Laini + Dave • Sneak Peek

Last night was everything. What a beautiful group of vendors for Laini + Dave’s wedding. I am so excited to get into the studio to edit the rest of these photos this week. ♥

Coordination: Uncommon Camellia

Florist: Antigua

Accommodations: The Mazant

Hair + Makeup: Just Face It

Ceremony + Reception: Music Box Village

Catering: Congreso Cubano

Bakery: Shake Sugary

Ceremony Music: Roy

Cocktail Hour Music: Jackson

Second Line + Hora: Kinfolk Brass Band

Reception Music: DJ Doug Funnie

Rentals: True Value Rental

Ashley + Tommy • New Orleans, LA

There are a number of unique details and moments in this wedding, but the one that stands out most is the moment I walked into Ashley’s hotel room. I was greeted with such warmth and one of the BEST hugs I’ve ever received in my entire life. It was the kind of hug that served to remind me just how lovely it is to form genuine relationships with my clients. Ashley and I had spoken on the phone prior to her and Tommy’s wedding day, but we had never actually met. That open arms acceptance carried on throughout the evening and before Taylor and I wrapped things up later that night, I began to feel like a member of the family. I’m fairly certain that these two have a lifetime of laughter and warmth ahead and I am so glad I was invited to play a teeny tiny part in their life puzzle!

Venue: 30 by 90 Nola | @30.90nola

Second Line Band: Pocket Aces

Florals: Leaf and Petal | @leafandpetalnola

Event Planning: Mise En Place Events | @mepeventsnola

DJ: David Storm with Omega Sound & Entertainment |

Furniture Rentals: Lovegood Rentals | @lovegoodrentals

Hair: Marisa Dimperio, Juli Santana

Makeup- Melissa Fiore

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Ashley + Tommy

30.90 Nola

Theresa + Jonathan • Avery Island, LA

I have known Theresa for many years now and it has been a special treat to watch her relationship with Jon first bud and now blossom. I was so excited when they reached out to me to see if I was available for their wedding day and after they’re engagement session I am just feeling all the feels for this dear friend of mine.

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Theresa + Jon

Avery Island, LA

Kayla + Wyatt • New Orleans, LA

Florals: Pick-a-petal // @pickapetal
Venue: Messina's at the Terminal // @messinas_at_the_terminal
Dress: Town and Country Bridal // @townandcountrybridal
Wedding Day of Coordinator: Caitlin Ridley // @pan.and.ink

Jordan + Kent | Engagements

Engagement sessions in New Orleans can be so so so beautiful but sometimes come with the price of insane humidity and heat. Somehow, these two looked incredible from start to finish and they waltzed through the French Quarter with me smiling and laughing. Much of this is to be owed to the talents of hair and makeup artist Bethany B (@alchemisblonde on instagram).

I love the complimentary scenery of the Quarter and New Orleans City Park. Both offer such vibrant colors, textures, and great natural light. Southern charm is in no shortage either. It feels really good to be back in the studio on a regular basis, editing joyful images to mark these exciting milestones for my clients.

We recently began homeschooling all three of our kiddos (Theo mostly just pours out too much glue, but hey, he’s only almost 3) so striking a balance between schooling, work, and leisure was one of my main focuses early on in the season. I made a commitment to rise early during the week so I could drink coffee in peace, take a walk during sunrise, and then hit the editing block for an hour or so before the kids woke. Then it’s breakfast, chores, lessons, and free time (for them) while I either do more chores or answer emails. Before I know it, it’s lunch time and I’m ready for another cup of coffee and some quiet time or a good long run (alone!).

By Friday, I am ready for Friday. Lol! Here’s to all of you out there, running the hamster wheel with me. All of the hard work seems to amplify the joy I feel in downtime. I am grateful for all my callings, be it one that puts me to work at home with my family or with you, dear friends!

