Who says your intimate wedding can’t be in grand style ?! Ceisha + Derek’s New Orleans micro-wedding had 12 people on the guest list, and they still created a magical atmosphere that included a wheel-dried palm ceremony, five-course meal, tarot card reader, and the traditional NOLA second line. C + D, with the help of Michelle Norwood, transformed race and religion and created a blueprint for planning an intimate wedding that is still full of personal details. We let C tell us how they managed to create unforgettable moments despite their suddenly smaller guest list:
The original plan for the wedding was to have 80 of our closest friends and family at the party of the year, but plans had to change due to the pandemic. Since we couldn’t have our dream wedding, we wanted to make sure the day was a ray of hope in a year of madness for us and the 12 friends and family members we were able to include. We carefully selected a divine 5 course meal, an adorable marching band playing our favorite music, and fun entertainment with cornhole boards and a tarot card reader.
Hannah Pickle Photography was there to capture the day in a photo. Scroll with and let’s have a look!
A muted neutral palette
Eglantine Rose Letterpress created these elegant invitations that really set the tone for a special event. All of C’s bridal accessories were classically beautiful like her “slightly blue” ring from Reads Jewelers, Inc and other jewelry from Lily and Roo.
Stunning bridal clothes
Cs Peter Langer’s “Chole” dress by Neimus Marcus was covered from head to toe with a delicate lace of flowers. Ultra romantic! She kept her bridal beauty minimal and elegant thanks to the hair and makeup from Faces of Virtue.
Court ceremony for this wedding in New Orleans
Antigua Floral played off the old and worn colors and textures of the venue’s courtyard when they created this ceremony installation. Dried palms continue to be a hot choice for modern brides!
New Orleans Second Line
Having a traditional NOLA second line was very important to C + D and they feared it wouldn’t happen due to Covid restrictions and a smaller guest list. However, they did it with the help of the Kinfolk Brass Band!
Processional: Ed Sheeran cover of Rihanna’s We Found Love
Recession: You and me by Ingrid Michaelson
First dance: Finally played by Kinfolk Brass Band
We have to talk about how good D looked in Franklin and Anthony + Dapper Sense groom clothes!
Does C not have a kilowatt smile ?!
Our advice to these planners is that wedding planning shouldn’t compromise your joy. Wedding planning is stressful, especially during a pandemic. Don’t add to the stress by focusing on things that are beyond your control. If something can’t happen exactly the way you’d like, be flexible and open to the fact that the new option may even be better than the first.
A socially distant wedding in Covid should always have a disinfection station for guests! We love C + D’s custom monogram face masks. See where to buy the best wedding favors face masks here!
If you have a smaller guest list, you can really play around with your wedding budget and indulge yourself a bit with fancier details and rentals like that gorgeous wooden bar facade and metal bar back. Lovegood Rentals supplied such beautiful furniture for the day as the cute lounge area below!
Don’t forget the drinks! Tap Truck Nola spoiled the guests with wine, beer and spirits from Texas, where C + D lives. Adorable personal detail !!
New Orleans wedding reception ideas
C + D opted for a minimal table landscape with small flower vases, beige candles and gold accents.
Doesn’t that look so cozy? Sign up for a 5-course meal in a picturesque courtyard!
C + D brought the tarot card reader Latoya Papillion Herr as a fun, interactive reception activity. Our prediction for you? Marital happiness forever and ever!
We can imagine how delicious the Black Pearl Catering dinner was. Great food and magical lighting for Perrier Party Rental make for a perfect summer evening in New Orleans.
The most memorable part of the wedding was sitting, talking, laughing, drinking, and eating an exquisite five-course meal outside in a stunning New Orleans courtyard with our closest friends and family. At dinner Derek gave a heartfelt speech that I will remember forever.
End the night with a super cute Covid wedding cake idea! Chasing Wang made personal cakes for each guest, which stood on marble + wooden cake stands, which also served as gifts. If that’s not perfection, we don’t know what is !!
(Video above from Bride Films)
Congratulations on your beautiful New Orleans wedding, Ceisha + Derek! We wish you all the best! We end with your final piece of advice for planning couples anywhere:
When it is all over you will be married and it really is one of the best feelings in the world.
Photography: Hannah Pickle // Name of the venue: Race and Religious, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA // Event design: Michelle Norwood Designs // Planning: Michelle Norwood Events // Flowers: Antigua Floral // Wedding dress: Peter Langer “Chole” / / Wedding dress boutique: Neimus Marcus // Bridal ring: Reads Jewelers, Inc // Hairdresser: Faces of Virtue // Make-up artist: Faces of Virtue // Groom clothing: Franklin and Anthony and Dapper Sense // Videography: Bride Films // Paper goods: Eglantine Rose Letterpress // Catering: Black Pearl Catering // Cake: Chasing Wang // Furniture Rental: Lovegood Rentals // Lighting: Perrier Party Rental // Cocktails: Tap Truck Nola // Jewelry: Lily and Roo / / Second Line Band + Ceremonial Music: Kinfolk Brass Band // Tarot Card Reader: Latoya Papillion Lord