Departure with Bubbles from The Elms Mansion
Michael Caswell Photography

Departure with Bubbles from The Elms Mansion

This fantastic wedding at the Elms Mansion in uptown New Orleans was capped off with a second line around the grounds, with the bride and groom then departing through a swirling shower of bubbles courtesy of their guests. The couple and some of the guests then climbed aboard the waiting chartered streetcar that would take them back to the French Quarter where the party was to continue.
Here's what the bride wrote about me afterward:

My husband and I were recently married in New Orleans, and we wanted a photographer who would fully capture the most special day of our lives. Michael not only the beauty of the ceremony and reception, but also the emotion between my husband and I and of the guests. He was wonderful to work with--professional, super-responsive (I think I was emailing him up until the night before!), and worked with us the make sure he capture everything we wanted, which was a mix of traditional wedding photos, as well as some special shots and some GREAT pics of our guests enjoying the night. I can't stop looking at our pics!

Great Alternative to Sparklers

Though sparklers are a popular grand send-off accessory, bubbles have the benefit of being much easier to coordinate, as you don't have to be vigilant about guests lighting their sparklers prematurely and then having them fizzle out before the bride and groom are ready to come out. And this option is also indisputably safer as well! Some venues will not allow sparklers due to the potential danger of damage to the building, especially if it's an older structure constructed mostly of wood. A few venues will also not permit any throwable materials such as confetti, flower petals, and bird seed, due to the cleanup required afterward. Bubbles alleviate these concerns and look great in photographs too!

New Orleans Garden District Wedding Venue

The Elms is a romantic and beautiful wedding venue that truly captures the unique character of Uptown New Orleans. The beautifully manicured grounds, spacious garden and patio area, the ambiance of the streetcars rumbling by, and the pure elegance of the mansion's interior all make for a memorable ceremony and reception.
The venue features great spaces for indoor or outdoor receptions, and is conveniently located right on the Saint Charles Avenue streetcar line, which can make for a memorable way to depart a reception at the end of the night. The patio and garden area, where ceremonies are typically held, can quickly be turned around and used for your reception as well, while the ballroom features a stage and a gorgeous bar. Most weddings make use of both, though the time of year will likely dictate which will work best as the primary reception space.

Location: 3029 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115.