A Pink-and-Green Whimsical Wedding in New Orleans
Whitney and Parker
Parker Argote proposed to Whitney Pozgay on a French Quarter street during a trip to New Orleans. So it was only fitting that the two would wed only a block away. "We live in New York because we work in the fashion industry," says Whitney, who grew up in Arizona. "But we both knew we had to get married in Parker's hometown -- he loves New Orleans."
With a little help from the groom's New Orleans-based mom, the duo planned a wedding full of fun, personality, and Louisiana flavor.
The Bridal Party
The bride gave her 'maids classic signet rings engraved with their initials, and her maid of honor received a bracelet. The packaging matched the day’s pale-pink and green palette.
A Little Drummer Boy
A white drum wrapped in green paper was a fun prop for Parker's godsister's son and a play on the New Orleans jazz scene.
The tiny ring bearer looked up to a flower girl.
Mother of the Bride
Bride Whitney posed for a candid portrait with her mother.
A Quiet Moment
Whitney and Parker broke tradition and sneaked in a little alone time before the ceremony.
Simple multipage programs were bound at the top with green ribbon.
The Ring Pillow
Here Comes the Bride
Whitney's father escorted the blushing bride down the aisle.
Whitney and Parker exchanged vows in a Catholic ceremony at Saint Mary’s Church.
The duo exited back up the aisle as husband and wife, headed for portraits and partying.
A Jazzy Exit
Smitty Dee's Brass Band, a traditional New Orleans second-line band, led wedding guests through the streets to the reception venue.
Parade Through the Streets
Led by the newlyweds, the party paraded from the church to the reception accompanied by the band. Whitney carried a bridal parasol, while Parker toted an umbrella he purchased on the street at the last minute.
Cheers of Joy
In the second line, guests waved hankies screen-printed with the date and the word "Yippee!"
W and P banners were hung from lampposts in front of the venue.
Cocktail Hour Bites
The Reception Venue
Friends mingled and enjoyed Cajun treats at the reception venue, Madame John's Legacy.
Calligrapher Betsy Dunlap added the cocktail hour catchphrase to the brown kraft-paper napkin cuffs that wrapped silverware during dinner.
The buttercream-frosted, vanilla-and-sliced strawberry beauty was topped with sugar gardenias that echoed the painting above the fireplace by Parker’s grandfather.
A Southern Tradition
Bridesmaids tugged cake pulls from Gem Printing out of the dessert before it was cut -- a Southern tradition that brings good fortune to single ladies.
Attendees included Whitney's aunt and uncle, Kate and Andy Spade.
A Heart-y Shot
The couple, with Parker's mom, goofed around in the photo booth decorated with illustrations by Mary Matson.
Photo Booth Props
More whimsical glasses were on hand for guests entering the photo booth, plus an oversize pencil prop that matched the artist-themed backdrop.
The bride's mother and aunt mugged for the camera in the photo booth.
The Guest Book
The photo booth produced two strips of images: one for partygoers to keep in a takeaway frame, another to place in Whitney and Parker's guest book along with their well-wishes.
Portrait photographer and wedding guest Claiborne Swanson Frank, left, sported her heart-shaped sunglasses for the camera with a friend.
Snow cones from Mr. Snowball, a local favorite, were enjoyed by all at the reception.
Heart-shaped sparklers from Say Anything Design awaited in vessels filled with pink sand. Witty words tied several of the day's elements together, from favors and cocktail napkins to hankies and a "Just Married" sign.
Friends and family bid the newlyweds farewell with their heart-shaped sparklers.
Horse and Buggy Send-off
The couple trotted off after the reception in a buggy pulled by Midnight the mini horse, a special guest for the evening from Rowdy's Rascals. The exit was one of their favorite moments, even though "the horse did bite my ears," says Parker.
Locations: Saint Mary's Church (504-525-9585); Madame John’s Legacy
Event Coordination: Carol Bond Weddings & Events
Catering: Food Art, Inc.
Flowers: Meade Wenzel (504-289-9883)
Stationery: Blackbird Letterpress
Rentals: Event Rental
Wedding Photography: Austin Gros
Photo Booth: Smilebooth
Hair: Miranda St. Pierre
Makup: Meagan Fairley
Wedding Bands: In God We Trust “Groovy Suede”
Ring Boxes: Sapphire Lane
Postage: Champion Stamp Co.