Stunning New Orleans Micro Wedding
Micro weddings were a major trend in 2020 for more reasons than just the global pandemic. It’s intimate, budget-friendly, and allows for couples to get married wherever they want. And for Amber and Ramana, that meant choosing to have a New Orleans micro wedding surrounded by their closest friends and family. They gathered their wedding guests and ran around the streets of the French Quarter. Eventually ending the celebration with fresh beignets.
What made their micro wedding truly special was infusing their cultures in their ceremony and read their own personalized vows. Thankfully, Junebug member Emily Delamater Photography captured all the smiles and love from this ceremony. If you’re ready to see the streets of New Orleans’ French Square and champagne toasts, keep scrolling to see this New Orleans micro wedding.
Amber and Ramana
ACE Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
Great Laughs And Memories
We read our own vows and I loved that we fused our two cultures: his Indian heritage through the garland exchange and my Irish heritage through a poem. During the ceremony, we also had some fun bloopers like forgetting that the garlands were still in the hotel’s refrigerator and we forgot to get them out. We had to take an intermission to have someone find them, which allowed for some great laughs and time to soak in all of the people who were sitting there with us. Things don’t have to be perfect on your wedding day. Some of my favorite memories from that day were just hilarious mishaps.
Best Friends And Beignets
Another favorite memory was feeding each other beignets when we ran around New Orleans with our photographers, after the brunch, and getting covered in sugar. That was amazing. Also, my best friend since childhood was our officiant and that was really special. I just loved what she added to our ceremony and it was so lovely having her there as we said our “I do’s.”
Wedding Advice From the Bride
Always hire a coordinator! I’m a wedding photographer and I really thought I could do it all on my own because I’ve witnessed so many weddings. But, it just takes so much stress off your shoulders to have that extra help. Even if it’s an intimate day, it’s so worth it. Also, your photographer is so much more than your photographer! I was so lucky to have my dear friend Emily Delamater and her husband Matt shoot our wedding. They were so helpful and delivered the most lovely heirlooms for us.
Why A New Orleans Micro Wedding
We loved the ambiance of the ACE Hotel New Orleans and Seaworthy Restaurant next door because of the old world feel we were going for. Seaworthy especially struck a chord with me. It was the perfect atmosphere for our tiny wedding. We fell in love the second we saw the images online and knew that was it.
Congratulations to Amber and Ramana on their New Orleans micro wedding. Huge thanks to Junebug member Emily Delamater PhoVtography for capturing and sharing this day with us. Check out more of her work in her profile on our website. Micro weddings aren’t going anywhere in 2021. If you’re looking to plan a micro wedding of your own, check out our ultimate guide to planning a micro wedding.
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When two art lovers come together to plan their wedding day, you know that it’s going to be full of creative details and special touches. Heather and Brett’s intimate and artistic Race & Religious wedding was just that—and more. Though Heather did most of the planning herself, with the help of Mint Julep Productions, the couple turned their 1830’s Creole cottage venue into a romantic backdrop for their special day.
Using bright colors–including the mismatched bridesmaid’s dresses, cafe lights, and a copious amount of floral arrangements put together by Fete Urbane—the newlyweds brightened up the venue’s historic facade. And what would a celebration be in the vibrant city of New Orleans without beignets, smoked cocktails, and cigars? Don’t tell us. We don’t want to know.
Thankfully Junebug member Sophie Berard was there to capture every detail, so get that smooth jazz music playing and get to scrolling!
Heather and Brett
Race & Religious, New Orleans, Louisiana
Including Loved Ones Who Have Passed
An important detail for me was having photos of my grandparents worked into my bouquet–I’ve lost all four of my grandparents. My mom did an incredible job of finding beautiful photos of them from her wedding and mounting them in charms. It was really special.
Why A Race & Religious Wedding
We’ve spent a lot of time at art museums and are both creative professionals, so art has played a big part in our relationship. We already had a trip planned to New Orleans for Brett’s birthday before we got engaged, so we took it as an opportunity to also look at venues. Race & Religious felt like the perfect fit. It was romantic and already had a lot of character. There is even a room upstairs where an artist drew small paintings on the wall as a homage to his time there. Because Race & Religious is so unique and beautiful, it took some pressure off of decor.
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The Importance of A Wedding Planner
I took a “less is more” approach. I chose to not spend time or money on anything that didn’t add to the experience. Our wedding was intimate, with only 45 guests in attendance. I planned the wedding myself until a few weeks before when I hired Mint Julep to help bring it all together. Mint Julep already had a great relationship with almost all of my wedding vendors. I work full time, so this made the last few weeks a lot less stressful, as there’s a lot of moving pieces and loose ends to tie up. They were also incredible the day of and always had a glass of whiskey or champagne handy.
Incorporating New Orleans Culture Into Their Menu and Drinks
Since we had our wedding in New Orleans, it was important to us to have good food and music. For dinner, we chose to work with Black Pearl Catering. Their food was thoughtful and creative but heavily rooted in New Orleans cuisine. They took care of appetizers, a sit-down dinner, and beignets for dessert. They even made a beignet tray so guests could take a few with them for the road! A late addition was bringing on Cocktail Creative for a few curated cocktails. We chose a warm eggnog cocktail and their smoked cocktail. They made the smoked cocktails in the cigar room, and this drink also came with a bit of a show as they would infuse the smoke and then release it into the room.
