A Traditional, New Orleans-Style Wedding at Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana

Capturing the spirit of New Orleans was the theme to Beth Nauman (35 and a clinical researcher) and Philip Anglewicz’s (41 and a professor) wedding. S

Capturing the spirit of New Orleans was the theme to Beth Nauman (35 and a clinical researcher) and Philip Anglewicz’s (41 and a professor) wedding. Set in Marigny Opera House in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, which was built in 1853 as the Holy Catholic Church, the big day embodied all the eclectic city has to offer: food, music, color, tradition and culture. Ceremony music, played on a Steinway baby grand piano, included a jazz arrangement of “Pachelbel's Canon.” As for Beth, “I walked to 'La Vie en Rose,' inspired by New Orleans musician Louis Armstrong,” Beth says. After the ceremony, she and Philip filled New Orleans tradition with a second line, in which a brass band paraded the couple down the streets of New Orleans as they carried vintage umbrellas and onlookers waved white hankies in their direction. 

After the fanfare, guests supped on a true New Orleans-style meal with beans and rice, gumbo, spicy fish and other Creole-influenced delicacies, all while sitting amid decor chosen because it represents the feel of the city. Fall-hued flowers in traditional New Orleans shades of turquoise, deep purples and gold lined the tables, while fleur de lis shapes added flavor to even the smallest detail. “We wanted our guests to experience a fantastic New Orleans party: elegant and festive, featuring local cuisine and traditions like a second line and live music," Beth says. "Since most of our family and friends live in the Midwest and on the East Coast, the event delivered a grand introduction to New Orleans, a city rich in history and culture, and it was unlike any wedding most of them had ever attended." —Ginger Harris

"Our ceremony was at the Marigny Opera House, an absolutely amazing space that exudes old elegance. It's located in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. We chose this venue because it's original, and we were able to customize the entire look and feel of our event in this stunning space," Beth says.
"My bouquet featured dark burgundy flowers, including calla lilies and dahlias, combined with neutral components like quicksand roses and organic elements like hypericum berries and eucalyptus, with a few cascading greens," she says. Her dress blended vintage inspiration with a modern, elegant design with subtle crystal beads.
Similar to Beth's bouquet, the maid of honor's bouquet had fall-hued florals set against the backdrop of her jewel-tone full-length teal gown.
"My husband's tux was steel gray, as was the best man's, and my husband wore New Orleans water meter cuff links," Beth says.
Vintage doors surrounded by an arbor of white birch adorned in burgundy flowers and autumnal organics set the backdrop for the ceremony.
The chairs were mahogany, keeping with the deep/rich color scheme, and the aisle was lined with gold lanterns boasting flowers in a deep, rich color scheme that celebrated the arrival of fall and the spirit of New Orleans.
As expected in New Orleans, live music played throughout the ceremony and reception. "Our recessional songs were piano arrangements of Bob Marley's 'Is This Love' and 'One Love.' "
The ceremony was followed by a second line parade through the Marigny neighborhood, led by a brass band.
The reception was also held at Marigny Opera House, beginning with an outdoor cocktail hour at dusk with festoon lighting creating a festive atmosphere.
While guests sipped cocktails, the inside space was transformed after the ceremony. Round tables featuring burgundy floral centerpieces configured in white birch bases and surrounded by gold mercury-glass votives rested on top. Dinner menus and place cards incorporated the teal accent color with elegant gold lettering.
Guests feasted on traditional New Orleans cuisine: seafood gumbo, duck etouffee, red beans and rice, cochon de lait and gulf redfish.
A few tables consisted of a long banquet style and featured garlands that cascaded to the floor on each end, adorned with burgundy flowers and birch candles.
"The main color was a deep burgundy inspired by red wine, and the accent color was a rich teal. These were over a neutral, organic background of white birch, autumn greens and gold mercury glass. The aesthetic combined vintage-inspired components with some modern, elegant features to achieve a blend of old and new, like our city does so well," Beth says.
"Instead of a groom's cake, we had a birthday cake for our fathers, because my dad celebrated his 60th birthday and Philip's celebrated his 80th the week of our wedding," Beth says.
Inspired by Fenton hobnail milk glass, like Beth's grandmother's collection, the multitier cake tasted of chocolate ganache with raspberry filling and tiramisu.