This 50th anniversary is the sweetest thing we’ve ever seen

words about a 50th anniversary blog post overalying an image of the couple celebrating

We were thrilled to design this golden anniversary celebration for our client planning a destination weekend to celebrate her parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary last year! And at a staple in New Orleans culinary history, Arnaud’s Restaurant, we knew this would be an intimate celebration for the books! While we love planning weddings for our clients both locally and afar, we find so much joy in the opportunity to plan a special event celebrating another one of life’s memorable occasions. What better occasion than a golden anniversary to see the results of marital bliss and the loved ones that came together to share in the joy, in our hometown of New Orleans!

Our client explained this soiree would bring 50 family and friends together to celebrate her parents’ golden anniversary, and she’d be planning exclusively from afar – trusting Sapphire Events to organize all the planning and design logistics without the client coming into town once. Not only are we experts in everything New Orleans, but because we deal with plenty of destination clients planning their event from out-of-state, having our systems in place and building a foundation of trust from the get-go really allowed for our client to trust in the process and enjoy the planning with minimal stress. And that’s how it should be!

Arnaud’s is one of our favorite New Orleans restaurants, so when our client reached out to us and described what she was looking for, making the venue recommendation was easy. What is perfect about the Creole Cottage at Arnaud’s is it capture beautiful light in the afternoon and late evening, making pictures upon arrival to the dinner perfect for that golden hour light. The room is a convenient size for a small, intimate celebration, so the 50 person guest count was just right for this floorplan. With a private entrance directly into the room from the street, the guests of honor had a private entrance into the venue, along with the rest of their party, which made the celebration that much more special!

We adore the delicate details we brought in for this intimate dinner at a hallmark French Quarter restaurant, including gorgeous gilded linens, gardenias sprinkled throughout Arnaud’s Creole Cottage, and even golden alligator place card holders for a refined touch of bayou chic. It was a joy to celebrate this couple who shared five decades of married life together, and to share in the happiness of their family members in true New Orleans fashion was the highlight of our summer. Partnering with our trusted team once again with Luminous Events, Kim Starr Wise, Perrier Party Rentals and Melissa’s Fine Pastries made this event come together flawlessly as usual. Take a peek at the images from Marissa Lambert Photography for all the golden goodness!

If you have a milestone celebration coming up, like a birthday, anniversary, or any of life’s special moments, we want to hear from you! We love a reason to celebrate, and bringing to life your vision for the big day is our passion.

invitation suite for golden anniversary, with intricate border and gold letterpress details

lamp post from new orleans french quarter outside arnaud's creole cottage entrance

grandparents on a french quarter sidewalk embracing their three grandchildren

a couple looking at each other an smiling while holding hands

table setting wiht a tall white and green floral arrangement under a round chandelier

closeup of white floral arrangement and gold vase

closeup of place setting with gold linen tablecloth and a gardenia flower

white hydrangea, white roses, and greenery in a floral arrangement

votive candles in mercury glass containers with gardenia flowers at a table place setting

old fashioned champagne flutes with gardenia flowers on a table set for dinner

white hydrangea, white roses, and gardenia floral arrangement on a gold vase on a white and ivory table set for dinner

white gardenia on a place setting at a dinner table with white and gold details

gold chiavari chair with ivory cushion at a dinner table in a room with dark patterned carpet

closeup of gardenia flower on a napkin folded with a long menu tucked inside at a place setting for dinner


long tea length menu with gold lettering featuring the menu of what is being served for dinner

floating gardenia blossom in a square vessel surrounded by four votive candles




family portrait of a wedding from fifty years ago in a gold frame on a table with votive candles around

family members eating dinner at an anniversary party at Arnaud's Restaurant

wine pouring into a wine glass at a dinner table in a restaurant

a new orleans jazz quartet playing music inside a restaurant with a large mirror behind them


three children dressed in church clothes sitting in gold chiavari chairs at a restaurant looking at the camera

a violinst with glasses playing his instrument as part of a jazz quartet at a restaurant



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