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Modern Melrose Mansion Wedding Inspiration

I’ve been craving a dose of modern goodness lately and this Melrose Mansion shoot from Sarah Beth Photography and Sapphire Events is just the ticket. The chic pink blooms from Bee’s Wedding & Event Floral Design pair stunningly with the sleek Amsale dress, while every details that follows fits perfectly in place… a gold striped cake from Melissa’s Fine Pastries, lucite chairs, top knot perfection—it’s all waiting right here.

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From Sarah Beth PhotographyTaken at a one on one workshop with Marissa Lambert Photography, and with all of the amazing vendors in this shoot, it was destined to be amazing! We decided to stick with modern, clean and crisp inspirations for this shoot. When choosing a venue, Melrose Mansion was first on the list due to their elegant structure, along with their white walls and huge windows that let in so much natural light! Since we were going to be surrounded by so much white and light colors, we chose to add some color to the flowers to balance it all out.

Our models couldn’t have been a better fit either. Our ‘bride’ Erin Edmiston was actually Mrs. Louisiana. While our male model creates custom mens suites! Although the two only met on the day of the shoot, you wouldn’t be able to tell in the photos.

The stationery set by Heather Grimm may have been one of my favorite aspects about the shoot. The envelopes were black felt that gave an extra luxurious feeling to the set.

Photography: Sarah Beth Photography | Event Design: Sapphire Events | Event Styling: Sapphire Events | Floral Design: Bees Wedding And Event Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal Couture | Cake: Melissa's Fine Pastries | Makeup: Ashley Sievert Beauty | Calligraphy: Heather Grimm | Venue: Melrose Mansion | Bridal Boutique: I Do Bridal Couture | Groom's Custom Suit: Luca Falcone Suits | Hair Piece: Amanda Judge | Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Cottonwood South | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals | Workshop Mentor: Marissa Lambert Photography

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Elegant New Orleans Elopement

It doesn’t get much more crazy fun than an elopement in New Orleans… or more crazy beautiful.  And this sweet set of intimate nuptials from Matthew Ree?  Pure perfection.  From the gorgeous Jenny Packham gown to the breathtaking sights and sounds of The Big Easy to the stunning couple saying “I do.” See every fabulous moment right here

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From Matthew ReeNew Orleans is one of the world’s most interesting cities that offers rich history from Europe, Caribbean, Africa and more. All these melting pot of the culture creates amazing food and music which this couple, Jennifer and Matthew, wanted to have as their wedding backdrop.

While having a party city as their venue, they wanted to just have non-stop parties with full of good foods and dances. Even the random street musician became part of their wedding and random tourists on the street became their wedding guests. That is exactly what the couple wanted, the block party! If you’re looking for a spontaneous festivities, New Orleans is the place to celebrate.

Photography: Matthew Ree | Dress: Allison Parris | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Jewelry: Bauble Bar | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Men's Shoes: Cole Haan | Blazer: H&M | Earrings: Jenny Packham | Headband: Jenny Packham | Sandals: Vince Camuto

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Romantic Downtown New Orleans Boudoir Inspiration

Nothing says utter romance more than ivory Chantilly lace, and this stunning boudoir shoot from Erika Parker Photography has plenty of it! Oh and that ring? Swoon! I’d pass on a diamond for a sapphire stunner like that any day. Ready for more? Lose yourself in all the pretty right here.

From Erika ParkerRace and Religious is a beautiful venue in downtown New Orleans. It has so much old world charm, I thought it would be the perfect place for a boudoir shoot. I collaborated with Lara from La Mintz who helped with the styling details, and the model, as well as with Destiny from Poppy and Mint Floral Company for a bouquet for the day.

We were really lucky, the day we decided to shoot was sunny and warm, and just a few hours after we were done, the temperature dropped into the 30′s! I wanted to take advantage of everything Race and Religious had to offer, the guest rooms inside are cozy, but with lots of character. Outside there is ivy, exposed brick and a pool — it’s beautiful! It was the perfect setting for an elegant boudoir shoot.

Photography: Erika Parker | Event Planning: La Mintz | Floral Design: Poppy And Mint Floral Company | Makeup Artist: Glam Nola, Ashley Love | Hair Stylist: Glam Nola, Candice Kennedy | Calligraphy: Lauren Saylor | Lingerie: Basics | Location: Race And Religious | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Robe: BHDLN | Veil: Shop Gossamer

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Romantic New Orleans Wedding Filled with Old World Charm

When it comes to modern glamour the results are guaranteed to be OMG-Gorgeous, but add in a beautiful Bride and her handsome groom? Well, it’s almost too good to be true. Stunning in every sense of the word, this perfect pair wed surrounded by wild bougainvillea, sparkling chandeliers, and endless love while Megan W Photography captured every single second of it, right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Since the venue already has so much old world charm and many eclectic treasures I didn’t want to takeaway from it’s natural beauty, but I also didn’t want to blend in by using anything rustic. In general, I’ve always loved the juxtaposition of old and new so this was what I was trying to create. A clean, modern look that was set in a weathered, antique space.

For the flower colors I was inspired by the bougainvilleas growing on the property. Growing up in Florida my mother and grandmother always grew these in a variety of colors and they are naturally just amazing.

Of all the decisions I struggled with the bridesmaids dresses the most and I think they turned out as one the best. I wanted them to feel great and reflect (literally) FUN, which is what we feel about NOLA. I tried on a million dresses for each of them, sent them pictures and they got to pick their favorite. This one was the clear winner!

