I truly adore the Sully Mansion here in New Orleans, and photographing Will + Natalie’s elopement here was a joy.
The Sully is just a few blocks from where I lived in the Garden District for a couple years – I used to walk by it every day! It is such a gorgeous home and it’s been renovated with such care and love.
Will and Natalie had just their parents and their dog, Finn, in attendance!
Will and Natalie met at the age of sixteen on a cruise ship and have been together ever since. After twelve years together, they planned to wait two more years for Will to finish medical school and for Natalie’s health to improve. However, after all the world shifts of 2020, they decided they really didn’t want to wait.
They’ve kept a “life book” they write in on every anniversary – they wrote their personal vows in this book and shared them with each other before the ceremony.
Both Will’s mom Suzanne and Natalie’s mom Lucia brought so much joy and excitement to the day – recounting how they thought they were “crazy” when their two teenagers wanted to date long distance after meeting, and how glad they are that they went for it!
Finn was a very good boy during the ceremony on the front porch. (The ball helped.)
Natalie’s sweet dad Jim started off the ceremony by retelling Natalie’s birth, meeting Will, and all the wonderful things he’s seen in their relationship over the past dozen years.
Right after their first kiss, Natalie said to Will “I’m so glad we did this today!”
Finn had patiently waited for his time to shine.
The sully is located in one of the most photographable parts of the city, so we literally just took 15 minutes to walk around the block and snap all these portraits. The light was absolutely perfect, and we even had a breeze – in June!
I had been watching this tree and was so excited it bloomed just in time for Will + Natalie!
Had to get a “mask picture” as a sign of the times.
Thank you to this sweet sweet family for allowing me to be a part of this incredible day.
PS – wondering how to elope at the Sully Mansion? Read my post here!