Morgan + Lonnie | New Orleans Wedding


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This beautifully gilded wedding of a former pageant girl and her Dr. is still making me smile! The wedding’s backdrop was the chippy and charming Race and Religious in New Orleans, LA and Greer Gattuso Photography captured every emotion and detail through film so perfectly! We designed the wedding with the idea of pure timeless glamour by bringing in some gold beaded lace, a Debra Moreland crown cake topper, a monogrammed Velvet Raptor guest book, and many more golden touches that helped to dress up the space! The bride’s Jenny Packham gown glistened and flowed so effortlessly, while the bridesmaids stunned in their own white gowns! It was just the right pairing of glamour and natural beauty!

In fact that it won Borrowed and Blue’s award for the Most Glamorous Wedding of 2016 in their Best of B&B awards! Fitting since Morgan is the most glamorous woman I know! XOXO

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Planning and Design | Elyse Jennings Weddings

Photography | Greer Gattuso Photography

Ceremony and Reception Venue | Race & Religious 

Florist | Kim Starr Wise

Rentals | Event Rental

Candles and Lighting | Luminous Events

Videographer | Bride Film

Catering | Pigeon Catering

Bakery | La Louisiane

Band | Tip Tops

Make Up | Danielle

Hair | Brian


Megan + Phil | New Orleans Wedding


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From the very moment we started planning with Megan and Phil, we knew their wedding should be the epitome of Southern elegance- just like them! Her delicate Monique Lhuillier dress set the tone for the design: soft, feminine, and custom. We incorporated light colors, fluffy flowers, custom calligraphy monograms, ceiling drapes and chandeliers to bring their wedding to life!

Wedding day started at the bride’s family home in Uptown New Orleans where the bride and her girls got ready for the day. Then Audubon Park offered a picturesque setting for Megan and Phil’s first look and bridal party photos before we travelled to their wedding venue downtown. The Gallery offered a great setting for the ceremony and reception as their exposed bricks, beams, and gas lanterns were accents to our romantic design. They said “I do” in front of a wall of candles and flowers, then danced their first dance as husband and wife under a twinkling chandelier, and while gentlemen smoked cigars on the patio the group circled around the bride and groom with traditional greek dancing! But that wasn’t the last of the fun! The couple surprised their guests with a New Orleans second line through the streets to end their perfect day! A truly Southern soiree!

Greer Gattuso Photography captured this sweet pair perfectly.  Enjoy!

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Planning and Design | Elyse Jennings Weddings

Photography | Greer Gattuso Photography

Videography | Suzy Marks

Venue | The Gallery at the Chicory

Florist | Nola Flora

Candle Decor | Luminous Events

Rentals | Event Rental

Band | Memphis Soul Revue

Bakery | Denise St. Pierre

Ceremony Musicians | New Orleans Finest

Hair Stylist | Hair by Ginger

Make Up Artist | Angela with Ashley Sievert Beauty

Bridal Gown | Monique Lhuillier


Elyse + Jack | New Orleans Wedding


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I was that little girl who dreamed about her wedding since she knew what weddings were! I remember the princess Halloween costume that evolved into a bride the next year, then a dead bride the following. I always doodled wedding dresses, bouquets and the occasional groom, all while dreaming of what my wedding day would be like! I’ve always been in love with love! I could partly attribute that to the fact that I’ve been in love with my now-husband since I was 14 years old! And there was no one more supportive of me when I turned my love of weddings into a career and started Elyse Jennings Wedding!

Many years (and other bride’s weddings) later, of course my childhood wedding plans had changed. But I was finally getting to be the bride and Jack and I were finally going to make our relationship official after 11 years of dating! So with a pencil, paper, and Pinterest, we started cataloguing things that would portray our love story and ways to add those details to our wedding day!

After endearingly being called “Fancy Skansi” for years by Jack’s friends, I knew that we wanted the wedding to feel glamorous and elegant, yet naturally effortless and organic at the same time! So we planned a formal affair among the oaks of Stella Plantation!

