Vanessa & Max planned their destination wedding in Beaver Creek, CO all the way from their home in New Orleans. I was smitten with these two straight from the get-go when Vanessa first shared with me their vision for a 20 person guest list and an intimate reception centered around a delicious and beautifully crafted six course dinner. Food was a very important element in the customization of their day not only because these two are huge foodies, but also because Max owns two of the hottest restaurants in New Orleans. He began by working for a Nola celebrity restauranteur, Josh Besh, managing the front end of the restaurant. After some time, Max collaborated with his lifelong friend, Phil, to open their own restaurant, Root Nola. As most people know, New Orleans has a food tradition steeped in history. Max and Phil wanted to do something different and unique to New Orleans. This was a risk in that New Orleanians tend to resist change. In 2011, they opened Root in downtown New Orleans, serving ‘modern American’ cuisine utilizing molecular gastronomy techniques. A signature dish at Root includes Ménage à Foie, a special daily preparation which includes Chef Phillip’s “Foielly Pops”. Their hard work paid off in that Root was named one of Bon Appetit’s best new restaurants. It has since been praised by Zagat and Fodor’s Travel, received the AAA Four Diamond designation twice, and has been written up by many different publications. Max was named ‘Maitre d’ of the Year’ in 2012 by New Orleans Magazine and selected as a ’40 under 40′ in the city of New Orleans by Gambit Weekly publication.
Whitney is artistic, not afraid of color, and a little feisty. From the minute we spoke and she shared her ideas for her wedding, I knew she’d be a great fit! Whitney had a dress custom designed with fringe that was so flirty and playful and had great movement on the dance floor and her gorgeous rings were custom designed and hand crafted in Paris. Her choice of colorful and bright florals in an array of textures and hues was right up my alley. But more than anything, I love the choices she and Matt made for their wedding according to what was important and meaningful to them. A lot of their choices were based around their love for travel and remembering many of the amazing places they have spent time together. One tradition they incorporated from their travels was a second line after the ceremony leading the guests over to cocktail hour (a New Orleans tradition). It was a fun surprise for their guests and everyone in attendance quickly caught on and followed the band to cocktail hour while dancing and waving their vintage handkerchiefs above their heads in celebration. They also served paella (and lots of wine!) at their family style dinner reception and ended the night with a very spirited Hora Loca on the dance floor. The air was so thick with celebration that day for Whitney and Matt that no one could help but get swept up in it and I am so grateful that I got the opportunity to be a part of it and document the beautiful start of their journey as husband and wife.