Carondelet House Wedding : Anniversary Inspiration


A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of collaborating with an amazing team. It’s that time of year when wedding creativity for those of us who work in the industry might be waning, so we pulled together a shoot to have some fun and rethink ideas. Our idea: what would a wedding look like if we combined elements that signify the first ten years of wedding anniversaries?

The historic origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th anniversary and a gold wreath on their 50th. Since then, more anniversaries began being represented and now it’s commonly held that certain anniversaries are signified by different elements.

The lovely Jesi Haack–uber wedding designer extraordinaire–styled a wedding to incorporate various yearly signifiers as a couple tied the knot. This shoot highlights elements from the first ten years of marriage and showcases how personal style and the desire to weave the future into the present can dwell in a single day.

Venue: Carondelet House
Design: Jesi Haack Design
Hair + Makeup: 1011 Makeup
Hairpieces: My Olivia Nelson
Florist: Floral Kitchen
Paper Goods: Wiley Valentine
Cake: Sweet and Saucy
Bridal Styling: Marry Me Bridal
Models: Natalie and Hugo Lemas
Photography: Jasmine Star

The first wedding anniversary is represented by paper and the second is represented by cotton…the wedding invitation sets the tone for the nuptials and represents what the future holds.
A third wedding anniversary is represented by leather, so the menus were comprised of leather bands, as well as leather ties draped across each triangle plate. Multi-colored leather chevrons were used as a runner across the table for a vibrant pop to compliment the table linens…and it just so happens the fourth wedding anniversary is represented by linen, too!
The table numbers are a mix of nails and wood, which make a perfect mix to represent the fifth, sixth and seventh wedding anniversaries (wood, iron and copper) and the wedding guests are seated at a long wooden table.
The dessert station is an homage to pottery and the ninth wedding anniversary. Mixing various pottery elements showcased the gorgeous wedding cake with geometric patterns, highlighted by the feathered backdrop.
The ceremony decor embodies the tenth wedding anniversary by incorporating a tin cross, colorfully highlighted–of course–with a little bit of Jesi Haack flair.

To see more photos from this shoot, you can see them on Ruffled Blog! Happy Tuesday!

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  1. Kristina Juarbe {Thirty Three and a Third}

    November 13th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

  2. Mikaela

    November 13th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    wow, so many unique & fun elements! plus that last shot is totally perfect 🙂 xo!

  3. Kitrin Jeffrey

    November 13th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Simply Stunning, J*. I fall in love with your work more each day. YOU are an inspiration.

    Thank you.

  4. Jillian McDermott

    November 13th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Wow this is a great idea to do for my husband’s and my ten year anniversary party/vow renewal! Love it!!

  5. Lafaytte

    November 13th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Fly wedding!

  6. B

    November 13th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Gaaaahhhhhh! You will have to shoot my 10-year anniversary party. I’m so inspired to start planning…. only 8 years to go 🙂 {Being your sister has it’s perks}

  7. Karen

    November 13th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    What a fun styled wedding. It’s refreshing to see bright primary and earthy colors for a wedding, as opposed to the usual pastels (which are great too!).

  8. Brianna

    November 13th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    you already know what i’m going to say. next time you want to borrow my brain for brainstorming… the answer is NO.

  9. Tiffany J.

    November 13th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    LOVE all the colors! 🙂

  10. Keith W

    November 13th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Um… maybe I missed it but what’s 8? (Love it all by the way)

  11. nena

    November 13th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    What an awesome shoot! Looks like so much fun!

  12. Ashley Christine

    November 14th, 2012 at 6:08 am

    LOVE the creativity and texture!!

  13. Berit

    November 14th, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Awesome details and gorgeous dress! And photo of te couple at the wooden door is amazing! 🙂

  14. Alexis

    November 14th, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Love the last picture! Wonder what he said to make her burst out in giggles! 😉 It is FULL of LIFE! 🙂

  15. Melissa Kate

    November 14th, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Holy cow is this amazing!!

  16. Fotograf

    November 14th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    WOW. Beautiful photos.!

  17. Ashley Goodwin

    November 16th, 2012 at 5:27 am

    so so so soooooooo up my alley.
    I worry I may slowly become hipster.

    Beautiful, per us! That sweet and saucy cake is–UGH! Too good to be true.

  18. Chris - Sansom Photography

    November 16th, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Amazing details and a really great days shooting. It’s great when couples put so much into a wedding and even better when they have someone like you to capture it!

  19. Kristin

    November 16th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Gorgeous and so unique!

  20. J.P.

    November 16th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I like the portraits of the Couple.

  21. Becky

    November 18th, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Who designed the wedding gown? It’s amazing!!

  22. Nilka Gissell

    December 4th, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I love this geometry, colors and patterns combination! Your images are always so inspiring!

  23. Mathias

    December 19th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    loving the typography!

  24. Rosetta

    March 30th, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Very cool table settings. Chic!