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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.


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

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Outer Banks Wedding Showcase at Sanderling Resort + A Giveaway!

There are bridal shows, and then there is the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase hosted by Sanderling Resort, a non-stop day of drop-dead gorgeous inspiration set against one of the world’s most beautiful backdrops. Think one talented vendor after another, yummy treats and useful tools to help pull off your dream wedding.  All happening on March 19th, you must add this to your calendar NOW, lovelies.

Saying “I do” at the Outer Banks is always a beautiful thing… especially with the help of some of the most talented vendors you will ever meet.  From cakes to floral to photography, the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase offers up over 30 wedding experts that will help you weave together that luxurious affair you’ve always imagined.  Spend your day sampling tasty treats (hello cake, chocolate and Italian Ice), soaking in your complimentary hair and makeup consultation at The Relaxation Lounge, enjoying the live entertainment and even relaxing with a foot massage.  It’s the wedding showcase to end all wedding showcases and we couldn’t be more excited.

Start making plans NOW to attend the Outer Banks Wedding Showcase hosted by Sanderling Resort on March 19th.  Breathtaking tablescapes, fabulous gift bags and your dream day are sooo waiting.


WhatThe Outer Banks Wedding Showcase at Sanderling Resort is giving away a one night stay (either March 18th or 19th, 2016) for the Show, plus two tickets to attend! (Value $299)

How: Simply tell us in the comments below why you CAN NOT WAIT to say “I do” on the Outer Banks!

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, March 11, 2016.  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, lovelies! xo


Indoor Bridal Session + Sleeveless Lace Dress

I love that this Bride did her bridal session indoors. Not only is 601 Spring filled with the most amazing natural light, but also happens to be where she’d be saying her I do’s. All the more special. Top it off with a to-die-for lace dress and a burgundy bouquet by Mandy Cathey and this is one gallery from Brandi Smyth you don’t want to miss. THE VAULT tells all.


From Brandi SmythAlmost every bride in the south has a bridal session. For Lauren’s we wanted to do something a little different than your typical outdoor session. 601 Spring is a gorgeous venue and just happened to be where Lauren’s wedding was taking place, so I knew that would be the perfect location. Some of her other vendors wanted to pitch in and offered up a few rentals – we wanted to keep it simple so we went with an old wooden mantle and tall candlesticks. Her florist foraged for some extra greenery and created a beautiful bouquet. It all came together perfectly. Lauren is so beautiful on the inside just as much as the outside and I wanted her session to reflect her natural beauty and kindness in a simple and elegant way.

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Photography: Brandi Smyth | Floral Design: Mandy Cathey Weddings & Events | Hair And Makeup: Deborah David | Venue: 601 Spring St. | Film Processing: Film Box Lab | Rentals: Vintage Rental

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