A Modern DIY New Orleans Wedding

Today’s wedding is a super fun and modern New Orleans wedding. How cute are all the colorful DIY details? The glowing centerpieces are just amazing! And this seriously looks like the funnest bridal party! I love all the heart sunglasses (and the rainbow heels)!

The beautiful bride Candice shares:

From the beginning, Marc and I both knew we wanted our wedding to be a giant celebration with all of our closest friends and family. We also knew that we wanted it to include a dance party. Even though we had just moved to Chicago from Houston, we decided to have it in New Orleans (where I am from) so that our friends and family who we be coming from all over would have an exciting place to visit with the most amazing food in the world.

We are both outdoorsy people, but having an outdoor wedding in New Orleans in the middle of June was not an option. Instead, I decided to try to create the feeling of an outdoor wedding, but indoors. The first venue I found was an old coffee warehouse that had been converted to a wedding venue – it was absolutely perfect and worked as both a blank slate and a place that didn’t require too much decoration since the architecture provided visual interest.

My background is interior design and I am a crafting nerd, so I knew I wanted to take on as many DIY projects as I could. The biggest project I took on myself was our save the dates and wedding invites. I hand drew the invite in Adobe Illustrator and had a local stamp company make it into a stamp. I had also hand drawn the map and RSVP. I knew I wanted the envelopes addressed using calligraphy, so I picked up a beginner’s kit at the art store and started practicing. Another huge project we took on as a couple were the centerpieces. To me, they were reminiscent of fireflies, which fit in with our ‘outdoors indoors’ idea. I had seen the boutonnieres in Handmade Weddings loved them. They felt very appropriate for a southern wedding and I was able to make them months in advance. We had a family friend make our wedding cakes, and with the help of my mom and a couple bridesmaids I made the groom’s cake (which I found out when I moved to Chicago is a southern tradition). Marc has a fascination with teepees so building a teepee cake seemed perfect.

Photography | Greer G Photography

Venue | The Chicory