Crystal Sanderson is a South Louisiana native. She has been documenting weddings & families since 2004. While finishing up her art degree, she freelanced for The Houma Courier and assisted award winning wedding photojournalist Cameron Gillie. In 2006, she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Art with a concentration in photography from Nicholls State University. Crystal has also worked for Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes on several art grants. Crystal has won numerous awards for her photography. Her work has also been published in several newspapers, magazines and books. In 2008, Crystal and her husband Chris had their first child, Aaron. In 2011, they had their second child, Bethany. Crystal, Chris, Aaron & Bethany still reside in their hometown, Houma.
Yay! I’m so excited to finally share these. I always love taking portraits at Leighton House. It’s a beautiful home located in Thibodaux on LA-1. Thank you Mrs. Debbie for allowing me to photograph on your beautiful property once again.
Isn’t Nicole just lovely (now I’m singing Stevie Wonder)! I seriously could photograph her all day long! She definitely had that bridal glow. We had such a great time. We took these back in December and it was such a beautiful day.
St. Francis de Sales Cathedral | Ellendale Country Club
Married: January 9, 2021
I’m so excited to finally share this amazing wedding with you all. What a way to kick of 2021!!!
I met Nicole when I photographed her brother’s wedding back in 2017 and I fell in love with the Haydel family immediately! They are one of the sweetest families I have had the pleasure of working with. When Nicole’s mom messaged me that Nicole was engaged, I was beyond excited to be working with them again.
Nicole and Jared are such sweet couple. Their love for one another is so apparent. Their personalities, their kindness, their smiles… they are such a beautiful couple and definitely meant to be together.
I began my day with Nicole at her godmothers home. Hair and makeup were just finishing up and the home was filled with laughter & excitement. I was immediately greeted with familiar faces. I joked with Nicole’s godmother that she should rent her home for bridal prep. It was the perfect location for the girls to get ready.
Nicole & Jared were married at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral. Father Jay did a beautiful job on the ceremony. I love how the church was still decorated for Christmas. Many Catholic churches will leave up their nativity display until the 2nd weekend of the New Year. It was gorgeous!
The reception followed to Ellendale Country Club. Rouge Krewe was ready to kick off the party. I was so excited to finally work with this new band and they didn’t disappoint. I think my favorite memory from this reception is the song Nicole dedicated to her Dad, Tom Sawyer by Rush. Rouge Krewe knocked it out the park and I will always think of this night wherever I hear this song now.
To the Haydel Family, thank you for inviting me into your life so many years ago. I can never thank you enough for trusting me to document both of your children’s weddings. It truly is an honor.
To the Falcon Family, it was a privilege to be part of such a special day. You raised an amazing young man. Thank you for allowing me to document your son’s beautiful day.
Nicole & Jared, thank you… thank you… thank you!!! You guys are an amazing couple and I know the future is so bright for the two of you. Enjoy some of my favorites from your amazing day! I hope you had a wonderful time in the Keys!
I’m so excited to share our final 2020 wedding with you all! I’ve known Derick since he was a child, and I cannot believe he is now a husband. Back in 2006, I landed a job as a preschool paraprofessional right out of college while I was building my business. I was so blessed to work under Derick’s Mom. She taught me so much and I will always treasure the time we had together. I think we figured out that Derick was 12 at the time. Through Facebook and run ins at the store, I’ve watched him grow up to be an amazing young man.
When I first met Lily, I just loved her. She has such a sweet, calming spirit about her and she is so easy going. Lily & Derick are such a precious couple, and I am so very thankful that they chose me to document their day.
I started out with Lily at the Dansereau House. This is the perfect place in downtown Thibodaux to get ready. Lily and her bridal party had the entire 2nd floor. Lily was so calm and so ready to marry her high school sweetheart! When you have dated someone for 9 years, you know they are the one!
Lily & Derick were married at St. John the Evangelist in Thibodaux. Father Joey really got to know the couple and his homily was spot on. After 9 years, these two can finally say they are married!
The reception then followed to The Foundry. I love this reception venue so much. The building has a special ambiance and it’s such a great reception venue. Lily and Derick had the talented Torregrossa Fine Art as their live painter. She even added their fur baby in the portrait! Everyone was in awe! Then there were the cakes!!! Sweet Stirrings seriously knocked it out of the park with these cakes!! So very talented!! The disc jockey, D2 Entertainment, had the guest dancing in no time. It was a night filled with lots of laughter, singing but most of all love for this precious couple.
Lily & Derick, I cannot thank you enough for trusting me to document this day for you. We had the best time celebrating with you guys and I can’t think of a more perfect couple to end the 2020 wedding season with. I hope you guys had an amazing time in South Dakota (shoutout to the best man… he planned the trip… how cool is that)! Here are a few of my favorites from your night! I hope you enjoy them! Congratulations again! We are so very happy for you guys!
Vendor Love: Bakery | Sweet Stirrings DJ | D2 Entertainment Florist | Connie Ledet Hair & Makeup | Jeanne Gianelloni Officiate | Father Joey Caterer | The Foundry Transportation | Foxy’s Decorator | Connie Ledet Bridal Shop | Town & Country Live Painter | Torregrossa Fine Art
St. Francis de Sales Cathedral | Dominique’s Wine Boutique & Bistro
Married: October 24, 2020
Everyone that knows me, knows I love organization, timelines and to do list. Boy… did I hit the jackpot with Kasey!! She has to be the most organized bride I have ever worked with. We worked out the perfect timeline and the day didn’t have any hiccups.
When I arrived at Kasey’s friends home, everything was so peaceful. Everyone was so calm but also so excited to celebrate this amazing day. All of Kasey’s details were laid out for me and ready to photograph. Joy filled the home as everyone was getting ready.
Kasey & Taylor’s love for one another is so apparent. I love how they prayed together before the ceremony. It was a beautiful moment shared before becoming husband and wife. Kasey & Taylor were married at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Houma. Bishop Shelton Fabre officiated the ceremony.
The reception then followed to Dominique’s Wine Boutique & Bistro. It kicked off with a sit-down dinner and then dancing. It was a gorgeous day for an outdoor reception. Everyone was so happy to celebrate this precious couple.
One saying rang through during this beautiful wedding… “Capture The Love”! Thank you so much for trusting me to capture your love. I hope you two are enjoying your first week home and had a wonderful time on your honeymoon. Here are a few of my favorites from your beautiful day. We hope you enjoy them!