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Catherine & Marc: Mansfield, La

I THINK AS PHOTOGRAPHERS WE GET USED TO SHOOTS AND WEDDINGS AND CAN PRETTY MUCH EXPECT WHAT THE WEDDING WILL LOOK LIKE JUST BASED OFF OF THE BRIDE AND HOW SHE’S DESCRIBED THE BIG DAY.
WELL ABOUT A MONTH AGO MY DOORBELL RINGS TO MY HOUSE, I WALK TO THE DOOR TO FIND AN OLDER WOMAN WAITING FOR ME. I WAS FULLY EXPECTING HER TO SAY SOMETHING LIKE “IM YOUR NEIGHBOR AND YOUR YARD IS TOO MESSY. IM MORTIFIED TO LIVE NEXT TO YOU” (BECAUSE IT REALLY HORRIFIC, IT BASICALLY LOOKS LIKE THE YARD FROM GREY GARDENS) BUT WHAT SHE SAID WAS “A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE’S SISTER IS GETTING MARRIED AND I HEAR THAT YOURE A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER”. NOW REMEMBER, IM STANDING IN THE DOORWAY WEARING BASKETBALL SHORTS, A RIPPED UP JOES CRAB SHACK TEE SHIRT AND HAIR THAT LOOKS LIKE I JUST STUCK MY HEAD OUT OF A MOVING AIRPLANE, IT WASNT EXACTLY MY IDEAL CLIENT MEETING. BUT I GAVE HER MY CARD AND SAID “WELL IM PRETTY BOOKED UP BUT HAVE HER EMAIL ME JUST IN CASE I CAN MAKE IT”. THEN I GET AN EMAIL FROM THE BRIDES SISTER SAYING THAT SHE WAS GETTING MARRIED ON A SUNDAY ABOUT A MONTH AWAY AND IT JUST SO HAPPENS TO BE THE ONLY SUNDAY THAT I HAD OPEN. SHE EXPLAINED THAT IT WOULD JUST BE A VERY SMALL WEDDING AT THE BRIDES PARENTS HOUSE & THEYVE ONLY HAD ABOUT 4 MONTHS TO PLAN THE ENTIRE THING. THEY ENDED UP BOOKING AND THE WEDDING DATE ROLLED AROUND ABOUT A MONTH LATER.
I LEAVE CHURCH AND HEAD TO THE HOUSE OF THE BRIDES MOTHER ABOUT 40 MINUTES AWAY, I DECIDED TO JUST LEAVE MY CHURCH CLOTHES ON, A NICE BUTTON UP AND A NICE PAIR OF JEANS, I FIGURED SURELY THIS ISNT GOING TO BE ANYTHING TOO FANCY, I MEAN AFTER ALL IT WAS ALL PUT TOGETHER IN 4 MONTHS. I ARRIVE TO THE “HOUSE” (I USE THE WORD VERY LIGHTLY, MORE LIKE ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING BUILDINGS TO GRACE THE EARTH WITH ITS PRESENCE) AND AM IMMEDIATELY LOOKING DOWN AT MY JEANS, BEGINNING TO REGRET THE DECISION TO DRESS SO INFORMALLY. I WALK IN THE DOOR AND THE “BEGINNING TO REGRET” QUICKLY BECOMES SHEER TERROR. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING WEDDINGS IVE EVER SEEN. WHERE I WAS EXPECTING TO SEE “THROWN TOGETHER” DECORATIONS, CHEEP SILK FLOWERS, AND A CHEEP UNFLATTERING WEDDING DRESS, IM MET WITH DECORATIONS THAT WOULD MAKE A GROWN MAN CRY AT THEIR BEAUTY, HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OR FRESHLY BLOOMED PEONIES, AND A FREAKING CLAIRE PETTIBONE GOWN. MEN WALKED AROUND THE HOME IN PERFECTLY FITTED SUITS WHILE THE WOMEN SAT AND TALKED AS THEIR FLOWY, GEORGOUS GOWNS SLIGHLY BLEW IN THE COOL BREEZE OF THE HUGE OPEN DOORS. AND THERE I WAS, STANDING IN THE DOOR WAY LOOKING LIKE I JUST JUMPED OFF THE SUBWAY. SURELY THEY WHISPERED TO THEMSELVES “WHO IS THIS HOBO WALKING AROUND TAKING PHOTOS OF EVERYONE? SHOULD WE CALL THE POLICE AND REPORT AN INTRUDER?”.
I FINALLY MANAGED TO LET IT GO (YEP, THAT SONG IS NOW GOING TO BE STUCK IN YOUR HEAD FOR THE NEXT 3 HOURS) AND FOCUS OF THE PERFECTION I HAD THE HONOR TO SHOOT. IT WAS TRULY AMAZING AND I STILL CANT BELIEVE I GOT TO PHOTOGRAPH IT. HERE IS A LITTLE SNEAK PEEK!
-HUNTER LEONE
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July 25, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Angelica Marquis - This is absolute perfection. How you captured the light, airiness of the gowns and colors and incorporated the feeling in all of the photos is ….genius. Love it.

July 25, 2014 - 4:11 pm

À Vie Photography, LLC by Pamela Hunter - AAhhh, the refinement in your work never ceases to amaze me Three Nails Photography! This IS an exquisite wedding complete with a Claire Pettibone and all, but they couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate photographer for their vision than you. The images literally speak to the heart. Thank you for sharing Hunter.

July 25, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Aimee Mayeux Bowlin - Perfection!!!!

July 25, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Cynthia Ann McClellan - Stunning!

July 25, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Katie Santmyer - I wish I could “throw together” a wedding like this in four months!! Sheesh. Absolutely breathe taking!

July 26, 2014 - 12:46 am

Dina Godzik - Beautiful and Inspiring

July 26, 2014 - 7:13 am

Amy Parada - Totally breathtaking x

July 26, 2014 - 11:37 am

Tara Haney Boeser - You rock. Incredibly beautiful <3 Thank you for sharing!

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