Brooke & Kevin’s beautiful wedding ceremony took place at St. Stephen’s church in uptown New Orleans. I love when military couples have the traditional arch of sabres (as it is called in the Air Force and Army, with the Navy and Marine Corp referring to it as the arch of swords), and only the bride and groom are permitted to walk through the arch. At the conclusion of the ceremony, after some portraits on a chartered streetcar, we headed over to the Columns Hotel on Saint Charles Avenue, where the Third Line Brass Band and a group of Mardi Gras Indians, with their trademark elaborately designed costumes, were there with the guests to welcome the new couple to the reception in true New Orleans tradition. The Columns Hotel was built as a mansion for a wealthy businessman in the 1880s, and was transformed into a hotel around the turn of the century after the original owner passed away. It’s a great location for a wedding reception, and can host ceremonies on the front steps as well. Everyone had a great time at this couple’s wedding. Check out Kevin’s awesome groom’s cake!