What was your favorite detail from the wedding day?
“Most definitely, my favorite detail was the collection of giant cutouts of the bride and groom’s faces that floated around the dance floor. These were hilarious – about halfway through the reception, someone put out a basket of these cutouts, all attached to sticks so guests could wave them around while continuing to dance. It added such a funny and smart element to the party, and it was wonderful watching how the different guests used the cutouts.”
Where there any unique traditions that made the reception or ceremony memorable?
“The bride has a lot of family ties to New Orleans, and so they obviously chose to have a Second Line! If you haven’t had the chance to participate in one of these yet, you’re missing out – basically, the jazz band starts walking while playing, and the bride and groom start a procession (part conga line and part parade). All of the guests grab napkins and join in the line, dancing to the music and waving napkins (and this case, giant cut-out faces!). Beth and David led a Second Line out to their getaway car at the end of the evening, and it was such a joyful way to finish their energetic and fun reception!”
Did the weather cooperate on the wedding day?
“NO. Then, yes. It was a beautiful morning – sunny skies, fluffy clouds, a slight breeze – basically, perfect. Then, during the ceremony, the sky decided to fall down. Rain blasted the church while the guests cozily watched Beth and David recite their vows. At the end of the ceremony, it was raining so hard that no one could leave the church – which led to a spontaneous and lovely 20-minute “cocktail” hour (minus the cocktails, of course!) in Old Christ Church while we waited on the rain to let up. Luckily, it did, allowing us a few minutes to take the prettiest portraits right outside the church.”
What was unique about the bride and groom’s attire?
“So, let me tell you about Beth’s stunning Martina Liana gown. This was not the dress she had planned on wearing. In fact, she had another beautiful gown, which she purchased months ago, had fitted, and was ready to wear . . . but a week before the wedding, she slipped it on for the final try-on and realized that it just wasn’t the right gown for her to wear when she married David. Yikes! She walked into a bridal shop in Westport, Connecticut (close to where she and David live), explained the situation, and they jumped into action. She found the incredible, two-piece gown you see in these photos, and the shop altered the dress in a matter of days, making sure it was ready to travel Florida that same week. Typically, it takes MONTHS to select, order, make, and alter a wedding gown, so this timeline is pretty remarkable. Also, the dress itself is AMAZING. The main gown was a bodycon sheath dress made of a unique lace with a crosshatch pattern (and it fit Beth like it was made for her!). To take it over the top (in the best possible way), there was a removable satin overskirt that slipped over the sheath. This means that Beth wore an incredible, classic ball gown for the ceremony and portraits, but seemed to slip into a modern sheath for the reception – and all it took was 10 seconds to unhook the overskirt and slip it off. Fabulous.”
Principal Photographer: Aislinn