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Hello friends! We are sending our best for a beautiful weekend ahead and hope you are inspired by our favorite finds from the week. Happy Friday!

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10 Favorite New Orleans Weddings

New Orleans WeddingsAugust 29th marks the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina passing through New Orleans. Though this devastating storm left much destruction in its wake, it couldn’t dim the spirits of this majestic city, one of the most charming, vibrant, and resilient cities in our country. We’re paying tribute to the Big Easy today with 10 of our favorite New Orleans weddings. Sit back, grab a Sazerac, and enjoy.

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    Destination Wedding In Tuscany

    Be still our hearts. Every single moment of Emily and Marcus’ Tuscany wedding is utterly awe-inspiring. The couple, together for five years, is from Norway, but chose to marry in Italy after Emily fell in love the with the country during her travels and her three-year medical study in Padova. Over 100 guests traveled to Monteriggioni, a charming small walled town counting just 9000 people near Siena, to celebrate. Their wedding planner, Francesca of SposiamoVi, introduced them to the stunning Borgo Stomennano and it was love at first sight.Their wedding weekend started off with an Italian-style pizza night by the swimming pool, following by a Saturday wedding, and concluding with a relaxing farewell brunch on Sunday. The intimate Santa Cristina church in Monteriggioni held the ceremony, officiated by Marcus’ uncle. The guests were then driven to Borgo Stomennano where they were treated to a romantic Italian garden reception with wrought iron chairs, beautiful florals by La Rosa Canina, and a canopy of lights above. Prepare to transport yourself to Italy via the gorgeous images from Lelia Scarfiotti!

    Tuscany Wedding Lelia ScarfiottiWhite Peony Bouquet

    Tuscany Wedding Lelia Scarfiotti

    Elegant Cap Wedding VeilBride in Italy

    Bridesmaids in Blush and Gold

    Italy BrideBridesmaids in Chapel

    Santa Cristina Monteriggioni

    Monteriggioni Church Wedding

    Wedding Getaway CarBridesmaids in Rose and Gold

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    Tuscany Wedding Lelia ScarfiottiBride with Cap Veil

    Centerpiece for Garden Wedding

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    Photography – Lelia Scarfiotti | Ceremony Venue – Santa Cristina | Reception Venue – Borgo Stomennano | Wedding Planning and Design – SposiamoVi | Floral – La Rosa Canina | Catering – Galateo Ricevimenti | Lighting – JDEvents | Makeup – Lara Navarrini | Music – Ariel Jazz | Brides Shoes – Jimmy Choo

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    Elegant Masquerade Wedding Inspiration

    This glamorous shoot, designed by Vision of Elegance Events, was inspired by the masquerade balls of 15th-century Venice. Lake Forest Illinois’ The Armour House, an Italian mansion with a grand staircase, light-filled paneled ballrooms, and expansive lawn, provided the perfect setting. This modern twist on a masquerade features a glamorous tabletop in shades of rose gold, blush, and gold with florals created by Vision of Elegance Events. Luxurious details such as a Swarovski crystal mask from Rodwall Couture, textured linens from Nuage Designs, 3-tier champagne tower, and tableware from The Festive Frog added to this elegant affair. We love the on-point stationery designed by Pink Elephant Events, including a unique scroll menu, and an ornate stenciled cake from Elysia Root Cakes is the perfect finishing touch. Every image is beautifully captured by Elizabeth Nord Photography!

    Bridal Portrait on Stairs

    Champagne Glass TowerArmour House Lake Forest IL

    Elegant Mansion Wedding Ideas

    Black and Gold Wedding StationeryCenterpiece of Peach and Ivory Flowers

    Feather in Place CardGold Rim Champagne Glasses

    Masquerade Ball Wedding Ideas

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    Pink and Rose Gold Wedding CenterpieceMasquerade Ball Wedding Ideas

    Rose Gold and Gold Wedding Table

    Rose Gold and Pink Wedding TableWedding Cake with Venetian Mask Details

    Scroll Wedding MenuMasquerade Ball Wedding Ideas

    Venetian Inspired Wedding CakeVintage Bar Cart

    Photography – Elizabeth Nord Photography | Event Planning, Design, Styling, and Floral – Vision of Elegance Events | Venue – The Armour House | Stationery – Pink Elephant Events | Videography – FortyOne Films | Bakery – Elysia Root Cakes | Hair Stylist – Debbie Petrielli | Makeup Artist – Joanna B Artistry | Gown – Doris Bridal | Suit – Esq Clothing | Jewelry – The Left Bank | Linens – Nuage Designs | Tableware – The Festive Frog | Mask – Rodwall Couture | Models – Lauren Dod and Chris Maher

