Marielle and Josh had a meet cute that was made for a movie. When Josh sat next to her on a train, Marielle couldn’t help but notice the book he was reading, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell, because it’s one of her all-time favorites. She leaned over and said, “That’s a really good book.” The rest, as they say, is history.
One day, he met her for lunch at the library, which happens to be her workplace (and a place they both love as a librarian and a writer). Cranky from hunger, the popped question came as quite a surprise – but a welcome one!
Their first trip to New Orleans was one Halloween with some friends – it was love at first.
“But what really sealed the deal was we were on a balcony having alligator bites when we saw a wedding second line parade going down the street. All the bystanders were cheering, and the entire wedding party was out having fun supporting this beautiful bride and groom at the helm. I did not even know such a thing existed. So when considering locations later on, I knew I wanted a destination wedding, and I kept coming back to that Bride and Groom partying down the street in this colorful and beautiful city.”
Choosing the perfect venue can be daunting. Fortunately Marielle already had vision of what she wanted for her wedding.
“I wanted a place for party and a place to relax, which Maison Dupuy had with the fountain area and the pool area. It was candlelight for the ceremony and then hanging lights for the party, to make the distinction. And I really wanted authentic food, and the menu was fantastic. So many people were introduced to grits and have not stopped eating it since.”
The favorite part of her perfect day: spending it with the ones she loved (and being in New Orleans parading through the French Quarter!)
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Josh Colon!
“I fell in love with the fountain, the lighting, and the intimacy of the courtyard,” gushed Lacee Minney of Maison Dupuy.
The fairytale romance began on New Year’s Eve. Lacee Raybon and Alex Minney met in Marksville, Louisiana where they were both watching the alligator ball drop. She was living in Baton Rouge at the time and he was in Alexandria. Fifteen months later, Alex proposed at the same spot the happy couple had their first official date in Lafayette.
“I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t have their wedding in New Orleans.” With out-of-town guests in mind, New Orleans was an obvious wedding location choice. “All of my husband’s family and friends were coming from California. I thought it would not only be the perfect place to get married but a good vacation spot for them as well.”
She loved the luxury of having everyone under one roof when it came time for her special day. From the décor to the service, she fell in love with Maison Dupuy. “I also loved that you guys handled everything for me and the things you didn’t handle, you gave me great references to get it done.”
Her favorite part: the dancing! She said all she wanted for her wedding was for all of her loved ones to come together and have fun; everyone did just that. Although she and Alex didn’t really get a chance to eat, everyone raved about the food especially the grits and mac-and-cheese bar! Their wedding cake, made by Haydel’s, was to die for!
The bride and groom will enjoy reliving their memories for years through gorgeous photos taken by Natalie Mancuso.
Congrats, Mrs.& Mrs. Minney. May your marriage bring you many years of love and joy.
Holly Chance and Lance Arnaud met by chance after Hurricane Ike hit their hometown, Beaumont, Texas. Both were business owners who relocated after the storm damaged their buildings. After 6 months of flirting, Holly asked Lance to grab a drink and the rest is a picture-perfect history!
Lance proposed while vacationing in Costa Rica. They had just gotten massages and were taking in a relaxing sunset on a private beach when he said, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?” When he pulled out the ring, it was the same gold ring she found in the room safe – thinking it had been left behind by someone else. Really, it was Lance’s grandmother’s wedding band he had placed with their passports. She, of course, was over joyed and exclaimed, “Yes – for sure!”
The happy couple chose New Orleans because they both love what the city stands for – live music, care-free vibe, and friendly faces! Plus, Lance loves Zydeco, Jazz, and Blues.
They’d already viewed nearly 10 venues when they saw Maison Dupuy – but the choice was easy! “From the moment we walked into Maison Dupuy, the very professional, friendly staff greeted us with warmth and a smile. And then we walked into the courtyard…and at the same time, without saying a word, just looked at each other and smiled. We knew this was it!” Holly gushed.
New Orleans is known for its food and they were thrilled with the choices for their wedding. Holly joked that she and Lance “only know that because of the private tasting that is offered complimentary and scheduled weeks in advance.” But the couple agrees the muffalattas and crabcakes were their favorites.
Holly has nothing but glowing reviews from her big day. “From the beginning to the end was magical! And without the professionalism and pleasant relaxed personality of Kimberly, the coordinator, and her staff, it would not have been the same!”
We share your sentiments, Holly! We’re honored you chose to share your special day with us. Best wishes!
“It was everything I wanted and dreamed that it would be,” gushed the new Mrs. Charles Johnson about her wedding day. Growing up together, Mandie Strother and Charles Johnson never dated as children—but years later, life brought them together. Then one magical evening in Perdido Bay, Florida, Charles popped the question on a private charter sunset cruise.
Choosing a destination was a no brainer for the pair. From Louisiana, they both have special place in their hearts for New Orleans. “It’s the best city in the world for good food, good fun, and great memories! We love the French Quarter and thought a courtyard wedding would be perfect for us,” Mandie told us.
She said they chose Maison Dupuy because it was the first venue she really noticed online. It was the first and only site they visited—immediately falling in love with the courtyard and fountain. In that moment, she knew she wanted a courtyard wedding in front of the fountain at dusk.
While she loved ever y second of her special day, Mandie raved about the breathtaking view of the candlelit courtyard during their reception. She also told us friends and family members are still boasting about the delicious food, especially the firecracker shrimp!
Mandie and Charles followed up their dream wedding with their dream honeymoon to St. Lucius—and loved it!
Congratulations and best wishes, Mandie and Charles. Thank you for allowing Maison Dupuy to share these special moments with you! It was truly our pleasure.
We wish you a lifetime of happiness!
When Brittany Barnett McReynolds and her husband Trevor chose New Orleans as their wedding destination, they wanted three things for their dream wedding: a romantic courtyard, intimate hotel, and picturesque balconies. The Houston couple, who met at a rodeo and danced the night away, said they were searching for a fun experience to share with their guests full of amazing food and entertainment.
They began the quest to find their fairytale New Orleans destination. They immediately fell in love with Maison Dupuy and our wedding director, Kimberly, instantly —“The staff were all so friendly and helpful. We also liked the location because it was quiet since it was not on Bourbon Street but it was so close to walk to everything in the Quarter!” The charming boutique-style made it perfect for the happy couple and their guests to meet up and mingle.
Brittany said even a little rain couldn’t ruin her picturesque day. “It did rain during our ceremony so everything got moved inside, but all of our guests were so fun. That it did not damper the party one bit!” And it was an unforgettable experience they’ll always cherish---everything from the cake from Haydel's was amazing and flowers from Ambrose Gardens to their Second Line.
After the wedding excitement, the newlyweds escaped for a romantic honeymoon in in Bora Bora and Moorea…and returned with lagniappe (a little something extra). “Obviously (our wedding and honeymoon was) romantic because we are expecting our first baby March 6, 2015! It's a little boy! We have decided to name him Mason….Everyone is joking that his middle name should be Dupuy,” Brittany gushed!From our family to yours: Congratulations Brittany, Trevor, and Mason and thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!
If you’re a bride (or groom) to be, let us help you plan your magical moments at Maison Dupuy.
*Photo Credit: Sam Gregory