A Bridal Show with a View 2017 :: Event Recap

Written by Ashley Morand for Belladeux Event Design

New Orleans Weddings Magazine partnered with amazing wedding professionals to put on a bridal show unlike any other featuring interactive experiences, design showcases, prizes, and a world class view of the city. This amazing event took place on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Canal Street in New Orleans. Here are some highlights of our Bridal Show with a View!

The newly renovated International Ballroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Canal Street in New Orleans. Photo courtesy of the DoubleTree.
The newly renovated International Ballroom at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Canal Street in New Orleans. Photo courtesy of the DoubleTree.

The event design had a Land and Sea theme inspired by the geode rock pattern of the DoubleTree’s International Ballroom flooring. This opened up the imaginations of event designer Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Event Design and needless to say, she rocked it. Who would put 3 huge dolphins from Mardi Gras Productions right at the entrance? Belladeux Event Design would, of course!

Larger than life dolphins greeted Bridal Show with a View guests in the lobby of the DoubleTree Hotel. Photo by G. Chapin Studios
Larger than life dolphins greeted Bridal Show with a View guests in the lobby of the DoubleTree Hotel. Photo by G. Chapin Studios

The attendees ascended to the second floor where they were greeted with water dyed goodie bags on a giant clam shell. These goodie bags had bridal cups from the DoubleTree, gourmet peanuts from Pigeon Catering, and of course copies of the latest issue of New Orleans Weddings Magazine were waiting for guests to scoop them up just steps away!

Each bride in attendance received a hand-dyed ombre tote bag. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.
Each bride in attendance received a hand-dyed ombre tote bag. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.
Copies of the Fall+Winter 2017 Edition of New Orleans Weddings Magazine stocked and ready for guests. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.
Copies of the Fall+Winter 2017 Edition of New Orleans Weddings Magazine stocked and ready for guests. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.
The Fall+Winter 2017 Edition of New Orleans Weddings Magazine featuring Theresa Elizabeth Photography, Belladeux Event Design, Pearl's Place, Marche, True Value Rental, Firefly Ambiance, Nola Flora, Dyle Films, BBJ, and Dazzle Doll Hair and Makeup.debuted at the bridal show. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.
The Fall+Winter 2017 Edition of New Orleans Weddings Magazine featuring Theresa Elizabeth Photography, Belladeux Event Design, Pearl’s Place, Marche, True Value Rental, Firefly Ambiance, Nola Flora, Dyle Films, BBJ, and Dazzle Doll Hair and Makeup debuted at the bridal show. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.

Check out the video by Dyle Films from our Fall+Winter Edition Debut Cover Shoot below!

NOW photo shoot at Marche from Dyle Films on Vimeo.

Our three Fall+Winter Edition covers on display at the bridal show. The debut cover, photographed by sponsor Theresa Elizabeth Photography was given to guests at the show. The two other covers will be available on newsstands in November 2017 and January 2018! Photo by G. Chapin Studios
Our three Fall+Winter Edition covers on display at the bridal show. The debut cover, photographed by sponsor Theresa Elizabeth Photography was given to guests at the show. The two other covers will be available on newsstands in November 2017 and January 2018! Photo by G. Chapin Studios

The Phunky Monkeys were also bringing the funky beats to the excited brides. CORT Furniture donated a beautiful lounge area so that the guests could sit and relax to listen to the band.

A glimpse of the CORT lounge which offered front row seats to enjoy The Phunky Monkeys' performance. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.
A glimpse of the CORT lounge which offered front row seats to enjoy The Phunky Monkeys’ performance. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.
The Phunky Monkeys entertain guests and create the pulse of the bridal show! Photo by G. Chapin Studios.
The Phunky Monkeys entertain guests and create the pulse of the bridal show. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.

Interactive Experiences

On the second floor, attendees voted on the best designed reception table, chatted with vendors, and participated in a nautical cake pull from a 4 foot tall geode cake to win fun prizes. Brides who pulled a ring charm won a prize!

