Catherine and Harry were married on the front gallery of The Benachi House and Gardens at 3:30 PM. Reverend Marilyn Davis officiated. The bride is originally from New Orleans, where her parents, Mr. Tran Gia Thai and Mrs. Ta Kim Loan still reside; and the groom from Maryland. Harry's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Fellows, now live in Florida. The bride and groom both work in the fashion industry in New York, where she directs a modeling and talent agency and he is a fashion photographer. The couple planned the event themselves, opting for an outdoor ceremony for about 80 guests, with drinks and hors d'oeuvres catered by Partysist. For the reception they chose a traditional Vietnamese wedding dinner at the Panda King Restaurant, in Gretna, LA. The trio Dr. Jazz and the New Orleans Dixieland Sounds performed in the Benachi House and Gardens parlors and its trumpeter led a New Orleans "second line" parade of the guests after the ceremony. Melissa Amato Events provided professional event coordination and decoration for the rehearsal, ceremony and reception. Lynn Noble coordinated for Benachi House and Gardens. The event was planned to occur primarily in the garden, but was moved to the house after rain showers earlier in the day. Congratulations to Catherine and Harry! Courtesy of The Benachi House and Gardens Blog http://blog.benachihouse.com/2009_01_04_archive.html


The beautiful bride walked to her groom at the Hilton Riverside in downtown New Orleans, La.  Then, guests were whisked away in stretch limousines to Presidential Palace in Kenner, La.  A delicious buffet served the guests southern favorites such as jambalaya!  A decadent five-flavor, five-tier cake was enough to satisfy Brianne and Roman’s friends and family, but the Hilton Riverside Hotel threw in brownies, cheesecake and bread pudding, just to make sure everybody was happy.  Be sure to check out their wedding featured in ESSENCE magazine.

SURPRISE! A grand surprise was in store for this beautiful bride, her parents surprised her with a Rolls Royce!  Friends and Family were whisked away in black limousines to Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church in New Orleans, La.  A beautiful duet sang out as the bride walked to meet her groom.  Afterwards guests arrived to a lavish reception on St. Charles complete with ostrich feather centerpieces and champagne for every guest upon arrival.  The catering and music were above and beyond anything I had ever seen!  These attributes made this the event of the season!

How do you capture the essence of New Orleans in a single day?  This wedding had it all!  The St. Louis Cathedral is one of the most sought after venues for anyone's ceremony.  This wedding was no different.  The bride was dressed in Amsale and walked to her groom dressed in his best Mess Dress.  As the bride and groom exited the ceremony in a saber arch leading out to Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Rebirth Brass Band began to play and started a Second Line (a New Orleans tradition) where guests dance all the way to the reception site at the Royal Sonesta.  Cocktail hour preceded a four course dinner and the steak was delicious!  The happy couple danced the night away and left the reception with flower petals cascading behind them.   A beautiful, lavish day for a wonderfully happy couple!

Intimate Elegance!  Two stretch limousines whisked away the bride in her beautiful gown and her party to the First United Methodist Church in Slidell, Louisiana.  The bride met the groom at the altar flanked by family and friends in a beautiful gown!  Guests arrived at their home for the intimate reception.  But, their home is no ordinary home.  Their home is a palatial pad in Oak Harbor with more square footage than you can imagine.  Catering was provided by Keith Young and was the best brie with chutney I have ever tasted in my life.  The Beckers spared no expense for the finest cuisine!  An exquisite afternoon with a couple built to last! 

Rustic Charm was the theme of this beautiful event to celebrate the two families of Bethany and Jeff joining as one.  The ceremony was held in front of the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna, TN.  After the ceremony, guests were given a tour of the main house of the Sam Davis home by members of the staff.  Then, guests walked over to the elegantly decorated lawn next to the barn and served some of the finest beer from Chicago's breweries and wineries!   Miller's Grocery catered the event with their tantalizing macaroni and cheese and specialty salad dressings.  The sounds of DJ Tam made the event an unforgettable one by playing crowd favorites into the evening.  Each detail and special decoration made this the event to remember! 

Peacock and Bling...what a wonderful combination!  Oakland's Museum in Mufreesboro, TN became a bridal fairy tale come true with peacock feathers, lime green and navy for Lindsey and Willie Rust.  The blushing bride was beautiful in her white gown trimmed with rhinestones and beading and an ivory sash.  Her bouquet was adorned with peacock feathers, jewels and beautiful white flowers.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Paul Warfield on the lawn of the main house.  After ceremony pictures, the bridal party entered the reception to Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke and the Bride and Groom followed afterwards.  Once the entire bridal party was on the dance floor, they did the Harlem Shake.  Their family and friends loved it!  I thought it was inventive and fun!  The bride was so thoughtful, she even provided babysitting services at the reception site for her guests!  Shortly after the Soul Train, the Bride and Groom cut the cake and it was delicious!  What a wonderful wedding for a wonderful couple!  Enjoy your happily ever after Lindsey and Willie Rust!

