Alyssa and Jon’s Latrobe’s on Royal Wedding

Alyssa and Jon are the epitome of college sweethearts. They met during their freshman year at Tulane University and have been inseparable ever since. Jon supported Alyssa through her year-long battle with breast cancer and moved to New York City with her when she landed her dream job as the online fashion editor for Marie Claire Magazine. After their rooftop first look with a view of the charming French Quarter in the crisp Fall weather, the two said “I Do” at the New Orleans landmark, St. Louis Cathedral, in front of 200 of their family and friends. From the ceremony, guests participated in a traditional New Orleans second line to the reception venue, Latrobe’s on Royal, where the celebration continued into the night.

Wedding bands sit on top of a grid map of the New Orleans French Quarter over the St. Louis Cathedral and Latrobe's
Beautiful wedding bands close up photo
Black and white photo of a bride in her dress and veil putting on her wedding shoes
Bride and Groom on a rooftop in New Orleans doing a "first look" and smiling in front of hedges
Bride and groom smile in front of the Hotel Montelone sign on the rooftop of the hotel in New Orleans, LA
Bride and groom pose for a photo white white floral bouquet
Detail shot of the brides white dress flowing in the wind and her silver open toe shoes
Bride and groom touch foreheads while taking a beautiful photo
A bride and groom kiss in front of the St. Louis Cathedral in the New Orleans French Quarter
Bride and groom the the French Quarter streets dancing and laughing
Groom twirls bride while dancing in the French Quarter in New Orleans

Alyssa approached our company with her mother, Beth, not long after she first got engaged. Having attended Tulane University for her undergraduate education, and also being the place where she and Jon first met and began dating, Alyssa immediately knew a destination wedding to New Orleans would be the best reflection of the couple for their guests. Alyssa wanted a fun, authentic New Orleans wedding experience, and knew right away that the French Quarter would be the ideal start to find their wedding venue.

Wedding party and family pose for a picture in front of Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, LA
Bride and Bridesmaids with long white dresses and light florals pose in the streets of New Orleans
Bride and groom walking in the French Quarter with Grooms hand on brides back
Groom holding brides back while she holds up her white wedding dress, walking
Beautiful shot of the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square in New Orleans, LA
Arial view of a father walking the bride down the isle in a church with black and white checkered tiles and guests standing int the pews
The beautiful St. Louis Cathedral where the bride and groom stand at the alter saying their vows

Alyssa was living in New York City and planning her wedding from afar, while her mother, living at home in Virginia, was also involved in the planning process. We scheduled a date where both would be able to fly into town so we could schedule two days of site visits throughout town. Our team of expert planners set up appointments at various venues we thought would fit the bill: cocktail style reception for 200 guests within second-line parade distance from the St. Louis Cathedral, where they had booked the ceremony to take place.

Black and white photo of the bride and groom kissing under their second line umbrellas
Photo of the bride and groom walking down the aisle in the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans

After viewing several properties that were great options, Alyssa walked in to Latrobe’s on Royal and immediately felt a wave of emotion overcome her. She walked from the entryway to the covered courtyard, taking in all of the details of the historic architecture, the stone floor underfoot, and the thoughtful touches like gas lanterns and wrought iron chandeliers throughout the space set the tone for the moody, romantic celebration she was hoping for. Walking further into the venue, she passed the old bank vault-turned-built-in bar (the building originally served as the Louisiana State Bank, designed by architect Benjamin Latrobe) and into the grand banking room with its soaring whisper dome and massive windows.

Bride and groom smile and cheer while second lining with their umbrellas and hankies
Bride and groom walking down the streets of New Orleans with their second line umbrellas

She immediately knew this was the venue for her, and our team helped design a fashion-forward, sleek and romantic celebration at Latrobe’s that exceeded all of Alyssa’s expectations. We loved collaborating with this mother-daughter planning duo, and it was a pleasure (as always) to send Alyssa down the aisle to wed the love of her life. And to see the look on her parents’ faces as they watched their daughter throughout the day was priceless!

Destination Wedding Planner and Event Designer: Sapphire Events | Photographer: Rylee Hitchner Photography | Hair and Makeup: Kiss and Makeup | Florist: Kim Starr Wise | Reception Venue: Latrobe’s on Royal | Ceremony Location: St. Louis Cathedral | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals | Cake: Pure Cake | Lighting Decor: Luminous Events | Photo booth: Smile Booth | DJ: DJ Phresh