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Fall New Orleans Wedding with Polish Traditions

A New Orleans wedding in and of itself is usually a party. But when you throw a few fun Polish traditions into the mix? It becomes a full on celebration, lit with twinkling lights, vodka bottles serving as bloom vessels (crafted by Kim Starr Wise!) and even a late night second line. And it all started with this quiet moment at the altar. Head to the full gallery from Dark Roux Photography for more!

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From Dark Roux PhotographyA Race and Religious wedding is amazing no matter what, but take a Race and Religious wedding and add a whole lot of Polish traditions and you’ve got the ingredients for something truly memorable. Michal brought so many things to his wedding that we’ve never seen. After Celeste and all of her girls got ready in one of the suites at Race and Religious they went down for some good luck shots while the guys were at their hotel drinking things we’ve never seen and certainly cannot pronounce! Shortly after their celebratory libations, the couple met at St. Theresa de Avila to say their vows.

Once Celeste and Michal both said ‘I do’, it was back to Race and Religious for one of the biggest parties to date. The place looked beautiful with all of the floral arrangements (some in vodka bottles for the Polish touch) done by Kim Starr Wise. There was food everywhere with catering by Palate. When the party first started there was a traditional bread that the couple shared and then they had to take a shot, well kind of. One glass was water and the other was vodka. The newlywed who got the vodka has the upper hand in the marriage, or so the tradition says. What had us cracking up was the games they played! They each took turns wearing a blindfold and felt up different guests and had to guess only by touch, which guest was their new spouse. Celeste and Michal know each other well because they both guessed correctly! The night wasn’t complete without a little New Orleans thrown in there, because no New Orleans wedding is complete without a second line, and man was there ever a second line!!! The entire day ran smoothly with Mint Julep Productions running the show, and we’re so happy that we got to enjoy the party with these two.

Photography: Dark Roux Photography | Event Planning: Mint Julep Productions | Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise | Wedding Dress: Kiko House Of Couture | Reception Venue: Race And Religious | Catering: Palate | Hair And Makeup: Kiss And Makeup | Band: Brassaholics | Wedding Venue: St. Theresa De Avila

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Romantic Engagement Shoot in The French Quarter

This bride wanted the setting for her engagement shoot to mirror her relationship – the perfect blend of romance and excitement. Dressed in Badgley Mischka and a floral crown by Fat Cat Flowers, she and her fiance strolled the French Quarter for what turned out to be the sweetest e-session ever. See more from Marissa Lambert here.


From The Bride…Jon and I’s entire relationship has been fairytale status. After our first date, I woke up to a single red rose on my porch. Since then, he is constantly surprising me with sweet thoughts and knick knacks. He is a hard working man that will put a bow tie on for me. He lovingly agreed to take engagement pictures that were a little bit out of his comfort zone, and I am forever grateful. I love film, so there was only one person to ask to photograph our love. The sweet and talented Marissa Lambert. I had designed what I wanted in my head, and after just a few words with Marissa, she was able to take and create exactly what I wanted. We started at Race and Religious for a very romantic, intimate session. A beautiful flower crown by Fat Cat Flowers adorned my head, and I wore an elegant dress by Badgley Mischka. Jon completed his outfit with bow tie and suspenders… obsessed! Then we changed into a more casual outfit and graced the streets of the French Quarter. We were playful, walking down the streets holding hands, exchanging “I love yous”, and laughing every few steps. I love the ambiance of New Orleans… it was the perfect blend of romance and excitement. We are happy to share our love, and we hope to continue to create a truly romantic, Southern wedding this Fall.

Photography: Marissa Lambert | Flowers: Fat Cat Flowers | Dress: Badgley Mischka | Makeup: Heather Nicole | Venue: Race & Religious | Fabulous Blowout: BLEU, A Blowdry Bar

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A New Orleans French Quarter Wedding at the Kingsway House

From this moment on, when I think of a New Orleans wedding I’m pretty darn sure this stylish soiree captured by Kent Meister will pop in my mind. Beautifully planned by Valerie at Sapphire Events and complete with stunning florals from Kim Starr Wise, this gallery is perfectly NOLA and perfectly personal.

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From Kent Meister PhotographyWhen you think about New Orleans, it’s usually all about having a good time. That’s exactly what Matt and Simone’s French Quarter wedding was all about. It was loaded with laid back, classy, NOLA-style charm. Their was at the Kingsway House, a refurbished historic recording studio on the edge of the French Quarter. It had just the right combination of Southern charm and modern edge. Plus, the location couldn’t be beat! The best memory I have from the day was taking the wedding party out into the French Quarter for portraits and interacting with everybody on the street that joined in to celebrate with them! As an NYC-based photographer I’ve had my fair share of street participation during wedding shoots, but the French Quarter is on another level entirely!

