New Orleans wedding photographer Erin and Geoffrey:
Amy and Ed first contacted us months ago about their destination wedding in New Orleans. We were excited to have another couple from outside the country experience life in Louisiana. Amy and Ed, originally from Dubai, decided to have a destination wedding to keep things small, fun and adventurous! 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. Rain or shine, we all knew the wedding was still on! So Monday came around and it seriously could not have been a more beautiful day! It was perfect.
We met Amy and Ed at the Henry Howard Hotel in New Orleans as they got ready separately. 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. The time had come for Amy and Ed to have their first look. It was one of the sweetest first looks ever! 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. Then immediately after we headed 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. You could feel the soft breeze swirling through the streets as you walked by restaurants. The air was filled with the playing quintessential jazz music that makes you fall in love New Orleans.
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. They 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. Then 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. Everyone shared so many laughs as several family members shared sweet memories of the bride and groom. 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.
New Orleans Wedding Photographer Erin and Geoffrey