This Surprise Backyard Wedding was awesome!

I remember the first time Thad and I hung out with Alexis and Jeremy for a bike scavenger hunt where we were all dressed like Mad Max.  I feel like that’s relevant because we had so much fun that night that an instant friendship was formed.  At some point in the night Alexis and Jeremy told us that they were having a surprise wedding at Runaway Boucherie and at the time I had no idea what they were talking about.  They briefly told us few details about it (one of those details being that a pig would be slaughtered at their wedding)  and asked if we would be interested in photographing it.  I’m always up to shoot something new and thought it would be cool to photograph a surprise wedding so of course we were in.  I had no idea at the time that it would be one of the most memorable weddings I’ve ever shot.

Anyone who knows anything about southern culture (particularly the culture of South Louisiana) knows that the heart of this culture is the food.. along with the music, and the art, and the people, and the energy, and the community.  Runaway Boucherie where all of these things come together.  Jeremy is a chef and the two of them are part of the Runaway Boucherie family.  Family seems like the most appropriate word for this group of creatives, and it only makes since that Alexis and Jeremy would want these people to be a part of their wedding day.

Jeremy describes the boucherie as “a chef’s symposium of sorts where the methods and ideals of traditional communal animal slaughter are on display.  The idea is to reconnect modern chefs with the virtues and corporeality of the food supply chain.”

We showed up at Alexis’s hotel where her mom and best friend were helping her get dressed.  They met up for the sweetest first look before they surprised everyone for their wedding.  Jeremy said his favorite part of the whole wedding day was Alexis and her dress (and the champagne of course).  I LOVE first look moments.  I think their first look hug picture might be one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken.  Then we headed off to the party to surprise everyone.

So by this point, we still really had no idea what the Boucherie would be like.  We followed Jeremy and Alexis into a house on the property in Grand Coteau to go over the game plan of how they would start the wedding ceremony and before I knew it, we were all walking out onto the field where these two would promise their lives to each other.  That’s when I realized how flipping awesome the Boucherie was.  People were camping out in tents, playing music, cooking food, celebrating life, and little did they know, soon to be celebrating a wedding.  Everyone was surprised and thrilled to see Alexis walking down the aisle to marry Jeremy.

We loved the vibes of this whole day.  Everyone sat together and ate at one huge table.  The food was amazing and so was the music and the company.  It was great to see so much culture in one place and we are so happy that we got to be a part of it.

Huge props to:

Mia Sandberg from Root Floral for the amazing flowers

Runaway Dish for the beautiful gathering.

KiKi for that gorgeous diamond necklace by S Carter Design

and of course Alexis and Jeremy for being so creative and fun and allowing us to document this awesome day!

This wedding was featured on Junebug Weddings