New Orleans Wedding at Race & Religious :: Marie & Kenneth

This festive New Orleans wedding comes to us from Sapphire Events and photographers Zoeica Images. From the bride’s beaded Reem Acra gown to the sugar magnolia wedding cake, it’s a stunner! Valerie from Sapphire Events shared details of the day…


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Donning a stunning Reem Acra beaded gown, Marie kept her florals simple and tasteful and let her dress stand center stage.


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Embodyment Salon created an elegant updo for Marie to wear under her classic veil.


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The Ceremony


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After the couple exchanged hand-written vows (shedding a few heartfelt tears) they recessed down the aisle to God Only Knows by The Beach Boys, and set out for custom cocktails in the courtyard before dinner began at sunset.


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The Reception

New Yorkers Marie and Ken have a deep seated love for the city of New Orleans. Beyond the vibrancy of the of the rich architecture, lively music, and delectable cuisine, the pair met and fell in love in New Orleans and returned to the city to celebrate their union among their closest friends and family. Marie and Ken set out to celebrate all they love about the city and share that with their guests, and in planning their event picked a venue with the most ideal backdrop for such festivities in Race and Religious. This rustic yet charmed spot in the Warehouse District offers multiple houses sharing a common courtyard space, which was an ideal setting for guests to dine outdoors under the festoon lights and enjoy the South’s first breath of cool fall temperatures. Marie wanted to enhance the space’s glorious rugged brick walls and tattered shutters, so she planned a simple candle-lit design for the table tops and installed bistro lights over the dining courtyard to set off the building’s unique features. Marie and Ken were inspired by everything about the city that drew them together in the early days, and wanted to recreate that magic for their guests traveling in from out of town.


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At the end of the final course, guests were surprised with the sounds of a brass band entering the courtyard for a second line parade through the venue and an impromptu dance party in a secondary courtyard. As the party had kicked off to a lively start, DJ Brice Nice spun a collection of vintage vinyl until the wee hours as Marie and Ken danced their hearts out and toasted to the beginning of their matrimonial lives together.


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Read more about Marie and Kenneth’s wedding in The New York Times.


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Vendor Credits

Photography: Zoeica Images / Event Planning & Design: Sapphire Events / Venue: Race and Religious in New Orleans, Louisiana / Dress: Reem Acra / Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise / Lighting: Luminous Events / Catering: Brack May / Rentals: Your Event Delivered, Perrier Party Rentals / Entertainment: New Orleans Finest Musicians, Kinfolk Brass Band / DJ: DJ Brice / Cake: Pure Cake Nola / Hair: Embodyment Salon / Makeup: Makeup Lab


Zodiac Images, Sapphire Events and Kim Starr Wise are Snippet & Ink Select members.


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