Back when arranged marriages were the norm, couples were generally kept apart and not allowed to see each other before the ceremony actually took place. In the event that the bride was undesirable, the groom may have wanted to call off the wedding. When you consider the purpose of arranged marriages (think: political alliances, securing land and wealth, keeping specific families in power, etc.), it would be fairly embarrassing and shameful to the family should the groom be given the chance to change his mind. So, as a result, the groom and bride were forbidden to see each other prior to the ceremony. This is in keeping with the same purpose of the bride having a veil as well.
Nowadays, the tradition has simply carried over and the meaning has changed significantly. Some consider it bad luck (amounting to purely superstition), while others think it simply makes the event more special and exciting.
Marlo and Rachel chose to spend the day getting ready WITH one another. While they had separate bedrooms where they spent time among close friends, they soaked in various moments and sentiments of the day together, as well. Seeing the two of them enjoy such a monumental day unfold with one another was like a huge gust of fresh, cool air on a hot summer day.
Rachel and Marlo live in Austin, but they found The Terrell House to be a perfect place for them and their out of town guests to enjoy a Spring destination wedding in New Orleans.
The love, support, and genuinity present during their day was palpable–the kind that leaves you with the most soul-fulfilling feeling. Since they live in Austin and their wedding was a destination wedding, I wanted to make sure I got to get to know the two of them a bit before the wedding day. They came down a few months before the wedding and we had small bites and drinks at Shaya on Magazine Street where I truly left with the “these are my kind of people” feeling. (Side note: If you’ve never been to Shaya, do yourself a favor and make reservations ASAP. The culinary experience DOES NOT disappoint).
Oh man, I love the feeling of a Spring Wedding in New Orleans.
What’s better than enjoying a few quiet moments and a glass of rose’ with the love of your life before a monumental life event?
Most of Marlo and Rachel’s guests stayed at the Terrell House and the guest houses across the street. It was so fun getting to know the various faces and personalities in their lives throughout the day.
They were accompanied down the aisle with their son, Liam, thankfully dodging the predicted rain for the day.
I’ve shot a lot of New Orleans Weddings, but Rachel and Marlo’s may have been one of the most authentically Nola weddings I’ve experienced, to date. From the feel of the historic Terrell House Bed & Breakfast to Velvet, the tarot card reader at their reception, it was one for the books.
My absolute favorite part of New Orleans receptions is a good ole’ Second Line down the block. Rachel and Marlo had Treme Brass Band lead their guests a few blocks down to the bar where they’d continue the night’s after-wedding festivities.
Rachel and Marlo, thank you for welcoming us into your New Orleans Elopement, treating us like family, and allowing us to document the love and respect that so clearly embodies and surrounds the two of you. I cannot wait to visit Austin and catch up over good food and drinks with the two of you there!