• Elyse

    Luxury wedding planner + designer based in New Orleans. Personalizing traditional, yet custom + timeless, yet modern weddings. Named Martha Stewart’s Top Planner 2014


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    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


    Philosophy


    The core of every business is it’s philosophy. But it’s always been impossible for me to put into a few words.

    I’ve always just thought that my philosophy was my heart. My business’ core values came from my core. To plan weddings from my heart as if each were my own. And because I couldn’t put it into words, I poured my heart into this video with Bride Film.

    I’m thankful for every heart that has touched mine since opening my business in 2011 and I look forward to every heart that will touch mine in 2016!

    XOXO

    P.S. You’ll see more of the backdrop of this video in the next issue of The Knot Magazine which hits stands January 25th! Eek!


    Elyse + Jack | Wedding Highlight Film


    I cry every single time.

    I know I’ve found a great videographer when I tear up watching a total stranger’s wedding video. And the gems behind Bride Film, Chris and MaryClare Serio, are the best at capturing every emotional moment of a wedding day! And I’m so honored that they captured ours!

    XOXO


    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.


    A Tribute to Mothers


    A very special and important day will be happening this Sunday: Mother’s Day! And while I’m absolutely a believer in telling your mom that you love her and appreciate her every day, sometimes we need a reminder and an excuse to be sappy! So make sure your moms feel loved today, Sunday, and everyday!

    Our friends at Mason Jar Films put together a video compilation of special moments between their clients and their mothers that was featured on Style Me Pretty! Tying the Knot is honored to have a couple featured in the video who share a very special moment between mother and daughter (and father even)!

    Grab a tissue and give mom a kiss!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    A Tribute to Motherhood on Mother’s Day from Chris P. Jones on Vimeo.

    From Mason Jar Films… In creating wedding films and baby documentaries, we have witnessed many unique expressions of joy, wisdom, kindness, and love from mothers to their families. As Mother’s Day approaches, we wanted to craft something special to honor these women by compiling the sweetest and funniest wedding moments that radiate the love between mother and child.

    As a wedding filmmakers, it’s hard not to get choked up when we see authentic displays of love — from sincere letters exchanged between a bride and her mother to joyous dance-offs performed by a mother and her son. We especially love the moment in the video where Tara, a bride, gives her mother a necklace with a diamond representing every person in their family for whom her mother has sacrificed.

    While we love all of the beautiful details of a wedding, these physical accoutrements–the ring, the dress, the decor–are simply a physical reflection of the internal, emotional beauty of the relationships our brides and grooms cherish.

    #momentwithmom