I’ve always loved history and I have an adoration for old things. My bedroom furniture has been in my husband’s family for generations, my first-edition Nancy Drew books are some of my most prized possessions, and the piano I play in my living room is the same piano my dad played in the 1970s. When I started shooting at the historic homes and plantations of New Orleans, I found myself falling in love with weddings all over again. There’s just something about being inside of a home that has such a life of its own. I’ve had the honor of visiting and photographing so many beautiful historic homes – from ones right down the street in New Orleans, to Natchez, to Charleston, and Savannah. I love the idea of two people marking their history in a place that already has so much history. Whether they know it or not, they are already a part of something so much bigger than themselves. My style is emotional, bright, and honest.
Name(s): Sarah Becker Lillard
Where you call home: New Orleans, Louisiana and Chattanooga, Tennessee. I was born in Texas, so that great state is also home to me!
Things you’d write home to your Momma about: Every time I meet with a couple I connect with, my mom gets a phone call! For me, it is really about the amazing couples I get to meet and photograph. I’ve been so honored and blessed to be featured on some of my favorite weddings blogs, to be a part of this Southern Weddings community, and to travel the nation shooting weddings in spectacular places – but when it comes down to it, it’s all about the couples and the love they share!
Location/Coverage: Louisiana and wherever you are. Love is worth traveling for!
How I got into weddings: My freshman year of college I had bought my first DSLR camera and was photographing absolutely everything – soccer games, campus events, etc! – and knew I had a lot to learn. I contacted John and Lindsey of Bamber Photography (they are a Blue Ribbon Vendor in Tennessee!) and ended up working for and with them for over three years! My first wedding was such an emotional experience – the day seemed so long, I was sweating through my clothes, my feet hurt, and I was SO NERVOUS! I couldn’t wait to do it again! Now, after many, many, many weddings, the day FLIES by and I’ve learned the right type of shoes to buy! I still get a little touch of anxious anticipation before each wedding and I love that – it keeps me sharp, and it reminds me that what I am doing is SO important!
Favorite thing about weddings in the South? Meaningful traditions, tearful toasts, embroidered handkerchiefs, handwritten vows, cake pulls, second lines, brass bands, and gulping up sweet tea in between photographing all the above!
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? Just relax! No matter what happens on your wedding day – wrong flowers, a late groomsman, losing your husband’s ring (oh wait, that’s what I did – TRUE STORY!) – you are promising to love someone for the rest of your life and there is nothing more miraculous or important than that!
Dream travel destination? I would love to visit Cinque Terre, Greece, and Prince Edward Island (Anne of Green Gables anyone?!). I lived in Paris for a time in college and have visited the English countryside twice, and both of those places I’d go back to in a heartbeat.
Favorite Southern city? I’m so thankful to be living in my favorite Southern city – New Orleans!
Early bird or night owl? I was a night owl in college, but I’ve definitely re-trained to be an early(ish) bird!
Pie bar or red velvet cake? Pie! Cake isn’t my favorite, but I could eat pie every day!
Pottery Barn or Anthropologie? I love Anthropologie – just walking through there gives me inspiration!
Succulents or peonies? Succulents (Although I can’t even keep them alive! Help!)