Best Outdoor New Orleans Wedding Venues, According to a Wedding Photographer

As New Orleans wedding photographers, we’ve shot hundreds of weddings in dozens of locations, and of course, some have captured our imagination more than others.

For every couple, there’s a perfect venue: from small, intimate private home ceremonies to grand, lavish church weddings. We’ve shot them all! But lately, due to COVID restrictions, we’ve been forced outdoors, and we’re loving it. 

New Orleans’ mild weather and courtyard culture has made this transition to the great outdoors much more agreeable for weddings, elopements, and special events of all kinds.

Below, you’ll find a roundup of a few of our favorite outdoor New Orleans wedding venues, according to folks who go to a lot of weddings (us!). We know what we’re talking about.

First on the list is Il Mercato. This Lower Garden District gem was named among the “Best Wedding Venues in America” by Brides Magazine, and we couldn’t agree more. Their gorgeous open-air courtyard is teeming with plants and flowering pots and boasts a picturesque fireplace. Another outdoor option is the covered arcade featuring original flagstone floors and a painted wood ceiling to wow your guests.  

Next up is the Pharmacy Museum. Tucked away in the French Quarter in a Creole townhouse that dates back to 1823, the quirky Pharmacy Museum was once the apothecary and home of the first licensed pharmacist in the United States, Louis J. Dufilho, Jr. Outside, the tropical courtyard is a dream, with lush blooms and romantic twinkle lights, perfect for saying “I do.”

Another French Quarter find is Brennan’s. This classic New Orleans establishment is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. When they’re not serving up their famous Brennan’s breakfast and Bananas Foster, they’re playing host to events in their stunning French Quarter courtyard. It doesn’t get much more New Orleans than this. 

We couldn’t not add Music Box Village to the list. Nestled in the Bywater, this 13,000 square foot space is home to a large-scale community art project facilitated by New Orleans Airlift, an artist-driven non-profit. It’s just as cool as it sounds, and provides the perfect eclectic backdrop for a New Orleans wedding.

Last but certainly not least, there’s Race and Religious. This unique Lower Garden District venue is the result of meticulous restoration by owner Granville Semmes, who, in 1977 purchased the two-story Creole cottage dating back to the 1830s and eventually combined it with a neighboring property to create one of the city’s most fabulous locations. The spacious courtyards, pool, and tropical vibes will make your special day unforgettable. 

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We love shooting at all of these unique outdoor New Orleans wedding venues. Inquire here to book us for your upcoming al fresco wedding!