Mrs. Jennifer Pate Hardee...St. Francisville, Louisiana Bridals... Afton Villa Gardens

Mrs. Jennifer Pate Hardee was married last weekend to Lee Hardee at  Afton Villa Gardens in St. Francisville.

It was an amazing wedding day that I can't wait to share.

But one of my favorite aspects of photographing wedding details is getting together weeks before the wedding day and doing bridal photos.

I think I love these not only for the tradition behind it but also because it's unique to southern style weddings.

I've heard folks saying bridals are becoming a thing of the past. I hope not. This tradition sets the stage for brides on their wedding day. It makes them more comfortable in front of the camera and helps the girls know how to prepare all details for their hair and dress. It provides sweet memories with the bride's mom, sisters, maid of honor, or even bridesmaids. And beyond that...it provides time, lighting, and a relaxed atmosphere to get photos like these of Jennifer in the location of her wedding just a few weeks before she was married there.

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*Claire

Mrs. Jennifer Pate Hardee...St. Francisville, Louisiana Bridals... Afton Villa Gardens

Mrs. Jennifer Pate Hardee was married last weekend to Lee Hardee at  Afton Villa Gardens in St. Francisville.

It was an amazing wedding day that I can't wait to share.

But one of my favorite aspects of photographing wedding details is getting together weeks before the wedding day and doing bridal photos.

I think I love these not only for the tradition behind it but also because it's unique to southern style weddings.

I've heard folks saying bridals are becoming a thing of the past. I hope not. This tradition sets the stage for brides on their wedding day. It makes them more comfortable in front of the camera and helps the girls know how to prepare all details for their hair and dress. It provides sweet memories with the bride's mom, sisters, maid of honor, or even bridesmaids. And beyond that...it provides time, lighting, and a relaxed atmosphere to get photos like these of Jennifer in the location of her wedding just a few weeks before she was married there.

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Thanks for stopping by!

*Claire

Mrs. Casey Colomb Von Tress....New Orleans Bridal Photography at the Beauregard-Keyes House

Congratulations to Jordan and Casey Von Tress!

Stay tuned for more from their beautiful wedding at The Terrell House in New Orleans!

These bridals were taken at a stunning venue we didn't even know about but is quickly becoming one of my favorites!!

Ladies, check out The Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum in the French Quarter.

I'm so glad to know about this incredible house tucked in a quiet corner of the Quarter. If you're looking for a wedding venue in New Orleans, trust me, you want to check

out the Beauregard - Keyes House.

Special thanks to Ella for being awesome and getting us fixed up with a wonderful spot for beautiful bridals!

Casey, you're stunning! What a joy to do these for you guys!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Claire

Mrs. Casey Colomb Von Tress....New Orleans Bridal Photography at the Beauregard-Keyes House

Congratulations to Jordan and Casey Von Tress!

Stay tuned for more from their beautiful wedding at The Terrell House in New Orleans!

These bridals were taken at a stunning venue we didn't even know about but is quickly becoming one of my favorites!!

Ladies, check out The Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum in the French Quarter.

I'm so glad to know about this incredible house tucked in a quiet corner of the Quarter. If you're looking for a wedding venue in New Orleans, trust me, you want to check

out the Beauregard - Keyes House.

Special thanks to Ella for being awesome and getting us fixed up with a wonderful spot for beautiful bridals!

Casey, you're stunning! What a joy to do these for you guys!

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Claire

Congratulations Brad & Desiree!...Louisiana Bridals

Brad and Desiree were married last weekend in New Orleans!

Back in the fall I had the honor of photographing Desiree's bridals at Maison Madeleine outside of Lafayette, Louisiana.

This quaint bed and breakfast sitting on Lake Martin has been featured in Southern Living and the Travel Channel's Anthony Bordain: No Reservations. We got to see first hand why it gets so much attention..and it should! History meets modern art in and around this home that is an abandoned 19th Century French-Creole Style. It was moved to its current location and opened as a bed and breakfast in 2001.

Desiree's dad has done work for the family owners and so we set out to Lake Martin to grab some shots of a stunning bride in a stunning location!

Congratulations to Brad and Desiree! Stay tuned to see their wedding:)

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*Claire

Congratulations Brad & Desiree!...Louisiana Bridals

Brad and Desiree were married last weekend in New Orleans!

Back in the fall I had the honor of photographing Desiree's bridals at Maison Madeleine outside of Lafayette, Louisiana.

