Author Archives: elyse

Mackenzie + JP | Covington Wedding


This blushing brunette is the twin sister of the beautiful blonde in our last post! We were so honored to help both twins plan their weddings, along with their cousin Ellie from the post before! We figured we’d share the whole family one right after the other so you can watch all of the little kids in their bridal party grow up! 

Mackenzie and JP’s wedding was a Fall fairytale! The weather was perfect, the settings were gorgeous, and they danced and danced under the stars at the reception! This post will feature even more fashion and even more love! 

I could not love this white on white bridesmaids trend any more!

Could they not be any cuter? 

How about this for the first thing the guests see? 

Oh, and they were also greeted with cocktails that had the couple’s initials on them! Both luxurious and delicious! 

See what I mean by dancing under the stars? Festoon lighting adding that extra romantic ambiance! Floral fountains as the reception centerpiece. Twinkling lights in all the surrounding bushes. Pretty spectacular indoor outdoor feel!

When JP busted out the moves in a choreographed little number for his bride (with a few of his groomsmen in on the choreo), I think the whole venue’s heart melted while smiling from ear to ear!

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Planning and Design | Elyse Jennings Weddings

Photography |  Caitlin B Photography

Videography | Nathan Willis Wedding Films

Ceremony Venue | St. Peter Catholic Church

Reception Venue and Catering| Southern Hotel

Florist | Bella Blooms Floral

Rentals | Yur Event Rentals

Courtyard Lounges + Wood Tables | Eros

Linens | Custom made

Candles, Lounges, + Wood Highboys| Luminous Events

Bakery | Zoe’s Bakery

Band | Tyler Kinchen and The Right Pieces

Photobooth | GoGo Booth

Makeup | Abby Manuel

Hair | Courtney Graham Studio

Ceremony Music | Michelle Richards

Transportation | Limousine Livery

Stationery + Monogram Design | The Queen Bee 

Programs | Scriptura

Cups  | Party Cup Express

Acrylic Signage | Paper and Pine Co.

Wedding Dress | Monique Lhuillier

Bridal Dress Salon | I Do Bridal Couture

Wedding Shoes | Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Badgley Mischka

Groom & Groomsmen’s Tuxedos | The Black Tux


Olivia + Zach | New Orleans Wedding


A timeless wedding full of high fashion!

Krewe du Loupe was that wedding you’ll look back on in 20 years and still love every single detail! The one where the lace wedding dress breaks the internet! The one fit for a royal couple, but with the most down to earth, genuine and in love bride and groom. It was sheer perfection, oozing fashion and dripping in florals and candles!

Scroll down to see and be prepared to bookmark, pin photos, and get inspired!

Obsessed with this watercolor of the reception venue that both got the guests excited and became a treasured keepsake for the couple!

And talk about a warm welcome to the hotel for the guests- just in time to for the Mardi Gras season, too!

These Marchesa bridesmaids dresses added texture and whimsy, which perfectly mimicked the loose florals of the reception. Traditional meets garden style is our favorite style!

Olivia’s family is blessed with like 2,624 adorable cousins, nieces and nephews! All of which stood in the wedding as junior bridesmaids, junior groomsmen, ring bearers and flower girls! They added so much energy and excitement to the day, and many precious photo ops!

This window in the Windsor Court Presidential Suite is what wedding dressing dreams are made of!

I just love St. Mary’s Italian Church and how you get the grandeur and architecture of a giant church, but the intimacy and coziness for 300 guests!

I always design for the guest experience. For the WOW factor. To set your wedding apart from all other weddings.

Everyone else passes champagne on arrival, well let’s add cotton candy!

Everyone sees this walkway tent just as a rain protector, let’s add a lush canopy of greens, vintage chandeliers, and a whole floral arch. Impress them from the jump and give them an area to take a thousand pictures in!

The reception tent at Ursuline Convent offers a blank canvas where every wedding can make the space their own. This adjective that we used to build the design was polished and formal, whimsical and romantic, loose but structured. I’d say our team nailed it!

These oatmeal colored velvet linens offered a neutral color with a wintery feel!

I see your hedge walls and raise them with twinkle lights!

My new favorite Photo Booth backdrop!

The wedding ended with a bang like only New Orleanians know how!

