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  • Writer's pictureTracie Smith

Top 5 Elopement Locations In New Orleans | New Orleans Elopement Photographer | NOLA Weddings

At the end of 2019 we were all stoked for 2020! It was going to be the NEW 20's and we were all so excited for Jazz, Champagne and Gatsby themed parties!! We all celebrated and reveled in the streets for Mardi Gras and before all that this girl got married! I had a healthy wedding schedule on the east coast and throughout New Orleans and my fall was beginning to fill up nicely. Enter COVID-19.

With life slowly getting back on track around the world I though this would be a perfect time to share with you my favorite spaces in New Orleans to Elope and have micro-weddings!! New Orleans constantly in the top 10 lists of destination city for weddings and events and we took a hit in 2020. Hard. But love is not on hold. Love is not cancelled and elopements and micro weddings are still happening and will continue in our incredible city.

Whether it's the holidays, the beginning of Spring, the middle of Summer there's no bad time of the year to come to New Orleans and start a new chapter of your life together!

Photography by Tracie offers three different elopement style collections to fit ALL of your elopement wedding photography needs from a quick hour and half for a ceremony and portraits down to full elopement coverage including wedding prep, a first look, ceremony and your custom New Orleans Photo Session, I offer all of it. Send me a message here and let's get started on planning your dream wedding day!

We have no shortage of beautiful and historic spaces that can be used as the perfect spot for your NOLA Elopement. Here are my top 5 spaces in New Orleans for you to celebrate your love and elope!

1. Under the Oaks on the Steps of Jackson Square: There is something so incredibly romantic about these gracious Virginia Oak Trees and the Spanish Moss swaying in the breeze. It's literally what Southern Wedding day dreams are made of and your New Orleans Elopement can be held just outside the wrought iron fences of Jackson Square under the oaks. Since you are outside the Square, there are no permits to have to pay for your Elopement if you want to go with this setting. After your ceremony you are in the heart of the French Quarter, free to roam the city streets and waterfront having your own personal photoshoot in the city you adore.

2. Langles Bridge in City Park: City Park is located on the North end of the city along Lake Ponchartrain. It entire Park is huge and offers A LOT of activities and no shortage of picturesque places for portrait sessions, full weddings and Elopements. Langles Bridge is a very popular spot to portraits and Elopements. The Langles Bridge was built around 1902 and is located a hop and a skip away from Cafe du Monde in City Park. She is one fo the most popular subjects in the park to photograph; especially close to sunset making it a CHOICE spot for your Elopement. Parking is easily accessible and is free to the public. After your ceremony and portraits, wedding day beignets are definitely in order so make sure you swing by Cafe du Monde! Note: there is a fee for photography in City Park. You can find the permit information site here.

3. The Tree of Life - Audubon Park: The Tree of Life is iconic in the City of New Orleans. People speculate that the tree is anywhere from 100-500 years old but most have come to agree that it is around 300 years old. This massive oak tree provides a ton of shade and cover from the hot Louisiana sun and so many incredible photo ops. To get to the Tree of Life, approach the tree from Tchoupitoulas Street heading upriver and make a right onto East Drive and parking is along the left. This spot is super popular for Elopements, Engagement Sessions and small wedding ceremonies and there's a very good reason for's stunning!!

4. The Peristyle - City Park: Another beautiful location in City Park. If you're looking for a classic, elegant covered space complete with Corinthian Columns this is the place for you! The grounds around the Peristyle are pretty amazing too! Check out the stone footbridge at Goldfish Island, which is the view from the back of the Peristyle and across the street are rows of palm trees just waiting for you!

You will need to contact the Park and ensure the space is open and available for your Elopement day and reserve it but this is a wonderful option and it provides cover in case it rains.

5. Washington Artillery Park - French Quarter: I learned about this option during my own wedding. A lot of people go right for Jackson Square, Let's face it, it's the so recognizable and so many couples have wonderful memories of sitting in the Square, listening to music, people watching and eating beignets. I was originally going to have our ceremony in the park, but the City offices had some issues after a cyberattack and I had to move our ceremony to a new place. I wanted St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo and the Louisiana State Museum to be our backdrop and Washington Artillery Park did just that! The Artillery Park overlooks Jackson Square with Cafe du Monde on one side and The Jaxon on the other. You can reserve the space with the city of New Orleans and Reverend Tony at the French Quarter Wedding Chapel can help you with all of the details so all you have to do, is show up and say I do!!

From the Lake to the River and Uptown to Downtown we have a dreamy spot for YOU to start your happily ever after. AND if you're looking for an officiant to help you take care of all the details - contact the French Quarter Wedding Chapel and tell Mr. Tony that Photography by Tracie sent you.

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