2019 is a milestone year for legacy music festivals with the 50-year
celebration of both Jazz Fest and Woodstock. The summer of ‘69 marked
the birth of festival culture that has since unified generations of music-
goers through its bohemian spirit and whimsical nature—a tradition that
continues today at modern festivals like Coachella and New Orleans’ own
Voodoo Fest, Essence Fest and Buku Music & Arts Project.
ON LOCATION: Republic NOLA
DECOR STYLED BY: Jessica Talazac for Republic Special Events
PHOTOGRAPHY: Brian Jarreau Photography
ACCESSORIES + CASUAL ATTIRE: Sorellas Clothing Home & Vintage
HAIR + MAKEUP: Tracy Branch for Tracy Branch Agency
INVITATION SUITE: Amber Leblanc Studio
GLITTER BUFFET: Elektra Cosmetics
VINTAGE MOBILE ESPRESSO VAN: Gypsy Jeaux Espresseaux
LINENS, FARM TABLE + ANTIQUE CHAIRS: Yur Event Rentals
CHALK SIGNS: Jess-A-Sketch Signs
CAKE: Bittersweet Confections
POPCORN BAR: Pigeon Catering + Events
FLORALS: Herbivore Floral Designs
MODEL: Rachel Hava
Gypsy Jeaux Espresseaux, housed in a repurposed 1960 International Metro Van, makes for an on-theme photo opp outside the front facade while also providing party goers with the caffeinated pick-me-up they’ll need to stay on the dance floor all night!
Wedding in a Music Venue
For many couples, festivals and concerts have played a significant role in their relationships, making epic entertainment an important item when it come to planning their big day. If you’re the couple that always opts for the 3-day pass, never misses the chance to be front row for a show, or travels the country following your favorite acts, having your wedding in a music venue might be the perfect choice to celebrate your love of musicand each other.
One such music venue, Republic NOLA, is steadily gaining notoriety for more than epic shows & festival after-parties that have spanned their diverse 13+ year history (legends like Mumford & Sons, The Chainsmokers, G-Eazy, George Clinton & The Parliament Funkadelic, Lil Wayne, & Diplo have headlined their stage, just to name a few). Since a change in ownership and major renovation in the fall of 2015, the venue has focused on hosting more weddings and private events than ever before, while also launching an expansive menu of in-house design and coordination services to streamline the planning process. They were recently honored at the 2019 Crescent City Excellence Awards for “Best Wedding Event” and “Best Event Design” and continue to push the envelope to bring every couple’s vision to life in bigger and better ways than they could ever imagine.
All About The Vibe
The expansive 7500 sq.ft. warehouse that houses Republic NOLA boasts plenty of built-in features when it comes to the bars, stage, & furnishings that establish the unique vibe of the venue. The use of real candles is not only permitted, but encouraged to augment the ambiance along with filament-bulb string lights. The impressive lighting and sound throughout the space effortlessly evokes a high-energy atmosphere. The venue primarily works with Pigéon Catering on creative culinary menus, while bar services are handled by Republic’s talented team and typically include a clever specialty drink for each member of the happy couple that reflects their personality & taste.
Republic’s talented team and typically include a clever specialty drink for each member of the happy couple that reflects their personality & taste.
The exposed wood beams & brick of the historic raw space is stunning as-is, so Special Event Director, Jessica Talazac, encourages couples to focus on a few key areas when it comes to décor:
As the first impression, the entrance should be a wow-factor; in this case, a vintage Henry Miller upright piano serves as the guest-book table and sets the tone for the music theme.
To highlight the 26 hanging chandeliers, Republic has a suspended cake table as one of their many in-house enhancement offerings. Their hedge wall backdrop makes the gold & ivory ombré cake by Bittersweet Confections stand out against the bright, bold pops of color of the uplighting, floral topper and iridescent linen.
A head table is a great way to focus your décor budget, and the farm tables and antique x-back chairs from Yur Event Rentals blend seamlessly with the wood accents of Republic NOLA while providing a neutral slate for colorful centerpieces, like the boho-inspired arrangements by Herbivore Floral Design.
Last but not least—whether you opt for a photo booth or not, no event is complete these days without an Instagram- worthy photo moment for your guests. A textile backdrop, like the dreamy peach mod-print pictured, paired with a simple prop like Republic’s vintage jukebox, can make for fun photos with a personal touch.
The Fun Factor
Inspired by boho festival vibes from 1969-today, Republic’s Director of Special Events, Jessica Talazac, designed this shoot to highlight the duality of the historic space. “Everything about Republic is based in a balanced dichotomy of juxtaposing ideas; vintage character with modern amenities, industrial style with opulent accents, and a concert venue that can be completely transformed to an elegant wedding venue in ways most people would never imagine,” says Talazac. “Above all else, we believe in customization for our clients, but a close second is making sure that FUN is had by all!” The venue achieves the fun factor with a sound system that will knock your socks off, built-in LED wall for custom visuals, tons of moving lights, and curated vendor stations.
A Popcorn Bar by Pigéon Catering + Events makes for a tasty treat during or after the wedding
with custom take-home bags, and the chalkboard by Jess-A-Sketch Signs
encouraging guests to “Keep Love Poppin’!” adds a playful touch.
Fest Fabulous Style
Channel your laid back (and absolutely luxurious) boho style.