The architecture, the ambiance, the sounds of music floating down Royal street…who could think of a more romantic and picturesque place to get married than New Orleans’ French Quarter! See more of this formal and authentic Texas destination wedding to the Big Easy.
We can’t get enough of our destination clients! Our penchant for streamlining the wedding planning process for brides and grooms living afar is second to none. When we received the call from Ellen and her mother to plan her New Orleans French Quarter wedding from Texas, we knew it would be a blast!
Ellen and her mother, Nell-Inda, hailed from Dallas, Texas, and wanted an authentic and fun New Orleans wedding celebration. When we asked what venues they had been researching online that they thought they’d be interested in, they immediately knew the French Quarter would be the best place for their big destination wedding. The bride and her mother had their hearts set on a ceremony and reception in the same location, but knew that their large guest count would pose a challenge for the French Quarter’s often small venues. Because 100% of their guests would be travelling in from out of town, having everyone stay in the same location was important in order to make sure the celebration was as enjoyable for the guests as possible.
Ellen wanted a classic and formal Southern affair with natural, neutral colors. We worked with our all-star floral designer, Kim Starr Wise, for an organic and timeless look with white and green blooms befitting of the stately ballroom at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Our wedding planning and design team has worked at the Royal Sonesta for years, and when the clients saw the venue, they immediately knew it would satisfy their priority of being able to keep all of their guests comfortable and in one location.
The logistics of this wedding required us to “flip” the ballroom between ceremony and reception – or in other words, transition the square footage of the ceremony location to the reception floor plan, and with only the amount of time of a second line parade (about twenty minutes) to make the change. At the end of the ceremony, Ellen and Richard lead their wedding party and all of their guests onto the streets of New Orleans for an epic second line parade through the French Quarter. While all of the guests were out of the Royal Sonesta, the banquet staff, our team of creative vendor partners, and our event producers went to work transitioning the event space from one purpose to the next, without guests knowing the change had even taken place.
Shot by our lovely friend Ryan Ray, this spectacular event kicked off Ellen and Richard’s new life together in true New Orleans fashion – including a second line parade through the French Quarter and a newlywed send-off fit for royalty! See more of this real wedding featured on Southern Weddings!
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