Magical New Orleans Wedding at Race + Religious: Sonia + Cody – Part 2

New Orleans Wedding

If you’re stopping by for the first time today, we highly recommend taking a sec to view Part 1 of this amazing wedding before you scroll any further! Sonia + Cody crafted the most perfect day (with the help of their coordinator, Mint Julep Productions) at the most perfect venue (Race + Religious in New Orleans, Louisiana). They blended their own personal style with some quintessential NOLA magic + the end result was a total feast for the eyes. Hence our gushing + photo-filled two part feature. Oh, and speaking of photos, thanks so much to Ariel Renae for these totally perfect snaps! Let’s see ‘em…

New Orleans Wedding

back necklace

New Orleans Wedding

succulents

bottles

Sonia tells us, Cody and I love to play games with each other, so we really wanted to make our wedding fun. We had a tarot reader, a bone thrower, and a professional mixologist. We even got our guests to find their tables creatively. I’m a mushroom hunter, so to share in that experience, our guests found their table by opening a message in the bottle. Inside a mushroom was printed on the back and they then had to find their table by finding their mushroom.

guest book

mermaid favors

mermaid favors

New Orleans Wedding

succulents

New Orleans Wedding

bread plate setting

mushroom table number

New Orleans Wedding

Poppy and Mint Floral Company really outdid themselves with these stunning tablescapes. The centerpiece runners – featuring garden roses, greenery, succulents + moss – totally capture the overgrown feel of the magical city of New Orleans.

New Orleans Wedding

cake

bistro lights

sweetheart table

Processional: Chelsea Girl – Nico

Recessional: Live Music by The Kinfolk Brass Band

First Dance: Take Care – Beach House

first dance

New Orleans Wedding

New Orleans Wedding

New Orleans Wedding

sparkler exit

sparkler exit

Plan everything you can as early as you can, and when the day comes just let it all go and trust that everything will work out. Enjoy the ride. It’s brief and beautiful, like a sparkler in your life.

photography: Ariel Renae Photography // venue: Race + Religious New Orleans, Louisiana // event design: Sonia & Cody // day of coordination: Mint Julep Productions // florals: Poppy and Mint Floral Company // wedding dress: Julie Vino, custom made // hairpieces: Vintage Comb, off Etsy // shoes: Rachel Simpson // bridesmaid dresses: Modcloth // hair: Chelsea Martin- Fifi Mahony’s // makeup: Buff Beauty Bar // groom suit: Luca Falcone, custom made // paper goods + all signage: Cody Dingle // catering: Palate New Orleans // cake: Rachel Skvaril, Fondant Flinger // rentals: Event Rental LLC and Mrs. Vintage // officiant: Lauren Weinstein

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Magical New Orleans Wedding at Race + Religious: Sonia + Cody – Part 1

New Orleans Wedding

On our wish list for 2015: more weddings at our fave New Orleans venue, Race + Religious, please! Seriously, this place radiates magic, so it’s really no surprise that Sonia + Cody’s amaze R + R wedding does, too. S + C’s celebration, filled to the brim with unique details (all dreamt up by the two of them, of course), revolved around sharing the magical New Orleans experience with all of their guests. You’ll see mermaids + mushrooms + some traditional NOLA style, but before we send you off into the dreamy abyss of amazing photos, courtesy of Ariel Renae Photography, let’s hear a few words from our bride:

Cody and I wanted a wedding that was whimsical and sophisticated. A wedding is a wonderful opportunity to create your own world for one beautiful and magical day. Cody and I really wanted our personalities to shine throughout that day with a wink and a smile. I’m a photographer and Cody is a graphic designer, so we had a lot of creative energy to invest in our wedding. We both love fantasy-romance movies and literature, so a lot of inspiration was pulled from influences such as The Labyrinth, The Great Gatsby, The Baron Munchausen, and anything with mermaids involved. I love mermaids…

New Orleans Wedding

New Orleans Wedding

vow book

Julie Vino wedding dress

With one glance at Sonia’s STUNNING dress, we were hooked. It was custom made just for her by Julie Vino. Seriously, all of you brides who want a dress that’s one-of-a-kind and as beautiful as this, check out their studio + work here!

t strap heels

mermaid tie bar

Julie Vino wedding dress

Julie Vino wedding dress

Julie Vino wedding dress

Julie Vino wedding dress

New Orleans Wedding

Julie Vino wedding dress

gold belt

blue touch bouquet

Digging this garden rose + thistle bouquet by Poppy and Mint Floral Company.

