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Arte by Doug

While it certainly tried to rain Paula and Roy’s parade, it didn’t quite succeed! Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts, they had a wonderful wedding day in the French Quarter and the Irish Cultural Museum. Just as it we getting close to time for their First Look, the sun disappeared and the rain started falling. But it was their lucky day and within minutes of us heading out for the first look the sun came back and it was nothing but blue skies for the rest of the afternoon! Paula even had the best attitude about everything and wasn’t that concerned about the train of her unique purple dress getting a little wet. She just wanted to see her man and get some great photos! Their 3 girls were also quite photogenic and were the subjects for some very cool looking black and white photos.  After their First Look in her hotel courtyard at the Prince Conti, we ventured out into the Quarter before arriving at the Irish Museum for their ceremony and reception. It was a sweet and personal ceremony with poem reading and combining of sand from them and their three children. I’m so happy that everything worked out with the weather for this wonderful couple and wish them all the best in their future! Enjoy!


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Arte by Doug & CheyAnne

In typical Carlene and Todd fashion their engagement party was “Rock-n-Roll Formal” and to take place in downtown New Orleans at the Parish Room in the House of Blues.  Doug and I were attending as their paparazzi to document the party and celebrations.  This was the second weekend in a row that we were a part of friend’s events, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled!  The evening started at the hotel as they got ready — Carlene had amazing shoes that she hand-made herself!  She put every single Czech crystal on the shoes that you see below — with her signature red mark at the back of the heel.  :) Carlene is also known for her fabulous shoe collection — but these were perfect!  Her dress was way beyond Rockstar — it glittered and shimmered with every slice of light that hit it.  When they stepped out of the hotel with us following them — people probably really did think they were celebrities!  They sure looked the part!  Fuji (we call Todd Fuji!) would not be outdone by Carlene — his boots were incredible, the shirt fantabulous, and the mariachi pants — pardon my french — kicked ass!

They had scheduled a dinner for the two of them at Mr. B’s before the festivities started.  We sat several tables away to give them privacy, but still got our few paparazzi style photos in.  Once we arrived at the Parish Room things got underway quickly.  The couple spent the first hour greeting people, and then they snuck off for a clothes change.  Their best friends got on stage to begin a toast.  And then…Carlene and Todd stepped onto stage and wowed their crowd of family and friends.  Carlene was dressed an an amazing red gown, and Todd stepped out in his Marine dress blues. But wait….before Todd went to change he had  a fu manchu mustache –when he stepped out he was clean shaven!  It was in those 15 seconds or so that reality set in for the 225 guests in attendance.  This was no longer an engagement party — this just turned into a surprise wedding!!!  EPIC!  I know all the screams were just as much for Carlene’s dress, Todd’s dress blues — the fact that they had all been duped and this was a wedding, and because Todd went and shaved!

The ceremony was one of the most down to earth ceremonies I’ve ever witnessed because it was so off the cuff.  Carlene was more giddy than we’ve ever seen her!  I was laughing and nearly crying behind my camera the whole time.  How could I not when she corrected Trey with Todd’s name, “umm Mr. Major Hottiemoto.”  (His last name is Fujimoto and he’s a Major.)  And when Trey asks Todd is he takes Carlene as his wife, Todd responded, “with my whole heart.”  Awwwww!  Are you kidding me?!  Amazing!!

The rest of the night was a blur for everyone as we all partied and celebrated their union the rest of the night.  Our friends most popular hangout is the Boondock Saint, so it’s only natural the road would end there at the end of the night.  We couldn’t be more happy with their collection of photos.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!  It’s something a little different from our normal stuff, so let us know what you think!  Enjoy!


