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I’d Give You the Best Porkchop!

Mom and Dad's Wedding Photo

It’s June 4th, a big day to celebrate love in our family.  No, it’s not Valentine’s Day … June 4th is the day that 72 years ago my mom and dad were married.   She was all of 15, and he was 22 when it all began.  Who would have thought a couple so young and naïve would have made it, but their marriage lasted for 57 years.  June 4th was such a great day in our family, my sister and her husband also chose to get married on June 4th, and so did one of their friends, and Steve and I would have done so as well had the church been available.  So when June 4th rolls around, I think a lot about what love means, and about my parents quite a bit.

 

My mom and dad wrote the script for what love and caring should look like for me.  Their marriage wasn’t perfect, but there was never any doubt that they loved one another.  First and foremost, and sometimes to my horror, they loved to talk about how much they couldn’t keep their hands off one another!  There were always hugs and touches going on. But more than that, it was the little things they did for one another everyday that spoke volumes.

 

He always brought her flowers, she brought him coffee in bed.  She would wake up every morning before the sun rose to cook his breakfast and pack his lunch, and she always made sure that dinner was on the table when he walked in the door at the end of the day.  Food was a big part of my mom’s existence, and food was most definitely her love language, spoken fluently as her way of nurturing those she held dear.

 

As a young child, I was always underfoot in the kitchen, watching and observing the many, many meals being prepared, and let’s face it, that’s how Cajun girls learn how to cook! As my mom would be cooking up fried chicken, or panéed pork chops, there was inevitably one piece of meat that would stand out as looking like it would be the tastiest.  Mom would say, “I’m going to put that one aside for Daddy”.  Puzzled by her selflessness, I would ask, “Why don’t you keep the best one for yourself?”

 

With a gentle smile, she would impart a lesson that would shape my understanding of love and care for years to come. “Because, when you love someone,” she’d say, “you want them to have the best.”  Those words, simple yet profound, became a guiding principle in my life. They shaped the way I approached not just food, but everything I do, including my business.

 

Much like my mom’s approach to food, photography isn’t just a job for me; it’s a labor of love. Every time I pick up my camera, I’m not just capturing images; I’m weaving together the threads of my clients’ stories, preserving moments that will become cherished memories for years to come. And much like my mom with her pork chop, I strive to give my clients the best of myself, the best of my talents, and the best of my heart. It’s never been about chasing after a paycheck. It’s about making a meaningful impact, and creating experiences that give my clients not just photographs, but memories that will last a lifetime.

 

So, to all my clients past, present, and future, know this – when you choose me as your photographer, you’re not just hiring a service; you’re welcoming me into your lives, trusting me with your most precious moments. And just like my mom with her pork chop, I promise to give you the best of myself, because when you love someone, you want nothing but the best for them. And heck … if I ever have the chance to make dinner for you, there’s a pretty good chance I’d give you the best pork chop!

 

 

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  • Whitney Van NuisThis is beautiful, Maryann. It’s a lovely story and I agree with your mom. Save the best pork chop for those you love.ReplyCancel

Lively New Orleans Wedding Celebration at Napoleon House // Billie + Clint Married

Billie and Clint’s springtime New Orleans wedding was a celebration filled with love, laughter, and unforgettable moments. Surrounded by only their families, they exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony at the picturesque Audubon Cottages, where the charming ambiance added an extra touch of magic to their special day.

Following the ceremony, the festivities continued at Napoleon House, where they were joined by their nearest and dearest friends for a very lively wedding reception. With high energy and joyous spirits filling the air, the evening was a testament to the couple’s vibrant love and the bonds they share with their loved ones. The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the Second Line through the New Orleans French Quarter, led by Kinfold Brass Band and accompanied by the presence of the Mardi Gras Indians, creating a truly unforgettable experience.  Billie and Clint’s wedding was not just a celebration of two souls coming together in love, but also a testament to the rich cultural tapestry of New Orleans, where every moment is infused with food, music, and a sense of unbridled exuberance!

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Wedding Venue:  Audubon Cottages
Wedding Coordinator:  Uncommon Camellia
Officiant:  Chip Coulter
Reception Venue:  Napoleon House
Bride’s Dress by: Milla Nova
Bride’s Dress purchased at Bridal Boutique, Lewisville, TX
Hair and Makeup, Glam Nola, Ashley
Jewelry:  Sharday Collection Forever
Photobooth, Party-Tyme Productions
Brass Band – Second Line:  Kinfolk Brass Band
DJ: Party-Tyme Productions
Transportation:  Royal Carriages
Florist:  Urban Earth Studios

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    Christmas Destination Wedding in New Orleans

    Christy and Jason’s Christmas-time wedding at Hotel Provincial in New Orleans was nothing short of magical.  Having shared numerous Christmases together in New Orleans in their youth, this  intimate affair held a special significance for them, as they finally reunited, and rekindled a relationship that was simply meant to be. Opting for a small yet deeply personal celebration, they exchanged vows surrounded by close friends and family.  The bride said of their many trips to New Orleans at Christmas, “Now a tradition, in 2023 it seems only fitting we exchange our vows surrounded by those we love the most, sharing in the holiday sights and sounds of the city we love the most, on our special weekend.”

