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I think I literally did not stop smiling the entire day of Chrissy and Tate’s wedding. Their laughter and love for one another is abundantly contagious. You can’t help but absolutely fall in love with these two. They are one of the happiest, most fun couples I have ever met. They are so clearly in love with each other; soulmates. It makes my heart so happy when two people express their love openly. I cannot express how much fun I had getting to know these two lovebirds. It was such an honor. Chrissy and Tate’s love is like a real life movie, which is completely appropriate considering they met through their careers in the film industry. Tate is an actor (if you’ve seen Remember Me, with Robert Pattinson, Tate plays his best friend) and Chrissy is a casting director and their story just couldn’t be more perfect and beautiful in every way. It was obviously meant to be when they crossed each other’s paths. Throughout the wedding day, they were constantly at each other’s side, stealing kisses when they could, cuddling and soaking in the moments of this memorable day. Their wedding day was so special because it was a destination wedding for the couple. They live in Los Angeles and their friends and families are from all parts of the states so they decided to have their wedding in Louisiana for a more intimate and special celebration for their guests to enjoy. They chose to be wed at the Dixie Cotton Gin, which was more than appropriate for their wedding and the theme they had planned. Their wedding day was incredibly unique and unlike anything I have shot before. It was truly such an amazing experience to have been invited to be a part of this beautiful day for Chrissy and Tate. I couldn’t have been more thrilled.

Chrissy and Tate: I feel like their are no words to describe how much your love inspires me. Thank you for being YOU. Thank you for the incredible honor of being your photographer. xo

If you know me, I am obsessed with cotton and cotton fields, so needless to say I was beyond excited when I saw her bouquet!!

Tate proposed to Chrissy during one of their dates while at a bowling alley so it was obvious that his wedding shoes would be these awesome bowling shoes!! Chrissy had some shoes designed for her to match his. Love.

I absolutely adored all of the beautifully unique details of their wedding day.

Absolutely love this shot Michael got of the groom finishing his vows before the ceremony.

Tate and Chrissy decided to intimately and privately see each other before the ceremony. BEST DECISION EVER.

Haha I so love this shot. Both of them wiping each other’s tears from pure bliss of the moment.

Seriously, could they be cuter?

During a gift exchange, Tate lit up as he opened his from Chrissy. She had hand made him bride and groom sock puppets. The story behind this is when Tate was a child, he was very ill and spent some time at the hospital. While there, someone came to visit him and brought him a sock puppet. It completely made his day and life as he has forever loved sock puppets since then. How amazing is that?

Tate surprised Chrissy with binoculars for the opera since their honeymoon was going to be spent in Italy. LOVE.

Hahaha seriously, these two are AWESOME.

If you’re not smiling from ear to ear right now, there is something wrong.

Beautiful.

Even though they had already seen each other before the ceremony, this photo proves that it does not change the excitement my brides and grooms still feel when the bride is walking down the aisle:

During the ceremony, their wedding bands were passed through every guests hands so they could each say a blessing and prayer over them. How beautiful is that?!

Chrissy and Tate wrote their own vows. Not going to lie, I fought tears the entire time, and so did they! It was such a beautiful moment.

Love the following photo. If you look closely, everyone is wearing a sock puppet. Chrissy surprised Tate again by giving everyone “top secret” bags to hold during the ceremony that were each filled with sock puppets for him! SO FLIPPIN CUTE.

Their first dance was beautiful and emotional. One of my favorite things about it was how every single guest made a circle around them and took the time to be a part of this beautiful moment. It was truly overwhelming and beautiful in every way.

Father/daughter dance.

LOVE this shot Michael captured:

Mother/son dance.

The delicious cake was created by one of my favorite bakers, Heather of Social Bites of Ruston!

Again, this is how cool these two are:

Their grand exit!! Again, visited by the awesome sock puppets!!!

I am so grateful to have been a part of this day.

Another amazing thing that happened is Chrissy and Tate were featured in the New York Times the following day, along with one of my photos. Definitely a highlight and amazingly proud moment for me! You can read the whole article by clicking here.

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  • Kelly

    Words cannot express how beautiful/adorable/creative this couple’s wedding looks….so great…..seriously, I’ll say it again: SO. GREAT. And it goes without saying, Courtney you captured everything perfectly.

  • Jessica

    Blew me away yet again with how awesome you are! I absolutely adore your work!! Loved everything about their wedding day!!!!

  • Lisa P.

    Very unique wedding – love the sock puppets. You did a great job capturing their emotions!

  • Pat Grainger

    I would love to purchase 3-5 pictures in the 4″ x 6″ size. Is that possible? How do I let you know which ones I want?
    You did such a wonderful job. God gave you a true talent as a photographer and what a great job to catch people at the very best time of their lives.

  • Congratulations !!!!!!!!
    Nice couple , so beautiful wedding photography .Thanks for sharing this blog , its nice post.

This beautiful couple met in elementary school. His mom was Ashley’s first grade teacher! I just love that. Even though at such a young age they had no idea… God had big plans for them that came to pass later in life as adults and the rest is history. After getting to know this couple and the bride’s family it was so obvious how much they all love each other. It was a joy to be able to share their incredible day with them and be able to capture so many beautiful memories. I will let the photos tell the rest of the story.

