New Orleans Wedding: Lorey and Joel

I've known my very first bride since we were in middle school. We were both over achievers and participated in a lot of school and personal activities together. This is why Lorey says she hired me...because she knew how I was in school. We both went to school here in Louisiana and then both moved away. She went to New York and I went to DC. Then, as Lorey says, "Joel put a ring on it" in April 2012, I started It's Your Time Events in December 2012, and they were married March 23, 2013.

Lorey hired It's Your Time Events for a Day Of coordination. She and her friend Amanda came up with a lovely elegant vintage garden style wedding that came together wonderfully! Lorey's wedding was absolutely beautiful and she was stunning! 

Lorey and Joel were married at the New Orleans Opera Guild on Prytania. Sam Gregory captured the Guild perfectly in this photo! It is truly a gorgeous old time New Orleans home and provided the perfect area for Lorey's garden wedding!
We watched the weather all week leading up to the Lorey and Joel's big day. While Lorey had a tent on hold she really did not want to use it...turns out we needed it. It showered off and on from the beginning of the day, but the showers stopped for the brides big entrance and the tent was gorgeous with the garden lights. 

Event Rentals provided and set up the clear tent with garden lights. They also provided the linens, tables, and chairs. It's Your Time Events set the chairs up in a semi-circle which turned out great and looked very intimate as Lorey stood at the front surrounded by her closest family and friends. 
I have to say, that as Lorey finally reached the "altar" area, I did tear up. She is my old friend and she is my first bride. She was the picture of grace and beauty in her long lace gown. I was extremely happy for her and happy I could make this day happen the way it did!
 Kim Starr Wise did the flowers which turned out so pretty.
The day may have started with showers and clouds but there was no stopping this wedding or the fun to be had. The showers stopped for the bride and groom and they were happily married!
I absolutely loved this sitting area set up in front of the Guild. Lucky for us the rain stopped and LSU tent was removed :) So glad we could do that for our bride!
After the ceremony, the area was cleared and "flipped" to a dinner setting. Lorey and Joel took family and wedding party photos out front while inside the guests were treated to jazz music by the Joe Simons band and a cocktail hour. At this time guests were also invited to pick up their table cards. After cocktail hour and a bit of mingling with the bride and groom, La Maison Creole provided a sit down dinner and stellar services!
Even though the rain stopped, there were still remnants left over. The dance was wet, but that did not stop this couple from having their first dance. The groom rallied his groomsmen and I rallied my people to find as many napkins as we could and we dried the floor. There will be dancing!
I'd say the elegant garden themed wedding came together beautifully!
The bride threw her bouquet from the balcony and I have to say it was an awesome catch by her sister!
While this may have been It's Your Time Events' first real event as a business, it would not have happened without some awesome support from a dear friend and some great vendors! Thank you Lorey and Joel for taking a chance on an old friend and her new business. Thank you to her very awesome wedding party (both bridesmaids and groomsmen) for being flexible and helping when needed. And thank you Sam, Kim and company for being great vendors to work with!

If you are interested in having It's Your Time Events plan your big day (or any other event), please email erin@itsyourtimeevents.com or call us at 985-234-9757. 

Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors who helped pull Lorey and Joel's wedding together:
Wedding Coordination: It's Your Time Events
Flowers: Kim Starr Wise
Photography: Sam Gregory Photography
Rentals: Event Rentals