Wedding Wednesday | Carolyn S. | Windsor Court Hotel

Carolyn and Alex tied the knot in a classic New Orleans styled wedding at the Windsor Court Hotel. We were so happy to be able to share in the excitement of their special day. Arte de Vie Photography never fails at capturing the most special moments between the couple throughout their wedding day.

The Proposal:

It was a ridiculously beautiful day in the beginning of September. Alex texted me, "It's beautiful out, let's do a picnic at The Fly instead of cooking dinner." When I came back from my workout class, Alex told me I probably would be hot in leggings ( so we could take a picture) and really wanted to bring his cooler backpack (to carry the ring in). We went to Whole Foods and Alex picked out a bottle of sparkling rose, cheese, crackers, and Chantilly cake. When we got to The Fly Alex drove all the way to end so it would just be the two of us. As the sun was setting he asked me if I would be his wife. I said "are you joking?" Then gave him the biggest kiss and we continued eating cheese. 

Wedding Day Prep

Carolyn and Alex prepared for their big day at the Windsor Court Hotel with the wedding party. Carolyn and her bridal party enjoyed the day in pajamas from Kohl’s. A day in pajamas is always a good day! Karen and Puckett with Verde Beauty Studio worked their magic on this gorgeous bridal party!

Carolyn gifted her bridesmaids with necklaces with their initials on them from Trendz. Alex gave his groomsmen a whiskey glass with the map of New Orleans from Fleurty Girl.

It’s All in the Details:

What made you choose where you got married?

We wanted a venue where we could have both our ceremony and reception. The Windsor Court always makes us feel special so we couldn't imagine how special we would feel on our wedding day.

What were your special details or parts of the wedding that were specific to you?

Our ceremony was written from scratch by our officiant who is a great friend. We wrote our vows, marriage blessing, and met with our officiant several times to include stories of when we first started dating. Everything at our wedding was personalized.

Did you incorporate any wedding traditions from you or your partners families?

In was important to our families and to us to incorporate Jewish traditions throughout the wedding. We had a Ketubah ceremony before our actually ceremony with our extended family and danced the Hora during our reception. Alex's family has a tradition of taking a family shot of tequila during the reception so of course we incorporated that.

What is one thing you wish you would have known pre-wedding?

Only you know if something doesn't go exactly right. I was freaking out right before the second line because the route got changed but no one else knew the route we were supposed to go on.

Did you rock a #hashtag?


The Attire:

Carolyn wore a beautiful Hayley Paige gown that she purchased from Lotus Bridal in New York. She accented her gown with Kendra Scott earrings and necklace.

Alex wore a black tux from The Black Tux which was also purchases from Lotus Bridal.

Advice for Future Brides:

Enjoy the process! The wedding night goes by in a flash. Some of my favorite memories from my wedding are all the little moments leading up to it- meeting Alex in the middle of the day to go look at venues, getting my nails done with my bridesmaids, and just hanging out in the hotel with all the out of town guests. Make your entire engagement a celebration!

Vendor Love:

Hair and Makeup: Verde Beauty Studio

Photography: Arte de Vie

Event Coordinator/Planner: Poppy Lane Events

Venue: Windsor Court Hotel

Florist: Pick a Petal

Videography: Wedding Film Solutions

Invitations: Paper Tie Affair

Cake: JCB Creations

Rentals: Lovegood Rentals

Bridal Gown: Hayley Paige

Bridal/Tux Store: Lotus Bridal

Jewelry: Kendra Scott

Tux: The Black Tux