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Alison & Joe.......He's Her Lobster! (Psssttt....do the claws again!)

Whole world, meet Alison & Joe.  Alison & Joe.......The Whole World! I’m going to spout off a few paragraphs worth of compliments, a handful of comparisons and a baker’s dozen total count of why yall should think these cats are as cool as advertised. Obviously as pre usual it’ll be way too much description considering after a few minutes of meeting them up close their giggles made me giggles and giggles are all cool. Well, maybe no giggles for Joe. He was a bit more composed. OH! And I had so much f’ing fun had hanging out with them and their peeps all day long. Merely a side note but it doesn’t make it any less true!

Now I’ll admit I can be on the more dismissive side of emotion when it comes to other peoples sentimental odds and ends but Alison reeled me in as soon as she opened the door wearing her custom made shirt with the phrase that only fans of the 90’s sitcom, Friends, would instantly pick up on. “He’s Her Lobster!” Followed closely by her sister wearing a shirt that said I’ve got the meat sweats! Every one of Alison’s bridesmaids had their favorite quotes from and episode of Friends. Now given the extremely specific nature of these hilarious inside jokes and the fact that I’m a former Friends junkie, I took it upon myself to admit to Alison and her team that they had passed the cool test and that I would hold them in high regards against all other challenging brides and their teams to come.

Alison and Joe combined weigh in at a solid - 52 pounds and with Alison’s smile alone could she convince me to go lay down in traffic for her. Joe was her perfect balance in the way he was a bit more reserved. That is until he started popping the tops on tasty dranks at their reception. I mean seriously! Never before had I seen a wedding reception carry such an amazing and cheerful vibe that didn’t end with a second line. Theirs didn’t but I thank the god’s for that considering they danced me into a comatose like tiredness that few before them have had the ability to produce in me.

From the hilarious t-shirts, the intense shows of emotion from several different attendees, to the amazing wedding party shredding the dance floor all the way to the liquored up groom and his groomsmen this wedding was one for the ages. Alison and Joe’s style molded perfectly into the environment of Broussards, The Hermann - Grima House and finally drinks at Pat O’Briens, that it was a shame to see the night come to an end. However considering that even lobsters can’t keep their claws of each other we had part ways. Lobster love is a unique and intense site to behold people. Never, ever stand in the way of Lobster Love! Thanks Again Joe & Alison. In the immortal words of Chandler Bing, I say, “ You and me have always been like right there!”

Cheers,

Titus

Contributing Vendors :

Lodging - The Hotel Monteleone

Ceremony & Reception Location - Broussard’s

Hermann - Grima House

Videographers - Montoto Productions

Wedding Planners - Unique Weddings NOLA

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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!)

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

 

Lauren & Alyssa........You Had Me at "I want a photo of us in front of the Antique Guns & Swords shop!"

I'm a fan of weddings that are small in number of guests but are wickedly huge in the great deal of support, love and respect for the couple involved.  Case in point was the day I met Lauren & Alyssa face to face for the first time and I just wanted to pinch their smiley cheeks all day long!

These two fantastic ladies were all about the photos which coincidentally worked in my favor.  I first started with Lauren and her family.  All of said family members were great sports and had no issues getting their picture taken.  Once Lauren and her family were all set it was on to meet Alyssa.  Immediately I could see that Alyssa was going to keep the the spirit of the day alive.  Alyssa is a firecracker.  I've said many many times that I like goofballs!  Once we became acquainted each others eccentric goofy nature Alyssa and I went right to getting some fierce  portraits to go with her matching personality.  I believe both her and Lauren would've taken photos all night with me given the opportunity and that makes them aces in my book.

The ladies had a small and intimate ceremony at Audubon Park.  Afterwards we took advantage of the open space and sunshine for some portraits before heading back to the French Quarter and finishing the day off with, you guessed it, more portraits!!  In the hustle and bustle of most wedding days it can be difficult to get this much one on one time with a couple so I was all for it.  The icing on the cake for me is when the three of us were strolling the quarter for a good location Alyssa looked at me and said, "I'd love to get pictures in front of the Antique Guns & Swords shop!"  What's that you say?  A completely ridiculous setting for the brides on their wedding day.  Hell yeah I'll take your picture there!  I mean lets be serious, where else would you sit down for a wedding day portrait if not in front of the Antique Guns and Swords shop?  I rest my case!  Alyssa & Lauren,  y'all were a delight!  En Guard ladies!  En Guard!

Cheers,

Titus

Contributing Vendors :  Event Planners - Unique Weddings

                                       Hotel - The Roosevelt

                                       Antoines Resturaunt

                                      Audubon Park - Ceremony

                                     Florist - Dunn & Sonnier  

                                     Transportation - American Luxury