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See How A Wedding Photographer Styled Her Own Big Day

When wedding photographers themselves says “I do” it’s kinda guaranteed to be great. But this one here took it to a new level; to say I’m smitten would be an understatement. From the Jenny Yoo dresses to the gold and silver sparkles, this New Orleans celebration has my heart and isn’t letting go anytime soon. Brock Gomez Productions brought it to life and this darling duo wisely chose Marissa Lambert to snap all their special moments. This Vault gallery is my new happy place – meet me there and thank me later.

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From the Bride… As designers and wedding photographers, we sort of knew what we wanted fairly quickly. A wedding in daylight, during the month of December with our closest friends and family were just a few must-haves for our wedding.

We chose New Orleans as the destination. We were residents at the time and love the culture and unique aspects of the city. The Magnolia Bridge is a pedestrian crossing located in the heart of Midcity (the neighborhood Brad lived in); it just felt like the perfect spot for our small, afternoon wedding.

Everything about our ceremony was personal. Brad’s cousin officiated, we hand selected readings, hand wrote our vows, and our good friend Jesse wrote the music. Even the cones filled with dried petals were made of song lyrics from “You’ve Got a Friend” (the first song Brad said reminded him of me).

Following the wedding, we second lined (using stamped napkins with our wedding logo) over to the Pitot House (a historical landmark in the city). On the grounds outside the house, we hosted our guests inside a clear tent with string lights… and spent the earlier portion of the reception mingling with friends and family.

It’s not tradition in the South to have toasts or even a sit down dinner… but we loved the idea of both so we went for it. The seating chart was created out of a laser cut map of New Orleans. Each name on the seating chart was laser cut and corresponded to the table (named after all our favorite neighborhoods in the city). Everyone had their own name cut out of wood again larger this time on their individual place setting. And the tables were decorated with pine cones and a deep colored floral and eucalyptus garland from end to end.

Our linens were mixed: some ivory and occasionally gold or silver to highlight our toasting, dessert, cake and sweetheart tables. Our cake was simple… white fondant with olive branches and lovely Crate & Barrel flutes (I love these!).

We ended the night with dancing and placed a lock gifted to us on the bridge to seal the deal!

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Photography: Marissa Lambert | Videography: Brock Gomez Productions | Event Planning: Southern Couture Weddings | Floral Design: Root Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Reception Venue: Pitot House | Catering: Best Catered Events | Makeup: Sara Buteaux | Hair: Nicole Pigeon | Calligraphy: St. Blanc Calligraphy | Band: Three37 | Ceremony Music: Jesse Zenon | Getting Ready Location: Ashton's Bed And Breakfast | Headpiece: Jennifer Behr | Wedding Branding: Haylei Smith | Wedding Dress Capelet: Carol Hannah

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Neutral + Elegant Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

I love a pop of color as much as the next girl, but a wedding designed solely around a sea of neutrals? Oh, be still my heart. That’s exactly the approach Elyse Jennings took as she put together this inspiration shoot, along with a team of talented including Melissa’s Fine Pastries and  Bella Blooms Floral. Just one look at the gallery from Greer Gattuso or clip below by BRIDE FILM and you’ll be convinced that neutrals-on-neutrals is the only way to go.

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From Elyse Jennings Weddings… I wanted to design something elegant and gorgeous that resonates with the bride who wants a truly timeless wedding day, a design with traditional roots that pushes the boundaries a bit, a neutral and classic color scheme, and incorporating elements that were a little organic and full of movement and emotion. My inherent designs feature all of those characteristics, so I brought this shoot to life with my photographer and friend, Greer Gattuso.

I design from the grandest scale of the venue, to the smallest detail on the tabletop, and the goal is always creativity and cohesiveness. The venue Il Mercato offered great architectural aspects for my design to play off of: rounded arches, a grand outdoor fireplace, gorgeous wrought iron gates, and modern landscaping.

The fireplace would be our ceremony location and I knew I wanted to deck it out with layers and layers of exposed candles, lush florals, and natural greenery cascading from one level of the structure to the next. My incredible florist, Dee with Bella Blooms Floral, and my candle team, Lisa and Jason with Luminous Events, turned my vision into my favorite ceremony backdrop to date.