My other favorite part (from a design perspective) was the linens and candles. Both of those vendors were so great to work with and the chandelier was awesome and achieved exactly what I wanted of old and new. I wish I could have enjoyed it more that night

Photography: Megan W Photography | Wedding Planner: Mint Julep Productions | Stationery: Heather O'Brien Stationery Boutique | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aidan Mattox | Catering: Joel Catering | Hair & Makeup: Flawless Bride | Lighting: Luminous Events | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Ceremony Music: Brass A Holics | Wedding Venue: Race And Religious | Bride's Dress: Hayley Paige | Linens: BBJ Linen | Photography - Assistance: Lauren Carroll | Second Line Music: Kinfolk Brass Band

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Vintage Chic New Orleans Wedding at Race & Religious

I am aching to visit New Orleans and this wedding right here (and this stylish bride) captures why I’m so obsessed. Moody and romantic, rich in history and always ready to party, this wedding, like its host city, is full of personality. Anne-Claire Brun‘s photos are spilling over with this eclectic energy and until I’m able to escape to the Big Easy for a weekend, her pics are where I shall remain.

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From Anne-Claire Brun… First, did you know that when you get married in New Orleans, they have this thing called “Second Line” at the end of it? It consists in having your entire wedding party and a band (a brass band) going out of the venue and around the block (so it’s basically a parade.) The bride and groom twirl an umbrella and a handkerchief in the air… And all the guests dancing and laughing while people walking by wave and congratulate the bride and groom…

The venue Race and Religious was incredible, so much character! And the girls (Brooke especially) from Southern Charm Weddings in Louisiana did a wonderful job.

I’m in love with the soft palette of colors for this wedding!

From the Bride… Nick and I met through mutual friends in the summer of 2002. I was 15 and had just finished my freshman year of high school and Nick had had just turned 18 and just graduated high school. We became friends and then started dating, although neither of our parents were thrilled at the time given the age difference. Little did we know then, that we would one day be engaged and getting married. We went our separate ways for a while in our early 20s, but always stayed in contact with one another and eventually moved in together in 2011.

One day, we were in California visiting my little brother who was doing an internship in LA. We decided to take a road trip up the coast along Route 1 to San Francisco and Napa Valley with a stop in Big Sur. We got to Big Sur just before sunset and Nick pulled to one of the viewpoints on the side of the road so that we could watch the sunset among the cliff. We could hear seals barking down below and the surroundings were just breathtakingly beautiful. I started to complain about it getting cold and wanting to head to our hotel for the night…that’s when Nick asked me to marry him (a few minutes earlier than planned, due to my whining…which I do regret now)!

For the planning process, we were lucky we had a great wedding coordinator, Brooke Casey of Southern Charm Weddings Louisiana, to help us. She made the planning process seem as seamless as possible. She also kept us on track with a timeline and reminded us of things we didn’t even think of that are in fact integral parts of the wedding planning process.

We had a destination wedding which we thought would make things easier, but wedding planning is never really easy as we now know. The fact that we did have a smaller list of attending guests did make some of the wedding planning tasks easier than if we had done a bigger ceremony and reception.

We went with a romantic, vintage New Orleans traditional theme. We really took the vibes of our venue, Race and Religious, as our inspiration. There is so much character to the venue that we decided it was best to let our wedding take cues from the venue’s eclectic charm rather than the other way around. I couldn’t have imagined a better backdrop for our day.

There were so many of my favorite moments that day it’s hard to say which one was best….

Having all my best girlfriends by my side keeping me from being a nervous wreck while getting ready was one… When Nick first saw me when I met him down the aisle… When we snuck away to a corner for private moment to just enjoy each other and eat some food… The father-daughter dance with my dad when he told me the emotional meaning for him behind the song we had picked , “In My Life” by The Beatles… Seeing all my closest friends and family having as amazing a night as we were, and last but not least, the Second Line band!

My advice for couples would be don’t stress the small stuff. Things will go wrong, they always do, but those are the things you won’t even remember the day of or they will be the things that make for a great story later on.

Also, don’t let anyone’s opinions or input influence what you want for your day. Always stick to your guns and initial ideas. At the end of the day, it should be you and your bride and groom’s personalities that shine through, no one else’s. And most importantly, at the reception, don’t forget to eat!

Photography: Anne-Claire Brun | Event Design: Brooke Casey Weddings | Event Planning: Brooke Casey Weddings | Floral Design: Nola Flora | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Bakery: Maurice’s French Pastries | Cake: Flour Power Confectionery | Invitations: Forever Fiances | Ceremony Venue: Race And Religious | Reception Venue: Race And Religious | Bride's Shoes: Vintage Lace Shoes Previously Worn By Mother Of The Bride For Her Wedding | Necklace: Great Maternal Grandmother’s Vintage Crystal Teardrop Necklace | Rings: Tiffany's | Caterer: Brack May | Make Up: Ashley Sievert Beauty | Hair: Glow Hair & Beauty Bar | DJ: Aaron Lane Entertainment | Favors: Sucre New Orleans | Groom's Attire: Perry Ellis | Officiant: Rev. Steve Trahan, Sensational Cermonies | Transportation: Alert Transportation | Bracelet (vintage Crystal): Thrift Store | Cigar Roller: New Orleans Cigar Factory | Second Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band | Sno Balls: Imperial Woodpecker Snoballs

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