A Garden District Wedding at a Private Residence in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans native Bridget Ryan (28 and a fashion blogger) had always known that she wanted to get married in the house where she grew up. So when her wedding day arrived, she and Alexis Barbier-Mueller (33 and a real estate developer) celebrated their nuptials surrounded by 350 friends and family members in her parents' Garden District home in New Orleans, Louisiana. My parents still live there, and I have so many fond memories from there,” Bridget says. “Growing up in New Orleans is special, and I wanted to have the city and its charms shine on the night of our wedding, so we kept things simple and let my house do most of the talking.” After a church ceremony, guests arrived at the old mansion, which was decorated in bistro lights, hundreds of romantic candles and a soft palette of white, gray, blue and green. Flowers were draped over banisters, fireplaces and the front door, and arrangements of garden roses and hydrangeas topped dining tables. “I wanted the home to feel like a home, so our guests would know how special it was for us to have them there,” Bridget says. “The most personal thing I did was invite the people I love most into the home where I grew up to celebrate our marriage. I couldn't have imagined a more special place.” During dinner, traditional Louisiana dishes were served, and the famous Lucky Dog hot dog stand arrived at 11 p.m. to serve late-night snacks. “Almost 300 were consumed before they packed up," Bridget says. Naturally, Bridget and Alexis's New Orleans celebration also included an array of Mardi Gras props, such as beads and light-up bracelets and necklaces, which guests sported during the dance party. After an evening of dinner and dancing, the newlyweds exited their party with Bridget donning a stylish flapper-inspired party dress created by designer Nardos Imam, who also designed her glamorous wedding gown. —Marissa Hermanson