Yes, this was very much a New Orleans wedding and the best thing about that is it perfectly complimented Matt and Simone. They welcomed their friends and family into their city and made it a large part of the event itself. By doing that, they kept the vibe of their wedding personal and true to who they are. That’s what’s called “doing it right.”

From The Bride…We met in and started our relationship while living in the French Quarter, so wanted to to get married where it all began. Since we were inviting lots of friends and family from out-of-town to a destination wedding, we ordered more casual and fun “map-style” invites from an etsy.com vendor, flagging New Orleans within the state of Louisiana. The venue–the Kingsway House–was an old mansion that served time as a recording studio for acts like Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam before being converted into a home and event space for a local developer. We felt like the space was fresh and modern while maintaining the architecture and eclecticism of the Quarter, and the edge of the house’s former life.

The ceremony was outside in the courtyard on a beautiful fall evening. All flowers and decorations were done by Kim Starr Wise, who brought in festoon lights to keep everything lit as the sun set. We had gotten engaged while in Paris over Kronenbourg beers, so we had a tub full for our guests to start with as they arrived. We made the programs ourselves on paper bags to put the beers in–Quarter Koozies. Great local jazz musician Linnzi Zaorski provide the music.

We tried to keep the whole affair personal and involve friends however we could. Our officiant was a friend that Simone went to law school with, Brian Page, who we asked to get ordained through the same online humanist church Matt previously used to do the same thing. We wrote out our own ceremony and vows and tried to make it about us and what we loved/liked about each other rather than something rote and religious. Our cakes were made by Simone’s high school friend Amanda Malone at Petticoat Pastries out of Lafayette (where Simone grew up). We got the handmade cake topper online on etsy.com because they reminded us of a trip to Australia we took together for another friend’s wedding (Koala Groom, and Kangaroo Bride), and had the Groom’s cake decorated with the logo of the Quarter bar at which we met (One Eyed Jack’s). Kent Meister, a Brooklyn photographer and friend of Matt’s from high school, was nice enough to fly in to take the pictures.

The reception was on-site with great food and plenty of booze from Pigeon caterers. Party music was by Brice Nice, a great local DJ with a Saturday night show on local radio station, WWOZ.

We were seen out to a Quarter pedicab that took us on a ride through the Quarter for the after party at the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone.

Photography: Kent Meister Photography | Wedding Planner: Valerie At Sapphire Events | Florist: Kim Starr Wise | Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza | Cake: Petticoat Pastries | Invitations: Etsy | Shoes: Something Bleu | Catering: Pigeon Caterers | Makeup: Kiss And Makeup | Ceremony Music: Linnzi Zaorski | After Party: Hotel Monteleone | Bridal Shop: Wedding Belles | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Kingsway House | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Reception DJ: Brice Nice

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Mardis Gras Inspired New Orleans Wedding

This is what happens when traditional elegance meets a seriously fun duo, a fab team of New Orleans vendors and a little dose of Mardis Gras goodness: a day that is as awe-inspiring as it is pretty.  I’m talking an enchanted garden-like ceremony meets drop-dead gorgeous details and Mardis Gras masks perfect for a dance party.  See it all captured by Koby And Terilyn Brown right here.

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From Koby and Terilyn Brown… Meribeth’s wedding card for Lad features two skeletons holding hands and the words, “Till Death Do Us Part Is For Quitters.” This couple’s love runs deep and we had the opportunity to create some fascinating pre-wedding portraits for them in one of New Orleans’ oldest cemeteries. What made this especially challenging was Meribeth and Lad’s request NOT to see each other before the ceremony. We accomplished the images taken in the gorgeous cemetery by keeping the bride and groom on opposite sides of the architecture and occasionally using double exposures to make it appear the couple is standing side by side in the frame. This set of images is one of our favorites from this fall – we really enjoyed all the unique aspects of this wedding.

Meribeth and Lad currently reside in Houston, TX, but they have strong family roots in New Orleans, LA. They really wanted to embrace the flavor of the city and give their guests an authentic adventure. Meribeth chose the beautiful, historic Opera Guild as the venue. Guest were provided with venetian masks, snacks, and maps to the city in the welcome gift bags. A lovely outdoor ceremony followed by a fabulous 2nd line march around the block, lead into an indoor-outdoor reception complete with a tarot card reader and a band that had guests dancing well into the night. Bridesmaids were given the freedom to choose their own dresses for the event, and a sagebowl was available for guests wishing to be smudged before the ceremony.

