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 commitment to the moment will likely serve their marriage very well. Adam gave a heartfelt toast at the rehearsal dinner that still sits with me in spirit. He spoke of a deep appreciation and admiration for his support network of friends, family, and his soon to be wife. I hope these two are doing well and I am so grateful I was able to participate in their wedding day.

Oh yeah, this wedding was also recently featured on Southern Bride!!! I was completely surprised when Jennifer told me that she had done the work of submitting and the photos had been accepted.

Also a big thanks to Eddie Marroquin for second shooting. He snagged some awesome shots of Adam and his guys as well as loads of pretty details at the Lakehouse!


VENUE: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

WEDDING CAKE: Nonna Randazzo’s

GROOMS CAKE: Kazoku Sushi


FLOWERS: Petals N’ Parties

GOWN: Southern Bridal


INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Divas

RENTALS & DECOR: Mandeville Party Company

TRANSPORTATION: Audubon Limousine


Bridal + Design Elegance // Il Mercato Styled Shoot

I am thrilled to finally be sharing these images! I wanted to share them sooner after they were featured on MunaLuchi Bridal but things have been so busy lately. Shalyce really nailed it on the "less is more" theory. I absolutely love how clear and concise her overall design was. The pops of red against tasteful black and white details gives us a timeless look that will never go out of style. It was so fun working with a designer from my home state of Maryland also! To see more images from this shoot check out the Feature on Munaluchi Bridal!

Designer: Shalyce Tyson of Sensational Soirees
Event: Inspire Design Workshop
Photographer: Gabby Chapin Cowsert of G. Chapin Studios
Bouquet: CeCe Designs
Centerpieces: Dawn Hubbard
Bridal Gown: Pedram Couture
Cake: Bittersweet Confections
Stationery: Kristen Leigh Lettering + Design
Beauty: Just Face It, LLC
Model: Bianca Finch of Launch Model & Talent
Venue: Il Mercato
Furniture & Linens: Event Rental
Calligraphy: Melissa Benhoff

Heather + Scott // New Orleans Engagement Photos

Clients that happily begin their engagement sessions at a coffee shop for a quick meet and greet always make my heart sing. Heather and Scott were no exception to this! We began by saying our hellos at CC's in the French Quarter and from there (iced coffee in hand!) we meandered at a relaxed pace around the colorful streets of this New Orleans neighborhood. I really enjoyed getting to know this NY couple in person. Heather and I had spoken on the phone a couple weeks prior to the shoot and it felt like chatting with an old / new friend! We immediately hit it off and found ourselves laughing and expressing common interests. I can't wait to watch them marry each other next year!

Claire + Ian // Rosy's Jazz Hall • New Orleans

Sometimes I have a wedding day that is so smooth I am constantly on the edge of my seat just waiting to see when things will start to wiggle off course. I should stop that, because Ian wound up forgetting to grab the rings from their Airbnb. It took me 20 minutes to notice though, because everyone was so relaxed and calm about it. In a swift effort to try and remedy the faux pas, Ian jolted back to the Airbnb only to learn he was locked out and without a key. Woops! The ceremony started about 30 minutes off schedule, but that just meant a little extra time for friends and family to socialize with each other. The ring exchange portion of the ceremony got some great laughs and further cements the notion that unplanned and unexpected moments cultivates an environment for some of our best memories.

I loved listening to the words spoken by friends about Claire and Ian's relationship and all of the travel adventures they had shared already. I couldn't help but think about how if they could meet other future hiccups with the same level of joy, laughter, and togetherness as they gave to their forgotten rings, that they would surely be set on a course for land through any rough waters. It was a true pleasure to photograph the celebration of their marriage...and secretly I hope I run into the two of them on the trail one day.

Katie + Clarence

Laid back + happy: check. Stylish but approachable: check. Giant Disney fans: check! Katie + Clarence came to me for the Engagement Photos just a few weeks ago and I am so glad. We had a string of rainstorms the days leading up to their shoot so Audubon Park was a soppy wet mess. They weren't afraid of a little mud even in their Sunday dress. It was a beautiful morning spent together laughing, talking about their relationship, and enjoying the soft humidity of August in New Orleans.

Elizabeth + Andy // Beauregard Keyes House, Nola // Part 1

I have been itching to share this gorgeous intimate wedding designed by Lulu Alexander of Weddings by Lulu. From Elizabeth and Andy's emotional first look all the way to the second line this event is full of pretty touches and candid moments. Their invitation suite is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen.

Planner // Weddings by Lulu

Venue // Beauregard Keyes House

Flowers // Erin Steen

Caterer // Pigeon

Musicians //

Invitation Suite //

Cake // Bittersweet Confections