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Planning and Design | Elyse Jennings Weddings

Photography |  Greer Gattuso

Videography | Nathan Willis Wedding Films

Bride’s Dressing Location | Windsor Court Hotel

Groom’s Dressing Location | Hotel Provincial

Ceremony Venue | St. Mary’s Italian Church

Reception Venue| Old Ursuline Convent Museum

Catering| Ralph Brennan Catering

Oysters | Deanie’s Seafood

Cotton Candy | Poof

Florist | Bella Blooms Floral

Rentals, Chandeliers, + Tents| Perrier Party Rentals

Lounges + Wood Tables | Eros

Linens | Nuage Designs

Bakery | Zoe’s Bakery

Band | The Phunky Monkeys

Photobooth | GoGo Booth

Makeup | Abby Manuel and Jessica Carnley

Hair | Mercer Studio

Ceremony Music | New Orleans Classical and Jazz

Transportation | Limousine Livery

Save the Dates | Gem Printing

Invitations  | Scriptura

Custom Watercolor Paintings| Lauren Bordelon

Cups  | Party Cup Express

Acrylic Signage | Paper and Pine Co.

Wedding Dress | Monique Lhuillier

Bridal Dress Salon | I Do Bridal Couture

Wedding Shoes | Dee Keller

Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Marchesa

Groom & Groomsmen’s Tuxedos | Formal Connection

Rings | Rothschild Diamond


Ellie + Alexander | New Orleans Wedding


If I can describe this wedding in one sentence, I would call it the classic-meets-over-the-top extravaganza so filled with love and fun that I dare you not to smile while scrolling! Challenge accepted?

 

Ellie and Alexander (or Big Al as everyone calls him) had a wedding fit for royals, but they couldn’t have been more down to earth! It would win the award for the biggest bridal party, the most flowers and flickering candles, the tallest cake, and the most packed dance floor! I’d say that’s a celebration, wouldn’t you? See for yourself and I hope you enjoy as much as we did playing a part in it!

Ashley was the lead event planner for this wedding for Elyse Jennings Weddings and managed the giant bridal party and a few load in curveballs with ease! 

This family is filled with cousins who just love one another! The girls doted on Ellie all day long and just had to check on her before she walked down the aisle!

Holy Name of Jesus in New Orleans has the most splendid architecture and we complemented it with columns of candles down the aisle from Luminous Events and lush florals at the entrance of the aisle and the altar from Bella Blooms Floral. 

Guests followed the florals right into the New Orleans Country Club, where they were greeted with champagne before stepping onto a floral draped dance floor! Walk in, get a drink in your hand, and get to dancing- sounds like the Nola way to party!

One of my favorite design elements is giving guests an instagram worthy backdrop to say we were here and we love the couple! And loving the neon sign trend which can hang up in your house for many years after!

This towering wedding cake was the center of the grand ballroom! Too tall to even cut while maintaining a pretty presentation, this stunning faux cake from Chasing Wang allowed for grandeur and functionality!

Phunky Monkeys looking fresh as always in one of their 10 outfit choices, which allows them to always blend in or stand out with the decor! 

See what I mean?! The Alford’s were here! #HappilyEverAlford

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Planning and Design | Elyse Jennings Weddings

Photography |  Pure 7 Studios

Videography | Nathan Willis Wedding Films

Dressing Location | Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

Ceremony Venue | Holy Name of Jesus Church

Reception Venue and Catering | New Orleans Country Club

Florist | Bella Blooms Floral

Stage and Dancefloor | Event Rental

Chairs | Party Rentals Delivered

Lounges | Distressed Rentals & Revival

Linens | Nuage Designs

Candles, Champagne Walls, Hedges, Neon Sign | Luminous Events

Bakery | Chasing Wang

Band | The Phunky Monkeys

DJ | DJ Nitro of Stereo by Default

Photobooth | Boogie Booth

Makeup | Bleu, a Blowdry Bar

Hair | Heather Hintz

Stationery | Frill Seekers Gifts

Ceremony Music | New Orleans Classical and Jazz

Transportation | American Luxury Limousines

Transportation | Big Easy Limos

Wedding Dress | Romona Keveza

Bridal Dress Salon | Wedding Belles

Bridesmaids’ Dress | Monique Lhuillier

Groom and Groomsmen’s Tuxedos | The Black Tux


Stephanie + Paxton | New Orleans Wedding


If this isn’t a fairytale wedding, then I’m not sure what is! From the voluminous ballgown, to the grandeur of the St. Louis Cathedral, and the garden glam drama of the ballroom, this wedding was one for the books! Every moment was over the top yet oh so meaningful, and this couldn’t have been a more special (and in love) couple to help plan with! Congrats again to sweet Stephanie and Paxton, it was a dream bringing this lavish wedding to life with you! 

