Black-tie wedding at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

bride with bridesmaids smiling together in a courtyard before the ceremony

Cynthia and Paul met through a mutual friend at The University of Florida and after a long game of “hard to get” played by Paul, the two quickly fell in love. They maintained a long distance relationship for 2 years until they finally were able to reunite in Los Angeles. Paul surprised Cynthia with a sunset proposal at The Getty Museum overlooking the city. Soon after the proposal he whisked her off to dinner where she was surprised by her parents and her best friend who had flown in for the special day.

Cynthia is originally from the New Orleans area, where her parents still live, and wanted to throw an elegant black-tie affair at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton in downtown New Orleans. Cynthia has a very close knit family and her parents, Candy and Wally, were instrumental in the planning process. It often takes a village to plan a wedding and Cynthia and Paul’s wedding was no exception. Cynthia wanted a formal event while still throwing an over the top bash that The Big Easy is known for.

Seeking an authentic New Orleans experience, an elevated, over-the-top design elements, Cynthia and her mother, Candy, first approached the Sapphire Events team just after they had booked their ceremony and reception venue. Planning a courtyard ceremony in the Ritz-Carlton’s French Quarter property, the bride and her mother imagined an elegant, sophisticated celebration that represented their family’s dedication to hospitality and a good time.

I directed the creative process every step of the way, guiding Cynthia and Candy down the path of exacting detail and meaningful experiences planned for their seated dinner reception for 200 guests. Knowing that half of the guest list would be traveling to New Orleans from out of town, and coordinating with a bride on the west coast and a mother of the bride in my own time zone, I worked diligently to coordinate all aspects of communication throughout the year-long engagement.

Cynthia and Paul were married in a classic courtyard under a stunning lucite chuppah adorned with white orchids and roses. The ceremony was heartfelt, both the bride and the groom had their parents stand by their side throughout their vows. As soon as Paul broke the traditional glass and their guests proclaimed “Mazel Tov” to the newlyweds the real party began.

Cynthia and her mother had a chance to walk into the grand ballroom while the guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the foyer. Both ladies gasped as they walked in and Candy said she felt she had just entered a magical secret garden. the Ritz Carlton Lafayette Ballroom was completely transformed with florals in ivory, beige and gold hues and romantic candlelight that emanated throughout the space.

The highlights of the night included a mash up father-daughter dance that began with Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” and ended hilariously with “Selfies,” as well as a heartfelt toast from the father of the bride who was so happy he could barely contain his tears of joy. This was a wedding for the books! Mazel Tov to the newlyweds!

Ivory wedding invitation with a gold crest, white lace overlay

Stunning set of a diamond engagement ring, diamond wedding band and platinum wedding band

White wedding pumps with crystals on the toes

Groom in a black tux putting on his cuff links

Gorgeous wedding bouquet with white and pink ranunculus and white roses sitting on a chair with the white lace veil behind it

Gold and champagne colored dress and a glass of rose

White orchid tall arrangement sitting at the entrance of the aisle at a wedding ceremony

Bride in a strapless white lace wedding dress putting on her earrings with her bridesmaids in the back

Bride walking behind her groom to do a "first look" in a courtyard

Bride and groom looking at each other before the ceremony during their first look

Groom kissing his bride on the forehead with her lace veil over her shoulder

Gorgeous bride standing in a courtyard with greenery in the background and her lace veil coming over her shoulder

Bride in a strapless lace wedding dress with an ivory sash and a long white lace veil holding her white lush bouquet

White and light pink floral bouquet with a few orchids

Bride Looking over her shoulder with a long white lace veil and a white floral bouquet

Bride and bridesmaids in gold dresses holding their white bouquets together in a courtyard

Bride and bridesmaids holding out white rose bouquets in gold dresses

Wedding ceremony set up under an iron arch with white roses and a white backdrop

Bride and groom golding hands saying their vows to each other

Tall floral table arrangement with white orchids and white roses

Beautiful white orchids as the centerpiece of a table cascading down the middle

Long table at a wedding reception with tall flower arrangements down the middle and tea lights under them

Low floral arrangement on a table with white and light pink roses and two tall candles next to it

Groom dipping his bride at the end of the aisle of the ceremony with white floral orchid arrangements next to the,

5 tier white wedding cake with detailing and a white flower on the top layer

Gold beans sitting in a crystal jar next to the wedding cake

Wedding reception room with round tables and tall tree like centerpieces with tea lights hanging

Cascading white orchid arrangements in the center of a table with tea lights around it

Long table with wood cross back chairs and tall white and green floral arrangements dow the center

Silver tray with champagne and mimosas held by a server

Bride and groom feeding each other cake next to a white orchid arrangement

Bride and groom sitting down at their table eating and smiling with guests

Couple giving a toast and holding up their champagne glasses

Bride and groom holding up their umbrellas getting ready to second line out of their reception with guests

Designer and Planner: Sapphire Events | Hair and makeup: Flawless Bride | Videographer: Lumehouse | Photographer: Greer G Photography | Venue: Ritz-Carlton New Orleans | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals | Florist: Kim Starr Wise | Lighting Decor: Luminous Events | Wedding Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries | Groom’s Cake: Debbie Does Doberge | Band: Mojeaux | Cocktail Hour Musicians: New Orleans Finest Musicians | Live Painter: Alex Harvie