Morgan and Will’s wedding originally was supposed to take place in the evening, with a ceremony at St. Charles Ave. Presbyterian Church and the reception at Latrobe’s on Royal. However, Hurricane Nate forced a change in plans, with the wedding being moved up earlier in the day and the ceremony taking place at Latrobe’s instead of the church. However, based on the fantastic time everyone had and good spirits displayed, you’d never know that this was the “plan B”! We began at the JW Marriott, where the bride had an emotional first look with her father, as her mom and grandparents looked on. Will and his guys shared a moment of prayer before we headed over to Latrobe’s, where the couple had their first look on the venue’s staircase.
One of my favorite aspects of this weddings related to the bridal portrait session we had done a month or so prior, at the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge. When Morgan was little, her mom had captured some pictures of her at various spots on the grounds of the museum, and we replicated some of those shots, a few of which were displayed side by side at the reception.
Kim Starr Wise put together beautiful floral decorations for the ceremony and reception, while La Louisiane provided the amazing cakes, including the perfectly rendered Blue Bell Ice Cream groom’s cake (cookies & cream, Will’s favorite!). The Bucktown Allstars, without a doubt the most fun wedding band you’ll ever encounter, provided the reception entertainment. The bride’s mom brought along a vintage trumpet that she had purchased inexpensively from an estate sale to use as a decorative item, only to learn after buying it that it was actually a valuable and highly coveted instrument. It was used as an accent piece on the wedding favor table at Latrobe’s, but she was thrilled when one of the band members played it for a few songs!
At the end of the event, the band led everyone around the venue for a fabulous second line parade, wrapping up a wonderful and unforgettable wedding.