I hope you enjoy our wedding as much as we enjoyed living every moment! XOXO

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We chose some romantic elements that we would carry throughout the event, and since I’ve signed all of my letters to Jack with “xoxo” for years, we fell in love with the idea of having “xoxo” accents throughout the design! As guests were first introduced to the wedding through the Save the Dates, they noticed my hand written “xoxo” at the top. We then commissioned one of the best local calligraphers to design our “xoxo” logo which we used as a dance floor vinyl, had laser cut for our wedding cake topper, gold foiled on our napkins, and printed on our koozies! We even used “elysexoxojack” as our wedding hashtag! Then to really add glamour, we accented with gold leafing- starting with the invitations and continuing on our cake, the cake wall, gift tags, thanks you notes, and even the leaves in our wedding bouquets and boutonnieres!

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We really enjoyed showering our bridal party with unique gifts of gratitude! My bridesmaids received gold names bracelets that I ordered from my own handwriting! It was so fun to see them discover the bracelets on the stems of each of their bouquets! The groomsmen were gifted hanging garment bags with their monograms to carry their suits on wedding day!

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But one of my favorite golden moments happened at our rehearsal dinner during my dad’s toast to us. After telling Jack how important it is to be a strong patriarch and role model to his future children, my dad gave Jack my late grandfather’s gold Rolex to wear on wedding day as his something borrowed! Dad said, “I would like you to wear it this weekend so that her grandfather can be a part of his granddaughter’s wedding in spirit. Keep it on your wrist so he can feel your pulse quicken as you watch Elyse walk up the aisle in her beautiful wedding dress.” I swear there was not a dry eye in the room!

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And after our first look, I surprised Jack with an oversized card just like the ones that I used to make for him when we were 14! Added gold leaf to this one though!

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As the guests arrived at Stella Plantation for our wedding ceremony, they were greeted by my 6 honorary bridesmaids at our confetti bar! They were instructed to make their own mix of colored confetti to toss at us as we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife! The immediate families were given wedding bells to ring after our kiss, and my sorority sisters were each handed a Killarney rose- Delta Zeta’s signature flower! After my dad and I’s long walk down the aisle, the ceremony began with an original ode to love by my aunt. This was followed by the reading of the poem “Love” by Roy Croft, a poem that was read every preference night in DZ, by my maid of honor, and a contemporary version of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” sung by a dear friend. Thank goodness I had gifted Jack a “Mr.” hanky because I needed it a few times myself! As we walked back down the aisle with confetti fluttering, I remember thinking that this dream moment couldn’t be real life

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Our guest book was a nod to the hopeless romantic in each of us! Like the Parisian Love Lock bridge, we asked guests to sign and add their well wishes for our relationship to a pad lock, then lock in their love by attaching it to a trellis- which we continue to enjoy in our landscaping in our backyard!

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The cocktail party started at our champagne table with rows of pre poured champagne, each glass adorned with either a gold pom, a rock candy stick, or a rim of edible gold sugar! Our family and friends would continue to enjoy cocktails outside the tent by the glow of our candle walls.

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As cocktail hour came to an end, the drapes of the tent were pulled back to reveal the reception inside. A golden draped tent with 13 different crystal chandeliers added the perfect backdrop and lighting for the perfect night! Our tables were a mix of round and square tables, our chairs were a mix of gold chiavari, gold estate, and ghost chairs, and our three different linen styles added different navy textures to the room! Our centerpieces included tall and lush arrangements in cut glass vases, custom table top chandeliers, and three lower lush arrangements in cut glass vases- all accented by smaller bud vase arrangements and a mix of silver and gold stemmed mercury glass candles, chalices, and votives! The whole room twinkled!

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Our cakes also added some wow factor! The wedding cake was a four tier fondant cake accented with gold leafing and topped with our xoxo wooden cake topper! It sat upon a gold bar cart- a gift from my aunts for my bridal shower- with candles on the bottom shelf and on the floor around the base! The backdrop was a custom painted and gold leafed wall by our florist that framed the cake perfectly! After we cut our cake, we asked the ladies of the bridal party to join us for the cake pulls- a Southern tradition where each girl pulls a charm out of the cake that will predict their fate (next to be married, next to have a baby, etc)! The groom’s cake was 4 stacked king cakes, a New Orleans delicacy, with a fleur de lis topper and purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras beads laid on the table!

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Our incredible candle and lighting guru’s, Lisa and Jason of Luminous Events, with our incredible floral geniuses, Eric and Carolyn of Bee’s Weddings and Events!

