Amanda and Patrick hosted their destination wedding in New Orleans, with a perfectly fitting palette of purples. Amanda shared with us why they selected this lovely location. “I wanted a quaint spot for our wedding. We were not getting married in a church so both the wedding and reception would be in or around the same space and we had to find a way to separate the two. Café Amelie was chosen for several reasons but was in competition with one other location, Latrobe’s. I would have loved to have had our wedding at a plantation however it was not in our budget. While looking at plantations, I gathered inspiration for a location that I knew I would want to have. Outdoor space was important – after all, we were being married in May, one of the most beautiful months in New Orleans. We choose Café Amelie because it had beautiful outdoor space. It had charm and history similar to a plantation.”
“The courtyard itself was beautiful, including an old sugar kettle fountain, pathways, and flora. There were little corners all over for privacy and quaintness. It is just a beautiful spot that embodied everything I wanted.”
“I wanted an extravagant wedding full of flowers but my budget would not allow for everything so we had to cut a little on the flowers but it didn’t matter. Our florist gave me what I wanted and took big to medium and in the end I could not tell the difference. Dee, our florist, is one of the best in the New Orleans area, I knew she was going to be pricey but loved her style. I had style and in my budget thanks to her! I wanted romance and she gave it to me. Flowers in all shades of purple and mercury glass, glamour! I had a purple orchid arch for our wedding service, it was stunning and the perfect item that separated the wedding from the reception. We had flower petals all over and lanterns that lit the pathways.”
“My dogs were in my wedding, two of them anyway. I have two beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Emma and Winston who were in the wedding. I adore animals and have four dogs. The two were chosen because they were the most behaved, ha! I am very involved in dog rescue and look at animals as family.”
“Music was also important to us. We had a live cello player, Vladimir Demitri who was eloquent, play for our wedding. We also had a live band from Baton Rouge play for our reception who were non traditional and a lot of fun! The band was important because my husband’s father was in a band from Baton Rouge as well. They allowed his father and aunt to get up and play and sing a song.”
“In addition to the wedding, we explored the city with an amazing weekend with parties every night for our guests. We had a welcome party Thursday night by my friend Nicole James. The next day, Friday morning/afternoon we had a bloody mary party at my friend’s father’s home. It was given by Dr. DH Clark and family. Friday evening we had a dessert and champagne party given by Frank and Katelin Haney, the groom’s sister and husband. It wan an amazing weekend with loads of friends and family.”
“We were having a smaller wedding, around 100 people and half of them would be coming from Ohio, my home state and the other half from around Louisiana (my husband’s home state) and friends from all over including Denmark. Café Amelie was able to transition from the wedding to the reception without notice and all in the same space. The venue had a coordinator, Danny Akers, who was amazing. He did everything and everything you forgot!”
“The food was also important. Half our family is from Louisiana, big foodies so the food was an important. The chef at Café Amelie makes all the food from scratch and had a very rich and unique menu. They also served a signature bananas foster bread pudding. Everything was hand delivered during the wedding and reception from drinks to dessert and we had a buffet set up.”
But this night wasn’t all food – there was much dancing to be done too before the couple jetted back to New York City (the place they met and now live together).
Congratulations Amanda and Patrick!
Destination Wedding Photographer: Suzy G Photography