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A Romantic Wedding with Venetian Flair at the Ritz Carlton New Orleans

The minute we laid eyes on this stunning New Orleans wedding captured by Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography, we were immediately infatuated by its statement-making color scheme of burgundy, mauve, deep ocean blue and gold hues. Bella Blooms created wild and dramatic arrangements (plus a truly unforgettable arbor) lush with roses, greenery and cascading amaranthus. The elements of this day planned by Sapphire Events perfectly intertwined the lively spirit of New Orleans with subtle pops of venetian flair. Take in all the moody and romantic details below…

From Lance Nicoll Wedding PhotographyFriends and family traveled from all over the country to celebrate Samantha & Tyler’s elegantly designed wedding day. The planning process began with beautiful design plan from Sapphire Events with sought to include, “romantic elements to create a dramatic design with pops of venetian flair and chic elegance.”

The floral design of Bella Blooms perfectly brought together the burgundy, mauve, and deep ocean blues of the color palette. The burgundy and gold paper pieces with velvet textures by Yonder greeted guests before the day began and tied all of the elements from the day together. The intimate setting for the ceremony staged an incredibly emotional ceremony as these two families who are so closely tied watched and these two great friends, Samantha and Tyler vowed a life together.

From Sapphire Events… Stationary: A moody and romantic suite with chic details. Personal Flowers & Bridal Bouquet: A mixture of wild and lush garden greenery with dynamic floral statements. Pops of dramatic color such as burgundy and mauve will be interspersed among neutral tones to create a stunning piece to compliment the bride and her gown. Ceremony Design: A wild, organic floral statement piece will surround the bride and groom, with the densest part of the arbor cascading just above the newlyweds. 

Cocktail Hour: The design for the cocktail hour is intended to be light and relaxing, acting as a transition between the ceremony and the romantic reception design. Dance Room: Chandeliers will hang amongst dramatic burgundy drapery from the beams in the space, providing romantic lighting and visual interest from above. All of these elements came together to turn Samantha and Tyler’s dream of a romantic, elegant wedding with venetian flair into a reality. It truly was the perfect day!

Photography: Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography | Videography: Carriage Films | Event Planning: Sapphire Events | Floral Design: Bella Blooms | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Cake: Chasing Wang | Invitations: Yonder Design | Ceremony Venue: The Monastery | Reception Venue: test | Tent: Gulf Coast Events And Rentals | Bar and Champagne Tower: The Grand Bevy | Lighting & Decor: Luminous Events | MUA: Melissa vaccaro | Projection Lighting: See Hear Productions | Reception Band: Men of Distinction | Reception Gown: Halston Heritage | Rentals: Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals | Rentals: Distressed|Rentals & Revival

This Elegant Louisiana Wedding at the Bride’s Family Plantation Is Everything

Today’s gorgeous wedding from Greer Gattuso Photography with planning from Wink Designs and Events is a true Southern fairytale. The bride and groom exchanged vows under a canopy of ancient oak trees and an abundant arbor of white roses and greenery by Bella Blooms. Our favorite part? The floral-covered swing hanging from the oak trees that the bride’s father made – talk about the sweetest DIY moment ever! Check out the full gallery to see every perfect detail of their special day.

From the bride… Zach proposed on a private boat ride through the canals of Amsterdam, while on vacation. Our captain greeted us with a beautiful spread of cheese and champagne, and as we slowly rode through the charming little canals lined with flowers, I thought there was no way the day could get any better. Next thing I knew, Zach was down on one knee! It was such an unforgettable day of pure joy. Once we were back home in New Orleans, we met with our wedding planner, Kim Tran, from Wink Design and Events. We knew instantly that she was the perfect fit for us!

I had always dreamed of an outdoor wedding at my family’s home in Southern Louisiana. Lagonda is a gorgeous piece of land on the Atchafalaya River that is the site of an old sugarcane plantation. The original home burned down over 50 years ago and my parents spent years building their dream home in that same spot, surrounded by huge oak trees. My inspiration for the wedding really came from the natural beauty of this land and the pure warmth of it being my family’s home. I envisioned saying “I do” under the ancient oaks surrounded by moss. Zach and I couldn’t think of anything more perfect or more Southern. My parents built the house in a French style, which I also got a lot of inspiration from. We wanted everything to feel very classic and timeless.

It was important to Zach and l that our guests felt relaxed and at home, which is why they were greeted with champagne upon arrival, before taking their seats at the ceremony. The stunning boxwood champagne wall held champagne glasses with gold scrolls with the guest’s names and table numbers, and was a favorite feature at the cocktail hour. Guests then made their way to the clear tent, for a seated dinner of oyster rockefeller soup, lobster and filet mignon, and our delicious pistachio wedding cake. 26 antique chandeliers nestled in greenery hung over the dance floor, which was packed all night, thanks to our incredible band, the Party Crashers. When guests weren’t dancing, they were enjoying the MirMir photobooth, and the bananas foster station. We also incorporated a few surprises for our guests; a fireworks show over the river, a late-night Pizza Hut delivery (served on silver trays of course) and a confetti bomb finale! We also hosted a brunch the following morning complete with shrimp and grits, bloody Mary’s, and a jazz trio.

We really wanted to highlight the oak trees on the property. One of the most special features was a swing that my Dad made. My amazing florist, Dee from Bella Blooms, really brought it to life. It had such a whimsical feel and the guests loved taking pictures on it. The swing is still hanging from our favorite tree and every time we go home, it’s such a sweet reminder. We lit the trees with twinkle lights and chandeliers. We also set up little vignettes around the yard with furniture from the house, and blankets and pillows for guests to lounge on during the brunch.

I remember walking down the aisle and being surrounded by the faces I love, and seeing Zach waiting for me. I remember the wind blowing and thinking how magical it all was. It honestly felt like a dream and was the most special moment of my life. Our 11-year-old Bichon Frise, Sophie, made an appearance and that was another favorite moment. It was so important to Zach and I that we included her and we are in love with the photos with her!

I would say take time choosing your vendors and communicating with them. I’m a very detail-oriented person and a little old fashioned when it comes to email, so I ended up calling quite a few of my vendors. Both my videographer and my calligrapher told me that they couldn’t remember the last time a bride called them on the phone! For me, it was nice to hear their voices and get to know them a little bit. I was also able to better explain my vision and what I wanted. I am truly thankful for Wink Design and Events, Greer Gattuso Photography, and the many others that helped to make our dream wedding a reality.

