Romance in the French Quarter
The inspiration for this “Ethan Allen Thornhill” style shoot was the French Quarter in New Orleans. With its unique blend of rich historical splendour, modern sophistication, exquisite cuisine and old world romance, it's the right amount of spice to inspire you.
Picture guests walking in the charming Garden District with its grand historic mansions and the lavish gardens of St. Charles Avenue, located on the Mardi Gras parade route. Guests arrive holding the gold letterpressed invitations, with hand laid foil detail in the envelope liner and are greeted with cocktails and other delicious flavours served in a romantic vine-covered courtyard before being seated at the beautiful Livingston hand-carved dining tables, surrounded by the comfortable Mackenzie side chairs and the richly dressed Claudia host chairs. Places are held with matching place cards and elegantly printed menu cards with the evening's delectable offerings. The resplendent table-scape of Ethan Allen accents are paired with the elegantly simple Modern Grace dinnerware and Grand Royal Platinum Crystal stemware from Villeroy and Boch. Pirouette and Bloom provided the Gold, green and teal glass marquee vases that are filled with Purple roses, hydrangea, veronica, cilia, and delphiniums. All surrounded by Italian Ruscus and Tropical leaves. A nod to Mardi Gras of course.
The sweet table is a marbled design, two tiered cake is enhanced with gold two-tiered beautiful white sugar garden roses. Inside, red velvet sponge cake is paired with cream cheese buttercream. Two delicate marbled mini cakes are pink and white to complement the decor, the flavours are decadent chocolate sponge paired with a mouthwatering chocolate buttercream in the middle to satisfy the rich taste of the groom. The scrumptious French Macaroons are cotton candy flavoured, and stacked with Vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream in between, coloured in a beautiful purple tone to pair with the stunning tablescape and design.
The model bride is dressed in the stunning "Iris" gown by Riki Dalal, which is a fitting reminder of the French Quarter. The gown plays with delicate and embellished lace over nude illusion. The mermaid silhouette highlights every curve while its plunging neckline and cutouts balance out its beautiful flared train for an elegantly daring look.
Each piece of exquisite crystal jewellery captures the seductive elements of the contemporary woman, personifying class and fierce designs. Such a stunning gown and jewellery, need no competition, so the makeup was kept fresh and feminine, and the bride’s hair was put into a glamorous woven low bun and enhanced with champagne coloured orchids. Reminicent of the great Billie Holiday.
Photographer: Audrey Mills Photography // Venue: Ethan Allan // Cinema & Video: Amaros Media // Equipment Rentals: Villeroy & Boch // Jewellery: Viola Fine Jewellry // Invitation Designer: A Good Day, Inc. // Floral Designer: Pirouette & Bloom // Cake Designer: Cake Creations by Michelle // Shoes: David's Footwear // Dress Designer: Riki Dalal & Valenciennes // Beauty: Alistbeauty