It’s hard to believe we’ve been married for two weeks already. We spent almost two years planning our wedding, using almost every free moment to make favors or book vendors or stress about how much all this postage is costing us for invites, RSVPs, thank-you cards … those stamps add up! #ThanksUSPS
But it was all worth it. The day came together better than we could’ve ever imagined, and everyone there had the time of their lives (I’m not even going to try to be modest, our wedding ruled). A lot of that had to do with our guests, AKA da lyfe of da partee AKA the life of the party. I can’t stop looking at everyone’s pictures and videos and reliving that day in my head, and it makes me incredibly happy to know that we were able to all come together and have a great time. (We even had our own Snapchat filter ~so fancy~) I also have to give some love to our vendors. Scratch that, I need to give all the love to our vendors. It was intimidating to plan a destination wedding, but it was a breeze to work with every single one of our vendors despite never meeting before the day of the wedding.
One vendor we did meet/view before our wedding was our venue, the Chateau LeMoyne. When we visited New Orleans in October 2015, I knew the Chateau would be our venue as soon as we walked in. Margaret, Megan, Dana, and the whole rest of the crew were so accommodating and helpful throughout the whole process, helping this small-town Wisconsin hillbilly feel like a real, kewl city girl as she planned for the best day of her life (I’m the hillbilly in case that wasn’t clear). The hotel underwent renovations right after we visited it the first time, so it was even more beautiful when we returned for our wedding. Their courtyard is perfect, the food was phenomenal, I’m obsessed with their staff because they kept handing me beers during our reception, and the bridal suite overlooks the courtyard and is amazing and huge and fancy and DOPE (sorry, no better word to describe it).
One New Orleans tradition we knew we HAD to do was a Second Line, which is basically your own parade between your wedding ceremony and reception. We booked the Kinfolk Brass Band, who were also a breeze to work with and put on the best Second Line. No, seriously, the BEST. We worked with Frenchmen Street Productions to book them, and they coordinated everything from securing the permit to obtaining a police escort; we even rented parasols from them so everyone would know that we were the intended center of attention #GetIt. They arrived after our ceremony, came back to the ballroom where everyone was waiting (perfectly leaving everyone enough time to grab a beverage before we headed out), and led us on our route that even went a few blocks on Bourbon Street. It was…indescribable. The police shooed everyone off the streets so we could walk through, our grand marshall was dancing and leading the way followed by the band, then all of our guests waving their hankies in the air. People were on the sidewalks taking pictures and videos and even joining in to follow us back to the Chateau, where we danced in the street before the Second Line ended. It was the most fun, joyful, exciting, fantastic times I’ve ever had in my life.
We booked Boogie Booth for our photo booth and they were phenomenal as well. They knew exactly where to set up and had tons of props for everyone to use. We got our photo/guest book only a few days after the wedding and I can’t stop looking through it. They also put together a DVD and have all the photos in an online album, so I can obsess over them pretty much anywhere I go.
We used Party-Tyme Productions for our DJ/uplighting services and again, very easy to work with and they set up with ease. I especially like that I was able to put together a list of DO NOT PLAY songs, although I must’ve missed a few based off some of the DJ’s choices *sigh*
Last but definitely not least, my friend Caly did our photography. She also did our engagement photos which, duh, turned out amazingly. She sent me these photos today and I’m already swooning and in love (JK WordPress won’t let me upload all of them right now?! LAME). This girl is so amazing and we’re so lucky she agreed to do our photography. She is the most talented angel!
Again, I’m not even going to pretend to be modest. Our wedding was awesome, amazing, and the perfect expression our love for each other. It might not have been very traditional, but it was us, which was exactly what we wanted.