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Size Doesn't Matter....Or how to enjoy the spoils of a smaller more intimate wedding day!

Whole world....Kate & Tracy.  Kate & Tracy......Meet the whole world.  My definition of the phrase "Whole World" basically irons out to my parents, and handful of Canadians and some dude from Siberia who from what I can tell from my analytics is quite the dedicated and passionate fan of Titus Childers Photography and his ever slower and slower blog posts.   For that I say Danke to my Tovarishch in Siberia and because of your stead fast dedication and inspiration to push me forward I'll do my best to not wait almost eight months to share a blog about a fantastic couple!

I have to say that my blogs have entered a non-light of day regression that has been happening since last year and around the time of Kate & Tracy's fantastic wedding.  The good news for the bride and groom is that I've had almost a year to prep for the most clever, insightful and emotional blog post about a kick ass couple that it will end all blog posts.  Oddly enough I think that's the excuse I'll give my 7 avid blog readers on how/why I haven't written a blog post in too long of a time.  Alas, no one wants excuses and hey I gotta be honest, I hit 41 this year and I'm afraid to say I think I'm actually running out of any viable excuses that I can straight faced deliver to anyone.

On to the main reason you find yourself reading my silly gibberish.  Two main reasons actually, the lovely and intelligent Kate and her dapper, soft spoken old school man of men, Tracy.  Their wedding was of a smaller capacity in the numbers of people and the overall size and scope.  However, I have yet to photograph another five hour wedding package that has lived up to the enormity of emotion, great family and quality images that these two delivered for me.  One of my favorite things about smaller and shorter wedding shoots is the intimate portrait sessions with a bride and groom.  Kate, Tracy and I walked around the CBD of New Orleans for almost an hour and we basically went exploring for cool and colorful locations all while holding cocktails in our hands and chatting back and forth like we were wide eyed tourists on the prowl for the inevitable good time New Orleans will deliver if you stay the course.  

All of Kate and Tracy's family and friends were absolute aces.  I was treated with the all the kindness and respect that one would come to expect from a smiley bride and a groom with a pony tail!  Seriously, other than Steven Segal, name one dude with a pony tail that has been an outright bastard to you.  It's a tall order.  After a brilliant portrait session with the bride and groom, tear filled family and group portraits and the short yet emotional ceremony at Pigeon & Prince, it came time for me to bid farewell to Kate and Tracy.  I can't begin to express my appreciation for their sunny dispositions and clearly being the type of couple who is prepared to take life as it comes and make all of their problems or successes small and close to the chest.  Kate and Tracy,  y'all are aces and a couple at the top three on my list of couples who can really hold their booze.  And some pretty damn high quality booze at that!

Cheers,

Titus

 

Vendors : 

Ceremony & Reception Location :

Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles

 

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Lisa & Greg....We Now Return to Your Wedding Already in Progress on the Sun!

Whole World....Meet Lisa & Greg!  Lisa & Greg.....The Whole World!  Let's just bypass all the sweet innocent compliments and pleasantries because this couple, my stalwart and dedicated blog aficionado's, are the coolest cats and down to earth knuckleheads I've met in a long time and quite frankly, they're so much fun I seriously believe they'd be more comfortable if I sat here and busted their chops as opposed to the kissy kissy fluffy bunny flag waving descriptions that I had ready about them for this blog.

Nope!  Considering the first time that I met Lisa & Greg at Mojo coffee, the three of us were blah, blah, blah-ing away.  Going through the specific details of start times, locations and making sure their photographer was properly weened off his whiskey for the week as to ensure his prompt and well groomed appearance at Hotel Mazarin.  Yes it was a lengthy and in depth chat.  The kind of chat that shared a few laughs but also we all proved that we weren't afraid to touch on the big ticket life items.  Such as our common love for the group of gypsy punks commonly known as Gogol Bordello. For those of you keeping score at home that would bethe name of a band.  A very loud, energetic and sweaty band at that.  Which almost on cue I had realized whilst sipping my 1000 degree hot latte outside chatting with my cool as cucumbers new clients, whom the two of were positioned oh so gently under an overhang with plenty of shade.  It was their comfort that immediately sparked my receptors into realizing I had been sitting directly under the blazing hot morning sun and now to accompany B.O.B(bright orange ball) I had been slowly trying to raise my core temperature to that of molten lava to balance my sizzling egg cooking five-head.

