Colorful New Orleans Backyard Wedding

Summery citrus vibes ahead with this beautiful backyard wedding captured by Catherine Guidry! The bride’s dream was to have her reception at her family’s home and the result was oh so sweet. Filled with an abundance of florals and balloons, their traditional New Orleans house was transformed into a colorful wonderland of pinks and oranges.

There were two decisions that had already been set in stone for me a long time before Alex proposed. Those two were that our ceremony would be at St. Charles Presbyterian, the church I have gone to since I was 5 years old, and that the reception would be at my parents’ house that we have lived in for over 20 years. These are things I would never have fought because these places are just as important to me as they are to my parents. With our home being just a short way from the church, the streetcar was the perfect mode of transportation!

I wanted our wedding to be classic, colorful, delicious, and an absolute blast! My parent’s backyard brings me so much happiness. Always full of citrus and greenery. The inspiration for our save the date, and really then the rest of the event design, was from a photo my mom took last summer of about 20 hummingbirds playing in her kumquat tree. The other source of inspiration was an event space we found called Aynhoe Park in England. Lots of balloons, flowers, greenery, and beautiful architecture. Look up their Instagram, I’d say Angl.e Events nailed it! It just makes you happy!

When Alex and our wedding party arrived at the house, Black Magic Drumline greeted us with an awesome performance and his and hers cocktails. Mine being a jalapeno margarita and Alex’s a kumquat old fashion. When we got in the house. Shawn Ward was on their stairs playing an electric violin that filled the house with beautiful music. The drumline then presented us for our first dance, I think that’s the peak of my life! I remember just looking around seeing everyone Alex and I loved knowing this was the start to the best party of our lives! Our band was Big Night Dynamite and they could not have been better! I felt like I was at their concert! Their voices, moves, outfits, and energy were more than I could have ever imagined.

Alex and I are huge foodies! We had all of our favorites there. Caviar, Oysters, Sushi, Cookies and Milk Punches for dessert, and lucky dogs to end the night. I’m so glad Alex and I had our taste testing with Joel’s earlier that year so I would know how delicious everything was because I hate to say, I didn’t get much on that night!

After I tossed the bouquet from our staircase (father of the bride moment hey hey!) Alex and I exited the house with gold confetti cannons. After our final hug and kiss to our parents, we were on our way to the Windsor court where we spent the night then got on a flight that Sunday morning to the Maldives. Our wedding was absolutely the best night of our lives. I feel so blessed to have such fun and supportive family and friends that lift Alex and I up every day!

Photography: Catherine Guidry | Ceremony Venue: St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church | Catering: Joel’s | Event Planning: Angle Events | Floral: Giverny Designs | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals | Lighting: See Hear Productions | Wedding Cake: Bittersweet Confections | Wedding Cake: Aquarius Cakes and Pastries | Ceremony Musicians: Shaun Ward | Band: Big Night Dynamite | Tent: Soho Event Rentals | Bar: The Wine Seller | Speciality Food: Acme Oyster House | Flooring: Drape Quest Events | Balloons : RSVP Decorating | Videography: BrideFilm | Transportation: American Luxury | Hair: H2O Salon | Officiant: Dr. Michael Jinkins | Submitted via Matchology