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Everyday Wedding – Courtney & Emily

What do you think of when you hear New Orleans? A city that survived? A party that never ends? A place rich in history and architecture? Well, all three of those present themselves as a trifecta in this amazing wedding photographed by Crystal George of Crystal George Studios.

Like New Orleans, Emily and Courtney are a couple who had been through a lot as individuals before their life paths crossed, and this wedding has a Mardi Gras theme, creole style food and a building that has beautiful lines. It is also a great example of a DIY feast for the eyes!

Emily had each of her bridesmaids give her a pair of their own comfortable shoes to make over for the wedding, so she presented each of her attendants with an upcycled version of their shoes along with fun masks to wear. Their bouquets were also functional for the wedding, yet they were comprised of several pieces that could be worn as brooches and accessories long after the wedding was over. Being a hair and makeup artist, Emily also did the hair and makeup for herself and her bridesmaids… quite a task on her own wedding day!


Photography: Crystal George Studios

Hair and Makeup: Bodyworks Day Spa & Salon

Ceremony Venue: Grace Memorial Episcopal

Reception Venue: The Aviary

Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang at David’s Bridal (customized)

Maid’s Shoes & Masks: Customized by Bride

Cake: Family & Friends

Catering: Avenue Foods

Bouquets: Custom by Skull Fly

Decor: Kasey of Boudoir and Tabitha of Skull Fly

Band: Almost Brothers

Lighting: Castle Event Lighting

Videography: Lynchburg Live

Tux: Men’s Wearhouse



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