When we arrived at The Roosevelt Hotel on the afternoon of Jessica and Ian’s wedding, the festivities and preparations were in full swing. Hair and makeup preparations were in progress, champagne was being enjoyed, and bridesmaid dress alterations were being made furiously by the aunt of the bride. Yes, this is truly a real wedding day scene. 🙂 It’s always good to be on your toes, and have your emergency kit handy, and someone that can use everything in it. Luckily, this group was doing fantastic on time, so there were no delays, and everyone looked seamless! (Pun intended!) It was also a scene of familiar faces for us, as I had photographed her cousins wedding a few years before. We love getting to work with a family multiple times because there is already trust instilled from the start when they have seen our work before. We also got to do a bridal session with Jessica shortly before the wedding, so we got to spend more time with her and her mom. The bridals turned out great as well!
I wish I would have written down this memory right away, because sometimes I’m afraid I’ll get the details wrong when I recall it a few weeks later, but the locket in the first picture below is very special to Jessica. If memory serves me correctly, her grandparents gave all the granddaughters a locket with a photo of them inside of it. I thought this was a wonderful idea, and something I know I would certainly cherish if I were given a gift like this from my grandparents. The cross was also a special memento of the other grandma, possibly. Jessica, you can correct me here if I’ve gotten it mixed up! 🙂
The preparation time quickly passed and it was time to get everyone across the street for the ceremony at Immaculate Conception, one of my favorite churches in the city. At the close of the ceremony the guests made their way to the Federal Ballroom just a couple of blocks away, while the bride and groom had a more leisurely stroll with us as we took photographs en route. From there the evening passed quickly. Guests took shifts keeping the dance floor busy, and the younger generation of cousins seemed to be out there all night. I loved when the saxophone player with Phunky Monkeys got out on the dance floor in the middle of the guests and broke it down. It was pretty impressive! Thank you Jessica and Ian for allowing us to be there as your New Orleans wedding photographers to document your day! Enjoy!
Contributing Artist: Preparation Location: The Roosevelt Hotel, Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church, Reception Venue: The Federal Ballroom, Hair: Kara Cunningham with Up’Sa Daisy, Makeup: Kellie Bode, DJ/Band: The Phunky Monkeys, Catering: Capdeboscq Catering Service, Florist: Federicos Family Florist, Videographer: Michael Maples Video Productions, Stationery/Calligraphy: Invitations- The American Wedding, Calligraphy: Bride herself, Cakes: Haydel’s Bakery, Wedding Rings: Bride’s Rings came from Robbin’s Brothers, Groom’s Rings came from JVL Jewelry and QALO, Bride’s Gown Designer: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner, Bride’s Gown Store: Ventura’s Bridal, Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka, Bride’s Jewelry: JC Penney, Bridesmaids’ Attire Designer & Store: David’s Bridal, Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Al’s Formalwear, Miscellaneous: Bridesmaid jewelry: The Fab Bridal Jewelry