We had the pleasure of traveling to the great city of New Orleans, Louisiana for Melissa & Michael's beautiful engagement. The city and all of it's history, character, and characters gave us both the backdrop and inspiration for this wonderful series of images. We started in the historic neighbourhood of Treme, made our way to Bourbon street, then headed to the absolutely breathtakingly beautiful Audubon Park.
1) How did you meet? Prior to meeting, Jim was interested in Marina but couldn’t find the right opportunity to talk to her. They had mutual acquaintances and frequented the same places but they didn’t officially meet until several months later while out with friends. We were both standing next to the bar, chatting to a mutual acquaintance. Once he left, it was just the 2 of us and we talked the entire night! Weeks later we started dating and have never been happier!
2) The Ceremony: We had a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony. Getting married in a church was important to both of us. Growing up we attended the same church so we both knew this was the one!
3) The Reception: The 2 most important things to us while planning our wedding was to ensure the food was delicious and that our guests enjoyed themselves. From the grazing station during cocktails, the 4-course dinner and late night snack there was always great food to enjoy during the reception. The 8-piece band also kept guests dancing throughout the entire evening! They played everything from Classic Rock to 80’s Dance music to Top 40. We chose not to have a traditional head table. Instead, we sat amongst our family and friends. All of our guests were important to us and we wanted them to know that. This made it easier to mingle and created a much more casual feel. We also opted out of a traditional guest book. We had our guests write their wishes on a large canvas which was on display all evening. Our guests continued to sign the canvas throughout the night, some more than once!
4) The Décor: We decorated the venue in a way that did not take away from the features we loved about it. The hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and high ceiling were why we chose this venue and keeping those features was important to us. We chose natural and romantic colours that would complement the venue. The hanging centerpiece and the floral runners were rustic, garden style elegance. Foliage garlands sprinkled with blooms decorated the guest tables while a 12-foot floral chandelier hung over our table. String lights were paired with votive candles creating a romantic glow for dinner. 3-foot marquee letters in front of the band that spelled out “DANCE” illuminated the dance floor. We wanted the décor to reflect our style – laid back, casual and intimate.
Wedding Gown: Stella York gown from Becker’s Bridals
Groom’s Suit: Caruso Fine Tailoring
Makeup: Jazmin Veliov
Hair: Salon Afif
Wedding Ceremony: Metamorphosis Tou Sotiros Greek Orthodox Church
Wedding Reception Venue: 99 Sudbury
Catering: Food Dudes
Entertainment (Reception): Electric Blonde