A Race and Religious Wedding in New Orleans, Louisiana

Gretchen (a photographer and a server at Foreign Cinema) and Tyra (a chef and owner of Lagniappes Food Truck) returned to the city where they fell in

Gretchen (a photographer and a server at Foreign Cinema) and Tyra (a chef and owner of Lagniappes Food Truck) returned to the city where they fell in love to host a wedding at an historic New Orleans home. Long before it was an event space, I used to drive by it and think 'I'm going to live there one day.' I never though I'd be able to get married there! Gretchen recalls. With exposed brick and antique gas lanterns, the charming 19th-century house was the perfect backdrop for their vintage-inspired day.

For their wedding, Gretchen wore a strapless trumpet gown with floral lace overlay and a thin beaded belt, while Tyra wore a simple A-line style with a draped bodice and skirt. A purple ribbon tied at the natural waist added a fun pop of color.
We chose 'Lovely Day' by Maroon 5 for our first dance, not because they're our favorite band, but because that song says so much about our love, Gretchen says.
After the first dance, a brass band burst through the gates and surprised everyone with a lively performance.
Cocktail hour was held in the courtyard, where the couple served signature drinks like The Annuciation, named after the street of their first house.
Deep purples, pale greens and burlap accents gave the textured bouquets a vintage touch. The bouquets included a mix of ranunculus, parrot tulips, button and micro poms, garden roses, hypernicum berries, bells of ireland, seeded eucalyptus, green trick and stock flowers.
Race & Religious (the venue) has all this cool furniture you can use however you like. Our altar was a table made out of an old door help up by a wrought-iron base, Gretchen says. Lush floral arrangements, pewter accents and antique lanterns lent an air of old-world charm to the decor.
For a fun touch, the couple used marquee lights to spell out LOVE.
The ceremony was held in the venue's brick-faced courtyard. Seating was arranged around the long reflecting pool with textured floral arrangements with deep shades of red and purple placed at the ceremony altar.
A hand painted sign invited guests to sit where they liked.
Friends and family sent the newlyweds off in a blaze of bright sparklers.