Lady Grey’s first official post about her wedding is up on Blogstress Mavens and we’re starting the ring, by Kwiat. And just you wait–lots more to come! Plus, we’ll announce our new Blogstress Mavens next week who will be sharing their wedding journey’s too! These are real brides, talking about real stuff that we know you’ll relate to! Are you as excited as we are?
We think you will too.
WHOA. We are so so so so excited to share this wedding with you today! Emily and Alon’s wedding location at a private home on the bayou of Louisiana is the perfect deep south wedding. We thought we’d let their designer, Shannon Leahy tell you all about the incredible details. Then of course you’ll get to feast your eyes on all the images shot by our faves, Magnolia Pair Photography!
This past Spring we had the pleasure of planning a wedding for a fabulous couple on the North Shore of New Orleans, Louisiana. Emily Ostuw and Alon Shaya met at a mixer in New Orleans and their shared love of food, good music and a Southern good time made them a match in heaven. The Groom is an award-winning Chef at Domenica Restaurant and the wedding was held at the house of his Chef/Partner John Besh. For the wedding, Josh Besh and his wife, Jennifer, opened their home to welcome 300 of Emily and Alon’s nearest and dearest.
The wedding started in the front yard where we turned an aging, romantic tree into a Chuppah. The legendary Jeremy Davenport played the trumpet and sang as the Bride walked down the aisle which started at the front door of the house, down the stairs and out to the ceremony site. After the ceremony guests moved around behind the house for cocktails around the pool where Jeremy and his band played some fun music and passed hors d’oevures were served. Delicacies like “Boudin of Local Rabbits with Pepper Jelly”, “Corn Fried P&J Oyster with Louisiana caviar ranch dressing” and “Crabmeat and Truffle Deviled Yard Eggs” from John Besh’s flagship Restaurant August intrigued and delighted the guests while they mingled and explored the property.
As the sun set the guests were invited into the tent where stations were setup for dinner. Just a few of the six varied and delicious offerings at the stations: Pan seared scallops with jumbo lump crab, chive and silver queen corn risotto, whole roasted duck foie gras with brioche and savory marmalades, jumbo Louisiana shrimp with Jacobs andoullie and organic anson mills grits, black lacquered duckling “soup and salad” duck and andoullie gumbo with plums and sugar cane vinaigrette.
French antiques from a local store in New Orleans were brought over the river and included gorgeous chandeliers hanging in the tent and cafe tables from a brewery in Belgium dotted under the weeping willows where guests could sit and eat. The band Rockin’ Dopsie brought the house down. The couple departed in a boat from the dock on the bayou!Click to expand for more
Vendors: Photographer: Magnolia Pair // Event Planning & Design: Shannon Leahy Events // Catering: Restaurant August // Hair & Make-up: Boyd Parris // Lighting: Crescent Lighting // Video: David Aman, Docno Productions // Rentals: Dop Antiques // Ceremony & Cocktail Musician: Jeremy Davenport // Reception Music: Rockin Dopsie Jr and the Zydeco Twisters // Linens: La Tavola // Flowers: Urban Earth Studios // Rentals: Your Event Delivered
We’re obsessed these days with absolute elegance. We love Katilin and Ryan’s gorgeous wedding–the candlelight down the aisle is a particular favorite, along with all of the lush greens as centerpieces. And those bridesmaid dresses? Love. Photographer Debra Eby Photography’s images tell more of the story!Click to expand for more
Vendors: Photographer: Debra Eby Photography // Hair Stylist: Voila // Caterer: Nick and Nat’s Uptown 21 // Event Planner: Engaging Events // Event Designer: Jodie Leigh Designs // Musicians: Juneyt // Invitation Designer: Primarily Paper // Dress Designer: Paloma Blanca //Band: Alysha and the Brilltones // Makeup Artist: Amy Jaynes Stickney – Professional Makeup Artist // Event Venue: Hacienda Sarria
We’re always on the hunt for new ideas that are just getting started. If you are the kind of gal like we are that loves setting trends BEFORE they are actually trends, then we should be friends. Because we feel the exact same way. And we’re calling it now–cascade bouquets are coming back. Florals are already headed toward a looser, more whimsical, romantic vibe. The cascade is obviously a total throwback (I think my mom carried one) but this is a looser, more romantic version of the original strong form look. We digress. Either way, let’s all love together on this gorgeous wedding shot by one of our faaaaaaave photographers, Brett Heidebrecht who, as you may be able to tell, shoots film. Love her. Love this. Love it all.Click to expand for more
Photography: Brett Heidebrecht // Dress and Veil: Mariee // Shoes: Nordstrom // Florist: ZuZu’s Petals and Gifts // Cake: Rick’s Bakery // Coordinator: Caroline Kent // Venue: Horton Farms // Hair: Megan Spencer // Makeup: MAC Makeup in Dillards // DJ: Jason of Brock Entertainment // Caterer: Market Place
We are absolutely obsessed with fashion and think it’s one of the best places to look for fresh wedding inspiration! We’ve been diving into all the recaps of the spring runway shows and thought you might love some translation from the runway to wedding inspiration. One of our favorite standouts from the spring shows was J. Mendel and we are obsessing over this flowy plum gown with a whimsical print. Love it too? Here’s how to use fashion as inspiration for your wedding–we gathered ideas that incorporated plum, wine, gold and blush. This palette uses the two base colors of the dress–plum and tan–and complementary hues of wine and blush. Gold is a great reinterpretation of tan and makes a perfect addition to glam up the look.