Photography: Greer Gattuso | Event Planning: Wink Designs And Events | Floral Design: Bella Blooms | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville | Cake: Chasing Wang | bakery: Flour De Lis Bakery | Invitations: Scriptura | wedding shoes: Rene Caovilla | wedding bands: Lee Michaels | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Imonelli | makeup: brandi Zito | Hair Stylist: Southern Roots Salon | calligraphy: Calligraphy By Maria-Helena | lighting: Luminous Events | Groom's Attire: Fellow Menswear | tent: Gulf Coast Events And Rentals | Rentals: Event Rental | Rentals: Just Ask Rental | Rentals: Party Central | Rentals: Beachview Tent Rentals | bridal robe: Nordstrom | bridesmaid's robes: Homebodii | headpiece: Stephanie Browne | linens: Nuage Designs | photo booth: Mir Mir | production: See Hear Productions | rentals: Yur Event Rentals | video: Andrey Solo Films | wedding ring: Jack Sutton Jewelry

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My Favorite Bride EVER at New Orlean’s Audubon Tea Room

Today, I feel old. Why, you ask? Well, because my sweet little Kory – whom I’ve known and loved since she was knee high to a grasshopper – tied the knot in the most sophisticated, chic New Orleans wedding ever and I get to share it with everyone here today! It’s a weird feeling. Seeing one of your favorite little squirts grow up into such a stunning bride, plan such a beautiful wedding, give such wise and thoughtful advice. Especially when the fondest memories you have of the aforementioned bride are in trying to get her and her big sister, Kellie, to say bad words without knowing it. And laughing our tails off when they did. I blame my best friend, Katie, who has been a bad influence on me for as long as I can remember. Anyway, I feel so lucky to call this pretty girl and her family friends and can’t wait for you guys to see the stunning pics from Laura Caraway of her lovely, lovely day.

From the Bride… Jake and I have known each other pretty much forever… my parents and his parents are lifelong friends. Although I grew up in Houston,  we have deep-seated family ties in Louisiana and many family celebrations and holidays were spent there. One Easter, when my family and I were there for the holiday, Jake and I bumped into each other. We started dating about a month later. We dated for six years before he finally popped the question!


Dress shopping was NOT the most enjoyable for me. I am so very indecisive, I must’ve tried on every style there is. After leaving our favorite store and wavering on one dress in particular, I decided to revisit the store during a trunk show.

I put the dress back on, met with the designer and after being allowed to make a few small customizations, it wasn’t even a question any more! The (added) removable straps were a hit and my favorite part of the dress.


The venue was the easiest decision out of our entire wedding planning process. Having one big open area where everyone could be together, whether it be to dance or enjoy the food, was our top priority.  No venue compared to the Audubon Tea Room. Their amazing New Orlean’s food didn’t hurt either!


I feel like I (and we) broke all wedding rules on the day of. Not only did we have a first look but we were (surprisingly!) running a bit ahead of schedule and were able to enjoy a few minutes with family, friends and a few guests before the wedding in the hotel lobby, in my dress and all!

Even though it meant that some saw me before coming down the aisle, this is one of my favorite memories from the day of — no stress, just enjoying all of our favorite people in our favorite city.


The first decision we ever made was to go with a non-traditional wedding cake and have a tiered cookie cake instead. If possible, it was even more delicious than it was gorgeous.

Glasses of milk were passed around for guests to enjoy with their slice of cookie cake!


I spent a lot of time worrying “What will people think?” and Jake was so great at keeping me grounded and reminding me that the weekend and the wedding was about only the two of us. It’s definitely easier said than done but try to focus on what is important to you!

Photographer: Laura Caraway Photography | Coordinator: Three Little Words | Florals: Leaf + Petal Nola | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Bittersweet Confections | Church: St. Francis Of Assisi | Reception Venue: Audubon Tea Room | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Makeup: Ashley Sievert Beauty | Hair: Nicole Pigeon Theobold | Band: The Boogie Men | Hotel: Hotel Provincial | Bridesmaids' Dress Salon: Bella Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress Boutique: Brickhouse Bridal

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Meet in the Middle! A Destination Wedding in New Orleans at Race + Religious

Looking for a super-cool stateside destination wedding spot? With a motto of laissez les bon temps rouler” (that’s Cajun-speak for let the good times roll) ~ there’s no better place to make merry. Or get married! The flawless photographs from Marissa of Mon Soleil Weddings are sure to convince you that you can’t go wrong with a New Orleans wedding. With superb wedding coordination by Mint Julep Productions, this event-planner-bride knew just how to design a wedding that would delight and charm everyone. Lovely florals from Poppy & Mint added to the welcoming ambience that surrounded the entire wedding weekend at Race & Religious. We’re pretty sure that every wedding at this historic venue will be an incredible experience, but as you’ll see… Trisha and Sutton’s wedding was the epitome of whimsy and romance that united families from all over the U.S….. They met in the middle in NOLA!

From the Bride… My now husband and I live in California, but his extended family is mostly on the east coast and mine is mostly the west coast. We chose New Orleans as it’s one of our favorite cities – the music, the food, the culture…

We go there often and thought it would be the perfect place to host our guests for a weekend destination wedding due to our love of the city but also it’s location being somewhat in the middle!

Our guests were our most important element of the wedding – sharing our love of New Orleans, and for each other – and for my daughter – as we wanted to celebrate the love of creating a family.

Race and Religious was the perfect venue – we moved in our closest friends for the weekend, held our rehearsal dinner and welcome party there on Friday and then changed the look and feel of the space on Saturday for the wedding. We had the most amazing vendors – they made every creative detail we wished for come to life.

As a corporate event planner as my day job, I wanted to be able to share our vision and just have our vendor team go – and go they did – and far exceeded our expectations. Audrey of Distressed Rentals understood my fiance’s vision of creating small seating vignettes throughout the property for guests to relax and enjoy. Destiny of Poppy and Mint filled the front gate with the most incredible florals to create an amazing entrance for our guests.

We had the best southern food – both nights – Andrew and Dustin from Catering D’orelans were spectacular – guests were loving the oyster bars, boozy snow cone cocktails and traditional southern food specialties. We wrote each guest a love note to share how grateful we were for them to travel and spend the weekend with us and in return got some amazing Polaroid photos for our guest book. We danced the evening away and finished with a sparkler last dance to cap the night. It was a fantasy weekend – we are the luckiest family to have been surrounded and celebrated by our dear friends and relatives in our favorite city.

