Doug + CheyAnne Wedding Experience Trailer
We had the honor of filming the wedding of New Orleans wedding photographers Doug + CheyAnne of “Arte De Vie“. Doug proposed to CheyAnne in December of 2010 and we were there to capture that as you’ll see in the beginning of their trailer.
Like so many couples who get married in New Orleans, many of Doug + CheyAnne’s friends and family had to travel to the city for the wedding. We took the opportunity with their wedding to show how we can help preserve the entire wedding weekend experience that goes beyond just the wedding day.
On Friday there was a typical New Orleans crawfish boil that the couple hosted at Audubon Park. This gave all of their guests a chance to have a truly unique Southern experience and it also gave everyone a chance to get acquainted with one another before the wedding.
On the wedding day both Doug and CheyAnne got dressed at the Maison Dupuy hotel then headed over to Jackson Square for their first look. Breaking from tradition, CheyAnne decided to take a pedicab to her first look while Doug made his way through the French Quarter on foot.
The couple tearfully recited their vows in front of the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square and danced down the aisle following the ceremony.
Doug + CheyAnne performed their choreographed dance beautifully and then CheyAnne and her bridesmaids performed their version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance.
Then in a first for us, Doug played guitar and CheyAnne played drums to AC/DC’s “Shook me up”. CheyAnne actually took drum lessons for months from Groovy 7’s drummer Tony Seruntine to be able to play drums for the performance.
The only thing that could set this wedding over the top was an epic Second Line through the French Quarter. The Young Pinstripes band joined in the reception and performed “Party Rock” alongside Groovy 7 before heading out into the streets. Once in the streets the Second Line journeyed through the French Quarter stopping several times in the middle of Bourbon Street for a breakdown dance off . The Second Line ended back at the Maison Dupuy and we caught our breath.
After the entire experience we can say that this New Orleans couple lived their wedding weekend to the fullest. These two individuals are truly a credit to our great city and we’re honored to be able to preserve the memories of the entire weekend for them to enjoy for years to come.
Enjoy the trailer below!
Vendors for Doug + CheyAnne’s wedding weekend
Wedding Coordination: www.sapphireeventsnola.com/
Reception venue: www.bourbonorleans.com
Host hotel/rehearsal dinner: www.maisondupuy.com
Second Line Band: www.facebook.com/YoungPinStripe
Reception band: www.Groovy7.com
hair & makeup: www.flawless-bride.com
grooms suit: www.georgebass.com
Music licensed by:
Eric Hill Nissan commercial shoot
At Studio Vieux Carre we mainly film weddings, but we also have been known to film a commercial here and there. This commercial we filmed for Arrowhead Advertising at Eric Hill Nissan.
We had the opportunity to work with Arrowhead Advertising Ad Agency on this commercial for Eric Hill Nissan.
We arranged the crew including Heather Burnam with Flawless Bride and Audio Engineer Julius Evans.
Cratin Sheffield with Arrowhead Advertising was the director and editor.
Kadee + Read’s Trailer
Every wedding we film is special in it’s own way. While some weddings may be small and intimate, others take on the aura of a grand celebration.
On St. Patrick’s day (fitting as the bride’s family’s last name is Patrick) we filmed the magnificent wedding of Kadee and Read.
There were three cakes at this wedding, the traditional wedding cake, the groom’s cake (created to reflect the final time travel scene from back to the future complete with the clock tower!) and a cake molded in the image of their home, where the ceremony was held.
Check out their trailer below!
“I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz,
or arrow of carnations that propagate fire:
I love you as one loves certain obscure things,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.” ➺ Pablo Neruda
Our vendor reviews
We also will be displaying photographs from our wedding captured by Arte De Vie photography in this post.
Choosing a date went hand in hand with finding a venue. My experience working in the industry allowed me to visit nearly every venue in the New Orleans area so I had a good idea of what was in our budget and what could accommodate what we were looking for. However, Jeana had no experience in this area so we began planning visits to different venues in the area. After visiting several venues we decided we really wanted to get married in the downtown New Orleans area as we were having quite a few guests who would be traveling to the city for the wedding.
Ultimately we decided on the Board of Trade. Our reasons were that we felt the venue had the charm, character, and vintage feel that we were looking for. We also wanted a venue where we could have the ceremony in the same location as the reception to eliminate traveling from two locations. Leah Berhanu with Pigeon’s Caterers was instrumental in our ability to plan everything that we wanted to achieve. She worked with us to style a menu that was delicious and worked within our budget. I felt like I was becoming a groomzilla with all of the back and forth emails discussing the floor plan but Leah was so easy to work with when it came to our requests that it really made me feel at ease and I was very happy that I was able to work with such a professional at our venue of choice! Going to so many weddings I know that usually the food is one of the biggest topics of conversation and Pigeon’s Caterers did not disappoint. Everything tasted amazing and the staff were professional and friendly the entire night.
