Michelle and Josh tied the knot at the French Quarter’s Omni Royal Hotel. While Michelle wasn’t really the “big wedding” type, their guest list made a venue big enough to hold a lot of people necessary. I’m really glad they chose the Omni. It’s a beautiful Hotel and having a wedding there doesn’t actually feel like getting married at a hotel. The second floor terrace is a beautiful space to say “I do” with its gas lanterns and lush greenery. As a New Orleans Wedding Photographer, I photograph weddings in all sorts of spaces. The Omni was truly an enjoyable experience.
The word “irreverent” does not even begin to describe this couple. They are fun-loving jokesters who are always a second away from laughing. They don’t take themselves or each other very seriously and this laid-back attitude made for an easy day of photography for me! From the first look to the second-line send off, Michelle and Josh clearly enjoyed every second of their day together.
They had the largest wedding party I have ever photographed. With 25 total groomsmen and bridesmaids standing at their sides, I needed all of the wide lenses to capture their group! The terrace at the Omni worked perfectly to accommodate a group of that size. I was honestly rather impressed at how well the team at the Omni managed such a large wedding. I don’t think I talk enough about how crucial a solid team at a wedding venue is. The people working behind the scenes can really make or break a day- and make my job infinitely easier or infinitely more hard. The Omni’s team, including their on-site coordinator Elizabeth, worked wonders to make this large, would-be hectic wedding run smooth as butter. Hotels are not always my favorite places to capture weddings since they are often poorly lit. But the Omni does weddings right.
In addition to a first look with her groom (which I always adore capturing), Michelle decided to do a first look with her Dad as well. I have only staged a few of these in my career since wedding day timelines don’t often leave time for them. But they are always sweet, touching moments. This one was no exception. One of my favorite images from the day was Michelle and her mother hiding before the first look, waiting in anticipation.
This wedding might have had the most photobombs I have captured! Between the groom and his identical twin brother (who thankfully wore different colored suits!) there had to have been a good 20 photobombed shots. If it had been any other couple, I might have minded. But it really fit in with their personalities and made for a lot of funny easter eggs in their image roll. I truly enjoy telling the stories of couples who aren’t afraid to be themselves on their wedding day.
Big ups to Kate Gegenheimer for helping me capture this giant wedding with all the grace I’ve come to love. Here are my favorites!