Luxury wedding planner + designer based in New Orleans. Personalizing traditional, yet custom + timeless, yet modern weddings. Named Martha Stewart’s Top Planner 2014
When I rebranded my business from Tying the Knot to Elyse Jennings Weddings, I wanted to design a shoot that would speak to my ideal clients! While I could have only dreamed that it could also speak to the nation, I about died when the editors said YES!
Here’s their take on our ideal wedding!
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
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
Hair | Brian
Our wedding. In Print. Le sigh.
See the full gallery of our wedding here…
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!
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!
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
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!]
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!!”
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.
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…
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!
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!