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The day was perfect, the bride and groom were perfect, and their love for one another was perfect! Mark and Mindy have been two of the easiest clients I have ever worked with! They are incredibly easy going and full of happiness. Mindy’s sweet and shy personality is undoubtedly a perfect match for Mark’s funny guy personality. He is constantly making her laugh and feel at ease. It was completely adorable in every way. Below are a few of my favorites from the big day that was held at White Oak Plantation.

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Michael captured this shot of Mark looking handsome as he prepares to say his “I dos”.

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Mindy looking gorgeous as always.

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Mindy and Mark opted to do a “First Look” before their ceremony. I cannot say enough good stuff about what a GREAT idea this is. It’s not only SUCH a beautifully intimate moment shared between the bride and groom, but it gives us time to get beautiful photos before the ceremony. We were able to do their bridal party photos before as well! I know the “First Look” goes against “tradition” and a lot of couples are worried it’ll take away from that moment of the bride coming down the aisle to her groom. But quite the contrary… the couples that have done it have never regretted it and have always felt it was one of the best decisions they made.

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Mark was so excited and anxious to turn around and see her.

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I just love the anticipation on his face!! It’s SO awesome!

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They were SO excited to see each other! Both of them were smiling from ear to ear. I’m pretty sure a couple of tears even started to form. It was such a beautiful moment.

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Michael got Mindy’s expression from this side and I LOVE it. Mark got choked up again when Mindy came down the aisle towards him during the ceremony. The “First Look” didn’t take away from that special moment whatsoever.

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The sun was setting and making beautiful light.

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I love how Mark makes Mindy laugh every chance he gets.

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Married!!

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First dance as husband and wife.

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Congratulations Mindy and Mark! I wish you the best in love and life!! XOXO

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  • I definitely teared up at the first look!!! So sweet and intimate. LOVE IT!

I will be blogging Mark and Mindy’s wedding tomorrow! I wanted to post a few of my favorites from her bridal shoot we did a couple of months ago at White Oak Plantation – which is also where the wedding was held. If you haven’t already seen their engagement photos, check them out here! Happy Wednesday!

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  • Courtney! That last image is just amazing!

  • Kimber

    These are great!! Love the last one especially

I had the hardest time choosing a winner for the wedding giveaway. I am blown away by how many of you took the time to not only enter, but share such intimate and beautiful details about your love story. I feel like I got to know you all on such a deep level and I wish from the bottom of my heart I could give the prize to each and every one of you. If only life were that easy I would do it! I think you’re all so amazing and I am honored that you even read my lil ‘ol blog. Your confidence in me as a photographer means the world! Thank you all so very much for taking the time to share your heart with me. I am honored you would want me to be a part of your big day and I wish nothing but the best of luck to you all. : )

With that being said, I am THRILLED to announce the winners, Amber and Luke! I loved everything about their story (which I will be blogging after the wedding) and I am so excited and honored to be a part of their upcoming wedding! YAY for love!!!

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  • Amber and Luke

    We are so excited and honored you chose us!! Thank you :)

There’s not much I can say about these photos except that Nina totally ROCKED IT!!! I loved everything about this shoot. The location, the light, the hair, the PINK flowers, the dress, her smile, everything! We shot these at Houmas House Plantation and below are a few of my favorites.

Thanks Nina for being awesome! I can’t wait to shoot your wedding this Spring!

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My favorite of the day:

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Seriously, isn’t she GORGEOUS!?!

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Fierce.

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Last shot of the day and I love it. She seriously looks fabulous in every single shot and choosing favorites for the blog was extremely difficult!

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  • Kimber Smith

    OH.MY.WORD!!!!
    they are great!!!!!! all of them…I lurve them–she makes a beautiful bride :)

  • WOW Courtney!! These are so beautiful. I love everything about them too. The location is amazing! Fabulous job girl!

  • Dude, where you live is out of control freaking amazing! Your locations are out of this world! Along with ALL of your photography. I am a major fan of everything you do!

  • These are strikingly beautiful. Well done.

  • Jennifer

    This makes me want to do a bridal shoot!! These are great Courtney!

  • [...] and you can’t help but absolutely adore her in every way. After spending time with her while shooting her bridal pictures, I just knew her wedding would be overflowing with bliss and happiness. That statement could not [...]

