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Why the French Quarter is the perfect place to say “I Do!”

text overlay describing a real french quarter wedding over a picture of bride holding her bouquet

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!

bride and bridesmaids laughing in their white robes with blue monograms, white rose bouquet, gold studded flats, black and white calligraphy invitation

Bride and her mom hug in their beautiful dresses both with lace on them and delicate detailing

White bridal gown with a beaded gown, and a long sheer veil going down the brides back

Bride looking down in her wedding dress with her veil over her shoulders on to her lace wedding dress

junior bridesmaids and flower girls in their white dresses and baby breaths headbands

baby at a wedding in a white smocked outfit dancing with a black walking cane

Wedding party pose in the french quarter next to a peach and yellow wall

bridal party in light blue strapless dresses cheering on the bride and groom in the French Quarter in New Orleans

Bridal party huddled around the bride with white flowers in the French Quarter

Bridesmaid in a strapless light blue dress and white roses and greenery bouquet

Groom and groomsmen in black and white tuxes walk dow steps

Bride and groom with their orchid bouquet and boutonnière

black and white photo of the bride and groom walking down a street in the French Quarter in New Orleans next to a brick wall

Bride and groom looking at each other in front of the pink Brennan's wall in New Orleans Louisiana

Close up photo of a bride in her wedding gown with a white orchid bouquet

White and green floral arrangements in gold vases at the wedding reception

Tall white and green floral arrangement in the middle of a round table with a white table linen set for the wedding reception

Tall white and green floral arrangement in the middle of a round table with a white table linen set for the wedding reception

Cross on a table made out of white roses and small white flowers with candles lit around the cross

Black and white photo of bride and groom second lining dow the French Quarter with a white and black umbrella with feathers on it

Wedding Party Second lining dow the french quarter with umbrellas and hanker-chiefs

Bride and groom getting sent off at their wedding with the guests throwing white rose petals on them

Bride and her bridesmaids in their white robes, white and black calligraphy wedding invitations, white corsage and bouquet, cold flats

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