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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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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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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

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

 

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

 

Alyssa & Will.........Crazy Like A Fox!

Ok! A year or so ago, in a land of corn far, far, away, Scribner, Nebraska to be exact  (for all intents and purposes to the majority of my readers you will have no idea where in the hell Scribner, NE is.  I lived in Nebraska my entire adolescent life and I needed a map, gps and the actual guidance of how the crow flies just to find this place) The reason for this corn laden rendezvous was to take  engagement portraits of my cousin Alyssa and her fiance Will whose wedding was to take place this past October.  And it happened. And it was Awesome.

I realize I could've ended things with that paragraph but that would exceed new heights of apathy on my part so if you don't mind, a little info on these two ridiculously stellar human beings!

For the record, Alyssa is my second cousin.  So needless to say there is a significant age(and maturity) gap between us which suffice it to say I knew almost nothing about her.  However, she comes from a great blood line so obviously there are no worries with that one.  Her Fiance Will, whom I knew absolutely nothing about, was as I'd been told, " Such a nice boy!"  I didn't doubt the information but years apart or not I have to cling to some semblance of loyalty to the family and looking out for them.  I had no doubts on the way to the engagement shoot about Will, only the damn directions the GPS was taking me, and any lingering doubts were immediately crushed when I pulled up to the house and he offered me some grilled meat and proceeded to tell me he was a Paratrooper in our military.  For those of you who don't know, I, Titus, your humble and faithful neighborhood photographer was once upon a time a Paratrooper  himself.  Point of fact Will might of jumped a few points over Alyssa early but she's back on top.

All joking aside it's been a fantastic last couple years getting a chance to use my photography to get to know my family members.  I couldn't be happier because these "kids" are the tip top of class, respect and overall good looks mountain.  Last October I flew back up to Nebraska and not only got some dope shots of Alyssa & Will but more importantly I spent some amazing time with family that time had kept apart. I'm also pretty sure I helped put Scribner, Ne back on the map!  

Thanks Alyssa & Will, love you guys!

Cheers,

Titus

 

 

Chrissy & Garrett.....Ladies & Gentleman, The President & First Lady of Cool

  As it often goes with wedding photographers and I'm guessing several other vendors participating in Garrett and Chrissy's big day, I'd never once in my life met this couple.  However, one half of that couple, Chrissy, was kind and pleasant!  At least as kindness and pleasantry that I could deduct from a couple of emails discussing the specifics of the day.  I was picturing her as sparkling vision of the binary code as best I could figure!

  I turned the corner to make the final 50 yard walk to finally meet this glorious binary code bride when low and behold upon the Bourbon Orleans Balcony stood Garrett.  Now before I innocently take a jab at Garrett, he's my pal folks and I have nothing but respect for the man, BUT after the days on end of curiosity to whom my Binary Code was in person, I get a stocky Irish looking fellow with a head shaved so close you could see your reflection in it and a suit that is up at the top of list of sharp attire!  Not to paint my friend with too mean of a brush he did greet me with a pleasant smile and a handshake but I will say this and I'm sure he'll agree the man is no sparkling Binary Code folks.  

  Enter the the star of the day, Chrissy.  Far from ones and zeroes.  Chrissy was a sight to see nonetheless and surpassing any face or personality that anyone could attribute via reading emails.  Once faces were attached to the names I witnessed a sincere First Look between the bride and the groom out on the balcony of The Bourbon Orleans.  The next couple hours it was just the three of us frolicking throughout the streets of the French Quarter capturing portraits of them that they pulled off so effortlessly that I almost put the camera on a timer with a recording of my voice and headed to the bar.  There was still a ceremony and little bit of dancing yet to be done before the night ended so I gathered up my professional side and we glided through the remaining parts of Garrett and Chrissy's big day with ease.

  I've since hung out with the couple socially  after their wedding day and just as I suspected their pleasant and friendly demeanor wasn't an act or an illusion created by a spectacular photographer using mind control techniques and epic an epic posing system the statue of David would be envious of.  In the end they got epic wedding day photos and I gained new friends.  Even the despite the fact one of those friends doesn't come with hair.  Oh well! I'll take 'em!

Cheers,

Titus                                     

 

                                                               Contributing Vendors

                                                     Unique Weddings - Event Planners

                                                           The Bourbon Orleans Hotel       

                                                                    St. Ann's Cottage

                                                                    Royal Dukes 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

 

Hillary & Todd - Lawyer, Lawyer! Pants on Fire! (to rhyme fire with lawyer insert accent)

So here we have Todd (The Todd) & Hillary (Hillbilly Deluxe).  For the Record your honors I must state those nicknames were hastily crafted for this blog post and in no way shape or form represent this fantastic Bride and Groom!  Its funny to me because those sorry excuse for nicknames I gave them are so bad but Hillary & Todd's steadfast composure and friendliness could laugh off a bad joke or embrace being the butt of one!  

Hillary and Todd invited me to photograph their wedding which was being held in my old stomping grounds Athens, GA.  Of course it was a no brainer for me.  I never miss an opportunity to hit A-town at least once a year and to be able to photograph them in the newly renovated Georgia Theatre was beyond superb.  

The bridal party was a riot and never let Todd or Hillary think too hard on the specifics of the day which allowed them all to let their hair down and party.  That is my kind of team!  From the rehearsal dinner at The Georgia Museum of Art to the after party following the wedding this wedding was one for the ages!  Thanks to Hillary, Todd and their entire group of family and friends for making me feel right back at home!  GO DAWGS!!!

Vendors :

Wedding Planner - wetietheknots.com  

Reception Venue - The Georgia Theatre

Rehearsal Dinner - Georgia Museum of Art

Entertainment/Band - Infiniti Show Band