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STYLED SHOOT: A Wedding at Home Sweet Home

STYLED SHOOT: A Wedding At Home Sweet Home

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Written by: Jessica Burke, NOW Weddings Publisher

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Father of the Bride”, the chaos of planning a wedding at home may seem overwhelming, not to mention, expensive, even if you don’t opt for outlandish upgrades like a flock of swans that the wedding planner, Franck Eggelhoffer, in the movie suggested. While it *can* get pricey to plan a wedding where you have to bring literally everything in, the good news is, it doesn’t have to be and you can plan a beautiful wedding in your own home on a reasonable budget, sans swans, of course.

With gathering sizes currently on the cozy side (but let’s not get too cozy – please stay 6 feet apart, y’all!), a wedding at home may not only be practical, but, in fact, the perfect option for you!

Our friend, Michele Zeller of Decor on a Dime & Nola Wedding Ceremonies, wanted to show what was possible for a wedding at home (in something other than a mansion) so she styled this adorable photo shoot at her own house to show what an intimate micro-wedding can look like IRL.

So get ready for some beautiful and budget-friendly wedding inspiration!

VENDOR CREDITS

STYLING/DECOR RENTALS/OFFICIATION: Michele Zeller, Decor on a Dime & Nola Weddings Ceremonies

PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashley Kristen Photography

INVITATION SUITE: Melismatic Designs, LLC

BALLOON ARCH: Crescent City Balloons

BAR SERVICE: Nola Accent Bartenders, LLC

FLORALS: The Plant Gallery

CATERING: Joie De Vivre Catering & Events

BRIAL GOWN: Pearl’s Place Bridal

WEDDING CAKE: Ivonne Standeford

MODELS: Raiane & James

 

Emerald wedding invitation by Melismatic Designs, LLC. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
No matter how many guests you're inviting, your invitations will set the tone for your wedding. This custom invitation by Melismatic Designs features an emerald watercolor backdrop with white lettering and detail that is simply beautiful.

One trend we love that dates back to pre-pandemic is the unplugged wedding. For an unplugged wedding, the couple invites guests to take a a break from the phones and become absorbed in the moment. Signage displayed at your ceremony asking your guests to “be fully present” is a great option to get the message out (and makes it that much easier for your pro photographer to get the most important shots!) or you can have your officiant make an announcement at the start of your wedding.

Framed chalkboard sign welcoming guests to an unplugged wedding ceremony. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
A bride and groom exchange vows during a front porch wedding ceremony. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
A bride and groom exchange vows during a front porch wedding ceremony. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
A bride and groom kiss during a front porch wedding ceremony. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
The groom dips and kisses his bride. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography

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Bride and groom laugh under the bride's veil. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography

PICTURE THIS: Take a stroll through your neighborhood and discover picturesque spots for your wedding portraits. Trust your photographer to find the perfect backdrops and capture dreamy photos like these!

Close up bride and groom portrait. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Bride and groom portrait. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Wedding ring detail. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Bride and groom portrait. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Bride and groom pose under the balloon arch entrance to the patio reception. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Create a dramatic entrance to your cocktail hour on the patio with a balloon arch, mirror welcome signage and sparkly sequin linen.

While you’re off taking photos together, your guests can head to the patio for cocktails and get the party started. Dress up your back yard with an elegant balloon arch (they’re so in right now!) like this one from Crescent City Balloons and sparkly decor elements like mirror welcome signage and sparkly sequin linens from Decor on a Dime. Add a touch of romance with candles on the tables and colorful lighting to create an accent wall. Consider hiring a bar service such as Nola Accent Bartenders to pour drinks and mix cocktails for your guests!

Nola Accent Bartenders serves the bride and groom a glass of champagne. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Home patio decorated for a wedding cocktail hour with emerald and gold decor. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Oversized mirror welcome signage. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
The newly wed couple embrace and kiss under the balloon arch. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Display your favors, such as these personalized koozies that guests can use at the reception and then take home, at the entrance to the reception. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Lantern filled with fresh flowers. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Reception tables with emerald satin runners and candles. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Wedding catering display. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography

Since it’s New Orleans we all know it’s best to serve food indoors in a controlled environment (even if your guests head back out to the patio to eat!). Joie De Vivre Catering and Events created a beautiful display for this micro home wedding on the kitchen island. If you’ll have guests from different households, ask your caterer about having a staff member serve your guests to minimize contact that would otherwise occur with guests serving themselves.

Mini soup shooters. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Brie and crackers display. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Appetizer display. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Breakfast nook cake table display. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography

We’re in love with this darling cake table in the breakfast nook! Make the most of your existing furniture and rent accent pieces and decor such as greenery, candles and the cake stand.

Mercury glass votives add a warm glow to the cake table. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Cocktail napkins embossed with "Love is Sweet". Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
Detail of the Wedding Cake. A two-tier ivory cake with gold accents and fresh flowers and greenery. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography
The bride and groom cut the wedding cake. Photo: Ashley Kristen Photography

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