French Quarter Elopement at Court of Two Sisters//Jennifer + Chris, married

Weddings come in all shapes and sizes.  There are the huge blow-out soirees with twelve attendants on both sides, there are the small celebrations with a few close friends and family, and then there is the elopement, where the couple finds a private little nook and exchanges vows between just the two of them and an officiant.  They are all beautiful in their own way!  When the private little nook an elopement couple finds happens to be in one of the oldest and most historical courtyards in New Orleans, the event becomes magical!

We met Jennifer and Chris along with officiant, Tom Steffen, in the tiny little nook behind the fountain in the courtyard of The Court of Two Sisters.  It was the kind of day that you read about in any southern novel … hot and sultry with air so thick it was palpable. Over the din of a whirring fan and trickling fountain, the couple exchanged vows and rings and promises of forever.  After making the marriage official, we took a quick walk around the neighborhood for some photos. Albeit a quick walk, you don’t have to go far in any direction in this area to find amazing scenery and rich historical significance. We dropped the newlyweds back at Court of Two Sisters for their celebratory dinner, and wished them many happy years to come! Congratulations again Jennifer and Chris!

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Intimate Destination Wedding at Hotel Provincial // Shea + Caleb, Married

“We met in college, he helped me through the toughest time in my life. He sat next to me (the bride) in Professor Peaches Henry’s (yes, that is her name) class. I noticed him right away when he walked down the hallway. He was so sexy! We all sat in sporadic spots in the class until the professor forced everyone to get up and fill in the aisles from the front. We all got up and I happened to end up behind him.”

 

Fate has a funny way of leading us exactly where we need to be.  Fate will lead you into all kinds of directions, and sometimes fate will sit you right behind the very person you are meant to spend the rest of your life with.  Before you know it, you are exchanging vows in the most beautiful, intimate, courtyard ceremony ever … in New Orleans!

 

New Orleans is one of Shea and Caleb’s favorite cities, and we can see why. It is without a doubt one of the most romantic cities in the country, and is the perfect spot for a destination wedding.  We met Shea and Caleb at the Hotel Provincial for a first look, then took them on a French Quarter stroll.  We arrived back at the hotel courtyard, where their closest family and friends were waiting.  Even though the couple kept their guest list small for an intimate celebration, the love surrounding their day was big.  Every aspect of the wedding from hair and makeup to the cake was handled by a family member, making it a truly special affair. When all was said and done, it was hot dogs for everyone at Dat Dog, where the celebration continued into the night! Congrats again to the new Mr. + Mrs. We believe fate has been kind to you, and we have a feeling fate has many more good things in store for you!

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5 Reasons Why a Weekday Wedding Might be for You!

New Orleans Wedding details“Marry on Monday for health,
Tuesday for wealth,
Wednesday the best day of all,
Thursday for crosses,
Friday for losses,
and Saturday for no luck at all.”

 

I’ve always been a huge Princess Diana fan, and have a distinct recollection that I was glued to the television for her royal wedding to Charles on a Wednesday. “Why Wednesday?”, I remember questioning, and was told, because that’s traditionally the day to be wed! I thought about that recently, and set about doing a little research, and sure enough, in olden times weddings were always held during the week, with Wednesday being the most popular day to be wed. As this old folk rhyme states, Wednesday was the best day of all! For convenience of guests and to accommodate travel, weddings eventually got pushed to the weekends, with Saturday becoming the most popular day. But if 2020 and the recent pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that to pivot and try doing things a whole new way can sometimes land great results! {Hello outdoor dining!} With wedding postponements and reschedules from 2020 still trying to work themselves out, Saturday nights can get a little scarce. But if you’re willing to think outside the box and do things a little differently, a weekday wedding might just be for you. And there are some pretty big pluses to doing so!

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1. Easier on the budget

First, and foremost, a weekday wedding can be easier on your overall budget.  If you’re looking for a way to have a wedding with all the trimmings, but still not break the bank, consider a weekday, or even a Sunday! Many vendors are willing and able to offer better pricing options for dates that are off-peak. Venues, in particular, which tend to be the largest wedding expense, sometimes offer deep discounts for dates that are not Saturday. It’s worth asking and keeping an open mind. There may even be money left over to add a few splurge items that you didn’t think were possible!

New Orleans Wedding Details2. Your dream venue will be more likely to be available

We look at our booking calendar as our inventory, and we have a finite supply of only 52 Saturday nights available in any given year. In New Orleans, we tend to take out months for unbearable heat and the possibility of hurricanes {I’m looking at you, July and August} and tend to book events when the weather is cooler, and more tolerable. Therefore New Orleans event season gets compressed into the spring and fall and venues fill up fast. Opening yourself up to a weekday wedding adds a lot more available days back into the mix. Thus, if you have your heart set on a particular venue, the likelihood that it will be available on a weekday becomes much greater.

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3. Your dream team could also be there for you

Just like for your venue, the same concept of limited inventory applies to every vendor you are considering! So considering a weekday celebration makes assembling your dream team much more do-able! Just like your F.R.I.E.N.D.S, your dream team could be there for you.

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4. New Orleans is an amazing destination – enjoy the whole week!

I know what you’re thinking … “But if I have my wedding on a weekday, won’t that impact people’s work schedule?” Consider that New Orleans is one of the most sought after vacation destinations in the U.S. If you choose New Orleans for your wedding, particularly a destination wedding, you will not have trouble convincing people to take time off work to attend. We have experienced this with our own wedding (nearly 100% of our 350 invitees attended), and we’ve seen it with our client destination weddings. Your guests will love coming to New Orleans for your wedding, and will stay extra days to enjoy the city either before, or after the wedding,  no matter which day its on.

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5. More intimate group of attendees

But do be considerate of others’ work schedules.  If you are considering a weekday wedding, it is important to let the folks that are going to make your guest list know well in advance. Send out those Save-the-Dates early so that the 9 to 5’ers on your guest list can plan ahead. Just remember that if not everyone in your life can take off work to attend a weekday wedding, the resulting guest list will be your most intimate group of family and friends. And in the end, isn’t that what matters most?

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Oh, and just for the record, a really cool anniversary date is coming up next year, so here’s a head’s up! February 2, or 2.2.22 is a Wednesday … be the first to snag it! Inquire about this date, or any wedding date by filling in the form below!

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When Family is a Four-Legged Word!

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and not all families look the same. Sometimes the family story starts out “when a mommy and daddy love each other,” but quite often family happens when someone makes a choice to open their heart and their home to care for and nurture another life. And quite very often, that other life has fur and four legs! Meet Eloise and Oxford, the gorgeous Chesapeake Bay Retriever furbabies of proud dad, Brian. We spent the afternoon getting to know them in beautiful Audubon Park in New Orleans, and captured the wonderful, doting relationship of this rather photogenic family. The love is super big here, and we’re not sure in which direction the love flows the greatest with this trio! We often joke that Marianne “speaks dog,” as she has a few tricks up her sleeve for getting your pup’s attention. But Eloise and Oxford were so well behaved they kind of made her look like a regular Dr. Dolittle!

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Want to find out how to get a furbaby family session of your own?  Just fill in the contact form below and we’ll send you the scoop on how to get started!!

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