Couple's first dance at Maison Dupuy wedding reception
Michael Caswell Photography

Couple's first dance at Maison Dupuy wedding reception

This New Orleans couple's wedding was a blast! The ceremony took place in the beautiful courtyard of the Maison Dupuy Hotel in the French Quarter, exquisitely decorated by Fat Cat Flowers.

Maison Dupuy Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony at Maison Dupuy Hotel

A great sounding string group named Radio Bird Quartet (which included the unusual inclusion of a double bass... most string groups at weddings only have a cello instead) performed during the ceremony and the beginning of the reception.

Harlequin Quartet / Radio Bird performs for wedding

The reception also took place in the courtyard, with the hotel's indoor space being used for food service and for the cake. The gorgeous bride had three different outfits during the course of the event

Bride dances during Maison Dupuy wedding

The Knockaz Brass Band showed up near the end of the night to entertain the crowd in the courtyard for a while, culminated in a second line parade through the French Quarter, ending up back at the hotel, where the couple and a few of their guests finished up the night with a jump in the pool, despite it being a bit of a chilly October evening!

Bride and groom jump in pool at Maison Dupuy wedding

Jumping in the pool after Maison Dupuy wedding

It was fortuitous that I was able to capture this last bit of action! When we returned from the second line, the couple and some of the guests started gathering and mingling in the pool area, and despite the coverage time I was hired for being over by that point, I stuck around for a few minutes in the area just in case something like this were to happen. There were some who were encouraging the bride and groom to jump in the pool, and I was admittedly a little disappointed when the crowd started to disperse and the couple headed back to the courtyard, though again, the reluctance was certainly understandable given the water was a bit cold.

I made my way inside to where my bag was, to pack up my equipment, but remembering a similar situation years ago at another wedding, I recognized the possibility that it still might happen, so as I worked on packing up my other gear, I kept my cameras out and ready, just in case. Sure enough, the wedding coordinator, Sam with Three Little Words, came and alerted me a few minutes later that they indeed were about to jump in, and I was able to swiftly move into position to capture it!

The bride had some wonderful things to say about me after the wedding:

Michael was so lovely to work with when he photographed our wedding in October 2021. Completely professional, engaged, on time, and always where he needed to be. He somehow made himself blend into the crowd but was also right there to capture every important moment. I appreciated his creative eye and how he listened to my tastes and feedback – I didn't want to do a lot of overly staged/posed photos, and he made sure to capture the traditional classic photos but then stick to more candids. The end result is beautiful and I am grateful for his work. You won't go wrong choosing Michael!

Location: 1001 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70112.