New Orleans Black Tie Wedding

Elegant Gold Wedding Invitations

And be sure to check out their beautiful film by the amazing Joel Serrato!

randi and pablo from joel serrato on Vimeo.

It’s always a treat when we get to feature a black tie wedding on Once Wed, so when Tec Petaja sent over this wedding…I couldn’t wait to share it with you. A little gold, sparkle, and a whole lot of fun! Randi and Pablo pulled together a team of some of our favorite creatives to make their black tie wedding a grand celebration. The bride, Randi, was kind enough to send over more details from their wedding…

After a ten-year long courtship that spanned three countries and eight cities, by the time our wedding rolled around, we were ready for a party. More than anything, we wanted the weekend to be larger than us – to be a true celebration for our family and friends, all 400 of whom had travelled long and far to be with us. With that in mind, we chose New Orleans as our destination city – an equal blend of Randi’s southern roots and Pablo’s foreign heritage (she’s from Austin, Texas, and he’s from Mexico City, Mexico by way of Germany and France). Luckily, we had eighteen months to assemble the most stellar wedding team in the universe and plan the best party of our lives.

The night began in the oldest Catholic church in the country, St. Louis’s Cathedral, with a mass lead by our dear friend, Father TJ Martinez, and the St. Louis Cathedral Boy’s Choir’s rendition of “How Great Thou Art.” We continued with a marching band-led second line parade through the streets of New Orleans to the old-school Antoines’ Restaurant. The reception began with a jazz band serenade, champagne and french fries (Randi’s favorite food), moved on to a six-course NOLA-inspired dinner, and ended with Knyght Rider’s rendition of the 1980s, festive dance moves and a glittered exit amongst our family and friends.  

 Although each detail of the night was truly important to us, a few will always stand out. Amongst the best: in honor of two of the most important women in my life, I carried each of my grandmother’s childhood charm bracelets with me on my bouquet; the ceremony was a blend of both English and Spanish, in a nod to our Mexican guests; my baby brother carried our Mother’s bouquet down the aisle in her honor, who we lost six weeks before the wedding; our godparents were each there to present the gifts of mass; Pablo and his best man (Diego, his brother) escorted their parents down the aisle; the “His” (Mexican wedding cookies)/”Her” (Round Rock donuts)/ “Ours” (New Orleans pralines) party favors; and, of course, our first dance to “Faithfully” by Journey, the best band in the history of life.

In the end, the night was greater than we had planned, grander than we had hoped, and more than we could have asked, a true testament to the love we have for each other and the amazingness (and awesomeness) of our family and friends.

Photography: Tec Petaja // Event Design and Paper Goods: Bash, Please // Flowers: The Nouveau Romantics // Cinematography: Joel Serrato // Dress: Amsale Blue Label Bijou from Mia Bridal in Houston // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Tuxedos: Perlis // Bridesmaid Dresses and Going Away Dress: Aidan Mattox for Neiman Marcus // Bridesmaid Shoes: Christian Louboutin

10.29.12 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog

East Hampton Outdoor Wedding

Peach Outdoor Wedding BouquetWhite Wedding Ceremonies Decor

And you have to check out their gorgeous wedding video below from The Cana Family. The ending is epic!!

Marlene and David were recently married surrounded by family and friends in a beautiful, outdoor wedding in the East Hamptons. Marlene wore a sparkly and delicate Monique Lhuillier wedding dress appropriately named “Candy” with her dashing groom in Calvin Klein. They wed under a tree of soft, cascading orchid petals with a tented, outdoor wedding reception to follow. They ended the evening celebrating with sky lanterns and an epic dip in the pool captured by The Cana Family.

Photography: Josh Goleman c/o The Wedding Artists Collective // Cinematography: The Cana Family c/o The Wedding Artist Collective // Hair & Makeup: The Merc Group // Wedding Dress: Candy by Monique Lhuillier // David’s Suit: Calvin Klein Collection // Wedding Design: Taphat Tawil // Florist: Sag Harbor Florist // DJ: Anthony Gelo

10.26.12 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog

Welcoming our Sponsors!

This morning I’m happy to show you a few images from our awesome sponsor, What Shanni Saw. Shanni is a California girl who is passionate about bringing joy and excitement to all of her creative work. Her images are vibrant, energizing, and full of life. Shanni is located in the Bay Area, but frequently shoots in the wine country and travels for destination weddings. Mention this post when you book and receive a special destination wedding offer. To see more of her lovely images, check out her site and blog!

BeeGee Bags is a unique and comprehensive accessories shop for brides and bridesmaids.  They have a tradition of putting a modern spin on some vintage favorites to broaden and improve upon the current bridal accessories market. To that end, they offer vibrant vintage style necklaces, earrings, hair flowers, brooches, cuff links (for the groomsmen), and chiffon shoe bobs. They also have a bright selection of bridal clutches, all for $50! The ladies of BeeGee Bags love to work with brides to achieve their look/style/color coordination for themselves and their bridesmaids. Looking for that perfect gift to give your bridesmaids? The clutch purses would be a great option; trendy, cute, and practical– something your friends will use for years to come! Be sure to visit their website to browse all of their lovely items.

10.25.12 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Wedding Hair with Veil Ideas

Are you planning to wear your wedding hair with a veil? This morning we have two unique looks of wedding hair with a veil from our magazine that we thought you might like. If your veil drapes to the back, you can try loose curls to frame your face gives a soft and romantic look. If you are opting for a more traditional veil look, try pulling your hair back and out of your face in a low chignon.

Stumped on how to wear your hair at your wedding? Be sure to browse our wedding ideas gallery for more veil looks and wedding hair inspiration.

Photography: Rylee Hitchner // Styling: Joy Thigpen // Hair and Makeup: Tina Davis // Lace Romper: BHLDN // Tiara and Lace Veil: Twigs & Honey // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Location: Sun In My Belly

10.22.12 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog