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Jessica and Brett, a New Orleans love story

Jessica and Brett, a New Orleans love story!

We asked Jessica and Brett to tell us a little about their love story, here’s what they had to say:

“We met almost 4 years ago at a happy hour bar in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, called Tap 42. Our two friend groups somehow ended up talking and we introduced ourselves. That night ended in drinks, dancing, and him asking for my number. We kept in touch and ended up going on our first date about 3 weeks later to Restaurant Timpano. We were living in different cities at that point and saw each other when we could but nothing serious. A year later Brett moved back to Ft. Lauderdale where I was still living for work and we haven’t been apart since. Our 3 year anniversary was in May of this year” 

Where did you go on your first date?

Timpano on las olas

Tell us about the proposal. We want all the details!

“On December 22, 2015 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, LA.
Jessica and Brett were in New Orleans for Christmas to celebrate the holidays with the Palmer Family. That night they all went to the Roosevelt Hotel to look at the decorations… or so Jessica thought. Little did she know that the Bailey Family and close friends Samantha and Jamie Passariello were also in New Orleans, and they were about to sneak up on her for the surprise of a lifetime. As Brett and Jessica were taking pictures together, the Bailey’s and Passariellos came out of hiding and stood behind the almost engaged couple. When Jessica turned around she was stunned, and when Brett got down on one knee she was in utter shock.”

What are your special songs together?

Die a happy man by Thomas Rhett  &  More of you by Chris Stapleton

I can’t wait to celebrate with these two in November! Aren’t they a beautiful couple?

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Jessica and Brett, a New Orleans love story
  1. Anastasia: Beautifully captured! Love the styling and lighting! P.S. He reminds me of that guy from the Bachelorette haha July 27, 2016 at 12:18 pm
  2. Sarah Rachel Reddinger: I love the Mr & Mrs balloons! Great engagement session! July 27, 2016 at 12:15 pm
  3. Emma: Gorgeous couple and lovely photos! July 27, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Pauline and Damion’s Editorial Engagement Session

Pauline and Damion joined us in New Orleans for their editorial engagement session.  We met up with them at the stellar Jon Vaccarri House on St Charles Avenue, one of our favorite homes to photograph in!

Q. How did you meet and how long have you been together ?

A. Damion and I met while studying at Loyola University New Orleans in 2002. I was studying English-Writing and he was a Music Business major. The campus is small and we surely crossed paths a few times during my first year. The moments that I remember include my freshman year roommate spying this “basketball guy” on campus and making me stalk out spots on campus for her to check him out as he came out of classes. At the time, he just seemed alright to me– tall, thin-muscular build, with braces, glasses, and wild hair. Months later, I was modeling in the Alpha-Phi-Alpha step show and he was the main event as the single neophyte in his semester. I saw him with new eyes, but still was not looking to date anyone in college. Fast forward…he called me during the summer of my freshman year when I hardly knew him. I agreed to see a movie with him and it turned out to be a fiasco…with my best friend and mom laughing like school girls when he arrived, my dad in the kitchen frying fish, and my brother and his friends watching warily as he introduced himself. After the film, we came back to my parents house to chat and I remember watching David Letterman through the mirror in the curio cabinet rather than listening to him talk…that ADHD really is a problem! 🙂 Months later, Damion and I were both working the same New Years Eve party with our mutual friend’s event production company. We chatted and hung out and the chase began in earnest. I resisted my feelings for a while, being a prudent student with a 3 year plan to graduate without distraction. He was clever and persistent however and made it very difficult with his kind and genuine nature, always the gentleman. The morning of my 20th birthday, a girlfriend of ours delivered a single pink rose and a pink and blue beaded bracelet to my dorm room. Damion had meticulously made this bracelet by hand (in my sorority colors :). This was too sweet and the card was just as open-hearted. I still resisted, only acknowledging the gesture but not the sentiment behind it. Finally, 4 days later, on Valentine’s Day, he had given up when I only gave him a goofy Shrek valentine from a package I was handing out to friends. Our friend Glenn, the best man in our wedding, pushed Damion not to give up! Damion gave it a last ditch effort and sent me a letter and a single red rose. Finally, I gave in to the feelings that had been growing for some time, and we went on our first real date to Camellia Grill where I was smitten with him and he was smitten with me! We’ve been together ever since! Deeply in love and getting married 13 years later!

