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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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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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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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Romantic New Orleans Wedding at Race & Religious

I’ve got a huge crush on this wedding from Nicole Berrett Photography. Admittedly, I may be a little biased as so many of the sweet details of this day are similar to my very own wedding next month… gorgeous floor length Joanna August dresses, red-dotted florals (which were DIY!) and a beautiful venue, Race & Religious. It’s New Orleans charm at it best, lovelies.

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From Nicole Berrett PhotographyThe bride, Jenny is originally from New Orleans! She really wanted to give her guests, especially her new husband and his family, a taste of New Orleans for the wedding!!

From The Bride… Ah! New Orleans – how I miss it. Hot and humid summers, giant live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, historic French quarter, Victorian homes with big wrap around porches. The food speaks for itself. All you have to do is taste it once. New Orleans isn’t just a place, but a unique and contained culture. I could continue endlessly. Although I grew up mostly in Texas, I am originally from New Orleans, and was fortunate enough to return for a time after college. The city holds a special place in my heart always, and is in my blood forever.

When Alex asked me to marry him, I found myself preparing to leave New Orleans for a farm in West Virginia. There was not much of a debate about wedding location. I had to marry the man that I love in the city that I love. In addition to New Orleans natives, many of our guests would be coming from out of town, namely West Virginia and Texas, and I wanted them to experience my family heritage before I started life in West Virginia. Whether they loved it or hated it, it was important that I shared my city and it’s culture. The wedding venue and menu needed to represent New Orleans through and through.

Just by chance, I selected my bridesmaid dresses before anything else in my wedding. The soft, airy color and the romantic style captured me instantly. I love the elegance of floor length gowns, as well as the practicality of my girls having their legs covered in early December. My sister helped me choose a blue for the house party gowns that would complement the bridesmaid hue.

I found my perfect reception venue at Race in Religious, a nineteenth-century Creole cottage. The guests would walk through rod iron gates into a beautiful courtyard, surrounded by walls built with bricks of Mississippi River clay, decorated with stained glass windows and gas lanterns. When we first walked through those gates, my mom described it as “very New Orleanian.” That was the goal.

In order to maintain a wedding budget, I wanted to use the talents of family and friends as resources. I was one of the crazy ones who didn’t use a wedding planner or a florist. With their help, my wedding came together quite nicely. It was a hectic but sweet time, working together toward a common goal, and I still feel so loved that these people would sacrifice their time and energy for Alex and me.

My sister, Cathy, got married in June, and my wedding came exactly six months later, in December. Having her go before me made things simpler, and meant that some choices were pre-made. For instance, we used the same fabulous photographer, who we love, and we also reused vases and centerpieces that Cathy had purchased and painted. She is the creative soul of the family, and helped me with everything. Together, we selected and ordered the flowers, and arranged them ourselves the Friday before the wedding. Her fingers deftly tied everything together, down to the tiniest detail. We hand selected the ribbon for my bouquet, as well as the leather for the boutonnieres, both Hobby Lobby purchases. She painted gold rims on some votives for the centerpieces, and TJ-Maxx goblets for smaller flowers. The main centerpieces were gold mercury glasses purchased on sale at West Elm, mixed with other parts of table settings, including pomegranates from Whole Foods. All these centerpieces and decorations were placed according to her design.

Above the dance floor, some friends hung strands of string lights, adding a picturesque touch. As party favors, my dad made homemade pralines, which my mom packaged in white paper, sealed with gold tape. Instead of a traditional guest book, I used a Louisiana plantation book, allowing my guests to sign whichever page they pleased. Now, I have a beautiful book for my coffee table, reminding me not only of the live oaks and plantations of New Orleans, but also of my wedding day. If ever I need encouragement while in West Virginia, I can flip through the pages, reading those handwritten words.

Thank you so much to all of my friends and family who made this day possible. To my parents, who probably could have killed their daughters getting married in the same year, you have always supported and loved us, teaching us to value our relationship with Christ as most precious. To my sister, thank you for always helping me figure out what to wear on a day-to-day basis up to planning my wedding day. I couldn’t have done it without you. To my cousins, who chose and performed the music for our wedding ceremony beautifully. To all who coordinated, set up, and tore down, to those who transported flowers, to those who provided food for the wedding party while we dressed, all the way to everyone who chose to spend their weekend with us in celebration. I love you all deeply and could never thank you enough. I am so blessed to have had so many good people in my life. I hope I make you proud in the Mountains of West Virginia. And to my sweet husband, thank you for loving me and supporting this emotional girl through these last 5.5 months of marriage. I can’t wait for the many years ahead.

