Nick and Caroline were married at the LDS Temple in Dallas, Texas and their wedding reception was at the Lee Hardware Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana. Nick and Caroline are a truly vintage couple. Many people go for the vintage look, but Nick and Caroline really fit the part. I think you’ll see what I mean.
I was struck by the architecture of the Temple, but the hedge in front made the situation perfect for a couple’s portrait.
I loved this location, which I found in my pre-wedding scouting, but as Caroline walked around the corner, I had to tell her to freeze. It was the perfect position for her. Everything around her framed her quite nicely.
Her dress, her hair, the necklace, even the lipstick were all perfect vintage.
At the wedding reception, instead of a guest book, Nick (a designer by trade) created a sign in map.
And of course, even the microphone fit the vintage theme. I was very covetous of this mic. I am a mic enthusiast.
The reception was held in the Lee’s Hardware Gallery, which is an old building in downtown Shreveport. The textures on the walls in the interior courtyard were phenomenal. And yes, that is a wedding cake piñata. It was fun.
The textures and colors in the streets of downtown Shreveport are fantastic for portraits, but you must turn off that auto white balance on your camera!
I love the warm film look on this shot.
This is my favorite image from the day. As we were taking the bride’s portrait, she turned slightly toward the wall and I saw the possibility of this shot. With a slight adjustment of her hand and head, I shot several variations on this shot and the result was fantastic.
If you are going to do a vintage wedding, I suggest taking a stroll in a vintage town. Shreveport is definitely vintage. I love this Ridgway’s sign.
I also love Nick’s “Ronald Reagan” hairdo. Of course the back ground is perfect as well. I shot this at a much higher f-number to make sure I got the groom and the metal door in focus. I am more often a shallow depth of field kind of guy, but there are times when f8 or higher is called for. In this case, the greater depth of field give the image a illustrated look, which I thought was very appropriate to the image.
The flowers were fantastic. These flowers are called Billy Balls and apparently they look the same when they are dried. The arrangement were done by Patsy Foster in Shreveport. She did a great job.
This was the most touching moment of the day. The bride had been carrying a handkerchief throughout the entire day. I had not paid much special attention to it and just assumed it was an old vintage handkerchief: something old. But Caroline knelt down beside he grandmother and showed her the handkerchief and reminded her that she had given it to her when Caroline was a little girl and that she had kept it to this day for this very purpose. That is something old and something special.
I think this will be the groom’s father’s favorite photo of the day. It would be mine if this were my son.
Just a couple of great shots on our way down to the “second line”.
A “second line” is an interesting tradition in Louisiana, kind of a parade. The entire wedding (all the guests) met at the water’s edge and paraded, complete with music, up to the wedding reception. It was a hot day, but was a great opportunity for photos! This was my very first “second line.” I enjoyed it, but it was a lot of running and sweating.
Two of the children led the way, carrying a banner for the bride and groom.
At the end of the evening, the games began. The children got a whack at the wedding cake piñata and so did the bride and groom.
Most of the guests came from the surrounding states, so the signature map was a bit crowded near the gulf, but there were a few people (like myself) who came from quite a distance to join the wedding. This is one of the coolest guest signature ideas I have seen in a long time.
I think the straws are a good indication of the “fun” level of this wedding. Caroline and Nick put their wedding together on a small budget, but I think they spent their money very well and made every detail count. It all added up to a very fun event with a lot of cute details.
The painting is by Nick Eckel and the lamps were made by Caroline Majors (the bride and groom), I love both. Nick is a talented designer and illustrator. If you need a graphic designer, I highly recommend him. He’s a talented, stand up guy.
I was glad to represent Arizona at Nick and Caroline’s wedding. It was a pleasure to be a part of it.
Photography by Jared Platt, Platt Photography
Special thanks to Jessica Brownell for assisting and second shooting.
Slideshow music by J’Nae, Courtesy of Triple Scoop Music
Wedding Location: LDS Temple, Dallas, Texas
Reception Location: Lee’s Hardware Gallery, Shreveport, Louisiana