Nat and Alixe wanted their wedding to reflect a true New Orleans experience, so they enlisted the assistance of some of their favorite restaurants for both cocktail hour and dinner service.
At the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed grilled cheese squares and fried oysters accompanied by ruby beets on crostini as an appetizer, before dining on cacio e pepe with smoked beef short ribs for dinner.
Alixe and Nat found comfort in sharing a passion for New Orleans culture, music and cuisine. Nat proposed during a romantic stroll through Audubon Park; taking advantage of a place that held special meaning for Alixe’s family members.
On their wedding day, guests joined newlyweds as a string quartet performed Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You”, while guests joined them on a nine-foot garland of greenery. Friends and family, such as waiters, bartenders and maitre d’hotel staff stood behind them as they exchanged vows before windblown queen palms before welcoming everyone with a second line parade through town.
Nyssa was raised between Whiteville, Louisiana (where her father hails from) and Shreveport (her mother’s hometown), so it comes as no surprise that New Orleans holds such an intimate place for her. When Ahmad proposed in New Orleans, Nyssa knew having their wedding here would be the ideal way to commemorate their love story.
“Delia King made our vision come to life beautifully,” the bride raves. “She made every aspect of planning stress-free.”
For their wedding weekend celebration, they sent guests custom watercolor crest invitations featuring initials and trumpet illustrations to welcome them to their hometown. The motif also appeared on RSVP cards and custom matchbook wedding favors.
At a venue fringed with windswept queen palms, they exchanged vows before family and friends while a string quartet performed Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love.” For cocktail hour, they asked local restaurant Coquette to provide them with their favorite menu items: grilled cheese squares, fried oysters, ruby beet on crostinis and cacio e pepe.
Alixe and Nat chose New Orleans as their wedding location to make sure their big day represented who they are as individuals. “We wanted a venue that represented authentic New Orleans culture, so d.b.a on Frenchmen Street was perfect; with its laidback atmosphere it made for an enjoyable celebration,” according to Alixe. She found its inside “had an incredible dive bar vibe – making for the ideal space for our intimate ceremony,” as described by Alixe.
Couple Enlists Family and Friends to Craft Unique Wedding Experience. Ceremony held under windswept queen palms while family and local friends watched while string quartet performed Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.”
After their ceremony, the couple took photos at Audubon Park where the bride’s grandmother used to live before heading over to her aunt and uncle’s home for a reception.
As for their wedding dinner, the bride requested a buffet-style menu featuring her favorite dishes. As an homage to his team’s colors – Tar Heels – for dessert she requested that her groom enjoy a tiered King cake similar to those served during Mardi Gras.
As part of their city celebrations, this couple invited Cubs the Poet from local artist and poet collective Cubs the Poet to perform at their wedding. He created poems from stories told to him by guests throughout the evening; bride wore sparkling Valentino dress and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes for this special event.
An intimate New Orleans restaurant wedding is an unforgettable way to commemorate your big day! These establishments provide both indoor and outdoor spaces suitable for ceremonies, receptions, post-wedding brunches and more – not to mention great places where you can gather inspiration for colors and floral arrangements for your big day!
Bride Nyssa chose New Orleans as her wedding location due to its culture, music and cuisine – as well as how close the city was to her roots in Whiteville and Shreveport respectively.
After their ceremony, guests were taken on an exciting second line ride to a restaurant wedding venue in the French Quarter for an exquisite meal of Creole and French cuisines, “a combination of all our favorites,” as described by the bride. For dessert they served a layered red velvet cake topped with cream cheese frosting and edible gold flakes – something their guests did not expect!
Emily and Alon met during a mixer in New Orleans, and knew immediately they wanted their marriage official here – in this Southern town known for its great food, live music and fun nightlife. To create an experience tailored to them as couples they hosted their reception at d.b.a, a music venue on Frenchmen Street; guests were then offered drinks served from to-go cups featuring their wedding logo.