New Orleans City Park Wedding 4-23-17
I enjoyed working with this fine group of folks from the Bay area. They wisely incorporated a nice chunk of time before the wedding for a first look and a few portraits around the grounds of the botanical garden, which is easily one of the nicest places to shoot in New Orleans. As luck would have it, the temperature dropped by quite a bit that day, and the wind picked up as well, making for a climate much more reminiscent of the Bay area than New Orleans. I'm trying out a new format for this blog post, with the photographs broken out into a few galleries. Clicking on any of the thumbnails should pop out a viewer that is easy to navigate.
Gallery: First Look and Portraits in New Orleans City Park Botanical Garden
Ceremony at the Peristyle:
Once the first look and portraits were accomplished, it was across the Great Lawn to the Peristyle for the ceremony. The wind was howling with so much force that I was concerned about my light stands blowing over, even without any umbrellas or modifiers on them at all. The florist, Kim Starr Wise, even had to come up with an impromptu restraint system to keep the flowers from blowing right off their pedestals. Nonetheless, the ceremony went off without a hitch, and after bubble exit it was back across the lawn for the reception.
Gallery: Ceremony at the Peristyle, New Orleans City Park
The wedding was held entirely in New Orleans City Park, including portraits and first look in the Botanical Garden, ceremony at the Peristyle, and the reception at the Conservatory of the Two Sisters. Great floral arrangements and impromptu wind safety rigging by Kim Starr Wise!
Reception: Conservatory of the Two Sisters
Despite the unusually cold weather, this bunch wasn't determined to get the blood flowing on the dance floor, and gave me plenty of opportunity to capture some great party shots. The best man also delivered one of the most memorable speeches of all time, delivered a la early 90's hip hop, with impeccable timing and a beat from the DJ. Although not technically perfect, the last image is my favorite, with the hands of the bride's daughter her new step-father on the dress; a bit of a metaphor for the newly created family.