A couple of days ago, Laurie from the incomparable Sip and Twirl team of wedding planners was introducing me to a new bride from Chicago who was planning her wedding here in Scottsdale. As we chatted about engagement session ideas, I had a spark go off in my head: why consider only Scottsdale or Chicago for the location?
Of course, Galena, IL came up, which is where I made these engagement and wedding portraits, I realized that we should put our minds together to see if there was a destination-engagement location that we might want to make plans for. In brainstorming the kinds of places that I thought were awesome, I started recounting the story of an engagement session I had done in New Orleans. Laurie, who I know as my friend from Hawaii, mentioned that she did some of her growing up in New Orleans, and that she didn’t recall seeing the session I was talking about. So, while long-time fans may be familiar with these, I’m sharing some highlights again by special request.
We started at a tiny city park that had been made where a little road called Diamond Street used to run.
Running through the streets of downtown at sunset.
They were a little distracted as the trolley pulled into the station…
Who am I to discourage a little sugar-rush silliness after a visit to the world-famous Cafe du Monde right in the heart of the French Quarter? Romance is all well and good, but I love when we have fun!
Levee to the left, French Quarter to the right, and the tracks leading to downtown in the distance, where you can see the Crescent City Connection bridge crossing the Mississippi River.
Walking through the Quarter, window-shopping turned into real shopping with these wickedly great new shoes!
We ducked into a restaurant across from Jax Brewery for some coffee to take the chill off. While we waited for a new pot to brew, the owners asked us about the cameras and suitcase of extra clothes, and were delighted to hear that it was a roaming session of engagement photos. They invited us upstairs for exclusive access to their fancy private dining room.
The french doors of the private dining room opened onto a romantic little 3rd-floor balcony that wrapped round the corner of the building.
We ended the night back on the edge of the Warehouse District, at a gem of a restaurant called Maison, where they treated us like family.