I love being a wedding photographer at The Gatehouse in Baton Rouge. This wedding venue has long been one of my very favorites, for its warm and wonderful staff, and endless attention to detail. I always know they will take care of “my people” 100% 👌 This post-pandemic wedding was no exception.
Since COVID-19 hit, things have been a little different in the wedding photography world, to say the least. My last wedding at The Gatehouse was literally *the day* before the whole world shut down! Kaila and Cameron, here, had to reschedule their wedding from their original Spring date, and we were all determined to rock this day together. ♥
These two have been with me since the very beginning – I got to photograph their proposal, their engagement session, and now the wedding! We’ve been together through thick and thin, these guys and I. 😎
I talk a lot about the importance of finding “your people” when you’re planning your wedding.
It’s so, so important to find people who just “get you” and what you really want for your big day.
And for me, it’s equally important that I find *my* people, as well! When I find clients who can become friends, and really believe in the way that I work, it ALL comes together, friends.
Evidence: these guys and their crew. ♥ With all of the pandemic wedding-planning stress they’ve been under for the last few months, it would have been perfectly understandable if they were super stressed out on their wedding day! But, nope. Not these guys! They were just happy, and in love, and ready to get hitched.
That kind of happy just shows in photos, y’all.
When you go with the flow, and let your day just unfold how it’s meant to–magic happens. The best kind.
This wedding day was all kinds of wild and fun and memorable. AND it brought a first for me…I had to bring out the first aid kit that I always keep in my car, for the very first time!
Making memories, amIright?!
Check out a few of my very favorite photos from Kaila and Cameron’s wedding day at The Gatehouse. AND, special thanks to the vendors who made magic with us this day!
Venue: The Gatehouse
Hair and makeup: Ivory Rose Beauty Co
I love the “What A Cluster” koozie 😂
I love this moment of discovery! The bridesmaids didn’t know that their dresses had pockets until *just* this moment! Haha!
Story time, folks! Literally JUST as we arrived at the wedding venue, the maid of honor stubbed her toe and experienced a little bit of a first-aid crisis. Even though this incident wasn’t anything anyone would have planned for a wedding day…it served as a reminder of why documentary wedding photography is really important. Because of this little crisis, everyone really pulled together to both help her (note the foot propped on the wine bottle, haha), and still keep everything on track for Kaila (who was cool and collected about the whole thing).
They may have been laughing through a few tears…but they laughed! And a quick shoe-change later, this boss of a maid of honor was enjoying that reception along with everyone else!
Another funny moment with these girls! They rallied around Kaila to help her calm her nerves…before all realizing at the last moment that one of her buttons needed attention! 😂
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I *love* watching that first look! 😍 It never, ever gets old.
These photos are a great example of what having a second photographer can give you – even on smaller weddings. You don’t need to be planning a 500 person wedding for a second photographer to be necessary! My girl and I were able to catch everyone’s faces from both angles for this moment, and it was so worth it!
Another reason to have a second photographer – we can both notice all of the little moments happening around you on your wedding day!
I love how Kaila totally didn’t want to admit that Cameron had her topped in a few of these wedding shoe game questions. She got her own back, though!
I love that Kaila and Cameron did a last dance under the gazebo at the end of the night!
Kids at weddings, man… 😂
Wedding exits don’t have to be boring! Make it your own, and SPRINT through those bubbles! 🎉