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Arte by Doug & Titus

Bridget & Thomas were married in a beautiful church ceremony at St. Francis in Uptown New Orleans and finished the night off with great food and dancing at the French Quarter restaurant Galvez, which has a stunning balcony view of the Mighty Mississippi right where it forms its crescent.  To say we had fun with these two would be an understatement. Bridget and I totally connected with our similar A-type personalities and a penchant for having everything in order, and Thomas and I have a very similar laid-back attitude and just let the good times happen as they will. A strange but wonderful contradiction when it all works out!  And on their wedding day it certainly did. With the exception of LSU’s overtime loss to that nasty crimson team, which we were kept up to date on by a chalk scoreboard and the DJ, as requested by the bride and groom. My kind of people with great priorities!  They also really prioritized the photography and allowed us lots of time at Longue View House for their First Look portraits and we were able to all have a great, relaxed time and make some gorgeous images. And I can’t thank Bridget enough for the jars of M&M’s upon my arrival! It’s an inside ADV Bride thing……become one and you’ll understand:)  Thanks to both of you for being so awesome to work with, and I look forward to dinner and wine soon!  Enjoy!


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Contributing Artists:

Hair & Makeup: Kiss and Makeup
DJ/Band: Aaron Lane Entertainment
Catering: Galvez Restaurant
Florist: Nola Flora
Videographer: Bride Film
Event Design/Coordination: Tara at Galvez Restaurant
Stationery/Calligraphy: The American Wedding
Cakes: La Louisiane Bakery
Party Rentals: Perrier Rentals for linens at reception
Wedding Rings: Hiller Jewelry
Bride’s Gown Designer: Essence of Australia
Bride’s Gown Store: Bustles and Bows
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka via Zappos
Bride’s Jewelry: her own
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse/Vera Wang tuxedos
Miscellaneous: Veil and alterations at Wedding Belles
Transportation: Alert Transportation

Film Arte by Doug & CheyAnne

If you’ve been following us for the last several months then you may remember reading about our trip to Italy and the beautiful Tuscan elopement we photographed in-between drinking copious amounts of Sangiovese. If you didn’t, you can see the full post here!

One of the most exciting parts about this shoot was getting back to our photographic roots and shooting film! My good friend Aaron Hogan with Eye Wander Photo was generous enough to loan me his Hasselblad with a few lenses and a couple of film backs. I loaded it up with some Kodak Portra 160 and crossed the pond for a great adventure! The film was processed and scanned by Richard’s Photo Lab, and I did minor manipulations in Lightroom – mainly putting some warmth back to the images as the scans came back very cool (blueish tint for non-photog followers:).  There were two things that really stood out to me in shooting film, especially medium-format.  As everyone knows, it definitely made me slow down a bit and really take in the composition and you check all 4 corners of your frame before pushing the shutter button, as you only get 12 frames per roll so you better make each one count! The other thing was the square format vs. the 35mm rectangle. I absolutely loved the square format and found that it really suits my style of composing images and didn’t leave me with extra space or elements that I didn’t want.

After returning from Italy, viewing the images and reminiscing about how great it was to get back to how we first started taking pictures, we decided it would be a great idea to add the option of Film coverage for your wedding day to our a la carte menu! If you’re interested in add film coverage to your wedding day or portrait shoot let us know!  I also took the liberty of asking the groom, my good friend and also a photographer, to take one quick film shot of my and my beautiful wife. Check it out at the end of this post!

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Arte by CheyAnne & Vanessa

Laura and Hugh were the ultimate laid back, sweet couple.  Laura kept reciting advice that Hugh had given her during the time leading up to the wedding.  It was something to the effect of, “be confident in the decisions you’ve made.”  Basically, no turning back, and don’t fret over things.  I think that’s fabulous advice!  And as relaxed as Laura was, I could still tell that that advice was helping to keep her grounded on a day when emotions can, and often do, run high.

I thoroughly enjoyed being at The Orleans Club.  It has been several years since I have been there, but I absolutely loved the ambiance of the whole venue.  It had so much charm, and just felt very old school New Orleans to me.  It all matched up perfectly with Laura’s dress that was once upon a time her mothers.  I LOVED her dress!  They made a few changes to the dress to enhance it for Laura’s use, but I thought it was absolutely perfect, and so stunning on Laura.  I told Laura and Hugh during photos that I just felt we should head in a simple, classic, traditional direction based on everything I was seeing.  I’m pretty confident that these photos nailed it!  I enjoy looking through their collection of photos — I feel they could be from today or from 20 years ago.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  Enjoy!  :)

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Contributing Artists: Venue:  Orleans Club, Ceremony Venue: Holy Name of Jesus, Hair: Cindy Hutchinson of Houston, Makeup: Just Face It, Band: Bobby J & Stuff Like That, Florist: Meade Wenzel, Stationery/Calligraphy: Betty Hunley Designs and VCalligraphy
Cakes: Brittany Waters of Lafayette, Wedding Rings: Adlers, Bridesmaids’ Attire Designer: Alfred Sung, Bridesmaids’ Attire Store: Wedding Belles, Men’s Attire: Jos A. Banks