Saturday, March 17, 2012

a wedding in new orleans

On March 11th, Jeff and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary.  It's surprising how quickly the year has passed. I've spent a lot of time reminiscing lately, so I thought I'd take another trip town memory lane...with a little help from my photographs by STUDIO TRAN

My ladies and I got primped in a fabulous suite at The Roosevelt Hotel.

My something old/borrowed, was a no-brainer.  I've adored my grandmother's Art Deco ring from the 1920's since I was a little girl, so it was the perfect right hand ring for the day. It took me forever to find earrings with the exact ratio of teal to rhinestones. I think I bought 10 pair before I settled on these.  Of course, 3 months after the wedding I finally found the perfect pair! 

The bridesmaids' bouquets were pink hydrangeas.  My bouquet was made of orchids and pale pink hydrangeas.

The most stressful part of my day, hands down, was doing my own makeup.  I went through 2 trials and wasn't happy with the results.  Since I was planning the wedding out-of-state, I couldn't keep flying into New Orleans for makeup trials, so I wound up doing it myself.  I definitely would not recommend this to brides.  It's a day to be pampered, not stressed about how straight your eyeliner is!

My beautiful mama in her slate blue dress. After searching and searching for a dress and almost settling on a $600 dress, she found the perfect dress on the sales rack at Dillard's for only $135!

My lovely ladies!  I love the combination of pink and gray.  The bridesmaids wore Priscilla of Boston dresses in pewter.

I wore Melissa Sweet for Priscilla of Boston. One of my favorite wedding stories involved finding "the" dress, but that's a story for another blog.  

Jeff and I were married at Holy Name of Jesus Church on St. Charles Avenue, next to my alma mater, Loyola University.

The programs were personalized with the Chisholm family crest and stories about the members of the bridal party. 

The reception was held at the Audubon Tea Room.  In traditional New Orleans fashion, we did not have a seated dinner in order to allow more time for dancing, drinking, and mingling! 

I debated for a while about whether or not to carry over the gray/pink into the reception decor, but went with my heart and chose a pink/white/gold color palette.  I felt that worked best with the space and gave the event a warm glow. I couldn't resist splurging on the gold chiavari chairs.

BEE'S FLORISTS did an amazing job with all of the wedding flowers. 

We live in New York City, so we wanted the city where we met and fell in love to be represented.  I designed this cake and Sweet Life Nola did a great job creating it. When it was time to cut the cake Empire State of Mind played. 

The custom caricature of Jeff and me by one of my sister's friends became a signature stamp of the wedding. Here it was printed on our second-line napkins (a New Orleans tradition of dancing conga-line style to brass band music, waving handkerchiefs in the air, and the bride and groom pumping parasols to the music). 


A wedding trend that I hope is here to stay is the photo booth!  We had trunks of fun props placed next to the booth (turbans, glasses, clown noses, etc.).  I was excited to find this standing photo frame reminiscent of a film strip from Pottery Barn.  I pasted images of Jeff and me to our leftover invitations, which were the perfect size for the frame, and wrote a poem instructing guests what to do with the second half of their film strips. 

The guest book table was romantic and white.  I found a guest book for film strips, so after guests had fun in the photo booth, they taped a copy of their strips to our guest book. 

Another appearance by my favorite caricature!

Me as Rainbow Brite in 1984.

This decoration was two for the price of one.  I had a commemorative print of our wedding made the fit in with the reception colors and our bedroom colors (gray and yellow).  Now this print hangs in our bedroom reminding us of the best day of our lives!