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A Timeless Nature-Inspired Wedding in New Orleans with Nods to Family

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Jasmine Owens and Glenwood Barbee’s love story started in the summer time of 2015 on the relationship app Coffee Meets Bagel. After exchanging just a few messages on-line, the duo determined to meet in particular person at ABV in San Francisco. Once the 2 began chatting over drinks, Glenwood discovered that Jasmine had beforehand served in the Peace Corps, which instantly caught his consideration. “I found myself intrigued and realized that this wasn’t just another online date,” Glenwood remembers. 

Jasmine, however, discovered Glenwood’s sneakers to be a turnoff “Those shoes are no longer in his collection,” she notes. But, that didn’t deter her from pursuing him. At the top of their first date, she turned to him and requested, “So, are we going on a second date or what?” That second date became a 3rd date and one other date after that, and earlier than they knew it, they have been transferring in collectively.

Four summers later, the pair obtained the keys to their first residence. To commemorate the milestone, they took photographs in entrance of the “Sold” signal on their new property. Glenwood noticed it as the proper alternative to pop the query (whereas getting it on digicam!). “I knew this was the first thing I wanted to do in our new home,” Glenwood displays. Jasmine gave a powerful “yes,” and so they celebrated their engagement and new residence with Champagne on their again porch. 

The lovebirds couldn’t wait to begin planning their wedding ceremony, but it surely took longer than anticipated because the pandemic delayed the method. However, with the help and steerage of wedding ceremony planner Michelle Norwood, orchestrating their massive day was extra seamless than they anticipated. “There isn’t another planner I would have wanted to spend two years planning a wedding with,” the couple remarks. “We wanted a number of thought options to decide from, and Michelle stayed true to that. We never spun our wheels trying to make a decision.”

Although the couple didn’t have a transparent wedding ceremony theme in thoughts, they knew they wished to host a traditional and timeless October wedding ceremony that appealed to all 73 of their friends. “Our vision was to throw a fun wedding that had something for everyone,” Jasmine explains. Read on to see how the couple’s massive day unfolded, as deliberate by Michelle Norwood Events and photographed by Mo Davis Photography.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Since Jasmine loves getting all dressed up, she sported a full ball robe with a structural bodice and a plunging V-neck for her wedding ceremony look. “Formal wear is my thing,” she states. “I feel most myself in a ball gown. I really wanted something timeless that had a highly fashionable modern twist, and [the dress] had everything that I wanted. I loved the architectural detail at the top and how it sat away from my body. I felt fabulous in the dress.” 

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


For her “something borrowed” merchandise, Jasmine wore her grandmother’s wedding ceremony ring. “It began as a 0.75 carat diamond that’s over 70 years old,” she illuminates. “Over the years, my family has added a birthstone [to the ring] for every child, creating a family heirloom.” To match the dazzling ring, she coated her nails in white polish and added ornate silver-leaf detailing. 

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


The couple’s VIP visitor was their 5-month-old son. Jasmine made positive to hold her child in thoughts when getting glam. “Our baby boy is hypersensitive to strong smells, so I decided not to wear a fragrance,” she admits.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


I felt like I received to discover my gown and say ‘yes’ twice.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


When Jasmine went gown buying, periwinkle was the one colour obtainable in the robe she wished. She cherished the look a lot that she purchased it in white earlier than getting an opportunity to strive it on. “I had to take a leap of faith,” she reveals. “Admittedly, I was nervous about purchasing it.” Once the robe lastly arrived, she obtained additional affirmation that it was the one. “I felt like I got to find my dress and say ‘yes’ twice,” Jasmine provides.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


A sparkly bridal cape topped off Jasmine’s look. “With its sparkles and classic draping, the cape was the perfect complement to my dress,” the bride gushes.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Jasmine’s magnificence look was all about simplicity. She settled on flawless bronzed pores and skin with a daring purple lip for her make-up. “I wanted to look like myself with makeup that complemented my features,” she discloses. For her hair, she went with a low-maintenance modern bun, impressed by Tracee Ellis Ross’ purple carpet look. She continues, “I wanted to feel comfortable on my wedding day and not worry about my hair.”

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


“My bouquet was a collection of effortless early fall ingredients, loosely designed with plenty of dancing movement and the unique touch of a real pomegranate,” Jasmine imparts. Lush flowers in wealthy autumnal hues and botanical grasses gave her romantic bouquet colour and quantity. 

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Glenwood donned a black peak lapel tux for his wedding ceremony apparel. “I wanted to keep my look simple yet classic,” the groom divulges. A white and copper boutonniere fabricated from butterfly ranunculus coordinated completely with Jasmine’s fall-inspired bouquet.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Jasmine and Glenwood knew they wished to host their nuptials at Marigny Opera House in New Orleans as a result of they love how the venue is steeped in historical past, whereas concurrently feeling present and thrilling. “Our favorite thing about New Orleans is how the old and new mix, and that’s represented in the Marigny Opera House,” the couple shares. “With so much beauty and history, it felt like the perfect place to add our wedding history to.”

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Having just a few quiet moments to speak, giggle, take in the Opera House, and share our pleasure about getting married (ultimately!) was priceless.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


The grand exterior made the proper backdrop for his or her first look. “Having a few quiet moments to talk, laugh, take in the Opera House, and share our excitement about getting married (at last!) was priceless,” the couple reminisces. Glenwood made the expertise much more particular by gifting Jasmine a set of pearls from Tiffany & Co.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


I’ve cherished the distinctive (and literal) journey we’ve been on collectively.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Before the ceremony, the couple shared an intimate second collectively, taking photographs and reflecting on their relationship. “I’ve loved the unique (and literal) journey we’ve been on together,” Glenwood expresses. 

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


The groomsmen all wore the identical traditional peak lapel tuxedos to complement the groom’s look and the venue’s aesthetic.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


“We wanted to match the beauty of the Marigny Opera House, so we went with things that completed the space,” the couple says of their ceremony décor. They lined the aisle with geometric gold lanterns and a cover of 15-foot bushes that drew your gaze to the ceiling. For their altar, the pair organized an arch of grasses and flowers, surrounded it with extra lanterns, and stacked votive candles on a contemporary white bookshelf behind it.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Jasmine’s father escorted her down the aisle to “Here and Now” by Luther Vandross.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


The lovebirds wrote their very own heartfelt vows to add a private contact to the ceremony. Jasmine carried household photographs in her wedding ceremony gown pocket to hold her grounded and composed in the course of the vow alternate. “When reading my vows, I touched [the photos] to remind me of the love my family has shared for over 90 years,” she illustrates. 

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


After their officiant, Glenwood’s highschool advisor, pronounced them husband and spouse, the newlyweds recessed to “Everlasting Love” by Natalie Cole.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


In true New Orleans style, Knockaz Brass Band led the flock on foot to the reception whereas enjoying jazz, go-go funk, and present hits. Everyone danced alongside whereas sipping their drinks. 

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


To foster a way of group, Jasmine and Glenwood made positive to design an inclusive desk format for his or her garden-themed feast. “It was important to have a communal table and family-style dining to bring our guests together,” they comment.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


“Everything inside the Marigny Opera House was so dramatic, so we opted to keep the tent simple and intimate,” they clarify. The couple hung greenery from the ceiling and set the desk with oatmeal linens, rust velvet napkins, fashionable acrylic chargers, and stylish gold flatware. They mixed votive candles, fruit, and floral preparations to create their desk runner. 

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Our friends have been blown away by how veggie-heavy our meal was.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Since Jasmine is absolutely vegan and Glenwood is vegan-friendly, they chose a vegan menu filled with scrumptious consolation meals for dinner. “We worked with Joel Catering to create a menu that was perfect, no matter our guests’ dietary preferences,” they share. “Joel Catering nailed this by showcasing some amazing vegan dishes that weren’t boring.”

The star of the lineup was an autumn succotash with butternut squash, mushrooms, okra, corn, and fava beans. They additionally served ratatouille with contemporary greens smothered in tomato sauce and jambalaya with vegan sausage, fried okra, sautéed swiss chard, and blistered tomatoes for the principle dish choices. “Our guests were blown away by how veggie-heavy our meal was,” the couple provides.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Guests returned to the ceremony website for late-night enjoyable and infinite dancing. High-top tables wrapped in emerald inexperienced velvet linens and gold bar stools changed the ceremony seating. Of course, the towering bushes made one other show-stopping look. 

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Although the duo didn’t serve a signature cocktail, they offered a mess of drink choices—spirits, wine, beer, and blended drinks—for his or her friends to get pleasure from. They painted their menu in emerald inexperienced to match the venue and surrounding decorations.  

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Everyone mingled and danced whereas the stay band D’Play carried out. The couple wished to go all out with musical leisure. “You solely stay as soon as, and this was the primary occasion folks have been attending put up Covid,” they share.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Jasmine and Glenwood had a lot enjoyable exhibiting off their strikes throughout their first dance. They selected “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green to set the tone for his or her subsequent chapter collectively as newlyweds.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


The couple wished to put aside time throughout their after-party for the normal father-daughter and mother-son dances. Jasmine and her father spun across the dance flooring to “My Girl” by The Temptations, and Glenwood and his mom swayed to “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


Photo by Mo Davis Photography


When Jasmine’s dad and mom received married 39 years earlier, they served a Barbie cake at their reception, so Jasmine shocked them with her very personal vegan Barbie cake. It couldn’t have been extra serendipitous. “What luck I have that 39 years later, I married a man with the last name Barbee,” she ponders. “It just felt right.” Jasmine even pulled her hair again right into a braided ponytail to match the Barbie doll’s coiffure.

Photo by Mo Davis Photography


The couple’s wedding ceremony day was every little thing they may have dreamed of. Instead of letting the stress of planning a marriage intervene with the expertise, they advise different {couples} to put every little thing into perspective. “The things that you worried about while planning your wedding won’t matter after your wedding,” they observe. “Just let it go and don’t sweat the small stuff.”