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    Romantic Milwaukee Bistro Wedding

    Jessica and Patrick’s wedding is filled with personal touches, love, and laughter. The couple met while in college at Notre Dame and though life took them in different directions for a time, were reunited at a football game in 2010. As it is central to their love story, their alma mater became an inspiration for their Milwaukee wedding. Their color palette of navy and gold gives a nod to school colors, with blush added in for romance and whimsy, and the open lawn of their reception venue, Lake Park Bistro, played host to several matches of bags on a custom cornhole board. Belle Fiori created loose and romantic florals in a mix of blush and white which were set atop long, wooden farmhouse tables from A La Crate. Flowing ribbons graced the ladies’ bouquets. Jessica is an absolute vision in a mermaid Monique Lhuillier gown and blusher veil. We are head over heels for every image of this charming day as captured by Olivia Leigh Photographie!

    Bouquet with Pink RibbonsBride in Monique Lhuillier Mermaid Gown

    Bridesmaids in Royal Blue

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    Romantic Milwaukee Wedding Olivia Leigh

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    Romantic Milwaukee Wedding Olivia Leigh

    Royal Blue Bridesmaid DressBride with Pink Bouquet

    Romantic Milwaukee Wedding Olivia Leigh

    First Snowfall Handwritten Seating ChartLong Wedding Table with Pink Centerpiece

    Pink and Ivory Wedding Flowers

    Ivory and Wood Wedding TableElegant Dinner Party Wedding

    Roses in Bud VaseWedding Cake with Pink Flowers

    Sparkler Wedding Exit

    From the bride: My husband and I met at Notre Dame as undergraduates and, while it took us years apart after college, graduate degrees at different schools and jobs in different cities, our alma mater eventually reunited us when we both found ourselves without tickets at a football game in the fall of 2010. The school looms large in both of our hearts and is central to the story of our love; as such, we knew we wanted to subtly reference it in details throughout the day. We did this using a color scheme of navy and gold (Notre Dame colors), incorporating a few pieces of signature Notre Dame signage at the reception, and including games of bags – a tailgating favorite – for guests on Lake Park Bistro’s expansive lawn.

    The most important thing for both of us was that our guests were able to relax and actually enjoy the day, to experience it as full of ease and joy, with as little stress and “scheduling” as possible; we wanted to take a laid-back approach to our otherwise traditional, formal wedding.

    My husband and I had a traditional Catholic ceremony at our parish church, and we were so lucky to have my husband’s childhood priest, Father Tim, as our officiant Having known my husband since he was a little boy, Father Tim was able to offer a unique, often humorous, perspective on our union. As both my husband and I had recently lost grandparents, we also had a special solo rendition of Ave Maria sung while we lit candles for loved ones not able to be with us.

    We scheduled the ceremony and reception several hours apart so that the wedding party, comprised of our nearest and dearest friends and family, could enjoy the experience of taking photos together in different spots throughout the city. We also booked trollies for all of our guests, many of whom were from out of state and country, giving them an opportunity to tour the city prior to the reception.

    Food was central to the celebration! In addition to Lake Park Bistro’s impeccable staff, storied history and immaculate grounds, we chose it for its food, widely considered some of the best in Milwaukee. It is a location we can return to for our many anniversaries to come, and one that our children can someday visit, too.

    Photography – Olivia Leigh Photographie | Ceremony Venue – Old St. Mary’s Parish | Reception Venue – Lake Park Bistro | Floral – Belle Fiori | Day-of Coordination – Timeless Events | Stationery – Broadway Paper | Bakery – Cake Lady | Rentals – Canopies and A La Crate | DJ and Lighting – Sound by Design | Transportation – DMI Limousine Service | Hair and Makeup – Neroli Salon & Spa | Bridesmaids Dresses – Weddington Way | Gown and Veil – Monique Lhuillier from Bridal Galleria | Suit – J. Hilburn | Seating Chart – First Snowfall

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