Tree of Life + NOPSI Wedding, New Orleans, La | Emily & Danny

New Orleans Wedding at the NOPSI Hotel. I loved every bit of Danny and Emily's day.
The handmade bowties, incredible venues, and the subtle Star Wars theme throughout, all so good!

They chose such an amazing location to tie the knot. The tree of Life provides more than a ceremony backdrop, you step inside of it, and it surrounds you. And once the sun begins to set, wow. Transporting everyone from ceremony to reception was done right. Emily, Danny, and their guests second lined through new Orleans before arriving at the NOPSI to start their seated dinner reception. My coverage with them ended with a few toasts from their family and an amazing dinner. 

See Emily and Dannys photos from their New Orleans Wedding at the Tree of Life and NOPSI Hotel below. 

Locations: NOPSI Hotel + Tree of Life Audubon Park
Planning: Emily Sullivan Events
Photographer: Mike Lirette Photographer
Cake artist: The Sweet Life
Catering: NOPSI Hotel
Entertainment: The Fuego Showband
Rentals: Yur Event Rentals
Transportation: Unique Transportation

Audubon Clubhouse Wedding | Hannah & Sam | New Orleans, La

Hannah and Sam's outdoor ceremony under the oaks at Audubon Clubhouse was absolutely incredible.

 
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Their wedding ceremony timing could be used as the blueprint for all other outdoor ceremonies. Look at that gorgeous golden light shining down as Hannah and her father walk the long aisle between the oak trees! Does it get better than that?! Kudos to everyone involved in their wedding planning!

Engagement Session in the CBD | Emily & Danny, New Orleans, La

I'm so excited for their upcoming wedding at the newly renovated NOPSI Hotel

 
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Emily and Danny are the sweetest. We started their session at the Catahoula Hotel in the CBD. It was pretty chill considering we scheduled during the first Saints home game happening just a few blocks away. From the Catahoula, we stopped by the NOPSI for a quick change before UBERing to the river to mix up the backdrops. 
10 out of 10. Great, fun photoshoot!

If you'd like to see images from their wedding, click the link: Emily + Danny Married | Tree of Life and NOPSI Hotel wedding photography by Mike Lirette

Marche New Orleans | Detail images on 35mm Film

Check out a few detail images from a recent wedding at Marche, New Orleans

 
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Audubon Park Elopement | Rae & Christian, New Orleans

Rae and Christian eloped at the Historic Park View Guest House surrounded by their closest friends and family.

 
 

After a bit of furniture rearranging, the Park View Guest House's first-floor parlor made for a beautiful, intimate backdrop for their short elopement ceremony. Beautifully written vows left the entire room looking for tissues. Once their ceremony was finished, the group posed for a couple quick, fun group photos and then I took the couple for a short walk near Audubon Park for a portrait session. The high July humidity didn't affect them one bit! Enjoy their images below, and leave some love in the comments for the couple!  

The Cannery New Orleans | Mid-City Wedding Venue Spotlight

The Cannery in Mid-City, New Orleans hosted one heck of a party for their 5-year anniversary. Check out a few of my favorite detail photos here then click the link to The Cannery to see the rest! 

 
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Bee's Wedding and Event Design knocked it out of the park on the decor for the party. Great color palette, trendy seating areas, and killer floral/table combinations! 
I love The Cannery for their sleek, modern look, modular design, and giant bar. Also, it's pretty cool that they have a lighting system that can be customized to match and enhance any color palette. If you're looking for a wedding or reception venue outside of The French Quarter, with parking, and close proximity to the streetcar line, go tour The Cannery!

Algiers Courthouse Elopement | Mandy & John Elope on Holiday

Mandy and John joined us in New Orleans on holiday for their May elopement. 

 
 Algiers Courthouse Elopement
 

So, I'm never going on vacation again. From now on, it's holiday!
Mandy and John have known each other for years and their connection is unmistakable. It was an absolute pleasure to be around them both. John mentioned that their timing throughout the years was never quite right. Whether it was other relationships, jobs, or life, it was always something. But their patience paid off when they both reconnected and found their happiness together.
Enjoy a few of the highlights from their 1-hour elopement at the Algiers Courthouse in New Orleans, La. 
Cheers!

Audubon Tree of Life Wedding | A Wedding and a Gender Reveal

This wedding was nothing short of incredible. It was planned and designed by the amazingly efficient and organized team at Elyse Jennings Weddings (planning) and pulled off by the great team of New Orleans wedding vendors they assembled. 

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There were many well thought out details and personal touches throughout this wedding day. A few of my favorites were the gorgeous wooden pews set up under the Audubon Tree of Life during their ceremony, the Phish (band) bobble heads setup on their king cake, and the most awesome gender reveal during the cake cutting.
Scroll down for the images of that.
Like for real.
The black and white reaction shot is one of my most favorite wedding candids I've ever captured. 

Vendor Love
Wedding design & planning: Elyse Jennings Weddings
Prep location: Hotel Mazarin
Ceremony location: Audubon Tree of Life
Reception location:  La Louisiane
Cake artist: Haydels
Florist and Decor: Nola Flora
Bride's Makeup: Celeste with Make Me Up Nola
Wedding Gown: Carolina Herrera

French Quarter Mini Session | Caroline and Ben plus Baby M

These two are absolute naturals in front of the camera. Real laughs, real smiles, real good times.

