Amy and Ed first contacted us months ago about their destination wedding in New Orleans, and we became so excited to have another couple from out of the country experience life in Louisiana in one of the best cities. Amy and Ed, originally from Dubai, decided to have a destination wedding to keep things small, fun and adventurous, and what better city to get married in than New Orleans, Louisiana.
First off, we just have to say how much we love weekday weddings. Amy and Ed flew in from Dubai with Tropical Storm Cindy looming in the Gulf just a few days prior to their Monday wedding, but knew rain or shine, the wedding was still on. And so Monday came around and it seriously could not have been a more beautiful day, which was just a serious bonus.
We met Amy and Ed at the Henry Howard Hotel in New Orleans as they got ready separately and Geoffrey and I got to hang with each of them respectively and get to know each of them even better and meet their closest friends and family. A couple of hours passed as the girls drank mimosas and got dressed, and the time had come for Amy and Ed to have their first look. It was one of the sweetest first looks ever, and watching Ed beam with joy as he saw Amy was absolutely priceless. We took a few photos with the two of them and with their family and bridal party before heading out to the French Quarter for their intimate ceremony.
When we said how much we LOVE weekday weddings, we truly meant every word of it. The French Quarter was quieter than usual, heavy traffic was nowhere to be seen, and you could feel the soft breeze swirling through the streets as you walked by restaurants playing quintessential jazz music that makes you fall in love New Orleans all over again. We walked over to Hotel Mazarin where the quaintest wedding ceremony set up awaited the 30+ guests. A jazz trio played softly in the background as guests sipped on their drinks until the ceremony began. Amy and Ed exchanged vows and had poems read by their bridal party at their sweet ceremony. After becoming husband and wife, everyone stayed around for cocktail hour before we all wandered over to the reception dinner at Antoine’s just a couple of blocks down. As guests entered, they were greeted to a private jazz band, drinks, a seated dinner in a private room upstairs and some of the best local food you could get your hands on. Everyone shared so many laughs as several family members shared sweet memories of the bride and groom, and it was the perfect way to end the wedding as the evening slowly turned into the night.
It was such a privilege to be present at such a special and private event, and to watch Amy and Ed exchange glances throughout the day reaffirms why we do what we do. We truly hope our paths cross again someday.