Happy Mardi Gras everyone! In honor of this festive day, I’ve got a glamourous New Orleans wedding full of beautiful details and stunning florals. I just love how timeless and elegant everything looks and the New Orleans background adds so much character!

The gorgeous bride Heather shares all the details:

For John and I the ensuing months brought long brainstorming sessions and many phone calls, to family members and friends and everyone held their own opinion as to what type of wedding we should have and to where it should be held.  It was stressful for us both, in the end we chose to do a destination wedding in New Orleans.  Its food, culture and history is enough to keep you busy for weeks, the architecture is spectacular, and the fall weather is perfect. It would provide plenty of entertainment to our traveling guests, and most importantly John and I absolutely love the city and we have shared such wonderful memories there. As soon as we saw the Pavilion of Two Sisters at City Park I knew it was the venue for us.  I was blown away by the architecture, art, and natural beauty of the landscape.

For our wedding John and I envisioned an intimate evening where our closest could relax in a casual yet elegant setting.  The french doors that led to patio seating in the lit up gardens was absolutely stunning.  There are definitely some challenges with organizing an out of town event. One of the biggest challenges was simply knowing the vendors, being as we are not from New Orleans, we didn’t know who to use. We relied heavily on recommendations of trusted friends and our Wedding Planner Meghan Cease.  In the end it all went well.  I’m so thankful for M. Elizabeth Events, Daniel Taylor Photography, as they helped with much of the coordination. Our colors were spiced wine, ivory and lavish green.  I selected these colors because I wanted to have some fall colors, but also in New Orleans things are still very much in bloom that time our year so I wanted it still to be vibrant. The botanical gardens, where are ceremony was held, was covered in flowers. It was perfect!

I continued to use the phrase vintage elegant when describing theme of our wedding and I tried to find a dress to match. My dress which was a Melissa Sweet called “Bea” I fell in with this dress early on, and I thought it matched our New Orleans theme. I didn’t wear much jewelry, but a simple tennis bracelet borrowed from our jeweler in Houston. It was an 8 carats with alternating diamond shapes, it was a last minute detail that just screamed to be worn. And my earrings were from Priscilla of Boston. My shoes were Jimmy Choo’s, after many heart to hearts, it came down to heel height and glamour. Jimmy won out.

My favorite memories of the day started with getting ready with my bridesmaids, my sister Jordan and my mom and then slowing down to see John for the first time and just feeling at ease. The whole wedding day can be so chaotic, there are million little things going on at one time and you don’t really have control of them anymore. It wasn’t until I saw John that it all came together again. Such an amazing feeling. And then the night cap, walking down the sparkler aisle with all our friends and family cheering us on and getting into the 1969 Rolls Royce.

Photography | Daniel Taylor Photography

Event Planner | M Elizabeth Events

Venue | New Orleans City Park/Pavilion of Two Sisters

Cake | Haydel’s Bakery

Florist | Meade Wenzel Florist

Limo | A1 Worldwide Transportation

Dress | Melissa Sweet from Priscilla of Boston

Getting Ready Location | Terrell House

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