• 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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    Love and Lavender Blog: A New Orleans Wedding: Callie and Wes

    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


    Watercolor Styled Shoot


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    Ahh! Finally I have one of my favorite shoots live on the blog! It’s about that that I share this rose gold beauty with you!

    I designed the shoot with the idea of “ART” in mind! I imagined the groom to be a painter and the bride to own a gallery- which is how they may have met and fell in love! Their wedding of course would have plenty of artistic touches- from the water color invitations, to the impressionistic color palate in lush, loose flowers, to the entrance of their dinner designed as an art gallery with floral “paintings” on display as the guests wander through! Everything would take a slightly more creative approach than the traditional wedding, so we brought in many rose gold accents: the rosy engagement ring, rose colored mercury glass vases, and even a stunning blush Monique Lhuillier wedding gown! I wanted to bring so much movement, femininity and color into the day for our phenomenal photographer Greer to capture!

    Enjoy!

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    Planning and Design | Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination

    Photography | Greer Gattuso Photography

    Venue | Houmas House

    Rentals | Event Rental & Mrs. Vintage

    Dress | Candy by Monique Lhuillier

    Veil | Twigs & Honey

    Engagement Ring | Laurie Sarah Designs

    Groom’s Attire | Luca Falcone

    Florist | Bee’s Weddings and Events

    Candle Decor | Luminous Events

    Models | Ali Vasquez & Joe Rotolo

    Cake | Frosted Fantasies

    Hair | Ginger Dickey

    Make Up | Ashley Sievert

    Paper Products | Val Marie Paper


    Water for Elephants Styled Shoot

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    When phenom photog Courtney Dellafiora entrusted me to bring her “Water for Elephants” wedding to life, the ideas instantly started swirling in my mind… starting with the wonder of how much it would cost to rent an elephant?! Then after putting that dream to bed, I started recruiting a few of my favorite vendors to join our circus!

    As always, the most important initial decision was our venue! We put all of the pretty plantations and gardens aside for a dusty (and stinky) horse stable! The perfect backdrop for our gypsy bride and groom! I’m all about the juxtaposition of bringing glamorous beauty to such a rough space, so I decided that all props and rentals should be rustic, so that the bride, groom, and their fabulous flowers (thanks Kim Starr Wise) could really POP! We trekked to Slidell to find Lawrence Barattini and his enormous prop warehouse! There we found ripped antique settees, old leather trunks, wood crates, freakishly tall wooden ladders, and an arcade sign among his many thousand other amazing finds! I knew that he could help us set the stage!

    The rest of our team quickly fell into place! Margaret of Proper Prints would work her magic to create all of our paper and hand painted products! Kim Starr Wise, the magnificent, took my floral sketches and brought them to life! Rich and glamorous red peonies, red anemones, and red roses were collected for event! Mrs. Vintage gave our guests a place to sit with her mix matched wooden chairs! Event Rental erected our red and white striped circus tent! We were ready to transport our bride and groom back in time!

    On the day of the big show, Brandi Zito glammed up our bride and groom with 1930’s inspired hair and make up! To finish off the gorgeous bridal ensemble, we applied the most period specific bridal cap from Wedding Belles! They were ready to say their “I do’s!”

    So without further adieu… Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Welcome to our “Greatest Show on Earth!”

    (cue the trumpets)

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    Planning and Design | Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination

    Photography | Courtney Dellafiora

    Florals | Kim Starr Wise

    Calligraphy and Paper Products | Proper Prints

    Stamps | Verde Studio on Etsy

    Rentals | Lawrence Barattini Props

    Vintage Chairs | Mrs. Vintage Rentals

    Hair and Make Up | Brandi Zito

    Bridal Cap | Wedding Belles

    Horse Stable | Lewis Stables

    Circus Tent | Event Rental


    Ribbons: A Styled Shoot: Featured on Wedding Sparrow

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    When I heard the news that Wedding Sparrow wanted to feature my styled shoot on their international stage, my heart and soul fluttered in the wind just like the ribbons on this dress! And I couldn’t imagine anyone better to capture the beauty through her film camera than Greer of Greer G Photography! Here’s my design inspiration from falling in love with the dress to the full styled shoot coming to life!

