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!

CATERER & RECEPTION VENUE: The Lakehouse

VENUE: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

WEDDING CAKE: Nonna Randazzo’s

GROOMS CAKE: Kazoku Sushi

ENTERTAINMENT: United We Jam Band

FLOWERS: Petals N’ Parties

GOWN: Southern Bridal

HONEYMOON ACCOMODATIONS: Treasure Travel

INVITATIONS: Wedding Paper Divas

RENTALS & DECOR: Mandeville Party Company

TRANSPORTATION: Audubon Limousine

BRIDESMAIDS ATTIRE: Bella Bridesmaids

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

Maryland Summer Sessions // Part 2

This session holds a special place in my heart for so many reasons. I was so happy when Jen agreed to this Mommy + Me Maternity session at my favorite childhood river spot along the Gunpowder. Things turned out even better than I had envisioned. Big thanks to my mom, Mary-Ruth Chapin, for the perfect flower crowns!

Maryland Summer Sessions // Part 1

I look forward to this trip more and more each year. As my children grow and they become easier to travel with, I find myself blessed to revisit families I love each year. Here is a little snippet from a session with the Riefler Family.

Arusyak + Edward // New Orleans Board of Trade

It has been raining cats and dogs here for a few days but I'm still doing a little celebrating as this was my last session before a little early summer break. I can't wait to catch up on editing, blogging, and a few other work related things. I'm FINALLY back in my studio after sharing it with my Mom-in-Love for a living space while she waited for her apartment to be finished. I hardly know what to do with the space now that I have it. I'll be sure to share little snippets here and there as it starts to come together...or not. Life has a funny way of making the important things either happen faster than you intend or much, much slower than planned. Anywho, onto the photo goodies!

Every time I am connected with a couple through Weddings by Lulu I find myself surrounded by lots of laughs and of course, great style. Arusyak and Edward were no exception as we found ourselves cracking up at the New Orleans Board of Trade for most of the shoot. I think Arusyak giggled through 90% of the photo shoot and I absolutely love how much that translated to joyful imagery! Enjoy this little sneak peek and Happy almost Friday!

Kristin + James // Roosevelt Hotel • New Orleans

There is something peaceful about city rooftops. High above the hustle and bustle below it feels like you are free to sit still and soak in the moment. The rooftop of the Roosevelt Hotel is one of my absolute favorites in the city. Not only is it spacious and clean but I love the view of the nearby surrounding buildings. From top to bottom Kristin + James' wedding was full of class and elegant taste. I am still oohing and ahing over the intricate bead work on Kristin's dress and all of the beautiful flowers. ENJOY!

Venue: Roosevelt Hotel Rooftop & Blue Room
Flowers: Fat Cat Flowers
Chairs: Event Rental
Cake + Catering: Roosevelt Hotel
Dress: Sottero + Midgley // Purchased at Belle Saison Bridal
Hair + Makeup: Glam Nola // Candice Kennedy
Invitations: Minted.com // Opulent Boarder
DJ: Aaron Lane
Ceremony Musicians: Fine Arts Ensemble
Second Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band

Laura + Cole // Il Mercato • New Orleans

Laura and Cole were effortlessly laid back and amazingly stylish. It was an incredible pleasure to photograph their big day at one of my most favorite venues in the city, Il Mercato. I hope you enjoy this stunner of a wedding. With Laura's gold sequined gown and Cole's custom made blue tuxedo, it's impossible not to. I absolutely LOVE the florals, especially the bouquets, by Pistil and Stamen.

Planner: It's Your Time Events

Getting Ready: Air BnB

Ceremony & Reception: Il Mercato

Florist: Pistil & Stamen

Music: The Essentials

WELCOME!

Hello! Welcome to my brand new blog. I ambitiously decided to build this website myself. It is a work in progress, one that I look forward to showing off bit by bit. Stay tuned for gorgeous weddings, happy couples, snuggly babies and lovely families. I hope you enjoy your time here and THANK YOU for your patience while I prepare all of the content from scratch. Hooray for a fresh start! In the meantime, if you'd like to see galleries of full weddings or other sessions just drop me a line on the contact page to gain access to all the pretty things.

Cheers!
Gabby