Juliet + Michael | Colorful Spring Wedding at Race and Religious

Do you ever feel like the stars aligned in order for a specific moment or event to happen in your life? I do not know which stars they were, but I am grateful as all get out that they lined up just right for Juliet and Michael to come my way. Not only were they a dream couple (+ one most adorable furbaby, Roxy!) to photograph but I feel like Juliet and I have become friends. She is the amazing talent behind my new logo and all of my new packaging materials. Y'all need to check her out. Her patterns and designs are crazy gorgeous and she put her talents to good use throughout their wedding decor and design. Michael is also a crazy talented musician! I found their wedding day left me feeling so cheerful and energized because of all the bright spring blooms! Enjoy! (PS: I am jetting out to catch a train, so this is just PART 1 of the day!!)

  • Second Shooter: Hannah Herpin
  • Planning: Mise En Place Events | Christie Chopin
  • Venue: Race and Religious
  • Flowers: Poppy and Mint Floral Company
  • Video: Eskimo Love Stories
  • Dress: BHLDN
  • Cake: Shake Sugary
  • Invites - Juliet Meeks Design
  • Favors - Love Life Soap Co.
  • Makeup/Hair - Glam Nola
  • Officiant - Beaucoup Blessings
  • Ceremony Band - Gumbo Trio/Jazzman Entertainment
  • Reception Band - Nola Dukes
  • Catering - Catering D'Orleans and La Cocinita
  • Bar - Elio's / Catering D'Orleans
  • Lights/Tents if needed: Southern Hospitality Event Rentals (Rob Verdi)

Amy + Chris | Courtyard Ceremony

Accomodations + Prep : Hotel Bienville | Ceremony : New Orleans Pharmacy Museum | Reception : Muriel's at Jackson Square | Second Line Band : | Planning : Weddings by Lulu | Flowers : Erin Steen | Reception Band : | Hair & Makeup : Holly Manders from Just Face it Beauty

Sarah + Charlotte | Mommy + Me Maternity

I just can't even with these two. I photographed Sarah and Chris years ago when I was just getting started in wedding photography. What a blessing to have stayed in touch over the years. I had the best time with this precious duo along the Amite River.

Tina + Spencer's Persian American Wedding

The opportunity to experience other cultures and their rich traditions is one of the biggest perks of being a wedding photographer. Tina and Spencer's Persian American Wedding at the Westin was steeped in meaningful traditions and family moments. A big thanks to Mike Lirette for second shooting with me and capturing so many awesome shots of Spencer getting ready with his groomsmen! Stay tuned for Tina's awesome City Park bridal session. I've been dying to share it but had to wait until the wedding passed. :-D

Heather + Dave | Napoleon House

If Heather and Dave had been any sweeter and easier to work with I think my heart may have exploded. This relaxed pace, family friendly wedding day couldn't have turned out better! Blue skies and puffy white clouds over Jackson Square during the ceremony, an awesome second line to the reception, followed up with good eats and libations at Napoleon House. It has been such a busy Spring that I'm not much for words at the moment, I'll just let the photos tell the story!

  • Planning: Weddings by Lulu
  • Hotel: Bourbon Orleans
  • Ceremony: Jackson Square Park
  • Reception: Napoleon House
  • Second Line Band: Breed Brass Band
  • Reception Band: Slick Skillet Serenaders
  • Flowers: Erin Steen

 

Something Blue

I had the BEST time yesterday at the Something Blue Bridal Show at Generations Hall. New Orleans Weddings Magazine pulled out all the stops in creating an unforgettable and beneficial evening for guests and vendors alike. I barely had time to sneak a cookie my booth stayed so busy all evening. It was such a treat to meet all of the couples, brides, family and friends who attended. Here is a little peek at my booth! Also, if you attended the show then I have a special offer for you if you book before March 31st. If you need a photographer and you like saving dollars, wahoo, send me a little note!

I'll be announcing the Engagement Session Giveaway Winner this Saturday on Instagram. Be sure to follow along, @gabbychapin_photography, to see the results and get updates on new happenings. The wildflower fields are coming this summer and that means off season mini sessions galore! Y'all do not want to miss it!!!

