One of favorite parts of being a wedding photographer is seeing what’s hidden behind the doors in the French Quarter. The walls and doors of the old buildings are actually the back sides of the houses. Once you enter the gates you are honestly welcomed into a world hidden courtyards. There’s something truly fascinating about history and the stories that accompany these old French Quarter buildings. It’s fun to think of what transpired there in years past. Who were the people that visited this place? What were they like? What was the venue used for? It all adds a certain element of warmth and familiarity – a sort of connection between the times.
Olivia pulled inspiration from historic New Orleans, for a classic and vintage themed wedding. She said, “We love the Old World feel of New Orleans. My fiancé and I love history and learning the stories behind how things became the way they are. We also love how these old things are all a little different.” Graham is also talented calligraphy artist who added personal touches on signs, hangers, 2nd hand towels and monograms.
For their ceremony, Graham and Olivia chose an old private courtyard in the French Quarter. Interestingly enough the French Quarter fire of 1788 started in this courtyard. Afterwards half of the courtyard was rebuilt in Spanish style, when the Spanish owned New Orleans. The other half remained in it’s original French style. They had their ceremony and first look on the original French side of the courtyard, and we were able to take some beautiful portraits in the Spanish Courtyard.
Everything was laid back and just beautiful. In true New Orleans fashion a second line band helped celebrate and serenade the newlyweds, while a live band greeted everyone for a fun night of dancing at the reception. It was a wonderful day to add to New Orleans history.
Photographed by: Sandra O’Claire, Eau Claire Photographics
Second Photographer: Jeff Pounds
Wedding Planner: Katie Cochran
Calligraphy: Graham Carraway
Ceremony: Private Courtyard
Reception Venue: The Riverview Room
Florals: The Crystal Vase Flowers
Cake: The Coco Bean Bakery
Reception Music: 4 Barrel Funk
2nd line band: Mi Hacienda Brass Band