    See the Wedding Sparrow feature HERE!

    When designing this shoot, it all started with the dress! I fell in love with the romantic embroidered lace and the dainty little sleeves of the Lula Kate L’Amour gown! It had this perfect, simple ribbon just draping down the dress! So was born the inspiration for the shoot! We wanted the design to have fluidity and movement- with a touch of the ribbons threaded through each dainty detail! I chose the Pitot House, a historic home that belonged to the first mayor of New Orleans, as the setting. It has a Southern plantation flair amidst Bayou St. John! Their blue footbridge stood as the setting for our ceremony! One of my favorite touches is the velvet embossed place card ribbons that marked each guests seat with their initials! It was a fun DIY project (requiring just a few easy items and steps) made for an intimate wedding! I also tied in a french blue velvet ribbon embossed with the bride’s initials for her bouquet! Another trend that we are especially enjoying here in Nola is the wedding mixologist who can create a custom craft cocktail for the festivities! Our shoot featured Heirloom Cocktail who created a spin on a New Orleans classic! In all, we created a shoot that displayed movement through the dresses amidst the movement of the moss and southern charm! A pretty picture of feminine beauty and romance!

    Thank you to my incredible team who helped it all come to life:

    Planning and Design | Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination

    Film Photography | Greer G Photography

    Venue | The Pitot House

    Florist | Kim Starr Wise

    Vintage Rentals (peach chair, brass, bar) | Mrs. Vintage

    Rentals (linen, bentwood chairs) | Event Rentals

    Mixology | Heirloom Cocktail

    Paper Suite | Kelly Tesvich of Kelly Draws

    Wedding Gowns | Wedding Belles

    Groom’s Attire | Perlis

    Hair | Ginger Dickey of ColorBar Salon

    Make Up | Ashley Sievert

    Models | Amy Laviolette and Kurt Schwartz

    Caramels | Crescent Confectionery


    until the end of time


    I have a confession to make (that I’m sure you are all well aware of!)– I am a huge sucker for all things soft, dainty, and vintage! So when I got a call from a stranger who had the brainchild of  a vintage rental company in New Orleans, I just knew that I had to learn more about her and the company she called Mrs. Vintage! After a coffee date with Mrs. Vintage herself, we decided that the best way to feature her items and her brand new company was to design a shoot around vintage romance! I grabbed one of my favorite photographers (Greer G) and one of my favorite couples (Lindsay and James) and we set a date to bring Mrs. Vintage to life! Below is the gorgeousness that we created for her debut!
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    rehearsal dinner on the half shell


    While I love a bride who is completely into personalizing their wedding day designs, I know that not all brides are ready to commit to that trend! We wanted those brides to know that there was a way to have the best of both worlds and prove to them that personalizing your wedding doesn’t mean that it has to be a “theme.” We designed and personalized this rehearsal dinner to show couples that it is okay to bring their heritage, passions, and personalities into their wedding parties! We based the designs of this rehearsal dinner on my own family’s heritage in the oyster industry. We named each of our dinner tables an oyster dish, incorporated oyster shells in the table decor, and even built an oyster chandelier! Incorporating burlap was a no brainer since oyster sacks are made out of burlap and it is such a huge trend in the industry right now! All small touches of the family without coming off as super themed! Continue Reading


    a taste of the twenties


    I’d like to formally welcome you to the place where the Great Gatsby meets our modern day bride… our 1920’s styled shoot at the Bombay Club in New Orleans! With the vintage trend being SO HUGE right now, Magnolia Pair Photography brought a brilliant concept to the table-  bringing the vintage feel of the 20’s to the future!
     
    This concept was right up my alley! You know how much I love personalizing weddings and adding that something different that sets each brides wedding apart from the next! So I jumped all over it! I brought some incredible vendors together to bring our dream to life! These gorgeous pictures wouldn’t  have been possible without them and I thank them for everything!
     
    So without further adieu…the whole set of our timeless 1920’s styled shoot!