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A few months ago one of my lovely future brides Deirdre asked me to shoot some pictures of her and Duston for their Save The Dates. She so cleverly came up with her own ideas to do 4 different themes for each image to spell out “Eat, Drink and Be Married” – how cute and creative is that?! My favorite shot was the very last one for “be married” – I loved it so much I wanted to share it. They ended up using a smiling shot of this but I just loved the one of them trying to be serious. I love my clients so much – and I’m totally pumped about shooting their wedding next year!

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Judah is one of my closest friends so when he asked me to shoot the wedding I knew I had to either accept or be forced into being a groomsman! I figured I’d look a lot cuter as a photographer so I stuck with what I know. ; ) I have been a ball of excitement waiting for the big day to arrive. I couldn’t be more excited for Judah and Arisa finding each other and deciding to spend the rest of their lives together. They are perfect for each other in every way and I think Judah seriously lucked out when he found Risa. She has such a beautiful heart and I know will make Judah happy forever.

When they started planning everything they both came to me and asked me to help them plan the timing of the ceremony so that they could be sure to have the best photos. I of course was THRILLED by that. I can’t stress it enough how utterly important it is to plan everything around LIGHT. My photography THRIVES off of natural lighting – it’s when I shine my brightest. Colors are more vibrant, skin tones are prettier, EVERYTHING IS JUST SO MUCH BETTER. I could go on and on all day about how important lighting is. It’s so so so very important to have natural light before, during and right after the wedding. If you can plan it to where you enter your reception when it’s almost dusk – then you can’t go wrong!

I picked a “few” of my favorites to blog below. Get ready for a long one because it was just too hard to narrow them down. See for yourself what I am referring to when I talk about natural lighting. It really makes all the difference in the world.

Their wedding took place at Glynnwood Plantation in Glynn, Louisiana. The plantation is privately owned by Arisa’s family so it was super special and I completely adored that in every way. The day was perfect…

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The rings on top of one of their engagement photos — see the rest here!

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Totally loved the bouquet.

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The lovely bride getting dolled up by sister-in-law and hair/makeup stylist, Crystal Loup (225) 292-7616?. — she is amazing!

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Judah preparing for the biggest day of his life.

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You may have already seen my post on the boudoir blog about the following moment. Arisa decided to do a boudoir shoot for Judah’s wedding gift! He was completely surprised and I think the following photos will give you an idea of just how much he loved it. Ladies — a boudoir shoot is the perfect gift for your husband to be! His face on the last shot is completely priceless.

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Now for some formal photos – looking quite handsome.

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Judah with his two sons, Nathan & Micah– so cute!

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The insanely beautiful bride–

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Arisa’s mom Annie owns her own bakery (Annie’s Pantry) and is a complete genius with the sweets!! She not only made both their cakes but check out the deliciousness she provided below:

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…and look at this groom’s cake! Is that amazing or what?? One of the coolest groom’s cakes I have seen yet.

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Judah’s kids looking quite spiffy and “cool” in every way possible as they made their way down the aisle.

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They were so cute I couldn’t help but post two!

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So here is something that was about the coolest thing ever. Right as Arisa was about to make her way down the aisle, someone in the crowd pointed up and as soon as I looked up into the sky to see what they were pointing at, I saw a rainbow!!! It was so beautiful and completely random! Only a small portion of it showed and it was directly above us. I couldn’t believe how perfect that was. God wanted us to all know that he was there as well. I was awestruck.

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I love the excitement on his face!! In that moment he is thinking how completely blessed he is to have found his soulmate.

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Let me take this moment again to point out how perfect the lighting is!

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The next three are so cute – just as soon as they made their way back down the aisle and away from everyone he quickly pulled her close for another kiss. Aw!

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The next three are some of my favorite shots from the day. For about a minute they were completely wrapped in their own world. It was like no one else existed and I was loving every minute of this precious interaction between the new Mr and Mrs.

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Lighting anyone?? PERFECT!!!

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I couldn’t be more happy for these two!! I am so excited for them!

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I love you Judah and Ris, I really really do. I’m so honored to be your friend.

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  • Kimber Smith

    she is BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    her flowers {and bridesmaids flowers} are AWESOME!!
    you, my dear ROCK!!!!!

  • Sarah

    This wedding was so beautiful! The pictures are gorgeous as always. I LOVE her bouquet!!

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I heart Mondays.. I really really do. I know, I am totally weird like that. But I thrive on being productive and Monday is always a brand new start to the week to get more accomplished! Yay! I don’t care how completely nerdy that sounds because it’s just true. I love my job so much that I actually look forward to waking up everyday to do it again. I love it because I get to express myself through art and I absolutely adore every single one of my clients. I thank God everyday for each and every one of them. I am so honored by their trust in me to do what I do best. I do not know how I got so lucky nor what I did to deserve being so blessed by such amazing clients. But I love you all from the bottom of my heart and appreciate you more than words could ever express.

Speaking of amazing clients, below are two more of them. Annah and Travis have been pretty much the bomb from the beginning. It is so important to me that my clients and I are the perfect “fit” for one another – that we connect and see life in very similar ways. This really helps ensure that not only will they be happy with me as their photographer, but vice versa. We’ll not only get good photos, but get along and have a great time together. I feel like everyone of my clients become friends because we “fit”. As soon as Annah contacted me I knew we were going to get along nicely! I could tell instantly that she not only truly loved my work but she was a positive person and completely trusted me as her photographer – which makes my job a LOT easier! As I’ve gotten to know her and Travis a little here and there through emails and phone calls, I couldn’t wait to shoot their engagement shoot because I knew we were going to have so much fun! Fun was indeed had and I couldn’t be more proud of their pictures. I am totally looking forward to shooting their wedding next year! Below are a few of my favorites.

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Annah has such a beautiful face whether she is smiling or serious. I love how you can see a window to her heart just by looking into her eyes.

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I was completely digging their outfits for the following pictures. Very coordinated but not at all matchy-matchy. Just right. The perfect example of what to wear for an engagement shoot.

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How cute are they? Seriously.

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Michael got the following picture. Mmm, I’ve trained him well. Look at that lighting.

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Love all the colors in this one.

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Definitely one of my favorites of the day.

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Ahhh, the light was AAAHmazing.

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Hands down, favorite shot of the day. I love it!

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Thanks again Annah and Travis – you guys ROCK!!

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  • Kimber Smith

    beautiful…
    that blue building sure looks familiar :)
    {I heart her dress—I HAVE to know where she got it!!}

  • Beautiful couple!!! Love your fave shot too! Agree about Monday. I feel like a nerd saying it too. Or like I shouldn’t say it in front of people who hate their jobs.

    MUST…HAVE…DRESS!!

  • Wow. What a gorgeous woman!!! Seriously. So much love pouring out of these photos. I am in love with your images!!!! Fab.U.Lous.

  • Annah

    LOVE LOVE LOVE them! You are absolutely amazing and we couldn’t be happier that you are with us for our exciting journey!

  • […] than that. Well, it did. After getting to know Annah and Travis over time and while shooting their engagement pictures, I grew even more excited about their big day. They are two of the sweetest and most genuine people […]

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 […]