New Orleans wedding: Michelle + Colby

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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?

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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

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outdoor wedding benches and decorative lanterns

outdoor wedding party portraits

colorful pocket squares and bow ties

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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.

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"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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(@WeddingReports) (@WeddingReports) on Aug 29, 2012

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(@clubwedd) (@clubwedd) on Aug 29, 2012

We were so excited when Nancy Neil told us Michelle + Colby’s wedding photos were ready to be shared. After fall...

(@PerfectBridal) (@PerfectBridal) on Aug 29, 2012

New Orleans wedding: Michelle + Colby: We were so excited when Nancy Neil told us Michelle + Colby’s wedding pho...

(@100LayerCake) (@100LayerCake) on Aug 29, 2012

Love the groom's gold bow tie & bride's swarovski-jeweled shoes!

Lisa on Aug 29, 2012

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!

Bodastory (@Bodastory) on Aug 29, 2012

Me too! And the brides dress is beautiful @100LayerCake Love the groom's gold bow tie & bride's swarovski-jeweled shoes

Caribbean Wedding events on Aug 29, 2012

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

(@100LayerCake) (@100LayerCake) on Aug 29, 2012

We fell in love with this couple after seeing their e-sesh, now check out their gorgeous New Orleans wedding:

Allie Shultz on Aug 29, 2012

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

Genevieve McCaw Becker on Aug 29, 2012

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.

Christen Barnes on Aug 29, 2012

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

Autumn on Aug 29, 2012

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

(@100LayerCake) (@100LayerCake) on Aug 29, 2012

This bride used swarovski crystals in a such a pretty way & we totally want to recreate it...

Enraptured Events (@EnrapturedEvent) on Aug 29, 2012

So pretty! RT @100LayerCake This bride used swarovski crystals in a such a pretty way & we totally want to recreate it.

Wrapped Couture (@WrappedCouture) on Aug 29, 2012

So pretty! RT @100LayerCake This bride used swarovski crystals in a such a pretty way & we totally want to recreate it.

onewed (@onewed) on Aug 29, 2012

“@100LayerCake: This bride used swarovski crystals in a such a pretty way & we totally want to recreate it...” Love!

Meghan on Aug 29, 2012

Truely the most magical wedding I have ever seen!

Cynthia Souza on Aug 29, 2012

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

Raymond Lee Jewelers on Aug 29, 2012

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.

(@Elise_GKBCinc) (@Elise_GKBCinc) on Aug 29, 2012

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Mindy on Aug 29, 2012

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

evenings on Aug 29, 2012

This bride’s dress is gorgeous!

(@wwwladymagnolia) (@wwwladymagnolia) on Aug 29, 2012

In love pelos detalhes românticos deste casamento: crochet, pratarias, lousas, flor de tecido nos cabelos da noiva...

(@wasootch) (@wasootch) on Aug 29, 2012

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Sarah Fyffe on Aug 29, 2012

What a gorge wedding. More bow ties please!!

annabella charles on Aug 30, 2012

Oh my word.. what a positively wonderful wedding

olivia leigh on Aug 30, 2012


Natalie Shaw on Aug 30, 2012

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

Shayne (@3RingWeddings) on Aug 31, 2012

Between the moss and the gorge details, I'm loving this NOLA #wedding from @100LayerCake :

(@MagnetStreetWed) (@MagnetStreetWed) on Aug 31, 2012

New Orleans Wedding: Michelle + Colby h/t @100LayerCake

Kristina Juarbe (Thirty Three and a Third) on Sep 2, 2012

This wedding is just stunning!!

Jilian on Sep 16, 2012

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!

Venčanice on Oct 15, 2012

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

grace on Oct 24, 2012

Does anyone know what venue this is?

Dana on Oct 31, 2012

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

Michelle on Nov 13, 2012

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, Michelle

Julia ~ Mrs. Vintage on Dec 5, 2012

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

New Orleans Wedding Venues on Jan 28, 2013

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.

Bubbly Creations on Feb 21, 2013

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

Bianca on Jun 4, 2013

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

Casey on Jan 8, 2014

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

Kari on Mar 5, 2014

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

Wedding Invitations Online on Mar 11, 2014

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

Giant Invitations on Jul 4, 2014

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

Baloobook on Sep 13, 2015

This is great style. I like it

Nicole on Nov 22, 2015

What venue is this ? It's stunning

Taylor on Nov 24, 2015

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

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