I want to give a special shout out and thanks to the following people for helping to make my experience at the show so successful...

  • Nola Flora for the stunning arrangement. It made me wish I had a bigger table so it could stand alone. The jasmine continues to become more fragrant each hour it seems and I am enjoying the flowers next to computer now!
  • My amazing mother, Mary-Ruth Chapin, who is a very talented florist in Baltimore, for taking time out of her visit with us to sew the curtains for my backdrop.
  • My husband, Jason, for coming to my rescue SO many times during the planning and prep process. This was my first bridal show and without him I would not have those gorgeous prints you see hanging and on the table. He told our 24" printer who was boss (it was not me!) and also took an entire day off work to help me problem solve when I realized my backdrop stand was likely to topple if sneezed on once I hung those heavy framed prints. He built a stable, inexpensive support structure out of pre-threaded metal pipes and fittings. It was easy to assemble on my own and fit in my little 4-door sedan. Heck to the yes y'all! I should also mention that sprayed the pipes with gold glitter and looked like he had spent the day on Bourbon Street doing who knows what instead. Hah!
  • Amelia's tiny hand below helping me taunt y'all for the Engagement Giveaway!
  • Juliet Meeks and her incredible talents. Not only are her and Michael featured at my booth (Greenhouse Kiss), but she is the artist who managed my re-brand and designed that gorgeous logo! Going through that process with her was a game changer for my business and I am so proud to display and put to good use all the beautiful material she put together for me!

Jonathan + Ashton // Sunset Proposal

Nothing beats the anticipation of a proposal! Jonathan and Ashton are blessed beyond measure by each other and I am so grateful to have been their chosen photographer for this special event in their lives. It was a gorgeous day along the levee and the sunset over the Mississippi River gave us picture perfect light!

Initially Jonathan had planned a picnic proposal along the grassy area of the levee but about an hour before "go time" I got a slightly panicked text that said "She wore pointy heels, move to plan B". This message made me giggle and his flexibility proved to be a promising quality. The whole thing went off without a hitch.

Sewell Family // Gulfport Beach

This was a good day. It was so great to get outside and play with this energetic and wonderful family. The Sewells used to live up the road from us but now live in Mississippi. I was very excited when they agreed to meet along the beach around sunset for their family photos. It was a little windy, but I think the crazy hair made for some awesome shots!

Lisa + Rock // Elopement

Every year December seems to bring a handful of beautiful blessings my way in the form of elopements and surprise proposals. I look forward to this time of year with a childlike anticipation, wondering if and when I'll get a message for an event just like this. Lisa and Rock's Elopement at the Tree of Life in Audubon Park was a bowl of sweet treats. Lisa is one of my most loyal and long standing clients (I like to think we're friends too!). Years ago I met her when a mutual connection set us up for her Senior Portraits and since then I have photographed a number of life events with Lisa.

It was with great pleasure that I attended and documented this intimate ceremony under one of the most spectacular trees on Earth. If you've never been to see the Tree of Life you must make plans to spend an afternoon sitting beneath her expansive branches and breathing in the years of time she has been witness to.

Jennifer + Adam // The Lakehouse • Mandeville, LA

Jennifer and Adam's wedding day gave me all the classic, wholesome feels. Their ceremony was at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Mandeville and their reception at the Lakehouse was just steps away. I can still feel the cool breeze embracing the night from Lake Pontchartrain. For a few hours I felt like I was vacationing on the coast of some calm body of water. Writing this I smell salty sea air, though I'm pretty sure Lake Pontchartrain has a scent unique unto itself.

Jennifer made a stunning bride and I continue to admire how gracefully she went about a day that can really leave a few folks feeling less than...calm. Her and Adam both were emotionally present with their friends and family throughout the celebrations. In a day and age when it's not uncommon to see even the bride and groom posting on instagram, it felt like a beautiful respite from the day to day grind we all feel from social media and the internet in general. This presence of mind and co