Wedding Reception at Degas House in New Orleans
Michael Caswell Photography

Wedding Reception at Degas House in New Orleans

This couple came all the way down from Alaska to get married in New Orleans, with their ceremony and reception taking place at the lovely and historic Degas House on Esplanade Avenue.

Wedding Ceremony at Degas House

The bride was truly stunning, and quite a bit taller than the groom! The groom was a racing cyclist, and spent the early portion of his wedding day doing what he referred to as a "little ride" of about 62 miles along with some of his friends. For context, that's almost the driving distance between New Orleans and Baton Rouge! Naturally, the groom's cake was bike-themed.

Tandem bicycle groom's cake

The ceremony took place in perfect light, starting about a half hour before sunset. Sometimes the wedding ring is a bit of a tight fit and is a struggle to get on the finger. Whenever this happens, it always makes for a great picture!

Bride and Groom Exchange Rings

Toward the end of the reception, the couple had a big surprise, a visit of a fabulous brass band arranged in secret by one of the guests. This last photo in this post was at the end of the night... a Louisiana native, the groom was demonstrating his oyster-shucking skills to his bride when the last song of the evening was announced, so he whisked her over to the dance floor forgetting that he was still clutching the shucking knife! In short, it was a fantastic evening with some great people at a beautiful venue!

Bride and Groom Dance


Here's the nice review the bride wrote for me afterward:

We love our pictures!! I had read that the photographer is not what you want to skimp on to keep your wedding budget down, and although I thought Michael’s portfolio was on par with more expensive photographers, it was still a stretch for us. Until I received the pictures I was second guessing the decision to pay so much for a photographer. I just got the gallery and I have no regrets, they are truly amazing and there are so many of them that it took me an hour to go through them once! The wedding itself went by in such a flash, and going through these pictures makes me feel like I actually get to experience my wedding finally! I love getting to see all the sweet moments our guests had that we missed. He did a great job of capturing subtle moments. I couldn’t be happier and I’m so glad that we have these pictures forever. It took just shy of 4 weeks to get our full gallery.

Location: 2306 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119.