Destination Wedding Photographer: Mardi Gras Wedding in New Orleans

Danielle & Greg’s New Orleans Wedding Picture Preview: St.Mary’s Assumption Church & Rosy’s Jazz Hall

unique artistic wedding pictures at Rosy's Jazz Hall

Night wedding pictures at Rosy's Jazz Hall

Danielle & Greg had a fun, colorful, Mardi Gras themed wedding in New Orleans. This fun loving couple did it right with a balcony bead toss & second line parade.  Peacock feathers &  bright blue dresses.  Live music & lots of dancing.
Last year I photographed their
engagement pictures at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans…which was a perfect beginning to their carnival themed wedding.

The wedding party got ready at the Hampstead Suites in New Orleans.  With 9 bridesmaids, moms, hair and makeup artist, photographer, and of course the bride, it can be tough to find a place large enough for everyone.  But thankfully this suite was the perfect size, and just a short drive to the ceremony.  Hair & makeup artist masters from Salon Tereska did an amazing job getting everyone looking their best on time for the big day.  Below Danielle’s bridesmaids help her decide which earrings to wear and make sure her sash is tied just right.

Danielle adds the last finishing touches to her wedding dress

Danielle adds the last finishing touches to her wedding dress

Greg and his groomsmen were cool & collected as they waited for the start of the big day.  Below the guys strut their stuff down Convention Center Blvd. in New Orleans.

Wedding Party playing it cool

Wedding Party playing it cool

Guys getting pumped up for the wedding

Guys getting pumped up for the wedding

Danielle found her dream wedding dress at Mae Me Bridal Boutique & had her flowers created by A Floral Affair.

New Orleans Bride by wedding photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

New Orleans Bride by wedding photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

Danielle & her beautiful bridesmaids pose for pictures outside the Hampstead in New Orleans.

New Orleans bridesmaids in bright blue dresses

New Orleans bridesmaids in bright blue dresses

With little time to spare it was time to head to St.Mary’s Assumption Church for the wedding ceremony. St.Mary’s is a beautiful old church in the heart of New Orleans.  When I went outside to get this shot below it had started to rain and the humidity was in high gear, so it was a challenge e protecting my camera & lens from the moisture.  But it was definitely worth it and the rain helped add drama to the lighting.  I also love the unique urban touch of the “love the?” graffiti that happens to be written on the dumpster across the street from the church.

New Orleans wedding at St.Mary’s Assumption Church

New Orleans wedding at St.Mary’s Assumption Church

There was a lot of emotion taking place during the ceremony, and I especially love the joy seen on Danielle’s father’s face as he gives her away at the altar.

The father gives away the bride during wedding in New Orleans

The father gives away the bride during wedding in New Orleans

Below, an excited bride & groom cheer as they are announced husband & wife for the first time.

A cheerful end to a beautiful wedding ceremony at St.Mary's Church in New Orleans

A cheerful end to a beautiful wedding ceremony at St.Mary's Church in New Orleans

Once the wedding ceremony ended the goal was to get through the formal pictures as fast as possible so everyone could get to the party.  In only 15 minutes we made it through all the family and formal pictures and with a police escort helping lead the way everyone took off to Rosy’s Jazz Hall for the wedding reception.  Below the bride & groom steal a kiss on the upstairs balcony at Rosy’s.

wedding pictures at Rosy's Jazz Hall in New Orleans

wedding pictures at Rosy's Jazz Hall in New Orleans

Rosy’s Jazz Hall is a great place to get married!  The staff is extremely helpful, the food is delicious & plentiful, and it has that vintage New Orleans decor that everyone loves. And of course being a live music venue, it has the perfect set-up for a large band, a dance floor, as well as plenty of space to mingle and relax. I was even really close to having my own wedding here five years ago, so I’m always glad for a chance to come to weddings at Rosy’s Jazz Hall.

1st dance at Rosy's Jazz Hall in New Orleans by destination wedding photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

1st dance at Rosy's Jazz Hall in New Orleans by destination wedding photographer Nicole Nichols Photography

Above- Daniele & Greg chose Otis Redding – “These Arms of Mine” for their first dance song, performed by their rocking band The Boogie Men
Below- It took Greg a while, but he finally found the garter!

fun candid wedding pictures at Rosy's Jazz Hall

fun candid wedding pictures at Rosy's Jazz Hall

Of course their wedding couldn’t be complete without a second line parade throughout Rosy’s.  Danielle & Greg had parasols custom made for their wedding.  They also threw custom made Mardi Gras cups & beads off the balcony later in the night.

fun candid wedding pictures at Rosy's Jazz Hall

fun candid wedding pictures at Rosy's Jazz Hall

To see a few more pictures from Danielle & Greg’s wedding day play the slideshow below.  Many more pictures to come!

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