Editorial | Styled photoshoot @ Houmas House


There’s so much classic Southern style in this styled editorial photoshoot. Spanish moss, a statuesque plantation home, pineapples, a lace gown, and last but certainly not least, a sweet couple celebrating their first anniversary who knows the wedding is just the beginning.

Valerie with Sapphire Events styled this day to perfection with the beautil florals from Nola Flora.

From Valerie, the planner: Earlier this spring we invited a real couple, Christine and Jordan, to collaborate with us on an anniversary shoot to capture the couple one year after they exchanged vows. The photographers and I wanted to bring out the beautiful light this couple shares for each other. We also gave the couple an opportunity to talk about their love after the first year of married life together, who they look up to as an example of a strong relationship, and what a marriage means to them now that the wedding planning process is behind them. I love the Southern Weddings mission to promote the marriage as more important than the wedding, and the results of Christine and Jordan’s brief interview with us in sharing those same values.

Our real bride and groom had this lovely story to share.

From the bride, Christine:

The most special moment about your wedding day: We were both so anxious before mass and the reception felt like a blur, but while we were at the church, it felt like it was just the two of us. It was nice to have that time to focus only on one another. The silly conversations we had and laughing and sharing in that moment together is something we will never forget.
What do you all look forward to in your next year of marriage? Continuing to get to know one another, grow and work together. One of the characteristics of people with happy marriages is that they never stop working on their marriage. They never stop learning about each other and never get complacent with their relationship. I cannot wait to continue to put in work together and learn something new to love about each other every day.
One piece of advice you would give to someone getting married right now? Don’t stress about your wedding day and all the details. Although it may seem like it now, your wedding day is not the most important day of your life and it will not make or break your marriage. You and your significant other decide that. Take a moment to remember why you’re getting married in the first place and that the incredible amount of love you have for one another will count for way more in the long run than what flavor the cake is or what you give out as favors. Focus on each other and try to remember as much as you can about that day, because it goes by fast!

From George:

I always enjoy producing photoshoots with Valerie because she notices all the details that are important. Collaborating together is so important especially on wedding days when time is of the essence. My real bride and groom, Christine and Jordan, were so much fun to photograph on their wedding day, I just knew they would be perfect for this photoshoot. Houmas House was the perfect location to represent southern beauty and charm. How can you resist the lovely oak trees and Spanish Moss dancing in the gentle breeze. Nola Flora provided flowers that truly complimented our scene to perfection. Every event I work with Ashley and her floral team is always a treat.