Destination I Do
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Destination Wedding New Orleans: A French Quarter Confection

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Claire Elyse Photography

For Melissa and Adam there was never any question as to where they would get married: New Orleans. “We fell in love with the beauty and ambiance,” recalls the bride. “We love how it has a European feel that is distinct from anywhere else we have been in the U.S. When we visited Café Amelie we knew we had our location – it showed a different side of the French Quarter that was nothing like the craziness of Bourbon Street and featured modern Creole cooking.”

With relatives and friends all over the U.S. and Mexico, the couple wanted their guests to travel somewhere fun where a lot of them had never been before. New Orleans fit the bill and Melissa and Adam quickly went full-steam ahead with their destination wedding planning. Attending a local wedding expo allowed the bride to narrow down possible vendors and also get an idea of a reasonable budget. Smart as she was able to a lot of research in just one day!

This couple was very hands-on and knew the look they were trying to achieve. Melissa lucked out in that her crafty friends and family were on board to help her create a lot of the decorations and stationery by hand. “Almost all of our decorations were a do-it-yourself project created either by our wedding decorator or family members,” says the bride. “This included all the signs, table cards, pillows, tablecloths, banners and even the lanterns which had paper inserts with our initials.”

While the couple orchestrated a lot of the decorations themselves, they’re positive their wedding wouldn’t have been the same anywhere else. “It would have definitely been different – we could have only achieved what we did with our wedding in New Orleans,” says the couple. “It is a truly unique city that can’t be duplicated.”

Melissa and Adam have some final words of advice for other couples considering a destination wedding. “Make sure to carefully select your vendors so you know they understand your vision and you can trust them to design and execute what you want. You may pay a little bit more, but it is totally worth it in the time and stress you save yourself not having to constantly keep an eye on what they’re doing. Also, on the day of the wedding if something doesn’t look exactly as you imagined, don’t worry about it! Just have a good time, your guests are not going to know that it was supposed to be different.”

Photographer: Claire Elyse Photography
Ceremony/Reception Site: Café Amelie
Florist: NOLA Flora
Wedding Decorator: Becky Ancira
Gown Designer: J. Crew
Groom’s Clothing Designer: Brooks Brothers

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