What an emotion, moment-filled day this was! I was so happy to be able to document these two's wedding day last Saturday at Ashley Manor in Baton Rouge. I loved Jennifer and Gabe from the moment I met them, and their wedding day was every bit as wonderful as the they are.
Jennifer let me know at the start of the day that it may be a bit of an emotional one for their family - Gabe's mom had very recently been diagnosed with cancer, and had undergone a chemo treatment just a few days before the ceremony. It had been a really emotional few weeks for them all, and they were just very glad that his mom felt well enough to come see him walk down the aisle. After meeting Gabe's mom, I have NO doubt that she is absolutely up to the challenge of beating her diagnosis - she was warm, and sweet, and funny, and absolutely adored by everyone around her. Gabe's dad was such a character, too - every time I looked at him, he had a smile on his face. They were both so proud of their son, as well they should be!
And how awesome is Jenny? She looked absolutely flawless, and she showed off her adorable dimples all day, smiling. She was so emotional at the altar with Gabe, both of them tearing up (and making me one happy girl with a camera, honestly) - and holy cow, did she tear up the dance floor at the reception! As a dance instructor, I figured she'd know a thing or two, but girlfriend certainly did not disappoint!
We finished the night with some awesome night-time portraits outside - these two were up for anything, and totally trusting of me - which is always an honor.
Okay, enough babbling - check out a few of my favorite moments from this wonderful day!
Spoiler alert - steaming dresses while wearing them often goes wrong. This time may or may not have been one of those times. ;)
Poor sister ended up with a slightly singled leg - but it certainly didn't hold her back!
Gabe's beautiful mom! His parents are both deaf - they were very sweet and patient with me throughout the day as my rusty ASL skills [slowly] came back to me!
I love when officiants are friends - it leads to some great connection moments!
See? Smiling all day. Who cares if it rained?
I love this image of Gabe watching his bride come down the aisle, eyes only for her. And mom looking on. <3
Mom wipes a tear just before dad gives Jenny away.
These two... <3
Gabe's sister translated the ceremony for mom.
Gabe could NOT take his eyes off of her!
He was first to cry! I have photographic proof. ;)
And then Jenny followed suit!
That's one smitten girl, right there. <3
Wedding tears are my fuel!
The grand entrance!
These two were cracking each other up during their father/daughter dance, it made my heart melt!
One of my favorite parts of the night was when Gabe's mom decided to dance!
Gabe's mom expressing her love for everyone at the end of the night. <3
These guys had everyone throw lavender at their exit! How fun is that? And I smelled absolutely amazing as I packed up my bags afterwards! ;)
This chick is married, which means I get to *finally* show the internets how stunning Jennifer looked in her wedding dress! We took her bridal photographs at the LSU Rural Life Museum on a beautiful fall afternoon and got some gorgeous sunset light. I adore this chick - she's so fun and laid-back, and I am obsessed with her dimples. And I'm so happy that she's finally a Mrs. as of tonight!
Check out a few of my favs!
So, so many wonderful stories told in this day. I was so happy to photograph Laura and Brett's wedding last Saturday at Christ the King at LSU. Laura had promised me an awesome, fun-filled day, and girlfriend did NOT disappoint! Everyone was so close-knit and wonderful to be around, it made the day a breeze. From road-beer after the ceremony, to an awesome fraternity tradition courtesy of the Alpha Gamma Rho guys who all danced with Laura in a big, wonderfully raucous circle at the reception, to *a king cake bar*...it was an absolutely perfect day.
Congrats, Mr and Mrs Simpson!
Something-something man-girdle. Ha!
Purple and gold wedding shoes. How cool is that?!
First looks with dads *always* get me
I would dearly love to know what Laura's brother said to this priest to get him to laugh like that!
Road beer for the win! (Disclaimer: neither one drove themselves, ha!)
A rainy wedding day put not a single snag in the day's plan for these guys. Here the crew waits for their official announcement!
First dance as a married couple!
