As a New Orleans Wedding Photographer, I have the unique perspective as a native of New Orleans- and the advantages that come with growing up here. Aside from knowing enough people to make a couple’s dream come true with a quick phone call, I sometimes get the privilege of photographing the weddings of people I’ve known for ages. When Jessica approached me last year about telling her wedding story, I loved the idea of capturing the happy moments in the life of someone I’d known when we were so much younger and so very different than we are now. I had yet to meet Ian but once I did it was obvious that Jessica was one of the lucky ones who had found her perfect match. After one afternoon with them, I knew that telling their love story would be a breeze.
One of the aspects I really loved about Jessica and Ian’s wedding was the emphasis they put on family. And I don’t mean that in the way some couples concede details of their wedding to make their families happy. Rather, they wanted to include their families in as much of the process as possible. They wanted their parents there for the First Look and even waited to view their wedding photos until they could all get together (which is saying something when working around two Nurses schedules!). Jessica’s also included family in her handmade broach bouquet by using broaches that once belonged to their grandparents. It was touching to see their love for their families demonstrated in so many simple yet special ways on their wedding day.
Like most weddings, the day was a blur. But Jessica and Ian both wore the biggest smiles from start to finish. While there was the usual nervous tension in the air when I first arrived, all of that melted as soon as the couple was in each other’s arms. From then on they rarely left each other’s side. Couples often get pulled away from one another at their receptions by their respective families and guests. But not these two- if they weren’t standing side by side with hands linked, they were most likely together on the dance floor. Their happiness together really radiated around the venue making it a night nobody wanted to end.
Many thanks to the illustrious Kate Gegenheimer for being my right hand woman and telling this love story with me and to Jill at Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation for hosting this beautiful wedding.