While radiant orchid made the Pantone list a couple of years ago, this color would forever be a timeless favorite in my books. Seeing Courtney and Philip’s Radiant orchid Louisiana wedding agrees with me; from her bridesmaids dresses to the bouquets and the reception decor, the purple and pink combination is totally winning!
About the Radiant Orchid Louisiana Wedding
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana | When: October 24th, 2015 | Theme: Radiant Orchid, City, | Colors: Purple, Pink, Black, White
Courtney and Philip’s wedding was not only filled with gorgeous decor but also a lot of personal touches which always make weddings extra special. For Courtney’s “something old”, she wore Philip’s grandmother’s wedding ring on her right hand while Phil’s wedding band was from his Grandfather. The cake knife the couple used to cut their wedding cake with was from Oak Alley Plantation’s original china – Philip’s family owned and built the plantation, so having this heirloom was extremely special to the couple.
More personal touches they included was Courtney’s “something borrowed” which was her Godmother’s beautiful bracelet, all of the cocktail napkins and second line napkins had their names and wedding date on them and they also had their very own cocktail- It was called a Blitchtini, which was served off of the ice sculpture!
“One of our favorite moments from our wedding day was our First Look. We were somewhat skeptical about having a first look, but now we are so glad we went through with it. It was so intimate and so special for us. We were so thankful to have a time together, just us two, before the ceremony and reception. Also, we think it was a great decision because we were able to take some amazing pictures together in the French Quarter. It was so much fun walking around the French Quarter in our wedding attire. We also did group pictures after the First Look – this worked well for us because taking group pictures did not cut into our reception time.” – Courtney
“December 28, 2013… The absolute best day of my life. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Philip would propose to me in Rome, Italy in front of the breathtaking Trevi Fountain, but boy am I glad he did.
After a long day of traveling, we arrived in Rome on a Friday evening. Once we settled into our hotel, Philip’s family wanted to go walk around and sight-see. Of course I wanted to, but I didn’t think we would pretty much walk all over Rome on the first night we were there! I was so confused as to why we wanted to see tons historic places on the very first night, but of course I went along with it because I was so excited to be in Italy! After walking to the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the Piazza Navona, we headed back to our hotel and Phil insisted on going to the roof of our hotel to see the view (Didn’t understand this either, but hey, if he wants to see the roof, we will go see the roof). We left the rooftop once we realized the pictures were not coming out too well, so we went down to have a delicious Italian dinner. During a discussion at dinner, we all decided to wake up super early the next morning to go see the Trevi Fountain again since it was so crowded that night.
The next morning, we woke up to a wake up call from a very chipper and happy sounding Mrs. Margaret. Never have I ever seen Philip wake up so easily and get dressed without any persuasion. I, on the other hand, was so jet lagged that I just wanted to throw on a t-shirt and jeans, toss my hair up in a pony tail, and apply zero makeup. As I’m about to walk out the door to meet Philip’s family in the lobby, Phil tells me that maybe I should look a little nicer. Ugh. I completely took offense to this statement, and proceeded to ask him if he thought I was ugly without make up on (Oops!). This boy knows me so well, he knew exactly what to tell me, “Look Court, we are in Italy, and everyone around here looks chic, so I feel like you will want to walk around Rome looking good!” Instantly, I ran to the bathroom to put on makeup and threw on my chic leather jacket Phil got me for Christmas and we headed to the Trevi Fountain.
We arrived at this beautiful fountain, and I remember thinking to myself that I have never seen anything so gorgeous in my life. It was so early in the morning that we pretty much had the whole fountain to ourselves. Together, we walked down the steps, and I immediately started getting out my coins to throw, because I obviously wanted to make a wish! So I get my coin out, close my eyes, make my wish, throw it over my shoulder, watch is as it lands in the fountain, and turn back around to see my amazing boyfriend of 4 years down on one knee. Words can’t even begin to express the joy and shock I felt at that moment. He was holding the most beautiful ring with the biggest smile on his face, and he asked me to be his wife. I instantly replied with “What?! YES!!!” This moment, I will never forget. I was so happy that Philip’s Mom, Dad, Brother, and Uncle were able to be there for this special moment and capture the memories for us.
After calming down, taking thousands of pictures, and getting some yummy breakfast, Phil and his family explained to me that we walked all over Rome and went to the roof of the hotel the night before, because Phillip was scouting out the perfect place to propose to me the next day. After hearing this, it all made sense. That’s Philip for ya, always trying to make sure every detail is perfect, and that’s just one of the many reasons why I love him.”
Wedding Planning Advice
“Start early and do NOT procrastinate. Book all the vendors and have contracts signed with them as quickly as possible to have them secured. Vendors are booked so quickly, so make sure you are in constant communication with them until you sign the contract. Also, enjoy every second of it. It goes by way too quickly. Enjoy each day leading up to the wedding and soak it all in.” – Courtney
Photographer: Arte De Vie//Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell//Flowers: Nola Flora//Event Planner: Blue Skies Events Nola//Dress Store: Bustles and Bows Bridal//Invitation Designer: Exquisite Events//Lighting: Firefly Ambiance//Tuxedo and Mens Attire: John’s Tuxedos//Makeup Artist: Katie Malone Makeup Studio//Event Venue: New Orleans Board of Trade//Hair Stylist: Nicole Pigeon//Caterer: Pigeon Caterers of New Orleans//Dress Designer: St. Patrick – Barcelona//Cinema and Video: Terrington Films//Cake Designer: The Royal Cakery//Musicians: Wise Guys//Submitted via Two Bright Lights