Chae + Drew's New Orleans Wedding Pt 2: The Second Line

After Chae and Drew were pronounced husband and wife and made a grand exit from the ceremony, they and their guests were whisked away on a classic New Orleans trolley. Thanks to Lafayette Limo and Trolley (@lafayettelimoandtrolley), the shuttle service ensured a smooth transition from the ceremony to Iberville Street, where the second line celebration began.

A New Orleans second line at a wedding is a vibrant and joyous tradition that adds a unique and festive element to the celebration. Rooted in the city's rich cultural history, the second line parade is a beloved custom that symbolizes joy, community, and the beginning of a new journey together. Traditionally, after the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds lead the second line parade, followed by their guests. The couple usually carries decorated parasols, while guests wave handkerchiefs and dance to the infectious rhythms of a brass band. 

The second line at a wedding symbolizes the couple's new life together and the unwavering support of their community. This joyous tradition blends dance, music, and processional elements with the brass band sounds quintessential to New Orleans. As the parade winds through the French Quarter streets, onlookers and travelers cheer on the newly married couple, creating an unforgettable experience for everyone involved. For the groom, Drew Wooton, who comes from a family of Louisianans and has a deep love for music, this moment was particularly special, embodying the joy of new beginnings and the vibrant spirit of his heritage.

Chae and Drew had the time of their lives leading the second line in this tradition and parading through the streets of NOLA with all of their closest friends and family. "It was so touching that people we didn't know were gathering in the streets congratulating us and cheering for us! Our family and friends were having the absolute best time. I want to do a second line all over again. It was definitely a memory we will cherish forever!" A core memory was made on the streets of New Orleans. The couple led their party to the Parlor Room at the chic and unique Pontrachain Hotel where the reception would take place. 

A whole crew of photographers and videographers came together to make sure every single moment of this special day got its spotlight, to be cherished for years to come. Alex Blakeney (@alexblakeneyphoto) and Piper Barney (@littlepiperbarney) were behind the lens, capturing all the magic in photo form. Honey Films (@honeyfilmsreel) nailed the ceremony and reception footage, while Landon Larsen (@landonpov) caught the once in a lifetime infectious energy of the second line procession on film.

For all the details of the reception, go to Part 3