Bride Features

We are so lucky to have amazing couples who come to Race + Religious with a smile on their faces and love in their hearts.  This has been a wonderful time for us to grow as a place where people can celebrate the most special time in their lives.  We are so blessed to share so many wonderful memories with so many wonderful people.

Check out the features on Race + Religious and our couples below!!

Borrowed & Blue
Kathryn & Chris
Coordination by: Mint Julep Productions, owner Sarah Sadler Worsley
Green Wedding Shoes
Cassandra + James
Sean Flanagin Photography 
NOLA Flora 
Palate New Orleans 
Tuba Skinny 
Poptastic Bride
Tierney + Tony
Blair Bennett Photography
Janell + Andre Anniversary Inspired Shoot
Magnolia Pair Photography
Tupelo Honey Design
Pollen Floral Art
RockNRoll Bride 
Collin + Leslie 
Southern Weddings
Margaret + Marty 
Heirloom Collective
Style Me Pretty
Maile Lani Photography
Carrie + Ben 
Amy Carroll Photography 
P.S. Creative
Kim Starr Wise Floral Events
Luminous Events
The Royal Cakery
Melissa’s Fine Pastries
Kinfolk Brass Band
Salon Sanity
The Make Up Lab Artistry
Mrs. Vintage

Worth a Thousand Words

Choosing the right photographer for your big day is a huge decision! These are the people in charge of capturing your memories to last a lifetime. Here’s a list of some of our favorite photographers that we’ve seen at R&R who have captivated our hearts with every ‘click.’

Arte de Vie really knows how to capture the ambiance and wedding as a whole as well as those tiny personal moments as seen at Skye and Cody’s wedding:

Greer G., specializing in natural light wedding photography, captured this beautiful rehearsal dinner shoot at Race & Religious.

Maile Lani Photography, specializing in film photography, is a one of a kind in this day and age. Her color and black and white film as seen at Kara and James wedding.


Brocato Photojournalism has been close to our hearts since day one, literally! They have been on the scene since our first couple, Carla and Jeff’s wedding, and have been here ever since doing engagement, bridal sessions and weddings.

 Jason Kruppa is another R&R veteran who has seen it all including our first days, weddings, open houses, and fashion photo shoots. 

Talk of the Town!

If the old saying is true, then our ears are burning with all the talk of Race & Religious! Check out where we have been featured lately:

  • Race & Religious is now one of the “World’s Coolest Rental Homes” as dubbed by Travel+Leisure! Yes, the WORLD!*
  • In the January 2012 issue of Brides magazine, our very first couple, Carla and Jeff, were featured in the article, “3 Couples, 3 Budgets.” Amongst, the other two couples, their wedding’s budget landed in the middle range of $24,725. What is a wedding without a site for the ceremony and reception? Race & Religious was the first thing listed and raved about in this article!

  • “The Power of Place” in New Orleans Brides Magazine urges readers to evoke something other than plantation homes or St. Charles mansions and consider our distinctive and rustic, hidden treasure when dreaming up your New Orleans wedding.
  • Style Me Pretty- The Ultimate Wedding Blog showcased a rehearsal dinner shoot shot at Race and Religious dreamed up by Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination along with many other local vendors. We love the way pearls and oysters look in our courtyard.
  • Design Sponge, a blog dedicated to design and travel, featured Race & Religious as their focus during a trip to NOLA in “Designtripper in New Orleans.” Amy really dives deep into the thought and study the owners put into this labor of love and the effect it had on her and her family:
    “With all the secret passageways and hidden doors, the house feels like some kind of strange and whimsical wonderland. My four-year-old keeps asking if we can live here forever. I’m wondering the same thing.”
    Not only is the article a love letter to R&R, the comments are just as good!
  • When NOW (New Orleans Weddings) Magazine looked for a place to shoot their  boudoir shoot, “Retro Housewife”, what better place to go to than R&R, especially with our kitchens that would even make Betty Draper jealous. (Lingerie by Indiscreet. Hair and Makeup by Flawless Bride. As seen in Fall 2011 issue.)

  • Learn the story behind the venue in this article featured in The Time’s Picayune Personal Space column.

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*Please note that rental fees in some of these articles are out of date. Fill out a contact form for up to date information and prices.

Some R&R at Palate

This past Friday, the Race and Religious team was invited to dine in the kitchen of Palate New Orleans. Palate Catering is a dear friend to us here at R&R. Not only do numerous brides trust them with their special day, but we do as well. We featured Palate at our open house last November. Glenn, the head chef and owner, is a true artist with his food. Everything, down to the modern and “green” plates, is given his skillful eye. And what good is a man with out his right hand woman? Melinda, the director of sales, brings the kitchen to the client in a way that we would want her running and attending our parties. Both have the extensive experience that is a necessity in the event industry.  The two really make an unbeatable duo! Though we were indulged with a sit down dinner, Palate also offers a way to make the food a big part of the entertainment with their knack for carving stations. Here’s a small taste of what Palate has to offer:

Butternut Squash Soup with a Spiced Parmesan Twist


Lollipop Lamb Chops marinated in garlic and herbs and cooked over Au Jus chips. Potatos Au Gratin with cream and Gruyere cheese. Asparagus and Hollandaise.


Check them out:

Palate Catering New Orleans

8220 Willow St. New Orleans, LA 70118

February Open House

Thanks to everyone able to stop by our Open House on Wednesday, Feb 23rd! It was a great showing and Luminous Events, Bee’s Flowers, Pigeon Catering, and Pinkberry were great additions to the fantastic night!

Frequent Visitor from Texas

I’ve stayed at Race and Religious several times and find it hard to express how incredible an experience it is. It’s like stepping into a delicious, eclectic European fairy tale. The art and artifacts, the furnishings, the dozens of rugs in vivid colors and designs. The courtyard and pool, the stained glass doors, the frescos, paintings and antique window shutter cabinets, the dozens and dozens of tiny lamps and stunning lighting fixtures, the gorgeous stoves, the amazing walls of all three houses – it literally takes days for the eye to take it all in. It’s simply staggering. I could (obviously) go on and on about Race and Religious. It’s more than a just a villa or a nice place to stay. It’s a destination that’s very hard to leave. When I’m there, I can hardly make myself go out because the houses and grounds are so inviting. But it’s just minutes from the French Quarter, and from Magazine Street and its great cafes, restaurants, shops and bars, some of which are within walking distance. When I have to go back to Texas, I feel homesick for days after I get back. Race and Religious is a visual feast and a soul experience you can’t forget. The age and originality, the architectural and historical character, the helter skelter mix of Cuban, Creole, French, Spanish and Lord knows what other influences blend into pure magic. My friends and family are haunted by the beauty and magic of Race and Religious, too. They talk about it for weeks after they’re back home. Even the palm trees are special – they’re full of green parrots. The owners are great, too. I love this place!

Frequent visitor from Houston, Texas
Date of Stay: 07/30/10 Review Submitted: 12/26/10