A New Orleans Second Line

In New Orleans, weddings are much different than the rest of the country. For starters, NOLA wedding receptions are usually buffet style, not sit down dinner. Despite the laissez-faire style of the deep south, a lot of New Orleans weddings start at 7pm in the evening and then feature a mad rush to the reception complete with police escorts to ensure the couple gets to their destination on time.
A few other notable differences in New Orleans weddings from those around the country:
-It’s not common in New Orleans to have a cocktail hour.
-Toasts are a rarity for New Orleans natives’ weddings. It’s all about the party.
-Photo sessions between the ceremony and reception are usually no longer than 30 minutes. (That’s including group photos AND portraits of the Bride & Groom)

…and of course one of the most iconic images that people relate to New Orleans is the Second Line.
This “mini-parade” of sorts has been incorporated into New Orleans weddings that take place in the French Quarter. The bride and groom usually exit their ceremony location to be greeted by a marching brass band. The band leads them on the streets of the French Quarter to their reception location.
In order to have a Second Line on the streets of New Orleans you need a permit and a police escort in order to clear the streets ahead of the band.

Check out this Second Line we filmed that started at Jackson Square and ended at Latrobe’s on Royal

Anna + Richard QTA trailer

“What is it about the human person that makes them most like the image of God? What makes man and woman most in the image of God, is their ability to make a gift of themselves.”

St Patrick’s church
New Orleans museum of art
Michele Adams – Unique weddings in New Orleans
Katherine Landry photogrpahy

Bethany + Josh//Houmas House

“I fear no fate, for you are my fate, my sweet.
I want no world, for beautiful you are my world, my true. And it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you.” E. E. Cummings

Get Polished – Emily Sullivan
Houmas House
A Bryan Photo
Studio Vieux Carre

Jennifer + Vince//QTA/Trailer

“Wise words are fitting for everybody. To the singer the song and to the man wisdom. As many as there are men on earth, so are there thoughts, each has his special ones. The man longs less who knows many songs, or knows how to play the harp with hands, has a gift for music which God gave to him.”

Studio Vieux Carre is honored to be chosen by Jennifer + Vince to document the first wedding in the newly renovated Dillard University’s Lawless Chapel since Katrina. A day Jennifer + Vince shall never forget and always relive~

Jennifer + Vince, you are amazing people~

Dillard University – Lawless Chapel
Gallier Hall
Jason Cohen Photography

Lisa + John Mark//QTA/Trailer

“I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Unique Weddings in New Orleans – Michele Adams
Studio Vieux Carre
Bella Blooms