Leigh + Kate · New Orleans, Louisiana · Wedding Photographer

Ahhh, I've been wanting to post this one all summer since I shot it! And I am beyond excited to share this with you all because this wedding is near and dear to my heart. In fact, I cry almost every time I'm going through the ceremony images. No joke. I'm an emotional person and if I'm shooting your wedding, I'm probably shooting through tears, haha. The love always hits me right in the feels.

So, some backstory for this one. I never had cousins growing up, I never had anyone in my family who was my age. Everyone was so much older than me. This is because my mom, being the oldest of her siblings and cousins, had me young and therefore I was the only child in the family for at least a decade, if not more. Well, when my grandfather married his wife, my wonderful step-grandmother Anne, I finally got some cousins who were at the very least, somewhat close to my age. And I thought they were the bees knees, especially Leigh. This is because she was the closest in age to me, and the fact that she was slightly older just made me want to do everything she did. Y'all, I thought she was the freakin' coolest girl. But, like most kids that have an annoying younger child practically stepping on their heels, the feeling was not mutual. To be fair, I totally needed someone to pick on me, being the only child of a whole family for a long time, that was one part of growing up that just never happened to me until I met Leigh.

Lets fast forward to the present. Leigh has grown up to be this incredible woman who still inspires me. And even though I'm not physically stepping on her heels trying to follow her around at family functions, I follow her on social media and I'm just constantly amazed at her beautiful writing, her ability to connect with others and tell stories, and her infinitely intriguing adventures. On top of this, she is hilarious... I mean like, really really hilarious. Contagious laugh and all, she had me laughing this whole weekend that I spent in New Orleans.

Basically, she's still the freakin' coolest girl.

Now on to the next chapter of this story. We get out of life and love what we put in to it, right? Right. And that's why Leigh has Kate. Leigh is incredible, so Kate is incredible. Simple as that. I met Kate for the first time when Leigh brought her to the beach to visit my parents and I a while back. You know those people who, upon first meeting, give you the feeling that you can be comfortable and you just feel welcomed? Like, you just stepped into your grandmothers house and she's made you this warm cooked meal and you just feel right at home, because you are? Yeah, Kate is one of those people. She is warm, kind, genuine, and all around the sweetest.

I am so grateful to have been there to capture their celebration of love and commitment to one another. My step dad, Mark, was the officiant of this gorgeous and intimate ceremony in New Orleans City Park, and he is an absolutely incredible speaker, I wish y'all could hear what he wrote. It was so very beautiful, and I hope that you can feel the emotions through these images.

Doing wedding photography never ceases to be an unforgettable experience. Each wedding is so unique and extraordinarily special, every time I leave from shooting a wedding I just feel like I'm glowing from the inside out. Feeling the love exchanged between the bride and bride, the family, and friends is pretty indescribable. I feel so blessed for the people that put their trust in me as their photographer.

 


Golden Hour at Bud And Alleys · 30A Seaside, Florida Photographer

Another late night update for the blog. It seems like some my most creativity and self motivation for these things comes after the sun goes down. Funny how that happens... I wish days were just like maybe 6 hours longer, I think that would be perfect for me!

Anyways, I was in Florida last month (my hometown of Seagrove) which is this beautifully tucked away beach community on the Emerald Coast, if you've never heard of it. It borders on Seaside and if you've never been there, watch The Truman Show (great movie, even if you never step foot in Seaside where its filmed!). To keep it short and sweet, Seaside and the whole highway of 30A is this somewhat well kept secret of an incredibly beautiful area of the south where new urbanism is flourishing in these beach communities dotted along highway 30A. Until I got older and explored more, I took it for granted and never realized how interesting of a place it was to grow up from 12 years old on.

In the heart and beach front of Seaside is the bar Bud And Alleys (which was also where I worked my second ever real job as a busser my sophmore summer of High School). It's one of most popular bars/restaurants in that area, and for good reason. The sunset view from there is something you can't get at most of the places on 30A anymore with million dollar homes blocking the beach. People flock to Bud And Alley's during the golden hour for the view, toasts with friends, and good food. So, I'll get to it, then! I couldn't resist snapping some photos when I was there in May. The light filtering in was so beautiful, and I wanted to capture a bit of the energy that exists in there.