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And now, with these amazing images in mind, watch the wedding highlight film from Mon Soleil Weddings as Trisha and Scott welcome their guests to the wedding weekend, declare their love and belief in each other and as Scott vows to love and cherish Trisha and Emmy to the end of time! A celebration of “love, friendship, marriage and family!

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Marissa Lambert (aka Mon Soleil Weddings) has been featured at least fifteen times on the pages of Style Me Pretty! Pretty awesome fact, right?

Be sure to visit today’s full gallery of images from Mon Soleil Weddings that capture the love ~ the New Orleans way!

Photography: Mon Soleil Weddings | Photography: Mon Soleil Weddings | Cinematography: Mon Soleil Weddings | Event Coordination: Mint Julep Productions | Florist: Poppy and Mint | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture | Bakery: Beth Biundo | Stationery: Xowyo | Ceremony Venue: Race and Religious | Reception Venue: Race and Religious | Catering: Catering D'Orleans | Lighting: Luminous Events | Event Rentals: Distressed|Rentals & Revival | Reception music: B Street Band

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New Orlean’s Ogden Museum of Southern Art Weding

I’m not sure there is a city in the world that can compare to New Orleans. A city that is so rich in history, so alive, so beautifully flawed where stories dig through generations and despite hardship and pain, continue to thrive in the most warm and loving way. And this wedding – photographed by Audra Wrisley and planned by Elle Ellinghuas – bottles up those very sentiments and infuses them with a sense of Joy you can literally feel.

“How did you fall in love with New Orleans? At once, madly. Looking back, sometimes I think it was predestined.” –Andrei Codrescu. Invitations by Rifle Paper Co. 

From Audra Wrisley Photography… Claire and Patrick hosted a destination wedding in New Orleans this spring, expertly designed by Elle Ellinghaus with dreamy hues of pink, royal blue, and purples in a theme of Marie Antoinette’s garden.

The bride went to school at Tulane and grew up visiting her Grandparents in New Orleans, and she had always dreamt of a beautiful southern wedding in the heart of the French Quarter.

Claire and Patrick said “I do” in the St Louis Cathedral and hosted a second line, dinner and dancing at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.  

Their elaborate Marie-Antoinette inspired cake held traditional cake pulls for bridesmaids, and the couple gifted their guests traditional praline cookies at the end of the evening.

Photography: Audra Wrisley Photography | Wedding Planner: Elle Ellinghaus Design | Floral Design: Pick a Petal | Cake: Cake by Jason | Cake : Gambinos | Ceremony Venue: Old Ursuline Convent | Reception Venue: Ogden Museum of Southern Art | Caterer: Calcasieu | Hair & Makeup: Glam on Location | Groomsmen Attire: Menguin | Hotel: Hotel Monteleone | Hotel: Bourbon Orleans Hotel | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Stacie Snyder Bridal Beauty | Bridal Salon: Robinson's Bridal | Custom Handkerchiefs: Backyard Printing | Custom Wedding Ring: Anna Sheffield Bridal | Escort Cards, Menus, Monogram: Just Ink On Paper | Macaroon Tower: Bittersweet Confections | Marti Gras Beads: Beads By The Dozen | Rentals: Yur Event Rentals | Rentals: Event Rental | Rentals: Just Ask Rental | Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs: Rifle Paper Co. | Second Line Band: Frenchmen Street Productions | Tiara : Eden Luxe Bridal | Veil: Eden Luxe Bridal

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Classic Louisiana Wedding With Whimsical Charm

From Ashley at The Graceful HostCali and Arrington exchanged vows in a chapel at Saint Scholastica Academy, the bride’s high school alma mater, in an intimate ceremony, with just family and close friends in attendance. They later celebrated, surrounded by approximately 300 of their loved ones, at the North House Home & Garden. They chose this venue because they wanted to celebrate in a garden setting that felt intimate, yet whimsical. Poppy & Mint was spot on with the floral design while Erin McCall Photography captured the day to perfection!

Cali chose a neutral color palette of ivory, butter yellow, blush, champagne and pale grey, with accents of gold and greenery for a timeless look that would still be beautiful years from now. 

Since they were married on St. Patrick’s Day, the luck of the Irish made it’s way on to the bar, as a fun way to celebrate the holiday. Even their dogs were incorporated into their wedding by naming the signature drinks after them! 

When asked, Cali said that her favorite moment of the day was the father/daughter dance, where her sister hopped on the dance floor. “We danced to “We are the Champions”, as we have danced to since we were little girls,” recalls Cali. “Everyone there was cheering as they know how much that song embodies the “Spell Family” mantra. It was a perfect moment that I will cherish forever!

In true Louisiana fashion, Cali + Arrington placed a lot of emphasis on food and entertainment. The band, Crescent City Soul, kept the dance floor packed all night, and guests dined on Louisiana favorites such as raw oysters, jambalaya, fried catfish, and BBQ shrimp. They even passed around a local favorite as a late night treat – Butter Krisp Donuts.
From the Bride… I always wanted a garden type of wedding, but also wanted it to be classic with clean lines. We were married on St. Patrick’s day, so I wanted to incorporate a lot of greenery and I wanted neutral colors. 

The jewelry I wore was a compilation from several women in my life that have been important role models for me. I wore gold and Sapphire jewelry, as my birthday is in September. It was also my grandmother’s favorite stone and she passed away a few weeks before we were engaged. My bracelet I wore was passed down to me from her. My earrings are my “aunt” Stephanie’s who has been like another mother figure to me. My ring is my other grandmother’s wedding ring. She could not be present for the wedding as she has been battling Alzheimer’s for many years. They were there in spirit and it was so special to have a part of them there with me. 

Our wedding day exceeded any expectation that I may have had! It was relaxing, dreamy, and full of so much love and excitement. I have been in so many weddings and I never thought that when it is your own you could feel so much love and contentment. I was blown away by the private ceremony that felt so intimate and the presentation of the reception was just perfect. Every detail and the difference and the guests are still talking about what a wonderful night it was! Our friends and family are truly what makes this life so wonderful.

Be sure to pop on over to the full gallery for lots more pretty from Erin McCall Photography!

Photography: Erin McCall | Videography: Harmonic Films | Event Design: The Graceful Host | Event Planning: The Graceful Host | Floral Design: Poppy and Mint | Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal Couture | Cake: Maple Street Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel | Reception Venue: North House Home and Garden | Catering: Margo E. Bouanchaud | Makeup: Lynna Vo | Hair: Stephanie Ruiz | Band: Crescent City Soul | Brides Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaid Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Bridesmaid Dress Shop: Bella Bridesmaid | Draping: Quest Drape | Linens: Nuage Designs | Photobooth: HD Photobooth | Rentals: Luminous Events | Rentals: Gulf Coast Events And Rentals

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Lifestyle Blogger Haute Off the Rack’s Bridal Luncheon Is Granny Approved!

