This intimate Baton Rouge area wedding is, without a doubt, one of my all-time favorites. I’m such a lucky girl in that I get to work with GREAT people on the whole – but this day in particular made my heart sing.
Lindsey and Beau live in New York and are–wait for it–theater people! How cool is that? And in an interesting dose of serendipity, I discovered that Lindsey acts in a company that includes autistic adults. As the parent of an autistic child myself, I’m not gonna lie…that made me tear up a little bit to hear! Not only are these two sweet and all things wonderful – they’re also a part of a company that is inclusive, and are supporting their neurodiverse peers every day.
I’m a big believer in the theory that you can tell a lot about people by observing the crowd they surround themselves with.
By that measure, these two just couldn’t possibly get any better! Their friends and family were warm, and wonderful, and an insanely loving group. They were all so talented, too! Since a lot of the couple’s friends are also active in the arts, we had a lot of fun just focusing on the joy and the emotion of the day – and I don’t have to tell you that the reception dancing was a sight to see. There MAY or may not have also been some impromptu singing at the end of the night, for which I felt I should have paid admission. 😉
Lindsey and Beau had a beautiful, meaningful ceremony, a KICK-ASS doughnut wall, a Disney-themed cake, and a string-light decor to make a photographer die happy.
Above all, though, these guys just got what weddings are all about.
The vows, performed under a beautifully decorated arch, were spoken with emotion, earnest intent–and not a small number of tears.
The beautiful cupcake-cake, candy bar and doughnuts were consumed with laughter and gusto.
The chandelier-lit dance floor, while beautiful, was definitely put to the use it was intended for – making memories with those in life that we love the hardest.
On this night, in this beautiful, intimate wedding ceremony just outside of Baton Rouge, magic was made that these two and their loved ones will not soon forget. I am truly honored to have been a part of this day with these amazing people.
Check out a few of my very favorite images below, along with the stories behind them. I loved creating truly unique, artistic images that are not just “pictures” with this crew!
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Lindsey wanted to have an intimate cocktail hour with her friends pre-ceremony! So much fun!
I knew Lindsey and I were soul sisters FOR REAL when she told me that she wanted “all things dessert” at her wedding. ALL OF THE SWEET THINGS FOR THE WIN. A doughnut wall, cake, a candy bar for guests to make their own take-home bags as favors…this was gold!
I don’t know that I’ve met a happier person in my life than this sweet woman right here!
Mother/son wedding day dreams, right here. Every time these two looked at each other they got emotional! (Note to my boys: A bar has been set.)
I love this image of this little flower girl – just trying to do her best on rough terrain, like all of the rest of us out here living our best lives.
ALL THE TEARS. On both sides of the camera.
Man, kids on wedding days are funny – and we are here for it. This little bit just decided to go for a walk mid-ceremony. WHAT’S THE PROBLEM!?
Couldn’t get enough of the looks these two gave each other!
Now THAT, my friends – is a first kiss.
More tears. More happy-Cyd. 😉 #DoesThatMakeMeCrazy
Okay, listen – I have photographed a lot of weddings, and I am here to tell you that any kind of confetti-canon–especially one launched from a champagne bottle–is 100% a great idea. Do this, please and thank you!
Chandeliers and string lights are similarly spectacular ideas.
All of the stormy nights like these, please.
THIS MOTHER SON DANCE, THOUGH…
I love silly father-daughter dances. Laughter to make forever-memories – that’s where it’s at.
It’s fine, I’m fine, everybody’s fine…Beau’s just dancing with his wheel-chair bound family member. Nobody’s crying behind the camera, move along…
Making it rain for dat money dance, yo.
This image is, in a nutshell, why I stress not having too many “expectations” for your wedding day. The BEST moments are almost always the most unexpected. The most important thing you can ever do on your wedding day is to have an attitude of embracing the unexpected! I have no doubt that if you’d asked these two if they wanted rain on their wedding day, they’d have said no. But God love ’em, when a shower popped up and I suggested popping out for a quick shot, they were UP FOR IT. And this magic resulted. It’s an artistic image that speaks to their personality, and their relationship with one another, and the story of their day…all while looking really freaking cool.
Congratulations, you two! <3