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Awesome couple, awesome weather and awesome location. I can’t say enough good stuff about the following couple. When Jennifer first contacted me several months ago about shooting her wedding next summer, she was very open with me and shared her heart on who she and James were, and what their wedding day would be like. I was in luuurve! Her kind heart and James loving spirit were obviously a perfect match and I was HONORED she wanted me to be a part of their memories. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect that day. *PAUSE*

Dear God, If you could pretty please make weather like that for every one of my photo shoots, that would just be plain RAD. Love, Courtney

Okay, I’m back. : ) The following are a few of my favorites from their engagement shoot which was shot at Dunleith Plantation in Natchez, MS – which is one of my FAVORITE venues ever for a wedding. Seriously, it’s perfectly set up for a wedding in every way if you’re going for that warm, Southern feel. I LOVE IT. I am so excited about shooting Jennifer and James’ wedding there next year!

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I just love Jennifer’s smile. Beautiful.

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They really make such a fabulous couple.

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Getting a little playful for the next couple.

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I cannot for the life of me pick a “top favorite”… I seriously just love them all! Thanks Jennifer and James! You guys ROCK!!!!

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  • Kimber Smith

    You forgot AWESOME PHOTOGRAPHER!!!

    these are great…I love the playful ones :)
    Natchez is a beautiful city

  • James

    We had a great time taking these pictures with you Courtney. You made my Momma cry! I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures. I am so glad you will be capturing our wedding memories. God has blessed us every step of the way!

  • These are gorgeous, Courtney! I picked a favourite, then changed my mind and picked another… and another, and another!

When I met with Alex over a year ago to talk about her wedding, we just clicked instantly! We both felt like the perfect fit for another and I have been looking forward to her wedding ever since. We faced a few conflicts when trying to get her date booked, but through it all, Alex showed patience, determination and is a true angel in my book! Not only was she amazing through our obstacles, but she planned her entire Louisiana wedding to be held at White Oak Plantation while living in Charlotte, NC for vet school. The woman just rocks, plain and simple.

I didn’t get the chance to meet Jason until the wedding but instantly I could see why Alex loved him. His sense of humor, laid back attitude and genuine spirit was nothing short of awesome! They met each other 8 years ago in dairy science class at college. They became friends quickly and about 2 years later it was obvious they were a perfect match and have been together ever since. My favorite thing about them is how passionate they are about having FUN. Neither one of them ever stopped smiling or laughing the entire event and I can’t help but be completely and totally inspired by that.

Alex and Jason, thank you so much for inviting me to your wedding and giving me the huge honor of capturing it. Good luck with everything and NEVER STOP HAVING FUN! I look forward to seeing you both in March for your Newlywed shoot!

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Alex’s beautiful dress from Bustle.

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I love this shot of Alex. Simply gorgeous.

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Jason looking quite handsome.

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The ceremony was lovely but about 5 minutes into it, it started sprinkling. You can see it slowly begin here…

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The rain started to get heavier but I absolutely LOVE how it turned out in this shot! How cool is that?

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Look at those beautiful smiles – this is truly how they were the entire evening! I love LOVE!

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So it turned out the best man was quite the entertainer/performer. Towards the middle of the reception he let completely loose on the dance floor and showed us what he had. I couldn’t resist posting a couple. Here he is doing his “Elvis” impersonation.

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The bride and groom had SO much fun together the whole night. I love it when couples interact with each other most of the reception.

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The best man busted out a washboard… yes a WASHBOARD… with toothbrushes to play along with some of the Cajun songs the DJ played that night. That was definitely a first and super cool! Alex and Jason decided to give it a try!

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This is truly only a glimpse of the entire night. They were hilarious to watch!

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The end to a fabulous night!

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  • AMAZING!!! These are so beautiful Courtney! I am so in love with the one on the lit up pathway. Did you use a flash at all on that one? Beautiful photos!

  • Peggi Barratt

    I love the first kiss picture where his hands are ALL over her!!!

  • courtney

    Hey Andrea! Thank you SO much! No, I didn’t use a flash at all on that particular shot. I just bumped my ISO way up and used the light I had from the walkway lights!

  • Sarah

    These are all stunning! I love the one in the rain… that is too cool! Spectacular job!

  • elizabeth Tujague

    OMG!! i soooo know the best man!!! Todd Ray is the best dancer ever!!

  • [...] excuse to wear your dress, but take more pictures with your new husband!! Alex and Jason’s wedding was back in October but they live in Texas and didn’t get a chance to come visit Louisiana [...]

When I arrived in New Orleans for Chaz and Caitlyn’s engagement shoot, Caitlyn expressed to me that she was worried that they would be awkward in front of the camera. But from the instant that I started snapping, it was quite the contrary. I adore how they interact with one another and they were absolute naturals – no awkwardness at all! Chaz has a very goofy personality and loves to make Caitlyn laugh. He kept the humor alive throughout the entire shoot. Besides the humidity making us feel like we were in a sauna, it was a lovely day, with beautiful light. We had a lot of fun and below are a few of my favorites!

Thanks so much C&C! You guys are a blast and I totally look forward to shooting your wedding next year!