It was a good chuckle. At least for Lisa and Greg it was.  Now I must admit I usually connect easily with people who can't pass up the opportunity to giggle at the irritating misfortunes of others even if they're laughing at yours truly.  It was all in good fun but the great and powerful mystic of mischief and misery in the sky isn't without a sense of humor.  Fast forward to the October wedding day of my pals who also happen to be two of the clearly capable cleaner-uppers into fancy attire that I have yet to witness.  That means they both looked dope people!  Keep Up!  Any who, back to the sense of humor statement  and why it ties into my extremely weak story.  You know what, here's the cliff's notes version y'all,  You heard me say it was October.  You heard the coffee story? Right!  Ok well holy flipping October reading of Dante's habanero  Inferno hell was it about as hot as you could possibly think a day to be when over a massive portion of the good earth humans were enjoying a cool breeze and leaves changing colors.  Thankfully for all of us  Greg and Lisa had an outdoor ceremony, ;) but in good fashion it was over and done with quickly but not so quick that their vows were any less poignant.  Now brothers and sisters I will say I really did enjoy the intimacy of their wedding which short and sweet.  As it was, it started making several people leak from the eyes, however there was no damn way I could've told the difference between their sweat or their tears so we just kept on rolling along.

When the day of fun and fever blisters neared the end I couldn't have felt better about the amazing shots we got of Lisa & Greg.  Fortune smiled one last time for us in the way of cooling off a bit enough to sweat a normal amount during the kick ass second line to Pat O's.  My new friends, being the kind and gentle souls they are graciously invited me in for drinks but I couldn't help but notice that my blood type at that particular moment was mostly Sand Positive so one drink would've sucked up the last morsel of moisture clinging to my love handles.  I took this time to fade off graciously down the center of Saint Peter street.  It wasn't a half bad attempt at imitating an old cowboy movie as our hero walks off into the unknown and just like in those old movies I strolled down the darkened road littered with the littered snoring bloated bags of twenty somethings sleeping in their own sick as well as cheers of HEY GIRL!!   Ah, the classics never get old.   Lisa & Greg, thank you so much for your uplifting spirits!  I had a great time!  Y'all are aces!  See you at the next Gogol Bordello show!

Cheers,

Titus

Contributing Vendors : 

Hotel Mazarin   

 New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

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Lulu & Jochem.........Licensed to (be) Ill! Aka....You think it's funny but it's snot!

One of the many perks of photographing weddings in New Orleans, at least in my humble opinion, is how small such a huge city can be.  I'll be the first person to admit that it's quite the paradox living in a place where a little bit of fun is considered a half measure.  Go big or go bigger.  Which is why it should be pointed out to all you wild animals (certainly must throw myself in that category) who are out getting shredded and making epically ridiculous life decisions (But seriously, Kudos to those of you who are!) I guarantee you that someone, whom you won't remember bore witness to your Tom Foolery and you will cross paths with them again.  And yes, it will be as awkward as advertised!

With that being said none of my malicious deeds were witnessed by anyone at this brilliant ceremony of Lulu and Jochem, nor did any rambunctious or dastardly deeds tarnish  the starry  eyes of one of my raddest Bride's ever.  No ladies and gentleman, sadly the connection in question revolved around a particular feline friend of Lulu and myself.  When our lines of communication opened up Lulu informed me that she just recently moved to Amsterdam with Jochem, however her previous residency was literally around the block from my house.  Apparently we'd lived next to each other yet at just so slight of a bend of the corner that we went several years without crossing paths.  Once we started to pick each others brain Lulu recalled the times she took it upon herself to feed and care for some of the less than crazy, scratchy hobo neighborhood stray cats.  We apparently had a soft spot for one cat in particular, whom is now called Pete, whom is also a female,( I never checked in the early days when we first met and I named him.  I respected his privacy!) and whom had also been taking full advantage of the kindness of Lulu and myself.  It was increasingly obvious considering he(she) is the fattest goddamn stray cat I've ever laid my eyes on.  Also not too shabby of a companion to chill with.