As much as I emphasize New Orleans, I must say that more important than the New Orleans locale, the food, or the venue, was spending the day with my friends and family. They have all played integral roles in the story of God bringing two people together, the marriage of two best friends.

I loved the entire day. To pick one specific moment would be impossible. If I could give one piece of advice to other brides, I’d say just relax and enjoy it. Who cares if something goes wrong? That isn’t what your wedding day is about. If your veil falls off when you’re walking down the aisle, or if your flowers arrive in the wrong color, just laugh. Great people, eating great food, dancing the night away beneath string lights in a New Orleans courtyard – it could not have been better. As we say down in New Orleans “Laissez les bons temps rouler, let the good times roll”.

Photography: Nicole Berrett Photography | Videographer: Palmer Productions | Wedding Cake: The Royal Cakery | Ceremony Venue: First Presbyterian Church Of New Orleans | Reception Venue: Race And Religious | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids - By Joanna August | Catering: Labellas Catering | Makeup: Erika Young | Hair: Bouffant Beauty | DJ: Ronnie Roux | Bride's Dress: Town & Country Bridal | Doberge Cakes: Maurice's | Film Scans: Film Box Lab | House Party Dresses: Nordstrom, Annabelle By Jenny Yoo In Lapis Blue | King Cake: Randazzos

Traditionally Elegant Black Tie Wedding in New Orleans

A classic courtyard ceremony is no doubt chic, but add in a stunning lucite chuppah adorned with lush Kim Starr Wise blooms and you’ve got yourself one show-stopping affair. Planned in the hands of Sapphire Events this fete is overflowing with beauty. From the Bride’s beautiful Lazaro gown, to Melissa’s Fine Pastries atop Wildflower Linen, Greer G Photography has it all waiting for you, here!

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From Sapphire EventsCynthia and Paul met through a mutual friend at The University of Florida and after a long game of “hard to get” played by Paul, the two quickly fell in love. They maintained a long distance relationship for 2 years until they finally were able to reunite in Los Angeles. Paul proposed to Cynthia at The Getty Museum overlooking the city at sunset. Soon after the proposal he whisked her off to dinner where she was surprised by her parents and her best friend who had flown in for the special day.

Cynthia is originally from New Orleans and wanted to throw an elegant black tie affair at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in downtown New Orleans. Cynthia has a very close knit family and her parents, Candy and Wally, were instrumental in the planning process. It often takes a village to plan a wedding and Cynthia and Paul’s wedding was no exception. Cynthia wanted a formal event while still throwing an over the top bash that The Big Easy is known for.

Cynthia and Paul were married in a classic courtyard under a stunning lucite chuppah adorned with white orchids and roses. The ceremony was heartfelt, both the bride and the groom had their parents stand by their side throughout their vows. As soon as Paul broke the traditional glass and their guests proclaimed “Mazel Tov” to the newlyweds the real party began.

Cynthia and her mother had a chance to walk into the grand ballroom while the guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the foyer. Both ladies gasped as they walked in and Candy said she felt she had just entered a magical secret garden. the Ritz Carlton Lafayette Ballroom was completely transformed with florals in ivory, beige and gold hues and romantic candlelight that emanated throughout the space.

The highlights of the night included a mash up father daughter dance that began with Celine Dion’s “Because you Loved Me” and ended hilariously with “Selfies” and a heartfelt toast from the father of the bride who was so happy he could barely contain his tears of joy. This was a wedding for the books! Mazel Tov to the Turbows!

Photography: Greer G Photography | Videography: Lumehouse | Florals: Kim Starr Wise | Cake: Melissa's Fine Pastries | Stationery: Alexa Pulitzer | Hair And Makeup: Flawless Bride | Ceremony Music: New Orleans Finest Musicians | Bridal Gown: Lazaro | Candle Decor: Luminous Events | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Ritz Carlton New Orleans | Groom And Groomsmen Attire: HW Rosenblum | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Live Painter: Alex Harvie | Planning And Design: Sapphire Events | Reception Band: Mojeaux | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals

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