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REAL WEDDING:: Emily Bell + Edward Brooks {EMILY+EDWARD = 4EVER LOVE}

::AS SEEN IN THE NOVEMBER 2020 ISSUE OF NOW WEDDINGS MAGAZINE::

Written By: Jessica Burke | Photos: Alanna Rae Photography

EMILY AND EDWARD’S STORY:

Edward’s proposal came as a total surprise to Emily. The two had been dating for nine years and friends since elementary school, so when they went to Landry’s on the Lake for their families’ annual September birthday celebration in 2018, Emily wasn’t expecting a marriage proposal.

“He got down on one knee before dessert and proposed,” says Emily. “Took me totally by surprise!”

The wedding invitation and details.

A little over a year later, the happy couple said their vows with family from near and far looking on.

Before the wedding ceremony, the couple had a first look at the Eliza Jane Hotel and exchanged journals with handwritten notes to each other inside. “We each agreed that we didn’t really want to read anything aloud, so this was one of those ‘just for us’ moments that we really cherished from that day,” says Emily.

Emily and Edward exchange journals before their first look.

After taking photos with their attendants and families at the hotel, the wedding party moved to The Chicory for the ceremony and reception. The Warehouse District venue had “that elegant industrial vibe I was aiming for,” says Emily.

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Emily wanted to balance the industrial look of the venue with classic, elegant decor that would look timeless and called in Herbivore Floral Design and Luminous Events to create her vision. ”I love how everything seemed balanced, from the band barrier to the bar front, to the floral, to the small accents, nothing felt underdone and nothing felt too over-the-top,” says Emily. “It was simply perfect – exactly what I wanted but couldn’t put into words.”

Emily and Edward kiss at their ceremony.

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Emily and Edward's first dance

At the reception, the couple had not one, but seven cakes! They fell in love with Bywater Bakery’s Almond Chantilly cake, with Almond Chantilly icing, but learned they wouldn’t be able to stack that particular type of cake. To get around this, they created a cake table display of multiple single layer cakes, each with different fillings such as lemon, chocolate, strawberry, and fresh berries.

The wedding cakes

German Chocolate and Wedding Cake flavored Donuts from District Donuts.

Instead of a traditional groom’s cake, the couple turned to District Donuts for Edward’s favorite donut flavors, Wedding Cake and German Chocolate.   

Live Event Painter Kristen Schenk paints Emily and Edward's wedding.

Live event painter, Kristen Schenk of NOLA Live Painting, captured the party on canvas. “We were absolutely in love with our painting, it’s got to be one of my favorite keepsakes!” shares Emily.  Kristen was able to include the couple’s family and friends in the painting as well as their two dogs, even though they didn’t get to attend the wedding.

Emily and Edward's streamer-filled exit

To other couples planning their weddings, Emily says, “Try to enjoy the process and don’t sweat the small stuff. Remember that your wedding is for the two of you, not anyone else. At the end of the night, you’ll be with the one you love and nothing else will matter.”

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FEATURING EMILY + EDWARD’S WEDDING::

NOW SPOTLIGHT VENDORS:

CEREMONY + RECEPTION LOCATION, CATERING: The Chicory 

VIDEO: Two Bird Day Videography 

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:

PHOTOGRAPHER: Alanna Rae Photography | GETTING READY LOCATION: Eliza Jane Hotel | OFFICIANT: Rev. Kendall Pierre | REHEARSAL DINNER: Chophouse on Magazine | BRIDE’S GOWN: Stella York from Blush Bridal (Baton Rouge)| BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Azazie | GROOM’S/GROOMSMENS’ ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse | FLORIST: Herbivore Floral Designs | BAKERY: Bywater Bakery | PRALINES: Diva’s On-Site Pralines | CEREMONY MUSIC: Harry Hardin, New Orleans Classical & Jazz | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: The Soul Tones (Oxford MS) | TRANSPORTATION: Trinity Trolley’s and Royal Carriages | HAIR: Angellie | MAKEUP: Jenn DeGruy and Amanda Mautemps | DECOR RENTALS, CANDLE DECOR + LIGHTING: Luminous Events | JEWELRY: Ramsey’s and Kendra Scott | FAVORS: Etsy | INVITATIONS: Minted | BOUQUET PRESERVATION: Preservation Press (Lafayette)

Watch Emily and Edward’s video by Two Bird Day.

The finished painting.

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