Historic Pharmacy Museum Wedding: Crystal + Will

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Crystal + Will’s gorgeous New Orleans wedding completely echoed the unique + spirited vibe of this truly one-of-a-kind city. Their ceremony took place in an authentic NOLA courtyard, just outside a historic pharmacy from the 1800′s and their reception was held at a bank-turned-event-space in the heart of the French Quarter. From the type of flowers they selected (roses + Bells of Ireland are two of their favorites) to the songs they danced to, everything was chosen with purpose and meaning and inspired a day that was a true reflection of who they are together. Here’s more from Crystal about their celebration:

Being from New Orleans, I’m no stranger to a good time – our relationship is very much like that, and we wanted our guests to experience that, too. We tried our best to include family + friends in as many aspects of our wedding and planning as we could, since they are so very important to us. My “something borrowed” was a handkerchief wrapped around my bouquet from my late grandmother, who I am a spitting image of. It was really important to me to have her there in some way. During our planning and the events leading up to the wedding, I referred to our day as “The Wedding of the Century.” I wanted a memorable, unique + once in a lifetime party that represented the start of our new life together, and I’d like to think our guests agreed!

Big thanks to Ariel Renae Photography for the stunning photography + congrats to Crystal + Will!

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Processional: Pachabel's Cannon in D; Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke

Recessional: Rondeau – Mouret

First Dance: February Seven – The Avett Brothers

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It's difficult to pick just one because the entire day was perfect. The ceremony was beyond beautiful, we were married in nature under an arch of flowers, outside of a historic pharmacy, in an authentic New Orleans outdoor courtyard setting (the minister was my husband's brother) and surrounded by everyone we love. The reception was amazing, thanks to a full dance floor and the most fun band ever (with my cousin on saxophone)!

But if I had to chose just one moment that sticks out, I'd have to say our second line parade in the streets of the New Orleans French Quarter was a unique and memorable way to end the night. As we paraded down the streets, lead by the brass section of our band, over 100 of our guests walked behind us, singing, cheering, waving their handkerchiefs in the air! People on the sidewalks stopped what they were doing to dance and cheer with us, to take pictures and some to ask what was going on, others didn't care and danced anyway! We ended the night with a "bang" and it is something none of us will ever forget!

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new orleans wedding parade

Be organized and start early. The MANY details that need to be done can become overwhelming at times. I was lucky to have a groom whose occupation as a Project Manager helped me stay on task and able to organize the thousands of decisions needed to be made!

photography: Ariel Renae Photography // venue: Ceremony at The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, Reception at Latrobe’s on Royal New Orleans, Louisiana // event design + planning: Crystal Schouest Brooks (the bride) // floral design: The Plant Gallery // wedding dress: Designer – Amy Kuschel purchased from Wedding Belles and the Stationer in New Orleans // hairpieces: Veil was custom Chantilly Lace design by Jennifer Leigh (Purchased at Wedding Belles), Reception Hairpiece was Designed by New Orleans local Erica Salm Rench of ESR design (Purchased at Wedding Belles) // shoes: Antonio Melani // bridesmaid dresses: Lela Rose and Alfred Sung, purchased from Bridesmaids Inc, Jr. Bridesmaid floral dresses, purchased from Modcloth //  hair + makeup: hair from H20 Salon and Spa, make-up from Tisa’s Beauty Bar, 504.891.8992 // groom suit: Bachrach of Nashville, TN, 615. 649.0781 // paper goods: Bella Figura // catering: Chef John Besh via Latrobe’s on Royal // cake: Sucre // music: Souled Out out of Houma, LA // reception candle design: Luminous Events // second line parade: Selby Second Line Services // photo booth: Boogie Booth // favors: Coozie, Cup, and Mardi Gras Bead designed by the bride // coozie + cup printer: Personalized Drinkware // mardi gras bead printer: Promotion Beads

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Erica Elizabeth Designs Fall/Winter 2013 Collection

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We have a really fun treat to share with you all today! One of our lovely sponsors, Erica Elizabeth Designs, is giving us a first look at her lovely Fall/Winter collection. Inspired by her daily walks through the hills of Los Angeles, as well as the timeless appeal of the arts + crafts movement, Erica handcrafts each piece from her collection with the very finest materials like beautiful metallic silks and sourced European laces.

To showcase her new line, Erica collaborated with the immensely talented Caroline Tran. The images are truly gorgeous…

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Everything is just stunning, right? And the beautiful Claire Pettibone dresses are a perfect match for Erica’s sweetly feminine designs.

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I think this one below just might be my favorite!

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Big thanks to Erica Elizabeth for giving us a peek at her gorgeous collection today!

veils + headpieces: Erica Elizabeth Designs // photography: Caroline Tran Photographer // dress designer: Claire Pettibone // shoes: Hey Lady Shoes // makeup artist: Theresa Huang Studio

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Laid Back Ace Hotel Palm Springs Wedding: Alana + Tyler

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Alana + Tyler are easygoing music-lovers from New York City who wanted their wedding day to be fun + carefree and represent who they are + the things they love most. It didn’t take them long to decide to throw a super rad destination wedding at one of their favorite getaway spots: The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs! Here’s more from Alana about how they really made their day their own:

We see a lot of live music together + are big fans of the hip decor at the Ace, so these two things became the inspiration for our big day. It was important for us to have everyone hanging out together, and the pool at the Ace was the perfect answer for this. We started the day with a morning bike ride followed by ample pool time with our guests before we had to get ready. 

We didn’t have a formal wedding party. Our nieces + nephew were our “groupies” who walked down the aisle with signs that said “Here Comes Bean”. Bean is Tyler’s nickname for me and that sign was a surprise to him (he thought it would say “the bride”). The kids wore t-shirts just like the t-shirts worn by Ace staffers. Putting the kids in t-shirts not only ensured they would be comfortable but it also drove home our casual vibe since we urged guests to leave their jackets and ties at home.

I know this wedding is going to inspire you guys BIG time! I’m super in love with so many of the playful design elements, like the perfectly stocked guest welcome bags + the amazing record DJ backdrop built by Beau & Arrow Events. And huge thanks to Honey Honey Photography for sharing these gorgeous images with us today!

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We set the tone with a vinyl record invitation. It was untraditional and unique. Then each of our guest tables represented one of our favorite bands with original poster designs by Yes, Dear Studio. Escort cards were different black and white polaroid photos of those bands and that’s how guests found their tables. The Band of Horses poster used an Aztec print that really resonated with the decor of the Ace so we used this print throughout all the paper elements. Instead of a guest book, we had guests sign a “band poster” personalized for our wedding which was inspired from an LCD Soundsystem poster.

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How perfect is the floral design by Root 75?!

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Processional: Where Is My Mind (piano cover) – The Pixies

Recessional: Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley

First Dance: Hysteric (acoustic version) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Congratulations, Alana + Tyler! We wish you all  the best!

photography: Honey Honey Photography // venue: Ace Hotel Palm Springs, California // event designer: Beau & Arrow Events // floral designer: Root 75 // dj: The Flashdance // equipment rentals: YEAH! Rentals // tuxedo + men’s attire: Dolce & Gabbana // dress store: J. Crew // linens + coverings: La Tavola Linen // equipment rentals: MOSS Vintage Rentals // paper goods: Sam Griffin // videography: Son of Sharkpig // invitation designer: Yes, Dear Studio // makeup artist: Amy Clarke Makeup Artistry // hair stylist: Lady Dianna Hair

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryThe Flashdance and YEAH! rentals are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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