This Mississippi couple had a small wedding ceremony at Felicity Church in New Orleans with just a few close family and friends in attendance, but this actually was a last-minute change from their original plans. They had originally scheduled an elopement at the Algiers Courthouse on the Westbank, but just a few days prior to their date, the courthouse called the bride and said they would be unable to perform the ceremony. Fortunately, a couple of great New Orleans wedding professionals stepped in and really helped make lemonade out of lemons.
The bride and I discussed several alternate locations, but I was thrilled when I learned that my first choice, Felicity Church, happened to be available that afternoon and venue owner Chris Jones was graciously willing to accommodate the last-minute couple and their dozen or so guests. Michele Adams of Unique Weddings in New Orleans also stepped up on short notice and officiated the beautiful ceremony for the couple, with gorgeous natural light streaming in through the stained glass windows.
Felicity Church is an absolutely stunning location for a wedding ceremony and reception, but I really enjoyed photographing portraits of the newly married couple at this venue.
There are plenty of great little spots to shoot in this old building, and it's not a stretch by any means to call it a photographer's playground! A lot of effort was put into preserving the interior's gorgeous patina, as opposed to just sanding everything down and repainting.
It's a perfect location for a bridal portrait, and I would also not hesitate to do an engagement portrait here, especially if the couple needed an indoor location because of the heat of Summer or because of foul weather.
Location: 1220 Felicity St, New Orleans, LA 70130.