Several months ago we were told that our good friend growing up was going to get married in New Orleans. We knew immediately that we would be going to that wedding. Who doesn’t love an excuse to go to NOLA? Once they sent out the save the dates and recommended hotels to us we booked The Hotel Monteleone, a luxurious old hotel located in the French Quarter. My parents then told me that my grandparents, Nonnie & Chief, actually stayed at that exact hotel on their honeymoon. That made me even more excited for the trip!
We ended up riding with my parents down there on Friday morning. Once we arrived at the hotel, we freshened up and grabbed a seat at the famous Carousel Bar! We “rode” around at least six or seven times before heading out to dinner. We made reservations at The Court of Two Sisters located in the heart of The French Quarter on Royal Street. We enjoyed a nice meal on their brick patio with my parents and the Stitt’s! After dinner, Evan and I met up with a couple of friends at Maison Soule, a small bar located off Bourbon Street. It was so cozy and cute with a small jazz band playing in the corner.
Saturday morning, we were on the hunt for beignets and coffee! A friend of mine suggested a place close to the hotel, Cafe Beignet, which was perfect since we did not want to make the walk to Cafe Du Monde just to wait in the long line! The coffee and beignets did not disappoint and the place had a great courtyard for us to enjoy the nice weather.
From there, I met up with Chelsea to get blowouts at a local place about a block away called, Spa Atlantis. We had a great experience and the place was nice and clean with a modern style.
The ceremony was held at the gorgeous St. Louis Cathedral in historic Jackson Square. It was a beautiful ceremony complete with a second line parade (my most favorite part of the entire trip)! I have been to New Orleans several times before and seen these super fun wedding parades, so I was super excited to be a part of one! Each guest was given a white “flag” to wave around as we paraded the streets with a live band to the reception.
The reception was held right on the river at a beautiful venue called Marche. It had two great rooms as well as a terrace balcony over looking Jackson Square and the Mississippi River! They had the most amazing food you could ever ask for such as charbroiled oysters, gumbo, shrimp, brisket, pasta, crawfish étouffée and MORE!
This wedding was definitely one for the books! We enjoyed every second in the Big Easy and wish we could have stayed longer! Congrats to our friends, Elaine and Jones!
The bell hop made a great recommendation for the photo above! I love the way it turned out! If you have been to New Orleans before, tell me about your experience! I would love to hear from you!