New Orleans is such a uniquely romantic city, and couples who choose to tie the knot there have uniquely romantic weddings. Lucia and Myles chose one of their favorite places in the city for their ceremony, followed by a reception down the street from their home. Greer Gattuso shared these timeless photos of the celebration:

Calligrapher Holly Hollon designed a beautiful and personal suite of save-the-dates, invitations, and programs. “I felt this detail set the tone for our wedding,” says Lucia.

“My mom always had flowers in our house, whether off a magnolia tree or from her garden,” shares the bride. “Because I grew up with a great appreciation and love of flowers, having beautiful flowers in my wedding was very important to me. Thanks to our florist, Kim Starr Wise, and our wedding planner, Elyse Skansi, we had an incredible wreath of flowers hanging over us in the Peristyle, and similar wreathes were created for our reception to hang in the tent. My bouquet was a magnificent asymmetrical bouquet in shades of cream and white with garden roses, gardenias, ranunculus, sweet peas, camellia foliage, peonies, and anemones. I will never forget when I first smelled the bouquets made of tea roses for my bridesmaids because it was the smell of pure happiness for me. I can still smell them.”

Says Lucia: “City Park is a very special place to me. I’ve run in the park almost every day since before Hurricane Katrina. It’s covered in centuries old live oak trees that surround ponds and marshes, as well as beautiful structures and bridges built by the WPA. After the levies broke, the park was devastated, just as I was and almost everyone else who called New Orleans home. Since the storm, I’ve seen the park heal and develop into an even more beautiful space than it was before. It’s a place of reflection and of community, and I often imagined having my wedding there at my favorite spot, the Peristyle. To marry Myles, the love of my life, in this sacred place with all of the people I love and who have supported me over the years was, aside from the birth of our daughter, the most incredibly happy moment of my life.”

“When we began planning the wedding, I was pregnant with our daughter, Evangeline. She was born in March, and we were married in November, at which point I was pregnant again! Myles and I were already committed to one another in the deepest sense, through our daughter and the baby we were expecting. So, having a family with Myles was my inspiration, as well as our desire that our friends and family have a blast. We wanted the wedding to be a reflection of our life together through its location, the food we love, and a lot of amazing music!”

Lush centerpieces of pink and cream roses, sweet peas, and anemones were arranged in a variety of vintage milk glass containers.

The simple buttercream cake was adorned with gardenias.



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Our reception was held at the historic Pitot House, an 18th century Creole colonial home located on beautiful Bayou Saint John. We live just down the street, and it meant so much to have our reception right in our own neighborhood, which also happens to be the best neighborhood in the world!

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  My favorite part of our wedding was dancing with Myles to the Lost Bayou Ramblers under a beautiful tent on Bayou Saint John with all of our friends and family. The Lost Bayou Ramblers were the perfect combination of our backgrounds: a lot Cajun and a little punk. We absolutely loved that everyone was dancing with us. There was no way that you could hear that music and not dance! The icing on the cake was when Myles’ groomsmen from Southwest Louisiana performed what they described as a “Seafood Jubilee,” an unforgettable, choreographed dance that they had coordinated with the band before the wedding.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  I carried the handkerchief that my mother carried when she married my sweet father. My mother and I share the same name, and the handkerchief, which belonged to my mother’s great aunt, was embroidered with our initials.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  A very wise man told me I should only focus on the love and happiness that Myles, my friends, and my family would bring to the occasion. Nothing else mattered.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Get a wedding planner as incredible as Elyse Skansi, if you can.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Our incredibly talented friends played music at our ceremony. Not only did this save us money, but it made our ceremony all the more meaningful and personal.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Myles and I felt so lucky to have had our daughter Evangeline at our wedding. Our only regret was that in the chaos of the day, our sweet dog Izzy was left at home. She was there with us in spirit, though!

