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We  L-O-V-E the first look.

There are few days that you plan for as much as your wedding day.  You spend hours on details, invitations, venues, food and guest lists.  This can all seem overwhelming and sometimes the intimate moments and the romantic feel of the day can escape you.  I tell everyone that the best advice I can give is to take five minutes every once in a while to just look around, see the day that you and your loved one have created and take a long look at the real reason you are here, your new spouse.

We are huge fans of first looks for just this reason.  It forces you to slow down and take note, quitely, intimately, and with the solitude that is so deserved on a wedding day.  The hustle and bustle of getting family and bridal parties and group photos done before making your big entrance into the reception can be nerve racking even in the most well planned and organized occasions.  The tradition of seeing the bride for the first time when she walks down the aisle, is something that can also be very breathtaking.  And as breathtaking as this moment is, it is also a very public moment.  We have found that sometimes the emotions can be a little more guarded when all eyes are on you.  The moment when all of this hard work, expectations and emotions meet is probably my favorite part of this job.  Seeing the tears, the laughs, the endless joy is something that many people don’t get to see on a regular basis and we have been blessed enough to photograph these moments for the most deserving people.

Every couple is different and every wedding is different as well, that is what we love so much about my job.  We enjoy being a calming voice during a chaotic and sometimes stressful day.  We enjoy looking back on the images that we have the pleasure to capture probably as much as the bride and groom themselves do.  We feel lucky to meet the people that we do and take part in the merging of two lives.  We want everyone to be able to see their day as something that happened exactly the way that they thought it would.  We always encourage a first look and see this as a way for couples to really focus on each other, before the festivities begin.  We also realize the first look is not the traditional approach but we guess we have always taken pride in “not being a traditional photographers “.  But we also understand that the image of seeing your groom or your bride for the first time surrounded by family and friends is and always will be an emotional moment that many people look forward to.  Just keep in mind that this moment will still happen, but with the first look, you got a little head start on the rest of the world.

 Most of our couples decide to do a first look for these reasons:

1.It is a great time to steal those last few moments together before all of the busyness of the day begins.

2.You get to spend time together and sooth all those nerves leading up to the ceremony time.

3. You get phenomenal pictures without the rush of  the sun going down or the rush of getting family, bridal party and you and your spouse photographs all crammed into the cocktail hour.

4. You get to enjoy your cocktail party with your friends and family.

5. And best of all you get that amazing moment of seeing each other  all over again as you walk down the aisle.

Here is such a breathtaking first look sequence with Sarah & Dave.

XO~Amalie & Jeff

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Here are some of the gorgeous details from Sarah & Dave’s wedding at The Grand Bohemian. The flowers were to die for, of course Lee Forrest always does such magnificent job! Be on the lookout for Sarah and Dave’s full wedding post in the next few weeks.

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Here is my disclaimer:  This is my biggest blog post to date, yes I am slightly obsessed with everything about this wedding!  Read on and find out why.

People are constantly entering your life, some for a short moment, others for a lifetime.  Some of these people may have very little impact on you, others may be profound.  Some personalities are forgettable, others are bigger than the world.  Amanda is the latter in all of those statements.  She has a larger than life personality, she says what she means, she makes those around her better, she laughs a lot, and you always feel like an important person when in her company.  I have had many people come into my life, but friends like Amanda are few and far between.  She has been with me through the toughest times of my life and also through the best.  She was there for me when I walked down the aisle 10 years ago.  She gave me words of encouragement on my big day, and I have never felt that there was anything I could not share with her.  Amanda called me a few years back and told me of this “boy” that she met.  She told me that he was driven, good looking, smart, funny, and most important made her happy.  I could not have been happier for her.  Everyone needs someone like her in their life, and everyone like her needs someone like Justin in their life.  He is thoughtful and kind, and I don’t throw those words around easily.  He is one of those people that you feel you have known for a long time, the first time you meet him.  He made Jeff and I feel welcome, and invited us into his life with open arms.  He is a Naval Officer, and the nobleness of his career path speaks volumes about the character that lies within.  When Amanda told me that she was getting married, I did not, for one-second worry about the rest of her life, I knew that this man and this woman would take care of each other no matter what life threw at them.

