This is what happens when a bride asks her guests to wear all white

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It’s a nice day for a wedding en blanc! And we don’t just mean the bride’s dress and the flowers. See what happened when this gorgeous couple invited all of their guests to wear white to their intimate and colorful (yes, colorful!) destination wedding in a New Orleans courtyard with so much character!

Maxcell and John are a California couple that selected us to plan their destination wedding in New Orleans. They were the most fun couple to get to know during the planning process, and their personalities absolutely take center stage everywhere they go! John had proposed in Hawaii on Maxcell’s birthday with a Chanel cake. We knew they were a perfect fit for the Sapphire Events family with their sense of style, unique perspective on life (Celebrate everything! Go big or go home!) and their daring design choices which were exciting challenges for us to deliver!

Maxcell and John wanted their celebration to have a maximum impact for their nearest and dearest friends and family members, so they opted to keep their guest list small. This intimate courtyard wedding in New Orleans was a perfect fit for the Maison Montegut House, featuring the oldest live oak tree in Louisiana, which set the stage for their wedding celebration.

Maxcell is a powerhouse when it comes to fashion. She had two (!!!) wedding dresses, one white traditional dress for the ceremony, and another black beaded long sleeve gown with the most decadent beaded detailing imaginable for the reception. The couple also had a specific vision for their guest attire and invited everyone to wear white to their fall soiree.

Everyone at the wedding celebration wearing white set the perfect canvas for Maxcell’s wardrobe change during the reception, and also guaranteed that the floral colors (lavender and fuschia blossoms everywhere) would have the impactful statement Maxcell and John were hoping for. This allowed for the design plan to have a huge impact with colorful, tropical flowers, lush verdant greenery, and rich details that culminated in a meaningful marriage ceremony and epic party.

Maxcell was beautifully bejeweled in Chanel pearls and gorgeous diamonds. She selected an amazing black beaded Giaia Lahav gown for the reception (and change into Louboutin pumps, Chanel cuff, and a crown to boot). We love that John complimented her look with a white dinner jacket and black lapel tux for the occasion! See more of these stunningly beautiful wedding details in the photos below by Erika Parker Photography!

We teamed up with our trusted creative partners, Luminous Events, Kim Starr Wise, Melissa’s Fine Pastries, and Perrier Party Rentals for this event and the historic Maison Montegut House.

golden oscar de la renta high heel shoes with lace detail

bride's white wedding dress detail hanging with wedding veil draped over the shoulder

multi-strand pearl beaded necklace and jewel crown

white bridal gown and veil hanging next to black beaded reception gown for wedding

canary yellow diamond ring with double pave halo of diamonds sitting on an antique gold detailed side table

composite of black beaded dress detail, black louboutin heels, black chanel cuff bracelet, black studded crown and drop earrings

bride wearing jewel frown, white dress, multi strand pearl necklace with purple and white floral bouquet looking down

groom in white tuxedo jacket with black lapel, black tuxedo pants, and purple boutonniere

bride and groom holding each other standing in front of a yellow wall with green shutters smiling at the camera

happy bride and groom holding each other and smiling with engagement ring and boutonniere

Nigerian bride and white groom in black tie wedding attire with bouquet holding each other

Newlyweds standing close to each other as groom holds her face in his hands and smiles

newlyweds standing next to each other smiling at the camera, while bride holds her purple and white bouquet at her side and grasps his left arm


bride with bridesmaids standing together in a row, in purple ombre dresses holding flower

bridesmaids in purple dresses with groomsmen standing in a line in front of a yellow wall with green shutters

bride in white dress holding bouquet with purple and white flowers next to bridesmaid in purple dress holding bouquet of blush roses

closeup of groom's black lapel with fleur de lis lapel pin and purple orchid boutonniere

Nigerian bride and her mother both dressed in white, holding purple floral boquuets

intimate wedding ceremony at St. Mary's Italian Church in New Orleans as bride and groom kiss

Nigerian bride holding second line parasol umbrella walking in the street after her wedding ceremony

walking parade of wedding guests dressed in all white through New Orleans French Quarter during second line parade


New Orleans Brass Band walking into courtyard through carriageway entrance lit by pillar candles in glass vases

pillar candles in mercury glass vases and crystal chandeliers hanging from tree branches

floral centerpieces in purple, pink, white, and green in gold vases sitting on tables

pink and purple floral arrangement in a gold julep cup on a white tablecloth

white chairs and white table cloths in a courtyard with green vines on the walls at an old live oak tree

crystal chandelier hanging from a tree branch with banana plant in background

wedding guests in a group dressed in all white outdoors in a courtyard smiling at the camera

candid shot of guests dressed in all white outdoors in a courtyard at a wedding reception

dinner tables set near a fireplace with candle light and pink and white flowers on tall gold vases

tall purple and pink floral arrangement with mahogany chiavari charis surrounding a dinner table inside a mansion in the french quarter

closeup of Canal Street sign at a dinner table with pink and purple orchid flowers

closeup of Bourbon street sign on a dinner table with candles and purple orchid floral arrangements

antique candles on a dinner table with purple orchid flowers at a wedding reception

white cake with purple flowers suspended by greenery vines under a white drape structure inside a wedding venue

white cake with purple orchid flowers closeup on wedding topper featuring bride and groom silhouette

bride and groom cutting wedding cake together at wedding reception

courtyard at night with grapevine chandeliers suspended from trees lit up in a verdant garden at wedding reception

wedding guests dressed in white outside in a courtyard under chandeliers hanging in trees

bride standing with guests dressed in all white in a private courtyard wedding reception

wedding guests dressed in all white dancing in a courtyard wedding reception

bride and groom first dance photo with groom dipping bride in a courtyard

bride adn groom embracing in the carriageway of a French Quarter courtyard with candle light surrounding them


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