wedding day by displaying her portrait. <3
I love that when Hannah tripped in her dress, both her and her mom's first reactions were to laugh!
I can't wait to show the world this birth session. This was the absolute sweetest family - so full of fun, and joy, and love for each other. Watching Jesse and Meredith become parents for the first time was just breathtaking, and experiencing the excitement of their friends and family as they watched the whole experience made me smile for the entire duration of this day. Seriously, they made my cheeks hurt! I love the way that their whole story came together - from the overwhelming support of their tribe before going in for the c-section to the heart-melting moments of watching Ava Pace wrap her daddy very firmly right around her tiny little finger - check it out! <3
Gotta go have a baby - but first, lemme take a selfie!
Loved this moment of Meredith's loved ones telling her (and dat belly!) goodbye for the last time before Baby Ava arrived!
Meredith may legit be the most cheerful person I have ever met! This photo pretty accurately represents her attitude of total joy. <3
Jesse was just a teeny bit nervous while waiting to be called in for the main event - he handled it like a champ, though!
Love the last few moments of bonding between two before they become three. <3
This little peanut came out butt-first, which made for an interesting entrance to the world to photograph!
I love this shot - showing both baby A and all the love her parents have for one another. <3
That little smile on her face! She's right where she belongs - in Daddy's hands, and all snuggled up next to Mommy.
That first family portrait!
Mom cried, Dad cried, I cried...everybody cried, it was a cry-fest, y'all.
That moment when you realize that yep - this baby really is yours, and you get to take her home with you.
I love Woman's Hospital for so many reasons - one of them being that they employ wonderful staff who will help a mama wipe her tears in such an emotional moment.
I love that Meredith couldn't get enough of Jesse and how much he loved his baby girl instantly.
We did it!
Showing off those teeny tiny footprints.
There's always an image that stands out to me and just leaves me breathless - although it's often difficult to choose just one, with births. But, this one was it for me - photographing births is not just about the baby - it's also about capturing the love that grows and changes exponentially after having a child. Your heart grows by three sizes, at least - not just for your new baby, but also for your partner. I loved watching Meredith fall for Jesse all over again. She fell for him once as a man, and then again as a daddy. <3
Loved this image of the new grandfather and dad both holding that new little princess' tiny feet.
A more excited family I have rarely seen!
Nobody's excited, here! Nope! ;)
That mama love. <3
Ava had to take a little break in the nursery since she was a little bit early - her fan club didn't leave her side!
Freshly minted auntie keeping watch over Ava as she gets her first bath in the nursery.
THAT SMILE, THOUGH. I thinks she's plotting all of the ponies this guy's going to give her. He's got no shot, really. ;)
Dad could NOT be more in love.
Would you believe I didn't have to ask him to smile for the camera - not once? ;)
The most precious little bundle of all of the bundles, in her mama's arms!
Circle of mama and grandmama love!
These two right here...
It was so lovely to meet these two after trying for so long to get their engagement session photographed! Erin is just about the sweetest person on the face of the planet, and we'd scheduled their initial session over a year ago - but on the day of the session, we experienced the great flood of 2016, which devastated so much of Louisiana. Right after, fiance Chris jumped into action and volunteered for the Cajun Navy, so we weren't able to reschedule for a while!
We finally got a good date on the books that worked with everyone's schedule, though, and these two were so worth the wait! Our session was so fun and relaxed and I can't wait to photograph their wedding in Texas in March! <3
Dog people are my people, and I'm so glad Erin and Chris wanted to integrate a photo of their fur baby into their session!
I've known this family for a lot of years - and their story of welcoming Baby Liam into the world is such an amazing one, I couldn't wait to be a part of it. This child TRULY is a miracle baby - once told they could never have a another child, Will and Kellie were surprised to say the very least when they were told that they were expecting this guy here. And, to make things even more special, the fact that this little one was a boy meant that dad Will was able to pass on a family name that had been a part of his history for hundreds of years!