     

    The charm of the occasion was heightened by a pretty significant downpour. With a few pivots, ducks under balconies and the help of  some clear umbrellas, Christy and Jason embraced the moment, and turned  adversity into adventure. After the wedding celebration, the couple, along with their wedding party, joyfully paraded through the rain-soaked streets in true New Orleans fashion, with a lively second line led by The JayWalkers Secondline Band.  Their Christmas wedding became a beautiful reflection of their love, marked by an unspoken promise to dance through life together, rain or shine.

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    Vendor Love:

    Wedding Planner:  Jamie Foster
    Wedding Venue:  Hotel Provincial
    Bride’s Hair and Makeup:  Glam NOLA
    Florist:  Winward Home
    Bride’s Dress:  Samantha Woo custom design, purchased from Bridal House by Woo
    Cake:  Gambino’s Bakery
    Second Line:  The Jay Walkers

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      Beautiful New Orleans Courtyard Elopement at Pharmacy Museum

      Dana and Andy’s love story is nothing short of a modern-day fairytale. Having known each other for a very long time, they embarked on a journey filled with twists and turns, and eventually found their way back to each other.  I’ve heard it said that the third time’s the charm and I have a good feeling about that for them! They finally decided to literally tie the knot in the vibrant and enchanting city of New Orleans, a place that Dana had visited a dozen times prior.  It was Andy’s very first encounter with the food, music, and architecture of the Big Easy and he summed it up aptly stating, “This city is all about the senses!”

      Dana and Andy chose the historic Melrose Mansion on Esplanade Avenue as their get-ready location, setting the stage for a day filled with nostalgia and romance. The couple then embarked on a picturesque adventure through the French Quarter, driving a vintage baby blue 1970 Mustang. The magic truly unfolded at the enchanting courtyard of the Pharmacy Museum, where they exchanged their vows. Minister Toya conducted a heartwarming ceremony as tears of joy and love flowed freely.  After the wedding, we embarked on a brief photoshoot around the French Quarter that ended with a kiss and a private dance atop Oscar Dunn Park, across from the historic St. Louis Cathedral.   We then bid the newlyweds farwell, as they headed off into the night with a sign proclaiming “Just Married!” It was a full day of tears, laughter, and unforgettable moments that will forever be etched in their hearts, a testament to the power of love and the enchantment of New Orleans!

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      Vendor Love:

      Get Ready Location:  Melrose Mansion
      Bride’s Dress:  David’s Bridal
      Bride’s HMU:  Halo Beauty By Ruth
      Florals:  Boho Glam Extra
      Mustang Rental: Turo
      Wedding Venue:  Pharmacy Museum
      Wedding Officiant:  Minister Toya
       

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      • Andrew MrazekMarianne and Steve did so much more than capture an amazing day perfectly on film. They were a were a cherished part of our special day. We laughed and cried together, and I couldn’t imagine the day without them. ReplyCancel

        • MarianneAndy, we loved capturing you and Dana’s beautiful love story, and so happy you chose to seal the deal in New Orleans!ReplyCancel

      • Suzi MooreDana has been a dear friend and co-worker for⁸ over 20 years. I’ve seen her up and downs relationship wise. I’ve always wished that she, one day, would feel truly contented and dearly loved by someone who valued how special she is! I believe she’s finally found unconditional and true love. New Orleans has been a place of adventures and really happiness for Dana. The entire scenario, on how their union came about, and how it play out in NOLA, there’s no doubt that this was all meant to be! So VERY for them both, wishing them a full and happy life together – forever❣️ReplyCancel

      • Michelle ResultaJust LOVE these amazing pictures. They are so precious and beautiful,  they definitely captured the love  you both have for each other  !!  We are so happy for you both !!!!   Love you guys !!!   Michelle & Jaime 🥰🥰ReplyCancel

      • Dana MrazekWords cannot express how great Marianne and Steve helped us plan our day. Their suggestions and vision was spot on with ours. We had a great experience with the entire event thanks to them, from the locations to shoot, where to purchase our wedding cake to recommending Minister Toya, who was FANTASTIC! We cannot thank you both enough for being part of our special day which was years in the making.

        Much love. Dana M.ReplyCancel

        • MarianneThank you, Dana!  We were so happy to be a part of your special day.  Love stories like yours are why we do what we do!!ReplyCancel