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October 30, 2021
This Race and Religious wedding in New Orleans was so epic! The bridal party had colorful outfits with emerald, mustard, and rust. The bride, Meagan, had a vintage dress with a floral veil. The amazing floral team (Antigua Florals) nailed the looked with autumn leaves and fall colors. The entire day was very “Nola”, complete with a traditional Second Line and even a Tarot card reader during the reception! Guests dined on oysters and banana foster and had so much fun that they even jumped in the pool at the end of the night!
Photography; Shelly Anderson Photography Venue: Race and Religious Wedding Planning + Design: Lonney Jane Productions Florals: Antigua Floral Hair and Makeup: Faces of Virtue Videography: Eskimo Love Stories Catering: Black Pearl Catering Rentals: Distressed Rentals Paper: Grey and Cake DJ: Calfee Productions Second Line Band: Knockaz Brass Band Cake: Bittersweet Confections Photo Booth: PhoDat Booths Tablescapes: Explore Element Tarot Card Reader: Earth Odyssey
Race and Religious, originally built in the 1830s, sits on the corner of Race St and Religious St. in the Lower Garden District right by the river. It is covered in exposed brick and surrounded by palm trees. It has since been renovated for modern needs, including a pool in the center courtyard! The pool seems to be the main attraction, with almost ALL couples somehow ending up in it late night!
The property is made up of three separate buildings, and can all be rented out for the whole weekend if you’d like! It has 4 bedrooms between the three buildings, and two kitchens. (And don’t forget…the pool!).
To rent out Race and Religious for a wedding is $8,000. This does not include catering, bar service, or decor. As mentioned before, you can pretty much do whatever you want for your wedding! Food truck or a full catered dinner!
For ceremonies, most people get married in the center courtyard, with guests seated on both sides of the pool. They can even watch from the balconies like they did at this wedding! I’ve also seen ceremonies done on the front courtyard as well.
The venue is able to hold 250 guests, but I find that 150 is probably the perfect amount, as the space is split up into three smaller courtyards. This does make it a little harder to have one ‘traditional’ space for reception seating. A have photographed a few weddings at this wedding venue now, and have seen it done in SO many ways. I find that most couples embrace the uniqueness of the space and let their guests kind of have a ‘free flow’ vibe. Some sitting here, some sitting there, some even sitting inside! Either way, they always end up on the same dance floor.
You are allowed to have bands and live music for Race and Religious weddings. A lot of couples also have their second line immediately after their ceremony and parade around the block!
As you can see, there are MANY reasons to love this venue. I will always have a special place in my heart for Race and Religious weddings!
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