What and adventure!! First of all, it was more difficult finding a place to have bridal portraits taken than it was finding a place to get married!! Everywhere around New Orleans has rules and restrictions and fees (some as much as $350) associated with bridal pics. I just don't get it...I'm not vandalizing the place...I'm standing in a white dress!
Anyway, so I took the day off of work on Friday to have my bridal portraits taken. The plan was to drive down to Metairie (about 45 mins away) to have my hair and makeup done at 10am, then drive to Baton Rouge (yes Baton Rouge....the only place we could find to take pics!) and meet the photographer at 1:30 all dressed and ready to start taking pics. We were going to take pics for 2 hours in the Old State Capitol and had to be out by 3:30 as they had a wedding rehearsal starting.
My mom and I thought we would have PLENTY of time to get to Baton Rouge, eat something for lunch and be ready for pics by 1:30...WRONG! We got stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic right outside of Metairie and then again in Baton Rouge. Then we get to the Capitol and they're setting up for some music thing they were having downtown which meant that most of the roads were closed...what a nightmare! We eventually found a spot not too far away, which is good considering we were carrying a dress, shoes, flowers, etc. It actually ended up working out for the best because we got started around 2:30 and got an hour of pics in at the Capitol and then went over to a park near the "new" capitol and got lots of outside pics. I love our photographer and had a really good time taking pictures.
So I changed and we got ready to make the 1 1/2 hour drive back to Slidell. By this time it's 5:00 and we still haven't eaten anything...which means I'm getting cranky! Guess what?? More bumper-to-bumper traffic! You couldn't pay me enough to live in Baton Rouge. We finally got home by 8:30. Who knew it would take 12 hours to take some bridal portraits?!
On a side note, my florist wanted to charge $100 for a bouquet for pictures, which I couldn't rationalize having my parents pay for. So...my mom went to the grocery store and bought 2 dozen roses for $8/ dozen and made this bouquet herself. I think she did a fabulous job...and in this pic the bouquet is 2 days old AND it's been through 2 1/2 hours of pictures and about 10 hours of traffic!