The Wedding Under the Oak

October 23, 2018

I live in New Orleans, Louisiana, aka The Big Easy. This place is littered with gorgeous historic buildings like antebellum plantations, shaded in 200 year-old Oak trees with Spanish moss dripping from their massive branches. The barns and slave quarters on the properties still stand and are pristinely maintained. While these buildings may seem unconventional venues for a wedding, down here, they’re showstoppers.

Wedding under the oak tree at Houmas House Plantation in Darrow, LA


One popular plantation in particular (say that ten times fast) is Houmas House in Darrow, La. It took me 20 minutes to walk across the grounds, not because it’s a mile long, just because in every single corner there is a luscious garden with statues and water fountains. I’m telling you, the sights and sounds of those gardens would make a grown man cry. So, when I was asked to paint an outdoor ceremony there, I squeaked a “yes, please!”

On Sunday morning, September 30th 2018, London and Devan, joined by about 30 of their closest friends and family and his three children, exchanged vows under a magnificent Oak, with the plantation in the background. The only decorations they used were a few white chairs, and a table under the tree to use during the ceremony. Sounds of birds chirping harmonized with the string quartet as they played intermittently throughout the service. The brunch-style reception that followed was held in a small ballroom a few yards away, and that is where I completed the painting of the ceremony scene.


Live fine art wedding painting at Houmas House Plantation in Darrow, LA

Fine art painting of wedding at Houmas House Plantation in Darrow, LA

  1. Stephanie what a great picture. The grounds of Houmas house is so beautiful . It’s such a blessing to get to live in South Louisiana.
    This picture is spectacular!
    What a beautiful wedding venue the grounds are and you captured the beauty of the special day and the grounds.

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I'm Stephanie T. Gaffney, and my company is Torregrossa Fine Art. I'm an artist in New Orleans who specializes in live wedding painting. That means I get to travel to venues all over the world to paint couples on the happiest day of their lives.

When I'm not painting on-site at weddings on the weekends, I can be found in my home studio, producing beautiful paintings from photographs. In my opinion, I have the coolest job in the world.

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