French Quarter Bridal Portraits: Beautiful Backdrops for NOLA Brides

Many brides opt for a bridal photoshoot before their big day for a makeup trial run, working with a new photographer, or simply for sentimental reasons. As much as it’s important try on your dress and assess your hairstyle in advance, bridal photos are timeless treasures that you can look back on and pass down to your family.

Trust us, you will be busy as ever getting photos with grandma, toasting champagne, and dancing the night away when it comes to wedding day. We recommend planning a day just for you to get dolled up and take gorgeous photos without being pressed for time! We promise — you’ll be glad you did.

New Orleans offers some of the most picturesque settings in the country. If you are considering bridal portraits, consider these timeless J Collection venues below!

Romantic Ballrooms

Tucked behind the St. Louis Cathedral in the heart of the French Quarter, the Orleans Ballroom at the Bourbon Orleans remains the City’s oldest ballroom. We invite you to stroll through the lobby and up the winding staircase to the ballroom where you can dance under the crystal chandelier. Romantic wall sconces and gold accents create a amorously warm environment for beautiful photos.

We recommend stepping out onto the large, historic balcony for a true French Quarter experience. The striking St. Louis Cathedral is a iconic highlight in any photo!

Bridal Portraits at the Bourbon Orleans start at $250 for two hours.

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Captivating Courtyards

Located in the historic French Quarter, Hotel Mazarin‘s Queen Anne Courtyard provides a beautiful setting for bridal photos. Draped in beautiful foliage and brick, this Courtyard is home to countless weddings and events. The rustic flowing fountain compliments each photo as a glowing centerpiece. We recommend taking advantage of golden hour for an even dreamier look.

Though not included in bridal portrait fee, Hotel Mazarin offers balcony rooms that create irresistible pictures when shot from the outside (must reserve guestroom separately).

Bridal Portraits at Hotel Mazarin start at $250 for two hours.

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Mesmerizing Mansions

The Melrose Mansion is a beautifully restored 19th century Victorian Mansion located on the famous tree lined Esplanade Avenue and the perfect location to host your photo shoot. The parlor area in the front of the house features beautiful floor to ceiling windows overlooking Esplanade Ave. A black granite fireplace complements both the dark hardwood floors and white walls and their original crown molding. Walk onto our poolside porch and take in the grey-blue slate stones, hand-painted Italian marble pool surround, copper fountains, and tailored greenery. As the evening approaches, one can only imagine the spectacular view of the white house with the pool lights reflecting off of the crystal blue waters.

There are endless spots throughout the mansion’s property to capture unique and breathtaking photographs. We invite you to find your personal best.

Bridal Portraits at Melrose Mansion start at $250 for two hours.

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Southern Estates

Located a hop, skip, and a jump (a little over 1 hour) from New Orleans, you will find the South’s largest antebellum mansion, Nottoway. With many beautiful spaces for photography, Nottoway’s grounds are simply breathtaking. Try wandering on the lush lawns beside the majestic oak trees for an impressive shot. The Mansion itself boasts several enchanting spots including the White Ballroom, a gold-accented, all-white dwelling that makes for some incredible pictures!

Nottoway offers two bridal portrait options: 2 hour and 4 hour (includes use of Bridal Dressing room) sessions.

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