• 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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    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


    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


    Featured | Southern Weddings Magazine


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    Our wedding. In Print. Le sigh.

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    See the full gallery of our wedding here


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    A favorite from many of our 2015 weddings…

    From the bottom of my heart thank you my brides, grooms, and creative partners for putting your weddings in our hands and trusting us to bring it to life. It’s been the most rewarding year yet.

    Cheers to 2016!

    XOXO

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    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


    Genny + Barr | New Orleans Wedding


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    Genny and Barr’s all white wedding highlights everything that New Orleans weddings are known for! The only color- Genny wore a mint colored Monique Lhuillier gown! They were married in the golden glamour of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and celebrated at their seated dinner reception at the iconic Waldorf Astoria Roosevelt Hotel in the French Quarter! The reception featured lush, glamorous floral clouds dripping with orchids! The tables featured golden accents and lots of flickering candlelight! We offered the guests a few unique lounges for comfortable seating and easy conversation! The showstopper- a sugar flower adorned cake positioned in front of a full wall of white flowers that was flanked by candles! A backdrop for many a selfie that night! As we neared the end of the night, the group enjoyed sliders and fries for their late night snack while we served New Orleans style snowballs as a sweet treat! To cap off the night, reception ended with a traditional second line out to their horse and carriage!

    This wedding was my favorite example of making a traditional, ballroom wedding feel modern and intricately interesting!

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    Planning and Design | Elyse Jennings Weddings

    Photography | Greer Gattuso Photography

    Venue | The Roosevelt

    Church | Immaculate Conception

    Floral and Candle Decor | Bella Blooms

    Rentals | Event Rental

    Custom Linens | La Tavola

    Band | Bucktown Allstars

    Bakery | Chef Debra at The Roosevelt

    Photo Booth | Boogie Booth

    Ceremony Musicians | New Orleans Finest

    Hair Stylist | Nicole Pigeon

    Make Up Artist | Ashley Sievert Beauty