29 Aug

New Orleans wedding: Michelle + Colby

categories Real Weddings

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We were so excited when Nancy Neil told us Michelle + Colby’s wedding photos were ready to be shared. After falling in love with these two, their taste in fashion, and their engagement photos, we couldn’t wait to ooh and awe at their wedding. So let’s ooh together over their rustic meets glamour plantation celebration in New Orleans. And just like we’d hope she’d do (she is a fashion designer after all), Michelle designed her wedding dress. Not only that,  she also swarovski-jeweled her shoes!

jeweled headband and wedding dress

jeweled headband with fabric pouf

suede Repetto shoes with Swarovski jewels

DIY swarovski-jeweled shoes, oh yes… Gets the wheels turning doesn’t it Cakelets?

jeweled decorative headband

new orleans plantation wedding

navy Jil Sander suit

Ahem, just going to point out that Colby is wearing a gold bow tie.

gold and diamond wedding rings

new orleans willow trees

diamond cuff bracelet

new orleans garden wedding

outdoor wedding benches and decorative lanterns

outdoor wedding party portraits

colorful pocket squares and bow ties

new orleans plantation wedding

outdoor garden wedding ceremony

new orleans wedding music

new orleans sunset wedding

floral-shaped monogram

DIY folded fabric flowers

You can spy a few decor inspiration pins Michelle pinned on her wedding Pinterest board.

tall baby's breath vase centerpiece

flower-adorned tuba

baby's breath garland and gold candle sticks

barn wedding reception

rustic sweets table

white and yellow floral cake

chocolate covered pretzels

hanging star lights

the first dance

Their first dance was to “You’re all I need to get by” by Marvin Gaye with Tammi Terrell.

new orleans dance party

"cheers y'all" chalkboard sign

Great advice from Michelle: Have fun and enjoy every second. This is your one day to share your love with all of the people that mean the most to you in the world.  Take time with your husband and enjoy every bit of the day you worked so hard for. Things will go wrong, cakes may get smushed, important people may not be able to make it, family may push your buttons, your complete vision may not be met 100%…Who cares, let it all go and have a great time.  I always thought I would be so nervous the day of my wedding since I’m a Type-A personality but truth be told, when I woke up I was completely relaxed.  Even though things went wrong throughout the day, I brushed it off my shoulders and didn’t let any of it affect my mood. I knew I had to let go of control and enjoy.  I was able to be present and have a great time.  Our wedding went by so fast I wish it could have gone on for hours longer.

Congratulations Michelle + Colby!

Wedding Coordinator: Elyse Skansi  Tying the Knot Wedding Coordination / Flowers: Eric Fredricks Bees Flower Shop / Photographer: Nancy Neil / Lounge furniture: Julia Nortz Mrs. Vintage Rentals / Bride’s dress: designed by bride of Chaplin Designs / Hairpiece: Laura Kranitz / Shoes: Repetto, bride Swarovski jeweled them herself / Groom: suit- Jil Sander, shirt- Nordstrom, shoes- Paul Smith, bow tie: J.Linderberg / Bridesmaid dress: J. Crew

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  5. Love the groom’s gold bow tie & bride’s swarovski-jeweled shoes! http://t.co/c6cvLTsN

  6. Oh my gosh!! This wedding is so, so gorgeous! The bride and groom’s portraits are breathtaking, and the rustic/glamorous details are to die for!

  7. Me too! And the brides dress is beautiful @100LayerCake Love the groom’s gold bow tie & bride’s swarovski-jeweled shoes http://t.co/vyaTzAPJ

  8. Truly stunning wedding..so wonderful to showcase a New Orleans wedding! The natural elements mixed with the glitz is a gorgeous combo!

  9. We fell in love with this couple after seeing their e-sesh, now check out their gorgeous New Orleans wedding: http://t.co/c6cvLTsN

  10. What a lovely wedding. The willow trees and the barn are wonderful details.

  11. I had the pleasure of being a guest at this gorgeous wedding. Nancy Neil did a great job capturing it and the venue was amazing. Every last detail was unforgettable. I love this couple.

