New Orleans has become one of the top destinations for Weddings in the US. With our mixture of old-world charm and Southern hospitality, it really isn’t a secret why couples choose to get married here. Mariah and Bill were one such lucky New Orleans Destination Wedding couple. Both from Arizona, they chose to get married here without ever visiting the city before! Such a choice really summed up this fun and adventurous couple who seemed to love surprises as much as they love each other.
Mariah and I started talking about her wedding several months out. Between emails and phone calls, I got to know her and what she wanted on her wedding day. Mariah wasn’t the typical bride- she was rather laid back about most of the planning. She wanted a small wedding with her close family and friends peppered with New Orleans tradition but didn’t sweat the little details. The one thing she was particular about though was her dress. And after seeing it, I completely understood why! I always get excited when a bride sends me a photo of her dress. But when I saw Mariah’s I may have done a little happy dance. I had never seen a more unique, non-traditional wedding gown- and after meeting Mariah I saw that it suited her perfectly.
Mariah’s paired her dress with black and white high-top Chuck Taylor All-Stars and I added a brightly colored bouquet from the French Quarter’s own Flora Savage. She kept her jewelry simple- she wasn’t even wearing an engagement ring! The couple had decided to keep their rings a surprise until their wedding day which made perfect sense for a couple who chose a wedding destination they had never been to before. Nothing was lost without a ring in her Bridal photos though. She was classically beautiful with a completely modern look.
Big thanks to Midori Tajir-Byrd for Mariah’s incredible bridal makeup and Tommy Centanni for this simple up-do (which got completely upgraded to a pin-up look for the wedding!). I also have to hand it to Rachel from CellarDoor who was a huge help not only during the Bridal shoot but also on Mariah and Bill’s big day (and it was the first wedding ceremony she has held at CellarDoor!). Many thanks to Amy Neill at The Catahoula Hotel for letting us use her wonderful space as a location for this shoot (sidebar: Amy was also in Amber and Tatum’s Costa Rican wedding!) and to The Catahoula’s bar staff, Hope and Tristan, who literally let us take over the bar for a few minutes (I think Hope was as excited about the shoot as we were!). And, as always, thank you to my tireless right-hand-man, Patrick, who I would not have managed this shoot without.
This one will go down as one of my all time favorites! Enjoy this selection of images from our session.