 
 

Caroline, Ben and I had been scheduling and rescheduling their French Quarter Couple's Mini Session thanks to May showers for a few weeks. I'm so glad it finally worked out. We had a blast walking through the residential areas of the Quarter while I photographed their laughs. 

35mm Film Scans by The Find Lab
Location: French Quarter, New Orleans, La
Caroline's hair and makeup: Flawless Bride 
Ben's beard: Awesome

The Chicory New Orleans Wedding | Good food + Good people = Great time

When you combine good food with good people at your wedding, you end up having a killer party.

 
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Carly and Adriano threw quite the party. As soon as I walked into bridal prep I knew I was in for a fun wedding day. Snoop Dog jams playing on the iPhone, bridesmaids laughing it up, if anyone was nervous - it sure wasn't apparent in the bride's suite!
Their day continued on without a snag. The bride and groom's ceremony aisle was beautifully lit by candle light and backlit by the day's sunset.
We followed up their ceremony with a killer sunset, rooftop couple's session. Then quickly head back downstairs for an incredible seafood spread and dancing. 
They ended their night with a second line from none other than Kinfolk Brass Band leading down the stairs and onto Fulton Street.

Destin, Fl Beach Wedding | Destination Wedding Ceremony

Shannon and Jason's wedding ceremony was one I'll never forget.

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I loved their casual approach. Their guests were able to kick off their shoes enjoy the beach and the views while sipping on drinks during the Destin, Fl beach wedding ceremony. The wedding reception took place across the street at the golf course's country club. Check out their images below.

Stella Plantation Wedding | Kat & Frank's outdoor plantation wedding

What an incredible day! 
Kat & Frank's wedding day was beautiful. It was a cool, cloudy November afternoon under the oaks at Stella Plantation. 

 
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Kat & Frank opted to do a first look on their wedding day. It was a great decision. We were able to stage their first look in the shade under the oaks. They provided a beautiful backdrop for their couple's portraits. From their first look we photographed their wedding party and family photos before their ceremony allowing for the bride and groom to get straight to their reception after ceremony. 

Vendor Love
Location: Stella Plantation
Lighting and Rentals: Luminous Events
Floral: Iris Floral + Event Design
Catering: 12 Seasons Catering
Photographer: Mike Lirette

French Quarter Wedding Second line | A must do for your destination wedding

What a fun way to celebrate your wedding ceremony!
 

 
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What a fun way to celebrate your wedding ceremony!
Have your very own parade through the streets of the French Quarter while people look on from their balconies and party right along with you.
They're kind of a 'must do' for any French Quarter wedding. It's a great way to travel from your ceremony location to your reception. - Or if your ceremony location IS your reception location and they need a few moments to reset the space, a second line around the block is the perfect way to spend that time!

Check out these tips for planning your French Quarter second line here.
Be sure to give Kinfolk Brass band a holler when selecting your band!
 

My new favorite spot | The Station Coffee

Love a good neighborhood coffee shop! The Station is my new favorite spot for coffee in Mid-City. Great neighborhood, lots of character and charm all around this place. 

They have great coffees and pastries. I go for the double espresso with a shot of vanilla. Yea, I know it's weird and different, but it's so good!!! 

If you're in the area, I def recommend you stop in for a cup. Bonus likes if you like unicorns!

The Station is located at 4400 Bienville in Mid-City. Couple blocks from both Canal and Carrollton.

Crescent Park, French Quarter Engagement Session | Bailee & Ryan

I had a blast photographing Bailee and Ryan's engagement session. We met in the Bywater near that big rusty pedestrian bridge and got to photographing not long after. 

My engagement sessions are very chill. It's about you, the couple. I try my best to pull out your personalities while documenting your reactions to each other. Prompts like, "whisper her favorite dessert into her ear in your sexiest voice" is along the lines of what you should expect to hear from me before I activate my camera's shutter mechanism like a mad man. 

It's quite obvious that Bailee and Ryan had a blast with each other on the shoot and got some really incredible, personal photographs out of it that they can treasure for the rest of their lives. 

Now on to the images!
Oh also, Kelly Massicot over at Renaissance Publishing (New Orleans Bride, St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans Magazine) wrote a much more well written blog post about their images on the Let Them Eat Cake Wedding Blog on Myneworleans.com. Check out her word skills by clicking the link above.

Are you planning a wedding in New Orleans? Check out my posts on planning tips!

Wedding Invitations!

Introducing, our wedding invitations!


It was quite the process. From choosing the designs to choosing the wording, Ali hand lettering each envelope, to finally the 8 part assembly process. It’s both a bit exciting and unnerving to say it’s done.
I should also mention that I had very little to do with the decisions. My fiance, Ali killed it on this project!
We ordered our invitations through Jupiter and Juno. They do this really cool thing each month where they send out 3, 50% off codes for their Product of the Month. We were lucky enough to get 1 of those 3 codes when we ordered ours! If you don’t receive one of the codes, they also offer codes for 30% off as well. Huge budget helper!

-Mike

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