It seems that all of Kristin Vining’s couples are up for some great fun when it comes to their engagement shoots! Take Dustee and Justin, for example …..

With Mardi Gras just about to get into full swing, what better time to post Dustee & Justin’s lively e* session in New Orleans with Kristin!

Dustee told us that she and Justin had decided on a destination wedding ~ but were torn between New Orleans and the Carribean. Once they finally settled on the Bahamas, they jumped at the chance to meet Kristin in New Orleans for their e*shoot.

From Dustee … Justin and I both love history and wanted to incorporate interesting historical periods in our wedding and our engagement photos.  In the time of prohibition, cities across America outlawed alcohol, including New Orleans. However, speakeasies popped up all over the city. Two historic restaurants, Commander’s Palace and Delmonico’s were raided in the early 20s and everyone went underground. However, no place embraced the “roar” of the 20s quite like New Orleans. Justin and I decided to channel that spirit along with the sights and sounds of Mardi Gras for our photos. We did lots of research on our costumes and raided a fantastic vintage costume shop in Dallas — a treasure trove of great 20s accessories.

We are doing something similar for our wedding. The site of our ceremony and reception (The One & Only Ocean Club) hosted the famed Bal du Paradis in the 60s to christen the location. It was a glittering and glamorous event of the who’s who from across the world. Interestingly enough, Bal du Paradis means Bride of Paradise. Our wedding will feature lots of influences from that historic event.

You know we always say that inspiration is all around you! Couldn’t ask for a more perfect example. A huge congratulations, Dustee & Justin, from all of us here at SMP!

And Kristin, wow, girl!! Can’t wait to see the wedding!!!

Kristin has LOTS more photos from shoot on her blog … terrifically fun, so do take a look:  Dustee & Justin’s NOLA E*Shoot