Featured Wedding and Portrait Photographs
This gallery is a collection of some of my favorite wedding and portrait photographs. Most of these images appear in my portfolio's categorized galleries as well, but are gathered here for the convenience of visitors who would like to see a cross-section of my work all on one page. Included are an assortment of photographs of indoor and outdoor ceremonies and receptions at a variety of New Orleans area churches and event venues, as well as engagement and bridal portrait images, wedding day portraits, and detail shots.
Weddings in New Orleans, Louisiana
I love the wide variety of ceremony and reception locations we have in this city. On any given weekend, I could be shooting in a quaint courtyard that dates back hundreds of years, a stunningly beautiful old church, a historic plantation, an elegant hotel, a park full of majestic oak trees, or a modern and sophisticated event venue.
Many brides dream of getting married in a massive and beautiful old church, with a slow and graceful walk up the long aisle, at the end of which the man she has chosen to marry awaits. Some of the gorgeous and historical churches in the area include St. Louis Cathedral, St. Mary's Italian Church, and St. Jude's, which have the added benefit of close proximity to the many popular reception venues in the French Quarter. St. Patrick's and Immaculate Conception are close to downtown venues such as the Roosevelt Hotel, the Federal Ballroom, and Gallier Hall, plus are within walking (or, better yet, second lining!) distance to the French Quarter. The uptown area features numerous beautiful churches such as Holy Name of Jesus, Mater Dolorosa, Trinity Episcopal, Our Lady of Good Counsel, and Christ Church Cathedral, while Holy Rosary on Esplanade Avenue is absolutely gorgeous and is convenient to City Park's outstanding reception venues.
French Quarter Courtyards
For many couples, their ideal ceremony is one that takes place in a lush and beautiful courtyard in the Vieux Carre, and numerous options are available. Several hotels have gorgeous courtyards that are ideally suited for events, such as the Hotel Mazarin, Chateau LeMoyne, and Maison Dupuy. Other great choices include the Pharmacy Museum, Cafe Amelie, the Hermann-Grima House, Broussard's, and the Irish Cultural Museum. Latrobes has a ceremony space that has an outdoor courtyard look and feel, but is enclosed and air conditioned for comfort during the warmer months of the year. At the Omni Royal Orleans, ceremonies can take place out on the lovely second floor garden terrace.
Other Event Venues in the Crescent City
Jackson Square is a popular option for outdoor ceremonies. The Cabildo is a great choice for an indoor ceremony, as is the N.O. Museum of Art. There are also a number of reception venues that are also well-equipped to also host a wonderful and memorable ceremony, such as Southern Oaks Plantation, the Arbor Room (adjacent to Popp Fountain), the Pavilion of Two Sisters (within City Park Botanical Garden), Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation, and the Elms Mansion. The Chicory offers a rooftop terrace for ceremonies that overlooks the New Orleans skyline. Most of these locations have indoor and outdoor ceremony options. City Park's Peristyle, built in 1907, is another unique spot to get married. Audubon Park also has several ideal locations for outdoor ceremonies, such as the Tree of Life and the Newman Bandstand, which feature close proximity to the Audubon Tea Room and Golf Clubhouse for receptions. Ceremonies at Rosy's Jazz Hall are typically held in the lovely atrium, which with its large wall of windows, has a very open appearance and feel.
Intimate Weddings and Elopements
For couples seeking a quieter, more intimate setting for a more intimate event or an elopement, there are many bed and breakfasts that are ideal for this. Some of these include Terrell House, Grand Victorian Bed & Breakfast, the Parisian Courtyard Inn, Sully Mansion, and the Bourbon Orleans St. Ann Cottage. These venues all feature courtyards as well as indoor spaces that are ideal for events with smaller guest counts.
Just as we have many different ceremony locations in this area, there are an equally staggering number of options for your wedding reception, some polished and refined, others quaint and unusual. In many cases, the ceremony and reception are located at the same venue, which can simplify transportation logistics for you and your guests, while in other instances the reception is at a separate location. Regardless, there are so many choices that couples shouldn't have a problem finding a space that fits their personalities as well as meets their capacity and budget requirements.
Indoor Reception Venues in New Orleans
A few favorite indoor reception venues in the French Quarter include Latrobe's, The Jaxson, Pat O's on the River, and the Musee Conti Wax Museum. If a spacious and elegant hotel ballroom is what you have in mind, the Omni Royal Orleans, Monteleone, and Royal Sonesta, are popular choices. Just outside the Vieux Carre, the Warehouse District features popular event spaces such as The Chicory and Republic, and the Federal Ballroom, Roosevelt Hotel, and Ritz-Carlton are nearby as well. The New Orleans Board of Trade is another great choice for events with larger guest counts. Venturing out further opens up even more options, such as the Audubon Tea Room, Southern Oaks Plantation, the Columns Hotel, and Cedar Grove Tchoupitoulas Plantation. Rosy's Jazz Hall and the House of Blues both feature large stages. City Park features several top-notch reception facilities, including the Pavilion of Two Sisters, Arbor Room, and the elegant and sophisticated NOMA. Most of these venues also have some outdoor space that is usable for receptions, such as gardens, patios, courtyards, and balconies.
Courtyards and Other Outdoor Reception Spaces
There are numerous beautiful courtyards in the French Quarter that are ideally suited for celebrating your marriage, like Broussards, the Pharmacy Museum, and the Maison Dupuy Hotel. Other wonderful wedding venues in the New Orleans area with plenty of outdoor reception space include the Elms Mansion, Degas House, and Benachi House.