Chad & Megan's Car Show Wedding in Monroe, Louisiana

Chad & Megan’s West Monroe Convention Center wedding was incredible. Remember Megan’s bridal portrait session? If you loved the car shot at the end, then you’ll *love* their reception set up!

They chose Megan’s favorite colors, blue and silver, to decorate and showcase their love of cars. Some of the bridesmaids even dubbed it the “Winter Wonderland Car Show” wedding. 

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I love telling a couple’s story while incorporating the details they’ve chosen. I couldn’t resist snagging an image of their rings on this Hot Wheels Camaro! 

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Next, I headed out to their show cars. With so many options, it was fun to get creative with their details. 

Megan was cool as a cucumber before her ceremony! She had a great time with her family and bridesmaids getting hair and makeup done for the wedding.

Once they were all ready, Chad & Megan wanted to be together but still have the first look as she walked down the aisle. We found the perfect spot for them to hold hands, talk, and calm each other’s nerves.  

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The ceremony had a gorgeous backdrop of doors and pallets covered in white Christmas lights. Megan’s father walked her down the aisle to “Bridal March” by Vicente Avella.  

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Everything went off without a hitch and it was time to party! The reception hall was framed with show cars, both their own and their friends’. Blue uplighting added to the atmosphere and transformed the entire room. Each table was named after a car brand with their emblem attached to wintery signs.

While guests were busy with the car hood ‘sign-in book’ (I know…SUPER cool!) and finding their seats, I snuck Chad & Megan back into the ceremony area for some portraits. I couldn’t resist using their gorgeous backdrop & giving them some time to enjoy a few moments alone as husband and wife. 

I’m totally convinced no reception is complete without karaoke now! Everyone had a blast getting up to perform, but the groomsmen rendition of Backstreet Boys took the cake! 

Speaking of cake…Chad and Megan enjoyed not one, but TWO cake cuttings (and smashings!). Patty Cakes designed an elegant 4 tier blue & navy cake for the first cutting. Then, they dove into the car themed grooms cake. You’d think Chad learned his lesson the first time around, but Megan got him twice- and I’m not complaining- it made for some hilarious images! 

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Before their grand exit, we snagged a few images with their show cars. The dramatic lighting and crisp design of the cars made for the perfect photo op. 

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At the end of the night, Chad & Megan made their great escape through *tons* of confetti. It was the perfect send off to a perfect day!  

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We asked Megan for some words of wisdom to future brides…”The best advice I could give future brides is just relax. It will seem like anything and everything will go wrong on your big day but it will all just work itself out! I felt like there was a lot of stuff I could have stressed about but I didn’t let it get to me. Between my amazing bridal party and my mother, they made sure everything was perfect!” 
 
Chad advises grooms to “…enjoy the day! All the planning may be stressful but your wedding day is a time to enjoy all the hard work you and your fiance (now wife) put into having the best wedding day possible.” 

Chad & Megan are looking forward to building cars, shows, and road trips together. They’re headed off to their Florida honeymoon in June! 
 
Mr. & Mrs. Holloway, thank you so much for allowing me to play a role in your wedding day. It was honor to capture this milestone in your lives together! 

 

Vendors: 
Venue & Catering: West Monroe Convention Center
Dress designer: Kenneth Winston  
Dress boutique: Azarue’s
Florist: Amy Owens
Cake designer: Patty Cakes
Band/DJ: Mike McKenzie
Videography: Change Allmon
Make-up artist: Debbie Pilcher
Hairstylist: Brittany Dye

 

"Remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine."

Are y'all ready for this?! *Chair dances*

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Last summer, a group of local vendors and I started collaborating on a stylized photoshoot. These are such a unique creative outlet and a wonderful way to see a vision brought to life. Our plans were sadly halted by a major flood in Baton Rouge, ruining the wedding gown & most of the props. But, we didn't let that stop our dream!

Months later we were able to join together again and move forward. On February 5, 2017, we headed to a private residence in Denham Springs. Everyone showed up ready to work & make magic. All in all the shoot lasted about 7 hours and involved a lot of work, and even more laughs. We had everything from cake, to décor, to hair & make-up, to stationary, and more. Look out for these images to be featured soon in Southern Celebrations Magazine!

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Each bride chooses her details for a reason. Drawing out her beauty & personality is always my number one goal, but I love capturing the thoughtfully chosen elements in a way that tells a bride's story.

The best part?! Mon Cheri recently shared the shoot over on their blog! Talk about all the happy chair dances. I'm thrilled to have showcased the dress in a way that makes the designer proud.

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How incredible are these intricate details?

 

This is definitely one for the books. <3

Huge thank you to all our vendors:
Concept & Design: Southern Celebrations Magazine
Dress: David Tutera For Mon Cheri at Shea Couture
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Kiss & Makeup Full Service Studio
Floral: The Floral Cottage Florist
Cake Designer: Fairy Dust Cakes
Rentals: Antiques at the Crossroads
Invitations: Invitobella, LLC
Styling Assistance: Poppy Lane Events, LLC

Bridal Portraits at Windsor Ruins // Port Gibson, Mississippi // Louisiana Wedding Photographer

We love bridal sessions around here, and Megan's was *to die for.* There was only one spot worthy of her gorgeous Kenneth Winston dress: the Windsor Ruins. Nestled 4 miles east of the Mississippi River, this historic location beams with beauty and elegance, just like Megan!

I tried to warn you... seriously stunning.

These ruins are pure magic.

And speaking of magic... Those two images were taken exactly two minutes apart, and have minimal Photoshop editing. I changed my off camera flash and camera settings to turn day into night (*magic!*). I love using this trick to make dramatic portraits for my clients!

Megan & Chad are HUGE car enthusiasts! I photographed them with their cars for their engagement session, and of course we included their Camaro for Megan's bridal portraits! I got to crank it while photographing the wedding, and let me tell you - that baby can purrrr!

I photographed Megan & Chad's wedding this past weekend, and it was incredible! I promise you've never seen another wedding like it. I can't wait to share the wedding images with you!