Congratulations again to Heather and Brett on their intimate and artistic Race & Religious wedding in NOLA. We’re so happy that Junebug member Sophie Berard shared it with us. To see more of Sophie’s work, check out her profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the world!
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A purple wedding dress, matching Adidas sneakers with rainbow shoelaces, and a parade in the streets? Talk about a party! Dierdre and Bureen’s New Orleans wedding was unique, creative, and spoke to who they are as a couple.
When in the planning process, the couple knew that they wanted a destination wedding in New Orleans due to its bewitching energy that reminded them of their Caribbean culture–something that was extremely important to them. So important, in fact, that the couple passed out Loretta’s Pralines, Haitian Barbancourt rum, and White Oak Rum–two staples from their heritages.
With a dark moody color palette, fairy lights, an abundance of candles, and the venue’s wood accents, Dierdre and Bureen’s nuptials certainly bewitched us. Keep scrolling to see the magical day that Sharon Pye captured beautifully.
Dierdre and Bureen
Mallalieu Harmony Church, New Orleans
Why A New Orleans Wedding
We wanted a celebration in which New Orleans was the main character. We’re not from New Orleans, but we love the culture, architecture, history, food, people–all of it! There is something bewitching about the city, and we wanted the design to reflect that energy. In many ways, we are drawn to this energy because it reminds us of our Caribbean heritage.
Why The Mallalieu Harmony Church
We’d like to think that the venue chose us. We saw pictures of the space after striking out on a few other potential venues. We immediately knew it was perfect. The colors, the vibe, and the aesthetic was exactly what we were looking for. When we went to sign the contract, we realized that it had been purchased and remodeled by interior designer Sara Ruffin Costello, who incidentally shares a last name with Bureen. It was kismet! Bureen had been a fan of Sara’s work for over a decade.
Wedding Favors That Celebrated The Couples’ Heritages
We wanted our guests to have a favor that they could actually use! And, of course, one that represented us. Each guest left with a sachet containing one Loretta’s praline and 50ml mini bottles of liquor–Haitian Barbancourt rum to celebrate Bureen’s heritage and White Oak Rum from Dierdre’s native Trinidad and Tobago.
A Memorable Wedding Parade
The band arrived and “interrupted” our dinner to get us up and out dancing in the streets. It felt pretty special to have our very own parade. Our wedding guests were joined by neighbors who joined in the celebration from their front porches.
Congratulations again to Dierdre and Bureen on their creative and uniquely extravagant New Orleans wedding! We love every single image that Sharon Pye captured and we’re so excited we can share it with you Junebabes. To see how to plan a unique wedding of your own, check out our guide here!
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Shannon and Sean’s unique Ace Hotel New Orleans wedding is the definition of a party! With the help of Nice Day Events, the couple’s day was full of modern touches, neon lights, and a whole lot of groovy disco details including disco ball-shaped cups as wedding favors. Not to mention Shannon’s epic Prabal Gurung gown that was complete with ‘70s-inspired bell sleeves which she wore with green velvet studded Miu Miu platform heels. Hannah Pickle nailed capturing the playful yet sophisticated vibe of the day.
Nice Day Events’ Katy Moody on the Special Day
“Shannon and Sean’s loved ones joined them for a night of revelry to celebrate their marriage in New Orleans, their way. The bride wore an amazing Prabal Gurung gown, with dramatic full pleated sleeves, styled with green velvet platforms, a sparkly green manicure, and purple eyeshadow. Shannon and Sean’s vision for their wedding was always authentic to who they are; their playful yet sophisticated style, their love of Prince, and raucous sense of humor that prevailed throughout the night.
After a second line parade through the streets of New Orleans, the couple surprised their guests with a choreographed dance routine to Britney Spear’s “Everytime” as their first dance. Shannon danced with her father next, choosing to honor their relationship by *getting down* to a New Orlean’s classic, Lil Wayne & Birdman’s “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy”. Lush tropicals, Prince lyrics, a huge fabric chandelier + disco ball perfectly accompanied the evening’s clear mission of fun (and love).”
Shannon and Sean
Ace Hotel New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Prabal Gurung Dress
With our decor being loud, bright, and electric, I wanted a look that was sleek and clean but still had dramatic elements. I found the most awesome Prabal Gurung dress with overstated pleated sleeves, paired it with studded green velvet Miu Miu platform sandals, and a green foil manicure to match (by Paintbox in NYC). Since I planned on keeping my maiden name, I had a nameplate ring made of Sean’s last name, which he didn’t see until the day of. That is definitely my favorite accessory.
Wedding Day Vibes
First and foremost, it was important for us to have a really killer party. Secondly, our wedding was a destination and we wanted our guests to fully experience the unique culture of New Orleans and everything the city has to offer. So, we worked with Hily and Katie at Nice Day to incorporate southern charm with clean modern elements, pops of neon, awesome music, and decadence that can only be found in New Orleans.
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Most Memorable Part of the Day
The Second Line Parade. We paraded our guests down the streets of New Orleans with a brass band, while onlookers took photos, shouted congratulations, gave us high fives, and I even got a hug. And how often do you get to have your own parade?!
Congrats again to Shannon and Sean on their unique Ace Hotel New Orleans wedding! We’re so glad that Hannah Pickle was there to capture the free-spirited disco-inspired festivities. Searching for more groovy wedding inspo? Check out Kelsey and Zach’s Factory Atlanta wedding complete with sequins and disco balls!
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