I am so excited to finally be posting this Lafayette Wedding! Photographing weddings of friends is the sweetest part of my job. I have been knowing James & Janie for a few years now and were friends with both of them before they even met! I anxiously waited with the rest of their friends and family for them to announce their engagement and I was ecstatic when that day came! I was even more excited when they asked me to photograph their wedding because I knew going through the wedding process with them would be amazing. It has been such a beautiful journey for them and I feel so privileged to have been a part of such a special day. James & Janie knew right away that they wanted to go ahead and have a first look! The day of their wedding was perfect and we headed to the UL Alumni Center to meet James. I have never seen a groom so overjoyed to see his bride! They both cried and I may have shed a few tears myself! His reaction was just as amazing when Janie entered the church for their wedding. I can’t wait for you to see those happy smiles! I am so thrilled that James & Janie found each other and I know they will live a life of joy. I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites! This may be my longest post yet :)

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Just a little excited :)

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Love the joy on his face!!

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I was so happy we had some portrait time!!

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Their wedding party joined us for portraits and we eliminated pictures after church!!

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They nailed it!!

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We even managed to fit in family photos before the wedding!! This scenery will look so beautiful in a frame :)

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FAVORITE!!

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Janie is so fun!! Started dancing to the sound of music on the path!

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Such gorgeous light!!

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Another favorite!! Janie, you’re so beautiful!

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They wanted a little time praying in chapel before walking down the aisle <3

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Fr. Matthew was so supportive of James in those moments before Janie walked down the aisle. This is the sweetest!!

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There wasn’t a dry eye in the church, including mine!

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JOY!!

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Their musicians were incredible and set the tone for such a gorgeous mass!

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<3

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One of my favorites. I’m so glad I was able to capture this moment!

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One of my favorite people ever!! John Paul used to be my youth minister!! He has the best smile ever :)

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MARRIED!!!

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James & Janie were so excited to surprise their guests with a choreographed dance after their first dance!! Everyone LOVED it!!

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What they didn’t realize is that their wedding party and family choreographed a dance for them!!! They were SO SO SURPRISED!!! It was so fun to watch!!!

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They were just a little excited!!

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I think it’s safe to say that everyone had a BLAST at their reception! It was a giant party!!

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I love when brides & grooms enjoy their wedding. James & Janie definitely enjoyed every moment of it!

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Even Father enjoyed the party!!

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My beautiful 2nd shooter :)

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James & Janie, thank you so much for allowing me to capture this amazing day. I pray that you have decades of happiness and joy together. Thank you for being a witness to God’s love for us. Congratulations!!!

Xoxo,

Clare

Dress:  A-net’s Bridal in Lafayette – anetsbridal.com

Florist: Sam’s Club

Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Wisdom – ourladyofwisdom.org

Reception Venue: River Oaks – riveroakscaters.com

Hair & Makeup: Andre & Megan @ The Cut House 337.889.3843

DJ: Jared Vance @ Aaron Lahe Entertainment –  aaron@aaronlaheentertainment.com

Cake: Sky’s the Limit

Catering: River Oaks

Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ’sHouse.com

Groomsmen Attire: Combatant Gentlemen – combatgent.com

Invitations: Erin Thomas, ezekielprints@gmail.com