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A New Orleans French Quarter Wedding at the Kingsway House

From this moment on, when I think of a New Orleans wedding I’m pretty darn sure this stylish soiree captured by Kent Meister will pop in my mind. Beautifully planned by Valerie at Sapphire Events and complete with stunning florals from Kim Starr Wise, this gallery is perfectly NOLA and perfectly personal.

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From Kent Meister PhotographyWhen you think about New Orleans, it’s usually all about having a good time. That’s exactly what Matt and Simone’s French Quarter wedding was all about. It was loaded with laid back, classy, NOLA-style charm. Their was at the Kingsway House, a refurbished historic recording studio on the edge of the French Quarter. It had just the right combination of Southern charm and modern edge. Plus, the location couldn’t be beat! The best memory I have from the day was taking the wedding party out into the French Quarter for portraits and interacting with everybody on the street that joined in to celebrate with them! As an NYC-based photographer I’ve had my fair share of street participation during wedding shoots, but the French Quarter is on another level entirely!

Yes, this was very much a New Orleans wedding and the best thing about that is it perfectly complimented Matt and Simone. They welcomed their friends and family into their city and made it a large part of the event itself. By doing that, they kept the vibe of their wedding personal and true to who they are. That’s what’s called “doing it right.”

From The Bride…We met in and started our relationship while living in the French Quarter, so wanted to to get married where it all began. Since we were inviting lots of friends and family from out-of-town to a destination wedding, we ordered more casual and fun “map-style” invites from an etsy.com vendor, flagging New Orleans within the state of Louisiana. The venue–the Kingsway House–was an old mansion that served time as a recording studio for acts like Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam before being converted into a home and event space for a local developer. We felt like the space was fresh and modern while maintaining the architecture and eclecticism of the Quarter, and the edge of the house’s former life.

The ceremony was outside in the courtyard on a beautiful fall evening. All flowers and decorations were done by Kim Starr Wise, who brought in festoon lights to keep everything lit as the sun set. We had gotten engaged while in Paris over Kronenbourg beers, so we had a tub full for our guests to start with as they arrived. We made the programs ourselves on paper bags to put the beers in–Quarter Koozies. Great local jazz musician Linnzi Zaorski provide the music.

We tried to keep the whole affair personal and involve friends however we could. Our officiant was a friend that Simone went to law school with, Brian Page, who we asked to get ordained through the same online humanist church Matt previously used to do the same thing. We wrote out our own ceremony and vows and tried to make it about us and what we loved/liked about each other rather than something rote and religious. Our cakes were made by Simone’s high school friend Amanda Malone at Petticoat Pastries out of Lafayette (where Simone grew up). We got the handmade cake topper online on etsy.com because they reminded us of a trip to Australia we took together for another friend’s wedding (Koala Groom, and Kangaroo Bride), and had the Groom’s cake decorated with the logo of the Quarter bar at which we met (One Eyed Jack’s). Kent Meister, a Brooklyn photographer and friend of Matt’s from high school, was nice enough to fly in to take the pictures.

The reception was on-site with great food and plenty of booze from Pigeon caterers. Party music was by Brice Nice, a great local DJ with a Saturday night show on local radio station, WWOZ.

We were seen out to a Quarter pedicab that took us on a ride through the Quarter for the after party at the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone.

Photography: Kent Meister Photography | Wedding Planner: Valerie At Sapphire Events | Florist: Kim Starr Wise | Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza | Cake: Petticoat Pastries | Invitations: Etsy | Shoes: Something Bleu | Catering: Pigeon Caterers | Ceremony Music: Linnzi Zaorski | After Party: Hotel Monteleone | Bridal Shop: Wedding Belles | Ceremony/Reception Venue: Kingsway House | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Makeup: Kiss And Makeup | Reception DJ: Brice Nice

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Mardis Gras Inspired New Orleans Wedding

This is what happens when traditional elegance meets a seriously fun duo, a fab team of New Orleans vendors and a little dose of Mardis Gras goodness: a day that is as awe-inspiring as it is pretty.  I’m talking an enchanted garden-like ceremony meets drop-dead gorgeous details and Mardis Gras masks perfect for a dance party.  See it all captured by Koby And Terilyn Brown right here.

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From Koby and Terilyn Brown… Meribeth’s wedding card for Lad features two skeletons holding hands and the words, “Till Death Do Us Part Is For Quitters.” This couple’s love runs deep and we had the opportunity to create some fascinating pre-wedding portraits for them in one of New Orleans’ oldest cemeteries. What made this especially challenging was Meribeth and Lad’s request NOT to see each other before the ceremony. We accomplished the images taken in the gorgeous cemetery by keeping the bride and groom on opposite sides of the architecture and occasionally using double exposures to make it appear the couple is standing side by side in the frame. This set of images is one of our favorites from this fall – we really enjoyed all the unique aspects of this wedding.

Meribeth and Lad currently reside in Houston, TX, but they have strong family roots in New Orleans, LA. They really wanted to embrace the flavor of the city and give their guests an authentic adventure. Meribeth chose the beautiful, historic Opera Guild as the venue. Guest were provided with venetian masks, snacks, and maps to the city in the welcome gift bags. A lovely outdoor ceremony followed by a fabulous 2nd line march around the block, lead into an indoor-outdoor reception complete with a tarot card reader and a band that had guests dancing well into the night. Bridesmaids were given the freedom to choose their own dresses for the event, and a sagebowl was available for guests wishing to be smudged before the ceremony.

Photography: Koby And Terilyn Brown | Wedding Dress: Marisa | Cakes: Bitter Sweet Confections | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Opera Guild | Floral: The Plant Gallery | Makeup & Hair: Makeup Texas | Marisa'a Gown: Weddings By Debbie | Wedding Shoes : Nina

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Romantic French Garden Inspired Photo Shoot

Three words: French, Garden, Toile and from that comes this gorgeous inspiration awash with a simple outdoor dinner, a champagne toast and a cake that nearly steals the show. This is a modern version of that classic french pattern crafted by Bee’s Wedding And Event Design + Mrs. Vintage + imagery by Marissa Lambert. And the cake? That beauty was designed by Melissa’s Fine Pastries. See it in all its toile glory right here.

Perfection is simply the only way to describe this styled shoot. This utterly romantic shoot was pulled together so seamlessly by some of the best vendors in New Orleans. The photos tell the story of a dreamy wedding day that includes the perfect mix of blue french toile and lovely pinks, reds, purples, and greens. From the prep to the exit, this shoot is sure to inspire any bride or groom planning their BIG day!

Photography: Marissa Lambert | Floral Design: Bee's Wedding And Event Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Melissa's Fine Pastries | Hair: Ginger Dickey | Beauregard & Keyes House And Garden Museum: Beauregard-Keyes House And Garden Museum | Bridal Garments: I Do Bridal Couture | Headpiece And Veil: Sarah Gabriel | Makeup: Melissa Vaccaro | Paper Goods: Ebb & Flow Ink | Sash: Amanda Judge | Styling And Rentals: Mrs. Vintage

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