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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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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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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

 

Will & Zachary.....All that Glitters is Gold! (Also known as...Two Grown Men Wearing Fitted shiny gold bejeweled Jackets!!)

Over the last few crazy weeks and months the tension in this country has been so thick you could cut it with a very dull letter opener.  I witnessed something that I never believed possible!  I'm talking about the Cubs winning the World Series!  What did you think I was talking about?  Even though this has been a month of tough beats and miraculous victories I'd like to introduce you to Will and Zach!  Two winners if  ever there were.  

Will and Zach were married at The Omni Royal in a manner that reflected the genuine souls that they are.  They had a beautiful ceremony followed by a fantastic Second Line through the streets, led by the one and only, Kinfolk Brass Band.  

I'm quite sure that they will thumb their noses at me for mentioning the Cubs since they reside in St. Louis.  However, I'm sure they would agree that their wedding was another great underdog tale that was years in the making.  Which will be one of my greatest pleasures to witness.  

Respect and admiration is what I have for these gentleman and it is all they've ever shown to me from day 1!  I will always root for the underdogs and the long shots.  Anyone who has to fight for what they want can consider me on board!

Cheers,

Titus 

Contributing Vendors

Venue : The Omni Royal

Event Coordinators : Unique Weddings

Brass Band : Kinfolk Brass Band

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

A.J. & Lauren - Irrevocably Dented!

Usually when I meet couples that are as quiet as Lauren & A.J. are my personality and energy doesn't tend to mesh well.  However, these two beautiful souls and I are all nerds so in the end we couldn't have been a better fit.  

Now from time to time I felt I had to check for a pulse on Lauren & AJ based on how quiet they can be.  Im quite sure they know I'm joking when I say that and it's not meant to say that they are boring.  Quite the opposite.  They are two of the sharpest wits I've ever come across.  Which would explain the title to this blog.  AJ owned a specific moment in the ceremony when the custom of breaking the glass under foot came up.  After one hard stomp, then two, then three, until AJ jumped up with both feet to try and crush this annoying piece of glass we realized that the wrong piece of glass was purchased.  It was impossible to break the sturdy glass and hear the shouts of Mazeltav.  After his many attempts AJ simply reached down, picked up the glass object and remarked I couldn't break it but it is Irrevocably Dented!  Lauren giggled!  I was center aisle capturing this epic moment and in the midst of containing my laughter it lead some of the guests to believe that I was crying.  I was!  But not from sadness!  If you can't laugh at yourself then I recommend you start immediately! 

It was an epic ceremony with an Epic couple!  Thanks Lauren & AJ!  May the Force Be with You!  (yeah I went there!)

Cheers,

Titus

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