New Yorkers take on NOLA: An Adventure in Planning a Destination Wedding

To call our time together a marathon, would be putting it lightly; it was an IronMan of an adventure at the very least! Six people; two grooms, a sister, a mother, a step-father and myself, in ONE vehicle, took on 17 venues, multiple tastings, 2 band performances, a walking tour of the city, ONE PROPOSAL, 300 macaroons and 560 cups of coffee - at minimum per day - from Sucre, a family dinner at The Pelican Club, countless happy tears, endless laughs, ZERO car accidents, and final decisions made for the future grooms Joe and Tim, pretty much summarizes the 96 hours we had together. I can’t fit all the details about our time together in this post, but please see the photos & captions for continued stories of the fun we had!

What I enjoy doing for all my clients, and especially wedding planning couples, is to showcase why I love this city; more importantly why I love my job and what I can do to help make this process as easy as possible. It begins with a full itinerary of a planned day or days in Joe and Tim’s case, transportation and navigation provided, if desired, and most all moments with me intentionally scheduled in hopes that we are able to see the sights, taste the foods, and listen to the tunes to end our time together with you making the decisions that results in a spectacular wedding day.

Joe & Tim flew in from Brooklyn, NY with their family, and we had to make the most of their time here; experiencing as much as possible without creating information overload and decision fatigue. It was so fantastic to have Joe & Tim’s support network accompany them on their visit to the Big Easy. Having the honor of meeting immediate and extended families of my clients paints a full and vibrant picture of what I get to look forward to on the big day. It also allows for additional perspective and feedback, something I always welcome.

I see clients spend countless hours scouring the internet, virtually visiting venues, reaching out to vendors, gathering ideas and attempting to put together ways to make their special day stand out. At times it has to feel like an endless battle of reaching out, not hearing back, waiting, calling, emailing, filling out forms, and not making any progress. That’s where I step in; I have made the connections with sites and vendors so you don’t have to. I know the number to call to get answers, set tours and check on pricing and availability, details aren’t left out and you get exactly what you are dreaming of. It isn’t anything other than having an insider connection; and I am happy to put that to work for you.

I pride myself on getting to know my clients; asking the right questions and hearing the vision through your interests and expressions. I select locations, caterers, florists and other supporting vendors through my knowledge of the city of New Orleans, and surrounding area, in hopes that you will fall in love with the treasures we uncover through a perspective that only a connected planner can provide.

It isn’t easy to plan a wedding, especially a destination wedding. Joe and Tim vacationed to New Orleans on their first trip together as a couple, and when the time came to plan their nuptials it was an easy choice to return to this special city where they fell in love. The abundance of diverse choices and quality options for everything regarding their special day is only part of the reason New Orleans is a great city for Joe and Tim.

I don’t want to share all the moments I had with this group; firstly there are simply too many to write about, but also, my time with them was so special that some of those experiences you just have to hold close to your heart so they don’t escape. However the story of Tim proposing to Joe is a sweet story. Orchestrated among Joe’s family members with a ring snuck into luggage, the proposal was captured on video and spontaneous enough that Joe had no idea and his reaction was beyond words. As Joe proposed to Tim earlier this summer in a grandiose gesture, Tim didn’t want Joe to miss out on the feeling of being asked for his hand in marriage. 

We visited multiple venues, ate with a variety of caterers, had a multitude of experiences, that in the end lead to making some very difficult decisions. There are a multitude of factors that go into final choices and ultimately the vision for the day shines through when connections are made.  Joe and Tim finalized the location for the ceremony and reception as well as a band. There are a remainder of vendors to still be selected, and will be showcased when I blog about their big day in June of 2018.

Ceremony: The Tree of Life - Named after the first Mayor of New Orleans and officially called the Étienne de Boray Oak, and affectionately called the Tree of Life locally. This spot provides a magnificent backdrop to the ceremony. And if luck should have it on the big day the giraffes from the Audubon Zoo will peak in!

Reception: New Orleans Board of Trade - Founded in 1880 and working until the 1960’s this was a location for the Green Coffee Trade, that once filled the port of New Orleans. With historic details from the three clocks indicating the times of New Orleans, New York and Rio de Janeiro, all major players in the coffee trade, to the original 8 sectioned mural dome hand painted by a local artist; Alvin Sharpe in 1932.

Band: The Phunky Monkeys - This group will bring everyone out of their seats and onto the floor, it is a guarantee. Numerous awards and extensive history in New Orleans, this group has a variety of genres that it has perfected and will serenade all your guests.

 Joe and Tim at Tree of Life - Can you see what I see? When visiting sites like this is easy to see the special day come together; the best part is watching the groom’s faces light up when they see it too.

Joe and Tim at Tree of Life - Can you see what I see? When visiting sites like this is easy to see the special day come together; the best part is watching the groom’s faces light up when they see it too.

 Cake tasting at  Bittersweet Confections  - A local shop with a story of perseverance through rebuilding after Katrina this chocolatier and her creations make it impossible to leave without a sugar high and big smiles. Thank you for hosting us putting together the sweetest of tastings.

Cake tasting at Bittersweet Confections - A local shop with a story of perseverance through rebuilding after Katrina this chocolatier and her creations make it impossible to leave without a sugar high and big smiles. Thank you for hosting us putting together the sweetest of tastings.

 Tasting at Pigeon Catering - luckily enough with the reception venue selected,  Pigeon Catering  is on site and is delectable! Working with this staff is seamless and the food selection provides ample opportunity for personalization and individual tastes.   

Tasting at Pigeon Catering - luckily enough with the reception venue selected, Pigeon Catering is on site and is delectable! Working with this staff is seamless and the food selection provides ample opportunity for personalization and individual tastes.

 

 Family picture at  The Van Benthuysen-Elms Mansion  - Each time I visit this site it becomes more magical. The only historic home on St. Charles Avenue that offers a space for events; with a magnificent 48 foot grand ballroom and infinite amounts of details around every turn.

Family picture at The Van Benthuysen-Elms Mansion - Each time I visit this site it becomes more magical. The only historic home on St. Charles Avenue that offers a space for events; with a magnificent 48 foot grand ballroom and infinite amounts of details around every turn.

 The proposal - This couple showered each other with affection the entire weekend, and this proposal was just one of many lasting memories that was the start of Joe and Tim’s life together! It is evident that this process is going to be a fun journey and having the honor of witnessing special moments like these is truly the best part of my job.   

The proposal - This couple showered each other with affection the entire weekend, and this proposal was just one of many lasting memories that was the start of Joe and Tim’s life together! It is evident that this process is going to be a fun journey and having the honor of witnessing special moments like these is truly the best part of my job.