After attending the bridal shower, Jennifer Palpallatoc’s grandmother told the blogger that she should have just gotten married that day, because it was the most beautiful event that she’s ever seen. Looking at these photographs by Lance Nicoll, and we think Granny is onto something! Angela Maria Events crafted a gorgeous celebration at the White Magnolia Barn, including a flower crown station with Poppy + Mint Floral Company. From the centerpieces, to that work-of-art cake, to the ladies in their flower crowns, this is certainly one pretty event. Granny – and SMP – approved!

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From the bride-to-be, Jenn of Haute Off the RackMy bridal shower was everything I had ever envisioned and more thanks to the amazing work of Angela Marie Events. The whole idea stemmed from a work trip that I attended last year at the MacKenzie-Childs headquarters in Aurora, New York, where we took pottery painting classes, floral arranging classes, and even learned how to make flower crowns. It was so much fun learning something new and getting to be creative while clearing my mind and enjoying snacks and rosé. I feel like that’s something we forget to do as adults. We get so caught up with work and daily life that we forget to take time for ourselves and create beautiful things just because we want to and not because we have to.

I loved the classes so much that I wanted to re-create the experience for my friends. What better time to do something new with your friends than when you have them all in the same place at the same time at your bridal shower!?

Angela loved the idea and put together the most beautiful floral themed shower that I’ve ever seen. The whole shower was perfect down to every little detail – from the dreamy invitations and vintage plates to the elegant, barn-style venue and the stunning floral centerpieces that literally cascaded over the tabletops. Not to mention the fact that Poppy & Mint provided us with most exquisite selection of flowers to decorate our crowns with, which we wore the whole shower.

In addition to the refreshing cocktails and arts and crafts, my friends know that I would never associate myself with a party that didn’t serve plenty of delicious appetizers and desserts. In fact, for dessert, we served three different cake flavors. Why have vanilla when you can have carrot, lemon, and strawberry!?

Last but not least, I sent each guest home with a pretty pink bottle of Flowerbomb Bloom perfume by Viktor & Rolf to serve as a little reminder of our fun, floral-themed day together. I made sure to keep a bottle for myself, which I spritzed on just before the party started. The sweet floral scent complemented my lace, open shoulder dress perfectly.



Photography: Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography | Cinematography: Lonely Eskimo Productions | Event Planning + Design: Angela Marie Events | Floral Design: Poppy and Mint | Cake: Chasing Wang | Shoes: Bella Belle | Favors: Courtesy Viktor & Rolf | Venue: The White Magnolia | Catering + Beverage Services: The White Magnolia | Glasses + Silverware: Event Rental | Painted Urn: Upstairs Paper Studio | Photography Assistance: Eddie Marroquin | Plates: Capital Vintage Charm | Purse: Zac Posen | Rentals: Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals | Stationery + Signs: The Little Blue Chair | Welcome Book: Gigi New York

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We Love That This Editorial Dances Between Edgy + Romantic

Joy Proctor Design can do no wrong, my friends. And we’re heading into the weekend with one of my absolute favorite editorials she’s ever styled – this edgy yet romantic, French inspired bridal session captured by Lance Nicoll. All I’ll say before letting you dive right in is that those peep toe Bella Belle booties and the skirt on that Musat gown are a match made in wedding heaven…

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From Lance NicollThis styled shoot designed by Joy Proctor took place at Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans is a city engulfed in French heritage, and so the blend of French culture and New Orleans history come together in this soft blush palette. The blush lace of the Musat gown was the perfect complement to the pops of pastels tied in throughout the shoot.



Photography: Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography | Cinematography: Lonely Eskimo Productions | Floral Design: CeCe Designs | Wedding Dress: Musat Bridal | Shoes: Bella Belle | Makeup: May Mananya | Hair: allison lacour | Venue: Longvue House And Gardens | Event Design + Creative Direction: Joy Proctor Design | Model: Alyssa Smith | Paper Goods: The Idea Emporium

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Why Finding the Perfect Wedding Vendors has Never Been This Easy

We all know that you can’t have an amazing wedding without an amazing team of vendors, but we also know that finding that oh-so-awesome dream team takes a lot of work and research. Unless, you make plans to attend the Outer Banks Meet + Greet at Sanderling Resort on Sunday, March 10th from 5 – 9 pm. It’s your chance to mix and mingle with the best in the biz, plus find those wedding pros that will turn your destination wedding on the Outer Banks into the celebration you’ve always wanted.

Duck, North Carolina is one of those vacay spots you never want to leave and Sanderling Resort sits right smack-dab in the center of all of the action. With gorgeous views, luxe accommodations and a talented staff that knows a thing or two about dream weddings, you can count on that celebration of the century to happen. Now add in a meet + greet with talented OBX Wedding Professionals, hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings, a reception style dinner and dessert samplings and it’s not just an evening planning your big day… it’s a lot of fun, too. You can even dabble in Sassy S’mores at the Firepits at the Event House. (Yum.)

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Trust us on this one, you guys – the Outer Banks Meet + Greet at Sanderling Resort is one of those events you seriously can’t miss. Mark those calendars for March 10th from 5-9 pm, then visit Sanderling Resort to purchase tickets, book rooms and learn more about getting those engagement pictures taken. You’re going to have a blast.

Your Sneak Peek At One Of Miami Beach’s Most Stylish Wedding Venues

You know what’s better than ogling over one of our fave South Beach venues? Seeing one seriously stylish duo tie the knot in that very space. We call that that a win-win, and we suggest you cozy on up for one of the prettiest weddings ever at the W South Beach. It’s one glam detail after another that will have you booking this Miami hot spot in a heartbeat.

When it comes to your Big Day, we know that finding that dream locale isn’t always easy – whether you plan on tying the knot with only a few in attendance or want to host a luxe reception in that over-the-top Miami style we all love. The W South Beach makes it so, so easy with an experienced team of wedding professionals that will help you create that statement-making event you’ve always wanted – big or small. From their breathtaking Atlantic views to their fabulous amenities to their FOUR venues (check out the tree-filled Grove, one of our faves), they have you covered. And don’t just take our word on it – take your cue from this stunning duo, who hosted what can only be described as a movie-like celebration, complete with an outdoor ceremony and a ballroom reception with dancing ’til dawn.

