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

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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


Stephanie + Paxton | New Orleans Wedding


If this isn’t a fairytale wedding, then I’m not sure what is! From the voluminous ballgown, to the grandeur of the St. Louis Cathedral, and the garden glam drama of the ballroom, this wedding was one for the books! Every moment was over the top yet oh so meaningful, and this couldn’t have been a more special (and in love) couple to help plan with! Congrats again to sweet Stephanie and Paxton, it was a dream bringing this lavish wedding to life with you! 

The long and dramatic aisle was lined with classic cylinder candles and lush pew markers from Bella Blooms Floral. I love how Stephanie’s dress demanded a hand held escort! 

Immediately after the ceremony, the guests paraded through the streets on a second line to the Omni Royal Orleans hotel, where the reception was be held!

The reception sported FOUR luscious beams of flowers: over the ballroom’s entrance, as the cake backdrop, down the 16ft head table, and across the 24ft stage! We wanted drama, and that’s definitely what the florist delivered! 

We also wanted to bring the decor into the ceiling and the three round domes of the ballroom offered the perfect places to add these lush greens!

French blue velvet linens from Nuage Designs offered a luxurious texture and wintery feel to the reception. 

This bride and groom literally could not have been any more genuine, more in love, more thoughtful, or more amazed by the whole day! They were just soaking it in at every turn, and they had some of the nicest and appreciative guests, too! 

Take a peek at their wedding in action through their video trailer!

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Planning and Design | Elyse Jennings Weddings

Photography |  Arte de Vie

Videography | Studio Vieux Carre

Ceremony Venue | St. Louis Cathedral

Reception Venue and Catering | Omni Royal Orleans

Florist | Bella Blooms Floral

Chairs| Event Rental

Linens | Nuage Designs

Lighting | See Hear Productions

Monogrammed Dance Floor | AD Event Group

Bakery | Bittersweet Confections

Cake Stand | Fabulous Cake Stands

Band | Big Swing and The Ballroom Blasters

Second Line | Kinfolk Brass Band

Second Line Coordinator | Frenchmen Street Productions

Photobooth | Boogie Booth

Hair and Makeup | Katie Robinson

Invitations and Signage | Scriptura

Calligraphy | Calligraphy by Maria Helena 

Invitation Addressing | Amy Cox Design

Transportation | Foxy’s Limousine Services

Wedding Dress |Valentini

Wedding Shoes | Manolo Blahnik

Bridal Dress Salon | Chernaya Bridal House

Bridesmaids’ Dress | Dessy from Bella Bridesmaids

Groom’s Tux | Billy Reid

Groomsmen’ Tuxedos | Men’s Warehouse

Engagement Ring | Tacori from Boudreaux’s Jewelers


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


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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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