Photographer: Greer G Photography / Venue: The Pitot House in New Orleans, Louisiana / Ceremony: The Peristyle in City Park / Event Planning & Design: Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination / Floral Designer: Kim Starr Wise / Dress: Modern Trousseau from Wedding Belles / Veil: Wedding Belles / Shoes: J. Crew / Suit, Suspenders: J. Crew / Shirt, Tie, Shoes: Brooks Brothers / Cuff Links: Aiden Gill / Stationery: Holly Hollon / Hair: Nicole Pigeon / Makeup: Tisa Camet / Candle Decor: Luminous Events / Rentals: Your Event Delivered, Mrs. Vintage Rentals / Music: Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers, The Lost Bayou Ramblers / Catering: Joel Catering / Cake: Pure Cake
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I’m not sure what I love most about this wedding! The dreamy dress, the rustic venue, the woodland-inspired centerpieces… not to mention all of the frame-worthy photos from Les Loups of The Wedding Artists Collective, and event planning by Melissa McNeeley. Well, why don’t I let you decide: what do you love most about Daryn and Alex’s romantic, rustic wedding?!

Their first look was one of the couple’s favorite parts of the day.

The bride shares some of the traditions incorporated into the wedding: “We had a chuppah designed by Taylor of Fox Fodder Farm, which was stunning and so special to exchange vows underneath. We reinterpreted other traditional Jewish customs to create a ceremony that we could both really appreciate. For example, rather than having a standard ketubah, we were inspired to write our own marriage contract, which we read during the ceremony. We also had a nod to Russian traditions by having a toast with raspberry-infused vodka (which Alex made!) for all the guests before the dancing really got going, followed by his mom signing a Russian gypsy love song.”

Another favorite part of the day? “Taking ten minutes to be alone away from everyone after the ceremony, to absorb the reality and romance of the ceremony… and to appreciate that we did it! We got married and pledged to be each others’ support for the long haul. We had written each other letters, using spare wedding invitations and we took that time to exchange them. It was another lovely moment. “

A welcome sign was written onto a framed pane of glass. The outdoor cocktail hour was adorned with rich burgundy dahlias in sweet glass bud vases. “Fox Fodder Farm used a variety of vessels for the flowers,” says Daryn, “Which perfectly enhanced the space, design and the whimsical beauty of all the flowers!”

Images of woodland creatures were printed on book pages in lieu of table numbers. In addition to lush fall flowers, the tables were also scattered with acorns and purple artichokes.

How about this sweet touch? “We toasted with champagne coupes that we found even before getting engaged, and purchased with coins found around the house during the first few years of our relationship.”



Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We zoned in on Hudson Valley because of its charm and awesome culinary scene, history and beauty. Fox Fodder Farm was the first thing that Alex got truly excited about. We knew we wanted to have the ceremony and reception on the same grounds and we knew we wanted to have the wedding ceremony outside. The space was intimidating, because it was just a raw canvas that would take extra work. However, seeing how into it Alex was sealed the deal.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We decided from day one that if we were going to plan a full on wedding, it would be done together, with a focus on truly celebrating what the big day was all about: having all of our loved ones together in one place to share in the celebration of our love, union and commitment.  The outcome was just that! There were funky quirky elements reflective of our playfulness (like random Victorian portraits hung on the walls and the use of woodland creatures). We went for rustic elegance, wanting to give our guests a reason to get gussied up, but also to provide a space where they felt they could kick their shoes off and be themselves.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  We can’t pick one… but we can narrow it down to three. The first was our first look… it was so amazing to see each other prior to the big event. It was full of emotion, love, raw feelings and laughter… it was an emotional high… cheesy but true. The second was post-ceremony when took ten minutes to be alone away from everyone. The last was walking into the reception and seeing all of our friends and family under one roof… one roof which looked (and sounded) AMAZING thanks to months of hard work and our amazing vendors.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The day goes by so just enjoy every moment and put blinders on to the small imperfections, because no one else is noticing them.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Remember what the day is really about… you and your soon-to-be husband professing your love and celebrating it with those nearest and dearest to you. Also, even if you are experienced, detail-oriented and creative, having an event planner is a worthwhile splurge… Melissa McNeeleyy was an invaluable resource of support, knowledge and creative enhancements.