I wanted our tablescape to sit perfectly between the arch of the venue’s arcade. Our dining table would remain bare and our chairs were round to mimic the arch. Each chair decor was different, but greens and florals accented each to tie the look together! The centerpiece featured asymmetrical florals that created a lush runner of neutral, fluffy flowers! Bare candles nestled between to keep the look natural yet luxurious! I featured beautiful silver rimmed Vera Wang china for the place settings and each plate was adorned by a different floral bloom with the place card. To finish off the setting, we layered exposed candles in the windowsill and added foliage and florals to each gas lantern.

The cake from Melissa’s Fine Pastries was a textural, slate colored fondant cake with the most intricate white sugar flowers. I love the way the pattern created interest in an understated way. Our invitation suite by Jaynie of Ebb and Flow Ink showcased her gorgeous calligraphy on fine art paper which was torn on the bottom edges. It created a polished, yet natural look for all of our paper products. Our bridesmaids in taupe dresses offered the ability for Bella Blooms to show how different style bouquets with varying focal flowers could still have a cohesive look. And they gave me the opportunity to style them for some great Vanity Fair-inspired photos.

With movement in mind, everything from the dress skirt, her hair style, to the raw silk ribbons that adorned her bouquet would be able to flow in the breeze and exude emotion. An elegant, neutral affair that could make our ideal brides want to get married in New Orleans and bring a similar design to life with us!

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Photography: Greer Gattuso | Cinematography: BRIDE FILM | Event Planning + Design: Elyse Jennings Weddings | Floral Design: Bella Blooms Floral | Wedding Dress: Theia | Cake: Melissa's Fine Pastries | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Makeup: Ashley Sievert Beauty | Hair: Ginger Dufriend | Groom's Attire: Perlis | Venue: Il Mercato | Bridal Boutique: Blanc Bridal | Bridal Boutique - Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Bride Model: Alexandra Chaisson | Bridesmaid Model: Gabrielle Chaisson | Bridesmaid Model: Sara Comiskey | Cake Stand: BHLDN | Calligraphy + Stationery: Ebb And Flow Ink | Candle Decor: Luminous Events | Groom Model: James Kemp | Rentals: Your Event Delivered | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Elegant + Feminine Wedding Inspiration at Il Mercato

It’s pretty hard to complete with a hand painted gown like this Kate McDonald one, but when you add in feminine florals by Kim Starr Wise, an almost-too-pretty-to-eat cake from Melissa’s Fine Pastries and have it all captured through Catherine Guidry’s lens, well, the entire shoot shines bright, thanks to Sapphire Events’ planning and design. Our VAULT has every darling detail for you to pin right this way!

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From Sapphire Events… Sapphire Events paired up with Wedding Paper Divas to create an ethereal and timeless wedding inspiration shoot. This unique shoot, shot entirely on film by the talented, Catherine Guidry, was inspired by the Mcleod dress hand painted by Kate McDonald. The combination of the soft pinks and statement gold foil accents in the dress influenced the decor of everything from the flowers down to the delicate stem of the wine glasses, all with the backdrop of the New Orleans event space, Il Mercato.

The soft pinks and pops of color in the flowers, created by floral designer, Kim Starr Wise, echoed the feminine feel given off by our two brides, Ashley and Courtney. The way Ashley’s neutral dress with metallic belt complemented Courtney’s hand-painted dress symbolized how the two girls’ personalities complement each other and also tied in the rose gold of the their engagement rings. Melissa’s Fine Pastries followed Kate McDonald’s lead by hand painting the cake to be a replica of the Kate McDonald dress.

While this shoot was stunning at first glance, the couple’s story behind the pictures gives meaning to the aesthetically pleasing set up. Courtney and Ashley are eagerly awaiting their upcoming nuptials in New Orleans in March. When Wedding Paper Divas approached Sapphire Events with the opportunity to collaborate on a shoot, Catherine Guidry jumped at the chance to be the photographer and knew she had to use this opportunity to document Courtney and Ashley’s love story.

The partnership of Sapphire Events, Catherine Guidry, Wedding Paper Divas, and Kate McDonald accented by the love and commitment of Ashley and Courtney, created a truly one of a kind wedding inspiration shoot.

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Photography: Catherine Guidry | Event Planning: Merren Events | Event Planning + Design: Sapphire Events | Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise | Wedding Dress: Kate McDonald Bridal | Cake: Melissa's Fine Pastries | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Venue: Il Mercato | Bridal Boutique: Wedding Belles And The Stationer | Linen Rentals: I Do Linens | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals

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