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The day started off at the Watermark Hotel in downtown Baton Rouge.  The Watermark is such a beautiful place for getting ready.  They have so many amenities and large windows with beautiful natural light. Catherine and her bridesmaids spent the morning listening to music and getting ready for the big day ahead.  After receiving a letter from her husband-to-be, Josh, the girls decided it was time to pop the champagne!  I always love the look on everyone’s faces when it comes time to open a champagne bottle.  No one ever knows where with cork will go and the anticipation makes for great photos.  I’m always afraid it’s going to come right at my camera but so far, it’s never happened.
Before we knew it, it was time to head to St. Joseph’s Cathedral for the first look.  On our way there we could see the rain clouds really starting to darken and the wind starting to pick up.  I’ve learned that this is pretty much how you can tell how many minutes you have until it starts raining in south Louisiana.  It started sprinkling and we knew we only had a few minutes to pull this off.  Once everyone was ready, we had the most beautiful first look!  Catherine came out of those iconic red doors and Josh turned to see how beautiful she looked in her gown.  This sweet moment with just the two of them was so perfect!  It couldn’t have gone any better.

After a traditional Catholic mass, it was time to head to the reception at Ruffino’s Catering.  The dancefloor was already filled with guests by the time we got there.  Josh and Catherine made their entrance and had their first dance.  Before we knew it the guests had overtaken the dance floor and the rest of the night was history!  It was such a fun day with these two.  Scroll to see more!


MUA/Hair – Salon Dolce Vita

Florist – Flower Barn

Dress – Blush

Tuxedo – Black Tux


Elegant Baton Rouge Wedding at St. Joseph’s Cathedral


When I arrived in New Orleans for Brittany and Nick’s wedding, we were surrounded by the chaos of Mardi Gras parades.  You could hear the beating of drums and shouting right outside the hotel rooms at the Astor Crown Plaza on Canal St..  What a day to have a wedding!  There was a ton of great energy that definitely influenced the rest of the day.   After Brittany and Nick were done getting ready it was time for the first look.  Having shot their engagement session and gotten to know them on a personal level, I knew emotions would be running high.  As soon as Nick turned around he was overcome with excitement and love.  His expression gave away all of his feelings.  It was such a beautiful and personal moment and I couldn’t have asked for anything better for these two.

As we made our way to Southern Oaks Plantation for the ceremony, the rain started.  Now, if you know anything about Louisiana you know there is practically a 50/50 chance it will rain on any given day.  Even if it’s just for a minute or two.  Well, that night it poured!  I’m so thankful for Southern Oaks making it an EASY transition from an outdoor ceremony to an indoor ceremony.  They literally had everything done in what felt like the blink of an eye. Brittany and Nick handled the change of weather with grace.  I don’t think anything could have changed how happy they were to tie the knot that night!

Just as quickly as the ceremony had been moved indoors, it became a reception with a live band and guests ready to party.  We wrapped up photos and got to dancing!  There was even a Cafe Du Monde food truck outside with their famous coffee and beignets for guests who wanted a taste of New Orleans tradition.  It was a stunning night with a fairytale ending.  Brittany and Nick made their exit in a horse-drawn carriage under the colorful glow of fireworks.  I still can’t believe it was all real!


MUA – Ashley Sievert Beauty

Hair – Ali Brand

Florist – Beth’s Flowers

Cake – Cakes by Mindy

Videography – Film Thread Productions

Band – Troy Marks and the No Idea Band

Bridesmaids Dresses – Ashely Renee Bridal

Gorgeous Timeless Wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation