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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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Emily and Charles were married on February 19 at St. Louis Cathedral and held their reception at Mardi Gras World in Algiers. The start to the reception was wild and a sight to see as a high school marching band led Emily and Charles in a second line to the delight of the crowd.  It was probably one of my favorite moments during the wedding and the second line led straight into their first dance.

It was an incredible night and the kickoff of our 2011 wedding year.  Please enjoy their closing montage above and a few photos from their prep session and the reception below.

Emily and Charles wanted something different for their engagement photos and videos.  After tossing some ideas around, I thought of the perfect place for their engagement session.  We settled on Mardi Gras World on the Westbank and we had a fantastic time playing with all the floats and decorations on this shoot.  It worked out even better because Emily and Charles are having their reception at Mardi Gras World.  It was a great shoot that showed off their personality and love of Mardi Gras.  Below are a few teaser photos from our shoot and their engagement video will be coming soon.

The Mystic Krewe of Olympia held their 45th Annual Ball at the Castine Center in Mandeville on Saturday January 16.  The New Orleans Saints were the main theme of the night as many of the decorations were in black and gold.  The Krewe even brought in two large screen projectors to broadcast the game at the Castine Center as the Saints played the Arizona Cardinals in the divisional round of the playoffs.  Following the presentation of the King and Queen and her court, everyone at the Ball enjoyed a great night of music and dancing.  The Krewe of Olympia will hold their parade on Saturday February 6 at 6pm.