An Elegant Early Spring Wedding in New Orleans

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Ten years after meeting in their freshman dorm, Athena and Philip found themselves on a beach in Mexico, with Philip down on one knee. With an elegant, timeless wedding in mind, the pair searched all over New Orleans before finding the Marigny Opera House (where Solange Knowles tied the knot!). "We loved the vintage feel, the stained glass, and the open floor plan," says Athena of the former Catholic church, now a non-denominational space that celebrates art and music in all forms.

Athena and Philip spent nearly two years planning their March 21, 2015 wedding, staying organized with the help of NOLA Bash as their blue, ivory, and gold celebration came together. Keep reading to see how they celebrated New Orleans (and their love), captured by Erika Parker Photography.

The simple invitations featured elegant script and played off the color scheme of Philip and Athena's vintage map save-the-date cards. The bride let the vibe of the city shine through in her wedding-day attire, choosing soft pink Badgley Mischka pumps and an ornate vintage-inspired beaded clutch.

Athena's fitted Maggie Sottero gown had a full skirt made of tulle rosettes, which was a perfect match for her wild rose, anemone, ranunculus, hydrangea, and tulip bouquet. Dramatic drop earrings sparkled beneath her elegant chignon.

Athena's bridesmaid wore a beaded navy gown and carried a smaller bouquet of ranunculus, hydrangea, and roses, studded with light blue tweedia.

Philip donned a vintage tuxedo, with his best man in a navy blue suit. Both men's boutonnieres were accented with tweedia and rosemary.

"It was so touching to have guests come together from out of town and overseas to celebrate with us," says the bride.

White arrangements flanked the aisle and the altar. Athena's mother walked her down the aisle and the couple's officiant read the Apache Wedding Blessing. Following the ceremony, musicians played the Bourbon Street Parade as guests headed into the street.

The venue was transformed for the reception, with blue linens, gold chairs, and tall arrangements of lilies, roses, hydrangeas, and tulips decorating the grand space. Dinner included New Orleans classics like boudin balls and red beans and rice.

Instead of a cake, the couple served pear and apple tarts alongside a candy bar that featured everything from white chocolate dipped Oreos to rock candy.

For the reception, Athena changed into a floor-length silver sequin gown. A jazz band played as the bride and groom had their first dance to "It Had To Be You" by Frank Sinatra.

"We honeymooned in Tulum," says Athena, who advises brides and grooms to not get bogged down in other people's opinions. "Make sure your wedding is what you want as a couple."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Marigny Opera House || Wedding Planner: NOLA Bash || Bride's Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero || Bride's Reception Dress: Nasty Gal || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Hair: Ringletts || Makeup: Katie Malone Makeup Studio || Engagement Ring: Friend & Co. || Wedding Bands: Aucoin Hart || Florist: Arbor House Floral || Invitations & Paper Goods: Scriptura, Rudman's || Music: Joe Simon's Jazz, Panorama Jazz Band || Catering: Martin Wine Cellar || Tarts: La Boulangerie || Candy Station: Della Hooper Promotions and Productions || Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals, Event Restroom Rentals || Photo Booth: Oh Snap! Photo Booth || Photography: Photography by Erika Parker

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