Emily+Graham | New Orleans, LA Wedding
"I wanted to get Graham a unique gift on our wedding day. He loves history. His dad (who is an expert at finding old documents and antiques) helped me find this marriage certificate from the 1800s. When I gave it to Graham I told him that people have been getting married and making it for a really long time, and that we were going to make it too!"
"My sister is an amazing artist. She painted me a picture of the church where Graham and I got married and gave it to me while I was getting ready. It was so special."
"I loved my dress. I purchased it at the White Room in Birmingham, Alabama. I wanted something that was comfortable, romantic, and somewhat 'French' to blend with the New Orleans vibe. It was designed by Anne Barge. It was perfect for the second line (pictures below) and for all the dancing we did that night!"
"My dad and I are two peas in a pod—and he is really good at giving the camera a good shot :) "
"Our reception was in an old house (Maison Montegut) that had a courtyard in the middle. It was incredible, and about as 'New Orleans' as it gets. Graham and I took pictures before and I am SO glad that we did that because we were pretty sweaty after the second line parade from the church!
"Some people say taking pictures before is a good idea because it takes the nerves away. But Graham and I both told each other in the courtyard that we were not nervous—we were just on the edge of our seats to walk down the aisle and finally be husband and wife!"
"Life is good when your sister is your best friend."
"Graham’s niece Sara Anne was our flower girl. We love her more than anything. During the rehearsal she got confused that she would not have flower petals to actually drop while she walked down the aisle. I think she was a little bit sad about that, so to make it fun I told her to just wave to everyone as she was walking down. The result: an awesome wedding moment!"
"The church did not have a foyer and just opened straight onto the street so they were supposed to give my wedding planner a sign when they were about to start playing the entrance song and open the doors. Well, that plan didn’t work out and they opened the doors while my dress was still in my hands, my dad was 10 feet behind me, and Jackie (fearless photographer) was holding my flowers. So dad and I started walking down completely unprepared (you think you will have 5 seconds to soak it in!) and we just started cracking up. He told me I was holding his hand wrong and that I needed to hold it 'like Kate would.' I asked him what he was talking about and he said 'you know, the princess.' That just made us laugh more. Dads... what would we do without them!"
"We got married at St. Mary’s Church at the Old Ursuline Convent (St. Mary’s Italian as it is known to locals). It is affiliated with St. Louis Cathedral, and is probably the prettiest church I have ever been in. It was perfect for us because we wanted a small wedding and a smaller church."
"Our priest, Father Tony Rigoli, was amazing. He runs a homeless shelter and food kitchen in New Orleans. He truly made our wedding so special."
"It started raining about 30 seconds before we were going to start the second line to the reception. Everyone ran inside but our FANTASTIC second line band played through the entire storm until the rain stopped about 10 minutes later. It was a perfectly imperfect moment! Plus, I love this picture because it captures New Orleans so well."
"If you have not experienced a second line in New Orleans, then you are missing out! Our second line parade went from the church to the reception (about 8 blocks). Everyone said it was their favorite part of the whole weekend! We had a ton of random strangers on the street who joined in the parade, so it is funny to look back on these pictures because there are definitely people I do not recognize. But I am glad we could show them a good time!"
"The entrance to the house was a carriageway—it was gorgeous and, again, oh so New Orleans."
"Our first dance song was a bit unconventional: 'If I had a Boat' by Lyle Lovett. It is a song about dreaming and adventure... two things we never want to lose sight of."
"My dad can dance better than me but he completely messed up our first dance. He denies it to this day. I was publicly scolding him on the dance floor in this picture!"
"Our band (The Upstarts) was incredible. Everyone raved about the band. They were awesome and worked with me to create a set-list that I loved because I did not want traditional 'wedding reception' music. They played some Grateful Dead, the Band, and everything in between. They made the reception a thousand times more fun than I thought it would be. I am so grateful that I found them!"
"We left in a pedi-cab, which was a bit non-traditional but still super fun. It was the end of an amazing night and the start of the rest of our lives!"
"Thanks to Jackie and Luke who know how to handle high-maintenance brides, and who take the most beautiful pictures. My wedding would have been less amazing without you. Period."