CEREMONY & RECEPTION

MAKING IT OFFICIAL

 
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RACE + RELIGIOUS

510 RACE STREET

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA 70130

5:00PM

RINGS | DINNER | DANCING

BUTTON UP BEAUTIES, IT’S BLACK TIE

 
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WHY NEW ORLEANS?

Because of Race + Religious honestly…

Chris is from Philadelphia, I’m from Albuquerque, we live in New York City.

As most everyone already knows, I had absolutely zero idea on the morning of November 17th that Chris was going to propose.

For those of you that live under a rock or for the strangers that some how stumbled across our site- here’s the long story short.

I made a point to never mention getting engaged or married because if Chris wanted that; he’d come up with that idea on his own.

No discussion of a ring

No discussion of the size of my finger

No passive aggressive hints

Nothing

So after he blindsided me and asked and the dust, shock and tears settled, we looked at one another and were so confused where this was going to happen.

We knew that we had to pick a spot where everyone had to travel to, just to make it fair, considering all our loved ones are sprinkled across the country.

Me being me, I immediately started coming up with some insane, over the top, unachievable ideas and doing my research.

When I say I did research, I mean I did research.

I was all over the board, from making y’all sit on rocks in the middle of the desert in Moab, a treehouse in Texas, a dude ranch in Jackson Hole, to as far as us renting out a château in France (sorry guys, I really, really, really pushed for that).

One night, I typed into Google “most beautiful and unique wedding venues”… totally basic but whatever I was so annoyed and frustrated at this point and felt like I have exhausted all options.

As I scrolled through never ending lists, I finally came across, what I pictured, a venue that embodied EXACTLY what I wanted down to the gas lamp.

I showed Chris and he was hooked.

This perfect venue was Race + Religious.

We didn’t even realize where it was at first, so once we realized it was in Louisiana we both kind of laughed because this seemed really incredibly random and neither of us have ever been there before.

So, we booked flights down two weeks later to check it out and the rest will all play out on February 15th, 2020.

 
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A LITTLE HISTORY

Originally built in 1836, the Greek-revival row-house at the corner of Race Street and Religious Street (hence the name) was a two-story Creole cottage, a three-story rowhouse, and a two-story “Slave Quarter”. Located along the lower garden distract riverfront, the house was built with bricks of Mississippi River clay.

Fast forward to the 1970’s, the lower garden distract was a forgotten area and the homes in that area were all in disrepair and getting bought out and knocked down by incoming businesses and corporations turning it into the warehouse distract. Grandville Semmes, the original founder of 1-800-Flowers, discovered the property was up for sale and immediately bought it to prevent all the old world charm to disappear.

Through the years, Race + Religious has withstood the test of time. Semmes has preserved 95% of the original molding and details. The property is home to thousands of the Semmes family antiques that have been collected from all over the world making it a true one of a kind.