Tinsley + David | New Orleans, LA


Tinsley and David were wed on the evening of March the third, two thousand and twelve at the Elms Mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am searching for words to describe this event and I am left dissatisfied with everything I come up with. This is probably mostly due to the fact that I am a photographer, not a writer. The most fitting that I can conjure is, lovely. Lovely has never been such a fitting word.

Before I go much further I need to warn you that this blog post may take you by surprise. These images are edited with a bit of vintage flare. It is my style to generally stick as close to real life as possible. I may tweak exposure and pop colors slightly, but my final images closely reflect the original image. With this wedding I couldn’t help but take my editing a bit further.

Special thanks to Chriselda for flying in from Amarillo to second shoot with me and capturing the next few shots below.

Tinsley wore her mother’s wedding dress. The only alterations were removing the sleeves to make the veil. I told you, lovely is written all over this wedding.

These were taken at the Westin where the Bride and Bridesmaids were getting ready. If ever you find yourself in New Orleans, I would highly recommend staying at the Westin. It is in the heart of the French Quarter which puts you within walking distance of all that is New Orleans. It is also (yes, you know it’s coming) a lovely hotel.

Tinsley was an amazing sport to allow me to take photos of her and her bridesmaids in the french quarter prior to the wedding. She was also the epitome of ease and composure. Tinsley and David were planning an outdoor wedding and it had sprinkled on and off all morning, but Tinsley kept her cool and her smile.

When we arrived al Elms Mansion, Tinsley’s mother helped her put on her veil.

While I was with the Bride, Chriselda was with the Groom and Groomsmen at the Henry Howard House.

Wedding day weather never ceases to amaze me. On more than a handful of occasions bad weather, that has threatened to push a planned outdoor wedding inside, miraculously clears before the ceremony.

I may have gone slightly overboard with the vintage black & white + purple tone below, but again, I couldn’t help myself.

I had too many favorites from the reception. I tried to narrow it down to just a few to blog, but it was really hard.


The Elms Mansion was adorable, historic, classic and perfect for Tinsley and David’s wedding. I absolutely loved the spiral staircase and thick wooden banister.

Tinsley’s going away dress was made from her Aunt’s wedding dress. I can’t tell you enough how much I loved all of the vintage details.

After the wedding the Bride, Groom and Wedding party hopped on a trolly car and headed for the French Quarter to continue the celebration.

This was my first trip to New Orleans and I hope it is not my last. I had such a fun time exploring the city in the short amount of time I was there. This was also my first wedding (as primary shooter) since having River. I couldn’t have asked for a better “first” wedding to get me going into wedding season. Tinsley and David thank you so much for allowing me to fly out and photograph your wedding. I absolutely adored our time together and hope you will cherish your images as much as I do.



  1. Heather says

    You take amazing pictures Katie. I love the last one with the mask and the father daughter one. Very great. :)

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