Published Work Weddings

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Katie and James celebrate their Elms Mansion Reception

 

 

 

We asked Katie what inspired her Wedding Day and Elms Mansion Reception:

For our reception, I wanted a subtle Old Hollywood feel with plenty of sparkle.  I thought that the speak easy vibe would pair nicely with all those men in their Navy dress whites.  In addition to gold accents throughout the decor, we also have the sparkle of the twinkle lights outside at the Elms Mansion.  It completes the feeling of being under the stars at a warm and elegant outdoor soiree.  

What inspired your cake and your Groom’s cake? 

Our wedding day includes some military traditions to pay tribute to our families’ and friends’ past and present service.    James was a Navy EOD Platoon Commander and served two tours in Iraq, so I wanted to honor him and his buddies as much as possible.   We are lucky enough to have handsome men in uniform escorting our guests down the aisle and a sword arch after the ceremony.  We will be reading the EOD prayer during the ceremony, and I planned a special surprise groom’s cake made to look like the coin from the mobile unit for his second tour in Iraq.  

 

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Vendors and Venues:

Coordinator:  Tying the Knot

Video:  Bride Film

Florist:  Kim Starr Wise

Getting Ready Venue:  Hotel Monteleone

Ceremony:  St Louis Cathedral

Reception:  Elms Mansion

Cake:  La Louisiane

Officiant:Rev. Phillip G. Landry

Make Up Artist:Nicole Kelin, Blush and Bashful

Entertainment: The Maid of Honor’s brother Gene and his co-DJ Russell from R&B DJ Services LLC

Wedding Dress Designer: Inbal Dror

Bridesmaid Dresses:   Adrianna Papell

Katie and James celebrate their Elms Mansion Reception
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Katie and James tie the knot in a St Louis Cathedral wedding and Elms Mansion reception

We’d like to start off this blog post by thanking James for his service (US NAVY). Katie and James celebrated their wedding in a  St Louis Cathedral wedding and Elms Mansion reception.  It was truly a beautiful day! Here’s a little bit of their story, enjoy:

Tell us about your Love Story: 

 James and I met 14 years ago when we were students at Tulane University. Our friendship grew over the years and we came to the realization that we were meant for each other…the problem is, the timing never worked out! We grew very close when James was on his second deployment in Iraq working as a Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician. 13 years later, when I realized that James and I were finally both single at the same time, my Maid of Honor and bridesmaid Melissa and I set off confetti poppers in the street. We finally had a shot!

Our wedding day includes some military traditions to pay tribute to our families’ and friends’ past and present service.    James was a Navy EOD Platoon Commander and served two tours in Iraq, so I wanted to honor him and his buddies as much as possible.   We are lucky enough to have handsome men in uniform escorting our guests down the aisle and a sword arch after the ceremony.  We will be reading the EOD prayer during the ceremony, and I planned a special surprise groom’s cake made to look like the coin from the mobile unit for his second tour in Iraq.  



We have plenty of pictures of our parents’ and grandparents wedding to honor our families and personalize the decor a bit more.

Finally, Elyse and Melissa from Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination helped us to create a “timeline” of our love story called the “Zumwalt Love Saga”. It details important events, quotes, and photos from the the time we met up until the wedding day!

I had my mother’s wedding gown turned into a rehearsal dinner dress which I wore at our rehearsal dinner and Welcome Party at Bourbon Vieux.

