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Colleen & Brad: A Destination Wedding in New Orleans, LA

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Colleen & Brad in New Orleans, LA
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Colleen added a purple sash to her knee-length wedding dress with a feather underskirt to incorporate the color of the day.
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Colleen and Brad were married by candlelight inside Mardi Gras World, designed to feel like an outdoor setting, complete with canopy trees and a bayou.
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When guests walked out of the ceremony, they were surprised to see real Mardi Gras floats ready to take them to the reception. Everyone threw beads from the floats as they paraded downtown. Colleen and Brad had arranged for the police to block off some of the streets for the processional.
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A New Orleans tradition, a second line band escorted the parade to Nola, where the party continued. Colleen and Brad ordered personalized parasols for the wedding party and gave out hankies to all the guests to wave as they walked down the street.
Storyville Stompers Brass Band, New Orleans, LA
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Colleen’s sister wore a purple dress with hot-pink accents that she found in a London boutique. The couple wanted the wedding to feel relaxed, so Brad dressed down in a light-gray suit with an Alexander Graham shirt in shades of purple.
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The first thing guests saw as they exited the elevator into the reception was the escort card display: Mardi Gras-themed cards hung on ribbons from a purple floral arrangement. Beneath it, Colleen placed a coffee-table book about New Orleans for everyone to sign as the guest book.
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Colleen and Brad had traveled to New Orleans together many times and have eaten at all three of Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants there. They chose Nola for its atmosphere and classic Louisiana cuisine.
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Varied flower arrangements, some filled with water and floating candles, topped the purple tables.
Bella Blooms Floral, Metairie, LA
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The fleur-de-lis symbol made its way into the centerpieces, pinned to ribbon wrapped around the vases.
Bella Blooms Floral, Metairie, LA
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Colleen and Brad named all of their reception tables after streets in the city’s French Quarter. Each table-name card was attached to a mini street lamp.
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To incorporate the Mardi Gras theme, beads bordered each tier of Colleen and Brad’s purple, fondant-covered wedding cake.

Colleen & Brad in New Orleans, LA

After Colleen graduated from Louisiana State University, she moved back home to Florida and bought shares of the gym where she had always trained. Brad, a gymnastics coach there, also had shares in the business, and that’s how they met. The Bride Colleen Barger, 31, business owner The Groom Brad Harris, 39, business owner The Date July 11 Brad proposed to Colleen while the two were spending Christmas at Colleen’s family’s time-share in Colorado. When deciding on a location, it was important for Brad and Colleen to find a place that would be travel-friendly for their family and friends. They decided on New Orleans, especially for the food.
- Jaimie Dalessio
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