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Carrie + Ben // Wedding Preview Part II // New Orleans Wedding Photography

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

As promised, the incredible part two to Carrie+Ben’s wedding day!

Putting into words just how amazing Carrie and Ben’s day was is nearly impossible. From the location, the food, the details and the couple themselves, it was a day filled with love and surprises and a whole lot of fun.

I’m going to try to give a short synopsis of some of my favorite details and let the pictures themselves fill in the rest.  First of all, if you can’t tell from Part 1, Carrie and Ben are a force. Smart, determined, fiercely loyal to their friends and family…they planned a day that couldn’t have been a more perfect reflection of themselves. They love good food, both have impeccable style and even though they reside in NYC, are proud and celebrate their Mid-Western roots (Carrie hailing from Michigan and Ben from Ohio). It was a destination wedding for all and filled with traditions from both of their backgrounds and New Orleans itself.

My personal favorite of the day was right after the ceremony, the brass band Kinfolk came marching in, ready to take the newly married couple and the wedding guests on a march throughout the streets of New Orleans for the second line. I can’t even look at the pictures from this part of the day without humming ‘When the Saints Come Marching In’ out loud.

Other fun details to note…the girl’s hairpieces, guys boutineers and two of Carrie’s headpieces (love me a girl who changes it up throughout the day!) were done by none other than the amazingly fabulous Pixel+Hank. The day was coordinated by the super sweet Patricia from P.S. Creative who I whole-heartedly hope to work with again someday. After the ceremony Carrie changed into her mom’s super long and super gorgeous wedding veil from the ’70s. It was fun to see the flower detailing matching Carrie’s own wedding dress!  The food was ridiculously good and set up all throughout the venue’s various buildings and outdoor areas.

Carrie and Ben’s first dance was under the stars surrounded by sparklers. Carrie sang karaoke (Carrie-oke?) and I was thoroughly impressed that she sang every.single.word. to ‘Baby Got Back’ without a prompter. At the end of the night, traditional muffulleta was served to the guests. I left with a lot of full memory cards and a happy heart. Carrie + Ben – I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of your celebration. Enjoy enjoy!

Vendors //

Event Venue Ceremony+Reception – Race and Religious

Event Stylist – P.S. Creative – Patricia Stokes

Catering – Palate

Custom Hair Pieces and Boutineers – Pixel+Hank

Lighting – Luminous Events

Cake – The Royal Cakery

Small Cakes and Sweets – Melissa’s Fine Pastries

Florist – Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

Second Line – Kinfolk Brass Band

Band – Mojeaux Band

Hair – Salon Sanity

Makeup – The Makeup Lab Artistry

Props – Mrs. Vintage

Photography – Amy Carroll Photography

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Carrie + Ben // Wedding Preview Part I // New Orleans Wedding Photographer

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Saturday, March 2, 2013
So I have never done this before…broken up a wedding preview into multiple posts.  As much as I’ve been trying to edit these pictures down over the past few weeks, I still can’t edit down enough to put into one post. I really don’t think this is a bad problem to have!
Last week I gave you a little sneak peak of this lovely celebration when I showed you Carrie+Ben’s wedding rehearsal images.  Carrie has an amazing vision, loads of style and a personality to match and it shown through in every single perfect little detail.  Part 1 of their wedding concentrates on the beginning part of the wedding day (naturally) as both Carrie and Ben got ready at Race + Religious (read up on the neat history here!) and their first look and first few portraits. Over the week I’ll be featuring the rest of the wedding day in all it’s loveliness.  As I don’t have another wedding to shoot until later this spring, I actually think this shall tide you loyal blog readers over as well with a lot of fun posts.
So for now, enjoy the beginning of the day. I was swooning over Carrie’s dress and flowers and couldn’t believe how perfectly the walls and colors of the house lent to the feel of their New Orleans wedding.  I’ll be giving a full recap of the day along with links to all of the talented vendors that helped make this day so special in the final part to the day.
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Carrie + Ben // Wedding Rehearsal

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As a little teaser before the wedding day post…here are a few images from Carrie+Ben’s wedding rehearsal held at the lovely (more on this great venue later!) Race + Religious in New Orleans, where I traveled down to last weekend.

If you think these are fun, wait until their wedding preview post, which is coming up soon (editing the pictures down enough for one post is proving challenging.  Which is why this one I’ve decided should stand alone).

I am crazy in love with Carrie’s dress and shoes.  Amazing right?

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Little Black Dress Bridal Shower >> with Hey Gorgeous Events!

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Can I just tell you all how much I’ve been looking forward to showing off these lovely images!?
Earlier this spring, the adorable and super talented Rhi from Hey Gorgeous Events collaborated with myself and Daisy of Pixel+Hank on a ‘Little Black Dress’-inspired bridal shower.  The result? Bright poppy colors, lovely models and a dream shoot. I was in happy photographer heaven!
If you haven’t had the pleasure of hopping over to Rhi’s blog, she gives a detailed account of our shoot with much much better writing.  So I am going to let you enjoy the pretty pictures and read more about it over on here.
Thank you also to the lovely wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes for featuring this earlier this week.  Enjoy all!
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Photography: Amy Carroll Photography / Venue: The Grand Rapids Art Museum / Floral design and styling: Hey Gorgeous Events / Videographer: Future Focus Media / Hair styling: Jennifer Grace of Tonic Salon / Make-up: Magen Dye of I Dun Salon / Dresses and jewelry: Spring Sweet, Holland, Michigan / Hair accessories: Pixel and Hank / Cake: A Piece o’ Cake / Rentals: Events by I Candy / Paper goods: Lemon and Lavender / Linens + napkins: La Tavola Linen / Models: (real life babes!) Jennifer Doornbos, Spring Sweet, Emily Newhof, Lydia Newhof, Karri Whitney and Kalee Verstrate

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Little Black Dress Bridal Shower >> with Hey Gorgeous Events!

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Can I just tell you all how much I’ve been looking forward to showing off these lovely images!?
Earlier this spring, the adorable and super talented Rhi from Hey Gorgeous Events collaborated with myself and Daisy of Pixel+Hank on a ‘Little Black Dress’-inspired bridal shower.  The result? Bright poppy colors, lovely models and a dream shoot. I was in happy photographer heaven!
If you haven’t had the pleasure of hopping over to Rhi’s blog, she gives a detailed account of our shoot with much much better writing.  So I am going to let you enjoy the pretty pictures and read more about it over on here.
Thank you also to the lovely wedding blog Green Wedding Shoes for featuring this earlier this week.  Enjoy all!
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Photography: Amy Carroll Photography / Venue: The Grand Rapids Art Museum / Floral design and styling: Hey Gorgeous Events / Videographer: Future Focus Media / Hair styling: Jennifer Grace of Tonic Salon / Make-up: Magen Dye of I Dun Salon / Dresses and jewelry: Spring Sweet, Holland, Michigan / Hair accessories: Pixel and Hank / Cake: A Piece o’ Cake / Rentals: Events by I Candy / Paper goods: Lemon and Lavender / Linens + napkins: La Tavola Linen / Models: (real life babes!) Jennifer Doornbos, Spring Sweet, Emily Newhof, Lydia Newhof, Karri Whitney and Kalee Verstrate