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I thought my 2013 Wedding Season concluded with Legrande and Kristy’s wedding but I was mistaken when I received an email from Michele checking on my availability for her wedding. Thankfully I was free and this was a fun wedding to shoot.

This was the first Jewish wedding ceremony I ever filmed and one of the great things about being a wedding professional is the exposure you get from filming different types of wedding ceremonies and traditions.  I enjoyed learning something new and being able to film this wedding was a great experience for me.

Michele and Ben were a great couple to work with and getting a chance to meet their family and friends made it better.  Michele asked that I walk around and try to get well wishes from her family and friends at the reception and normally guests are shy to talk to the camera, but not Michele and Ben’s guests.  All were willing to grab the mic and step in front the camera and wish the newlyweds their best.  It was wonderful and every interview spoke on how good Michele and Ben were as friends, as a brother and sister and just how good people they were.I enjoyed getting these soundbites and hearing them again during the edit process.

I can now say that my 2013 Wedding Season is now concluded with Michele and Ben and please enjoy their wedding montage above and can’t wait for my 2014 Wedding Year to start

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One of the great things to being a wedding professional is the ability to see a family grow.  That’s why I was so glad to hear from Heidi when she called and asked me to take Carson’s 1 year old photos.  I hadn’t seen Heidi in some time and was glad to catch up with her on life and her two sons.  It was a treat to meet Carson for the first time and the first thing I noticed was how similar Carson looked like his dad Chad.  It’s almost a spitting image of Chad and Carson was a superstar for his first photo session.

Just like his older brother Mason, Carson loved being in front of camera and was just a photogenic baby.  Every pose that Heidi and I for him, he nailed and best part of the shoot was the candids of Carson just being Carson.  Whether he was playing with his toys or eating his cupcake, Carson was a natural and was great to work with.  I can’t wait for the next time I’m able to shoot Heidi and her family

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Carson had a little too much cake during a mini cake smash with cupcakes

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Charlie and I go way back to our movie theatre days where he was the manager and I was the floor supervisor.  We worked and hung out a lot back then but once I left to focus on school and my upcoming college graduation, Charlie and I lost touch.  We still managed to hang out some, it became difficult with our schedules always clashing.  Flash forward several years and I run into Charlie’s old girlfriend Jennifer at a coffee shop when I was waiting to meet one of my brides.  I found out that Charlie and Jennifer are now engaged and were looking for a photographer for their wedding.  The next day, I met with Charlie and Jennifer and it felt like old times again and the last thing we talked about was their wedding.  It was all about the movie theatre, staying after hours to watch those movies, and just how young and stupid we were.  It was awesome and so was their wedding.  I’m thankful that I could be a small part of their wedding day and please enjoy some moments from Charlie and Jennifer’s Day

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One of my joys in  filming someone’s wedding is getting to know the couple throughout their wedding planning process.  I enjoy getting to know new people and I feel that the more invested you are to a couple, the better their wedding film will be.  For Courtney and Alan, I didn’t get that process but there is a reason for that.  First off, Alan called me about two weeks before the wedding and I’m happy that I was free for his wedding.  It was a blast to film their day and one of the lasting memories I will remember from their wedding was at their rehearsal mass.

Towards the end of  mass, Alan walks over and introduces me to Courtney.  She had no idea who I was and Alan then tells her that I’m the videographer and her reaction was priceless.  She was stunned and thrilled to have her day filmed and their day was a blast.  Their family and friends were great to hang out with and I couldn’t complain about anything of their day.  It was great.  Please enjoy their closing montage above and many thanks for Courtney and Alan for having us on their wedding day.

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Erin and Bryan got married on April 27, 2013 at St. Louis Cathedral and the Omni Hotel and it was a perfect day to film.  Their wedding weekend got off to a great start with the rehearsal dinner and just flowed into their wedding day.  I couldn’t ask for a better day for Erin and Bryan and enjoyed everything I did for them.  From their engagement session, their love story, and on their wedding, Erin and Bryan was such a treat to work with and their wedding and reception was a blast to film.  Please enjoy their closing montage film above and thanks to Erin and Bryan for having my staff and I there to film their day.

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Mardi Gras and New Orleans go hand in hand.  Growing up in the Big Easy, I’ve experienced my share of Mardi Gras and actually grew very tired of it during college. For a number of years I even scheduled my vacation around carnival and left town for a few days.

Then all of a sudden I regained my carnival spirit when I took my niece to her first parade last year and enjoyed seeing the sights and sounds that is Mardi Gras and New Orleans.  Watching my niece scream and enjoy all the throws she was receiving was a sight to see.  Fast forward to this year and I grew excited about Mardi Gras and everything that it offers.  Besides the great floats, many schools, their cheerleaders and bands are involved in the parade and march with the krewes along the route.

