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

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Romantic Southern Wedding at Race + Religious

I fell in love with succulents awhile back and my affection hasn’t wavered despite the rest of the world catching on to their beauty, and these pretty plants, plus the moss table runner, the blush dress, and sweet treats galore (thanks to Melissa’s Fine Pastries) has me literally oohing and aahing over MARROW By Glass Jar Photography’s pics. Race + Religious is one of my all-time favorite venues and with a wedding like this one, it truly shines. All the goodies are in our VAULT so enough talk, time to dive in!

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From MARROW By Glass Jar Photography… A timelessly classic and romantic fall wedding in New Orleans at Race & Religious, loads of details, moss and rustic touches throughout the florals, a blush wedding gown, and groom in a blue suit. Not to mention a pizza truck and sno-cone reception!!

From the Bride… My husband and I have been to and in our fair share of weddings, so we knew that when we planned our own, we wanted it to be something we’d never seen before. Which made deciding on Race & Religious as our venue a no-brainer. The property is very romantic and ethereal, so we really wanted our wedding day to embrace that quality while still reflecting who we are as a couple. And I absolutely think we succeeded in making that happen with the help of Mint Julep Productions!

Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ has always been a favorite of mine and something about the Race & Religious house felt like the perfect place to bring that overgrown, enchanted forest to life. Our florist and lighting vendors did an incredible job creating lush backdrops and natural tablescapes to reflect that theme. It’s such a relief to be able to tell someone that you have a vision and let them bring it to life.

When it came to the food, we wanted it to be delicious and unforgettable, so a food truck made total sense. The fact that pizza is essentially it’s own food group in our home put St. Clair Wood Fire Pizza at the top of the list and I couldn’t have been happier with our choice. The dessert table was where we had the most fun. Greg and I both have a serious sweet tooth, so we didn’t want to just choose one cake. We wanted it all! The tradition of cutting a cake was important but having all of our favorite flavors on the dessert table was paramount. And that includes the delicious Louisiana sno-balls at the end of the night. What’s better than a boozy sno-ball?

Outside of what we wanted the day to look like, we knew what we wanted the whole experience to feel like. I think everyone has been to weddings where you spend two minutes with the bride and groom and then you never see them again. That is just the nature of a wedding day. It goes by in a flash! We wanted to do our best to spend time with everyone, so getting married on a holiday weekend was key for us. We spent the whole weekend with our family and friends, and that made all the difference in the world to us. From having my bachelorette on Friday night, meeting up with everyone on Saturday, to our wedding on Sunday – Greg and I both felt incredibly loved and got the chance to love on the best people we know. I couldn’t ask for more.

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Photography: Glass Jar Photography | Coordination: Mint Julep Productions | Floral Design: Poppy and Mint | Catering: Imperial Woodpecker Snowballs | Catering: St. Clair Wood Fired Pizza Truck | Catering: Melissa's Fine Pastries | Hair + Makeup: Wink Eyelash Bar & Makeup Studio | Lighting: Firefly Ambiance | DJ: Aaron Lane Entertainment | Venue: Race and Religious

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Classic New Orleans Wedding with Elegant Manhattan Twist

I’ve never been to New Orleans, but I have a feeling I would love the Big Easy, especially if this glam wedding is any indication. In the heart of the French Quarter, old world romance met Manhattan glamour with Greer Gattuso Photography behind the lens, a cake flown in from the one and only Sylvia Weinstock and Sapphire Events to plan it all. See every detail of this stunning fête in THE VAULT!

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From Sapphire Events….Adrianna and Glen wanted to host an elegant affair in New Orleans for their fall wedding and they chose the ever stunning, Latrobe’s on Royal for their nuptials. Bringing in glamorous floral arrangements and linens in shades of purples, they truly compliments this historic building in the heart of the French Quarter.

The couple originally met when the bride was working at 1OAK in Manhattan. Considering this was such a huge part of their love story, they wanted to incorporate this into their design and had her left over business cards hand calligraphed as the escort cards.

Another amazing detail for this wedding was the cake, designed and created by the incredible Sylvia Weinstock. Weinstock is a personal friend of the family’s and wanted to gift the newlyweds with a cake, which was created in New York and shipped on a plane to New Orleans just for this special occasion.

After a seated dinner in The Grand Banking Room at Latrobe’s the guests moved into the covered courtyard where DJ Chachi, the couple’s favorite DJ in New York, played the best dance music until the end of the night.

Photography: Greer Gattuso | Cinematography: Harmonic Films | Event Planning & Design: Sapphire Events | Floral Design: Bella Blooms | Cake: Sylvia Weinstock | Hair: Nicole Pigeon | DJ: DJ Chachi | String Quartet: Pan String Quartet | Transportation: American Luxury | Transportation: Alert Transportation | Hotel: Windsor Court Hotel | Venue: Latrobe's on Royal | Second Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band

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