Vintage New Orleans was the theme for the nuptials of Jennifer and Carlos.  Flowers lined the aisle as Jennifer walked down the courtyard aisle of Chateau LeMoyne in downtown New Orleans.  The elegant gown worn by Jennifer was fit for a princess!  The reception followed after in the adjacent hall with a buffet fit for a king!  Carlos and Jennifer danced the night away with the help of JaM productions of Baton Rouge.  Guests feasted on a candy bar, seafood and southern fare.  Jennifer and Carlos bid farewell to their guests through sparklers and off to their honeymoon!  

 A SIESTA and soiree 
could be what defining qualities of the two engagement parties on the grounds of Nadine and Paul Robin.  Each engagement party although different themes certainly didn't disappoint in style and class in Covington, La.  The parties were held at their exquisite home and pool area.  One party's mood was set to the music of a jazz keyboardist while the other was set to a mariachi band.  Whether you sipped customized cocktails or frozen margaritas, these were definitely not the parties to miss! 

  Red is a very sacred color to Canadians and she looked gorgeous as she walked down the aisle to her groom at Houmas House Plantation Home adorned with red roses.  Then after a typical Louisiana downpour at Houmas House Plantation, the reception awaited them at Muriel's in the French Quarter.  The site was designed to perfection by Chauntelle and Joshua.  No detail was left undone for this couple.  She had literally thought of everything and I executed her plans to a T!  

After the loving presentation from her sisters and the father of the groom spoke, I walked around with the Polaroid camera like she requested and took pictures as their guest book.  The pralines were locally grown along with the voodoo dolls to add that Louisiana flair to their perfect day.  Dr. Jazz played during the cocktail and throughout the reception with special requests from the Bride. Here is another photo!   http://juliabaileyphotography.pixieset.com/chauntelleandjoshua/p/112266616/

Here I am with Dr. Jazz!!  http://juliabaileyphotography.pixieset.com/chauntelleandjoshua/p/112254767/
Muriel's in the French Quarter is worth every single penny.  Their staff is amazing...every single one of them.  Maria, the coordinator, was so helpful and the entire staff was so accommodating.  And the food was delicious, probably the best steak I have ever eaten.  Then the sparklers sent off the beautiful couple to the Second Line where the entire Bridal Party and their friends and family walked back to their hotel.  A wonderful day for a beautiful couple! 

Their first look brought tears to my eyes in this simple but elegant theme that tied family traditions and modern marriage into one party.  The ceremony started at 5pm at Palmettos on the Bayou by the Oak Tree in the front.  Beautiful pink roses adorned an arch at the altar.  Pink rose flower balls hung by black iron things.  Katie looked ever so elegant in her gown from David's Bridal.  After announcing them as husband and wife, the party started!  The boogie booth welcomed guests during cocktail hour.  After eating a delicious buffet, speeches from the maid of honor and the best man and father of the bride ensued.  A traditional Japanese ritual, Kagami biraki, was performed.  The cake was cut and while David and Katie lived it up on the dance floor, guests had a blast!  

Just Be Photojennic
Fireworks and Fun with rustic/edgy that incorporated family and friends theme for the nuptials at Southern Oaks Plantation in New Orleans, La.  The horse drawn carriage escorted Meagan to the end of the aisle where she walked through the candle lit aisle to her groom.  After the ceremony fireworks exploded as Meagan and Jesse were whisked away in the carriage while the guests headed inside for the cocktail hour.  Southern Oaks Plantation was a beautiful venue for both their ceremony and reception.  Just Be PhotoJennic took the awesome shots!  Meagan and Jesse choreographed their first dance.  Their cake was literally to die for with zombies crawling up to the Corpse Bride cake topper.  Most definitely an event to remember for all their family and friends.

The Sweet Couple,  Mason and Kelsey extended their invitation to a Tuscany themed bridal shower to family and friends at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Slidell, La.  The entire family cooked, baked and grilled the most delicious food!  The buffet wasn't complete until Mrs. Lori (Mason's Mom)'s Chicken Andouille Pasta!  Friends and family enjoyed a dessert buffet as well where the Oreo Balls were the first to go, second being Kelsey's Cupcakes!  The high school sweethearts played the "shoe game" and opened up a multitude of presents.