Rip Van Winkle Wedding: Kelly + Jon

September 20, 2016

Color Palette:
Pastel/Spring

What adjectives best describe your wedding?
Fun, Personal, Endearing

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
Rip Van Winkle Gardens on Jefferson Island is very special to use because that is where we got engaged. We have a photo of the engagement which we displayed at the wedding so our guest would make the connection. Since most of our guest were from out-of-state and this would be their first visit to Louisiana, I wanted a venue that displayed our culture and made for a very beautiful setting that was worth their travel.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
The groom/s tie! Yellow is one of my favorite colors so I surprised him by getting him a yellow tie. Also my wedding dress. I felt so comfortable and pretty when I had my dress on, and as someone who is very shy when it comes to dressing up, it felt great to have so much confidence on my big day.

What was your best wedding day memory?
Dancing the entire night away! I am pretty shy and not a huge dancer, but Jon and I really took hold of the evening and had as much fun as possible. We were so focused on just having fun together and soaking in every moment, that I never even noticed that people were watching us dance.

Did you create any details yourself?
How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
Yes! Our wedding party was made up of only our sisters, so we let them pick our their own dresses and style (though they all decided to get a lace dress from J. Crew). We wanted it to be their own and something they would be comfortable in. Our guest book also played our on profession as Stage Managers. Our guest “signed in” which is what we have actor’s do each day when they arrive for rehearsal. Another personal touch was that my (Kelly) cousin made the cakes. We did not want one large cake, but several different flavor cakes and desserts to show off what a wonderful baker she it.

What is your wedding song?
Theses Arms of Mine – Otis Redding
(Go ahead …^^^look it up to play in the background)

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Prep Spot: The Cottage at Rip Van Winkle Gardens| Event Planning: Alyssa Arlene Events | Florals: Root Floral Design | Wedding Venue: Rip Van Winkle Gardens | Catering: Nash’s | Wedding Cake: Brittany Waters | Wedding Dress: Sottero and Midgley from A-Nets | Wedding Shoes: Zara | Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Katie Vincent from Joie de Vivre | Groom’s Apparel: Tommy Hilfiger | Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew | Ceremony Music: Mike Przygoda| Reception Music: Krossfyre | Videography: BGP Wedding Films