I know the three of you that actually sit down and read this are saying to yourself, "Here we are skimming through a blog post which I rightfully deducted was about a nice couples wedding and here we are reading about the ills of too much partying in NOLA, A He/She overweight cat and the meekest of connections between a photographer and his beautiful client/bride whom also partakes in the feline obesity issue."  Fear not loyal readers, there was indeed one of the grandest weddings that I have ever been privileged to witness.  Not only was I referred to Lulu and Jochem by the dearest sweetest soul - Wedding Coordinator around, Miss Erin St. Pierre of It's Your Time Events, the list of vendors not only included a dear friend whom I hadn't seen in quite some time, on hair, the brilliantly painted inside the lines stylings of Miss Agnes Backman, co-owner of Folklore Salon.  Then the final fantastic slap of enlightenment came from arguably (I wouldn't argue) one of the best in the business regarding the greatest gift you can give to anyone that is guaranteed to die shortly after receiving but within that time you can stick your nose in them and sniff yourself crosseyed, was the real Atomic Blonde, Miss Kim Starr Wise.  Rocking the beautiful flower arrangements as expected.  The bride and groom held their ceremony at the absolutely creepy, cool one of a kind Felicity Church.  If you haven't seen Felicity Church inside or out trust me when I say it is nothing short of unique.  It was such a fantastic venue to photograph.  To cap off the festivities of pussycats, old friends and the blossoming new marriage of Lulu & Jochem the crew cracked open a bottle of Jack Daniels, which was purchased by the brides father when she was born and he finally opened it up and began pouring everyone a celebratory shot of one hell of an aged Gentleman Jack's premium whiskey.  Although the look on Lulu's face would suggest she was drinking goblin piss the majority of the guests thought it was fantastic.

Despite being unfavorably ill for her entire wedding as well as the day before and the day after, Lulu held serve and managed to convince her party people all was well and that this was their day to celebrate.  I know she probably will give me crap for mentioning how sick she was but as you read in my blog title a snippet regarding snot, lets just say we made sure to have kleenex on hand for the emotional drips as well for the nasal ones.  Once the day was done and I retired to my home I made sure to sit down with our old friend Pete to discuss with him/her how the day went.  Naturally as you could expect, he looked at me and demanded he be petted and had no damn idea what the hell I was rambling on about.  I mean really people.  He's a cat. Did you think he was gonna get drunk and make a fool of himself? Geez!

Cheers,

Titus

Contributing Vendors :                It's Your Time Events --  Erin St. Pierre    

                                                     Folklore Salon  --  Agnes Backman  

                                                     Kim Starr Wise Floral Events  --  Kim Starr Wise

                                                     Felicity Church

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Audrey & Daniel.......Another Fox Bites The Dust

Let me tell you something people.  The key phrases wedding, Nebraska and January have never been anywhere on my priority list.  I mean absolutely no disrespect to my beautiful wee little pint size cousin and her decision to marry her hunka hunka Hubby, Daniel in Omaha, NE in the middle of January.  However I will say that we could have easily had the same beautiful ceremony on the planetary system of Hoth!  It was flippin' cold!  For those of you who have no clue what Hoth is (SHAME ON YOU IF YOU DON'T)!

The last time I saw Audrey was at her older sisters wedding months earlier in the much warmer climate of early October.  Suffice it to say I'm starting to think Alyssa, Audrey's older sister might like me better.  No matter the guesses and despite my incessant complaining about the cold weather in my home state, which by the way solidifies my ascension into almost 100% native of this great Earth's south land and its warmer climates, the wedding of Daniel and Audrey was an absolute fantastic love sit in. Complete with laughing, crying, teeth chattering and joy for all who attended.