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They are truly a fabulous couple.

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The next series pretty much sums them up. ; )

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Caitlyn, you are beautiful!!!

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Chaz, you’re not so bad yourself. ; )

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  • Lovely backlighting on top shots!!!!! And I love the dancing in the street one, makes me feel like they are in Europe! (I wanna go to Europe…)

  • Kimber Smith

    i am loving the silly faces ones!!!!!!

  • Beautiful, feel good photos! Every one of them! Do you mind sharing which lenses you used for this shoot! Thanks in advance!

  • How fun! These are beutiful!

  • [...] summer when they booked me for their wedding. After getting to know them a little better at their engagement shoot, I was completely thrilled and excited to be documenting their big day. Caitlyn was incredibly easy [...]

As most of you already know, I shoot boudoir photography and have an entire separate website and blog dedicated to it. Boudoir is something I am very passionate about and have been wanting to find a way to keep in touch with my past and potential future boudoir clients to let them know what’s going on. Well, I have finally set up a newsletter system! YAY! I am sooo excited about this and wanted to share the good news with you all. If you’re interested in signing up for the boudoir newsletter to receive future emails about boudoir specials, marathons, etc… then you can do so by going here! Happy Thursday!

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I know Christmas is still 80 days away, but it has already been in my mind a lot lately. I just loooovvee Christmas time. It is definitely one of my favorite parts of every year mostly because of family get togethers and how incredibly cheery and happy everyone is. Just thinking about the fact that it is right around the corner gets me all warm and fuzzy on the inside. I cannot wait!!! Another reason I adore Christmas so much is because of all the giving that takes place. One of the greatest feelings in the world is to give. Whether it’s just a smile or an actual gift… you can do no wrong when you give from your heart. In my opinion it’s truly one of the most rewarding experiences in life. I have been given SO much in my life that I am eternally grateful for. One of my favorites gifts has been the one God gave me of having an artistic mind and being able to see the world a little bit differently. I could never possibly thank HIM enough for blessing me with the talent of photography and art. I am SO lucky and blessed to be able to share with others with what God has given me. I don’t claim to be the best out there, as I believe I am FAR from it. But I am so grateful for what I do have and would never take it for granted. Because God has given me so much, I want to use my gift to give to someone else. With all of that being said I have decided to run a contest to give away a free wedding package to a deserving bride & groom. I’m SO excited about this and cannot wait to tell you about it. So let’s no wait any longer and get to it!

Here is the juicy scoop:

What exactly does the winner get?
This contest is open to anyone in the world!

8 hours of wedding day coverage
two photographers
engagement or trash the gown shoot
CD with full resolution images
10×10 30pg coffee table (flushmount) album (60 images)

How to enter:
It’s easy! To enter the contest all you have to do is email me at: courtney@dellafiora.com and be sure to include the following:

- bride & groom’s name
- wedding date & time of ceremony
- wedding location & venue
- photo of you and your fiance’
- wedding website (if applicable)
- and last but not least, send me a mini version of your love story or how you fell in love and why you feel as though you deserve this- be as detailed and honest as you like!

The rules:

- your wedding must be in 2010
- I must be available on your wedding date
- all of my goods and services are free, but if any travel is required you must pay for all expenses involved for me and my 2nd shooter (travel, hotel, etc)
- because each wedding date is so valuable, the winner must put down a $700 deposit (to guarantee your date) that will be fully refunded on date of wedding once agreement has been fulfilled by both parties.

The contest runs for 4 weeks starting NOW and ends November 2, 2009. The winner will be chosen on November 5, 2009 and announced on the blog. I’m so excited and cannot wait to read all of your stories! I just know it will be a very hard decision as I’m sure they will all be fabulous. Good luck to everyone!

I look forward to hearing from you!! : )

To make this post a little prettier here is a shot that I just love from Aryanne and Chad’s newlywed shoot that I shot earlier this year.

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  • Kimber Smith

    can i get married again just so you can be my photographer?!
    {btw—I think you ARE the best out there!!!}

  • you sooo nice and generous!!! and… crazy!

  • This is such a great contest. Im adding it to my fb fan page and blog to increase your exposure. Go girl. Global domination!

Recently as I was sifting through photos to use for my new website, I came across the one below from my trip to Paris earlier this year – and found a whole new appreciation for it. I always thought it was pretty, but now I think it’s beautiful. As I looked at it I began to realize that it is SUCH a Courtney photo. I love how peaceful and feminine it is, the color pink makes me happy (duh!), and I LOVE old, antique things and the building behind it is the famous Notre Dame church, which is by far one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. And to top it all off, it’s PARIS — umm HELLO! Paris was by far the coolest place I have been to yet. (Okay, maybe 2nd coolest after Machu Picchu.) I am dying to go back there. One week was not long enough. I just can’t explain how amazing it is in words!

As I prepare for a busy month ahead, this photo reminds me to take a deep breathe, relax and soak it all in. : ) Happy Friday!

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  • So pretty! I love the random photo! Mixing things up…

  • Ada

    This has always been one of my favorites from your trip… we have one of those trees in our backyard, but it has been struggling~ if its the same tree, I pray that one day ours will look that good again!