Editorial Engagement Session 1

Q. Tell us about the proposal. We want all the details!

A. Damion and I came home to New Orleans for Christmas 2014. We drove up with my family to our house in the country in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. On Christmas Day, Damion was surprised to learn that we’d be traveling to Jackson, MS to visit my aunts and uncles. This wasn’t a big deal to me and I was surprised that his feathers were so ruffled that we wouldn’t be staying put in Bogue Chitto. As the afternoon turned to evening at my aunt’s house in Jackson, Damion began to get very antsy about when we were leaving. I started to suspect something was going on, as he does not usually cause a fuss, especially during family time. When we finally got in the car and headed home, he was extra affectionate on the car ride home and held me very close during the drive. Still, when we got to our house in the country in Bogue Chitto, I wandered to our room and texted some friends. He came and kept asking me what I was doing. Finally, he asked me to come and take a walk. Well, it’s freezing out and PITCH BLACK (it is the COUNTRY!). Now, I knew what was coming. I relaxed and did not let his antsy pantsy behavior get to me as he encouraged me to put on any shoes that were around. We walked outside and he began talking about how much he loves me and how he remembered that this was the place we evacuated to post-Katrina and he was forced to leave me there to return to Indiana and he hated that he had to leave me there without knowing when we’d see each other again. He then said he never wanted to be separated from me again and wanted us to be together forever, always. Just as he started to propose, a car began coming up the drive, the dogs started barking like crazy. We walked together a bit out of the way, further into the darkness behind an old shed, where he got down on one knee and proposed. I of course said YES! It was very dark, but I could see the ring sparkle in the bit of light from the back porch. I was just soooo happy!!! Engaged during my favorite time of year on Christmas Day!!

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Pauline and Damion’s editorial engagement session in New Orleans

Editorial Engagement Session 2

an editorial engagement session a the Jon Vaccari design house on St Charles

Editorial Engagement Session 4

Q. Have a passion (besides your love of course) tell us about it!

A. Damion is a DJ and is passionate about music, generally, especially music in film; he is also a burgeoning film buff; I am passionate about children’s rights and the rights of those living in poverty, particularly the right to education, freedom from exploitation of all types, and access to equal justice and economic opportunity; I also love history and 18th and 19th century British and American literature

Pauline and Damion’s Editorial Engagement Session

Kala and Gabriel’s New Orleans Love Story

 How did you meet and how long have you been together ?

We meet in the hospital where we both work and have been together for a little over 3 years.

Q. How did he/she ask you out for your first date?

He handed me a little paper at work with his number…

Where did you go on your first date?

Barcelona Tapas

Tell us about the proposal. We want all the details!

We went to Puerto Rico to visit family and while we were getting ready to go to dinner to surprise his niece he asked if I was going to wear my ring …. i then showed him that I already had the ring on that he had given me from Mignon Faget and he said not that one …… this one….

He claims that he asked me to marry him and I said yes, but I do not recall this lol

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Kala and Gabriel’s New Orleans Love Story

Brittney and Joshua’s New Orleans City Park Engagement Portrait Session

Brittney and Joshua are getting married in New Orleans this Friday, and I can’t wait! These two lovebirds are such a joy to work with. I know this celebration will be a blast for everyone.  Enjoy a few images from their New Orleans City Park engagement portrait session.

Here’s a little more of their story in their own words:

Q. Where did you go on your first date?

A. Bin 77 in Perkins Rowe

Q. Tell us about the proposal. We want all the details!

A. We had a family trip planned with the Davidsons to go to Mackinac Island in Michigan this summer. When we arrived at the Grand Hotel, our room was actually the Jaqueline Kennedy suite. This hotel has the biggest front porch in the country on an island where no vehicles are allowed. After changing for tea, we went down to the front porch to take pictures and wait on Josh’s parents to arrive. As we were walking hand in hand on the porch he told me that he always wanted to propose but that he wanted to wait until the moment was perfect. We got to the edge of the porch overlooking the island and all of the beautiful flowers and he said he had a few surprises for me. First, he said he wanted to spend his life with me. He pulled out a box, got down on one knee, and said my full name and asked me to be his wife! Through tears, I shook my head yes and saw my second surprise… The exact ring that brought me to tears a few months before when we first started searching for rings…. But was twice his budget. I reached for my love and he stood up to give me a big hug and as he went to tell me that I had a third surprise, I saw both of our parents standing over his shoulder. He surprised me with family being there to see the entire thing and celebrate with us. In addition, his sister Kelsey and her boyfriend Spencer took amazing photos of the entire thing. It was the most magical day of my life. We followed the afternoon with a fancy 5 course dinner with our families.

Q. Favorite things to do together.

A. Walk our two schnauzers, travel, cook dinner together, get addicted to a tv series and finish it as quickly as possible, going to church

Q. What is your favorite spot to grab grub together?

A. Louisiana Lagniappe

Q. If you are into sports, name some of your favorite teams.

A. Brittney – LSU (especially football) season tickets every year

Josh- University of Michigan sports, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings He also worships Jim Harbaugh

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Brittney and Joshua’s New Orleans City Park Engagement Portrait Session

Jessica and Brandon’s couple’s portraits at Fontainebleau State Park

Jessica and Brandon’s couple’s portraits at Fontainebleau State Park.

