It's a nice day for a white wedding! And we don't just mean the bride's dress and the flowers. See what happened when this gorgeous couple invited all of their guests to wear white to their intimate and colorful (yes, colorful!) destination wedding.
Designing in a big open ballroom space can be intimidating! In New Orleans, we are very fortunate to have a number of amazing historic venues right in our own backyard. When venue hunting with our destination clients, we are almost always told that they'd want to see ANYTHING except big hotel ballroom spaces. And while we agree that there are plentiful venue options in town, sometimes a client's guest count warrants a larger square footage that only a ballroom space would be able to support. Today we are sharing tips on how to make a ballroom space feel both intimate and beautiful using design techniques to make any event a spectacular and memorable experience for your guests!
We recently shared how much we love planning New Year's Eve weddings, and celebrations of all shapes and sizes really suit our need for variety and exploring solutions to new challenges in event planning. Another favorite of ours is the private home wedding, because what could be more personalized and intimate than a celebration in your own backyard? Combine the two for a NYE wedding at home and you have a recipe for the best wedding plans on a night your guests will remember all year long.
When a bride asks us to deliver ghostly romantic, lightly Victorian, and darkly ethereal, all on New Year's Eve, we can't say no! Especially when that means we get to design an incredible Twilight-inspired ceremony installation in the haunted French Quarter.
Some days, even the best laid plans can't prepare you for what mother nature has in store! Last spring at Stella Plantation was no exception, with April showers surprising our bride and groom the week of their outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. As we always advise, no matter what happens with the weather, you'll be no less married to your best friend at the end of the day!
Engaged? Congrats! The party starts with us, but first you have some business to take care of. Here is a short list of the most essential things you need to take care of as soon as you get the ring!
The architecture, the ambiance, the sounds of music floating down Royal street...who could think of a more romantic and picturesque place to get married than New Orleans' French Quarter! See more of this formal and authentic Texas destination wedding to the Big Easy.
For ages, brides have been using Pinterest even before they get engaged to plan and pin ideas for their dream wedding celebration. What many wedding planners won’t tell you is that falling into the Pinterest rabbit hole while engaged can sometimes be a double-edged sword and a wedding planner’s worst nightmare. We have some quick tips for how to use this invaluable tool in a way that will most effectively help you articulate your ideas and curate an intentional plan for your big day.
Think you need a year or more to plan the big day? To the contrary, some of our happiest couples to date have been those planning their weddings in six months or less. Don’t fret if you want to get married sooner rather than later.
Ever wonder what your wedding planner is really saying behind closed doors? Here are the top ten things we wish we could tell you but never will.
Looking for someone to come in the day before (or even day of your wedding) to oversee a year or more of your best laid plans? That person will not be able to execute anything you’ve planned in the way you think they should. We are here to explain why.
If you are like most couples, managing the wedding day budget is a top concern, whether you are spending a little or a lot. One question our clients ask us often is how many dollars to set aside for tipping vendors on the big day. Here we present some facts about gratuities that you might not have considered when drawing up your budget spreadsheet (but should).
Being a wedding planner and designer means spending a lot of time asking other people questions, so it was nice being able to turn the tables and have someone ask ME questions! Helen, the New Orleans Market Specialist at Borrowed & Blue, reached out to me to learn a little bit more about my business, and about New Orleans in general—and I was happy to help.
Alyssa and Jon are the epitome of college sweethearts. They met during their freshman year at Tulane University and have been inseparable ever since. Jon supported Alyssa through her year long battle with breast cancer and moved to New York City with her when she landed her dream job as the online fashion editor for Marie Claire Magazine.
This is an elopement inspired by the romance and mystique of the city of Venice, Italy! Using a gorgeous red gown custom made for the shoot by Joanne Fleming Design, we set the stage for this inspiration in the misty first light of day at St. Mark's Square off the Grand Canal. I flew with a cake (inspired by Valentino's fashion forward Winter 2015 collection) from New Orleans across the pond to this extraordinary locale.
Exquisite details highlight this timeless eventscape combining the loveliest florals from Gertie Mae's Floral Design and a palette of muted pastels with the splendid architecture of Swan House in Atlanta for a look that's refined and romantic.
St. John went to Tulane and fell in love with New Orleans. After introducing Kelly to the city, they both knew this was the place for them to tie the knot! Kelly, being a very detailed and organized person, made sure everything from the floral decor to the welcome bags was cohesive and perfectly designed to represent them as a couple.
This style shoot, designed by Sapphire Events, was a collaborative effort between Bees Wedding & Event Design, Perrier Party Rentals, and Marissa Lambert Photography.
Sapphire Events paired up with Wedding Paper Divas to create an ethereal and timeless wedding inspiration shoot. This unique shoot, shot entirely on film by the talented, Catherine Guidry, was inspired by the Mcleod dress hand painted by Kate McDonald.
Cheekwood Gardens is a hidden oasis located on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee. Sapphire Events partnered with Twelfth Table to execute a style shoot that would do the beauty of these grounds justice. The Giles Deacon dress perfectly captured the ethereal, romantic feel of the gardens.
Adrianna and Glen wanted to host an elegant affair in New Orleans for their fall wedding and they chose the ever stunning, Latrobe's on Royal for their nuptials. Bringing in glamorous floral arrangements and linens in shades of purples, they truly compliments this historic building in the heart of the French Quarter.
This past summer marked fifty-years of marriage for Roy and Connie Mobley. Their daughter, Paige, knew she had to celebrate this Golden Anniversary in a big way to honor her parents' love and commitment to each other and the beautiful life they had created together.
Cynthia and Paul met through a mutual friend at The University of Florida and after a long game of "hard to get" played by Paul, the two quickly fell in love. They maintained a long distance relationship for 2 years until they finally were able to reunite in Los Angeles. Paul proposed to Cynthia at The Getty Museum overlooking the city at sunset.
This week, I am walking you through everything you need to know about applying for your marriage license in New Orleans. It really isn't as painful a process as one might think! You can expect under normal circumstances to spend about an hour to complete the entire process (sometimes more, sometimes less, so plan accordingly)!
Many of my clients have been asking my advice on having their friend or family member officiate their nuptials. I think this is a wonderful way to personalize such an important part of the big day! Having the people closest to you and who know you well presiding over the moment you marry makes the moment that much more special for many of my couples!