In my latest New Orleans wedding photography adventure, I met a fantastic couple who wanted to do things a little bit differently. While they wanted to have a traditional Catholic Mass for their ceremony, their reception was to be anything but traditional. Instead of a big cake, bouquet tosses, and speeches, Jessica and Aidan threw a party their guests won’t soon forget.
Both teachers living in the Bywater of New Orleans, Aidan proposed to Jessica after they purchased their first home together. They wanted their wedding to not only reflect a Catholic upbringing, but also the artsy nature of the neighborhood they have made their home. They didn’t want a big, flashy reception where the true meaning of the evening would get lost. Instead they wanted all of their guests to celebrate their union in true New Orleans fashion- with costumes and dancing! After their ceremony at the impressive Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church on Baronne, everyone was invited to walk across the street to the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel and enjoy a cocktail before taking a break to change into costumes. At their reception at Press Street Station, the Bride and Groom had a table of complimentary costumes in lieu of favors. Fortunately, no amount of animal masks and goofy glasses could hide the joy on everyone’s faces. The love the guests felt for the couple could be felt when the Bride and Groom invited everyone to join them on the dance floor for their first dance. Instead of a slow dance with everyone looking on, they shared the moment with all of their friends and family, dancing happily together as the band belted out “My Girl”. The love overflowed the dance floor and spilled out onto Press Street.
While we all know I’m a sucker for wedding portraits, my favorite shots from this wedding were the candids. I loved capturing all the happiness everyone couldn’t possibly contain. But even more so, I loved the quick moments when Aidan would sneak in a sweet kiss to his bride’s forehead. It made my heart melt every time. Just like the couple, Jessica and Aidan’s families were some of the sweetest I’ve met to date. Their mothers checked on me and my second shooter the whole night, making sure we had a chance to eat some of the fantastic food Press Street catered. When they weren’t being the perfect hosts, both moms could be found on the dance floor tearing it up! There were points in the night where nearly everybody was rockin’ out to the band. It truly was a celebration to remember.
Here are my favorite shots from the day. Many thanks to Patrick Quirk for helping capture every moment. Congratulations, Jessica and Aidan!