You can view Ashley and Graham’s engagement shoot here.
You can view Ashley’s bridal shoot here.

Ashley and Graham: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me with this special time in your life. I am honored and I hope you cherish the photos and each other forever. xo

Ashley’s Monique Lhuillier dress was to die for.

Ashley and Graham’s wedding was held at Ashley’s family’s house which was so special in every way.

Ashley’s father is very close to his daughters and he surprised Ashley by flying in Bob Carlisle to sing “Butterfly Kisses” for their dance. Amazing.

Butterflies were released during the song.

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  • Stephanie

    Of course it would be at a family home- I was looking forward to seeing what venue this was because its stunning! And the bride was just gorgeous in every way. What a beautiful wedding. Thanks for sharing.

  • Beautiful photos…and a gorgeous wedding! And that dance floor. WOW. So cool!

Amy was a bridesmaid in one of my weddings 5 years ago and has known all along that she would hire me someday when it was time for her special moment. I mean, if that isn’t flattering, I don’t know what is!! What an honor to know that she loved my work so much. I am beyond thrilled to now be a part of her upcoming wedding. It was so much fun getting to know her a little better as well as Kyle. They were so cute the entire shoot, giggling, laughing and having the best time. I can’t wait to photograph their wedding soon!

Amy + Kyle: Thank you for believing in me so much!! You are both so beautiful inside and out and I am honored to be a part of this time in your lives. xo

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They met in Kindergarten… yes, Kindergarten. But it wasn’t until they were adults, that they became best friends and then lovers. I LOVE THAT. They have known each other almost their whole lives and long before they knew it, they were meant to be. Soulmates. Jennifer and Adam are truly the sweetest couple ever. I will never forget when they first came to my studio to meet me. It was so easy talking to them and I absolutely loved the aura they carried. Their kind hearts shined through their smiles and I was just so beyond thrilled to have the honor of becoming their photographer. They explained to me that they were planning to have a very small, intimate wedding with only close friends and family. I knew I was going to love every moment of their wedding day, and I was right. It was PERFECT. Yes, the weather was perfect, the venue was magical, but it was the love between the couple that made it perfection. Just the little looks they would give each other, or the forehead kisses Adam would softly place on Jennifer. Just the little moments in between the moments made it truly inspiring. I could keep writing about them, but I will let the pictures do the story telling.

Jennifer and Adam: Words could never really express how much I adore you two. And how grateful I am to have been a part of this special time in your lives. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. xo

Adam and Jennifer made the very wise decision to see each other before the ceremony. This is not only a beautifully intimate moment between the couple, but gives them time to see each other without anyone else around. A wedding day is very fast paced, hectic and you never really have an alone moment together if you don’t do a FL.

I can’t say it enough… a First Look is one of the best decisions you could possibly make for your wedding day. Oh and hiring me of course! Duh!! ; )

Jennifer surprised Adam with a boudoir album she had done at my studio The Boudoir Vixen. He loved it of course.

The First Look also gives us SO much more time to take SO many more photos.

Their incredibly sweet daughter Morgan was there to be a part of their day.

I just love all of the photos with her!

Ceremony time!

I love this. Morgan waving to her mom as she walks down the aisle.

Love love love.

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  • Lisa P.

    Beautiful – both the images and the couple and their daughter.

  • WOW. This is the perfect wedding. The gown, venue, couple… PERFECTO! And I LOVE the trees down there! I need a destination wedding from NJ to Louisiana (that’s where this was, right?)! Oh Courtney, how awesome you are.

I had never been to Boston but had always wanted to go. I was so excited that the perfect excuse finally came up when my clients who live there needed their engagement photos done. YES! We planned to do it in the fall for beautiful colors and weather and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to make the trip up. I absolutely loved exploring Boston and getting to know Linda and Mark. Their big day is in the Spring in Houston and I am beyond excited to photograph this lovely couple while they say I do in front of their friends and family. When I arrived at their house, they had cupcakes waiting for me. UMMM YES PLEASE. We walked around Boston, hopped on the train to go to the park, and had a wonderful time in a wonderful city.

Linda & Mark – thank you so much for everything. I honestly am so excited to be a part of your story and can’t wait to see you again soon!

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Clayton walked into Heidi’s office one day. She asked the receptionist that worked there, “who is that?!” and fell down on the couch completely enamored by his stunning good looks! Yes it’s true. She was overwhelmed with his charm and handsome face but it wasn’t until 6 years later that fate would have the doors open for them to begin dating. And the rest is history. This classy couple from Louisiana has been all over the world together, including a honeymoon in Europe. They’ve lived in NYC together and now reside in San Fransisco. It has been so much fun getting to know them and it was a honor to be a part of their story.

Heidi + Clayton: Thank you so much for everything!! You have been such a pleasure to work with and I enjoyed every moment. I wish the best to you in everything you do. xo

It was a very rainy day but that didn’t change Heidi or Clayton’s excitement to begin their lives together as Mr. & Mrs.

Heidi and Clayton decided to see each other before the big moment, a little moment I call the First Look. As you may know, I am a huge fan of this. It’s a beautifully intimate moment between bride and groom that they don’t get otherwise.

The First Look also gives us extra time to be able to take more portraits instead of being rushed off to the reception.

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  • Lisa P.

    Beautiful images and couple!