Brad and Amanda booked us in 2012 for their wedding. That’s right… 2012. Why? Because, at that time, they knew precisely three things about their wedding.
1) They wanted to marry each other. More than anything in the world.
2) They wanted to get married in New Orleans.
3) They wanted us to shoot it.
In the months (and months and months) since that first coffee date, we’ve grown to love this couple SO very much. They kept their eyes firmly on the prize, which is so hard to do with a long engagement. Even when things got stressful… when the pressure of planning an event hours and hours away from where you live threatened to overwhelm their lives… they remembered what was important. They were getting MARRIED.
And in the end, that laser focus on the end-goal made their wedding one of the most heartfelt and intimate we’ve ever had the honor of photographing. From the thoughtful venue choice of Race & Religious, to details around every corner paying homage to grandparents in heaven, this wedding FELT LIKE SOMETHING. It felt like Amanda & Brad. And now, Amanda & Brad are married. So, really, the entire thing was just a massive win.
Such a precious First Sight! Amanda did ALL the design and decor for their wedding herself (with assembly help from the wedding party, of course). She was SO busy on the wedding day, and it was wonderful to see her cares melt away as soon as she was in the arms of her sweetheart!
The sun came out just minutes before the ceremony, for the first time in DAYS. It’s like even the sky was happy about this hitchin’. 😉
Brad and Amanda were married on the bride’s late grandparents’ wedding anniversary, and as her cousin performed the ceremony, he talked about the legacy of love that couple left their family. I can’t imagine ANYONE’S eyes were dry.
Mr. & Mrs. Johnson!!
This is one of my favorite images from the whole day… it really shows how “off in their own world” this couple was in the few minutes after being pronounced Husband & Wife!
That decor I mentioned earlier? Seriously impressive. There are so many nooks & crannies around Race & Religious, and Amanda had ideas to personalize each and every one of them with details & signage that personally mattered to the couple. Seriously stunning design!
I’m never NOT impressed by cigar rollers at weddings… honestly, it makes me wish I could stand to smoke one for more than a minute or two. They just smell SO GOOD!
Wow. I mean, we were there, and still… WOW.
And just think, we’ve still got a stunning “morning after” session in the French Quarter to share tomorrow. You do NOT want to miss that… see you on Friday! 🙂