- 4 years ago
- Wedding: April 2013
Finally got my photos back! I got married at the Louisiana Castle outside New Orleans. A few tips if you’re looking at this and haven’t gotten married yet: picking a place that does most of the work for you is amazing. Try to think about what your guests will care about when deciding whether to do something like an open bar or favors. Accept that you cannot control everything. Consider asking a friend to officiate. I think it’s so much more meaningful than a justice of the peace that you’ve never met.
And now, pictures!! Unless noted they’re by Sabree Hill Photography.
So after we saw this picture we realized that we had forgotten to put the time on our invitations. Yeah, kinda important. But it all worked out! Good thing we also had a facebook event and tech-savvy relatives who use facebook.
We made a pact to wear these ridiculous things the day before and the day of the wedding. I got so many smiles and congratulations from strangers; it was a really good feeling.
Personal photo. The professional ones of the Castle were too large to upload.
Love this one of my mom lacing me into my dress.
Just a great shot of my dress. I was completely in love with it. Got it custom made by myaki on etsy.com.
Very happy that I did a first look. We were both about to cry here. The next picture is probably my favorite of the whole wedding.
For my something old I used my great-grandmother’s gold charm bracelet, and my borrowed my mother’s engagement ring and wedding band. I was worried about mixing metals, but I think it turned out well.
One of my favorites. I don’t know why she decided to shoot from this angle, or why they all decided not to smile, but I love it. Reminds me of a gangster movie.
I was disappointed with how few people showed up. We invited 150, 80 RSVP’ed yes, and about 65 showed up. So we paid about $500 more for food than we needed to.
I had both my parents walk me down the aisle (I also didn’t carry a bouquet) which I loved. But we didn’t do a rehearsal for several reasons, so I had to actually tell them to let me go when we got to the platform with the altar. I was so happy I didn’t care, and it got a good laugh from the guests and made for some nice pictures.
My amazing friend who went through the trouble of getting ordained in this one specific rural parish in LA. Also if you look closely you can see that I put the ring on the wrong hand. Oops. I put it on the hand to My left…
Looking at the time stamps our ceremony took a total of two minutes. Two. Minutes. I’m very proud of this. It was short and to the point, and we got that much more time to party.
Last minute we decided to do a first dance. We chose “Your Song” by Elton John. I was happy enough not to notice the people staring at us or the fact that neither of us could dance or that my dress wasn’t bustled high enough and I kept stepping on it. Here we’re laughing at the fact that we just got MARRIED.
Our cake turned out really well!
The groom’s cake not so much… It was supposed to be an eclipse, which is what we did for our honeymoon in Australia. We knew when we booked the Castle that the baker was a little weak. The big cake was one of her catalog designs, and we tried to do something simple for the groom’s cake. Didn’t really work. It was delicious though!
It’s very difficult to dance with a 4 year old who’s wearing shoes too big for him. At least it was part of the money dance so I got paid for it.
My super cool husband busting out an air-guitar solo to “Don’t Stop Believing”
A friend gave the DJ his mp3 player and had her put on “Gangnam Style”. It got a little crazy after that.
About 2.5 hours into the reception I realized that we hadn’t signed the papers and weren’t Actually married. We actually left the license in our apartment in Houston, and we had to get his aunt to go get it out of our apartment and drive it to New Orleans with her. She was amazing.
A nice moment to ourselves. Most of the night is a blur, but this is a solid memory. Also a beautiful shot.
Personal photo. The Castle doesn’t allow any of the traditional exit throwing things (birdseed, petals, sparklers, even bubbles) but they were ok with Mardi Gras beads. This was incredibly fun and I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breathe. Especially after my $2 umbrella broke in my hand.
Sorry for so many pictures, I just couldn’t narrow it down further. Altogether it was a wonderful wedding. Far better than I anticipated. I think it went to well because I expected things to go wrong, so when they did I just didn’t care. Everyone had fun, and it was a fabulous party. Also I’m not going to be modest; I think I looked great. And I did my own hair/makeup!