How did you meet and how long have you been together ?
A. In October of 2013, I went to One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans to watch a band, named West Without, that was from my hometown. Brandon went to the same bar with some friends who knew the guitarist. As Brandon said, “we locked eyes across the dance floor.” Later in the night, I ended up being introduced to Brandon and his group of friends. After we met, we talked a little. It is not so easy to have a quality conversation with live music blaring loudly. I did not know it at the time but Brandon said that his friend was trying to get my number that night but was too scared. So, Brandon and his oh so charming presence was able to get my number. It is absolutely crazy that that night started our story. I honestly did not think that we would ever really talk or meet up again after that night. You always hear that you should never meet a guy in a bar. Well, I think that if you are both there for good reasons, such as listening to a band, then that demonstrates that you have some similar likes. So, we defy the norm and say, if it was meant to be, it was meant to be.. even if it started in a bar!

Jessica and Brandon 1

Jessica and Brandon 2

Do you have a special song together?

A. “Wherever you will go” by Charlene Soraia

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Tell us about the proposal. We want all the details!

A. For months, we planned on going to New York during Christmas because this was the only time that Brandon had time off from work. We booked the tickets and was set to leave on Christmas Eve. Prior to this date, one evening, Brandon and I went to Metairie to go to Whole Foods because we always enjoy going to Whole Foods. However, when we arrived, he parked really far away and more towards Jared’s Galleria of Jewelry. I didn’t think much of it because he sometimes likes to park really far away. However, he took me into Jared’s and told the employees that we were there to look at engagement rings. I was so uncomfortable and did not even like to hear the words “engagement” or “rings.” I was pretty scared. However, Brandon talked me through it, like he always does. We went to a few other places on different occasions and I ended up finding a ring that I loved. The sales lady asked him about purchasing it but he said that he was not ready yet. I was not expecting to be engaged any time soon. Three months pass and we on en route to NYC! I had no thought in my mind that I would come home with a beautiful ring and a fiancé. We arrived to our hotel at about 12:30 am Christmas morning. Our hotel was very close to Times Square so we decided to walk out and just take a look. There was not much going on, it looked dirty, and we were tired. So, after taking a few pictures, we went in for the night. When we got back from our trip, Brandon told me that he really wanted to propose to me right then, but decided that it wasn’t a good time because we were both really tired.

I had our whole trip planned out. I even made an itinerary. On Christmas day, I had a lot of fun things strategically planned out. We were going to see a few things in Times Square, visit Bryant Park, then go ice skating in Central Park. All throughout the day, it seemed as if Brandon was rushing. I kept trying to look at everything and he didn’t seem to want to look at anything! This kind of made me mad! Finally, we made it to Central Park. I was very excited to be there because I knew how beautiful it would be. We began walking throughout the park and man, did it meet my expectations. Just as I was thinking how much nature’s beauty surprises me, Brandon decides to start telling me all these wonderful things about me. He stopped walking as well. This moment very much had a “proposal feel.” So, I said, “Brandon, stop. Brandon, what are you doing?! *tears*” Then, my prince charming got down on one knee, amidst the stunning Central Park, and asked me to be his wife. He said that I was crying, said “are you serious”, then the tears sucked right back up. And, per Brandon, when he said yes, the tears flowed back down my face. It was pretty unexpected and I could then see why he was rushing through the whole day. He could not wait for this and he said that he felt much better when the ring didn’t have to be in his possession! Also, when it was over, he told me about his travels with an expensive ring. I asked him how many times he checked his jacket pocket to make sure it was still there. He said that he couldn’t even tell me. He also told me that while we were going through security at the airport, he was terrified that the ring would set off an alarm and they would take it out of his bag and I would see it. He said that he wrote a note on the ring box that said, “This is an engagement ring. Please be discreet!” He is a trip. Haha

Do you have a passion (besides your love of course) tell us about it!

A. Brandon’s passion is growing Wasabi. It is an extremely difficult process to grow this crop in Louisiana. However, after many long hours and much thinking, Brandon had figured out a way to do it. It is still a work in progress but he is so very determined and motivated to accomplish it. That is one of the things that I love the most about him. He has passion in anything that he does. I feel like he is successful in anything that he does because he does have the passion and motivation to accomplish anything he wants. He is truly inspiring in that sense. As for me, I have a passion for health and fitness. I think that health and fitness are the vital components of a happy life. I try to spread my knowledge and skills to anyone I can. As a nurse, I try to lead by example.


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Jessica and Brandon’s couple’s portraits at Fontainebleau State Park
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