I love going to places I’ve never photographed before. There’s something about it that sparks my little creative light and gets a new kind of energy flowing. So when Jami told me she wanted to set up her and Michael’s engagement session at Fort Morgan, I was thrilled! The day was overcast, but that didn’t stop us from getting some amazing + moody images at the fort — the clouds stood in our favor, acting like one big light diffuser!
From the bride: We chose a gorgeous Catholic Church called Immaculate Conception for our ceremony which I've always thought was one of the prettiest cathedrals in the city. Our reception followed at a venue called il Mercato in the heart of the Lower Garden District...one of my favorite areas of the city. Built in 1931, il Mercato is a Spanish colonial style building designed by prominent local architect Sam Stone and originally constructed as a neighborhood market. The 2014 renovation by local restaurateur Joel Dondis added herringbone wood floors, Italianate chandeliers, and a furnished library with banquet seating. The property also features a large private courtyard and that I fell in love with the second I stepped foot through the wrought iron gate. It epitomizes old New Orleans and is out of the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter and Bourbon St...what most people unfortunately think of when they hear New Orleans. I wanted people to feel like they were a local for the weekend and getting a taste of the hidden and off the beaten path gems of the city. I wanted my ceremony and reception to welcome people with open arms, in the same way I feel the city does when people come to visit.
A big congratulations to the happy newlyweds!!
Planning: Brooke Casey Weddings
Venue: il Mercato
Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals
Catering: Joel Catering
Florals: Antigua Floral
Hair: Ali Vasquez
MUA: Lynna Vo
Lounge: Distressed Rentals
Reception Band: The Phunky Monkeys
Second Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band
Dress Designer: Alyne
Ring Box: The Mrs. Box
Church: Immaculate Conception
Prep Location: Henry Howard Hotel
Bakery: Swiss Confectionery
Lighting & Hedges: Luminous Events
Marie + Chris traveled all the way from Nevada to elope in their favorite city - New Orleans, Louisiana. Bringing only their two best friends along with them, (and the bride's amazing red-bottom Christian Louboutin's OF COURSE), we all hopped in a fancy limousine and headed across the river to the beautiful Algiers Courthouse. After the couple said "I do", we explored around the French Quarter for more photos and ended the day in the best way we knew how -- ordering delicious beignets at the iconic Cafe Du Monde for the bride & groom's slice of cake! The day was so simple, all about the love between these two, and it couldn't have been more perfect for them. If you know me, you know I LOVE a sweet & simple elopement!
Some rainy-filled days changed up our original plan, leading us to this beautiful Mississippi harbor instead. And we're so happy it did! That's the beautiful thing about life, it twists and turns and sometimes you end up in unexpected places meeting wonderful new people and discovering things you could have never imagined if you tried. Leigh Ann & Jonathan's togetherness reminded me of the waters surrounding them. Calm, serene, and free. They moved together, as the wind moves the sea, finding stillness in between. We cannot wait to be a part of their wedding celebration later this year!