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New Orleans Plantation Wedding from Eau Claire Photographics
June 3, 2011
DIY InspiredRustic WeddingsPlantation

This New Orleans Plantation wedding? Hello GORGEOUS. From the light streaming through the Spanish Moss to the tickled pink and purple details to the sweet bride and groom, this fête is dripping in glamour. And it's a homegrown, Southern style glamour at that. The cake and desserts? Made with love by the couple's mothers. The flowers? Arranged by the bride's talented father. The decor? Bridesmaids. All captured by the oh-so-talented Eau Claire Photographics, this affair was DIY stunning. And the party doesn't stop here - it continues in the gallery!

Sarah and John

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More, more, more? Check our the great video from Prodigy Media Group!

I really wanted to get married outside while still incorporating New Orleans and the South into the vibe of the day. We went to visit Destrehan Plantation and I knew driving up that the huge live oak trees covered in Spanish moss with the historic plantation in the background was the perfect place for our ceremony. And what was even better was the rustic mule barn on the property that we could use for the cocktail hour and reception.

After discovering Style Me Pretty and the world of wedding blog's I soon found myself drawn to the same images over and over, and easily came to the conclusion that I wanted my wedding to look like Anthropologie threw a wedding at a barn, everything rustic and natural but still clean and crisp.

I wanted my bridesmaids to be able to make their own dress choices, so I chose an array of purples and corals from J. Crew and let them go to town on their dresses and accessories. My Dad and I ordered the flowers online from the Flower Exchange and he and a good friend put together all the arrangements and bouquets like experts. I enlisted everyone I know into collecting jars and bottles, ordering and finding things on etsy, ebay and in flea markets, put bridesmaids to work crafting reception decor items, and forced my brothers and best friends to come help me decorate the day before the wedding.

I wasn't really falling in love with any wedding cake pictures, so my amazing mother stepped up and baked and frosted all of the different cakes and cupcakes for the desert table and John's mom even made his favorite mint brownies and brought them in with her from St. Louis. We provided to go containers and there wasn't a desert left at the end of the night!

Picking favorite photos is impossible. Sandra of EAU Claire Photographics blew us out of the water with her work. We knew from looking at her previous weddings that she was going to be great, but we never thought the pictures would be as amazing as they are. I never once saw her the whole ceremony and reception, yet she and Sam managed to capture a perfect picture of everything! All the details that were so special to me, all the guests candid faces, the emotions on our faces and the excitement vibrating throughout the whole barn.

Photographer: Eau Claire Photographics / Videographer: Prodigy Media Group / Floral Designer: The Flower Exchange / Event Designer & Planner: Emily with Get Polished Events / Invitation Designer: Meredtih with RE Style & Design, Printed by Mercurio Brothers / Cake & Desserts: Brides Mom / Wedding Gown Designer: Allure Bridals from Ventura's Bridal / Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: J. Crew / Flower Girl Dresses: Lesley at Homemade Grits

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