Have I got a treat for you guys today! One of my favorite New Orleans weddings is up on the blog. It was fun, and crazy, and non-traditional, and all-around awesome - I can't wait for you to see these images, shot for Amanda Weir Photography at The Tigermen Den in New Orleans.
One thing I always discuss with couples when we schedule our consult is the possibility of things going "wrong" on their wedding day. Now, I say "wrong" here with very deliberate quotation marks - it's my view that it's when things get off track that the day really becomes yours. Because, let's be honest, here - if every single thing on a wedding day goes exactly according to plan...it's gonna make for a really boring day. I've photographed a lot of weddings at this point, and you know what? A lot of the same things happen on every wedding day - there's a (usually) white dress, a walk down the aisle, some vows, and a kiss to seal the deal. Before that, there's the prep, and after that, there's some dancing and general drunkery. And if that were all that happened on the wedding day, they'd all end up looking the same. It's the little things - the unpredictability, the nerves, the I-forgot-the-rings-at-the-hotel moments; the oh-crap-it's-raining moments; the let's-just-wing-it-and-get-married moments...those are the stitches which hold the fabric of your memories together. They're what make your day yours - and no one else's.
Matthew and Juni's wedding is a great example of how things going "wrong" on a wedding day can make it absolutely spectacular. They had the best attitude about the day - they just wanted to get married, and have fun doing it. All of the little details in between were just lagniappe! It didn't matter a bit that it was raining - I brought out my trusty clear umbrellas and we had a blast creating some rainy day portraits. And Juni was so cool when it came time for post-wedding portraits - that chick hiked up her dress, took off her shoes and we took a walk around New Orleans to find some super cool street art to serve as their backgrounds. And The Tigermen Den was an amazing venue - the mood was just what they wanted. I loved the moments between Juni and her mom as her mom gave her speech - the look of teary betrayal on Juni's face when her mom actually did make her cry, despite promising not to...that's the kind of thing I live for documenting. We made so many memories on this day, and I love the way it all came together.
Check out a few of my all-time favorite moments!
Juni and Matt got married in the most awesome little Air BNB in New Orleans! It was a great old house!
First looks - with laughs that make you snort.
These guys *actually* asked me if they could get in this old tub for some portraits. Spoiler alert...I said HELL YEAH. ;)
I loved this look between Juni and her dad as they were puttering around in the rain - in a pedicab, on the way to The Tigermen Den!
I don't normally show a lot of detail shots...but when I do, they're of cool venues and delicious beignets!
One last look exchanged between an almost-not-single-anymore man and his buddy!
Connection - it's everywhere. <3
I love this image of Juni, full-on belly laughing during the ceremony. Having fun on your wedding day is an absolute must, folks.
The looks these two exchanged... <3
Their reader read from Winnie The Pooh! How cool is that?!
Juni's mom promised she wouldn't make her cry with her speech. Juni's mom lied. ;)
One of the most fun things of doing a second line through new Orleans is how into it all of the spectators get! Here, a stranger and her baby dance with the couple in celebration! There are no strangers in NOLA.
Juni gives her brother a fist-bump after a successful second line.
A little expedition for portrait spots!
There's always "that guy" at the reception. Be "that guy." ;)
Juni gives an end-of-the-night speech for all of their guests. <3