Jess and Steve were married at Race and Religious, a quintessential New Orleans venue which was built in the 1830s. They were inspired by the city itself for their June wedding.
“New Orleans was a big inspiration for the wedding”, said the bride. “I would say it was alternative in that we often referred to it as our ‘party’ rather than our ‘wedding’. It helped us remember to keep it fun. Our theme was pretty loose but it was really about New Orleans and love and celebration. We played off the romantic and imperfect loveliness of it all.”
“I DIY’ed a lot of the wedding elements and I had a great time with it”, she continued. “We tried to make sure you could see a bit of us in everything we did and keep it personal. Our wedding favours were jars of honey from a bee-keeper in Steve’s mom’s community garden in Florida. That was symbolic for us because we got engaged in Wolfgang Laib’s Waxroom in the Phillips Collection Museum in DC.”
There’s something so unique about weddings in New Orleans. The traditions of the city are rarely seen elsewhere, making this a really special place to say “I do”. Wesley and Allison travelled from Memphis to tie the knot there in March.
“Initially, I wanted my wedding to feel like you just stepped into a garden party from the Edwardian era”, Allison told me. “When we decided last minute to cancel all of our plans and have the wedding in New Orleans, we knew we would be able to get away with adding lots of confetti, crystals and champagne… because New Orleans is bright and fun and magical!”
Heather and Adam had their wedding at Race and Religious, a old house in New Orleans which is now rented out as a vacation house and quirky event space. Living quite far away from all their family, the wedding was always going to be a semi-destination wedding, and they picked New Orleans because they both just love it so much!
“During the planning process the location of the wedding was the most troublesome since we had to account for both of our families that are scattered all over the country”, explained the bride. “I have always loved New Orleans. For me, it’s a place that can feel so familiar even if you’re not from there. It’s close enough for a lot of our guests to drive to, which was SUPER helpful when carting all of our DIY items, and it’s almost impossible not to have the time of your life in that city.”
“To keep it intimate and laid back we decided to have the wedding and reception in a vacation rental. We wanted a place our guests could feel at home and let loose in. While searching for vacation rentals I stumbled across Race and Religious. One look at this place and you feel the mystery and whimsy the property embodies. To borrow from Race and Religious, the home ‘is a love song to New Orleans’. And at the risk of sounding extremely sappy that’s exactly what we wanted! We wanted our wedding to be a love song to each other, to our loved ones, and to the city we are forever connected to. ”
Tyson and Allie’s Florida wedding had a music themed wedding with touches of Halloween, New Orleans and vintage. They didn’t want a stuffy and regimented wedding, they wanted a wedding that was a massive celebration of all the things they love. “Halloween is my favorite holiday however I didn’t want to make that the main theme”, explained the bride. “I wanted to add a touch of elegance. My first inspiration was our favorite place, New Orleans. We went on our honeymoon there and instead of making the wedding really obviously Halloween themed, we added the vintage New Orleans spin. It turned out to be the perfect mix!”
“We spared no detail in designing our theme. We were Rock n Roll because almost the whole bridal party was (ourselves included) or is either in a band, plays music or is affiliated with it. Tyson and I even got a coordinating tattoo on our first tour with the band to honor our love and commitment to each other.”
I receive upwards of 50 submissions on a daily basis, and needless to say I do see a lot of very similarly styled weddings. So when a wedding like Leslie & Collin’s lands in my inbox I’m over the moon, thrilled and super duper excited to feature it because it’s just so different. I’m totally losing my cool over this theme and the way the couple executed it. They also planned and styled the entire wedding themselves, making it a million percent more awesome in my book.
The wedding took place in New Orleans at Race & Religious, a 1830s Louisiana compound full of restored Creole cottages. The bride, a fashion stylist, and the groom, a photographer, really wanted to put their own stamp on the day but also to have a wedding that worked with the surroundings… and what could be more perfect for New Orleans than a masquerade ball?!
“We wanted to create a unique wedding and a fun celebration!” began Leslie. “We have been together for 12 years. I met Collin when I moved to Houston from California. Since the day we met, we have not been apart! We currently live in Houston, TX but often travel to New Orleans, and we decided it would be a great city to have our friends and family from all over the states and Mexico to come visit! We love anything vintage, antique, rustic, circus, masquerade, old films, vaudeville… so that was our theme for the wedding. Our guests were a mix of high school friends, fashion industry friends and both of our families. We did a lot of DIY and involved our families and friends to help us as much as possible.”
Where do you find your inspiration? For photographer Jennifer, the idea for this shoot came to her in a dream.
“I was travelling to New Orleans for a little vacation and on the way I dreamt about this shoot”, she explained. “Alongside local florist, Kim Starr Wise, we came up with this concept – Voodoo Swamp. We wanted something moody and bring in the elements of the swamp. The floral was hand picked with orchids, magnolias, fiddle head ferns, and crocodile leaves and I really wanted Spanish moss.”
“PS Creative did the invitation and menu cards. The symbol on the invitation and favors was adorned with an ancient voodoo symbol for love, and the wording is all very classic New Orleans. Mrs Vintage supplied the vintage pieces, including the romantic brass candlesticks, gold nesting tables and a sage colored chair”