• Cait O'Malley

Modern meets old world in New Orleans fall wedding shoot



It's been one whole year since I attended my first international business workshop; The Inspire Design Workshop, in New Orleans.

In addition to learning from incredible industry talents, including: Joy Proctor; Eliana Baucicault; Cece Todd; Cynthia Martyn; Caroline Birgmann and; Carey Lowe, we also had the opportunity to design and execute our very own styled shoot.

Working with limited rental supplies, and whatever we could find at Hobby Lobby, each participant came up with unique tablescape designs, to pair with a selection of cakes, stationery and bridal gowns.

My photo shoot took place at a gorgeous old monestary near the French Quarter. While the interior was flooding with natural light, and modern features, the gardens were run down with overgrown vines and crumbling stone. For my design, I decided to pay tribute to the venue itself, pairing an old world feel with modern details, and using soft, delicate accents to help create a seamless fusion between the two.



I started with an ultra-modern, fine art stationery suite by the talented Carey, of The Idea Emporium, displaying it on a weathered piece of cheesecloth. Vintage stamps, dried citrus helped to bring in that old world feel, while the delicate, scattered flower petals created a balanced transition between the two styles.



I decided to break the rules a little bit with the cake, and ended up peeling the plain white, top tier off of an elaborately decorated three-tier display cake (don't worry, I put it back together and no damage was done!). I featured the simple white tier on top of a glossed white cake display and then brought in the old world element by wrapping vines around the cake and featuring it in the center of a crumbling old wall, covered in overgrown shrubbery and vines.


The tablescape started with a wooden table and antique cross-back chairs, and boasted modern, glossed dinnerware with a weathered cheesecloth table runner and napkins. Melted down candles in wrought iron holders, and an elaborately textured centerpiece finished the design, creating a beautiful harmony in the unique blend of contrasting styles, very much like the monestary itself.






Design: Bourbon & Bloom | Event: Inspire Design Workshop | Photographer: Greer Gattuso Photography | Floral Design: Cece Designs | Bridal Gown: Town & Country Bridal | Cake: Gambino's Bakery | Stationery: The Idea Emporium | Beauty: Just Face It, LLC | Model: Alexis Aucoin | Venue: The Monastery | Furniture: Event Rental

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