There's romance and then there's Southern romance - and these New Orleans nuptials are one of the dreamiest examples we've seen of the latter. Think modern garden meets artistic wedding elegance. Complete with an authentic second-line parade. It all comes together for a wedding that is the very definition of Southern charm and we are soaking up every single pretty image captured by Arte De Vie. Pops of magenta, pale pink, peach and white on a bed of lush greenery accented by muted golds all set the day's color. Behind the scenes to bring the festivities together in one seamless vision of beauty are event planner Blue Gardenia Events, while Firefly Ambience lit up the reception with dramatic lamps and candle décor along with fab floral by Bee's Wedding and Event Floral Design. Today's featured bride steps out in a sophisticated lace Rosa Clara gown and of course these lovebirds are clearly smitten with one another which is just the top when it comes to magical ingredients.
In a city that's nearly 300 years old, there's no shortage of beautiful historic places to get married. But there's also some new places - or just newly renovated - whose art and architecture also make them memorable spots to say "I do." Take Colleen and Charles reception venue - the fabulous and note-worthy Contemporary Arts Center. One memorable location and the perfect backdrop to pull off some modern garden meets artistic wedding elegance. Not only did Colleen and Charles want a touch of contemporary styling at the forefront of their décor theme, but they also envisioned unexpected pops of color and thoughtful touches around every corner. This combination truly gave their guests an authentic New Orleans experience. They didn't stop there. They also had two second line parades complete with face painters to entertain their guests too. Our Lady of Good Counsel was the setting for their traditional ceremony, a beautiful scene for their vows; but, (since they are both attorneys) it was also a witty nod to their professions. Following the ceremony, Kinfolk Brass Band and the always colorful Mardi Gras Indians led everyone on a lively second line and onto transportation to the reception. Champagne and a grand draped entrance to the cocktail area, which featured a modern take on a flower wall. Large floral murals mixed with hedge walls stood behind several velvety lounge areas. At the end of the evening - Kinfolk Brass Band and the Mardi Gras Indians returned to lead everyone in a second second line, but, this time in the rain!