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


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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!

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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!


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


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


Design Portfolio

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Design : the most fulfilling part of the planning process for me.

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Our brides and grooms come to us at all stages of their design generation- some just with colors and a theme, others with ideas as specific as linens, cakes, flowers and more, but most with Pinterest boards they have been pinning to for years (maybe even before they met their fiancé). It’s up to us to listen, absorb, and help them expound on their vision to make this a wedding fit for only the two of them. I want to get to know their styles, their engagement story, their hobbies- whatever I can infuse into their weddings aesthetics. Then comes dreaming, sketching, and mood board-ing. Our designs are traditional, yet custom + timeless, yet modern. After we love the picture we’ve painted, we bring the design to our talented and creative vendors who’s talents and inventories help me bring the sketch to life. And when I overhear the guests at their wedding saying, “I wouldn’t expect anything else for them,” I know that we did our jobs and my heart is so happy!

Please enjoy this collection of some of my favorite designs!

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New name | Same luxury planning service

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I can’t tell you just how excited I am to be publishing this and letting you in on the major project I’ve been working on for months now! I’ve decided to take a (huge!) leap to change the name of my business to Elyse Jennings Weddings!

As the Tying the Knot brand grew and we were being listed among other planning companies across the nation, I realized just how many of them had some version of “knot” in their name. And while I love our Tying the Knot name and all of the fun play-on-words that I created from it, I want to make sure my brand stands out. For years, I’ve been personalizing weddings to make them unique to each couple, so it’s only fitting that I plan them under a name that’s unique to me!

With the new name comes a new brand, and I’d love for you to take a peek at our new website, follow us on our social media platforms below, and help us to spread the word that we’re the same trusted planning and design company, operating under a new name! Please also update your address books with our new email addresses: elyse@elysejenningsweddings.com, becca@elysejenningsweddings.com, and ashley@elysejenningsweddings.com.

I’m honored, inspired and constantly uplifted by my relationship with each of you and so thankful in advance for all of your support throughout this transition!

Looking so forward to this journey as Elyse Jennings Weddings (EJWeds for short) and bringing weddings to life under our new brand! 

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Web | www.elysejenningsweddings.com

Blog | www.elysejenningsweddings.com/blog

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Facebook | Elyse Jennings Weddings

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