Vampire Chic

There is a reason events go as well as Mark and Whitney’s wedding; it is based on the communication they had with the vendors they hired, and the relationship they built with me as the director of their day. As a planner it is critical that I can perform two different functions;

1. Executing my client’s vision they already have in their own mind

or

2. Discovering my client’s vision is and bringing it to life

Often it’s a combination of the both, one maybe more one than the other, however these principles are based trust that is developed between myself and you, the client.

With little direction from Mark or Whitney other than a few keywords; dramatic, simple, focal points, inclusive and vampire chic, I was able to connect the dots and put together a day that embodied them as a couple. This did not mean that Mark and Whitney did not have input on the day; however the trust they were able to place in my expertise allowed them to breath easy and enjoy their union.

Despite weddings following a similar cadence; there are a multitude of ways a couple is able to infuse their style in the days events. From color to themes; this day - of all days -  should be a display of personal style. That being said; it isn’t uncommon to feel as though there are things that have to be done at a wedding or a way in which the day should go, and falling into a line of thinking; “well everyone else does it that way, I guess I should too.” Not the case, I am seeing spins on traditions, different ways of doing the “typical,” and many people scraping conventional all together!

From the moment I met Mark and Whitney I knew their day was going to be anything but typical. From the food, to the music, to reception seating and venue; I saw creativity and personality in every choice these two made for their day. It began with The Civic Theater hosting the ceremony and reception, this space, although not typical for a wedding, was transformed into a dramatic, candle lit night scape.

In existence since 1906; The Civic Theater has evolved as New Orleans has grown, watching over the city, filling with memories as crowds of people have entered the doors to share in the diversity of performance offerings. From vaudeville, burlesque, musicals, and disco, The Civic Theater has entertained and hosted many. Remodeled in 2011 with extraordinary attention to historic detail and appropriate updates for hosting a multitude of events this space was a blank canvas for Mark and Whitney’s wedding.

When selecting this type of space everything, right down to the rugs are customizable and a choice you may have to make, a total allowance for free will and creativity. Overwhelming to some, but with this couple, they had a vision and followed through with ease. Taking Vampire Chic to a whole new level; with candles in every corner, uplighting that allowed to enhanced the dramatics of the tall ceilings, brick work and ornate theatrical details of this New Orleans landmark.

When an event is uneventful; meaning that everything goes as planned, set up is easy, vendors follow through and everyone has a good time; I can see the look on my clients face and it means the world to me to know they are stress free and enjoying the day with their family and loved ones. Mark and Whitney had smiles on from beginning to end and I could not have been happier to orchestrate their wedding day.

With the venue as the host, the vendors shined through at this event. No one wanted to leave the dance floor with DJ Aaron Lane Entertainment, however when they did, they were met with unique food truck / street food choices from; Two Girls One Shuck, Theo’s Pizza, Fete au Fete and Imperial Woodpecker Snoballs and the Civic slinging drinks all night.

Credits:

 

Second Line: Kin Folk Brass Band

Music: Aaron Lane Entertainment

Cake: Bittersweet Confections

Caterer: My House Social

Theo’s Pizza

Two Girls One Shuck

Imperial Woodpecker Snoballs

Fete Au Fete

Bar Service: The Civic Theater

Venue: The Civic Theater

Rentals: Party Rentals Delivered

Lighting:Firefly Ambiance

Florist: Crystal Vase Flowers

Photography: Dark Roux

ideography: Silver Loop Studios

Hair & Makeup: Flawless Bride

 

 If there is ever was a picture that could take your breath away, it has to be this one. With a team of three staff members to lower the chandelier 30+ feet to position above the wedding cake, it made for a focal point that greeted every guest and stop them in their tracks. Captured by:  Dark Roux

If there is ever was a picture that could take your breath away, it has to be this one. With a team of three staff members to lower the chandelier 30+ feet to position above the wedding cake, it made for a focal point that greeted every guest and stop them in their tracks. Captured by: Dark Roux

  Kin Folk Brass Band  always starts the party off with a bang! Despite having the ceremony and reception at the same location, I was able to coordinate a 2nd line route through the Central Business District of the city. Captured by:  Dark Roux

Kin Folk Brass Band always starts the party off with a bang! Despite having the ceremony and reception at the same location, I was able to coordinate a 2nd line route through the Central Business District of the city. Captured by: Dark Roux

 Although this space is large and seemed ominous; I played into that feature as it gave a grandiose and dramatic backdrop for the intimate gathering. The floor plan and vendor placement contained the guests so they didn’t feel lost, but also were able to take in the vastness of the space. Captured by:  Dark Roux

Although this space is large and seemed ominous; I played into that feature as it gave a grandiose and dramatic backdrop for the intimate gathering. The floor plan and vendor placement contained the guests so they didn’t feel lost, but also were able to take in the vastness of the space. Captured by: Dark Roux

 These shared moments are ones you likely won’t be able to remember in the days that follow, but thankfully a photography team like Dark Roux knows where to be at the exact moment to capture it. No matter how in the moment my clients might be, things are forgotten, and to have these photographs are priceless. Captured by:  Dark Roux

These shared moments are ones you likely won’t be able to remember in the days that follow, but thankfully a photography team like Dark Roux knows where to be at the exact moment to capture it. No matter how in the moment my clients might be, things are forgotten, and to have these photographs are priceless. Captured by: Dark Roux

 Simple, but what a statement. Planning this layout and decor and seeing Mark & Whitney exchanging vows proves to me that even minimal enhancement can make a powerful impact. Captured by:  Dark Roux

Simple, but what a statement. Planning this layout and decor and seeing Mark & Whitney exchanging vows proves to me that even minimal enhancement can make a powerful impact. Captured by: Dark Roux

 I can hear your “awe,” as you scrolled to this picture! Dark Roux knows how to capitalize on the space provided. This is the perfect nook for these two to pop-a-squat and snap a picture. It just makes my heart melt. Captured by:  Dark Roux

I can hear your “awe,” as you scrolled to this picture! Dark Roux knows how to capitalize on the space provided. This is the perfect nook for these two to pop-a-squat and snap a picture. It just makes my heart melt. Captured by: Dark Roux

 It would be strange for me to frame this and put it on my wall, right? Ok, just checking! It is such a beautiful and simple image. With Hurricane Nate predicted to make landfall the week of this wedding; the winds were a force to be reckoned with. Taking full advantage Mark and Whitney could not have asked for better image. Captured by:  Dark Roux

It would be strange for me to frame this and put it on my wall, right? Ok, just checking! It is such a beautiful and simple image. With Hurricane Nate predicted to make landfall the week of this wedding; the winds were a force to be reckoned with. Taking full advantage Mark and Whitney could not have asked for better image. Captured by: Dark Roux

 I had about 45 seconds to stand and take this in before I had to orchestrate a complete venue flip from ceremony to reception. How could I not be in awe of this; a simple cake by  Bittersweet Confections  made to look like a piece of art. I convinced Mark and Whitney to lower the chandelier and make this the focal point of the room, there were no regrets. Captured by:  Dark Roux

I had about 45 seconds to stand and take this in before I had to orchestrate a complete venue flip from ceremony to reception. How could I not be in awe of this; a simple cake by Bittersweet Confections made to look like a piece of art. I convinced Mark and Whitney to lower the chandelier and make this the focal point of the room, there were no regrets. Captured by: Dark Roux