Its quite rare to see a couple so young dive so responsibly into marriage as these two.  Granted they've got one of the most ridiculously awesome support teams in their friends and family.  So awesome I'd say that if these two even considered throwing in the towel on their nuptials said support team would give the two of them a world class spiritual talking to and that idea would quickly wash away.

Audrey and Daniel left for Australia mere weeks after the wedding.  Not to honeymoon but to take up residency and begin the first leg of their journey together in the land of the worlds second best Olympic swimmers and the best selling beer of Fosters.  I'm no beer snob but I'm not sure if a man or woman can survive on Fosters alone.  Hopefully the import business is keeping them supplied with better libations than that.  Despite the mediocre beer and apathetic swimming  I know they're making quite the life for themselves down under and they can rest assured that they've earned my respect and they will always have a true believer in New Orleans supporting them and rooting for them.  However if they invite me to renew vows anytime soon I'm going to have to insist they come down south so that I never have to take their photos on a frozen solid pond that made my toes go numb in less than 10 minutes.

Cheers,

Titus

Bill & Lisa.........Cubbies and Buffaloes, Holy Cow!

Over the few and fabulous years that I've existed I have picked a few pearls of wisdom.  Even had some of them violently thrown right in my face.  No matter the delivery of said pearls I've always tucked them away as reminders of future encounters and different ways to handle them or better yet, not handle them.  One hard yet noble truth about your narrator is that I have AMAZING instincts.  Unfortunately I always seem to ignore them.  What can you do!?

The reason I mention my uncanny ability to ignore my amazing instincts deals with the first 10 minutes of meeting the bride, Lisa, for the first time.  I noticed one of Lisa's pieces of flare was a shiny pin representing the Colorado Buffaloes, whom as a Nebraska Football fan aren't well revered by me or many of my beloved Husker Nation.  Enter my foot in mouth moment where before I even realized it I was verbally blasting Lisa's alma mater.  I put my own fire out quickly and even though my stupidity oft times can be removed from the records with a little bit of Childers charm, it wasn't necessary due to the fun loving aura of Lisa and her obvious knowledge in the subject of guys saying stupid things!

My time spent with Bill and Lisa wasn't long.  At least not long enough to explain the ease at which the three of us became friends.  These two moved through the French Quarter with a swagger I rarely see from visiting couples.  After their first look we strolled through the streets utilizing some good lighting conditions and drink specials to cool us down from the heat.  After a short yet expression filled ceremony Bill and Lisa's guests and family were treated to an epic second line by none other than The Kinfolk Brass Band.  

It seemed like 2016 was a pretty solid year for them.  Their Buffaloes were back in the headlines for their football.  The Chicago Cubs, their baseball team, were in the headlines but finally for winning the World Series and their wedding, which was as much fun as anyone could pack into 6 hours, was close enough to the end of the year to consider the year a success.  Take that 2016!  

Cheers,

Titus

 

****All Images were taken by me as an associate for Trent Spann of Images by Robert T.*****

(Trent Spann you're the man!)

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

Fleur & John....Two pieces of Flair. The Required Amount!

Have you ever met that couple that you just wanna grab and hug and squeeze because they're just so damned cute that you can barely stand it?  Well if you haven't then I suggest that you introduce yourself to my friends Fleur & John.

Fleur & John hail from the northeast which stands to reason they'd pick New Orleans for their destination wedding.  I mean last time I checked it gets cold up there.  Luckily for them they chose NOLA in September so no one was going to freeze to death.

I could tell you that they had a fantastic first look in the courtyard of Hotel Le Marais or that after a brilliant portrait session with the bride and groom, along with their wedding, they had an intimate ceremony at Latrobe's on Royal Street.  They even had New Orleans own Kinfolk Brass Band play during the reception.  What I'd really like to talk about is John's suit!  I mean for the love all that snaps, crackles and pops would you just take a moment and soak it in!  Major props to John for what I consider to be the suit of the decade.  A suit only a true man can pull off!

