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Deja & Brandon.......What Is That? Velvet? :)

Whole world.....Deja & Brandon.  Deja & Brandon.......The Whole World!  Now that we've gotten the introductions out of the way I'd say it was way past time that I get to giving you fine readers a rundown on one of the most in tune couples that I've ever had the great pleasure of working with!

I'm going to omit the fact that it was yet another blistering hot day.  As well as the overall lack of common sense being utilized by local or as of yet, unidentified non-local motorists in and around the city of New Orleans that day.  Also, the ridiculously over bearing, chest swelling idiocy of the parking lot supervisors who instructed me to proceed into the line of traffic from which I sat, seething with rage, even after I told him that I was there to photograph a wedding.  Luckily my fellow photographer, Trent Spann, was Johnny on the spot to pick up any slack on my part.  Yep!  We won't dwell on those day of irritations that we have no control over.  Instead, I can focus on everything that went right, which was a whole helluva lot!

Despite the dual temple massaging on my part towards my fellow humans that day I was treated to a positive couple and their fantastic friends and family.  From the time I met up with Deja at Hotel Mazarin, to our time spent at The Pavilion of Two Sisters in City Park and back downtown for Deja & Brandon's epic second line, all of the outside irritations were less than foot notes on an overall kick ass wedding.  I can rest assured that if and when these two decide to have kids that those kids won't fall into the pool of knuckleheads that I had to deal with that day.

You might think reading this that I allowed those interactions to overshadow the most important aspect of the day, which was to ensure that these two had a stellar experience.  To which I would like to add two points of emphasis : 1. I promise you I'm not bitter and 2.  If you really think that then I naturally must assume you were one of many afore mentioned knuckleheads and I request that you stop annoying your fellow man.

Many thanks to Deja & Brandon!  It was a delight to document your big day!  

Cheers,

Titus

VENDORS : Brass Band - Kinfolk Brass Band

Coordinators/Planners -  Unique Weddings & Events

Hotel - Hotel Mazarin

Ceremony Location - The Pavilion of Two Sisters, City Park

 

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Sarah & John.........A Wedding Less Ordinary (aka, Simplicity & Design)

Sarah & John!  John & Sarah!  No matter how I say it these two wickedly fierce friends of mine just go together like PB & J, NOLA & Mardi Gras, or to put a Forrest Gump stamp on them, like Peas & Carrots!  However in no way is John simple like Forrest nor is Sarah a wicked mean heartbreaker like Jenny.  C'mon!!  Don't be so sensitive.  We all know Forrest should've given up on Jenny after the first 30 minutes of that movie.

It's no secret that I like to get to know my couples as best I can prior to their big day.  Sometimes though it isn't always possible to grab a pre-wedding day Purple Drink and get to the core of what makes my couples tick.  Luckily that wasn't the case for me with these two.  Give or take a couple of years back I was contacted by Sarah to do some photography for her brilliant online fashion publication, Felicity Magazine.  Fashion/Portrait Photography was (and still is) a big part of my early days/College years of becoming a photographer.  Sarah set up a nice in home studio space for the photo shoot which was nice for the creative team to have room to work yet close enough to engage in idle chit chat or random playful shenanigans.  Some of the collaborators on our first shoot I was already acquainted with but it was my first meeting with Sarah.  Within about five minutes Sarah and I were like Forrest and Bubba.  Only with a higher IQ!  Well, Sarah at least.  Sarah has since been a fierce friend and since her and John are by far one of the most ridiculously compatible couples ever him and I had no problem smoking and joking on the porch during breaks in the photo shoot.  Plus we are both veterans which always makes the beers and conversation flow much more smoothly.

It wasn't much longer after that first photo shoot that my new pal John couldn't resist locking this girl down and he popped the question to which Sarah emphatically agreed.  Well I'm speculating on the emphatic part since I wasn't present for the proposal but these two are ridiculously head over heels for each other so that's the description I'm sticking with.  One thing I'm 100% certain of is when Sarah asked if I would photograph their wedding I emphatically agreed with school girl like squeal.  Re-enactments of said squeal will be performed by me upon request for 10 bucks or two cold pints of Guinness!

John & Sarah's wedding day was as unique and humble as the couple themselves.  Sarah and her fantastic group of beautiful yet absolutely party ready Bridesmaids got ready at Sarah's house.  As if there would be any other place they would get ready!  If we can do a photo shoot with hair stylists, makeup artists, creative directors, models, photographers and crazy small dogs running wild then her house could handle that crew!  They had a New Years Eve wedding held outdoor in New Orleans City Park followed by their reception held at Ralph's almost directly across the street.  Much like the adoring couple, Life isn't without a sense of humor.

Almost immediately after the ladies were dressed and ready to depart for the ceremony the heavens opened up and stayed open the entire night.  And holy crap when I say it rained I mean I was about an inch of water away from breaking down the custom alter John & Sarah stood under and constructing it into an arch to load family and friends onto so they could row over to the reception! The weather didn't sour anyones mood nor did it hinder the one of a kind sparkler adorned processional which was accompanied by two of the couples good friends performing a tune written just for John & Sarah.  Everyone stayed moderately dry under the tent for an intimate and hysterical ceremony.  Then once vows and rings were exchanged these two beautiful love sick newlyweds headed out of the tent and without hesitation or even a slight frown or a stink eye to the sky they began wading through ankle deep puddles and a torrential downpour for their second line. Seeing them laugh and dance whilst being pummeled by rain was an epic sight to behold!

