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House of Blues Wedding | New Orleans | Todd & Carlene

November 5, 2014

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’s 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‚ĶCarlene 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‚Ķ.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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