The long and dramatic aisle was lined with classic cylinder candles and lush pew markers from Bella Blooms Floral. I love how Stephanie’s dress demanded a hand held escort! 

Immediately after the ceremony, the guests paraded through the streets on a second line to the Omni Royal Orleans hotel, where the reception was be held!

The reception sported FOUR luscious beams of flowers: over the ballroom’s entrance, as the cake backdrop, down the 16ft head table, and across the 24ft stage! We wanted drama, and that’s definitely what the florist delivered! 

We also wanted to bring the decor into the ceiling and the three round domes of the ballroom offered the perfect places to add these lush greens!

French blue velvet linens from Nuage Designs offered a luxurious texture and wintery feel to the reception. 

This bride and groom literally could not have been any more genuine, more in love, more thoughtful, or more amazed by the whole day! They were just soaking it in at every turn, and they had some of the nicest and appreciative guests, too! 

Take a peek at their wedding in action through their video trailer!

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Planning and Design | Elyse Jennings Weddings

Photography |  Arte de Vie

Videography | Studio Vieux Carre

Ceremony Venue | St. Louis Cathedral

Reception Venue and Catering | Omni Royal Orleans

Florist | Bella Blooms Floral

Chairs| Event Rental

Linens | Nuage Designs

Lighting | See Hear Productions

Monogrammed Dance Floor | AD Event Group

Bakery | Bittersweet Confections

Cake Stand | Fabulous Cake Stands

Band | Big Swing and The Ballroom Blasters

Second Line | Kinfolk Brass Band

Second Line Coordinator | Frenchmen Street Productions

Photobooth | Boogie Booth

Hair and Makeup | Katie Robinson

Invitations and Signage | Scriptura

Calligraphy | Calligraphy by Maria Helena 

Invitation Addressing | Amy Cox Design

Transportation | Foxy’s Limousine Services

Wedding Dress |Valentini

Wedding Shoes | Manolo Blahnik

Bridal Dress Salon | Chernaya Bridal House

Bridesmaids’ Dress | Dessy from Bella Bridesmaids

Groom’s Tux | Billy Reid

Groomsmen’ Tuxedos | Men’s Warehouse

Engagement Ring | Tacori from Boudreaux’s Jewelers


Lizzy + Chandler | New Orleans Wedding


[love story from their Brides Magazine feature]

Though Lizzy and Chandler first met in calculus class at the University of Georgia in 2007, they didn’t start dating until after graduation. “We were on campus for a football game, and spotted one another at Chandler’s old fraternity house,” Lizzy remembers. “We reminisced about the class and realized we were both living in Atlanta. The rest is history!” Flash forward four years to Thanksgiving, when Chandler joined Lizzy’s family in New Orleans. “I had a full agenda planned, including a trip to the WWII museum,” Lizzy says. “My father, who passed away when I was a freshman in college, fought in the war as a Lieutenant in the First Marine Corp Division, and is featured in the exhibit. I wanted to share this with Chandler because he’d never met my dad.” After touring the museum, Chandler suggested that the pair grab a drink before heading home for dinner. “I wanted a nap, but Chandler was persistent—and then my friends started texting me to meet them for a drink, too,” Lizzy recalls. She started to get suspicious, especially because Chandler was wearing a jacket in the 80-degree heat. He won out, and as the couple crossed Jackson Square, Chandler got down on one knee.

Lizzy grew up in New Orleans, and after a proposal like that, there was no question about where the pair would tie the knot. “We wanted our guests to enjoy the New Orleans culture we love so much,” says the bride. They filled their big day with romance— from floating candles and a flickering fireplace to the lace sleeves on Lizzy’s wedding gown—and added fun details like a second line band, boozy snowballs, late-night Mardi Gras masks, and hand grenades. Photographed by Greer Gattuso and planned by Elyse Jennings Weddings, this wedding (with a holiday twist!) is one you don’t want to miss. Keep reading for more!

The bride’s classic bouquet combined peonies, gardenias, ranunculus, patience garden roses, dusty miller, and silver dollar eucalyptus. The bride attached a locket full of photos of her father to the stems, and wore his Purple Heart in the lining of her dress.

Arrangements of white blooms flanked the altar, where the couple exchanged traditional vows. Says Lizzy, “I would have been way too emotional reciting our own vows. Instead, we wrote them to one another in letters, and exchanged them during our first look.”

After their kiss, Lizzy and Chandler grabbed umbrellas and led their guests through the streets of New Orleans to their reception. “The energy and excitement was incredible,” Lizzy remembers.