A wedding coordinator to many couples is a luxury, not a necessity. This is where my eyes were opened dramatically to how much having a coordinator helps you actually enjoy your day. Brittani Adams was there every step of the way from the rehearsal to the wedding day making our lives easier. Large gatherings of people can sometimes be hard to get cooperation from. It’s good to have someone there who can direct the bridal party for the rehearsal to get in line and having her professional help was a huge relief. On the day of her and her staff took care of everything for us from the guest table to making sure all of the vendors were in place. Michelle Adams was also spectacular at helping us lay out the day and accomplishing everything we wanted in the timeline.
In short, I can’t imagine not having Unique Weddings in New Orleans for our wedding, much of their responsibility would’ve fallen on us or our family and that would’ve made the day a lot more hectic!
Photo and video were the next big item on my checklist. For video, I wanted to have someone film our wedding that I felt would put us at ease and who I admired professionally. A good friend of ours Dan Boswell from Imagique weddings in California was available for the date. I asked him if he would be willing to fly down to New Orleans to document the event for us and he was thrilled! Normally having an out of town vendor for most couples might be a nerve racking idea but I had full faith that Dan was going to be able to do a great job, and he didn’t disappoint! He was able to capture everything with amazing detail and I was really impressed how he managed to get so close to everyone and get such great reactions and interactions. This helped me realize that having a good relationship with the bride and groom translates directly into having a great video, which is something that we will definitely be building more into our business going forward.
When it came to photography we had a lot to consider. Since I film so many weddings alongside so many great photographers in the New Orleans area we had a tough decision to make. We decided on Arte De Vie. Doug and CheyAnne have been our friends for a while and I absolutely admire their work and their professional attitude. On the day of the wedding Doug, CheyAnne, and Titus were all so wonderful to have with us and I knew that the photos they were taking were going to be great. Jeana mentioned to me that she loved how at ease Doug made her feel. He wouldn’t just give her commands on how to pose or stand for a photo, he would actually demonstrate the pose for her which took a lot of pressure off of her. After the photos had been edited we were invited to their studio for a viewing party, which was a great experience in itself! We were able to invite a few of our close friends & family and we were able to relive the excitement of that night all over again. We were blown away at how many great shots they captured. I’d seen a lot of wedding photos over the years from many great photographers but seeing me and Jeana and all of the people we love photographed so beautifully was amazing. Doug and CheyAnne will be tying the knot as well in April and we’re thrilled and honored that we’ll be able to film their day!
For so many weddings I’ve been trained to look for flowers as they are part of what makes the wedding beautiful. However having to choose a floral designer ourselves I realized that this is another way to express who you are at the venue. Diane with Fat Cat Flowers was amazing at helping us figure out what we were looking for even though we didn’t exactly know how to express it. Jeana had spent a lot of time looking at examples and she decided she didn’t really care for overly large arrangements and roses. Diane was able to identify the types of flower arrangements that would work well with our “vintage” theme. Yellow was going to be the predominant color and we used an assortment of bottles, vases and mason jars. She also created an amazing arch that served as the altar for the ceremony. She was so easy to work with and her experience in the industry made us feel comfortable that everything would be perfect, and it was! We couldn’t have been happier with everything she created. From the bouquets to the table arrangements, to the cake decorations, she did an amazing job!
In New Orleans music is king and I knew that choosing the reception band and ceremony music were very important. My best man was my brother Nick Taravella, he also is the guitarist in the band Groovy 7. I wanted Groovy 7 to be the band at our wedding as I think they’re the best band in the city but I didn’t want him to feel like it was a working gig, so I asked him to be honest with me if he would be ok doing double duty of best man AND guitarist. He said he would be honored to be able to play at the wedding and that was all I needed to hear. I ironed out the details with Dalila and we came up with a program that allowed my brother to get some socializing time with our family in the beginning. Once Groovy 7 took the stage the party never stopped. They were top notch and I’ve never seen any band keep such a high level of intensity for so long like they do. I see a ton of wedding bands and there are some amazing ones in New Orleans but Groovy 7 is simply on another level.