W South Beach is all about next level weddings with every glamorous detail that you could possibly imagine. Trust us, your every want will be taken care of, right down to their amazing Whatever/Whenever® service, aka, the best concierge service on the planet. Need even more proof? Take it from beautiful bride, Samantha – The best part of working with the W was not having to worry about our day not being beautiful. The venue itself is so stunning without anything extra, it was comforting to know that, no matter what, it would be beautiful. Working with Marina made everything about the day less stressful. She really helped organize our dream wedding from start to finish!

See more of their beautiful day here, then contact Marina Serret at 305.938.3028 to get planning.

The Key to the Perfect Outer Banks Wedding

We don’t need to tell you that the Outer Banks in North Carolina is a gorgeous place to tie the knot – the beauty in this seaside paradise truly speaks for itself. But if you’re on the lookout for a resort that can host your Big Day sans any stress on your part, we can help. The Sanderling Resort sits right on the Atlantic and has some amazing venue + package options that will bring your entire vision full-circle. Check it out.

The key to any amazing wedding? Finding the right locale. And with Sanderling Resort, you can pretty much sit back and relax while their planners take care of it all for you, starting with helping you land on the right package option. Sanderling Resort offers five elopement packages for 15 – 60 guests that include everything from wedding cakes to s’mores around the fire pit. Their full-service package works for those larger celebrations for up to 180 guests and their winter package waives the facility fee and the food and beverage minimum, which is awesome. And if you want to talk venues – you can tie the knot seaside on their beautiful beach or Observation Deck, host a grander event at their House + Deck or Pavilion, or celebrate in an intimate soiree at their Kimball’s Kitchen or Keeper’s Loft.

From their fresh southern coastal cuisine to their team of pros that know everything there is to know about planning a seaside wedding, we love Sanderling Resort and their breathtaking Outer Banks locale. To find out more about planning your Big Day, call their fab team of wedding planners at 877.300.0624 or visit their website here.

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THIS Is How You Throw the Ultimate South Beach Wedding

Thinking of saying “I do” in South Beach? Then let this gorgeous wedding (and couple) be your guide. Literally everything about their day screams total glamour – from the decor to the dance ’til your drop reception to the luxurious W South Beach locale. Find out so much more about throwing your very own dream wedding below.

Miami is made for marrying. And the W South Beach? They know how to get it done. From your very first moments of planning to your last sip of champagne, their team of wedding professionals will help you create that wedding you’ve always wanted, just like this gorgeous couple’s Big Day. They definitely took advantage of the amazing views from the oceanfront locale, awesome venue choices (indoor AND outdoor) and customizable menus. We love the way they transformed the Great Room into an ultra-luxe Miami party, and are especially smitten with The Grove for an al fresco reception up to 150 and the Cabana at WET for an intimate celebration if you’re looking for something a bit different. And don’t even get us started on the gorgeous rooms, guest amenities and fun activities. We love the WOW factor.

Whether you plan on saying “I do” with just a few close friends and family or want to throw the celebration of the century like this stunning duo, the W South Beach can make it all happen… and beautifully. From their amazing staff to their Whatever/Whenever® service (they’ll truly bend over backwards) to their awesome wedding packages, you honestly can’t go wrong. For site tours and booking, contact Marina Serret at 305.938.3028 to get your Miami party started.


Contact the W South Beach to ask about SAYING “I DO” IN STYLE

  • Complimentary in-suite couples massage for bride and groom during the wedding weekend
  • 1 -Year-Anniversary complimentary room night with breakfast in bed
  • Cabana for the day after the wedding with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot
  • Complimentary 1 Hour of Wonderful Bar
  • Special pricing for Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding Brunch available
  • Minimum revenue applies

Photography : Max Photo | Wedding Dress: Stephen Yearick | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Makeup: Veronica Gonzalez | DJ: DJ Xio | Officiant: South Florida Officiant | Monogram, escort cards, welcome sign, & welcome bag stationary: Siuleth of Eleven Note | Bridal Robes: Etsy | Cake and Dessert Bar: Elegant Temptations | Ceremony and Reception Venue: W South Beach | Floral Design and Decor: Nellie Matos | Here Comes the Bride Sign: The Ritzy Rose | Programs: Infinity Paper | Reserved Sign: Etsy

An Insider’s Guide To Your Birmingham Wedding

When it comes to tying the knot, Birmingham is one of those hidden gems that makes your wedding weekend just as fun as it is stylish. Trust us, just one stop in “The Magic City” and you’ll be smitten. Which is why we’re teaming up The Westin Birmingham to bring you a little insider’s guide on how to make the most of your Birmingham celebration. From fun activities to amazing restaurants, we’ve got you covered.


Our Pick: The Westin Birmingham.

Why we love it: We all know that choosing a venue with stellar photo ops is sooo important, and The Westin Birmingham will definitely not disappoint. We can’t get over the vertical wall and stairs combo that jumps out at you the second you walk into the lobby (hello, drama) AND the views of Uptown from the rooftop pool. Taking those newlywed images to an entirely new (breathtaking) level has never been easier.

Our Pick: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Why we love it: Three words: sooo many flowers. Plus, gorgeous greenery and awe-inspiring structures, too. Which means that you can snap those moments with your love surrounded by everything from beautiful roses to tulips to camellias, the perfect backdrop for those fall wedding captures. Bonus? It’s just a 10 minute drive from The Westin Birmingham, so you don’t have to miss your entire cocktail hour.


Our Pick: Todd English P.U.B.

Why we love it: No wedding is complete without a fabulous lineup of restaurants on the itinerary, and if one of those restaurants happens to be in the lobby of The Westin Birmingham? Even better. Todd English P.U.B. boasts a full Raw Bar, plus a lineup of traditional American “comfort foods” that will leave your tummies happy. And the Bloody Mary Cart? A must for your morning-after brunch AND a quick jaunt down from your luxe accommodations.

Our Pick: Perry’s Steakhouse

Why we love it: Just a short 20 minute Uber from The Westin Birmingham’s Uptown location, Perry’s Steakhouse is one of our fave spots in Birmingham. Why? It’s tasty award-winning menu will get you every. single. time. and the cocktails are super tasty. We suggest trying this locale out for a yummy rehearsal dinner or bachelor/bachelorette party.

Our Pick: Galley and Garden

Why we love it: And speaking of rehearsal dinners, the Galley and Garden is a beautiful spot for that night-before celebration with your nearest and dearest. We’re sort of obsessed with the historic Merritt House locale and the beautiful private dining options will really make your evening stand out. Oh, and the food? Spectacular.


