Engagement Session in New Orleans
Even a rainy day couldn’t put a damper on Laini and Chris’ engagement session in New Orleans. And when the rain could no longer compete with the light glowing from this couple, it crept away and gave them the freedom to stroll the French Quarter streets unhindered.
Dressed to the nines, Laini and Chris stood out in the crowd, which they would have done anyway as their big smiles were impossible to miss. Street performers added to the day’s excitement. In the puddles of Jackson Square, the couple’s reflection shown up at them, doubling the beauty of the moment.
The couple watched the activity on the Mississippi while standing on the Riverwalk with the St. Louis Cathedral in the background. One of New Orleans most recognized landmarks, the Cathedral stands on ground where people have worshipped since 1727. The first church was designed by French engineer, Adrien de Pauger, who unfortunately died before its completion, but whose remains are forever entombed beneath the church, along with many others, as is tradition. In 1788, the church and several of the surrounding buildings burned to the ground. When the church was rebuilt in 1794, it was designated as a cathedral and a Christmas Eve service was its first.
As a cloudy night sky settled on the city, the couple watched as the riverboat Natchez paddled on by aglow in lights. They toasted champagne with the Crescent City Connection, formerly the Greater New Orleans Bridge, as their backdrop. The bridge is one of the longest cantilever bridges in the world. Opened in 1959, this bridge was the first to cross the Mississippi River in New Orleans.
Laini and Chris didn’t let a few clouds keep them from heading down to Bourbon Street to enjoy some of the city’s nightlife. The streets were awash with people by then, so Chris decided they should be awash, too, in champagne that is. To mark the occasion, he popped the cork on a bottle, which sprayed up into the night sky and rained crystal-like droplets down on them. The laughter that followed proved that they both like to have fun and will be having fun together for many years to come.
The couple will be tying the knot this October at The Ritz-Carlton on Canal St. The Ritz-Carlton has facilities to cater to every type of wedding, from an intimate courtyard setting with wrought iron gazebo to grand ballrooms that can accommodate hundreds of guests.