We have been holding onto this one for a while. It didn't seem right to share this when it wasn't seasonally timed with The Roosevelt's Wonderland lobby. So happy first anniversary to this couple! Previously we shared Amanda & Joseph's Engagement Pictures and Amanda's Bridal Shower. Check out our old posts for details about how they met and got engaged.
Since Double Windsor was with Amanda & Joseph all weekend for multiple events we broke their wedding weekend into 3 posts. Earlier we shared the bachelorette bubbly brunch lingerie shower [Part 1]. We also shared previously the other events from the day before the wedding (rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, cocktail welcome party, etc.) [Part 2]. Finally, we are now sharing the usual wedding day content for you [Part 3].
We are thrilled to share part 3 of Amanda & Joseph’s Waldorf Wonderland Wedding in The Blue Room at The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans. As you know, this was more than just a wedding shoot for us. We were able to really get to know the bride and groom as well as their families while we captured such a wonderful weekend! The bride and groom knew their vision from the start and selected some amazing vendors who brought their dream to life perfectly!
Hope you love the photos as much as we loved taking them!
Early Morning Festivities
We arrived very early in the morning as a surprise to capture Amanda and Ann Megan (little sister and maid-of-honor) waking up. We don't normally get these shots but over the months of working with this family we learned that Amanda is very much a morning person and Ann Megan is not. We heard stories about Amanda's usual morning excitement and annoying way of "steam rolling" her sister to wake her up. It sounded way too funny for us to miss, and we were right! These two girls take sister goals to a whole different level with their personalities and matching pajamas (they have numerous matching pajama sets making this is a normal occurrence). These photos are some of the most FUN and AUTHENTIC we have ever taken.
While the girls started having hair and makeup done, Amanda stepped out for a quick quiet breakfast with her dad (they have a Saturday morning breakfast date tradition). There were a ton of special details that really made this event stand out! The bridal suite door was decorated with the couples MW monogram (the first letter of their last names). Actually their MW monogram was used everywhere we looked keeping this event consistent with custom accents. The bridal party all had a personalized coverup on a custom hanger, the cutest was definitely the flower girl on "Petal Patrol"!
After breakfast hair and make up for the all the girls was in full swing with the awesome team from Hello Gorgeous!
The groom loves the outdoors so he wore cowboy boots with his tux (his one and only request for the day) and gave his groomsmen RTIC camouflage mugs with cigars to enjoy while they got ready.
The bride and groom sent cards over to each other with sweet messages that brought each other to tears.
The bridal party gifts were sparkly pave crystal earrings as a thank you for them helping Amanda "sparkle" on her big day. Lavinnia, the flower girl, was also given a handkerchief with the sweetest poem commemorating her significant role as their matchmaker.
At the bachelorette brunch, Megan and Danielle gave Amanda a Kate Spade love charm she hooked to her bracelet for the wedding. The broach on the back of Amanda's wedding dress is actually her grandmothers old earring. Her bouquet had a handkerchief from her baptism, rosary from her first communion, and sorority badge.
The girls got the very first sighting of the bride followed by Amanda's dad.
Every couple has to decide how they feel about doing a first look. We knew the day we met Amanda and Joseph they were not going to be able to be apart until the ceremony and would do a first look. They wanted a private moment for just the two of them to pray together before we joined the rest of the wedding party on The Roosevelt rooftop. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect location to take a few pictures before the ceremony!
After some final touches and a couple pictures in the Waldorf Wonderland lobby we realized that things were running more smoothly than imagined and we were ahead of schedule! This was a huge treat for us since it meant we were able to do something unique and take some special shots of the bride and groom with the New Orleans street cars on Canal Street.
Ceremony at Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church
The music and reading selection for their ceremony was beautiful! The love between Amanda and Joseph was abundant and felt by everyone present. There were very few, if any, dry eyes in the church.