Upon arrival at Il Mercato, guests found antique lounge furniture arranged around an outdoor fireplace. Hundreds of votive candles floated from the ceiling in glass orbs, which added a feeling of enchantment to the space.

Layered textures created a soft, romantic setting for the reception. Gold metal platforms held roses, peonies, and greenery high above guests’ heads. White linens were topped with gold-rimmed chargers and plates, with ranunculus and tea roses tucked into gold mercury glass compotes.

A canopy of hydrangeas, roses, and peonies was suspended above the dramatic cake display. The six tiers featured three flavors: White chocolate raspberry, lemon poppy seed, and chocolate raspberry. “Chandler doesn’t love cake, so we also had boozy Louisiana Snowballs,” says Lizzy.

The bar offered four signature cocktails by Grand Bevy, a nod to the couple’s love of making craft cocktails at home. One even featured their combined monogram in foam at the top—talk about a cool personalization idea!

Thousands of candles glowed from every imaginable surface, creating a warm, inviting, and totally magical setting for Chandler and Lizzy’s celebration.

Late-night, the reception turned into a Mardi Gras party. The couple threw beads, and guests donned sequined masks. Waiters passed Hand Grenades, a French Quarter specialty that combines melon liqueur with gin, vodka, and rum.

As the night came to a close, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” poured out of the speakers. Says Lizzy, “Chandler was, by far, my best Christmas gift! We kept pinching one another throughout the day, reminding us to stop for a moment and soak it all in.”

#BrownSetInStone

Planning and Design | Elyse Jennings Weddings

Photography |  Greer Gattuso

Videography | Bride Film

Ceremony Venue | Trinity Episcopal Church

Reception Venue | Il Mercato

Florist | Bella Blooms Floral

Rentals | Event Rental

Rentals | Perrier Party Rentals

Lounges | Distressed Rentals + Revival

Linens | Nuage Designs

Candles + Bars | Luminous Events

Lighting | See Hear Productions

Tent | Gulf Coast Tents

Bakery | Melissa’s Fine Pastries

Catering | Joel Catering & Special Events

Speciality Beverages | The Grand Bevy

Snoballs | Plum Street Snoballs

Band | Az IzZ

Live Painter | Harvie Oil Paintings

Makeup | Ashley Sievert Beauty

Hair | Hair by Nicole Leigh

Wedding Dress | Monique Lhuillier

Bride’s Shoes | Jimmy Choo

Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Monique Lhuillier

Groom + Groomsmen’s Attire | Knot Standard

Second Line | Kinfolk Brass Band & Frenchmen Street Productions

Ceremony Music | New Orleans Classical and Jazz

Transportation | Hotard Coaches and Big Easy Limos

Second Line Drinks | Brady’s Wine Warehouse

Pedicabs | Bike Taxi Unlimited

Stationery + Monogram Design | Scriptura

Calligraphy | Ragan House Lettering

Vinyl Bar Signage | Uptown Graphics

Second Lind Handkerchiefs | Backyard Printing

Cups + Napkins | ForYourParty


Q&A with Borrowed & Blue


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I so often get asked questions about the wedding planning industry, how I started my business, what makes New Orleans weddings unique, and more, so when Helen from Borrowed & Blue— the online planning resource that can help you plan a New Orleans wedding—got in touch with me to learn more about my company, I jumped on the opportunity to share my insight with them (and you!)

As Helen, Borrowed & Blue’s New Orleans Market Specialist, says

“Borrowed & Blue is your online guide to planning New Orleans weddings, but you’ll be relying on wedding professionals to pull off a successful set of events. Enter: Elyse Jennings. Elyse and her team are incredible wedding planners and designers who clearly go above and beyond in order to make sure you and your partner have an amazing wedding experience. I love their attention to detail and focus on their couples as they help them design the wedding of their dreams. I approached Elyse to answer some questions about planning so that couples all over the country have some fabulous insight into how to go about crafting their dream day.”

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How did you find your way into the event planning business? I had always been fascinated by weddings since I had never been to one! After becoming social chair of my sorority, I became hooked on the buzz of hosting events! At the first wedding that I assisted on, I started tearing up as we sent the bride down the aisle. I knew in that moment that I would make wedding planning my career! Then after a few years of working with amazing wedding planners, I decided to take the leap and start my own wedding planning company where our main goal would be forming meaningful relationships with my clients and getting to truly know them so that I can infuse every ounce of who they are into their big day!

