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Timeless Glamour at Race & Religious

With it’s wash of gilded perfection and a rooted old world charm, this Race and Religious fete is the definition of timeless glamour. Greer Gattuso‘s snaps of the day have us all wearing wide-eyed grins, from the stunning touches by Tying The Knot Weddings and Kim Starr Wise to the golden Dauphine Press invites and Jenny Packham dress, it’s a New Orleans gem we’re honored to add to The Vault!

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Elegant

From Elyse Skansi at Tying the Knot WeddingsThis former pageant girl and her Dr. had a beautifully gilded wedding in New Orleans! The backdrop was the chippy and charming Race and Religious and Greer Gattuso Photography captured every emotion and detail through film so perfectly! We designed the wedding with the idea of pure timeless glamour by bringing in some gold beaded lace, a Debra Moreland crown cake topper, a monogrammed Velvet Raptor guest book, and many more golden touches that helped to dress up the space! The bride’s Jenny Packham gown glistened and flowed so effortlessly, while the bridesmaids stunned in their white gowns! It was just the right pairing of organic and elegant!

Photography: Greer Gattuso | Cinematography: BRIDE FILM | Event Planning: Elyse Skansi: Tying The Knot Weddings | Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: La Louisiane Bakery | Catering: Pigeon Caterers | Hair And Makeup: The Perfect Face | Lighting: Luminous Events | Band: Tip Tops | Venue: Race And Religious | Paper Goods: Dauphine Press | Rentals: Your Event Delivered

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Traditional At-Home Southern Plantation Wedding

It’s Friday my loves! And you know we would never send you off into the weekend without a bang, right? Never! This week, that bang comes in the form of this Southern shindig from Greer Gattuso Photography—layered with a simple sophistication that proves lace and blooms alone can go a long way. Make sure to peruse the entire day in the new Vault experience—you won’t want to miss the bow tied pup (who crashed the first dance!) and those ridiculously cute flower girls.

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Summer
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Plantation

From The Bride…Lee and my story began during our junior year of college when mutual friends introduced us to each other. For the next year and a half we were inseparable, but we moved to two different parts of the country after graduation. We always stayed in touch, but it wasn’t until five years later that I came to visit New Orleans that we would see each other again. A year later, I moved to Louisiana from Colorado, and another year later, Lee got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

We knew we wanted to share our special day with our closest friends and family through an intimate ceremony and reception and decided to plan our wedding weekend close to home.

The weather forecast called for a small chance of rain the day of our wedding, but we remained optimistic and had the reception set up to be outdoors under the twinkling string lights. The entire morning and afternoon was sunny and pleasant, but as my father walked me down the aisle of the chapel, the rain began to downpour. The rain stopped as soon as we completed our vows and we were greeted with a few clouds and sunshine as we exited the chapel. The cocktail hour followed the ceremony down the road at Lee’s parents plantation styled home, which is also the home Lee grew up in. We chose a neutral color palate of ivory, blush, and champagne, which was carried throughout the bridal party dresses, the flowers, linens, and decorations. Lee and I arrived at the cocktail hour to guests carrying soaking wet tables and chairs indoor in case there was going to be more rain. My immediate thought was that our reception was ruined, but I was so glad everyone was having a wonderful time and enjoying the passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. There was plenty of room indoors as guests roamed the art filled home and gathered on balconies and danced the evening away.

The Judice family catered the most delicious southern menu with stations including raw oysters and sashimi tuna, gourmet cheeses and fruit, salads, filet sliders, crab cakes, crawfish pies, lobster ravioli, chicken and portabella pasta, summer grilled vegetables, and fried catfish and shrimp. After Lee and I cut our four tiered buttercream frosted wedding cake, adorned in peonies and roses, guests were also served glazed donuts from our favorite donut shop, Butter Krisp Diner. Towards the end of the evening, cigars were passed around amongst the men and they gathered around the pool house to enjoy.

Our wedding had some things not go as planned, but it was perfect for us and even better than we dreamed it could be. We felt so much love as we celebrated the most unforgettable day of our lives and are so thankful to everyone who helped to make it happen, especially our family and friends who traveled near and far to celebrate with us and our vendors including Greer Gattuso who was able to capture our wedding day with memories that we’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Photography: Greer Gattuso Photography | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Cake: Zoe's Bakery | Invitations: Chasing Square | Bride's Shoes: Dee Keller | Engagement Ring: Bulgari | Rings: Adler's | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Paper Crown | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Asos | Catering: The Judice Family | Hair And Makeup: H2O Salon | Band: Southern Voice | Groom's Attire: Armani Collezioni | Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss | Transportation: All Southern Livery | Transportation: Golf Cart World | Venue: Private Residence | Cigars: Jewel’s Cigar & Briar Shop | Linen Rentals: Linen Tablecloth | Rentals: Southern Hospitality Event Rental

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Sperry Tents

Give me a tented wedding any day of the week and my heart is happy.  But give me a wedding celebrated under the sailcloth canopies of Sperry Tents and that’s an entirely new level of pure, unadulterated joy. Think breathtaking silhouettes, solid wood support poles and seriously sweet pennant flags waving in the breeze.  It’s romance meets elegance and it’s exactly how your wedding should be.

There are weddings, and then there are weddings held under the handcrafted goodness of Sperry Tents. Those are the type of weddings where sophistication takes center stage with sweeping panels of genuine sailcloth intricately crafted by sailmakers in coastal New England.  Imagine an array of tent sizes, creative lighting and luxurious floor options seriously perfect for your Big Day, no matter the size of your party.  So whether you plan on dining with an intimate group of 50 or dancing the night away with 500 of your favorites, Sperry Tents’ nationwide network of licensed providers has a tent just waiting for your creative touch… and flare for the amazing.

