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
I love the first look L-O-V-E!No one ever has to tell her to smile, I think it would be hard for her not to.
Yes, you know we hit up Cafe Du Monde every. single. day.
Amanda & Justin had an amazing New Orleans brass play in the bridal party and the bride, it was unbelievable !The shot below is my all time favorite picture. She is real, beautiful and has pure joy in her smile.This delicious beast of a cake is called a Croque En Bouche, it is a traditional French pastry. It was a magnificent camel crunchy filled cream puff, got all that? Or as I call it…Heaven. The wedding and reception was at The Galvez right in the French Quarter in New Orleans, it was right on the Mississippi River. Seriously one of the most gorgeous venues I have ever been to.Yay, Jeff and I finally got in on a picture with the bride:)Good night New Orleans…until we meet againInvites and paper goods: Jenny Lam
Planner: Kelley Mitchell
Cake: Shane at Zoe’s Bakery
Brass Band for Ceremony: Salty Dog Brass Band -Johnathan Bloom
Band for reception: The New Orleans Suspects
Dress: Yvonne LaFleur
Flowers: Bee’s Wedding Design