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Arte by CheyAnne

Amanda and Kenny celebrated their wedding among their closest family members and dearest of friends in an intimate ceremony in front of the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square.  As soon as I walked in the room for bridal prep I fell in love with all of her details, and the girls mis-matched — yet perfectly matched, dresses!  The vintage diy style to it all made my heart swoon!  It was quickly time to head to the square for Amanda and Kenny’s first look.  Rain was threatening to rain on our parade, but they were able to see each other and take a few photos before Amanda stepped out of her shoes and ran under the Pentalba Apartments as the clouds opened up.  It didn’t just rain, it poured for about 4o minutes.  Luckily, it was not all a wash though, by 40 minutes prior to the ceremony time, the sun appeared again.  The show could go on!

Amanda and Kenny’s wedding party included all of their children and their spouses, plus the grandkids.  There was a very laid back vibe to the whole day, with groomsmen cheering for Alabama and LSU as they came down the aisle.  Later on in the day I gave a “Geaux Tigers!” only to be almost fired by the bride’s son, he asked, “who hired this girl!”  I suppose I should determine my bride’s team of preference before — but it was all in good fun and banter!  :) I really enjoyed getting to know their family and capture this momentous occasion for them.  The group met up after the ceremony to party on Bourbon St.  Congratulations!  Enjoy!

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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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