For the Ceremony music Henry Aragon with Chamber Music Enterprises provided a great atmosphere with a string trio in the courtyard of the Board of Trade. Me and Jeana are huge Beatles fans and we thought it would be amazing to have Beatles songs played on strings for the processional. After talking to Henry he assured me they would be able to play the string version of the songs we selected. We were thrilled! All of the musicians that perform for Chamber Music Enterprises exude professionalism and are top notch musicians.
At the conclusion of the wedding the Lagniappe Brass Band wrapped things up with a traditional brass band celebration. These guys play all over New Orleans and have played for some of the biggest festivals and events in the city. They’re all top notch musicians and their high energy style brings any party up a notch!
I know from a lot of experience with brides that few garments are more treasured in life than a wedding dress. While you may only wear the dress one day in your entire life, you will most likely be remembering that one day more than any other day in your life, and you will have it documented more than any other day in your life. Which is why I wanted Jeana to make sure that she found exactly what she wanted. She visited every bridal shop in the city and did a ton of searching online for wedding dress styles. Eventually she decided on a dress from Town & Country. There had to be alterations made of course and we were really pushing the time limit by the time she decided on a dress, but the seamstress at Town & Country was amazing at accommodating our short time limit.
I had an idea of what I wanted for the tuxedo. I didn’t want something with a vest & tie, and I was partial to the idea of a bowtie but preferred something more relaxed. So we went to John’s Tuxedos and sought input from Joey and his staff. These guys were great at showing us all of the options and being honest with us as to what ties, shirts, & jackets coordinate with each other. I decided on a black tux with a skinny tie and ivory shirt. I loved the relaxed, classic look that it had and Joey and everyone at John’s Tuxedos were great at getting the measurements for our out of town groomsmen and Ushers. They made us feel at ease and I trusted their advice to make me and the guys look good.
Nikki formerly with the Sweet Life Bakery was able to create a simple cake design just like we wanted. The tasting session was fun and informative and yummy! When I left Jeana stayed behind and worked with Nikki to create a custom groom’s cake incorporating my two passions, drums and cameras! The groom’s cake was created in the image of a snare drum with an old 8mm film camera laying on top. Needless to say both cakes were delicious, my only regret was that I didn’t get to eat more of it on our wedding day! Nikki has since gone on to form her own company called Frosted Fantasies.
I know that it’s of utmost importance for the bride to feel comfortable and beautiful on her big day. It’s impossible to enjoy your wedding if you’re self conscious about your appearance. Flawless Bride was there to get the girls looking beautiful for the day.
At so many weddings that I’ve filmed this aspect of the prep can have a tendency to dramatically alter the timeline of the entire day if makeup and hair are not on time, luckily Flawless Bride was able to take care of everyone in time comfortably so that no one was rushed or late!
The Rehearsal Dinner
For the rehearsal at the Board of Trade we wanted to have a dinner afterwards that wasn’t a stuffy sit down dinner and was within walking distance of the Board of Trade. Luckily we found the perfect place in Mother’s Restaurant. Most people know Mother’s for it’s unique New Orleans dining experience for breakfast. However there is also a separate area that they use to cater specifically for events. Ronnie from Mother’s was so easy to work with and he was one of the most friendly people I’ve ever met in this business. We were able to have a “steam plate buffet” at Mother’s that featured local New Orleans cuisine. The food was amazing as was expected but the staff was so friendly and accommodating it made for a great evening. They have an in house audio system with a wireless microphone that made the toasts a piece of cake and we were able to play a short photo montage on their flat screen tvs for everyone to enjoy. We were impressed with the entire experience at Mothers!
Scroll down to see more amazing photos of our wedding from Arte De Vie!
Now it’s my turn…
My personal wedding experience from the other side of the lens
by Joe Taravella
I’ve been filming weddings since I was 16 years old. I started out manning a second camera for my mother in the balcony of churches with minimal knowledge of what I was doing. Before I turned 21 I had attended more weddings than most people do in an entire lifetime. This experience made me look at weddings differently than most people do. I always saw the bride and groom like they were born for this occasion. It was almost as if they assumed the role of bride and groom and knew everything to expect, like they had been there before.
When it came time for me to get married I found an entirely new appreciation for what a wedding means not just to the bride and groom, but to everyone involved.
I (finally) proposed to Jeana, my wife, on March 20th of 2011, it was on her birthday and the two year anniversary of our first kiss. I say finally because in hindsight my only regret was that I didn’t propose sooner.
After the initial rush of congratulations and well wishes from everyone it was time to get down to business of planning a wedding. We had contemplated so many different ideas, everything from eloping, to a small intimate wedding, to a full scale celebration. After much conversation and determining our budget, we decided to celebrate our wedding in my hometown, New Orleans, and invite as many of our family and friends possible.
