A French Quarter Wedding at Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana

Holly Lambert (30 and an office manager) and Steven Mars (34 and a corporate recruiter) celebrated their nuptials with a quintessential French Quarter

Holly Lambert (30 and an office manager) and Steven Mars (34 and a corporate recruiter) celebrated their nuptials with a quintessential French Quarter wedding at the elegant Omni Royal Orleans hotel in New Orleans. “I really wanted our wedding to be classic and romantic, and the Omni filled the bill,” Holly says. “We chose this location for the courtyard but immediately fell in love with the beauty and history of this French Quarter hotel.” The couple brought their elegant wedding to life with a palette of ivory and blush along with glitzy metallics. “I love rose gold, and my ring is rose gold, so a lot of the colors were centered on that,” Holly says. Because of rain, the ceremony was moved indoors from the courtyard. “Our florist really stepped up to transform the simple room into a beautiful ceremony space,” Holly says of their rain plan. Holly and Steven personalized their ceremony with a two-piece ensemble, and the officiant shared sentimental stories and memories of the couple. After the ceremony, friends and family celebrated with a cocktail-style reception with a variety of tasty dishes—roast beef sliders, Caesar salad, mashed potatoes, crab cakes, cochon de lait and mini muffulettas. “The flowers were always going to be a focus in my wedding since I come from a family of florists,” Holly says. “I left a lot of this planning to my mother and the amazing team at Nola Flora. I gave them some vague ideas of what I wanted, and they created floral masterpieces.” The couple incorporated special New Orleans touches throughout their wedding day, from the king cake favors to their grand exit and second line parade with a brass band. “It was definitely something to remember,” Holly says. — Marissa Hermanson

The groom and his groomsmen accessorized their dinner jackets with succulent boutonnieres.
Holly carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas, garden roses and ranunculus that she tied with pieces of her mother’s wedding dress and a handkerchief from her grandfather.

Bridesmaids donned long champagne-colored chiffon dresses with cap sleeves that they accessorized with gold shoes and Kendra Scott mint earrings. They  carried blush bouquets accented with gray succulents.
Because of rain, the couple’s ceremony was moved from the hotel's courtyard inside the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans.
Holly created signs with chalkboards and calligraphy.
Floral Centerpieces
“Remember why you are there,” Holly says. “The wedding is wonderful and important, but it's one day. The marriage is what's really important, and that should be a lifetime.”
“I always knew I wanted our cake to be simple so that the flowers could really the show, but I also wanted it to be delicious and fresh! Our baker did an amazing job of accomplishing everything we asked!" the bride says.
Holly and Steven’s floral-embellished cake was topped with a custom gold glitter Mr. and Mrs. Mars topper.
Holly and Steven incorporated special New Orleans touches into their reception, like Plum Street Snoballs. “They could even take them to the bar to add a little something extra,” Holly says.

Holly and Steven gave family and friends New Orleans–themed favors of king cakes and Roman Candy.
As a nod to Steven’s time in the Coast Guard, the baker created a replica of his ship as his groom’s cake. “He sent the baker an actual photo of it, and they turned his wishes into a reality,” Holly says.
After the reception at Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans, Holly and Steven make a grand exit with a brass band that led a second line parade throughout the French Quarter. “It was definitely something to remember,” Holly says.