Wedding Tip Number 29 - Planning A Destination Wedding - Pamela Reed Fine Art Photography

Planning a destination wedding is a challenge, period. Choosing ceremony and wedding reception venues, food, cake, flowers, bridal party gifts, you name it. There are so many options here in New Orleans.  And lets not forget your wedding photographer and photography. All require a tremendous amount of time on the phone and internet. How do you choose and provide a great experience for your guests and family? Follow along over the next few weeks as I post a little information that may help you in the process. A little disclaimer - I don't accept advertising to recommend vendors. I choose those whom I've worked with and experienced excellence. The photos here are from Le Pavilion Hotel in the Central Business District and only a few walking blocks to the French Quarter.     Many venues provide a day-of wedding coordinator or banquet captain/manager. This person can be your lifesaver or crash your wedding dreams. Here at Le Pavilion Hotel, your go-to person is Gerald Joyce. He is so into your wedding.It's his thing.And what truly amazed me is his exquiste handling of timing and eye for details. You need a coordinator with a true love of the wedding and the details that accompany. Gerald is pleasant, interested and catches things well before you or guests would ever notice. Directing staff to provide everything necessary to ensure you are spending ...

Wedding Day Portraits - New Orleans - Pamela Reed Photography

You've both decided to eschew the traditional wedding ceremony, hopping on a plane, train or automobile and heading south to New Orleans. But you ask yourselves "hey selves, we need proof, something other than a stranger taking an Instagram on our phones as proof of the deed." But can we get some kinda different, modern, very artistic portraits and on the fly? The photo below of my beautiful Sandy, a makeup artist and partner of Divaz Fabula, was shot while waiting to get their marriage certificate at the Algiers Courthouse in Algiers Point. She was sitting in one of the chairs in the grand hallway. The light was just right. And there you have it. A beautiful portrait on the fly. 

New Orleans Courtyard Wedding - June 2014 - Pamela Reed Photography

A week ago Lindsay and Troy eloped to New Orleans. A couple friends joined them in this sweet ceremony in a French Quarter courtyard. Lindsay crafted her florals with a combination of fresh and fabric. The perfect backdrop for a wedding ceremony. Afterwards we hit the French Quarter and Bourbon Street for candids and awesome portraits. Of course they were happy to participate in my fine art portrait project revisiting the famous painting 'American Gothic.'I'm still working on the fine art aspect of it but here's a sneak peek before I go artsy crazy. We had a blast! Congrats you guys!              

Wedding Ceremony Music - Katy and Shanece - New Orleans

This week I photographed an intimate wedding in Audubon Park. A pair of lovely young musicians were sitting on the benches and playing beautiful music near our ceremony location. Much to my surprise they were hired by the Maid of Honor as a surprise for the bride. Well they certainly surprised me. Wow! If you are looking at booking a simple and unique alternative to a jazz trio you must call these two! Beautiful voices and just perfect for a wedding.  Musicians: Katy and Shanece THE LITTLE THINGS Acoustic Ukulele DuoWebsite: http://kayandshanece.comEmail: katyandshanece@gmail.comPhone: 504-534-5536  

Great Venue for New Orleans Wedding - Broussards Restaurant - Pamela Reed Photography

I really like Broussards as a New Orleans wedding venue for several reasons. First, is its just elegant and beautiful while representing New Orleans history. Their courtyard is adorned with beautiful trees, palms and a gorgeous fountain center stage and is one of the most beautiful for wedding ceremony and reception photographs. A wonderful long balcony looks over the courtyard which is great for bouquet tossing. Each dining room is a work of art representing the era with chandeliers and wall scones that perfectly illuminate the room. All beautiful areas for romantic photographs and your group shots. (scroll down for more about the food, staff and location)                                Next is the food. Oh lawdy they put a spread that is not only gorgeous but really really delicious. Broussards has been an institution here in the French Quarter for many, many years, known for their fine dining. Guy Reinbolt is the Executive Chef. A little bit about his background: starts with his education in his home country of France, studying under several highly regarded Michelin star Chefs in both France and Germany. Before arriving at Broussards he was with the Famous Peabody Hotel and Trump Taj Mahal. Also a certified ...