Despite having to be born a little early and serving a short joint in the amazing NICU at Woman's, Baby Liam came out healthy, beautiful and ready to greet the world - squealing like a teeny tiny, 5lb 1oz little piglet.
Every birth is a miracle, but some leave you just a tiny bit breathless with awe at how wonderful and amazing life is - and how fragile. This whole family prayed so hard and for so long for this guy - and I'd venture to say that he was more than worth the wait. <3
Big Sister was very excited to meet her brother - but not so big that she didn't need a little assurance (and a selfie or two) from Mom that everything was going to be okay.
Kellie's mom takes one last moment to give her a little mama love before going into surgery.
I totally caught Will demonstrating how not-so-sure he was about watching the actual surgery, oh yes I did. ;)
If this kid isn't the mirror image of his big sister, I don't know who is!
The little in-between moments. <3
Never has their been parents more thankful for a healthy baby!
I loved seeing how absolutely overjoyed Big Sister was to meet her brother!
Those tears. <3 Mama couldn't stop crying, and I couldn't blame her!
So - you know how cartoon characters go all heart-eyed and love-struck every time they see one another in a TV scene? They lock eyes, and everything else goes still, and there's usually some romantic tune playing which presumably only the two of them can hear?
I am not even kidding when I say that that is exactly was it what like for me, watching these two all day on their wedding day. Every single time they laid eyes on one another, it was if nothing and no one else existed - they had eyes only for one another, and it was the sweetest thing of all of the things, y'all. Randall is a man of few words, but MAN, can he make those looks of his count! I'm pretty sure Victoria could have worn a potato sack down the aisle and he absolutely would not have noticed or cared.
Just like for their engagement session, I felt like it was completely impossible to take a bad photo of these guys all day long - they were so happy and in love that they made an already beautiful wedding day even more perfect. Their wedding was the stuff that photographers like me dream about - bursting at the seams with joy, and love, and funny things--and oh yeah there were confetti cannons!
(I'm just saying - there are very few things in this life that confetti cannons will not make exponentially better, no matter how awesome they already are)
From giggling like children at the altar, to light saber fights at the reception - check out just a few of my favorite moments of the day. <3
The boys always have the easy work when it comes to getting ready!
Randall reads his card from V
Mother and daughter on the big day. <3
Pretty dress fun!
Randall begins the final countdown - he can't wait to see his bride!
This tiny princess was so funny coming down the aisle, y'all. She took flower petal tossing SERIOUSLY. Each handful of petals had to be thrown just so, with exactly zero hurry, and every last attendee got a huge kick out of it!
Ran-Ran got the biggest kick out of it. THAT LOOK! Something tells me that's probably not the last look he's going to be cutting that kid before she turns 18.
That look the groom has at the bride's entrance never gets old. <3
What did I tell you about those looks that Randall gives Victoria, hmmmmm?
She was so well behaved - she can totally skate on the whole yawn thing. ;)
LIKE TWO KIDS! I loved it.
Victoria's dad was with her in spirit on her wedding day. <3
You could read the love that Randall had for his little girl in every line of his body when he looked at her - I was so glad she was able to attend with them for a short while!
The girls sneaking in a dance before the couple arrives
Light sabers, glow sticks - whatever you call them, holy COW were these fun!
Give a kid something interesting, and they will think of something out of the box to do with it. She decided to light up her dress!
Confetti. Cannon. <3
Had to sneak these in (#SorryNotSorry) - this chick was one heck of a bridesmaid! Pregnancy wasn't going to stop her from whipping anything and everything out of her emergency bag all day long, and she even got down on the floor (and up, and then back down again) to help with Victoria's shoes. Pretty much she did more pregnant on this one wedding day than I did for the entirety of my last pregnancy combined.
The kids had a blast blowing confetti all over one another all. night. long.
That face you make when your grandma wants to smush your face, but all you want to do is play with your giant glow stick.