Regardless of Fleur and John's attire we all managed to follow their superbly dressed selves through the streets of the French Quarter, along with Kinfolk shredding yet another second line.  It was one for the ages kids!  Also, thanks for the beers after the ceremony at the Carousel Bar you two!  Don't mind if I do!  

Cheers,

Titus

 

Julie & Brant, We now return to our wedding already in progress on the SUN!

Say hello to my good friends and newly(well, mostly newly wed couple considering the fact  I'm a blog procrastinator and their wedding was months ago!) married couple, Julie and Brant!  

I can honestly tell you that I've photographed weddings with the temperatures being hotter but I can't honestly tell you when!  With that being said, one million points to this beautiful love sick duo who braved one of the hottest second lines I've ever encountered.  My running joke of the evening is that we should've just held the ceremony and the second line on the sun!  Good Lord!

No matter the temperature nor the whining and crying from your faithful photographer these two managed to pull off a spectacular first look at the Omni Royal Hotel in a sun soaked courtyard.  Then they scampered across the street to The Pharmacy Museum where they were serenaded by a large gospel choir serenading us all with quite possibly the most uplifting prelude to a wedding that I've ever witnessed!  A steamy second line followed by a raucous reception capped off this flamethrower of a day giving them quite a standard for future parties to follow.  If anyone needs the recipe to Julie and Brant's day just preheat your core temperature to 1000 degrees and check back in three hours or until their photographer has melted!  I had a great time despite the heat! Thanks to you both!

Cheers,

Titus

Wedding Coordinator - Unique Weddings

Ceremony Location - Pharmacy Museum

Reception Location - Petit Bourbon

 

Greta & Nick - GIGGITY, GIGGITY, GIGG-A-TY!

If you've been hiding under a rock for the last decade or so you should catch on to this posts title as the now infamous character from the animated tv show Family Guy. Why am I telling you this?  I know if you're a regular follower of my work, blogs or everyday shenanigans that I have faith in the fact you're well aware of that quote.

What on god's green glorious earth does that saying have to do with this smitten, ear to ear grinning couple?  ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!  I just think it's freaking hilarious.  But also when I go back through my favorite images of this New York Power Couple I realize how infectious there smiles were to me.  Every aspect of their wedding catered to their individuality.  From (possibly the greatest wedding vows I've ever heard) there tear jerking and down right funny as hell ceremony to my first chance at working in the pristine and new New Orleans Ace Hotel. To an absolute brilliant and exhausting second line that parted Bourbon Street like the police at the stroke of midnight on Fat Tuesday!

Greta & Nick will always have my admiration.  In a world of conformity overload they did it exactly the way they wanted to.  These are the results I think Frank SInatra was getting at when he said, "I did it my way".  Many many many happy future endeavors and enjoy a life of obnoxiously big grins that stretch from ear to ear!

Cheers,

Titus

Contributing Vendors :  

The Ace Hotel, New Orleans, LA   :  Bride and Groom Lodging    

Pat O's On The River : Ceremony & Reception

 

Kinfolk Brass Band : Entertainment/Brass Band

This is how you NOLA!

Ladies and Gentleman meet my friends Ali & Joe Cantino.  These two smiley faced beauties braved an awful lot of joy dampening opposition on the day of their wedding.  Instead of crying like little bare assed babies they NOLA'ed up and drank and smiled and danced and sang!!  MY HEROES!

The rain didn't keep these two down.  The cool breeze added into the rain didn't stop them.  When you keep a positive outlook as they did then NOLA, as they say, "Will Love You Back"!   And love them back it did my friends!  Ali and Joe's happy go lucky attitude was reflected in their friends and family!  We ate!  We Drank!  WE NOLA'ed!!!!!  

Thanks be to the greatness of Ali and Joe!  And Dennis kicked some ass too!

Cheers,

Titus

 

Contributing Vendors :

Reception Venue - Broussards  www.broussards.com

Hotel -- Bride and Groom & Guests -- The Dauphine Orleans

Ceremony Location -- Hermann-Grima House 

Wedding Coordinators -- Mint Julep Productions