Photography: Koby And Terilyn Brown | Wedding Dress: Marisa | Cakes: Bitter Sweet Confections | Wedding Shoes: Nina | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Opera Guild | Floral: The Plant Gallery | Makeup & Hair: Makeup Texas | Marisa'a Gown: Weddings By Debbie

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Romantic French Garden Inspired Photo Shoot

Three words: French, Garden, Toile and from that comes this gorgeous inspiration awash with a simple outdoor dinner, a champagne toast and a cake that nearly steals the show. This is a modern version of that classic french pattern crafted by Bee’s Wedding And Event Design + Mrs. Vintage + imagery by Marissa Lambert. And the cake? That beauty was designed by Melissa’s Fine Pastries. See it in all its toile glory right here.

Perfection is simply the only way to describe this styled shoot. This utterly romantic shoot was pulled together so seamlessly by some of the best vendors in New Orleans. The photos tell the story of a dreamy wedding day that includes the perfect mix of blue french toile and lovely pinks, reds, purples, and greens. From the prep to the exit, this shoot is sure to inspire any bride or groom planning their BIG day!

Photography: Marissa Lambert | Floral Design: Bee's Wedding And Event Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Melissa's Fine Pastries | Makeup: Melissa Vaccaro | Hair: Ginger Dickey | Beauregard & Keyes House And Garden Museum: Beauregard-Keyes House And Garden Museum | Bridal Garments: I Do Bridal Couture | Headpiece And Veil: Sarah Gabriel | Paper Goods: Ebb & Flow Ink | Sash: Amanda Judge | Styling And Rentals: Mrs. Vintage

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Gift Ideas for your Bridesmaids!

We’re all about gifting your girls pre-wedding. But let’s be real – finding that perfect something doesn’t always come easy. *Enter* A Pinch Of Lovely who’s here to share unique gift ideas your ‘maids will L-O-V-E. From the prettiest phone cases to a sparkly Kate Spade clutch, she’s taken the leg-work out of shopping and all you have to do is buy, wrap and go!

From A Pinch Of LovelyA girl’s bridesmaids are one of the most important (and first!) decisions a bride will make. Bridesmaids can be the operative difference in helping guide their BFFs wedding experience sail right into smooth waters. In addition to all of the emotional support, they also take on the huge monetary responsibility as being a member of the bridal party – the dress, the shoes, the showers – your maids deserve a little love too!

On the morning of the wedding or the night before, shower your maids with pretty gifts they can use both the day of the wedding and to keep forever, and don’t forget the bubbly and sweets! It’s a thoughtful gesture to thank your besties for their lifelong friendship, support of you and your groom’s relationship and all their assistance leading up to your big day.

Beauty products like flattering lip colors, body bronzer (this Kismet brand won’t budge until you wash it off) and girly polish will help your bridesmaids look their best all day long. Include a fragrance sample or two that you’ll think they will love. Also, picking product packaging with a touch of gold will feel oh-so-luxe!

One always-popular option is picking out coordinating jewelry for the bridesmaids to wear on the wedding day. Try to look for transitional pieces that can be re-worn afterwards. You can even choose individual pieces depending on each bridesmaid’s personal style – a bracelet for the friend who loves bracelet stacks and earrings for your more minimalistic maid. Jewelry lines that have many styles utilizing the same stones like Kendra Scott provide endless possibilities.

And, since your bridesmaids are always on the phone with you, treat your bridesmaids to personalized phone cases. These embossed leather cases by Graphic Image come in a rainbow of colors with the option of customization. Gold lettering can signify monograms, acronyms (like BFF) and words (like SIS for sisters or future sister-in-laws).

And finally, they are going to need somewhere to keep all of their new favorite gifts. A hand-painted jewelry box, sparkly clutch or pouch make for a thoughtful gift and a way to stay organized on the day of the wedding. Again, look for versatile styles that can double as a makeup pouch or a small, clutch so they can use your gift over and over again.

It’s easy to get caught up in the planning and countless decisions that need to be made, and that’s why your bridesmaids are there to help support you in the process. Remember to shower your BFFs with thoughtful gifts they can appreciate after the wedding and treasure for years to come!

Photography: A Pinch Of Lovely | Styling: A Pinch Of Lovely | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Bronzer: Kismet Cosmetics | Bronzer: Kismet Cosmetics | Glitter Clutch: Kate Spade | Gold Pouch: Target | IPhone Cases: Graphic Image | Lipsticks: Kismet Cosmetics | Painted Jewelry Boxes: A Pinch Of Lovely | Perfume: Joe Malone | Robes: Silk & More