Merevin Wedding Day – Part 1

Published: 03/18/15 12:47 AM in Events, Local, Merevin Wedding.
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Receiving your wedding photos is an amazing sensation. After months of waiting, the adrenaline from the wedding day has worn off and you start to feel like it was all a dream. Then suddenly the photos arrive! You excitedly open the email with the slightest bit of trepidation, nervous that if everything is not perfect there is no going back now. However that fear disappears more and more as you look through each photo and realize they are perfect! You look beautiful, your husband looks handsome, and all of your guests look like they had a great time! Now comes the part that you want to share them with everyone at the same time.

Since I don’t want to bombard anybody with endless amounts of wedding content, I have tried to limit myself to only posting highlights from the night. I have, however, split the pictures between two posts; one of the moments before the ceremony and one for the big moment and following party. Check out these Merevin Wedding highlights from before the ceremony.

Meredith Lambert gets her hair done for the Merevin wedding.

A stunning shot of the Merevin wedding rings in the winter flowers.

The Merevin wedding bouquet was an informal bouquet made up of mostly greenery and a few flowers.

Meredith Lambert's wedding dress hung from a tree at her aunt's house in Covington, Louisiana.

Kevin Banogon's wedding ring engraved with their combined identity, Merevin.


Choosing our Wedding Photographer in Covington

Choosing a wedding photographer to capture Kevin and I’s wedding day was probably the most important part of the planning process for me. Since we both come from a design background and enjoy visually documenting our varied outings and trips, we felt an intense pressure to select the perfect wedding photographer for our Covington wedding. Now that the day has passed and the photos have arrived, I can absolutely say we made the right choice when we selected Jay Theriot!

One important aspect to picking a photographer for us was to consider the shooting conditions on the day of and to make sure we picked a wedding photographer that could handle those conditions and made us feel confident. Although we did a first look and some pre-ceremony wedding formals in the fading sunlight, the entirety of the ceremony was outdoors at night. Therefore it was important to me to ensure that the night photos would have a look and feel consistent with those taken in the sunlight. Our photographer did such an amazing job it was hard not to post every single picture!


The Bride's shoes are beautifully displayed in this great detail wedding photo.

The detail wedding photo of the bride and groom's rings.

The sister of the bride helps the bride get her shoes on in this wedding photography detail.

Close-up shot of the bridesmaids lacing up the back of the wedding gown.

The Covington wedding photographer captures a happy moment between the glowing bride and her bridesmaids.

A detailed shot by the wedding photographer of the front of the wedding dress.

Wedding photographer captures a calm moment between the bride and her bridesmaids.

A special moment shared between father and daughter captured by a talented wedding photographer in Covington, Louisiana.

The groom gets ready with his groomsmen while the wedding photographer captures the moment.

The wedding photographer captures a moment between the groom and his brother in Covington, Louisiana.

Groom and groomsmen pose for the wedding photography at the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington, Louisiana.

The bride and bridesmaids take formal photos inBogue Falaya Park in Covington, Louisiana.


The Benefits of a First Look Before the Wedding

There is a great debate in the wedding planning world centered around whether or not to have one pivotal moment added to your day, The First Look. Kevin and I discussed the pros and cons of including this moment and ultimately decided to do it! For us, the benefits were obvious:

  • Having more time for portraits together
  • Being able to savor the sunlight before the ceremony
  • Including a different location to shoot at
  • Having less formals to take after the ceremony
  • However each couple needs to make their own decision for what is best for their wedding day. Since Kevin and I have been a couple for so long and have been a part of every aspect of each other’s daily life (since we currently live and work together), it felt right to see each other as soon as possible. We were also able to share that moment in a more private setting which set us free to be as awkward as we normally are.

    No matter how you decide to have it, the moment you first see each other as a bride and a groom will be an incredible experience. Just be sure to do it how you want and not how someone else suggests.


    Kevin Banogon and Meredith Lambert have their first look photos in Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

    Wedding Photographers capture the first look between bride and groom in Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

    Wedding photographers capture the first look moment in Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

    Wedding photographers capture the moment leading up to the first look in the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

    Kevin Banogon poses for the wedding photographer as a groom in the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington, Louisiana.

    Meredith Lambert poses for the wedding photographer for bridal portraits in the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

    A detail shot of the bride and the bouquet captured by the Covington wedding photographer.

    A detail shot of the groom and his wooden bowtie and boutonniere captured by the Covington wedding photographer.

    The full bridal party poses for formals with the wedding photography in the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington, Louisiana.

    A tender moment captured by the wedding photographer in the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

    Covington wedding photographer captures a moment between the excited bride and groom in the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

    Covington wedding photographer captures the bride with her brother and sister in the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

    Wedding photographers capture a special moment with the bride and groom in the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

    Bride and Groom gaze at each other as the wedding photographer takes their portraits at the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

    The bride poses with the groomsmen in the wedding formals taken at the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.


    Wedding Formals at Bogue Falaya Park in Covington

    As is apparent throughout this blog, Kevin and I enjoy exploring the outdoors especially the preserved beauty available in national, state, and local parks. This meant that we really wanted to incorporate the peace and beauty a local park could provide us with for our first look and pre-ceremony formals. So we chose a beautiful local park conveniently located between where we got ready and the venue, the Bogue Falaya Park.

    Since we arrived for the photos only an hour before the park closed for the day, we had the place to ourselves! The beautiful cypress trees were the perfect backdrop for this wedding photography session and it also helped that cypress trees are my favorite. The best part of taking our pre-ceremony wedding photos here was probably that we got a ton of photos in a completely different location from our wedding venue. Giving these photos a completely different, more intimate, feel.


    The groom poses with the bridesmaids as the wedding photographer captures formals in the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

    The bride poses with two childhood friends for the wedding formals taken at the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

    Kevin Banogon and Meredith Lambert pose with two very close friends in wedding photos taken in the Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

    Wedding photography captures the entire wedding party formals in Bogue Falaya Park in Covington.

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