Our Pick: Top Golf Birmingham

Why we love it: Guys, Top Golf is the best. Whether you’ve never picked up a club in your life, or happen to be the next Jordan Spieth, trust us on this one: you and your guests will love it. Plus, with good food, good drinks and fun to be had by all, it’s the perfect spot for any of those pre-wedding parties you have on the lineup… or a getaway with your love post-nuptials.

Our Pick: Sips n Strokes

Why we love it: If you’re looking for a more laid-back activity, Sips n Strokes is IT. Think wine, painting (your very own works of art) and tons of laughs with your besties. We’re loving this Birmingham hot spot as an amazing girls’ getaway with your bridal party – or a fun activity with all of your nearest and dearest who are in town to celebrate you and your love.

Our Pick: Locked in Birmingham

Why we love it: Having a list of activities for your guests is one of the most important parts of planning your Big Day and they’ll absolutely LOVE you when you add this brain charger to their itinerary. Because nothing says “bonding experience” quite like a game that requires you to use clues to escape from a room with your friends and family. So fun, you guys.

Ready to plan the week or weekend of a lifetime? Contact The Westin Birmingham as your starting point. They’ll take care of all of your wedding dreams (luxe accommodations, beautiful venues) and the city of Birmingham will handle the rest of the fun.

Photography: Sam Jasper Photography | Photography: NicTay Photography

The Perfect Blueprint for an Ethereal New Orleans Wedding

If there were a wedding dictionary, this photo shoot would sit right at the top of the list for all things whimsical. With SIX incredible Little Black Book members behind the beauty including Kim Starr Wise, Blue Gardenia Events, Nuage Designs, Melissa’s Fine Pastries, Bella Belle and Lance Nicoll to capture it all, the beauty is bursting at the seams. Which detail is your favorite?

From Nuage DesignsThe following images, shot on film by Lance Nicoll, are inspired by Lord Bryon’s famous words “she walks in beauty like the night, of cloudless climes and starry skies.” In a place where dark and light come together, a place that time forgot – but, where memories hold fast. Abandoned ruins of a plantation that burned long ago provide the backdrop for this dramatic, ethereal, & deeply romantic inspiration.

Lush and grand florals by Kim Starr Wise adorn a dramatic tablescape with gilded details in a palette of soft grays, blush, magenta, & lilac with pops of teal and black. Our two brides are dramatic yet modern, soft yet vivid in their Kelly Faetanini and Berta Gowns. Two wildly lush bouquets are just the beginning of the floral touches. A floral sash is the perfect new accent for the modern yet classic bride; while an imposing floral headpiece is an ideal statement piece. The teal and black cake by Melissa’s Fine Pastries is perfectly set against a gently blowing blush damask linen by Nuage Designs. The lounge area again has dramatic florals cascading down a vintage settee with pops of teal and blush – a perfectly wild palette against a backdrop of lush overgrown foliage and pale gray columns. Walk amongst the ruins…to another time, another place. The ruins still stand, the memories remain, the romance continues.

Photographer: Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography | Florist: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events | Wedding Dress: Berta | Cake: Melissa's Fine Pastries | Invitations: Gourmet Invitations | Shoes: Bella Belle | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Tuxedo: John's Tuxedos | Black Ballroom Skirt: Kelly Faetanini | Designer: Blue Gardenia Events | Furniture : Distressed|Rentals & Revival | Gown & Veil: Town and Country Bridal | HMU: Midori Professional Makeup Artistry | Linens: Nuage Designs | Model: Rachel Palumbo | Model: Jake Wynne Wilson | Model : Isabella De Leon | Placecards: Inloftcalligraphy | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

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Classic New Orleans Wedding Complete with an Heirloom Dress

From an antique engagement ring to her grandmother’s wedding dress worn for her first dance, this Bride is all about “Something Old”. And that sentiment fits right in with a New Orlean’s celebration filled with classic details styled by Victoria Austin and lovely NOLA charm captured through the images of Greer Gattuso and lens of Bride Film. See it all unfold, including the perfect Second Line parade, right here.

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From the Bride… The dress I wore for our first dance is actually very special to me. My Grammy was like a second mother to me, as well as my best friend. She is no longer with us, but I was honored to wear her wedding dress and have her with me, in a way, for my first dance. It was a very special moment, not only for me, but also for my mother and her two sisters. (And yes, it is blue, but it really was her wedding dress! I like to think I get my individuality from her )

I think Grammy also inspired my penchant for antiques. We spent months searching for the perfect antique engagement ring and finally found my circa 1890 pink sapphire ring at Erstwhile Jewelry, a boutique store in NYC owned by a fifth-generation jeweler. My wedding band is a reproduction of a Tiffany & Co., also circa 1890, as the original could not be re-sized. I love knowing that my ring had a history before us and that we aren’t contributing to any unethical gemstone mining or trade practices. For our first dance, we knew we wanted a song from the ’50s and finally settled on “When I Fall in Love”, as performed by Nat “King” Cole. We took some dance lessons with the lowly intention of breaking out of our standard “turn in a circle” move, but we ended up having so much fun that our first dance became one of our favorite moments both preceding and during our wedding day. Our favorite moment, however, was exchanging our wedding vows in front of all of our loved ones. We were blessed to have my best friend, Reverend Felsha Foster, perform our marriage ceremony. Felsha has been my best friend since the third grade, so we have shared some amazing memories over the years, but having her unite us in marriage was by far the best. Finally, working with you, Greer, was a dream. Prior to the wedding, Ryan was worried that he would feel self-conscious about the photography and videography, but we hardly even remembered we were being photographed and filmed.

Photography: Greer Gattuso | Cinematography: BRIDE FILM | styling: Victoria Austin Designs | Floral Design: The Petaler Co. | Wedding Dress: Anne Barge | Cake: Haydel's Bakery | Invitations: Scriptura | Ceremony Venue: City Park | Reception Venue: City Park | shoes: Jimmy Choo | engagement ring: Erstwhile Jewelry | wedding bands: Aucoin Hart | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | bridesmaids dresses: Bari Jay | makeup: Flawless Bride | hair: Me | Calligraphy: V Calligraphy | Calligraphy: Southern Calligraphy | lighting: Firefly Events | band: Papa C And The Slammin' Horns | Grooms Attire: John's Tuxedos | Earrings: Ben-Amun | Hairpiece: Elizabeth Bower | bridal boutique: Love Couture Bridal | bridal prep: Melrose Mansion | bride's robe: Girl With Serious Dream | bridesmaid earrings: Catherine Popesco | bridesmaid robes: Lovingly Ours | cups and Koozies: Coffelt Designs | dance instructor: Dance Quarter | rentals: Blue Rents | secondline handkerchiefs: Backyard Printing | signage: Hanna Bee Designs

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Our Fave Places To Tie the Knot In Buckhead

There’s no doubt that Atlanta’s wedding game is strong, especially if you’re looking to take your celebration a little north to the uptown district of Buckhead. But if you find yourself waffling on just where to say “I do” in this historic locale, no worries. We’re counting down four of our faves to help you out.