This quaint bed and breakfast sitting on Lake Martin has been featured in Southern Living and the Travel Channel's Anthony Bordain: No Reservations. We got to see first hand why it gets so much attention..and it should! History meets modern art in and around this home that is an abandoned 19th Century French-Creole Style. It was moved to its current location and opened as a bed and breakfast in 2001.

Desiree's dad has done work for the family owners and so we set out to Lake Martin to grab some shots of a stunning bride in a stunning location!

Congratulations to Brad and Desiree! Stay tuned to see their wedding:)

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*Claire

Congratulations Brad & Desiree!...Louisiana Bridals

Brad and Desiree were married last weekend in New Orleans!

Back in the fall I had the honor of photographing Desiree's bridals at Maison Madeleine outside of Lafayette, Louisiana.

This quaint bed and breakfast sitting on Lake Martin has been featured in Southern Living and the Travel Channel's Anthony Bordain: No Reservations. We got to see first hand why it gets so much attention..and it should! History meets modern art in and around this home that is an abandoned 19th Century French-Creole Style. It was moved to its current location and opened as a bed and breakfast in 2001.

Desiree's dad has done work for the family owners and so we set out to Lake Martin to grab some shots of a stunning bride in a stunning location!

Congratulations to Brad and Desiree! Stay tuned to see their wedding:)

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*Claire

Congratulations Mrs. Kelsi Dickerson!

Congratulations to Matt and Kelsi who were married in Monroe, Louisiana last weekend!

Here are some of Kelsi's bridals we took at Audubon Park in New Orleans right before it started to pour!! Gotta love New Orleans weather:)

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Thanks for stopping by,

Claire

Congratulations Mrs. Kelsi Dickerson!

Congratulations to Matt and Kelsi who were married in Monroe, Louisiana last weekend!

Here are some of Kelsi's bridals we took at Audubon Park in New Orleans right before it started to pour!! Gotta love New Orleans weather:)

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Thanks for stopping by,

Claire

Congratulations Mrs. Kelsi Dickerson!

Congratulations to Matt and Kelsi who were married in Monroe, Louisiana last weekend!

Here are some of Kelsi's bridals we took at Audubon Park in New Orleans right before it started to pour!! Gotta love New Orleans weather:)

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Claire

Tasha...Avery Island Bridal Portraits.. [Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer]

Tasha was married to Jon-Erik last Saturday.

They had an incredible Lafayette Wedding with a super fun party to follow. (More on that to come)

I got together with Tasha and her awesome, very sweet and very helpful best friend, Tiffany, a few weeks ago at Avery Island! I had never been to Avery Island and let me tell you...anyone visiting Louisiana and especially those who are from here should experience it. It's quintessential Louisiana in every way from the bayou to the airboats to the birds to the Tobasco sauce. Even the gift shop at this place made me feel like I was coming home!

This was one of the coolest places I've ever had the privilege to shoot.

AND one of the most gorgeous.

Add in there a completely stunning bride and you have a photographer's dream!!

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*Claire

Tasha...Avery Island Bridal Portraits.. [Baton Rouge Wedding Photographer]

Tasha was married to Jon-Erik last Saturday.

They had an incredible Lafayette Wedding with a super fun party to follow. (More on that to come)

I got together with Tasha and her awesome, very sweet and very helpful best friend, Tiffany, a few weeks ago at Avery Island! I had never been to Avery Island and let me tell you...anyone visiting Louisiana and especially those who are from here should experience it. It's quintessential Louisiana in every way from the bayou to the airboats to the birds to the Tobasco sauce. Even the gift shop at this place made me feel like I was coming home!

This was one of the coolest places I've ever had the privilege to shoot.

AND one of the most gorgeous.

Add in there a completely stunning bride and you have a photographer's dream!!

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Thanks for stopping by!

*Claire

Mrs. Lindsay Gallman Hayes...Baton Rouge Bridals

Congratulations to Matt and Lindsay!

Here's a little sneak at Lindsay's bridals at White Oak Plantation and their AWE..SOME. wedding last weekend.

More to come....:)

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Claire

Mrs. Lindsay Gallman Hayes...Baton Rouge Bridals

Congratulations to Matt and Lindsay!

Here's a little sneak at Lindsay's bridals at White Oak Plantation and their AWE..SOME. wedding last weekend.

More to come....:)

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Claire

Congratulations Rebecca Robert Mayeux!

Rebecca and Corey were married this past Saturday in New Orleans.

Their photos are to come but for now here's a few of Rebecca's bridals taken at the incredible Latrobe's on Royal where Rebecca and Corey were married.

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Claire