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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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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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Andrea & Luke ---- The Other Side of the Pillow

Ok!  So who has two thumbs and hasn't been keeping up with his blog posts about the amazing humans that he is lucky enough to photograph?  Yes, I'm sorry to say it's this guy!  I give you all the respect that you deserve in figuring out that these warm and sunny images weren't taken over the last month (July to be exact! eeeek!).  The winter hibernation had me stockpiling slacker fat cells at an alarming rate.  Hopefully this entry will be the catalyst to new posts but since Mardi Gras is upon us I wouldn't hold your breathe for me to start churning out blog posts.

Back to the couple at hand.  Whole world meet Andrea and Luke.  I was lucky enough to be recommended to these two beauties by an friend in the wedding industry, Kelly Davis Leff, who is a bomb ass Videographer!  So if y'all need some Spielberg-esque cinematography stylings to your life you'll find her business name and link at the end of this blah blah blah session of mine!

Not long after Kelly gave Andrea and Luke my info, I naturally sweet talked them into letting me be a part of their wedding day.  I'm here to confirm to you all that the smiles she lends to some of these photos are even more epic to witness in person.  I've always had a soft spot for anyone who laughs intensely at my ridiculous ramblings and Andrea certainly is at the top of that list!  My good pal Luke had just as much a positive demeanor although I think he was a bit more cautiously intrigued by my jokes than Andrea!  Luke knows I'm just busting his chops.  You could tell by his expressions that day that he knew he hit the jackpot with this girl and you can't blame him for that.

These two were in great spirits all through their portraits at the Renaissance Hotel, their one of a kind ceremony at St. Patricks Church and finally their reception held at Mothers, a New Orleans favorite.  I'm here to confirm to the world that photographing an outstanding and down to earth couple is every bit the treat you'd expect it to be.  It's even better when their wedding party and family and friends are all equally outstanding.  It can't hurt to mention that it's a rough night when you get to stuff your face with Po' Boys from Mother's, take photos for a living and then end the night alongside the bride and groom and a  handful of mutual friends that were invited to the wedding tipping back tasty drinks!  A tip of the cap to Luke and Andrea!  

Cheers,

Titus

Vendors : 

Renaissance Hotel    

St. Patricks Church

Videographer - Kelly Davis Leff - Shotgun Films

Reception - Mother's Restaurant

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Amanda & Terry..."A Golden Meadow Wedding", or how to navigate a wedding amidst hundreds of drunk men and women in red dresses!

Do you remember that epic 80's jam by Whitesnake Here I Go Again?  Maybe it'll help to remember the visual of the epically super hot red head, Tawny Kitaen, take a moment to mock her name(like seriously, neither her first or last names are names of any kind.  They are made up hollywood drivel).  Anywho, the reason I bring up that classic car wax commercial based jam is because for the first time ever I want you to read a part of my blog to the melody of Here I Go Again.  So a little bit like, Here I Go again, to blog alone,  when was the last time I Blogged I do not know!  Like a slacker idiot I procrastinate alone.  Busy wedding season fries my dome!  But oh well, like Bob Eucker says, Ah who the hell cares! No bodies listening anyways!

Oh yeah, so on another memory refresh or what I like to call hey jackass show people your work,  I had the great pleasure of tagging along with my pals Terry and Amanda for a blistering warm August ceremony.  Let me tell you something,  I immediately liked Amanda.  Mainly because I believe most folks, especially wedding photographers who have to carry heavy ass equipment around in the blistering heat, will look you dead in the eye and say I'd rather not pay rent this month then suffer outdoor labor in August in New Orleans.  I mean seriously we might as well summer on the Sun for god sakes.  Which leads me back to my boss Bride, Amanda, who I could tell upon one look that this girl is tough.  She carries herself as if to say to hell with it!  If I'm suffering everyone is suffering with me and this way we will also weed out the weak ones which in turn leaves her much more space on stage to shred Rolling on the River, by Tina Turner.

I admire Amanda and Terry for their success in this crazy fish bowl we live in and I can tell they are headed towards a bright future.  A way more less decaying and withering future and appearance the that which is now Tawny Kitaen who looks just dreadful.  I mean seriously I just can't believe its the same person.  Her picture should be put on packs of cigarettes to warn people of the dangers of drugs, alcohol and dating rock stars.  Ok this blog seemed  a bit  spiteful.  But I honestly cannot apologize.  My head is still cooked from working outside in this hot ass state so just give me this one.

Terry and Amanda your wedding rocked!  Never do I believe I can cram as much content into a five hour wedding day as I did for you two.  Fear not  though.  You were both completely worth the effort.  Oh and New Orleans had its annual Red Dress Run during Amanda and Terry's big day. Those knuckleheads wear dresses.  In the heat.  And then they run.  And then drink alcohol all day.  And I thought my head was cooked!  Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Cheers,

Titus

Contributing Vendors : 

Event Coordinators : Bella Deux     

Reception : The Republic Nola

Videographers : AJM MEDIA

Transportation : Alert Transportation

Ceremony : Holy Name Of Jesus

The Band : DPlay

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Rub Some Funk On It! - Funky Tucks & Funky Fox

About five or so years back I was asked by my pal,boss, co-worker and resident funky photographer Doug Keese to hang out on along the parade route and document his funk-tastic wife, Cheyanne, and her very first ride on the Funky Tucks/Funky Fox float which of course is one of the many floats that makes up the Mother Funking Krewe of Tucks.  Like any other Mardis Gras Douglas and I started dipping into the Crown and cokes funking heavy and he asked me if I'd also show up the day before his ride and document the ceremonial Second Line that the Krewe does every year the day before they ride.  I'm not sure if my response was a resounding yes or no but most likely my answer echoed the pitch of a Velociraptor dry heaving into a metal trash can.  

Either way I graciously accepted his funky offer and the rest is history.  Over the last five years I find myself documenting some of the most gracious, funny, and beautiful funky guys and gals that this poor funk has ever had the great pleasure of knowing.  From the funkalicious cage girls shaking their funk trunks.  To the droves of tourists and funky locals lined up and down bourbon street.  To the fabulous staff and atmosphere at the funking amazing Broussards, where we say funk it and finally get inside for some air conditioning.  The Funky Tucks and Funky Foxes know how to step it out and lay the funk down on their annual second line.

Being a transplant to New Orleans I will never be as rooted in the traditions or culture that are so vast but one thing I will say until the day that I die is that I've never been a part of or near a second line, brass band and all, that didn't make me wanna dance, smile and funk it up!  Many thanks to my funk soul brother and sister Doug and Cheyanne for letting me a part of this funk tastic voyage over the last few years.  To the rest of you funky brilliant souls whose radiant glow funking blinds my camera year in and year out, Funk you very much!

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!)

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

 

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