On our wedding day, I wore a blue, moonstone and diamond ring that my father gave to my mother when they were “going steady” on my right hand. I also wore a pair of diamond “infinity” earrings that James gave me on our wedding day. I gifted James a vintage Rolex “Sea Dweller” dive watch in case he decides to get back to his US Navy roots and do some under water sight seeing. 🙂   elms_mansion076436 hotel monteleone suite elms_mansion076669 elms_mansion076672 elms_mansion076531 kim starr wise flowers Inbal Dror wedding dress elms_mansion071579 elms_mansion076486 elms_mansion073165 elms_mansion076533 Inbal Dror elms_mansion073507 Adrianna Papell bridesmaids dresses elms_mansion073251 elms_mansion076650 elms_mansion073347 elms_mansion076481 elms_mansion073725 elms_mansion073749 st louis cathedral wedding military wedding st louis cathedral st louis cathedral aisle st louis cathedral pews st louis cathedral wedding st louis cathedral military wedding st louis cathedral artwork st louis cathedral art elms_mansion074085 st louis cathedral altar elms_mansion074105 elms_mansion074487 st louis cathedral saber arch st louis cathedral saber arch saber arch wedding st louis cathedral military wedding elms mansion yard elms_mansion courtyard elms_mansion076917 HOT_5169

 

Vendors and Venues:

Coordinator:  Tying the Knot

Video:  Bride Film

Florist:  Kim Starr Wise

Getting Ready Venue:  Hotel Monteleone

Ceremony:  St Louis Cathedral

Reception:  Elms Mansion

Cake:  La Louisiane

Officiant:Rev. Phillip G. Landry

Make Up Artist:Nicole Kelin, Blush and Bashful

Entertainment: The Maid of Honor’s brother Gene and his co-DJ Russell from R&B DJ Services LLC

Wedding Dress Designer: Inbal Dror

Bridesmaid Dresses:   Adrianna Papell

Katie and James tie the knot in a St Louis Cathedral wedding and Elms Mansion reception
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Victoria and Joel’s Backyard Wedding with Southern Couture

Victoria and Joel’s backyard wedding with Southern Couture.

  • Q. Tell us about the proposal. We want all the details!
    A. He took me to one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, then took me to the park. I absolutely love rain, and i love to be in the rain. Most people say rain makes them depressed but it makes me happy. We walked around the park together and he kept saying I thought it was supposed to rain, and we walked around in circles in the park waiting for it to start, then we laid on the deck in the rain and he turned over and told me he loved me and wanted to marry me, i thought nothing of it because he always tells me that. Then when i replied by saying I loved him too and couldn’t wait to marry him, he pulled out the ring and said “then will you marry me?” I cried, and said yes.

    We listened to a song called “Lego House” when we first met and at the beginning of the song it says, “I’m gonna pick up the pieces,
    And build a Lego house. If things go wrong we can knock it down.”

    He surprised me a few weeks after we met with a lego house and we built it together. The night he proposed he surprised me with a bigger lego house and we built it together when we got home.

  • Q. We’d love to know more about your wedding plans, especially what you’re doing to make your wedding special or unique for you. Tell us what you envision your ideal wedding to be like. We love details, so don’t by shy!
    Please keep in mind we often share our clients events to other online wedding blogs for publication. Here is your chance to tell that story .
    A. I want my wedding to be a rustic vintage dream for everyone that attends. I want everyone to enjoy themselves and i want my family to become close to my soon to be husbands family. Everyone should remember my wedding as a beautiful family function that everyone talks about for positive reasons. Ive always wanted my life to be like a movie with a happy ending, beautiful surroundings, people i love, and to be able to capture all of that in photos so i can look back and have that same feeling in ten years is one of the main reasons i chose you, another reason is simply because your work looks like it belongs in magazines, or like i just paused a movie at the perfect part. I love the emotion you capture in every picture. My wedding day will be the best day and the first day of the rest of my life. I cant wait to share my special day with all the people i love and care about, and i definitely cant wait to work with all the amazing people i’ve chosen to make my day so special.