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  There will always be unexpected expenses. // Don’t underestimate what you can find on etsy/ebay/flea markets. // Also, I managed to source a majority of the books used as props for free, because I noticed them in a display window at a retail store and asked if there was any chance I could use them once the display went down. I got lucky… and got a yes!

Photographer: Les Loups of the Wedding Artists Collective / Venue: Grasmere Farm in Rhinebeck, New York / Event Planner: Events by Melissa McNeeley / Floral Design: Fox Fodder Farm / Officiant: Robert Micha’el Esformes / Dress: Mara Zwillinger / Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood / Suit: John Varvatos / Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent / Stationery: Lion in the Sun / Rentals: New England Country Rentals, Party Rentals ltd / Band: Ooh La La / DJ: Kenan Juska of Les Loups / Catering, Cake: Oliver Kita 
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When you’re planning a wedding, and putting so much thought into every little detail, you want your wedding website to be as special and beautiful as everything else. Not to mention it’s often the first impression your guests will have of your wedding! That’s where Riley & Grey come in. Not only do they have terrific hands-on customer service, but they also have incredibly unique website designs, perfect for modern couples who want something exceptional and inspired, and that will reflect their style beyond just the wedding. Here’s a handful of my personal favorites…

Riley & Grey takes a modern approach to wedding websites, with an easy-to-use interface and limited-edition designs that draw inspiration from the worlds of high fashion and decor. But their customer service is perfectly old-fashioned, and if you ever find yourself in need of help, just reach out to the Riley & Grey team and they can walk you through everything.

Riley & Grey also makes things super easy on your guests, by providing a mobile experience that looks and feels just like a custom app, but doesn’t require your guests to download anything. So when they want to double check which hotels you recommend, or what time the rehearsal dinner starts, or how to get to the venue, they can just hop on their smart phone and pull it up.

Riley & Grey‘s wedding websites are limited-edition, and as a Snippet & Ink reader, you can start customizing your beautiful website right away. Collect mailing addresses, add your wedding itinerary, upload photos and even video! Oh, and if you’re looking for some chic, irreverent inspiration to get your creativity flowing, you’ll definitely want to follow Riley & Grey on Instagram – gold temporary tattoos? Marilyn Monroe and Kate Moss? I’m telling you, lots of wonderfully unexpected wedding inspiration to be found.


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Select vendor Erin Kate has paired up with floral designer Nicole Land of Soil & Stem for this gorgeous berry- and emerald-hued inspiration shoot… I absolutely love the use of berries and mint leaves in these floral arrangements!



From Nicole: “We wanted to keep our look personal and organic. To achieve this vision, we used delicate detailing such as hand-lettered calligraphy, heirloom jewelry and flatware, French silk ribbon, and fresh mint sprigs harvested from the garden that morning. Vintage frogs were used to display seating assignments, menu, and invitation. We really loved the contrast of harsh metal against the supple fluidity of calligraphy. Floral frogs were also given as favors for wedding guests to use in their own garden bouquets or to display as art in their home.

“From the flowers to our signature spritzer and ice, you will find rich berry and orchid hues woven throughout the shoot. Our berry theme carried over (literally in berries!) to our boutonnieres and cake styling. We find these colors evoke passion, closeness, and creativity – a little of what every love story is made of. David Austin’s ‘Kate’ garden roses, named in honor of the Duchess of Cambridge, provide us with a magenta that is striking against other beautiful stems like ranunculus, stock, mint, and olive. Aside from color, Kate’s fragrance is fresh with delicious hints of raspberry, redcurrant, and geranium.

“My favorite part of the shoot was plucking a stray purpling ivy vine that had crept its way onto my lawn. Using ivy was never a part of my original design but it transformed into a lovely gestural member in my arrangements. Sometimes these small and inconsequential nuances can tie everything together to form a perfect marriage.”

Photographer, Styling: Erin Kate / Floral Design, Styling: Soil & Stem / Calligrapher: You Doll Design / Cake: Pippa Cakery / Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic
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