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Garden Style Wedding at Il Mercato

Updated: Jun 3, 2020

all photography by Greer Gattuso Photography

floral entrance gates to Il Mercato in New Orleans

It's actually pretty bittersweet to write about this gorgeous wedding, it was one of our last right before quarantine.


I guess the way I've had to look at it is that at least we went out on a super high note.


floral chuppah with drapery at Il Mercato in New Orleans

For months we worked on design and planning with Emily and Amber of Karson Butler Events (based out of DC and California). Our bride, based out of New York City, wanted a white, lush garden party that enhanced her venue choice.


And our venue, Il Mercato, is the perfect choice for a garden style courtyard ceremony with inside seater dinner by Joel's Catering.


ceremony chuppah with drapery at Il Mercato

We started with an 8'x 8' wooden beam chuppah draped in lightweight ivory paneling. We added dense florals and trailing greens throughout the front and accented the back to create a little depth.


We also added tall pillar candles throughout for a little added ambiance.



white ceremony flowers at Il Mercato

After the ceremony (weather was perfect, by the way), we flipped the ceremony space while the party second lined down the street. We only had 10 minutes (agggghhhhhhhhhh) to remove the chuppah and reset with florals for the mantle.



lounge space mantle flowers at Il Mercato

Audra at Distressed Rentals & Revival brought in the most gorgeous neutral and blush lounge furniture for the courtyard, which in turn, accented all the wooden pieces they brought in for the 150 personal seated dinner inside.


gift table flowers

Adorable place card settings with second line hankies


tall centerpieces for a seated dinner at Il Merfcato in New Orleans

Inside Il Mercato, we had larger tables of tall fluted arrangements with candle decor mixed with tables with low, lush compote dishes full of neutral florals and trailing greens.



reception centerpieces for a seated dinner in New Orleans at Il Mercato

All the little details.


centerpiece flowers for a seated dinner at Il Mercato in New Orleans

And lastly, a gorgeous cake by Bittersweet Confections accented with the bride's favorite flowers, anemones.



bittersweet confections cake with cake flowers in New Orleans

Like I said, we went out on a high note.


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