After several years of being together and as high school sweethearts, Ciara and Arturo decided to elope in New Orleans in the springtime. Originally from Texas, the couple loves the heart and soul of New Orleans and found it to be the perfect place for them to run off to and get married, just the two of them.
Ciara and Arturo also loved incorporating 35 mm, Polaroid, and Super 8 film into their wedding day! Between the ceremony at the Seraphim House and portraits in the French Quarter and City Park, New Orleans looks incredible on film!
We started the day off with a heartfelt private elopement ceremony at Seraphim house, a stunning revived traditional New Orleans home that boasts of intricate original detailing that is truly unmatched. Seraphim House is nestled between the Marigny and 7th Ward, and has a perfect lot position for natural light to flood the space. Stepping into the Seraphim House, you truly feel like you are transported back in time to Old World New Orleans!
Ciara and Arturo had a trusted friend perform their elopement ceremony here in New Orleans, and it was deeply emotional to watch. Arturo had tears streaming down his face as he recited his vows to Ciara and you could tell how meaningful this day was for them. Ciara was also stunning in her elegantly draped wedding dress with a shoulder cap that added a regal touch. Their portraits at Seraphim House make them look like pure New Orleans royalty!
After their emotional ceremony at Seraphim House, we walked around the French Quarter of New Orleans to take advantage of the beautiful colors and vibes of the city for portraits. It was important to both Ciara and Arturo that they had a backdrop that represented the two of them, and Ciara preferred the city vibes of the French Quarter for a portion of their newly wed portraits. The French Quarter is the perfect spot for elopement portraits when getting married here in New Orleans because there is so much joy in all of the colors of the area.
After taking the first half of their elopement portraits in the French Quarter, we drove over to City Park where we spent the rest of the day. Arturo is drawn to nature for photos, so City Park was the perfect place to end our elopement time together.
Since the couple opted for a weekday elopement here in New Orleans, it felt like we had City Park almost exclusively to ourselves. City Park, while stunning, can get super crowded making it feel quite intimidating to get cozy for photos, especially on a day as important and your wedding! Whether you are wanting to elope at City Park or just take photos here post-elopement, consider a weekday!
Some of my favorite elopement portraits of the day were taken at City Park with the impressive Oak Trees and spanish moss – it makes for a stunningly romantic backdrop. It was the perfect place to end their New Orleans elopement.
Lastly, not only is City Park beautiful for portraits – it has a full Cafe Du Monde! After our final portraits around the park, we stopped in for some celebratory beignets – a New Orleans must!
Interested in seeing more New Orleans elopements? Check out this New Orleans Courthouse elopement or this striking evening elopement at the French Quarter Wedding Chapel!
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