Dodging Hurricanes in the Name of Love - Andrew and Brad
Sometimes nature just doesn't quite cooperate with our humanly desires, and on October 07, 2017, nature definitely was in the mood to make our day memorable. With all of New Orleans under the cloud of a city-mandated curfew, the grooms, along with the wedding planner and hotel staff, moved mountains in order to get the time of the wedding moved up several hours. It made for a tense night as we all watched the weather and looked for updates from the city on the curfew. In any case, the weather cooperated just enough for us to have a blast, and certainly made for some very memorable experiences for the grooms and guests, and lots of funny stories to be told for years.
When we arrived, I shot some window light portraits of Brad and Andrew with the nice full length windows at the Bourbon Orleans, and grabbed some candid shots of them shooting the breeze with their friends, and enjoying their chance to catch up. Once our portraits were accomplished, flowers pinned, and everyone was ready, we made a mad dash over to the ceremony location right next to St. Louis Cathedral. Ponchos made for memorable photo opportunities!
Once we made it to the Presbytere for the ceremony, there was a little downtime while guests navigated the rain and arrived, and I captured a few nice moments while Brad and Andrew had some time to themselves.
Once the guests had all arrived and had a chance to dry off and get seated, the ceremony started. Well delivered readings and a very impassioned and touching set of vows made for a short but sweet celebration, and we were back on our way to the Bourbon Orleans for cocktail hour and then the reception.
Back at the Bourbon Orleans, ran up and grabbed some shots of the beautiful setup and details while the guests enjoyed a brass band downstairs for cocktail hour.
The guests had a blast grooving with the brass band, which proceeded to lead the whole party up to the ballroom.
First dances, speeches and the cake cutting all made for great moments to capture.
...And from there, it was time to party!!!
Many thanks to Brad and Andrew for allowing me to be a part of their celebration, Brittany Gros of Jolie Weddings for moving mountains to coordinate with the vendors during the stress of the hurricane watch, Ryan Hogdson-Rigsbee for great work second shooting, and the staff at the Bourbon Orleans for their hard work.