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Arte by Doug & CheyAnne

….and then two became one!  Hours after the festivities ended at Mulate’s  — Lara was wide awake and prepping for her and Chris’ big day!  Doug mentioned in the previous post that we are close friends with Lara and Chris.  Actually, Lara caught the bouquet at our wedding!!  And I specifically remember seeing where she was in the crowd before I turned my back to toss.  I’m go glad the charms of the bouquet finally worked!:)Lara has been quite the DIY bride and Chris the ultimate groom — inserting opinions when needed.  He admitted that he saw how all of her planning came together in the end.  I went to her house earlier in the wedding week and could barely find her amidst all the wedding goodies that were receiving their finishing touches.  She kept showing me more details that night, and I just got more and more excited about the personal touches that they had added to their wedding.  First, the venue itself was unique!  The couple was married at Rock-n-Bowl!  The vibe there was very New Orleans and Groovy 7 was there to make sure the party kept going all night long.  You’ll be able to appreciate many of the details below — but to point out a few, Lara prettied up the ring box, they had comic paper boutonnieres custom made, with cufflinks and a wooden beer mug personalized to each person’s character.  Those were incredible!  Such detail!  And each guy’s was different! The other stand out item was Lara’s bouquet — a handmade brooch bouquet.  The bouquet has so much sentimentality bestowed within in because her brooches came from everywhere and everyone!  It was simply stunning!!  (She got a great workout though because that sucker was heavy!)  She also made her own hanger — which I would pay for on Etsy — it turned out perfect!  And she had high-heel bowling shoes that she put on towards the end of the reception.  Surprises included a live artist for the groom, and an acapella group that performed for the parent dances as a surprise to Lara’s father, because they grew up singing acapella with him. We were so honored to be a part of such a fun union between friends.  The way in which we photographed your whole wedding journey has really opened our eyes up to a new direction for how we approach weddings.  We approached things much more laid back and creatively, and we can’t get enough of the images that resulted.  So we owe you a huge thank you for trusting us and allowing us to ignite a new spark within us!! We hope you enjoy these as much as we do!!  Cheers my friends!    XOXOXO   01-Rock n Bowl Wedding 02-Rock n Bowl Wedding 03-Rock n Bowl Wedding 04-Rock n Bowl Wedding 05-Rock n Bowl Wedding 06-Rock n Bowl Wedding 07-Rock n Bowl Wedding 08-Rock n Bowl Wedding 09-Rock n Bowl Wedding 10-Rock n Bowl Wedding 11-Rock n Bowl Wedding 12-Rock n Bowl Wedding 13-Rock n Bowl Wedding 14-Rock n Bowl Wedding 15-Rock n Bowl Wedding 16-Rock n Bowl Wedding 17-Rock n Bowl Wedding 18-Rock n Bowl Wedding 19-Rock n Bowl Wedding 20-Rock n Bowl Wedding 21-Rock n Bowl Wedding 22-Rock n Bowl Wedding 23-Rock n Bowl Wedding 24-Rock n Bowl Wedding 25-Rock n Bowl Wedding 26-Rock n Bowl Wedding 27-Rock n Bowl Wedding 28-Rock n Bowl Wedding 29-Rock n Bowl Wedding 30-Rock n Bowl Wedding 31-Rock n Bowl Wedding Contributing Artists: Hair: Gerald William  Makeup: Melissa Vaccaro with Ashley Sievert Beauty, Band:Groovy7, Catering:Rock N Bowl and Dickie Brennan and Co., Videographer: Wed Flik, Stationery/Calligraphy:Wedding Paper Divas, Cakes: Sucre, cupcakes by Haydel’s – Groomscake – Cakes by Jeanne — comic book cake, Wedding Rings: Beje, Bride’s Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero “Emma”, Bride’s Gown Store: Humbug Bridal, Bride’s Shoes: BCBG and Striking, Bride’s Jewelry: Something Borrowed from Groom’s Mother — earrings, Bridesmaids’ Attire Designer: Alfred Angelo, Bridesmaids’ Attire Store: Humbug Bridal, Groom’s Attire: Jeff’s Haberdahery, Groomsmen’s Attire: John’s Tuxedo, Miscellaneous: A’Capella Guys, Bridesmaids Clutches: Ruby Rue Creations, 2nd Line Handkerchiefs: custom made by roxygs on Etsy, Boutonnieres:custom made by glamMKE on Etsy, Bride’s Brooch Bouquet: Designed by Bride and Friends,Groomsmen’s Mugs: Custom made by Rick Guhman, Sr. Centerpieces/Decor: Bride DIY, Event Live Artist: Christina Pappion Artistry