Sidney Donaldson Photography: Blog en-us (C) Sidney Donaldson Photography (Sidney Donaldson Photography) Tue, 22 Nov 2022 04:37:00 GMT Tue, 22 Nov 2022 04:37:00 GMT Sidney Donaldson Photography: Blog 120 120 Why you should choose New Orleans as your elopement destination
Why New Orleans is the Perfect Elopement Destination 


More and more couples are deciding to elope when they get married. In fact, a survey has found that 62% of engaged couples are open to considering an elopement instead of a traditional wedding. If you are thinking about eloping for your wedding, New Orleans is simply the perfect elopement destination. Here are the top reasons that make eloping to New Orleans iconic.

A Ceremony Option for Everyone

Regardless of what you desire in a wedding locale, you will likely find it here in New Orleans. From exchanging vows aboard a steamship to getting married in lush gardens or the beautiful splendor of City Park, there are countless options. New Orleans’ rich heritage and diverse culture provides so many options for setting.

Atmosphere is Unparalleled

There are many fun places to get married; however, the magical atmosphere of New Orleans makes it the perfect elopement destination. The city is known for throwing parties, so why not celebrate your elopement together – or with a handful of friends – in a city that loves finding any occasion to throw a party? In addition to many options for receptions, you can keep the party going after with our famous nightlife.

Many Gorgeous Backdrops

For most couples, one of the most considerations when getting married is having photos to remember the day by. Eloping in New Orleans makes this easy. From cobblestone streets and the iconic French and Spanish style architecture of the French Quarter to the regal setting of the Garden District and the acres of nature in City Park, there are so many wonderful sites to capture the perfect photos. I love working with couples to get the perfect shots to celebrate their love for one another.

The Food Scene

While many major cities have top tier restaurants, the food scene in New Orleans is something like no other place on earth. The city is known for its creole cooking, but you will also find plenty of places selling Cajun food, French food, and many types of fusion. Eloping in New Orleans means you will have plenty of delicious options for creating the perfect wedding meal. And, of course, you can take in the culinary scene throughout your visit.

Eloping to New Orleans is Convenient Another thing that makes New Orleans the perfect elopement destination is that it is centrally located. Whether you are on the West Coast, East Coast, or in the middle, you’ll likely be able to get here with just a short flight or two. Additionally, if you are inviting a few guests, New Orleans is a place on most people’s “travel bucket list.” Add in the city’s affordability compared to other major cities and it is truly a convenient choice.

Ready to Choose New Orleans as Your Perfect Elopement Destination

If you have decided that eloping to New Orleans fits perfectly with the vision of your wedding, I am more than happy to work with you to plan out your wedding photos. I would welcome the opportunity to share my city with you and can give you some tips on the best places for photos – including a few that only locals know. Contact me today for more information!

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Weddings during Covid-19

It is uncertain times we are living in today, and planning a wedding during these times can seem like an impossible task. While we are not saying it is going to be easy, it is not impossible, and while you may have to rethink some aspects of the wedding to ensure everyone is safe. You can still have a beautiful wedding to celebrate your love before your family and friends. Here are a few tips to help you with your planning.

Follow local and National Recommendations.

Look at the rules and regulations of your local area. These will provide an idea of where to start planning your wedding. Also, check out the CDC guidelines to see what they recommend and go from there.

Call your Vendors

If you had already booked your vendors but had to reschedule your wedding due to the pandemic, call them up and see what your options are. Most of them will be happy to rearrange your rescheduled date but if they cannot you should not that it is standard for any deposits you have paid to be non-refundable.

You should also ensure to talk with your vendors about their Covid-19 policies and how they intend to implement them during your wedding. Also, ensure you discuss your role in implementing some of the policies, as the client, to ensure you and your guests are safe.


If you had already booked a venue, call them up, and discuss your options. Inquire if they are still allowing events to be held in their location? Will they allow you to reschedule? Will they give you a refund? What are their restrictions and regulations?

If you have to find a new venue, then you should strongly consider having it outside. Outside is better. You have open-air, better ventilation, and more space, thus, less risk of transmission and contact.

Keep it Small and Communicate with your Guests

While the number of guests you can have will vary depending on your location, size of the venue, and whether it is indoors or outdoors, it is safer to keep the wedding small and intimate. If you had already sent out invitations, you might have to rescind some of those invitations. Any reasonable guest will perfectly understand you having to graciously uninvite them because of Covid. You can even consider live-streaming your wedding for the guests that can’t make it to the wedding.

Ensure to communicate with your guests all the rules and regulations. You can even go a step further and provide your guests with PPEs such as masks and hand sanitizers.

Have fun

Last but not least, have fun! It is your special day, and you should thoroughly and safely enjoy it.


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