Contact the Sperry Tents Southeast location nearest you to begin your journey towards your dream wedding.  Offices are now open in Naples and Miami, Florida, as well as Charlottesville, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina.  Happy planning, lovelies!

Photography: IRIS Photography + Al Gawlik Photography + Concept PhotographyNeil Landino

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Ethereal Forest Bridal Inspiration

When I was a little girl, I’d explore the woods beyond my house, diving into my own magical world. This shoot by Ryan Ray brought me back to those days and I couldn’t be happier. Sapphire Events set up a scene worthy of my fantasies and with Kim Starr Wise’s floral creations, I’m struggling to focus on anything today but this beauty. Work can wait; I need much more time in this wonderous world.

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Summer
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Forest
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Romantic

From Sapphire Events… Set in a pine forest on the outskirts of mystic New Orleans, this ethereal design evokes a sense of hushed urgency in the serenity and quiet calm of nature at sunset. The Sarah Janks gown is simple and intimate with its flowing layers of silk organza and its daringly high slit, catching the breeze as our bride briskly skips from patch of grass to cool leaves on the forest ground. Into the woods she treads nimbly and effortlessly, anxious to find herself in her husband’s warm embrace. Her bouquet – a wild and unruly collection gathered by the best florist in New Orleans, takes shape with blooms and greens sourced from the surroundings, as though the bride foraged her own assembly of forest blossoms just prior to her escape into the arms of her betrothed.

Photography: Ryan Ray Photography | Event Planning: Sapphire Events | Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Venue: Garrett Field | Beauty: Kiss And Makeup | Event Styling And Design: Valerie Gernhauser Of Sapphire Events

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Whimsical + Romantic New Orleans Wedding

What do you get when you take the ever chic style of New Orleans, add in a dash of Disney, and throw in one dashing couple? One fabulously fun fete that’s hard to beat. Tying The Knot planned and designed a La Tavola-decked out affair to remember, with Kim Starr Wise providing romantic fall florals. Marissa Lambert and Foto Buddy captured all the magic in the gallery here — trust us, this is not one to miss!

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Fall
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From Tying The Knot Wedding Coordination… This bride and groom had a classic wedding with pops of muted colors! They share a love for Disney, so they incorporated a few subtle touches from the most magical place on Earth, like their escort cards as fast passes and tables named after their favorite rides! Their wedding also featured kisses in front of the New Orleans streetcar, whimsical lighting, lush organic flowers and a second line band to end the night! It truly was their happily ever after – New Orleans style!

From the Bride… From a young age, I have been enthralled with storybook romances, and couldn’t wait for the day I would meet my match. My dream came true during my first year of law school when I met Ron at a Valentine’s Day party. It was love at first sight, and five years later, Ron asked me to marry him on sunny spring day in a rose garden in Brooklyn.

There was no question in our minds that we wanted to get married in New Orleans. Not only is Ron’s family from there, but we felt that the city’s unique blend of fun-loving energy and timeless romance perfectly reflected who we are as a couple. City Park’s Botanical Garden and Pavilion of the Two Sisters was the first and only venue we visited. The glass encased Pavilion providing views of the beautifully manicured surrounding flowers and trees made for the perfect setting for our garden fairytale wedding!

We selected Elyse Skansi Jennings of Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination to help us plan our happy ending, and she and her team were integral in bringing our vision to life. We wanted our wedding to be both romantic and whimsical. We opted for a color palette of plum, blush, and gold, which we felt was appropriate for the time of year, but also captured the look and feel we were going for. Our invitations were sent to guests as a stacked package, which contained overlapping rustic magnolias and other enchanted patterns as well as a mix of formal and handwritten scripts. The package was finished with metallic gold baker’s twine and a custom monogrammed tag and mailed to guests in a gold glitter lined kraft envelope that was hand addressed in metallic plum ink.

We carried over this mix of formal and whimsy to our wedding reception as well. We opted for an outdoor cocktail hour in the Camelia Garden, which we adorned with festoon lighting, candles, and floating gardenias. Inside, guests found their seats at tables named after Disney rides – a nod to our fun-loving side. We dressed the tables in several different metallic neutral linens to provide the room with some added dimension and formality. The floral center pieces were a beautiful garden mix of roses, dahlias, tulips, hydrangeas, and greenery. Flowing garlands and hanging votives covered the lattices throughout the Pavilion, and fresh roses tumbled down the side of our tiered cake.

Because many of our guests were from out of town, we wanted them to experience a taste of New Orleans cuisine at our wedding, so provided several food stations containing local specialties such as jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, and shrimp and grits. After dancing the night away to music by the amazing Gina Brown and Anutha Level, we passed out beignets, and finished off the night with a traditional second line band. In lieu of sparklers, guests waved blush sequin wands that were hand-crafted by me and my mom.

Our wedding was truly the most magical night of our lives and a the perfect start to our happily ever after! We can’t say enough good things about Elyse and Tying the Knot, without whom our day would not have been so spectacular.

Photography: Marissa Lambert | Videography: Foto Buddy | Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise | Wedding Cake: Pure Cake | Ceremony Venue: Corpus Christi Church | Reception Venue: Pavilion Of The Two Sisters | Makeup Artist: Ashley Sievert Beauty | Hair Stylist: Ginger Dufriend | Band: Gina and Anutha Level Band | Cake Stand: Nola B Style | Candle Decor: Luminous Events | Ceremony Musicians: New Orleans Finest | Linens: La Tavola | Photobooth: Big Easy Photobooth | Planning And Design: Tying The Knot Wedding Coordination | Rentals: Event Rental | Second Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band

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