Vendors and Venues:

Wedding Planner: Southern Couture

Florist:  Root Floral Design

Cake:  Crystal Weddings

Makeup Artist: Sara Buteaux

Rentals:  Event Rentals

Video/ Cinema:   Apercu

DJ:   Aaron Lane

 

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Victoria and Joel’s Backyard Wedding with Southern Couture
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Adrianna and Spenser’s New Orleans wedding at Race and Religious, part two

Wedding Coordinator – Mint Julep Production

Florist – Arbor House Floral

Cake Artist –  Melissa’s Fine Pastries

Candle Decor – Arbor House Floral

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Adrianna and Spenser’s New Orleans wedding at Race and Religious,  part two
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Adrianna and Spenser’s New Orleans wedding at Race and Religious

We had such a great time celebrating with Adrianna and Spenser at their New Orleans wedding at Race and Religious.   Mint Julep Productions helped to put together an amazing wedding for these two world travelers.  Check out their story below!
Q. We’d love to know more about your wedding plans, especially what you wanted to accomplish in order  to make your wedding special or unique for you.
A. Spenser and I have been together for over five years. We first met in New Orleans in late 2007, starting dating in 2009, and lived there for two years after we graduated from Tulane University in 2011. Last year, we took a major adventure to Shenzhen, China where we taught English to high school students for a year. We just got back to the States and we’re now in full wedding planning mode!We both love the city of New Orleans and we’re excited to live in this amazing city again. We missed it. A lot. For our wedding, we’re trying to combine New Orleans sensibilities (good food, good drinks, good company, and a comfortable/accessible party atmosphere) with a hint of Asia (mostly though the floral arrangements). We traveled all over Asia during our year abroad and we’re hoping to incorporate Indonesian influences (marigold garlands, floating flowers in the pool) with China (strategic uses of bamboo in our floral centerpieces, Chinese to-go boxes with fortune cookies and Chinese money for our favors, lots of bright reds, golds, and oranges in and around the space, etc.).Our ideal wedding would be a stress-free day full of laughter and fun. Our wedding party is full of vibrant personalities and people who mean the world to the both of us, as well as the people who can make us laugh the hardest (apart from each other, of course). The day will also be very sentimental due to the fact that many people very close to us will be unable to make it. To honor those people who have passed away (Spenser’s father Steve, his cousin Kristi, both of Spenser’s maternal and paternal grandparents, my paternal grandparents, and Spenser’s uncle Rick), we’ll have 8 x 10 photographs of them on the alter table, surrounded by flowers that we’ll get married in front of. Our families are very important to us so there will also be a myriad of smaller frames around the venue with pictures of Spenser and I with our families. With all of that said, we’re expecting to have a fairly non-traditional wedding. Our good friend is our officiant, my side will have a “bride’s man” and Spenser will have a “groom’s maid”, one of my maid’s of honor will be wearing a suit, and our little dachshund, Penley, will be our ring bearer. There will be a New Orleans snoball machine instead of a groom’s cake (Spenser’s not a big fan of chocolate, but he LOVES snoballs, so we’re having snoballs), a photobooth, a sazerac and Pimm’s cup station, craft beer kegs, a Chinese hacky sack corner (it’s called jianzi, 剪子, and it’s surprisingly fun), and we’re so excited to be surrounded by all of our family and friends and have a great time. Oh, and Spenser’s absolutely fantastic. He’s hilarious, patient, brilliant, and so much fun to be around. He’s also been a huge help with wedding planning and I am eternally grateful for everything he’s done. If you’re interested in seeing what we’ve been up to over the past year, please check out our travel blog at www.spendrianna.wordpresss.com. Spenser and I worked together on every article (one of us wrote, the other edited, and I took all the pictures) and it’ll give you some idea of our adventures and our struggles abroad. This wedding, all told, will be a celebration of many things: completing our year in China, returning to America, returning to New Orleans, and celebrating our love and friendship. I can’t wait. It’s gonna be incredible. -Adrianna Province

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Wedding Coordinator Sarah Worsley from Mint Julep Productions

Florist – Arbor House Floral

Cake Artist – Melissa’s Fine Pastries

Candle Decor – Arbor House Floral

 

 

Adrianna and Spenser’s New Orleans wedding at Race and Religious
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