These two...father/daughter goals, right here
Brett's mom was so cute, and so tiny! And man, did that woman tear up the dance floor!
That kid's reaction was the exact same as mine, upon seeing the king cake bar, I'm pretty sure!
These guys danced *all* night long. Nothing like getting your daughter's wedding officially in the bag to put a spring in your step!
*One* of these kids may have found the music a little too loud for their taste. ;)
Light up Mardi Gras hats - yes, please
The worm never gets old.
Alpha Gamma Rho shut it down!
One would never know these two were mother and daughter unless told...right? Ha!
Reliving old football memories on the dance floor - no big deal!
We've all had that look on our faces while trying to not get beaned with beads - am I right?
Even end of the night cleanup was fun with these guys!
How I'm going to find words for this birth story, I have no idea. I'm gonna give it my best shot, though!
From the instant I met mama Morgan, we bonded like magic. She's one of THE sweetest people I've ever met, and so much fun. I had the pleasure of photographing her dancing her pregnant little behind off at her BFF's wedding a few weeks before little Miss Millie's arrival, even! She's a BLAST, and the huge number of friends and family surrounding her and her family with love on this occasion came as no surprise to me - to know her is to love her, and EVERYONE was so excited to meet their sweet little (long-awaited girl) caboose!
It was the very definition of agony, trying to pick "favorites" to blog when I loved absolutely every second of this birth, but here's little Miss Millie's birth story! <3
Dad anxiously awaiting his princess!
An experienced mama knows that when there's an opportunity to sleep - you sleep!
Loved this quiet moment of mom and sister cuddled up, waiting on Millie Bug.
Boys are so funny. Nate was little enough that he didn't 100% know what was about to hit him - he just wanted to go soak up all the attention all of the friends and family were eager to give him in the waiting room!
Biggest brother, on the other hand, was SO into it!
Dad, checking the chart! Former labor and delivery nurse spouses are super well-informed!
Last photos of a boy-only mom!
I loved how totally "there" for Morgan Adam was! He's got it down, by child #3!
Dad and I may or may not have been discussing babies sometimes being "cheesy" just before Millie's entrance. Pretty sure that Dad thought baby girl looked gorgeous in all her vernix!
When dad's heart gets stolen by the new girl. <3
That moment of pure joy when baby girl finally lands safely in your arms. <3
Counting perfect little toes.
Grandparents, contemplating spoiling methods already!
Welcome earthside, little bit!
Teeny tiny peanut!
Sweet little Popeye!
Does it make me a terrible person if I smile when babies cry? But LOOK at that cute little quivering lip!
Dad's gotta get his digit counting in, too.
Hi there, Dad. I'm going to be wrapping you around my finger for the rest of my life. I think Adam is just fine with that, for the record.
Perfect little nose!
Here come the boys!
Big bro was so excited! Little bro was, too - he was just not about to let it show so much. Gotta be cool about these things, after all.
ALL THAT HAIR!
Pretty sure Millie's gonna have quite a few men in her life all wrapped up. Dating her's gonna be fun!
Nate was super curious about Millie's first bath!
Girlfriend's gotta get her hair all fancy for her first bow!
Yep, she's crying. Probably better get used to that, kid.
First bow and fancy wrap! Millie got her groove on.
Family portrait - of FIVE!
Oh, so THAT'S who that voice was!
Morgan's sister is apparently one who *never* cries. Millie got her, though!
"WHAT IS THIS WATER COMING OUT OF MY EYES?"
Picture time with big bros (and dad hovering *just* out of frame, no worries!)
Grandma, promising her ponies. Probably. <3
These two...I can't wait for their wedding Saturday. Can't. Wait. They're magic together, in addition to both being awesome people in their own rite - their engagement session felt like just hanging out with friends for a bit! I got to hear all about their engagement story, and how cute is it that Gabe left a ring for Jennifer to find...in his toolbox?! So cute, man.
Here are a few of my absolute favorite images of these two! <3
He's got a car named The Joker!