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Now THIS is how you host a private home wedding!

text overlay describing how to plan a backyard weddign over an image of a black and white dance floor

We recently shared how much we love planning New Year’s Eve weddings, and celebrations of all shapes and sizes really suit our need for variety and exploring solutions to new challenges in event planning. Another favorite of ours is the private home wedding, because what could be more personalized and intimate than a celebration in your own backyard? Combine the two for a NYE wedding at home and you have a recipe for the best wedding plans on a night your guests will remember all year long.

Our bride, Kelsea approached us with a plan for a wedding ceremony at her alma mater, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, and a reception following at her family home in River Ridge. The property was the perfect place to host a reception, featuring beautiful gardens, a private man-made lake for launching fireworks, and the perfect set-up for catering logistics on site.

Because it was important to the bride that she get married at the school’s chapel where she was raised, she opted to have here ceremony on December 30, the day before New Year’s Eve, since the school and church would be closed for the holiday. After the ceremony celebration, the couple, along with a small selection of their families and friends, enjoyed a jovial rehearsal dinner in the schools beautiful courtyard on St. Charles Avenue, allowing for a chance to revel in the atmosphere of the celebratory weekend, while gaining momentum for the New Year’ Eve countdown at the wedding reception on the following evening at the bride’s family home.

This event was so personal and relaxed because the couple had committed to enjoying themselves fully with their guests. Even as it rained a bit on the wedding day prior to the ceremony, Kelsea and Martin were both in great spirits, smiling from ear to ear and sharing their positive spirit and sense of humor with their love ones. Perhaps our favorite wedding day detail was Kelsea’s blush Monique Lhuillier gown, and fluffy pink block heels – an ensemble she proudly wore twice, on each day of the celebration, as did the groom and both wedding parties!

With Kelsea’s superb taste and eye for design, Sapphire Events executed a two-day affair to manage load-in and load-out of some of the best wedding decorations we have had the privilege of overseeing! Bold black and white linens were the foundation for feminine blush and gilded details that set the tone for the evening. Our stellar event management team executed the logistics seamlessly, creating a flawless and fun atmosphere for Kelsea, Martin and their friends and families to ring in the new year!

We teamed up with our reliable team of creative partners for this black-tie event: Kim Starr Wise, Luminous Events, and Perrier Party Rentals delivered top of the line service (as always!) to make this tented wedding at home come to life. And the bride’s personal style touches were exquisite – take a look at her blush Monique Lhuillier gown and white formal bridesmaids dresses, a look we have been drooling over all year! Thanks to Jacqueline Dallimore for the photos!

the beautiful Academy of Sacred Heart building in New Orleans is brick with black shutters and a gorgeous courtyard

Elegant wedding ceremony with flickering candelabras and a couple saying their vows to each other

couple kissing after being announced bride and groom with lush white flowers on the alter

full view of a cathedral with white trim and guests sitting in pews watching couple get maried

large initial letters made of greenery with light shining on them and palm trees blowing in the background

delicate white flowers placed around a simple yet elegant wedding invitation

modern wedding gown hanging in front of a large window with greenery in the background and white drapes on the sides

blush pink heels with a fun pink pom pom on the front laying on a white shaggy poof

blush pink pumps with pom poms, blush wedding gown hanging in the window with lace details, diamond engagement ring sitting in grooms gold wedding band, and white scalloped pumps

Bride and bridesmaids standing in their pink and white robes with hair and makeup done in a well lit room

bride in her white laced wedding gown getting zipped up by her mom

bride siting in a stunning detailed white strapless gown with a long white veil and a simple bun updo

Beautiful bride smiling for a photo with her white veil draping over her shoulders

close up of the detail on a white bridal dress with lace intricate detailing

A bride putting on her blush pink shoes with her wedding dress tule laying over her

close up photo of the top of a brides strapless wedding gown with beautiful designs

Bride sitting in her strapless sequin wedding dress reading hand written letters

a bride facing her bridesmaids with a long white veil and bridesmaids in white dresses with white and green flowers

lush bouquet of white flowers, peonies, rancullas, roses, greenery

bride in wedding dress, bridesmaids in white dresses and fur raps around shoulders

black lanterns, candles and green eucalyptus hanging over

lushus green landscaping in front of a beautiful house and white front porch

greenery draping over wooden door with white columns and initials made out of white flowers

bride and groom smiling at each other with flowers and greenery

white roses and greenery runner on a dark table

white flower centerpiece on a black and white tablecloth with a white tent in the background

flower arrangement with roses and hydrangeas in a clear tent with a chandelier

groom kissing bride with her wedding dress and white veil

bride and groom dancing in a white tent on a black and white checkered dance floor

lights wrapped around palm trees in front of a house with people under a tent

couple looking up a fireworks with New Years Eve hats on

bride and groom dancing in front of a lake wearing wedding gown and tuxedo

beautiful white and gold wedding invitation suite and gold wedding band with engagement rings

litttle girls on black and white dancefloor taking a selfie with a selfie stick and wearing white bow headbands

bride and groom standing in front of doorway with a magnificent green and white arch and initials our of flowers

white and gold four tier wedding cake with delicate flowers down the side

gold and white wedding cake with intricate white edible flowers down the side

7 tier white and gold wedding cake with delicate sugar flowers traveling down the cake

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