Photo Courtesy Of: The Westin Buckhead Atlanta 


Why we love it: With over 30,000 square feet of event space, The Westin Buckhead Atlanta always delivers when it comes to hosting magazine-worthy celebrations. And their talented weddings team, culinary expertise and proximity to all of that fab Buckhead shopping is key to any awesome wedding week or weekend. Plus, we absolutely adore those luxe accommodations. It’s just what you need after dancing the night away with your loved ones.

What you can’t miss: Their reception options. With over 20 venues woven throughout their property, you can celebrate your newlywed status in everything from a grand ballroom to a garden terrace. Urban vibe meets serene green space never looked so awesome.

Photography: Amy Arrington


Why we love it: You know we love a good garden ceremony, and if you’re looking to say “I do” surrounded by lush florals or just steps away from a picturesque pond, you’ve found your winner in the Atlanta Botanical Garden. We’re especially fond of the Alston Overlook with its Midtown skyline views and intimate setting for just 60 of your nearest and dearest. Now that’s romantic.

What you can’t miss: The Rose Garden. It features over 21 varieties of your fave flower and it’s amazing.

Photography: Justin DeMutiis 


Why we love it: Put simply, ceremonies at The Swan House are quintessential southern affairs. They’re grand, they’re classic and they’re all sorts of take your breath away dreamy. So are we obsessed? You betcha. And those gorgeous staircases are literally are everything.

What you can’t miss: The museum tours. Guests aren’t allowed to party inside the mansion, but you can offer them tours of all of the beauty before you say your “I do’s.” We absolutely love that.

Photography: Carla Gates


Why we love it: Centered in the heart of Buckhead, once you enter the grounds of The Estate, you’ll feel like you’ve literally into another time and place. That’s because these three acres smack-dab in the center of the city are surrounded by tall trees that cocoon you from all of the outside activities. And with outdoor ceremony options that include a beautiful fountain, you’ll be giving your Big Day that historic charm you wanted.

What you can’t miss: The charm and history. This sweet locale won The Buckhead Beautification Award for a reason.

If you’re ready to tie the knot in Buckhead, be sure to visit each of these amazing locales for more information. And don’t forget to contact The Westin Buckhead Atlanta for all of your reception and accommodation needs for an event that is fabulous from start to finish.

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9 Wedding Locations You Havent Heard About Yet

We know that finding the perfect wedding venue isn’t always easy, especially if you’re looking for something that totally speaks to you and yours. So today we’re running through a list of nine (yes, NINE) fab venues we absolutely love, so you can find that dream locale. Scroll for some hidden gems you haven’t even heard of.


Why we love it: Just steps from the White House, The St. Regis Washington, D.C. is the perfect mix of luxe accommodations and upscale wedding offerings – all with a dash of historical charm. You can opt for a cocktail hour in the Italianate revival lobby, or celebrate your “I do’s” in the Astor Ballroom with its hand-stenciled ceiling (an original 1926 decorative feature) and Palladian windows overlooking The Astor Terrace. This place is beautiful, you guys – and it’s no wonder it continues to be named the “Best Hotel for Small Weddings” by Washington Magazine. It’s just that good.

What you can’t miss: The Astor Terrace. Perfect for ceremonies OR receptions, this gem of an outdoor space features a dreamy fountain. Need we say more?


Why we love it: Located smack-dab in the middle of Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, W Scottsdale is every modern lovin’ bride’s dream. Think totally chic contemporary spaces (both indoor and outdoor) perfect for celebrating your Big Day, plus amazing accommodations that will make your entire wedding weekend.

What you can’t miss: Their fab W Insider service. It’s concierge plus some with everything you’ll ever need just a push of a button away. Whatever you want, whenever you want it.


Why we love it: Situated just three blocks from the ocean with great access and breathtaking views, plus offering up some awesome amenities for guests (hey there, Bicycle Programme), Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica seamlessly combines a glam spot to say “I do” with all of that laid-back Southern Cali charm we love so much. We’re obsessed with their Pool Terrace receptions, not to mention their chef-inspired catering menus and views of the Pacific Ocean.

What you can’t miss: Their venues. From the Delfina Ballroom to the Terrazza GardenLe Méridien Delfina Santa Monica has you covered when it comes to celebrating in style.


Why we love it: Ideal for those travel lovers who want to say “I do” in complete luxury, the Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables has elegant weddings (and accommodations) down to an absolute science. From their 23,000 square feet of event space to their gorgeous venue options (hello, marble-tiled rotunda) to their talented staff that knows everything there is to know about throwing the perfect wedding, you’ll most definitely be making a statement.

What you can’t miss: Their Make a Green Choice Program. Guests receive a $5 food credit or 500 SPG points just for making the choice to conserve natural resources in their room. We love that.


Why we love it: It’s hard not to fall in love with a setting as pretty as Hamilton Lake and when you add in a climate-controlled tent and fully-renovated guest rooms, you have yourselves one of the prettiest wedding locales in all of Chicago. Plus, the Westin Chicago Northwest also offers up a plethora of indoor + outdoor venue options, customizable menus AND your very own wedding specialist.

What you can’t miss: Their 24-hour room service. (Enough said.)


Why we love it: You honestly can’t go wrong with a San Diego wedding, and the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is the epitome of a perfect SoCal soiree with a gorgeous seaside location and deluxe amenities. Now add in a stunning garden ceremony spot (with marina views) and indoor venue options that are just as cool and you have the perfect place to say “I do.”

What you can’t miss: The Culinary team. They’ve been named “Best Caterer” by San Diego Magazine for 15 years running. Yum.


Why we love it: You know we can never get enough of Vermont weddings and if you’re looking for the perfect destination spot: this is it. From their three unique venues (Pond Pavilion, Colonnade Ballroom and Meadow House) to the amazing views of the Equinox Mountain and the Taconic Mountain Ridge, The Equinox Resort has everything you’ll ever need for that dream wedding… AND can accommodate anywhere from 80 to 250 guests.

