Carly + Topher // Married

Sometimes, all it takes is a swipe to the right and the next thing you know, it’s your wedding day!! Yep, Carly and Topher are a Tinder success story, and they are an undeniable perfect match. They share a quick wit, a wry sense of humor and an obvious intellectual charm. It’s so easy to see why their friends and family absolutely adore them … or maybe its because they have a really cute dog! Whatever it is, the love is real and the bonds are fierce, and they put their heart and soul into making this wedding something special for everyone involved! We met them at Felicity on the morning of their wedding to capture their get ready followed by the sweetest first look ever. After reassuring themselves that yes, this is really happening, we took advantage of the brilliant summer light and made portraits around the church. The wedding ceremony was brief, but incredibly beautiful, and when it was over, the bride and groom were whisked into the Felicity kitchen where they were treated to a delicious first meal as husband and wife at the chef’s table by the bride’s dear friend since high school, Executive Head Chef Mark Daniel’s of Messina’s Catering.  After the meal, the couple went out to greet their guests, get the party started and engage in the Vietnamese tradition of making table visits and toasts. That really kicked things into high gear and kept the whole place rockin’ until the very end. The couple exited the church through a line of sparklers and well wishes and made off to their happily ever after. Best wishes Carly + Topher and wishing you so, so many years of happiness!

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Venue:  Felicity Church
Florals: Beth
Hair: Brittney Bowers
Bride’s Dress Purchased from Ashley Rene Bridal
Dress Designer:  Stella York
Cake:  Haydel’s Bakery
Cake topper:  Handmade by bride and groom
DJ: Toast Entertainment
Catering:  Messina’s Catering
Stationery: Designed by the bride and groom

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Angela + Justin // Married

Tucked away in the French Quarter are all these hidden little gems known as courtyards, and they are the perfect place for small, intimate weddings! It was the beautiful little courtyard at Hotel Provincial that played host to the destination wedding of Angela and Justin on Memorial Day weekend, and it was the perfect setting for a gathering of their closest family and friends. After the sweetest first look, we took the bride and groom on a French Quarter walk, and we only had to cross the street from Hotel Provincial to find some of the prettiest balconies and colorful building facades in the French Quarter! We then ventured back inside for the wedding ceremony, where the couple not only exchanged vows with one another, but the bride spoke vows to the groom’s children … and honestly, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place!! After the wedding, a celebratory second-line around the Quarter kicked the celebration into high gear! Congratulations to you guys … we wish you a lifetime of love, laughter, and happy times like you shared in New Orleans!!

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Vendor Love:

Wedding Venue:  Hotel Provincial
Hair and Makeup: Glam on Location
Dress designer:  Stella York
Bride’s Dress Purchased at: Low’s Bridal Shop
Venue Florals: Whitney Raab
Second line band: Shannon Haynes Brass Band
Video music licenses: FyrFly-SongFreedom and through Animoto
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Julie + Brent // Married

 

New Orleans is such a special place to Julie and Brent. While she was living in the French Quarter, he was visiting during French Quarter Fest. A chance meeting while he was exploring the music and festivities turned into a lunch invitation and the rest, as they say, is history! So it was only natural that seven years later, they returned to New Orleans to be married. The wedding took place in a beautiful garden setting at the Hermann-Grima House with the delicate garden theme and color palette interwoven through every last stunning detail of the wedding, from the florals to the favors. But the real star of the show was the bride’s dress which was custom made by designer, Claire Pettibonne. I will forever refer to this wedding as “the one with the dress.” As we walked through the French Quarter for pre-ceremony portraits, literally everyone that laid eyes on the dress emitted a sigh, an ooh, or an ahhhhh!! And of course, the bride that wore the dress was absolutely radiant as she moved about with the gracefulness of a fairytale princess!!

After the wedding the reception party moved over to the adjoining courtyard at Broussard’s, where after a round of heartfelt toasts, guests were treated to dinner and dancing. The night wrapped up as the bride and groom lead the party on an amazing second-line parade through the French Quarter, complete with The Kinfolk Brass Band and Mardi Gras Indians. We left the happy couple and their crew dancing under the light of a full moon at Pat O’Brien’s. The whole event was truly magical! Congratulations to Julie and Brent and wishing you many, many years of happiness!

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Vendor Love:
Wedding Coordinators: Girls In Black Events
Officiant: Joe Pitzer- Beaucoup Blessings
Ceremony Venue: Hermann-Grima House
Reception Venue: Broussard’s
Get Ready Venue:  Ritz Carlton New Orleans
Hair & MUA: Flawless Bride
Videography: Studio 1216 Films
Wedding Dress – Custom Designed Gown by Claire Pettibone Los Angeles, California
Bridesmaid Dresses-Reformation, the Winslow Wrap Dress
Invitation Suite and wedding crest hand painted by Emily Mayne Studio Lubbock, Texas
Ceremony Musicians: Fine Arts Ensemble-Harpist
Florist: Kim Starr Wise
Decor: Firefly Ambiance
Bakery: Bittersweet Confections
Band: Kinfolk Brass Band
Carriage: Royal Carriages
Tent Rental: Southern Hospitality 
Second Line Handkerchiefs: Backyard Printing 
Second Line Umbrellas:  Handmade by bride
Printed Napkins w/ wedding crest: Gracious Bridal Austin, TX
Wedding Embroidered Handkerchiefs: Bumblebee Linens
Wedding Tablecloths and Linens: Urquid Linens Los Angeles, CA
Cookie Favors: Des Miettes Cookies Lafayette, LA
Bridal Lace”Getting Ready” Robe: Yvonne LaFleur

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