New Orleans weddings and second line parades go hand in hand. When Annie and Pete enlisted me to photograph their destination wedding on Martha’s Vineyard, I only learned about their surprise second line parade days before the big day. Annie and Pete reside in New Orleans and as a way of expressing the unique local flavor of The Crescent City, Annie surprised Pete and their guests with this cultural parade. Traditionally, a French Quarter wedding will have a set of “First Line” musicians where a Grand Marshal leads the guests announcing the event in celebratory song. Part of the Big Easy tradition involves second line umbrellas waived by the newlyweds along with handkerchiefs waived by guests as they follow the band to the reception location. Under a blue sky and warm summer breeze, a second line jazz band was brought to the Allen Farm Sheep & Wool Co. to play after the ceremony, leading guests up to the great big tent for cocktails and an outdoor reception.
As we approach Mardi Gras, I am wrapping up design on a bespoke Queensberry Album for this couple and I just had to share this photo with you. V. Jaime Hamlin and Sons Catering provided the best raspberry lemonade I have ever tasted, as guests were seated before the ceremony.