I love the gang at Wedding Style magazine, so of course I was thrilled when they asked me to photograph their “Who’s Who in I Do” bridal event at the fabulous Fairgrounds Race Course in New Orleans this past Sunday. The city’s best vendors were on hand to help brides plan their dream wedding, and prospective brides were showered with an array of exciting prizes. In addition to “name drawn out of a hat” door prizes, there was also a Derby hat contest and a 21 bride cake pull for a trip to Mexico! I don’t know how they come up with these things, but I’m glad they do. Here are my favorite pictures from the day!
I was totally blown away when I entered the paddock and saw it all decked out for a wedding ceremony. I’ve been keeping one eyeball on the phone, hoping it would ring with a gal planning her wedding at the Fair Grounds. This red theme is fun and has a lot of pop to it, but I can totally picture it sophisticated and elegant in all white, or glamorous and exciting with lots of crystals, feathers, and jewel tones. I can’t wait to photograph a real wedding here!
THIS IS THE COOLEST CAKE YOU WILL EVER SEE! I want to marry this cake. I adore the “Mad Hatter” style of cake, but they are usually in really funky colors and have zany patterns on them- not appropriate for most wedding themes. The artists at Melissa’s Fine Pastries have taken that mad hatter style, and created a gorgeous, dramatic, and ultimately, sophisticated cake that still has that Alice in Wonderland feel. They are cake geniuses.
The last of my co-vendors over whom I will gush are Mandy and Melissa with The Bridal Boutique by Mae Me. These two chic and sassy ladies have been a hit with brides to be ever since they burst onto the scene with their June 1st grand opening. I follow them on facebook, and love when they post pics of the brides after they’ve found their perfect dress. I hear nothing but good things from my own brides who have visited their store, and I can’t wait to work with them. I just love their style.
I got carried away photographing the gals from Mariposa Salon & Spa. Their focus and precision as they prepped the bride models was fantastic to see. I would love to see them in action on a wedding day, working their magic on a bridal party. Also- hot tip! I did a little stalking of them on the internet when I got home and discovered a great deal on wedding day hair and makeup- the bride’s services are complimentary with bridal parties of 5 or more. So cool!
I have to mention David Storm at Omega Sound and Entertainment. DJs are the oft-overlooked masterminds of wedding reception entertainment, and I would trust David to MC the Academy Awards. He is commanding yet convivial, keeping the ball rolling but allowing the audience to relax and enjoy themselves. If you are looking for a DJ, I think you can do no better.
All in all, it was a great show. I was joined on the white sofa by many a fabulous bride, and I heard about some really cool weddings that I will hopefully be invited to photograph. It is looking like 2012 is going to be a really super year!
To view the entire event, please check out our album on facebook.