Not long ago, someone asked me what I have learned from shooting weddings. My answer? That every wedding is different. And I don’t mean just tiny nuanced variations. I mean each wedding is as unique as the couple getting married. Helene and Jeff’s wedding was probably the most unique wedding I’ve shot yet! Instead of the typical ceremony followed by a reception, they spread their wedding out over two days and had two receptions! They wanted to tie the knot in the church where her parents were married fifty years before but the schedules of the church and reception venues didn’t allow for the ceremony and reception to happen on the same day. So they did as any determined couple would do and split it up! It seemed like a more daunting way to enjoy (and photograph!) a wedding but it turned out to be kind of the best thing ever. The couple got twice as much time to enjoy their wedding day and I got twice as much time to enjoy working with them.
Helene and Jeff have to be one of the most fun couples I’ve worked with to date. They didn’t take themselves too seriously and were incredibly laid back. I felt so relaxed around them, like we had been friends for years. Their reception on the Natchez was so fun I wanted to stay for the cruise after we were done shooting! Plus they were so incredibly kind to me and my team that it really warmed my heart. The way they looked at each other when no one was watching (well, no one except for me) was so sweet and loving. But when eyes were turned on them their antics were so hilarious I laughed until it hurt. I won’t post any of the photos here but I think I have about a dozen of Jeff flipping the bird. That’s just who they were- irreverent, fun, and underneath all of the laughter, very kind. Congratulations, Helene and Jeff, and thank you again for having me along on your incredibly special weekend.
I present to you A New Orleans Wedding in Two Acts. Act One: An Old Metairie ceremony, second line, and dinner. Act Two: An uptown prep followed by a reception on The Natchez in the French Quarter.