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Belinda’s Bridals | Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve

April 17, 2016

Filed in: bridal

I had the extreme pleasure of photographing Belinda’s bridal portraits at the Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve (the locals call it Briarwood) in northeast Natchitoches parish in Saline, Louisiana.

Let me give you a bit of the history of the place. Miss Caroline Dormon was a botanist, horticulturist, ornithologist, historian, archeologist, preservationist, naturalist, conservationist, and author . She worked to preserve Louisiana’s native wildflowers on a piece of land that remains nearly as wild and untouched as when Miss Dormon was alive. Soon after, she started working for the Louisiana Forestry Service, and in fact, she was the first woman to do so. She actually worked with the US Forest Service to designate Kisatche National Forest as well… a national forest. It’s still the only national forest in Louisiana. She did so much for our state while she was alive, and her legacy lives on in not just Briarwood, but Hodges Gardens and other similar locations, which she had a hand in the design and development.

It’s kind of weird that a word like “beautiful” doesn’t cut it to explain to you just how magnificent this place is. There are a few simple cabins that dot the landscape here or there, there’s an education building and a small gift shop, but other than that, it’s straight woods. I personally counted at least three ponds.

The preserve now holds functions such as nature walks, picnics and plant sales for its donors.

When I was invited by my fellow Cane River Photographic Society member and Belinda’s now-husband, Jonas, to photograph B’s bridals, OH BOY! was I ever excited.

Jonas had a handy list of locations he wanted to see reflected in the portraits in mind, we were chauffeured around by Mr. and Mrs. Johnson in one of their speedy golf carts around the preserve with my sister, Allison, playing assistant for the day. I’m glad he had a list or we would have been there twice as long! Everything is so beautiful there and we had a wonderful time exploring the place!

In honor of their wedding yesterday, here are a few of the photos from Belinda’s bridal session, featuring an heirloom brooch bouquet and an absolute stunner of a gown from Azarue’s.

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  1. conniw Crain

    April 17th, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    You look stunning, tell Jonas I said he is one lucky man. Congrats on your day.

  2. Emilee

    April 17th, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    It was a pleasure working with Belinda. She’s so sweet and funny, Jonas is certainly blessed to be married to such a wonderful woman, and she to a wonderful man!

  3. Gary collins

    April 17th, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    A Top Notch job,if you can call it that… Emilee,you do such great work,and admire both your photography talents as well as your concentration to Detail. To the New Couple,I wish you total Bliss and Happiness! Congratulations to All!

  4. Emilee

    April 17th, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you so much Gary! Your kind words mean a lot. I was so glad have the opportunity to photograph Belinda and I think these are some of my favorite images ever!

  5. Ashton

    April 18th, 2016 at 12:23 am

    BEAUTIFUL bride and stunning location. Looks like you two had a lot of fun. She has such a unique bouquet, too! Lovely!!

  6. Molly Sanchez

    April 18th, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Beautiful Bride!

  7. Tashena Shaw

    April 18th, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Aw, she is so pretty! Love these images. <3

  8. Michele Ashley

    April 18th, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Great bridal portraits! Love the location and that dress is gorgeous!

  9. Mahlia Dooley

    April 18th, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    What a gorgeous bridal session! Her bouquet is so unique!

  10. Valerie

    April 19th, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Her dress is amazing!!!

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