Three Beautiful French Quarter hotels, the Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans and Hotel Mazarin, part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection, want to commemorate the landmark Supreme Court ruling of Marriage Equality. They have proudly announced their new “#LoveWins” wedding package offerings and a sweepstakes offer for a same gender wedding to be given away.
The iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel, located directly adjacent to Jackson Square, the new Mazarin Hotel and the delightful Dauphine Orleans Hotel of the New Orleans Hotel Collection, provide several options for LGBT weddings from as few as 15 guests in a tropical courtyard at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel or up to 250 in the historic Orleans Ballroom (1817). The classic Hotel Mazarin offers wedding ceremonies in its Renaissance inspired fountain courtyard, followed by delectable receptions in La Louisiane dining room.
The “LoveWins” Wedding Sweepstakes is open to ALL couples, brides and brides, and grooms and grooms. In the spirit of equality reflected in the Supreme Court’s recent decision, brides and grooms will not be discriminated against, and are also welcome to enter! The grand prize is a wedding at the couple’s choice of any New Orleans Collection hotel to the value of $5000.00. Full details of the sweepstakes offer, rules and restrictions, and how to ENTER can be found at French Quarter Weddings and also at NOLA Collection on Facebook. The Sweepstakes started July 14th and will close with the selection of the winning couple on Sept 1, 2015- so you still have time to enter! Entries must be made online. The lucky couple will be given a full year in which to book their wedding trip to New Orleans at one of the venues of the New Orleans Hotel Collection.
Here’s a little history as to why the Bourbon Orleans Hotel means so much to me…
Remember when I went down to New Orleans with my Partner Henry to do research on my family tree? We stayed at the beautiful Bourbon Orleans Hotel. We chose that hotel because it was the very same property where my great, great aunt was a nun in an underground convent- the First Order of Negro Catholic Nuns in 1881. The Society of the Holy Family was established by free women of color (les gens de colour libre) in 1842 in Louisiana, New Orleans. These women served as godmothers to many: slaves, free, children, and adults. They also witnessed many marriages. With a three pronged program and a set of carefully drawn up rules, they expressed their apostolic intentions through caring for the sick, helping the poor, and instructing the ignorant of their people, free and enslaved, children and adults. They took into their home elderly women who needed more than visitation, and thereby opened America’s first Catholic home for the elderly of its kind, as recorded in the National Register. Noteworthy are the heroic efforts of the early Sisters who cared for the sick and the dying during the yellow fever epidemics that struck New Orleans in 1853 and 1897. The order is now the oldest female-led African American order in America today.
The Sisters of the Holy Family were never recognized by the Roman Catholic Church since it was not acceptable to do so in those days. However, it’s founder Sister Henriette Delille (not my great, great aunt) was titled “Venerable of God” (the 2nd of 4 phases of the canonization process to saint) decreed by Pope Benedict XVI March 27, 2010. “Blessed” (the 3rd of 4 phases of the canonization process to saint) is in process now.
You can find out more about our vacation here the Bourbon Orleans Hotel