Needless to say when Amanda asked me to come to her wedding and take part in this, one of the most important days of her life, there was no hesitation.  Jeff and I flew into New Orleans to be greeted with a party. ( The party wasn’t technically for us, but with these two they make you feel like it is.)  We met the most amazing people and made friends that will have a lasting effect on the both of us.  During her wedding I cried, I cried when her maids of honor were giving speeches that came from a place that only people that truly know Amanda could come from.  I cried when I first put some images together for her.  And I have no doubt that I will probably cry again looking back at this happy time.  Now I know that I am really emotionally invested in these images since someone I truly love is in them, I realize that, but if Amanda and Justin look at these images and feel the same, I know I captured their day the way it was meant to be captured.  New Orleans is a magical place, filled with music, art, food, laughter and fun and I can think of no place more fitting than this for one of my best friends and her incredible husband to get married.  From the trolly rides, to the Frenchmen Street bars, to the roof top party, to the brass band playing your during your grand entrance, to the smiling bride and groom, I could not imagine the weekend going any better.  I love you Amanda and Justin, and I can’t thank you both enough for letting Jeff and I take part in this amazing occasion.

Here’s to Justin and Amanda, may everyone find friends like you and may everyday you hear that brass band and smile.

XOXO-Amalie & Jeff
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Planner: Kelley Mitchell

http://www.nolaweddingsandevents.com/default.html

Cake: Shane at Zoe’s Bakery
http://www.zoesbakery.com/

Brass Band for Ceremony: Salty Dog Brass Band -Johnathan Bloom


Band for reception: The New Orleans Suspects 

http://www.neworleanssuspects.com/

Dress: Yvonne LaFleur 
http://www.yvonnelafleur.com/

Flowers: Bee’s Wedding Design 
http://beesweddingdesigns.com/

Venue:
Galvez Restaurant 

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I’d like to introduce you to Jacqueline and Andrew, two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet.  This is the story of how they met.  While attending college at Florida State, where Jacqueline was studying interior design, she met a friend who had attended high school with Andrew.  Jacqueline did not know at the time that this friend would introduce her to the love of her life.  The intersection of these two lives came together in Orlando where Jacqueline and her friend just happened to stop following a design conference in Tampa.  During the short trip to Orlando to meet up with some friends, Jacqueline and Andrew were introduced.  This intersection would eventually lead two lives that were on two different paths to merge into one long and happy road.  Jacqueline first met with me in January, iPad  with Pintrest board in hand.  The inspiration for their wedding was plastered on those pages and I knew that I was going to love shooting this wedding.  Jacqueline’s taste is amazing and this showed through all the stunning blush and coral details.  She also told me that I have creative freedom with the photos I take, and this means the world to me.  In the months that followed she would keep me posted on her vision and I really tried to portray that vision in the images that follow.  From Andrew’s childhood church to the Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club the energy and excitement and nervousness and beauty could not and would not be overlooked.  Jacqueline and Andrew, Jeff and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for letting us share this incredible day with you, for treating us like family, and for making us feel so welcomed, we will never forget this and are so grateful to have met you guys.

Now I propose a toast, Here’s to the new Mr. and Mrs. Capra, may your days be filled with only laughter and love, Cheers.

Amalie and Jeff

P.S. I am also so excited to say that this gorgeous wedding was just published on Style Me Pretty, so go check it out!

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Reception venue: Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club

Florist: Beth Halpern with Creative Florals

Makeup artist: Katherine Devers

Hair stylist: Tracy Bond

DJ: Thomas Edunk with Accents Sounds & Entertainment

Brides gown: Minerava’s in Orlando

Bridesmaid gowns: Amsale

Groom and Groomsmen suits:  Men’s Warehouse

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