Second Line Through the Waldorf Wonderland Lobby at The Roosevelt
After the ceremony Andrew's Family Band got the party started in the street while Amanda's little cousins showed everyone how to use the handkerchiefs they passed out earlier! Then we second lined from the church, through The Roosevelt Waldorf Wonderland Lobby, and into The Blue Room. We have plenty of first hand experience with strangers watching and celebrating while our couples second line. However, it was truly something magical being able to watch the wedding guests faces as they entered the lobby as well as the faces of strangers in The Roosevelt as we paraded through.
Reception in The Blue Room at The Roosevelt
In addition to the usual first dances the bride and groom did a special thank you toast and dance with the family that introduced them.
Amanda and Joseph were adamant about wanting all of their guests to dance and have a great night but they also wanted to respect the history of The Blue Room. The couple wanted Bag of Donuts but felt their standard costumes wouldn't be appropriate for The Blue Room. Bag of Donuts were amazing by respecting and accommodating the couples decision. The band even brought in a horn section as a tribute to The Blue Room history as a surprise for the bride and groom! Bag of Donuts completely ROCKED The Roosevelt and had everyone on their feet!
Since the groom is from Pennsylvania, he wasn't familiar with the southern tradition of a groom's cake and opted for beignets in its place. If you have not tried beignets from The Roosevelt, YOU NEED TO (they can be found in Teddy's)!
Then it was time for all the single ladies and gentlemen for the bouquet and garter toss. Amanda and Joseph did a very cute twist on the standard garter toss, they did a Football Garter Toss (more pictures here); the groom put the garter on a football before passing it off to the next lucky guy! Then Amanda's sorority sisters did their tradition to sing "Respect" together.
Once all the traditional formalities were completed, the only thing remaining was to dance the night away to Bag of Donuts!
Exiting in The Roosevelt elevator from the Waldorf Wonderland was the most appropriate conclusion to Amanda and Joseph's Wedding, anything else wouldn't have been The Roosevelt.
Also Related to this Event:
Amanda's Bridal portraits can be seen here.
Montoto Productions amazing video trailer from this wedding can be seen here.
A very important thank you is due to Amanda and Joseph as well as their guests. The Double Windsor team began working to shoot a promotion video a few months before their wedding. We asked if our videographer could also join to document us working live while we captured their event rather than doing a traditional styled shoot for our promo reel. Many couples would not have wanted the extra commotion that naturally comes with additional videography professionals but they welcomed our request without any hesitation. Amanda and Joseph as well as all of their guests were beyond gracious and accommodating helping to make sure we captured every detail we needed for our promo in the tiny windows of opportunity we had during their wedding. We are so grateful our future promotion video will showcase the Double Windsor team working with a couple and family that has become very dear to our hearts!
What do you think of Amanda and Joseph's Waldorf Wonderland Wedding?
Event Planner/Coordinator: Engineered Experiences
Save the Date: Elise Apffel Designs
Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Bride Morning Pajamas: Victoria's Secret
Custom Clothing Hangers: Lagniappe Life
Bridal Party Robes: Omphiliada
Adults Custom Coverup Shirt: Lagniappe Life
Petal Patrol Coverup Shirt: Lagniappe Life
Bridal Party Gift: Earrings by Hillberg & Berk (#ShareYourSparkle)
Flower Girl Handkerchief: Wedding Hankie Prose
Groomsmen Gifts: RTIC Camouflage Mugs
Hair and Makeup: Hello Gorgeous
Florist: Crystal Vase Flowers and Gifts
Greeter and Flower Girl Attire: Designed by Lagniappe Life and custom made.
Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedos to Geaux
Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church
Officiants: Deacon Roger Navarra and Father Jason Brauninger
Programs: Wedding Paper Divas
Second Line Umbrellas: roxygs
Second Line Band: Andrews Family Band
Reception Venue: The Blue Room at The Roosevelt
Band: Bag of Donuts
The Roosevelt Catering Coordinator: Michelle McDuffie
Football for Garter Toss: Lagniappe Life
Wooden Christmas Ornament: Personalized Gallery Custom Gifts and Favors
Videographer: Montoto Productions