When I first arrived at Rip Van Winkle, like always, I greeted the Bride and her girl gang, then I got started with the getting ready shots and captured those fine wedding details. Lacey’s unique marquis-cut wedding ring was beyond gorgeous, and her chosen wedding colors were rich and vibrant (definitely my favorite kind of wedding colors to photograph!).
After the details, I go straight into the getting ready shots. The ones with the bride fixing her jewelry, bridesmaids and maid of honor helping with the dress, etc. One of my favorite parts about their wedding was being able to witness and capture the love that she shares with her two sisters; there really is no bond like that #sisterbond. Their mother passed away several years ago, so they shared several beautiful moments together getting ready. I loved hearing them tell her how much she looked like their mom <3
Lacey opted out for a full bridal session, but asked for a few bridal shots once she was dressed and before her first look with her dad. The sunlight at this time hit perfectly through some of the greenery and florals found at Rip Van Winkle. One of her sisters is a fellow wedding photographer and suggested the trending shot of all the bridesmaids framing the bride’s face with florals. OBSESSED.
Following the details and the getting ready shots, I like to do my pre-game portraits. The getting ready or “bride with her girls” and the “groom with his guys” shots are always a blast for me. You never know what fun each group will bring! For the bridesmaids, they chose to pop some champagne, which sparkled in the golden hour sunlight. And the groomsmen chose to do a “race for the beer can.” You can see who took their job VERY seriously (hint: the groom!).
The wedding ceremony highlighted the world’s most beautiful Louisiana sunset. As a wedding photographer, I drooled over the true golden hour, with a colorful blue hour for some fun silhouette shots. And the way that Michael just looked at Lacey is *chef’s kiss* PERFECTION. His expressions alone screamed how proud and excited he was to be marrying Lacey <3
Entering their reception, they got started with their first dance. Their first dance, like all first dances, made me teary-eyed. Something about witnessing such a true and powerful love between two people while listening to their song and watching them dance like no one else is in the room, is one of my favorite parts of any wedding.
And then the reception party really got started. The strobe lights came out. The music was hyped. And the dance floor was filled with guests of ALL ages (scroll to see the break-dance by a very unexpected guest! LOL). Lastly, as a Louisiana-native, I love how they opted for a trending grand exit with sparklers but gave it a Louisiana-flare with a second line style. They added in some fun umbrellas and then they re-entered the reception with everyone waving their white cloths. I was truly honored to be their wedding photographer <3
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