You could not find a sweeter couple, they are truly each other’s perfect match. Abby and Dave planned not only a wedding but a luxury weekend for their guests. They had a private dinner for just their parents and bridal party on Thursday at Antoine’s Restaurant. Welcome bags greeted guest when they arrived to the hotels. The bags contain a full weekend ternary, New Orleans treats, hangover kits. On Friday they welcomed they welcome their guest to New Orleans with a cocktail party at the Mazarin Hotel. The food from the Mazarin was impeccable and guest loved the casual feeling of the candlelit courtyard and the chance to catch up with family, old friends and meet some new ones. The evening ended early so everyone could rest up for the main events. Julia Bailey Photography was there to capture it all weekend.
Saturday morning started at the Windsor court Hotel for hair and makeup. As everyone relaxed and enjoyed lunch the festivities were beginning. The groomsmen met in the groom’s suite for lunch and to get dressed. This amazingly close group of friends laughed all day and enjoyed every minute of being together.
Abby’s mother and her sister helped her in to her beautiful Liancarlo Dress and veil. Her champagne rhinestone Badgley Mischka were the perfect complement to her dress. Her matron of honor gave her Michal Megrin earrings to wear as her something new, her something old and borrowed was her grandmother’s vintage Jade broach, that would eventually hold up the bustle on her dress, that was borrowed from her aunt and her something blue was a Baba studio clutch.
Then it was time for her first look with her dad. That picture speak for itself.
The bride and groom’s first look took place in the courtyard of the Windsor court and she took Dave’s breath away.
After a few moments alone they were joined by their friends for some great pictures in the French Quarter. They head to Board of trade for family pictures where they would be the first to see Abby and Dave’s vision come to life.
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We spent months designing the perfect back drop for their wedding. As they came through the gate a beautiful antique dresser and mirror held the guest book and the mirror held the program for the wedding ceremony. New Orleans Candlelight décor lit the Arcade with three custom built ten foot shelves that were the back drop for the guests escort card which were matched up with mask for each guest. The fountain was covered in assorted candles which highlighted the fountain. Bella Blooms’ large lanterns lined the aisle that led the gold wroth iron gate complimented and the iron gates that enclosed The Board of Trade, but it highlighted the ceremony area perfectly.
As guest began to arrive New Orleans Finest Musician’s string quartet player the string versions on modern songs like Led Zeppelin’s Over the hills and far away and Ramble On, Beauty and the Beast’s – Tale as old as time Lady Marmalade, Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne just to name a few. The ceremony was performed by a dear friend of the Bride and Groom and he did an amazing job keeping the ceremony personal and sweet.
When the ceremony was over Kinfolk brass band was waiting to start the secondline that not only went down Poydras Street but Canal Street. When we returned to The Board of Trade the courtyard was transformed for the cocktail hour wher guests were greeted with a taste of New Orleans favorites from Pigeon’s famous BBQ Shrimp and Grit Shooters, Petite Crawfish Etouffee and Chicken and Andouillee Gumbo, grazing station Imported Cheese, Charcuterie and Vegetable and Fruit Display Grilled Breads, Crostini, Condiments, Cornichons, Truffle Salted Cashews and an assortment passed hors d’oeuvres. Then it was on to dinner.
Guests entered the Board of Trade Ballroom which had been magically transformed with a collaborative center pieces from Bella Blooms and New Orleans Candlelight décor. The center pieces consisted of large white arrangements with willow branches with white orchids and hanging candles and a double sided vase which had floating candle in the top and battery operated pillar candles on the bottom with gold stem glass and gold votives. The tables were covered in Luxe damask linens with the gold Napoleon chairs for the guest, the family tables and bridal party would have white armless Louis chairs and the bride and groom had black and gold Queen Ann Thrones. The table names were the bride and groom’s favorite New Orleans Streets held by table top street lights. The seated and served dinner was perfected implemented. A.J and the Bad Cats flawlessly preformed the special dances during dinner, the bestman and Matron of honor opened up about the special and the relationship the bride and groom shared. When it was time for dessert the bride and groom went the cake. The black and gold beauty was created by Royal Cakery. From the damask pattern to the castle topper this cake was like none that came before it.
Then it was time for a change, literally the bride changed into her party dress. The party favors came out and the party went to a whole new level of fun! They incorporated the Hava Nagila to honor the father of the bride’s Jewish background and the dance floor stayed packed the rest of the night. When the wedding over it was time to send them off in true royal fashion. Guest held sparklers as the bride and groom escaped in the Rolls Royce and off to their honeymoon.