Describe your event aesthetic in five words (or fewer!).  Natural elegance with a touch of glam

What is the first question you like to ask a couple when you meet with them? “So tell me all about the proposal!” I find that I can learn so much about the couple from hearing about this special moment in their lives! Are they simple or like the big production? Who takes the lead? Private or close to their family and friends? It also allows me to start the consultation on an exciting and happy note! Wedding planning can be very stressful and my approach to the planning process always starts and ends with a smile so they can truly enjoy this journey!

What are your top tips for people who just got engaged? Think big picture before diving into the details! It’s so easy (and fun!) to start putting stickies  in wedding magazines and get lost for hours on Pinterest and wedding blogs, but it’s important to think about what this wedding means to the two of you first and foremost. Establish your priorities, budgets parameters, and overall style! Then hire a professional planner + designer to help you bring that vision to life!

We’re at the very beginning of the 2016 wedding season. What top trends are you seeing? We’re seeing more timeless, formal, and natural affairs in mainly neutral colors! I’ve always believed that traditional can be done in a unique way, too, and now I’m getting to design those weddings every weekend! Lots of movement, loose greenery, and custom elements!

What is your favorite aspect of your job? As cheesy as it sounds, it’s really fulfilling to be such a special part of this moment in each couple’s life! I love getting to know them, designing a wedding that portrays who they are as a couple, show their guests why New Orleans is such a magical place to say I do, and keep up with them well after the wedding to watch their families grow!

What part of a wedding is your favorite (if you had to choose)? Can I have two?! For the bride and her ladies, it’s a really special moment when that veil goes into her hair and completes her bridal ensemble! From what we’ve seen for years, that’s the moment when emotions overwhelm everyone in the room and we start handing out the tissues! My other favorite moment is when the groom sees his bride for the first time! Whether it’s during an intimate first look or when the church doors open and there’s a collective gasp, the look on his face is always priceless! Cue another round of tissues!

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I’d love to pick your brain about where you live, just a bit! Describe your dream day in New Orleans. I don’t think there’s a better word to describe New Orleans than magical! Everywhere you look, there’s something rich in culture, oozing with energy, and the most delicious thing you’ve ever eaten – it’s like the city gives you a big (humid) hug! Playing tourist in Nola is definitely something my husband and I love to do! Start with brunch in a charming French Quarter courtyard, window shop all the way down Royal St., enjoy a cocktail in a cabana at the W French Quarter while watching the tourists pass, then finish the day with a delicious dinner!

Any underrated touristy spots in New Orleans that we should check out? I love Lilette Restaurant for it’s delicious food and charming, cozy atmosphere. I love the Carousel Bar because it really is one of the top ten best bars in America. I love Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop for its Voodoo Daiquiri. I love Willa Jean for brunch and cookies. I love Sylvain for its Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. I love Stanley for its omelettes and people watching. There’s always something special to eat, drink, and see in this city!

Describe something that sets New Orleans apart from other places you’ve lived. I’m born and raised in New Orleans, so it certainly has a special place in my heart! But having travelled to many other places, I have to say that EVERYTHING sets New Orleans apart! 13 x 9 blocks of restaurants, boutiques, bars, antiques, hotels, history and music on every corner- what could be better?!

Come get married in New Orleans and I hope you’ll take a peek at Borrowed & Blue—it’s a great place to find and book your New Orleans wedding vendors!

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All photos | Greer Gattuso Photography


Styled Shoot | Organic Elegance at Il Mercato


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The goal for this shoot was to design a wedding for my ideal client! Something elegant and gorgeous with traditional roots, but a design that pushes the boundaries of tradition. Neutral and timeless, yet a little organic and free flowing. Overall, just magical. I love the way that every design element feels full of life and even the static items appear to have movement and dimension! I just want to be invited to sit at that table!

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Planning and Design | Elyse Jennings Weddings

Photography | Greer Gattuso Photography

Videography | Bride Film

Venue | Il Mercato

Florals | Bella Blooms

Candle Decor | Luminous Events

Bakery | Melissa’s Fine Pastries

Calligraphy and Paper Products | Ebb and Flow Ink

Rentals | Event Rental

Makeup | Ashley Sievert Beauty

Hair | Hair by Ginger Dufriend

Bridal Dress and Skirt (separates)| Theia from Blanc Bridal Couture

Bridal Shoes | Jimmy Choo

Bride Model | Alexandra Chaisson

Bridesmaids Dresses | Watters from Bella Bridesmaids

Bridesmaid Models | Gabrielle Chaisson and Sara Comiskey

Groom’s Tuxedo | Perlis

Groom Model | James Kemp

Ring Holder | Mrs. Box

Cake Stand | BHLDN