Neil and I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to New Orleans for Christina and TJ’s wedding. While this circled date on our calendar was eagerly anticipated for months, it always came with the caveat, “August in New Orleans is probably pretty hot.” Well, it was. But, if anything it just felt like it added to a true New Orleans experience. We came in a day early and had a some time to explore the French Quarter and found it to be super charming. Having never shot in or been to New Orleans before, it was something we could each check off our bucket list.
As for the wedding event itself, from the rehearsal, to being invited to join the wedding party at a true New Orleans burlesque show at the House of Blues on Friday, (Bustout Burlesque http://frenchquarterburlesque.com/ ) through the impromptu goodbye party in the hallway of the hotel on Sunday, we were taken into this family as the artists in residence for the weekend.
Many times when we fly in to a city for a wedding, we end up in a hotel ballroom and that could be in any city and we have to go looking for local culture to add to the images. This time, we were blessed with a beautiful venue, Latrobe’s, that screamed New Orleans. Combining that with this awesome family and a couple in Christina and TJ that valued and encouraged our artistic freedom, we couldn’t ask for anything more.
But we can accept more. TJ, who is an accomplished artist (look for his work under at http://www.krushervision.com/l) and tattooist, in a show of gratitude, offered Neil and I complimentary tattoos (images of our choosing). Once we take him up on that, we’ll share the results!
TJ found time amidst all the planning to design their programs that look like mini versions of the Times-Picayune Newspaper.
Ceremony and Reception: Latrobe’s on Royal
Flowers: Deb Mouton at Fat Cat Flowers
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Elegance and Formal Wear
Cake: Haydel’s Bakery
Entertainment: JackMagic Entertainment