Our Cake Pull for Prizes Cake stood 4 feet tall and was designed with a blue geode theme. Photo by Kim Sayatovic
Our Cake Pull for Prizes Cake stood 4 feet tall and was designed with a blue geode theme. Photo by Kim Sayatovic

 

Bridal Show guests voted for their favorite table design from our design showcase. The winner took home this trophy for creating the "Most Talked About Table". Photo by G. Chapin Studios.
Bridal Show guests voted for their favorite table design from our design showcase. The winner took home this trophy for creating the “Most Talked About Table”. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.
Thelma Nichols of Unique Events by T. Nichols won our table design competition with her stunning gold and white design. Her design featured gold sequin linen with a white fur overlay and was rich with opulent details. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.
Thelma Nichols of Unique Events by T. Nichols won our table design competition with her stunning gold and white design. Her design featured gold sequin linen with a white fur overlay and was rich with opulent details. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.

Congratulations to Unique Events by T. Nichols who won the best designed tablescape!

One of our anticipated features on this floor was the Bubble Lounge. Bubbles and balloons floated everywhere and there even was even inflatable furniture from True Value Rentals. Here the attendees enjoyed drinks at the bar and sipped on Blanc de Bleu sparkling wine.

The entrance to the Bubble Lounge at the Bridal Show with a View. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.
The entrance to the Bubble Lounge at the Bridal Show with a View. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.

To make it even more unique the Bubble Lounge boasted a champagne dress model from Magnolia Entertainment who served the sparkling blue wine to the guests.

Guests also enjoyed poofs of cotton candy from Poof Cotton Candy in the Bubble Lounge and snowballs from Mr. Snowball Catering on the second floor. They were a huge hit to say the least.

Vendors

On the 16th floor, attendees mingled with over 70 of the best New Orleans wedding vendors. Brides got to talk to a plethora of wedding professionals from photographers, videographers, caterers, beauty, attire, planners, and many others.

Guests got to also participate in our Charming Scavenger Hunt while listening to a Jazz Trio from Magnolia Entertainment and sipping on cocktails. The charms turned into great cake pull gifts for each of brides. The Double Tree also had their famous cookies on display with a delicious milk and cookie bar.

Brides at the show followed clues to find New Orleans themed charms in our Charming Scavenger Hunt.
Brides at the show followed clues to find New Orleans themed charms in our Charming Scavenger Hunt.
A Jazz Trio performed on the 16th floor, courtesy of Magnolia Entertainment. Photo courtesy the DoubleTree
A Jazz Trio performed on the 16th floor, courtesy of Magnolia Entertainment. Photo courtesy the DoubleTree
The DoubleTree treated guests to their signature chocolate chip cookies and milk in the Crescent Ballroom on the 16th Floor. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.
The DoubleTree treated guests to their signature chocolate chip cookies and milk in the Crescent Ballroom on the 16th Floor. Photo by G. Chapin Studios.

The final stop was the Double Tree’s penthouse on the 17th floor where attendees could take a break and view the city. This was a once in a lifetime view that all of our brides and attendees could experience. Guests were treated to piano music, mimosas and lite bites courtesy of 12 Seasons Catering.

Honeymoon Giveaway

By the end of the night, brides, grooms, their families, and their friends were on their feet dancing while they waited for the prize announcements that surely didn’t disappoint. Winners received gift certificates from our favorite vendors including massages,  videography services, an engagement photo session, and much more!

The night ended with the big honeymoon reveal where one lucky guest won a honeymoon to Mexico from Paradise Vacation Escapes.

See more photos from the show (photos in this gallery by G. Chapin Studios)

Thank you to all the Bridal Event Sponsors:

Jessica Burke

Hi, I'm Jessica Burke, the Publisher of New Orleans Weddings Magazine. If you love New Orleans and you love weddings, you're in the right place for lots of great inspiration and ideas.

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