A Rustic New Orleans Inspired Wedding at Preservation Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana

“Laissez les bon temps rouler” is more than just a catchphrase in Louisiana. "Let the good times roll" is a way of life. The city of New Orleans served as both the setting and the inspiration for the nuptials of Tess Monaghan (31 and the head of operations for Good Eggs) and Bernard Fruge (32 and a lawyer and writer). It’s the city where they met, so they wanted to showcase different aspects of the city, including a Friday night Cajun fete, swamp-inspired florals and a menu of Vietnamese and New Orleans fusion. Even the venue was iconic, as a small group of loved ones gathered at Preservation Hall, a historic jazz club in the French Quarter. The peeling layers of paint, weathered wood and garden were the backdrop for the ceremony, officiated by Tess’s sister. Tess wore a tea-length Wtoo Watters gown with flower detailing, while Bernard wore a gray suit. Instead of a wedding party, the wedding featured just the couple. Unique florals covered the reception site, