I am so excited to edit the rest of these photos! Jennifer + Derek chose to have their first look and family portraits taken at Fairview State Park in Madisonville. The light was just perfect and the swamp trail boardwalk is a complete dream for a nature nerd like myself! Congratulations Jen + Derek, I hope you’re both still on cloud nine!
There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a well and simply styled engagement session with absolutely perfect light. I do hope to shoot at the Capitol Building in Baton Rouge again sometime. It’s a great location with very few other people to work around and lovely little garden areas.
Somehow, it feels like longer, but Elizabeth + Raymond are approaching their one year anniversary. After some time passes and I browse through a gallery from “the past” I find that different images stand out than did immediately following the wedding and it feels a bit like finding buried treasure. There were so many pretty little details naturally surrounding us from Jackson Square for the ceremony, to the French Quarter second line, and then the laid back reception uptown at Magnolia Mansion. I hope these two love birds are doing well! Enjoy. :-)
This rarely happens but I am a bit speechless over last night’s wedding. St. Mary’s Chapel in Natchez, MS isn’t out of a book of fairytales, it’s REAL LIFE. I just…wow. This 1800s woodlands surrounded gem has stolen my heart. Who’s going to be next to say their vows here? I’m in!
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
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
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
Ashley + Tommy
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.
Theresa + Jon
Avery Island, 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
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!
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)
Venue: Longvue House and Gardens
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
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.
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
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
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!