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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 ‚Äď one for my family, one for his and one for our
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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 husband ľs 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‚Äôt 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‚Äôt really follow too closely to the rules and ways of most traditional¬†weddings but all the same I don‚Äôt think we did anything TOO out-of-the-box.¬†Our boss married us, which was bold coming from Lance‚Äôs 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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A Big New Orleans Celebration

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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.”

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“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‚Äôs 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.”

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Magical New Orleans Wedding

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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.

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“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!”

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