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!

#YouDaMeibaum

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!

#KreweDuLoupe

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

#HappilyEverAlford

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


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


Featured | Southern Weddings Magazine


Cover

Our wedding. In Print. Le sigh.

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See the full gallery of our wedding here


Featured | The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2016


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This award is one of the most meaningful I could ever receive because it’s based solely on my clients and their experiences in working with us! Not because we pay for advertisement, not because an editor deemed us qualified, but because we exceeded our couples expectations enough that they wanted to share their praises! WOW!

We’ve gotten the honor of Best of Weddings for every year we’ve been in business- 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016- so we also received an induction into the Hall of Fame!

Humor me while I brag on my team for a minute! One woman can only do so much. Without them I could never be as attentive, as creative, or as OCD! They allow me the freedom to take my couples out for coffee or wine to get to know them, the time to sketch my design ideas so my clients have a visual to approve, and the time to spend countless hours checking and rechecking every detail to make sure the day is as perfect as it can be! My girls deserve every bit of these awards as well!

Here’s a few favorite reviews from 2015!

[Since a few of these weddings happened before we changed our business name in October, we’ve edited these reviews to reflect our new business name!]

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Megan + Phil

“There truly aren’t enough words to express the complete gratitude and thanks we owe to Elyse and the incredible team at [Elyse Jennings Weddings]!

Working with Elyse was one of the most meaningful and special parts of our wedding. Over the course of the planning process (about a year in our case), we formed such a close bond and friendship with Elyse. She is so smart, thoughtful, sincere, and kind and I’m forever grateful for her incredibly hard work. She worked tirelessly to ensure that our day was all we hoped for, and honestly, it was so much more thanks to her!

Since the very first meeting, I was blown away by her thoughtfulness and care. I felt totally comfortable placing my complete trust in her throughout the planning process. She takes SO much pride in every detail of her craft and her expertise guided us every step of the way. From her vendor recommendations, to her design plans, to the wedding schedule, Elyse goes above and beyond to make every detail perfect and seamless. She took what we could only envision about our wedding and turned it into a reality. I feel like Elyse is the perfect combination of everything you could want in a wedding planner: she has an incredible attention to detail, is amazing at all things organization/execution AND she has such a gift for design, ensuring that all of your design dreams turn out as beautifully as you envision it.

Even more importantly, Elyse does everything with incredible focus on the couple. She’s an amazing listener and she really valued getting to know me and my family. I never felt like “just another bride” with Elyse; she got to know our story and made sure our personalities, passions, and heritage shone through during our wedding. In all that she does, she makes you feel so special and values how important this day is in the life of a couple and family. This is something that makes Elyse special and I feel very blessed to have been able to work with someone who truly cared about me and my fiancé.

Elyse kept me so grounded and calm during one of the most special times in my life, I can’t imagine doing it without her (really!!). Even when I felt worried or stressed, I knew that I could count on her to ease any fears or worries that I had. For instance, a few months before the wedding, I started having seconds thoughts about some of the details of our design plan (flowers, tables, etc.). When I expressed my concerns to Elyse, she was beyond thoughtful and compassionate in her response. She dropped everything to meet with me that week and made sure I felt totally in love with what we came up with. This is just a small example (of SO many) when Elyse went above and beyond!

It’s no surprise that on wedding day everything was flawless and absolutely perfect. I can’t think of anything I would change or make better about our wedding day and I KNOW that’s because of Elyse. I enjoyed every second of the day and Elyse and her team couldn’t have been more attentive. She turned our vision into a perfect reality and executed everything flawlessly.

To all brides looking for a planner, I promise that you could never be in better hands than with Elyse and [Elyse Jennings Weddings]! I can’t imagine going through this experience without her, both as a planner and now as a friend. I will forever recommend Elyse and will be forever grateful for the her!!”

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Christine + Robert

Worth every penny! I cannot begin to explain how amazing Elyse and her staff were in planning our New Orleans wedding. She worked with us for two years (we moved our wedding date back a year) making sure everything was perfect. The team checked in with me monthly starting about a year before the wedding, then more frequently as we got closer to the wedding. They made sure all the little details were taken care of – many of which I would not have even thought of had I planned this event myself. I’ve been in a ton of weddings, so I’ve seen how stressed out a bride can be when they don’t have a wedding planner or only have a day-of wedding planner. Having Elyse and her team help me plan every detail left me totally relaxed on my wedding day, which is the way it is supposed to be. I was 100% confident that everything was taken care of behind the scenes and this allowed me to really embrace the moment. A few of my bridesmaids even commented on how relaxed I was and how they wished they had hired EJW to plan their weddings. Elyse and her team also recommended some fabulous vendors for us to use, all of whom were great. Elyse is a perfectionist and I knew I would be in great hands with her and her team. If you want your wedding day to be about you and your fiancé, hire Elyse Jennings Weddings. If you want a seamless, luxurious wedding experience, hire EJW. They are worth every penny.

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Beau + Pearce

“Words cannot express the amount of emotion and love which was woven into every part of our wedding week. It seemed at every turn there was love and support. Even the mundane was magical and memorable. This is all due to the tireless work of Elyse and her [Elyse Jennings Weddings] team. Neither Pearce nor I at any point were over whelmed with schedules or epic to-do lists like other couples we’ve seen. Instead we were free to focus on what we wanted to. This allowed me to put final touches on gifts and decorations for the ceremony and reception, and for Pearce to enjoy his friends who had come from near and far all week long. What was truly amazing was after a planning process that was effortless, easy and fun, the wedding was EXACTLY what we wanted. The details we had discussed went off without a hitch, and things we had never even thought to include somehow were thought of for us adding countless more memories.
To any couple beginning the wedding planning process, or coming up on their big day, I have one word of advice: hire [Elyse Jennings Weddings]. Elyse and her team take the time to get to know you as a couple first and for most. This allows your wedding to be an extension of your relationship rather than just an imitation of a bunch of Pinterest pins. Elyse early on told us that her goal in planning our wedding was that at the end of the night our guests would all say, “that wedding was SO Beau and Pearce.” Based on the feedback we were hearing from family and friends she more than succeeded!
Also vendor suggestions from Elyse are worth every penny. Her tips saved us money in the long run by focusing our budget on what was important to us. Because she actually got to know Pearce and I, each vendor she suggested was a perfect fit into our day’s flow and personality. You will spend a lot of time with your team on wedding day. The people Elyse picked for us wove themselves into the dynamic of our wedding party seamlessly. They were present but never obtrusive; they allowed the day to happen around them while still accomplishing everything they needed to. I know this was only because they had a fearless leader in Elyse.
Elyse brings your relationship to life. She incorporates it into every detail. She fills the venue with it: it is the music playing all night long and the champagne being poured at the bar. The night of our wedding Pearce paced back and forth in our suite smiling and repeating again and again that the whole wedding was so unbelievably amazing. While I’m sure part of it was a left over high from the second line, or possibly the delicious drinks flowing all night long at Latrobe’s, our “best day ever” was all because of Elyse and her team.”

Read more sweet reviews on our Knot profile


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 trustpillsnorx.com/ 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!