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!

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  1. 10000dollarwedding

    All of their details are to die for!! I love those invitations and the photo of the entire bridal party…Her attention to detail is fantastic.

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  2. QuiltyGoodness

    OH MAN!!!! I LOVE Kermit Ruffins. That is ridiculously awesome.

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  3. Kate

    Did Kermit make you some BBQ out back? That would be great!

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  4. Jean Kallina

    Now that is an amazing wedding!!! Love it all!!

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  5. Valerie

    Beautiful wedding!! I have actually been to a wedding here and it is just as fun and beautiful as it looks in these pictures!

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  6. Bailey

    LOVE a second line at a wedding, such JOY. Beautiful pics!

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  7. Sarit at

    Hi there,Loved your blog. where can I follow it? Your left side button is broken… I think.

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  8. Whitney

    Great wedding and fun to see a Tampa bride in NO!

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