New Orleans Wedding

accent lapel suit

New Orleans Wedding

New Orleans Wedding

mint bridesmaids

And we’re guessing Sonia had some pretty happy bridesmaids considering they got to wear these fun, mint Modcloth frocks!

mint wedding party

Race & Religious

Race & Religious

vintage doors

vintage doors

Race & Religious Ceremony

Race & Religious Ceremony

Race & Religious Ceremony

Race & Religious Ceremony

The ceremony was really amazing. We had our friend officiate and it was a remarkably powerful and funny part of our day. We also loved our second line, which took place right after our ceremony. A second line, being a musical tradition in New Orleans, is an incredibly fun musical parade to participate in, but nothing beats being right up front with the musicians. It felt like the whole world was dancing and celebrating with us.

Race & Religious Ceremony

Race & Religious Ceremony

Race & Religious Ceremony

New Orleans Parade

The second line parade (a musical tradition in New Orleans) right before sunset helped to transition the ceremony into the reception with the perfect touch of NOLA magic!

New Orleans Parade

New Orleans Parade

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this totally amazing wedding, coming up in just a bit!

photography: Ariel Renae Photography // venue: Race + Religious New Orleans, Louisiana // event design: Sonia & Cody // day of coordination: Mint Julep Productions // florals: Poppy and Mint Floral Company // wedding dress: Julie Vino, custom made // hairpieces: Vintage Comb, off Etsy // shoes: Rachel Simpson // bridesmaid dresses: Modcloth // hair: Chelsea Martin- Fifi Mahony’s // makeup: Buff Beauty Bar // groom suit: Luca Falcone, custom made // paper goods + all signage: Cody Dingle // catering: Palate New Orleans // cake: Rachel Skvaril, Fondant Flinger // rentals: Event Rental LLC and Mrs. Vintage // officiant: Lauren Weinstein

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Modern Ocean Wedding Inspiration

Modern Ocean Inspiration

You’ve probably noticed we have a bit of an ocean theme going on today! Not a bad way to start the week, right?! This editorial with it’s mix of grays, blues, and greens – and a fresh, unexpected pop of pink! – is sure to catch on as a popular, new palette. Especially if we have any say in the matter! We love how these tones so beautifully encompass the serene vibes of the sea, and we’re all about the setting created here by Gray Harper Event Maker.

Jade + Matthew Take Pictures, who photographed all the beauty, share some words about the team’s inspiration, In this styled shoot we wanted to showcase some super terrific Savannah, Georgia vendors. While doing less of a traditional southern themed shoot and a more modern love!! As vendors we do love our southern couples but want to show them how they can make some magic and romance in a different way. The Florence is a new venue in town for weddings and was the perfect modern backdrop for our fresh ocean aesthetic.

calligraphy ocean invitation

The seriously pretty paper goods were created by Lavender & Honey.

anemone boutonniere

leather bound vow book

juliet rose bouquet

Modern Ocean Inspiration

Modern Ocean Inspiration

rope decor

Modern Ocean Inspiration

Modern Ocean Inspiration

Modern Ocean Inspiration

Modern Ocean Inspiration

We’re digging this brand new Savannah venue!

garland

ocean inspired menu

Modern Ocean Inspiration

spring centerpiece

Gray Harper Event Maker also worked their floral magic, crafting up these charming garden rose centerpieces.

Modern Ocean Inspiration

rock escort cards

Modern Ocean Inspiration

garland

cocktails

And The Florence whipped up these pretty drinks! We can totally feel their ocean-inspired essence, can’t you?

garland

naked cake

Are any couples out there planning a day with a modern ocean aesthetic? We’d love to hear how you plan to style your celebration!

Thanks so much to the talented team of creatives below for sharing their work with us today!

photography: Jade + Matthew Take Pictures // planning, design + florals: Gray Harper Event Maker // venue + drinks: The Florence Savannah, Georgia // paper goods + cake: Lavender & Honey // guest book: Gina // vintage rentals: (doors at ceremony) Savannah Vintage Rentals // calligraphy: LowCountry Paper Co. // dress: Ivory & Beau // bridesmaids dresses: Custard Boutique // makeup: Dollface by Jules // hair: Wicked Lulu // linens: Beachview Event Rentals

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