Some 2012 Wedding Favorites

What a year!  With my 2012 weddings all wrapped up, I wanted to look back at some of the awesome couples that I got to photograph.  Here are a few of my favorites in no particular order.  Thanks to all the couples I got to spend time with and the other photographers I've worked with for making all this happen. 2013 is going to be an unforgettable year.  In addition to a whole bunch of personal travel, I've already got spring weddings booked in four states.  For those of you shopping around for photographers, check out the Contact page now and get in on the good times!

Cheers,

Steve

William and Scarlett's Preservation Hall Wedding

What can I say?  I love Scarlett and Billy's style.  They brought folks in from around the country (and other countries) to experience an amazing weekend in New Orleans.  My part started the night before the wedding with coverage of their welcome dinner, a great setup in the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum.  Entertainment was provided by the Emily Estrella and the Fauxbarrio Billionaires.  Nothing gets a wedding weekend started like good food and good music. If rain on your wedding day is good luck then Billy and Scarlett will have an extremely lucky marriage.  Both Friday and Saturday it rained all day right up to the point when their events started, and as if they knew the rain's thoughts ahead of time, the evening skies cleared and left us with beautiful weather.  Preservation Hall, renowned for its dirt floors and good music, provided an intimate setting perfect for their ceremony.  Personalized vows with humor and sincerity (and their little one wanting to get in on things) had everybody alternating between laughing and crying.  And after such a flood of happy thoughts, everybody was ready to second line over to the Napoleon House for the reception.

I always love seeing personalized details at weddings.  In addition to writing their own vows, Billy also customized his suit for the occasion.  Their rings were custom made with their fingerprints.  They had personalized favors for their guests and whole schedules of activities made up for the weekend.  I don't even know what their "cake" was, but it was different and tasted fantastic.  And, well, I could go on.  Suffice it to say, as I began with, I love their style and was thrilled to be a part of their wedding.  A big "cheers" to Scarlett and Billy.

Holly & Greg's French Quarter Engagement Session

Being a photographer teaches to you rush into situations that most people would rather be rushing out of.  Big events going on?  Gotta go take pictures.  It's nighttime in run down areas?  Gotta go take pictures.  It's been raining all day and you have an engagement session you might need to reschedule?  Nah, gotta go take pictures. Holly and Greg got engaged at the St. Louis Hotel (now Hotel Mazarin), so they wanted to come back and do some of their engagement pictures there.  The fact that it had been raining all day and suddenly cleared up only minutes before I met with them meant that the entire hotel courtyard was empty, the chairs tilted to prevent water from pooling, and... water everywhere.  But did I mention it was empty?  Having the whole courtyard to ourselves was a rare luxury and let us all relax and take some great pictures.  By the time we ventured out for a few shots in the quarter it had turned into a genuinely nice night.

One of the only picture requests they had was a shot in front of Preservation Hall.  But, as tends to happen, there was a big line in front totally blocking the view of the exterior.  It was also completely dark by the time we got there.  Luck smiled on us again when the girl working the door saw that we were struggling to shoot around the people and actually invited us into the courtyard to take whatever pictures we wanted.  Great end to a great session.