"When we decided not to have our wedding at my mother's home, I knew that where-ever we had it, it had to feel like being at home." Mary told me this in the brief minutes we spent in the courtyard just before she and Aaron entered the Montegut house for their first dance. As you watch the film, you'll see exactly what she and Elyse Skanski (Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination) were able to create within the walls of the Montegut House---her family had brought their own heirloom crystal, milkglass vases, and mercury glass votives to adorn all of the tables and fireplace mantles. The vintage cake topper had even belonged to Mary's grandfather. You can read more about that in our first post about Mary & Aaron's vintage home-style wedding.
Enjoy their full film below. Mary's personal touches and gifts for her groom and family will have you misty-eyed in minutes, I promise! Plus, every location seems like a scene out of Downton Abbey, between the historic venue locations and the classic Victorian outfits worn by the bridesmaids and ring bearers.
In every wedding we film, we try to capture the spirit of the city where the wedding is taking place as well as the event itself. From the performing street bands to the Second Line parade that led the party away from the Montegut House, New Orleans charmed us once again.
I should also mention that not only do we adore filming in New Orleans, but we also love December weddings. In the south, the air is finally a little crisp, but rarely is it ever bitter at that point in winter, and holiday decorations are in full swing. When we walked into the Roosevelt Hotel in downtown New Orleans, the entire first floor and all of its corridors were like a winter wonderland--lit up with thousands of christmas lights, and trees everywhere--we almost couldn't see the walls, it was so lovely! There were some happy families there bustling about with their children in holiday outfits and red velvet dresses taking pictures. With that cheery scene, we headed upstairs to the room where Mary was getting ready.
Mary wore a strapless lace wedding gown with a cathedral length veil and a very unique bolero jacket that actually included her train.
Mary is quiet, sweet, and funny--and her sense of classical taste led her to select a very unique approach to her wedding gown. She wore a lovely fitted lace bolero with an off-shoulder ncckline and quarter-length sleeves. While it was fitted perfectly at her waist in front, the back of it buttoned down to a long train, giving her a stunning, full- length dress for the ceremony and a perfect and easy dress length for the reception without the worry of bustling the dress.
This shot feels very 'Downton Abbey' to me...
Doesn't this appetizer plate look amazing? The catering was done by Joel's out of New Orleans.
For a full look at the beautiful photography from the event, you must check out Mark Eric's blog. Here's a little sneak peek at why we think he's one of the best wedding photographers around:
Stunning, right? Mark was wonderful to work with--he's a real team player, friendly, and hard-working, too. Plus, he's super talented--grabbing amazing shots that really tell the emotion of the moment. I can't decide which of the gallery images from that post are my favorite, but I love the guitar and singing shots, and his great images of the second line band, the Jaywalkers.
Bridal Prep & Groom Prep: The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans
123 Baronne St New Orleans, LA 70112
Ceremony: Christ Church Cathedral
Reception: Maison Montegut
Event Planner: Elyse Skansi, Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination
Photographer: Mark Eric
Florist: Iris Floral and Event Design Studio
Cocktail Hour Music: John Royen Band
2nd Line Band: The Jaywalkers
Reception Entertainment: Crystal Clear Band