stephanie-and-derek

See the full gallery button

Stephanie and Derek were married at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens in New Orleans, La. on October 13. “I have always wanted to get married in New Orleans Botanical Gardens in City Park,” Stephanie said. “City Park is such a special place for us, and I always knew I watned to get married outside. The Botanical Gardens have the perfect mix of classic New Orleans live oaks and gorgeous floral gardens.” The bride wore an off-the-shoulder a-line wedding gown, accessorized with her hair down in loose curls, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white vest and tie and a top hat. Bridesmaids wore long green chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of peonies, roses, succulents, and star of bethlehems. “When my dad hugged me at the end of the aisle, he didn’t want to let go!” she said. “It was such a moment. And when Derek and I had just left the wedding on our tandem bike, and we were biking down down Esplanade Avenue. It was just the two of us on a beautiful night, but now we are married — it just felt right.” Following the outdoor nuptials, guests were escorted inside the pavilion. Tables were decorated with tall centerpieces, gold votive candles, and lots of hops here and there. “My husband is a brewer, so that was really a cool, personal piece,” Stephanie said. “He made a special beer called “Hoppily Ever After” and even made a label with us on it.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Make it your own!” she said. “It’s so easy to get caught up in all the Pinterest possibilities, but without a question my favorite things, and those that made our day were the ones that were so uniquely us.”

You might also love these real weddings:

Vendors:

Photography: Arte De Vie | Venue: New Orleans Botanical Gardens | Dress Designer: Romona Keveza and Wedding Belles | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale and Wedding Belles | Hair and Makeup Artist: Kiss and Makeup | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Officiant: David Trumpey | Ceremony Musicians: Maggie Politi and Travis Haas | Stationery: Minted | Floral Designer: NOLA Flora | Caterer: City Park Catering | Cake: Swiss Confectionery | Band: Colin Lake Band | Dance Instructors: Dance Quarter | Favors: NOLA Brewing Company