***We just HAD to repost this amazing Mardis Gras shoot! Such bold color and so much fun…..enjoy!!!***
Boy did I hit the jackpot last year! I knew I wanted to shoot a vibrant, rich styled winter shoot and just so happened to mention a Mardis Gras theme to my friend and wedding planner, Ashley Cash. Little did I know, this stylish girl (owner of The Graceful Host) was born and raised in New Orleans. Asking her to design and execute a styled shoot steeped in Louisiana culture was like a homecoming for her. She pulled together so many super talented vendors and shooting this day was an absolute JOY! From the florals, to the amazing food, a jaw-dropping gown and every other fabulous detail…..this is definetly a styled shoot worth revisiting on this FAT TUESDAY!
Take a peek at the fun we had at The Separk Mansion last February. The ladies at Southern Weddings magazine wanted to “Laissez le bon temps roulez” too and were kind enough to feature us last Fat Tuesday HERE.
The Separk Mansion in Gastonia, NC is a newer wedding venue in the Carolinas. It’s fabulous chandaliers and original hardwoods were the perfect setting for the old South, Louisiana look we were after. The florals by Chelish Moore were so colorful and rich in texture. The linens, chairs and silverware courtesy of Party Refelctions set the tone for one fun party ahead. I could have photographed that table all…..day…..long!
We are BIG fans of the classic white dinner jacket for Southern gents. John rocked this look from Jos. A Banks.
Welcome baskets or boxes for out-of-town guests are such a nice gesture of southern hospitality! The paper goods by Elisabeth Rose were spot on for this Mardis Gras themed wedding day.
Mandie Miller with Got What It Cakes took the traditional Mardis Gras colors and kicked it up a notch with this gold effect on the wedding cake. Baking traditional cake pulls into the bottom layer added to the authenticity of this Louisiana party. We love the look of this cake!
How divine does our bride, Stephanie, look? That gown by Modern Trousseau was audacious in every bold and beautiful way. Special thanks to Hayden Olivia Bridal for the gown and fantastic belt by Whitney Alyssa. Stephanie looked flawless with hair by Adrian Howe and dramatic makeup by Erin Ashley.
It was such a treat to have the chefs at Best Impressions catering dazzle us with traditional Mardis Gras fare. Beignets, fresh fish, classic muffulettas and more. Everything was so classic and fabulously styled.
John and Stephanie were just about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary on the day of our shoot. I’d say this was a pretty great way to cap off year #1 of a fantastic life together! How gorgeous are they together?
And finally, in true New Orleans tradition, we sent the happy couple off with a classic second line band. We danced our way past the French Quarter Bar and Grill and celebrated a fantastic day of fun together. Thank you, thank you to each and every vendor who helped create such a beautiful styled shoot. Laissez le bon temps roulez!