I don't know much but what I do know is that relationships of any kind can be a challenge.  I wish I could say that every couple I've ever met and/or photographed lived happily ever after but that isn't the case.  However I do believe in these two and their marriage.  I would confidently bet my soul on them being together forever.  Or until the rains wash us away or until being friends with me gives one or both of them a heart attack.  I am proud to call them my friends and I couldn't have been happier seeing them tie the knot.  John & Sarah, just for the record, please don't make me lose my bet.  I'm quite attached to my soul.

Cheers,

Titus

Contributing Vendors 

Ceremony : City Park, New Orleans, LA

Hair Stylists : Hans & Adrian Billot, The BeKrewe

Makeup : Midori Makeup Artistry, Midori-Tajiri Byrd

Brass Band - Second Line Band : Andrews Family Brass Band   

Band - Sweet Crude

Reception : Ralph's On The Park

Groom and Groomsmen Attire : John's Tuxedos

 

Proposal of the Fittest

There are many times throughout a couples existence that lead to tears, sweat and a dangerous level of anxiety. Thankfully the only time I am ever asked to experience those instances with my camera would be their proposal.

Over the last few years it has become an increasingly popular trend to hire a photographer to capture the proposal.  I've been approached many times during that trendy timeframe to be the man to keep in check the tears, sweat and anxiety.  Not always in that order but nonetheless they know they've got a professional on their hands to take care of their photography needs.  All anxiety produced fluids do however become the proposer's problem.

I must say that proposals have the ability to produce the most sincere and real imagery that a photographer could hope for.  With that said please keep in mind that one possible  bi product of the proposal process can be some less than flattering expressions and/or raccoon eyes from smudged mascara.   Having that iconic moment in their lives captured on camera for all time is worth the risk of briefly looking like a complete goofball.  At least in most cases.  

These are some of my favorite images taken over the last year or so.  Various popular New Orleans locations played host to a wide range of young lovers visiting from all over the USA.  Not a single one of them let any level of risk scare them away from a memorable proposal.  Hopefully this blog entry finds them all happy, healthy and making one another cry for completely different reasons!

Cheers,

Titus

This is my wedding! There are many like it but this one is mine!

In my opinion the pound for pound greatest portrayal of a Marine ever on film, was the crop topped, gap toothed, paranoid, foul mouthed, PVT HUDSON, in James Cameron's Aliens. Played brilliantly by the late great Bill Paxton!  An iconic role that has had me screaming for years, "Game Over Man, Game Over!" when I feel the slight urge to give up on a task that is kicking my butt.  However, much like the "harder than woodpecker lips" toughness that Pvt. Hudson raised from the depths of his shaken  Marine Corp (see what I did there?), i utter that phrase and continue to drive on until the task is finished or until I'm violently ripped through the metal floor boards by a nine foot alien with concentrated acid for blood!

Why am I rambling about my #1 all time favorite Marine?  Simply because my #2 and #3 favorite Marine's are my bride and groom, Michelle and Nace.  In no particular order!  (Actually its a very specific order but I aint saying which).  Nace has retired from the Marine Corp while his now bonny lass, Michelle is well into double digits for time served and is knocking on the door of retirement herself.  Almost 40 years of selfless dedication and sacrifice to their country.  This is why the three of us clicked immediately.  Unless you've been hiding under a rock you should know that I am a veteran myself.  I have so much respect and admiration for not just them but for anyone who has served in our Armed Forces.  Yet to do it as long as they have and with as much dedication and honor is nothing short of deserving a salute.

Ok then!  On to the wedding. After all that is what brought us together and ultimately what has drawn you blog readers and looky-loo's  to this entry.  The day was, much like the couple, low key and stress-less.  Michelle and her mother did their hair and makeup in their room at The Cornstalk Hotel in the French Quarter in New Orleans.  After the finishing touches were applied the ladies were whisked away to City Park to track down Nace in a Toyota Scion.  Nothing but the best for my clients!  They had an all too real First Look.  Nothing like true emotion spilling out of my camera frame with those images.  Even hard nosed Marines fall prey to the waterworks sometimes.  After some epic portrait taking around the park we headed to the Botanical Gardens for a ceremony that produced a cinematic renvisioning from the popular 80's romantic comedy, Say Anything, if you ask what that was then seriously people I don't know how to talk to you.  A brilliant stand in raised the boom box over head complete with Peter Gabriel singing out to a brilliantly warm sky.  (John Cusack couldn't make it apparently Mr. Cusack had a previous commitment which explains the family member stand in)    

The ceremony ended with a visually brilliant sky resting over friends and family as they second lined through the park.  The night was filled with a few tears, laughs and an extra inch of hair grew on Nace's beard.  One thing a lot of people are unaware of is that Michelle and Nace hold down a personal Titus Childers Photography record as of this day.  They talked me into accompanying them and several friends and family down to Frenchman street for an extended reception.  As the hours wore on less and less family members were around and eventually it was just myself, Michelle who is still in her wedding dress and Nace, who has started doing his, "This spot where I'm standing/sitting looks like a good a place as any to go to sleep" routine.  The last three soldiers "standing" proceeded to iHop on Canal Street at 4:30 in the morning.  Michelle and I polished off some epic breakfast while Nace watched the back of his eyelids face down on the table.  Seeing Nace reminded me of an old familiar saying from a certain Marine that applied to his new wife practically carrying him to the car, which was simply, "Why don't you put her in Charge"!  Thank you for your steadfast dedication and service to your country Michelle & Nace!

Cheers,

Titus