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We’ve Just Found the Most Romantic Spot in New Orleans’ French Quarter

Hidden away at the Carmelite Monastery, lush romance overflows, seeping into every image from Trent Bailey. Created by Sapphire Events, this sultry scene before us is alluring and inspiring – from Distressed Rental + Revival’s pieces to Melissa’s Fine Pastries’ cake that doubles as a work of art. Fall in love with this look and this Southern spot before the rest of the world gets the word – all in our Vault right here!

From Sapphire Events… This styled shoot was a collaborative effort between Sapphire Events and Trent Bailey Photography. The abandoned Carmelite Monastery from the 1800s tucked away in the heart of the French Quarter served as the inspiration for this shoot. The bouquet created by Kim Starr Wise mirrored the overgrown, wild, and lush feel of the Monastery’s hidden courtyard. The Romona Keveza gown served as the perfect contrast to the structured, ornate architecture of the historic building. Trent Bailey perfectly captured on film the magic and intimacy of the exclusive venue.

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Photography: Trent Bailey Studio | Event Design: Sapphire Events | Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events | Wedding Dress: Wedding Belles | Cake: Melissa's Fine Pastries | Stationery: Julie Ha | Makeup: Ashley Sievert Beauty | Hair: Ashley DeLatte for Glow Hair and Beauty Bar | Bridal Boutique: Wedding Belles | Location: The Monastery | Rentals: Distressed|Rentals & Revival

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The Hairstyle That Everyone Will Be Copying This Season

Don’t be surprised if you start swapping out your top-knot in lieu for something a little more modern, like say this lovely lil’ number we’re dubbing twisted elegance. From the ethereal elements to the stunning venue, we’ve got the talented Brandi Smyth to thank for sharing this stunner of a day. So, what are you waiting for? Get scrolling and favorite a few (you know, to show your hairstylist of course) via The Vault!

From Brandi SmythHave you ever stumbled upon a place that leaves you speechless and drooling?! Cedar Croft is that place for me. SO much beauty, and so close to home – it is absolutely ridiculous. An old renovated plantation home with additional houses and barns on property, along with a few secret gardens…the list of possibilities when planning a wedding here are endless.

This shoot was put together for venue inspiration, we wanted simple details to allow this new, never before seen venue to speak for itself. With so much southern charm & history, it was easy for it to do just that! The chicken coop they have on property is just an added bonus of how adorable this place truly is!

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Photography: Brandi Smyth | Styling: Kristal Childs | Floral Design: Brianna Belton Design LLC | Wedding Dress: Fabulous Frocks Of Shreveport | Cake: Cakes by Carrie | Hair + Makeup: Kendall Morehart | Venue: Cedar Croft | Rentals: Pursuing Eden Rentals

Try your hand at a similar hairstyle below!

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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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Winter
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Whimsical

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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