  12. WOW!!! All the details! So beautiful it will be hard to top that.

  13. BEAUTIFUL! Love her dress and all the detail shots. stunning work:)

  14. This bride used swarovski crystals in a such a pretty way & we totally want to recreate it… http://t.co/c6cvLTsN

  15. So pretty! RT @100LayerCake This bride used swarovski crystals in a such a pretty way & we totally want to recreate it. http://t.co/hulhfJJF

  16. So pretty! RT @100LayerCake This bride used swarovski crystals in a such a pretty way & we totally want to recreate it. http://t.co/JZ6BoNLw

  17. “@100LayerCake: This bride used swarovski crystals in a such a pretty way & we totally want to recreate it… http://t.co/6wl1BePx” Love!

  18. Truely the most magical wedding I have ever seen!

  19. This is such a gorgeous wedding. i just love the whole look of the venue. What is the name of their reception venue?

  20. This bride’s dress is gorgeous! We’d wear one of her gowns down the aisle in a heartbeat. And baby’s breath clustered en masse at the top of an elegant vase never gets old, so soft and pretty.

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  22. Wow, this wedding is dripping with southern charm. Absolutely stunning!

  23. This bride’s dress is gorgeous!

  24. In love pelos detalhes românticos deste casamento: crochet, pratarias, lousas, flor de tecido nos cabelos da noiva… http://t.co/tcvJybU8

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  26. What a gorge wedding. More bow ties please!!

  27. Oh my word.. what a positively wonderful wedding

  28. Totally love the invitation suite by the bride, so sweet and classy. Truly a classy wedding all around, well done!

    Natalie Shaw
    Soireebliss! Events

  29. Between the moss and the gorge details, I’m loving this NOLA #wedding from @100LayerCake : http://t.co/3RTLd3nx

  30. New Orleans Wedding: Michelle + Colby http://t.co/20pXZIG6 h/t @100LayerCake

  31. I guess some of you didn’t read the bottom where it asks not to post mean-spirited comments! This was the most intimate, beautiful and touching wedding i have ever been to. The bride was absolutely gorgeous and it was the most important day of their lives. In the south we say if you don’t have something nice to say then don’t say anything at all!

  32. Ok, honestly all these dresses look beautiful. Nice photos collection, thanks.

  33. Does anyone know what venue this is?

  34. PLEASE TELL ME WHAT VENUE THIS IS!?? It is so beautiful!

  35. The wedding was held at Destrehan Plantation in New Orleans, Louisiana May 19, 2012. It was a beautiful day, really perfect weather and I married the love of my life. We now have a little girl on the way. :) Thank you all for your lovely comments.

    To those who thought I wasn’t skinny enough or weren’t impressed by our event, I am sorry that you feel that way, I worked very hard to make sure that our wedding was very us. I designed my dress, my shoes and all the stationary elements for the event and i loved it.

    All the best,


  36. Michelle, congratulations on the pregnancy, what a blessing! I think your wedding was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever had the pleasure of working on, and in two cases brides have shown me images from your big day and said, “I want mine exactly like this”. So you should feel very good about the inspiration you have brought to both wedding professionals and future brides. Please don’t listen to the naysayers who clearly don’t have anything better to do than to try and rattle you and say nasty things.

    ~Julia xox

  37. Destrahan Plantation has some amazing spots to take pics at. The Louisiana Plantation looks amazing. Congrats you guys your wedding pics came out great !!! Nothing better than a good vintage New Orleans wedding venue.

  38. So many gorgeous details at this wedding. I love the floral initials, the centre pieces and the brides dress looks stunning

  39. I love everything about this wedding! Who design the invitations? I will like something like that for my wedding, they are simple and beautiful!

  40. Where is the barn,wedding venue at? I need a name an location please

  41. I would love to know the location of this wedding as well!

  42. The Floral initials took my breath away! Love this post so much! Thanks for sharing!!!

  43. If I could re do my wedding, it would look exactly like this!

  44. This is great style. I like it

  45. What venue is this ? It’s stunning

  46. Beauriful wedding! But what is the name of this venue and where in Nola is it?

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