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.
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.
LOVE this shot Michael captured:
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.