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Til Death Do Us Part: Occult & Tarot Themed New Orleans Wedding

Renee and Richie love candles but aren’t big fans of flowers, so they decided to not have any at their November wedding. Instead they incorporated fog machines, smoke bombs and candles to create a spooky ambience on the day. The bridesmaids carried incense burners, and as the couple walked up the aisle to be wed, they lit candles held by their guests to guide them. They were also heavily inspired tarot cards, incorporating them in the invitations, signs and centrepieces at the reception.

The ceremony was held the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum and one of their best friends got ordained so they could officiate their wiccan ceremony. “We gave him the free range to customise the ceremony it since he has known us so long”, they explained. “We wrote our own vows and had guests bless our rings while they waited for the ceremony to start. When it started, we had lit candles, and each guest had an unlit candle which we then lit as we walked down the aisle. We then did our unity candle in my grandmother’s silver. I had one of my sorority sisters do a reading special to us, we exchanged our vows then we second lined outta there!”

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Laid Back Autumnal New Orleans Wedding

Paloma and Cole wanted a laid-back, typical New Orleans wedding. They both really love to travel, so wanted to have their wedding somewhere unique that they would want to plan a vacation to. Most of all they wanted to keep the day fun and to avoid the stuffiness of a traditional wedding.

“We had a quick, intimate ceremony with 50 guests in a small wedding chapel in the French Quarter”, the bride began. “The ceiling of the chapel was covered in hundreds of dollar bills, and there were giant cardboard cutouts of our dog Hunter’s face on either side of the altar (which was essential, since he was back at home, in Seattle, with a nanny). My best friend, Sierra, was my officiant, and Cole and I said our own vows — his were unbelievably sweet and heartfelt, and mine were, of course, an awkward stand-up routine. Afterwards, we pinned our own dollar bill to the ceiling of the chapel.”

“Immediately after our ceremony, we led a second-line parade through the French Quarter to our reception venue. The parade consisted of our friends and family pelting people with mardi gras beads, a brass band, and a police escort. It was a blast!”

Their reception was held at Brennan’s, a traditional New Orleans restaurant. They didn’t fuss with lots of extra details – there was no cake, their photographer made Paloma’s bouquet and they put together their own playlist of requests from their guests instead of hiring a band or DJ.

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Gatsby Freak Show Ball on Halloween

This 20s style Halloween wedding started with an intimate ceremony in The French Quarter Wedding Chapel and their officiant was dressed up as Beetlejuice! LJ and Patrick were then joined by a crowd of friends and family in a traditional New Orleans Second Line parade to House of Blues, where theirs guests were met by peacock girls, sword swallowers, aerialists, and palm readers. They then had a second wedding ceremony onstage, complete with lights, smoke effects and confetti canons!

Originally they set a budget of $25,000 but ended up going significantly over that to have their dream day, “In the end we spent $75,000!” they said. “But we wanted the most unique experience we could give our guests. First off, it was a Halloween MORNING wedding (a Wednesday morning) and the ceremony was at 10:00 AM. We had a brunch themed meal with no assigned seats, only three reserved tables – one for my family, one for his and one for our
work.”

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A Mean Girls New Orleans Wedding with a Groom in Stilettos!

Please excuse me for one second while I FREAK OUT over this wedding. Seph and Jason completely epitomise what Rock n Roll Bride is all about, and no it doesn’t matter one little bit that there’s no ‘bride’ in sight! The single thing that makes this wedding awesome AF is them… Oh and the fact that Seph wore goddamn crystal embellished stilettos for the day and looked way better in them than most women I know… Oh and all the Mean Girls references. OK OK there are many, many things that make this wedding slay my entire existence and I KNOW you’re going to love it to.

Seph and Jason met on a blind date… but it wasn’t actually their date at all! “I was on a blind date at a midnight showering of a Harry Potter movie… with someone else!”, laughed Seph. “The guy I was with knew Jason and said hi to him and they talked for a bit. The next day I got a message on Myspace (yes that’s how long ago this was) from Jason. We started talking then we went to the movies for our first date. Many movies later he asked me to marry him. We had our first non-legal wedding on Halloween in 2009 at a movie theatre in my hometown. Then in 2015 when it became legal for us to get married we decided we wanted to do it again, for real this time.”

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Star Wars Themed Wedding in New Orleans

Stephanie and Ryan’s description of their wedding is arguably my favourite of all time, and it reads like this: “A mash-up of video games, 80s soft rock, and Star Wars. Classy on the surface with layers of ridiculous undertones.” Absolute brilliance.

As was having their officiants dress as Hall and Oates and stay in character all day, they also incorporated a local tradition into their day known as a ‘second line’. This is where a New Orleans brass band parades is the group of people who follow behind the ‘main line’ of official players and just dance and enjoy the music. Which in this case was the theme to Star Wars and everyone had a lightsaber and a decorated umbrella. I repeat – brilliance.

What was the inspiration behind this awesome hybrid? Stephanie said, “Honestly, just Ryan and me and our mutual weirdness. We really love being strange and making people laugh, so we just took all the traditional things and then did it our own way.” Stephanie planned the entire thing herself, “with a dash of the husbandĘĽs input, of course! I had a day-of coordinator, Joy from Bridal 911, who helped keep everything on time and organised.”

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Vintage New Orleans Wedding

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Lance and Natasha’s New Orleans wedding was inspired by 1920s art deco meets the early 1960s, “I didn’t want a ‘period’ wedding necessarily but my world is vintage obsessed”, said the bride.

She wore a vintage dress, headpiece and shoes. “I basically started with the dress and it all sort of fell into place with this super-deco vibe. For fear of it becoming a costume party I decided to break up the 20s look a bit when it came to hair and make up. I went for more of a Betty Draper inspired up do, a matte coral-red lip, and black cat-eye a la 1960s. I guess you could say the inspiration for my wedding was a deep desire to be part of a Great Gatsby-like existence and a Mad Men-type reality all at once!”

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“We didn’t really follow too closely to the rules and ways of most traditional weddings but all the same I don’t think we did anything TOO out-of-the-box. Our boss married us, which was bold coming from Lance’s side of the family who are all super religious. I will also say though, that I completely forgot about a cake knife and so we ended up improvising with a giant kitchen cleaver at last minute!”

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