It was supposed to rain. Cue the Alanis Morissette song, “Ironic”. Why is it every time that rain is in the forecast on a wedding day, I feel the need to sing this at the top of my lungs?

It didn’t rain! Nicole & Darin booked with me well over a year ago and they were amazing to work with. They came all the way from Pearland, TX for their wedding! If you’re not familiar with Pearland, it’s a suburb of Houston. It was awesome getting to play a part in your big day at the Lake Charles Civic Center and the Golden Nugget.

Golden Nugget | Wedding Preparation

We started photographing at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, LA. Well, actually we started by hitting up the Starbucks for some coffee. Because what is wedding photography without some coffee? The hotel room was perfect to shoot in! The girl’s hair was done by Alexis Coleman. Their make-up was done by Jessika See. Both of these Lake Charles vendors did an incredible job, as you can tell by the pictures. The Golden Nugget in Lake Charles has some of my favorite lighting in their hotel rooms. Nicole had an amazing wedding dress!

Lake Charles Civic Center | Wedding Ceremony & Reception

What betterâ™s than a full morning of shooting at the Golden Nuggest in Lake Charles? A wedding on the lake front! The Civic Center is a memorable place for me. My wife and I had our wedding reception there! The first look was one of my favorite portions of this wedding! Nicole’s dad had the best reaction to seeing her for the first time that I’ve ever seen. It’s always great to see an excited father-of-the-bride on the wedding day! We took these right outside of the Lake Charles Civic Center before Nicole entered into the venue.

Nicole & Darrin had a beautiful ceremony and reception at the Lake Charles Civic Center, with massive amounts of dancing, food, and cake. Several situations were I heard the phrase “oh, Sanchez” (one of the groomsmen). Top it off, their sparkler exit is one of my favorites to date!

This wedding party was a blast to work with, one of my favorites so far! You guys are awesome to photograph and even more fun to hang out with!

I can’t wait to see where life takes you guys and I look forward to working with Nicole & Darin again soon. So glad that you guys came to Lake Charles all the way from Houston! (and that I got to be your wedding photographer!)

Itâ™s always a fun time at the Golden Nugget and the Lake Charles Civic Center.