Napoleon House Wedding Portrait in Cupola
Michael Caswell Photography

Napoleon House Wedding Portrait in Cupola

A portrait in the cupola atop famed New Orleans restaurant Napoleon House was at the top of the wedding photo wish-list for this New York couple. The ceremony had taken place in the courtyard of the nearby Pharmacy Museum, and as soon as we arrived at Napoleon House for the reception, we headed straight upstairs to get this shot.

On the way down, we grabbed a few more portraits on the stairs, as well as in a windowed space right outside the reception room.

Couple on Stairs at Napoleon House Wedding

Portrait of Couple at Napoleon House


At the end of the night, the couple wrapped up their celebration in true New Orleans fashion with a Second Line parade through the streets of the French Quarter.

Couple Kisses During Second Line Parade


The building that is now Napoleon House was constructed in 1814 by Nicholas Girod, who was the mayor of New Orleans at that time. The historical marker plaque on the outside of the building reads:

"Girod House – erected in 1814 by Nicholas Girod. The two story wing facing St. Louis Street was built by his brother, Claude Francois Girod, about 1787. Nicholas Girod was the mayor of New Orleans from 1812 to 1815, and it is said that he offered his house as a place of refuge for Napoleon Bonaparte in a plot to rescue him from exile."

One small thing I particularly enjoy about photographing weddings at Napoleon House is their selection of background music for the restaurant downstairs... when I arrive before the event and am getting my equipment set up, the glorious sounds of symphonies by composers like Beethoven and Brahms can be heard.

Location: 500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130.