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It’s a great time to hang out with the family and just meet new people while catching beads, stuff animals, and enjoying the parade.  Mardi Gras is an event that everyone should experience and it’s the greatest free party in the world.  I love this city and my re-discovery of Mardi Gras with my family and niece.  Happy Mardi Gras to everyone.

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My last session of 2012 was a family sister shoot with Sarah, Emily, and Amanda.  It was fun times and one of the best things about this session is that Sarah is one of my former volleyball players and I’ve known her since her freshman year in high school.  It’s always special for me to work with one of past players and I even coached Sarah during a club volleyball season.  That’s how far back we go.

Another great thing about this shoot was getting to know her sisters Emily and Amanda.  One of the life lessons I’ve learned from my grandfather was getting to know your clients and I have used that as the basis for DVB.  Just like Sarah, Emily and Amanda are great girls and all three of them were very friendly camera friendly.  I noticed during the shoot that Amanda, the youngest of the three, is the wild child and climbed up a tree for her solo pictures.  It made for a great shot and the look on Sarah and Emily as she went up on the tree was priceless.

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Sarah and Emily looking up at Amanda

The one thing I haven’t mentioned is that Sarah is getting married in 2014 and this was just one of many photo and film sessions that I have planned for Sarah, her family, and her fiancee Ray.  I had a great time with these sisters and I can’t wait to be a small part of Sarah’s wedding and capture their moments on film and photos.  To view more photos from their session, please visit our Facebook page at this link

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“I know her” was the common theme of the night when I first met Robert and Caroline during their wedding consultation.  Almost every video sample I showed Robert and Caroline, she would say “I know her”  It became even more comical when I showed her photos on my iPad and she kept saying I know her, her too.  Caroline basically knew about 3/4 of all my brides.

To add to the six degrees of separation, she played volleyball in high school and played against my brother  during her playing days and even knows some of my contacts in my volleyball coaching circles.  It was pretty amazing and neat that we had so much in common from brides to volleyball.  I knew that this would be a perfect match between us and me.

On Father’s Day, I met Robert and Caroline for their engagement session at Audubon Park and it was a picture perfect day.  We took photos all over the park and even managed to hop on the golf course to snap a few on the green.  It was a great day and I even got to met Robert’s son and take some photos of them on this Father’s Day.  It was perfect.

I can’t wait to get started on even more pre-wedding sessions with Robert and Caroline.  They are scheduled to get married on March 23, 2013 at St. Rosalie’s Church in Harvey.

 

Loan and Tot opened our 2012 Wedding Season with a spectacular day on January 7, 2012 in Baton Rouge.  I loved everything about Loan and Tot’s wedding day.  It started early in the morning with Loan’s Bridal Prep and went straight into the traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony at her parents home.

 

 

I really enjoy the tradition of the tea ceremony with the groom’s family coming to the bride’s home with food, gifts, and drinks.  It was a great sight especially with Loan becoming really emotional when she heard her brother and father talk about their love for her.

Following the ceremony at St. Anthony, they had a mini break in-between the start of the reception. Loan and Tot had close family and friends come back to their house for a family style lunch.  This was a great idea.  We’ve often rushing from the church to the reception hall, but this allowed us to take our time and take a breathe following the ceremony.

After lunch, we headed to the reception hall to get ready.  One of my favorite aspects of Vietnamese weddings is having the Bride and Groom greet every guest at the reception and take a photo with them.  This is wonderful idea and it allows the couple to see everyone at their reception.

Following the greeting of the guests, we have the introductions of both families by the MC and dinner.  The food was delicious and it prepared for the favorite part of Asian weddings that I love to film and photo.

With over 700 guests, Loan and Tot walked to each table to receive the gifts and hear table speeches for someone at the table.  Filming this is always a challenge and with over 45 tables, it was wild.  Along with the speech, the table also toast the couple with glasses of wine or shots of alcohol.  It’s a sight that you have to experience.  This was my third Vietnamese wedding and the thrill of filming and shooting the table speeches is a great one.

I enjoyed every aspect of this wedding and this was a great start to our 2012 Wedding Season

I’ve known the Seghers family since I was in high school and they were just awesome to shoot during their Family Session at City Park.  I hoped for more sun during the day, but besides that everything went perfectly and I couldn’t be more happier.  They were such a photogenic family to shoot and the grandchildren were especially fun to play with out in the open.  I had such a fun time with them and please enjoy some of the photos below.  For a few more photos of the session, please visit our facebook fan page.

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