Whitney + Nick’s New Orleans Wedding

This was my first time to New Orleans and my first time staying in the French Quarter. Can I just say…LOVE? Oak Trees became my new favorite. My obsession with graveyards was taken to a whole new level. The people were lovely and kind. Character and storytelling was everywhere…and the food. Oh my. The food.

On top of all of that, there was this magnificent couple who loved that city so much they planned a destination wedding..so they could be in their favorite city with their favorite people. And I was the lucky photographer who got to document the whole she-bang.

I know for some locals it might be totally cliche..but during the 2nd line (where you march through the streets of the French Quarter after the ceremony), I turned to Whitney and yelled (because it was so loud), “This is one of the best moments I have ever photographed at a wedding”. I was so in the moment. The music, the energy, the laughing and dancing and the HAPPINESS. It was infectious.

A huge thank you to Nick and Whitney for trusting me with this day. Now lets plan a yearly renewal of vows so there are plenty of reasons to go back again and again and eat to our hearts content.

LeeLee - What beautiful photography and a incredibly lovely wedding.December 14, 2011 – 6:41 pm

Mindy - YES! FINALLY!! WHOOP, WHOOP! I have been (not so) patiently waiting for this post. =) I spend a few weeks in NOLA 2 summers ago with Habitat for Humanity and ABSOLUTELY FELL IN LLLLLOOOOVVVVEEEEE! I agree 150% with what you said about it. It’s amazing.. simply put. AND on top of that your photos are amazing. Fantastic.. the whole post. Thanks, Rachel!!! YOU ROCK! =)December 14, 2011 – 7:14 pm

Katie - awww… this made me totally homesick for my adopted city. you captured it so beautifully!December 14, 2011 – 8:52 pm

J Shoda - Holy moly. This is such a beautiful wedding. I want to shoot one of these in my lifetime. Very well done.December 14, 2011 – 10:14 pm

Lori Wong - um….I pretty much had a jaw drop moment of the shot in b/w all dark except for the light on the couple. There is all this color and so many things to look at in each shot and then BAM! You throw in a curve ball of AAAAAAAA-MAZING! But of course, you are just an amazing photographer. Gorgeous wedding.December 14, 2011 – 11:00 pm

amy - holy wow. that wedding march in the new orleans streets is a stunning moment, visually and emotionally, and captured so perfectly. you so artfully, astutely, and stylishly create a world that this couple and their family can inhabit fully, in which they can be the stars, and still leave your lovely mark.

three generations of beautiful likeness, the couple in their own spotlight…such fantastic photography.December 15, 2011 – 8:09 am

Damian - Your weddings always feel like you are capturing people on the best day of their lives, and it is not just the bride and grooms.December 15, 2011 – 11:18 am

elisabetta {linen & silk} - Rachel, I’m speechless. This wedding is so so so beautiful. It’s as if every picture is a surprise… an unexpected surprise… I’m not sure I know how to describe the feelings it evokes. Just incredibly stunning, the pictures, and this family…December 15, 2011 – 11:21 am

Maryn - in case you wanted to know, I LOVE your photography. you have such a unique way of seeing things. so glad you share it!December 15, 2011 – 2:12 pm

ryan - Wow, so much character and personality involved in that wedding and you captured it all exquisitely.December 15, 2011 – 6:39 pm

Lisa - You are so DOGGONE talented Rachel. Sincere thanks for sharing this gift!December 16, 2011 – 10:40 am

Senja - Oh I love all the photos. What a great destination weeding – so fun to have it in New Orleans!

I also especially loved the purple dress one of the moms had on. So stylish!December 17, 2011 – 1:28 am

Fotograf ślubny Lublin - Fantastic story telling:)December 17, 2011 – 8:14 am

stephanie - amazing photos, Rachel! I love that city so much…and isn’t a second line at a wedding the best.thing.ever? We went to one in June and it definitely stands out as a “best of” life memory.December 17, 2011 – 10:56 am

vanessa joie - beautiful rachel. the bride’s dress is one of one of my favorites i’ve seen.December 22, 2011 – 8:01 pm

Natalie - I wasn’t able to make the wedding (living in Oz), your photos are wonderful. Thanks for posting them up.January 4, 2012 – 1:16 pm

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