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With Jack being a fantastic chef, we wanted to let our guests take home a little love from our kitchen! For our favors, we bottled Jack’s homemade hot sauce and accompanied it with a little book of his favorite recipes!

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Then in true dramatic fashion, we ended the night with fireworks to celebrate not only our love, but all of the love that surrounds us each and every day! A truly magical ending to the most incredible weekend of our lives and the perfect start to our forever!

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Planning and Design | Elyse Jennings Weddings

Photographer | Greer Gattuso Photography

Ceremony + Reception Venue | Stella Plantation

Florist | Bee’s Wedding and Event Floral Designs

Videographer | Bride Film

Rentals | Perrier Party Rentals

Vintage Rentals | Distressed Rentals & Revivals

Candles and Lighting | Luminous Events

Catering | New Orleans Catering

Bakery | Royal Cakery

Ceremony Musicians | New Orleans Finest Musicians

Officiant | Rev. Johnny Adams

Band | Groovy 7

Hair Stylist | Hair by Ginger

Make Up | Ashley Sievert Beauty

Transportation | Hotard Coaches, Inc. + Bonomolo Limousines

Wedding Morning Location | Loft 523

Bridal Gown | Ines Di Santo

Bridal Salon | Ivory Bridal Atelier

Bride’s Veil | Wedding Belles

Bride’s Earrings | Kendra Scott Jewelry

Bride’s Shoes | Jimmy Choo

Bride’s Robe | Flora Nikrooz

Menswear | Express

Bridesmaid Dresses | Adrianna Papell + Badgley Mischka

Save the Dates + Invitations | Tupelo Honey Design

Calligraphy and Signage | Ebb and Flow Ink

Tinsel Stirrers | Em for Marvelous

Cake Topper | My Girl Josephine

Bouquet Ribbon | Frou Frou Chic

Name Bracelets | Yvonne Boutique

Monogram Garment Bags | Monkey See Boutique

Dance Floor Decal | Off the Wall Expression

Confetti | Inside My Nest

Custom Cups and Napkins | For Your Party

Koozies | Discount Mugs


Jeannette + Travis | Dyle Films


Jeannette & Travis Tied the Knot and she was nothing but smiles the whole time! Thank you to Dyle Films for capturing their special day! To see more you can check out their photos by Lauren Liddle Photography here.

Jeannette and Travis’ Wedding Trailer from Dyle Films on Vimeo.


Rachael + Daniel | New Orleans Wedding


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Take a stylish couple from California and plan their special day on the grounds of an iconic New Orleans plantation, what do you get? The epitome of rustic chic!

When we started designing Rachael and Daniel’s wedding,  we were so excited about the personal details and the southern charm of Destrehan Plantation! Rachael walked to her soon-to-be husband down a candlelit aisle and they said “I do” (emotionally romantic to the max) under the canopy of a spanish moss covered live oak – what could be more picture perfect…?!

After becoming Mr. & Mrs., guests followed the winding path to the reception that kicked off in the plantation’s restored barn. Festoon lighting and paper lanterns, burlap and lace table runners, and low, lush florals are just a few of the details that turned up the beauty of the space.

As for the personal touches, we were “awww”-ing over their state-shaped cookie display with the most adorable little signs. “California – our meeting spot. Oklahoma – connects our dots. Louisiana – we tied the knot.”

Invite yourself to this wedding and get lost in these beautiful shots from Erika Parker Photography!

 

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Planning and Design | Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination

Photography | Erika Parker

Ceremony and Reception Venue | Destrehan Plantation 

First Look Venue | Melrose Mansion

Florist | Poppy & Mint

Cake | Capdeboscq Catering

Band | The Essentials

Hair and Make Up | Blush & Bashful

Transportation | Platinum Coaches and Celebrity Limousine 


a bride to be


World, meet Mary Margaret!

She’s a beautiful bride who tied the knot with us back in December! Before we share her STUNNING wedding that was straight out of the richest antique shop, I wanted to give you a glimpse of who she is by sharing her bridal portraits! These photos are brought to you by the ever-so-talented Mark Eric!
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hearts and flowers, ribbons and lace

the look of love upon her face.

a happy heart that’s hard to hide,

this woman is soon to be a bride.

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