What you can’t miss: The activities. This four-season resort offers up a world of fun-filled adventures, from golfing to skiing to fishing to snowshoeing – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


Why we love it: Four words: Open-air rooftop ballroom. Yep, you can literally dance the night away under the stars. Plus, the St. Anthony has been hosting weddings for over a century, so you know you’re in good hands with their talented staff of event professionals. From their gorgeous rooms to their convenient downtown locale, you won’t be missing a thing.

What you can’t miss: The details. From crystal chandeliers to a winding staircase to theatrical lighting and a 19th Century French tapestry, get ready for some non-stop oohing and ahhing.


Why we love it: If you’re having a celebration with a lot of out-of-town guests, you can’t pick a locale better than the Westin Galleria & Oaks Houston. Its Uptown location paired with its amazing guest amenities and reception space for up to 1,000 makes it the ideal location for those looking to explore the Galleria neighborhood of Houston. Think shopping, dining and spa-ing the days away. It’s perfect.

What you can’t miss: The Monarch Ballroom. With floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the city, this 24th floor gem is a reception dreamland.

Visit SPG Weddings to find out even more about these hidden gems AND all of the amazing perks of having an SPG Wedding. You can thank us later, friends.

New York City Lovebirds Wed in New Orleans

This New Your City couple wanted their wedding to be timeless, romantic, and sweet, and they couldn’t have chosen a more perfect location—New Orleans. Complete with twinkling lights hovering over the courtyard, Erika Parker captured their I do’s and the stunning bridal portraits below. Head to the full gallery for more!

From the bride…We fell in love in New York City. It must have been our destiny to meet each other in a city of more than 8 million people. Five years later he proposed on a sunset walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. That night, he shared his dream that we get married in a small courtyard with twinkling lights. From that moment, we knew New Orleans was the perfect destination. We wanted our wedding to feel timeless, romantic, and sweet. The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum was the first pharmacy in America, and the perfect blend of the old with the new. Its rich history and beautiful courtyard were the ideal backdrop for our intimate wedding. Our florist incorporated soft touches of blush tones, with roses and dahlias, that added a beautiful elegance to the evening. Our wedding cake and delicious treats for the dessert bar were homemade with love by our families. And our mutual love for jazz filled the night—from the second line band, to the Louis Armstrong soundtrack we played throughout the evening. We loved seeing our guests enjoy the wedding together and celebrating our love. We couldn’t have dreamt of a better place than NOLA for our special day.



Photography: Erika Parker Photography | Wedding Planner: Amy Chan | Floral Design: Pick a Petal | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Bride's shoes: Rachel Simpson | Catering: Pigeon Caterers | Make Up: Kiss and Make Up | Hair : Tessi Martin | Groom's Attire: Bonobos | Ceremony and Reception: The Pharmacy Museum | Groom's Hair and Beard: Aidan Gill | Groom's Shoes : Allen Edmonds | Invitation Design: Katy Samour ( the bride! ) | Letterpress Printing: Broder Press | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Second Line Brass Band: Lagniappe Brass Band


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Southern Wedding Complete with the Sound of New Orleans Jazz in the Air

From start to finish, this New Orleans wedding planned by Blue Gardenia Events along with florals by Poppy and Mint is layered in classic elegance. It has the signature Southern style mixed with cozy details that give Il Mercato the feel of home… just with a lot more champagne and the sound of New Orleans jazz in the air. In other words, it’s perfection captured by Greer Gattuso. See every last gorgeous image right here.

Cozy and warm and effortlessly chic, Alice & Mike’s wedding day evoked a relaxed sophistication with layers of texture and elegance woven throughout. Surrounded by her sisters & her closest friends, Alice started her day at the beautiful & historic Windsor Court hotel. However, Alice had one little secret… Her very high heels from the night before combined with a traditional New Orleans second line led to some unfortunate blisters! But, Alice did not let it ruin her day for one second – she opted for her comfy tennis shoes and on she went! Alice is a classic Southern beauty & looked completely timeless in her Rivini gown & cathedral length veil. When Mike saw his bride for the first time outside of where they would saw their vows, everything fell into place & the day truly began. Alice and Mike had a beautiful and traditional service at Rayne Methodist church. Following the service, everyone gathered at Il Mercato for cocktail, dinner, & dancing. Guests were greeted with champagne and sounds of New Orleans Jazz wafting through the air. The night continued with traditional creole faire from Joel Catering and thoughtful touches around every corner. Alice wanted to combine organic elements such as wood, muted gold, aged silver, and lavish greenery against a backdrop of pale blues, grays, & creams. Lush velvet, oxford, & silk linens from Nuage Designs complemented these elements bringing in layers of texture. Twinkling candlelight and abundant florals from Poppy & Mint topped off the overall aesthetic giving everything an intimate, “your home,” feel… A relaxed sophistication. Timeless and elegant, Alice & Mike’s wedding day was pure perfection from start to finish.

Photography: Greer Gattuso | videographer: Dyle Films | Event Planning: Blue Gardenia Events | florist: Poppy and Mint | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Cake: Bittersweet Confections | church: Rayne United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: Il Mercato | shoes: Badgley Mishka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | lighting: Luminous Events | Lines: Nuage Designs | Pedi Cab: Bike Taxi Unlimited | Signage: Small Chalk | painter: Alex Harvie | paper: The Little Blue Chair | wedding dress store: I Do Bridal Couture

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Pretty in Pink New Orleans Wedding

Mindy and Harold’s wedding is proof that you don’t have to leave the U.S. for a destination experience. They took their guests to New Orleans for a celebration in the city’s historic French Quarter and Lance Nicoll captured every bit – from courtyard ceremony to a second line down Bourbon Street. See even more of this charming lovefest with a trip of your own right inside the gallery.

Mindy and Harold hosted their destination wedding the French Quarter of New Orleans. The centered around one of the cities newest top wedding locations, the Mazarin. Soft pink, blush, and creams colors highlighted the design palette for the day surrounded by the inescapable character of the French Quarter.

The couple was married in the central courtyard of the Mazarin with their reception following. The evening was capped in traditional Big Easy fashion, with a second line down Bourbon Street with family and friends.



Photography: Lance Nicoll Wedding Photography | Videography: Bella Productions | Event Planning: Weddings By Lulu | Floral Design: Erin Steen | Cake: Haydel's Bakery | Hair + Makeup : Just Face It | Venue: Hotel Mazarin | Decor Rentals: Event Rental