Hannah & Charlie were married on March 23rd, with a ceremony and reception at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens in New Orleans, La.
One of the things that impressed me the most about this wedding was the way that Hannah and Charlie made everyone at the wedding feel loved and appreciated while maintaining a laid-back, no-drama approach to their celebrations. Right at the start of the day, as I photographed Hannah getting ready at her parent’s home, I could see how much family and friends meant as she listened to stories from best friends and her sister while on the back porch in matching pajamas. The mother-of-the-bride gave a moving speech about what her family means to her and then put away a few stray dishes before heading out with her family to the ceremony. There’s nothing better than getting ready for the next part of your life in the home you grew up in.
I was incredibly touched by the raw emotion that Hannah and Charlie allowed themselves to show. Friends continued to be a constant in the day with the flowers created by a good friend, a signature drink handed out by friends and another good friend providing music at the start of the ceremony. Charlie even came ready to make a martini for his new bride moments after they said I do.
New Orleans Botanical Garden Wedding Photography
Of course, I couldn’t talk about this wedding without mentioning the stunning venue. The ceremony was held in the gardens in front of the gorgeous flute fountain, so we were positively surrounded by beauty. The New Orleans Botanical Gardens is filled with natural splendor. The couple did there first look and wedding party portraits surrounded by the glorious blooms of the rose garden. Roses, lavender, irises, and dahlias, the garden was a beautiful backdrop for their ceremony and cocktail hour before moving inside. The Botanical Gardens is such a unique venue for a wedding with thousands of different species of plants, trees and flowers, the garden is a wonderful choice for wedding photography.
From there, we went inside the Pavilion of the Two Sisters to the most gorgeous tables covered in hand painted table cloths, elegant cheese and fruit displays and a vegetable table that brought the wild gardens inside. Hot beignets made there way around the dancing room and a boutique coffee table was nestled in the corner. The star of the evening was Big Sam’s Funky Nation who kept the crowd dancing and cheering throughout the evening and even let the groom take a turn as their bassist. It was wonderful to see the smiles on Hannah and Charlie’s faces. Their joy was truly infectious.
Thank you, Hannah and Charlie, for helping everyone remember that friends and family are truly the most important. It was an honor to be your wedding photographer.