The first step was of course choosing a date. This was a very difficult decision as I am usually filming weddings on weekends for much of the year. The optimal times that we would’ve loved to get married in were of course the busiest times of the year for our business. After considering all options we decided to get married in September, this was a time period where weddings usually slow down due to Hurricane Season. But, it meant we had only 6 months to plan an entire wedding! Even with the shortened time limit I felt with my knowledge of the industry and Jeana’s persistent work ethic that we could have everything that we wanted for that day.
The months leading up to the wedding had every moment of our schedules filled. There are so many decisions to be made in this process and one of the things I never knew is how much you have to depend on other people to get things done. Even though I had years of experience from documenting so many weddings I never really got to see the planning process in it’s entirety.
Luckily we had a lot of help from Jeana’s bridesmaids, her mother Marci, and my mother, Terry.
Without all of their combined efforts things would’ve been incredibly difficult to get everything done.
The Wedding day…
On the day of our wedding I wasn’t as nervous as I was expecting I’d be. I think all of the legwork leading up to that day made me feel a sense of relief that the day was finally there and there was nothing else to cross off of my checklist.
Since I put myself in charge of our photobooth I woke up early to head to the Board of Trade which was just a block from the Omni Royal Crescent hotel, where I was staying.
After I got that all set up I headed back to my hotel room to prepare a gift to give to Jeana when I saw her.
Since my line of work is all about storytelling and displaying how life events unfold, I wanted to give her something that reminded her of “our story”, something that she could look back on and always know where we came from years after we’d been married.
I decided to collect all of our email correspondence, chats, text messages, and put them in a handmade journal I purchased from Romania. I got a little nostalgic reading back over them and seeing how our relationship grew from simple flirting to the point that we were at now about to commit our lives to each other forever.
When it was finally time for us to have our “first look” I started to get nervous. I wanted everything to be perfect and it was. As she walked up to me in the video I can see myself take a deep breath as I knew when I turned around there she would be and that would be the next chapter in my life as a married man with my bride standing before me.
When I turned to look at her, all of the tension that had built up over the previous 6 month engagement was released. I have documented hundreds of brides in my profession but there was no doubt in my mind she was the most beautiful of all.
I gave her the gift and she was overjoyed with it as she’s always valued personal, handmade gifts over those that are purchased.
We were able to have a moment and take some photos before it was time for the Ceremony, which was great. We wouldn’t have gotten a chance to have such great portraits of ourselves in our wedding attire if we’d have waited till after the ceremony.
The Ceremony was intimate just like we wanted. Her father, Scott, was a pastor at a church for 25 years … he walked her down the aisle, put her hand in mine, then took over officiating the ceremony. He was very gracious and I took in every heartfelt word he spoke.
Breaking from tradition, we decided to swap sides that the bride and groom normally stand on. Instead of me being on the same side as my family , I stood opposite them. This way we would be facing our respective families when it came time for us to say our vows as opposed to our families seeing the back of our heads during the ceremony.
I’ve heard so many people say that your wedding flies by and you won’t even remember it but I feel like we were able to enjoy every minute of it. Everything was so well organized thanks to Brittani Adams with Unique Weddings in New Orleans that we were able to just enjoy ourselves and be with our friends and family.
After going through the entire experience from planning to celebration, I have to say that everything was well worth it. All the decisions that had to be made, so many hours spent researching so many different topics … all came together in a special harmony of love and laughter. One thing Jeana wanted was for people to see “us” in our wedding details … she wanted them to see that we were represented by the decisions we made. Everything from the music, to the flowers, to the little details at the guest sign in table we felt represented who we are and did not look like we were filling in the blanks because it was expected of us or that it was the norm or tradition.
The photos and video will be the most treasured reminders going forward of that day and I’m so happy we will have those to look back on and share with our children in the future.
In conclusion the best part about our wedding for both of us was having our family and friends there with us to celebrate that day. No other time in our lives will we be surrounded by so many people that we love. I would’nt have had it any other way.
Check back next week for my take on all of our fabulous, professional vendors … Viewing our wedding photos for the first time with Doug Keese & Cheyenne Bradfield, “photographer’s extraordinaire” @ their Arte De Vie studio was quite the experience.
Click below to see a short retrospective of our wedding. Filmed by Daniel Boswell of Imagique Weddings and edited by Studio Vieux Carre.