Last night as I was watching my favorite TV show, Grey’s Anatomy… something was said in the script that truly captivated me. Thank goodness I was DVRing it because I rewound it over 10 times just to listen to this particular part over and over again. Never has anything been said on that show that inspired me so much. It’s a great show full of edgy drama that keeps you wanting more and more, yes. But this time it was different. One of their patients (who happens to also be on their staff at the hospital), was just about to be put under for surgery on an inoperable tumor in his spine when he looks up at his doubtful and worried surgeon (Dr. Shepherd) and tells him something that shook my inner core. It reminded me that sometimes we are going to face difficulties in our lives that may seem at times impossible to get through. Hardships that are so painful we don’t think we’ll even survive until tomorrow. There’s just no way we’ll make it to the other side. But the character Isaac in the show spoke the most beautiful words that are so incredibly true. He said: beinspiredInspiration can come from facing something hard in your life. Every time a storm comes your way, you have a decision to make. You can take the easy way out and surrender yourself to it, risking the chance of losing a part of yourself. Or you can take it head on and say, “you know what? This won’t be easy, but I am determined that no matter what happens, I will fight til the very end and not give up. I will BE INSPIRED by this obstacle and use it for good in my life.” I want to always be that person. I know that life will not always be perfect, but I want to remember that no matter what comes my way, I CAN be inspired by it. Life is what you make it – I believe that with all of my being. I want to be inspired by the good AND the bad.

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  • Kimber Smith

    Well said!!! I choose to be inspired!! :)

  • Jennifer Le

    Wow..
    That’s awesome. And true. It’s interesting that we always hear or read these things exactly when we need to sometimes. I don’t think that’s coincidental.
    Thanks for posting this.
    J~

  • elizabeth Tujague

    It was such a great episode… i cried alot lol

  • Awesome! I love that you’re inspired by Grey’s! I have learned life’s lessons from Grey’s, and from Scrubs for that matter, many times! ;) Thanks for the lesson.

  • These are stunning, Courtney! Great work!

…I know I have been completely awful to you, but I promise to make it up soon.

Love,
Courtney

For real yo – between weddings, photo shoots, editing, emails, running a boudoir company, redoing the website, meetings, and the list goes on…. this blog has been getting SERIOUSLY neglected and I hate every bit of it! I heart my blog and it really bums me out that so many other things have become a priority at the moment. But I WILL get back to a routine of regularly blogging once I get through the next several weeks of getting some of these things checked off the list! I will, I will, I will!

For now here are a couple of sneak peaks from a bridal shoot I did today of one of my clients. Her wedding is next year and I cannot wait! More soon.

This has to be one of my all time favorite bridal shots ever. She just looks radiantly happy and I am in LOVE with it!

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  • Sarah Backstrom

    This is absolutely breathtaking, Courtney!

  • Kimber Smith

    Beautiful….lovely…{as always}

When Joey first laid eyes on Brittany over 7 years ago, her hair was in a ponytail, she had her glasses on and was wearing PJs. They were hanging out with mutual friends at a Baskin Robins ice cream shop, and even though not many words were exchanged that day, Joey knew there was something unique and special about Brittany. It wasn’t long after that meeting that their love story began and they realized more with each passing day how undeniably perfect they were for one another. Brittany contacted me over 2 years ago before she even had a wedding date and told me how one day she would be getting in touch with me to shoot her wedding. I was completely flattered when she came through on that promise. Not only is she an utterly fabulous person, but her devotion and love for Joey is something to be truly admired. On the day of the wedding, all she could think or talk about was Joey. She wasn’t worried about all of the details of the wedding or what might could go wrong. She just kept saying, “I just want to see Joey”. She reminded me in those moments that the wedding is truly about that, two people… coming together, and committing to love each other forever and ever. That nothing else matters, and to just relax, have fun and enjoy the moments of the best day of your life.

The wedding was held at the Old State Capitol in Louisiana and it was a completely beautiful day.

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The following photo was taken from Brittany’s bridal shoot. I just love it and decided to throw it in here since I wasn’t able to post her bridals until after the wedding. Such a gorgeous bride!

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Back to the wedding day, even though it felt amazing outside, it was an extremely windy day but I just love how the dress looks here.

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And here, how fun is this shot? Work it! Because her wedding was an evening event, and we wouldn’t have much light once the ceremony was over, Brittany made sure to schedule the events of the day to be sure to give us enough time to take several of the group shots before the wedding. Not only is this a great idea because you can have fun and relax beforehand, but the more natural light we can use for your photos, the better. It makes a huge difference.

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All of the children in the wedding party were so stinkin’ cute.

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The stained glass window inside of the Capitol was amazing.

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This just makes me plain happy – such an adorable ringbearer!

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Joey looking quite spiffy.

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Michael captured this photo as Brittany made her way down the aisle with her father and stepfather.

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And I captured it from this angle. Brittany didn’t take her eyes off of Joey the entire time.

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Michael got this from the balcony.

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Married!!!

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I just love this shot of the bridal party!

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The view from the rooftop of the Shaw Center where the reception was held. A beautiful ending of a beautiful day. Congratulations Brittany and Joey! I wish you all the happiness in the world!

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  • Kimber Smith

    beautiful as always!! :)

  • Sarah Backstrom

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!! The photo of the ring bearer is too stinkin cute!!!

  • awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, you are a truly visual artist!

  • Ok – for some reason the groom reminds me of Eric Dane from Grey’s Anatomy – McSteamy! I think its the facial hair :)