Today is the day, I am bringing you Margaret and Reese's wedding at the Warehouse of Lovegood. I will never forget how excited and proud I was when Margaret told me she wanted to get married at our new venue located in our warehouse in the Bywater. I was touched and could not think of a better couple to be the first in the space for such an exciting day. Below are some Q&A with the lady behind Leaf + Petal NOLA who also was the beautiful bride!
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell!
I didn't have anything borrowed or blue. It's something I thought about weeks ahead of the wedding, but as with everything else, life got in the way and it fell to the wayside. I wish I had- if you're reading this, plan in advance! I did have some killer new Guccis though.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?
My fiancé at the time (now husband) and I didn't do traditional. We were together for about a decade before getting married so we got ready together at our house uptown. I just remember there was a fiasco about my ring not getting delivered to his work until about 2 hours before we had to leave. He waited at his work for a couple hours for the Fedex guy and finally came back to the house. Our photographer was wanting to take pics of our rings but my fiancé wanted us to have a moment together so he could place it on my hand and see if it fit. In a day of running around like a crazy person, having a quiet moment between the two of us, being able to take it all in meant the world. He keeps me grounded.
Describe your wedding flowers.
Oh my wedding flowers! So I own Leaf + Petal (florist) and had a vision since I toured Warehouse of Lovegoods that first day. Our aesthetic was kind of a Hampton's Chic, but very garden style. For the actual warehouse decor, we dropped greenery and accented ivory and blush florals everywhere- like hanging in corners, across the wall, in little accents- everywhere. But I decided for our long 48' table to go slightly more formal. We had brass candelabras, blue and white chinoiserie vases full of garden roses and dahlias, but we went more greenery-light. I kind of wanted to off-set the intensity of the walls we decorated. And it was a sit-down dinner so we had table settings and place cards. Too much info? Sorry, I'm a details kind of girl.
How did y'all meet?
Putting romance aside, we met in a bar. He went to Texas for work (we met in a bar) and a couple years later, brought me back to New Orleans. While I love me some New Orleans, I truly miss the great state of Texas. And where else do you meet people these days?
How did you select your venue?
WELL, like a mentioned, we'd been engaged for awhile. We both work a lot so it just kind of seemed to be a more abstract engagement than one set in stone. Until Lauren of Lovegoods (one of my dearest friends whom I love getting cocktail with) called me one day and said, "I think I want to take my warehouse and create a venue space" and before I even saw pictures I was sold. She has great taste so I just knew it would be perfect. And it turned out amazing. Thank you Lauren! But those flowers tho...
Favorite detail of the wedding was:
Favorite detail? Flowers. Boom.
Tell us all about the proposal!
We first got engaged in a garden in Napa. It was ultra romantic and we were both like shaking. Then we were on the flight home and I threw my hands up in some grand gesture and the ring flew off my hand and went flying rows away. We both stared at each other for a sec then went scrambling. We kept putting it off because we we moving to New Orleans, then buying a house and then a year of remodeling so it just got put in the back burner. The more official time we got engaged, it was Christmas morning and he proposed again. He said, "this time we're doing it." Such a romantic.
What’s next for you as a couple? What memories are you looking forward to making together?
Oh gosh, personal Lauren! Honeymoon? Travel? Am I supposed to say babies? I dont know, probably work.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding?
Ha, my advice is don't do your own flowers! Seriously, my advice is to delegate things to people and let them actually do them. People want to help you, so let them. Oh, and hire a planner. And the day of, take a minute, take a breath and take it all in. It's over in a flash.
Wedding Vendors :
Bride and Florist Leaf + Petal NOLA
Photography Lance Nicoll
Planning Sarah Reese Collins from Little Bushel with assistance by Michelle Norwood Weddings
Vintage Rentals Lovegood Rentals
Lighting and Blue Willow Modern Vintage Nola
Stemware and Dishes Perrier Party Rentals
Catering Catering d' Orleans
Cake Pure Cake Nola
Venue Warehouse of Lovegood