New Orleans is the perfect city for a totally unique wedding full of personality, and that’s exactly what Maggie and Casey had in mind when they set about planning their March wedding.
Growing up I would ask my friend Sam for art on a regular basis, so she was not surprised when the call came for one more original piece. She hand painted a gouache invitation and RSVP that was totally us!
I knew I wanted mermaid cut and not strapless, so I flipped through some pictures and designed a combination of some of my favorite dresses. Last November I flew to China to visit my sister and found the perfect fabrics and tailor to make my dress. One set of measurements and 2 weeks later my dress was ready for the big day! For the bridesmaids, my sister designed dresses for all 10 women. The only input I had was that I wanted them to be different dresses in a soft antique color palette.
My dad bought seasonal flowers and helped each bridesmaid assemble a bouquet. He made mine too – long stem white roses.
We incorporated a couple New Orleans traditions, such as the bridal cake pull and a second line. For the cake pull, all 10 bridesmaids grabbed a ribbon that was baked into the bottom layer of the wedding cake. At the same time they all pulled to see what silver charm was attached, representing money, love, babies, happiness, etc. The second line was a favorite part of the reception for all of our guests. It’s really just a chance to parade around waving white handkerchiefs and parasols.
Venue: Elms Mansion in New Orleans
Invitations: Samantha Lewis, friend of the bride
Bridesmaid dresses: Kate McFarlin, sister of the bride
Flowers: father of the bride
Music: Kermit Ruffins
Photography: Jenny Grise
Congratulations Maggie and Casey! As they say in New Orleans, and as your wedding invitation says, Laissez les bon temps roulez!
Happy weekend to all of you, and Happy Birthday to my little sister! She is my best friend in the world, and I wish we were closer together and could see each other more often. She also makes the best eclairs and scones I’ve ever had (which is only part of why I wish we lived closer). So on that delicious note, I’ll leave you all with this pic of donuts and birthday candles, and some fun links for your weekend.
Itsy bitsy beautiful pottery.
Calligraphy starter kit.
Adorable couple (the puppy’s pretty cute, too).
Love these mom snapshots.
Cutest cheat sheet ever (and helpful if you’re like me and can never remember what to buy organic).
Will someone please get married in a hat like this?
Instead of a farewell brunch, how about breakfast in bed?
Excited for Sweet Paul‘s magazine!
If Monet had a business card.
One last thing before I head out for the weekend. Unfortunately, because of some exceptionally rude comments recently, I’ve decided to disallow anonymous comments for right now. Everyone is certainly entitled to having their own opinions, but I’m afraid there’s no room on Snippet & Ink for comments that are hurtful or otherwise rude to people who have kindly shared their weddings with us, and allowing anonymous comments seems to inspire more bad manners than when folks are required to sign their names. Thankfully, it’s a small minority, and in case I don’t say it enough, thanks so much to all of you who are always so thoughtful. Have a happy happy weekend, lovelies!
A charming engagement shoot from the talented Scott Andrew…
See even more from Rachel and Steven’s beautiful engagement shoot over at Scott Andrew’s blog.
Nikole Ramsay is back today with photos from Chloe and Adam’s intimate and chic London wedding. Says Chloe:
As it was October, we had a leaf theme and autumnal colors. The rich orange of the ties was inspired by this theme and they had the most amazingly vibrant effect on the day and the photos. We had leaves on the invitations and pressed leaves on the table. We also had paper cut into the shape of leaves for guests to write a message on and hang to a tree in the reception room. We wanted to get married in London as it is meaningful for us and is where we have spent most of our time together. The Century Club has a gorgeous rooftop terrace – a magical atmosphere up there with cozy lighting, rustic greenery and views over Soho rooftops.
Chloe accessorized her jeweled wedding dress with bezel-set diamond earrings, a birdcage veil fascinator, and a cozy white shrug.
Chloe on the ceremony: The ceremony was the best half an hour of the day for us. It was just the most amazingly celebratory energy full of positivity and joy. Since it was what the day was all about, it’s where we focused our energy. We wrote our own vows and recited them to each other from memory – it was the most special moment of the day to be up there making my personal promise to Adam in front of all the people who mean so much to us. We had music played by our brothers, my uncle and cousin and my Mum, and everyone joined in singing “All You Need is Love” and “So Happy Together.” The atmosphere was amazingly happy and joyous.
A map of London acted as a seating chart, since each table was named after a different street. Says Chloe, “We wanted to put the wedding in the context of London, so we named the tables after nearby Soho streets. It was all really quite simple. We wanted to avoid being fussy or looking too busy. We didn’t have flowers on the tables – just matching candelabras.”
Carrot cake cupcakes were an appropriate autumn dessert.
Venue: Century Club in London
Bride’s dress: Alice Temperley
Bridesmaid dresses: Warehouse
Groom’s suit: Roderick Charles
I’m so glad Nikole Ramsay was able to stop by and share another beautiful wedding with us today. And thank you of course to Chloe and Adam for sharing so many wonderful details!