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Something Blue at Race and Religious

Jun 12, 2024

Brooke and Jacob were our Something Blue at Race and Religious in New Orleans in 2021! A couple who couldn’t have been sweeter, navigating the roller coater of a pandemic and when they would be able to FINALLY celebrate in full force! I know you can tell from the megawatt smiles in these photos that it was worth the wait, and they danced like there was no tomorrow!

The couple chose Race and Religious as the backdrop of their big day – a venue where two historic homes are now connected by super cool courtyards and a pool! The space is funky and quirky and just the vibe for these two! After a ceremony in the courtyard, a second line band took them on a parade through the streets and back to Race and Religious where the space had been flipped! They dined over a family style seated dinner with emotional speeches, and then once they got dancing, they truly never stopped!

The day was loose but elevated. Casual and colorful, yet so well done and complete! We loved working all of the soft blue details into the day from the chair cushions, to the knotted napkins and all the bar details and paper! The warm wood tones were the perfect contrast to set the relaxed-yet-luxurious tone for the evening! The vibe of the night couldn’t have fit their styles more perfectly!

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In true Nola style, we are typically starting the party AS SOON as the couple says I do! And for a second line parade, you need to wave a hanky! So we love to combine a wedding program with a second line hanky so the product serves both purposes! Talk about bang for the buck! Had to add that something blue at Race and Religious too!

Planning and Design | Elyse Jennings Weddings

Photography | Greer Gattuso

Dressing Location | Ace Hotel New Orleans

Ceremony + Reception | Race & Religious

Catering | Black Pearl Catering

Bar | Brady’s Wine Warehouse

Florals and Candles | Antigua Floral

Tables, Chairs, Lounges, Bar | Distressed Rentals & Revival

Glassware, Flatware, Plates | Element

Linens | BBJ La Tavola

Wedding Cake | La Louisiane Bakery

Ceremony Musicians | New Orleans Classical and Jazz

DJ | DJ Brice Nice

Second Line Band | Kinfolk Brass Band

Program Hankies | The Polka Dotted Bee

Hair | Beth Washington

Makeup | Sarah Walsh Beauty

Invitations, Programs, and Custom Signage | Minted

Koozies | Sip Hip Hooray

Transportation | Big Easy Limos 

Wedding Dress | Ines Di Santo

Bridal Salon | Bridal Galleria

Veil | Bridal Galleria

Wedding Shoes | Jimmy Choo 

Reception Shoes | Sophia Webster

Earrings | Zoe Chicco

Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids

Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedos | The Black Tux

Rings | Anna Sheffield

Elyse Jennings Weddings, Seated Dinners

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