Ceremony & Reception : The Board of Trade,
Photography : Arte De Vie Photography, www. artedevie.com
Filmed by Dan Boswell of Imagique Weddings www.imagiqueweddings.com
Edited by Studio Vieux Carre www.studiovc.com
Flowers : Fat Cat Flowers, www.fatcatflowers.com
Coordination : Unique Weddings in New Orleans, www.uniqueweddingsinneworleans.com
Hair & Make up : Flawless Bride, www.flawless-bride.com
John’s Tuxedo’s : http://johnstuxedos.com/
Ceremony music : Chamber Music Enterprises, www.chambermusicenterprise.com
The First look defined…
The History: Many people believe this to be an age old tradition that they must abide to but in truth it is just superstition that it can supposedly bring “bad luck” just as much as having rain on the wedding day may bring “good luck” to the marriage.
The superstition originates from a time when most marriages were arranged and the groom didn’t even know who he was marrying. Back then there was a possibility that he may take one look at her and decide not to proceed with the marriage, so parents wised up to this and made it so the first time he ever saw her was at the altar, thus placing more pressure on him to marry her! This is a custom that is not required by any religion as arranged marriages are very rare these days.
In fact, in the old days it was customary for the soon-to-be married couple to accompany each other on the walk to the church on their wedding morning.
The Present: In modern times this prearranged meeting known as the “First Look” has become a special moment in weddings. This is usually coordinated with the photographer to find a somewhat secluded, private space that the couple can meet. Often the groom has his back turned towards the bride as she walks up to greet him. Once the two meet they share an intimate moment that can be beautifully captured by photo + video.
We find that this meeting before the wedding ceremony releases so much of the built up tension, nervousness, and anxiety for the couple.
One of the added benefits of having the First Look before the ceremony is that you now have the opportunity to take photos together. Many times the couple will choose to also take family and formal photos in this time period so after the ceremony they can go straight to the reception or cocktail hour.
Another benefit of having the First Look is that it’s highly unlikely you will be late to your ceremony as you’ve already been dressed and ready well before the start time.
If you choose to have a First Look it’s important to coordinate this with your photographer, videographer, and/or wedding coordinator so as to allot enough time for all of the events to take place.
To see a few of our First Looks watch this short video below…
Photobooths are instant fun at any wedding or event! They’re great for providing another form of entertainment for those who may not wish to partake in dancing at the reception.
Unlike traditional photobooths that only can fit 2 or 3 people in a photo, our photobooth allows group shots that allow more people to share in the fun!
All of the props are in a “vintage” style and can be included as well as on site printing and an online gallery after the wedding if your guests would like a full size photo of one of the images captured.
There are two on site printing options, one 4×6 photo or the traditional 4 down photo strip that has been the norm for photobooths. With this option we print two sets of the 4 down photo strip, which is perfect for giving your guests a copy and saving a copy for you to put in a sign in book/scrap book.
Photos are usually printed within 10 seconds of image capture.
Since all of the photos are taken by a high quality digital camera each individual photo can be blown up to any size you wish.
Contact us for pricing and availability
To see more photos from the photobooth check out the album on our facebook page and be sure to “Like” us while you’re there.
Watch this video to see the photobooth in action!
Wedding packed weekend~
Wedding season is in full swing at SVC. We documented 3 fabulous weddings and made friends with so many fun people. Here are just a few frame grabs from the weekend.
Congratulations Danielle + Bo, Lisa + Thomas and Brandi + Jason!
Heather + Jesse preceremony
A New Orleans Second Line
In New Orleans, weddings are much different than the rest of the country. For starters, NOLA wedding receptions are usually buffet style, not sit down dinner. Despite the laissez-faire style of the deep south, a lot of New Orleans weddings start at 7pm in the evening and then feature a mad rush to the reception complete with police escorts to ensure the couple gets to their destination on time.
A few other notable differences in New Orleans weddings from those around the country:
-It’s not common in New Orleans to have a cocktail hour.
-Toasts are a rarity for New Orleans natives’ weddings. It’s all about the party.
-Photo sessions between the ceremony and reception are usually no longer than 30 minutes. (That’s including group photos AND portraits of the Bride & Groom)
…and of course one of the most iconic images that people relate to New Orleans is the Second Line.
This “mini-parade” of sorts has been incorporated into New Orleans weddings that take place in the French Quarter. The bride and groom usually exit their ceremony location to be greeted by a marching brass band. The band leads them on the streets of the French Quarter to their reception location.
In order to have a Second Line on the streets of New Orleans you need a permit and a police escort in order to clear the streets ahead of the band.
Check out this Second Line we filmed that started at Jackson Square and ended at Latrobe’s on Royal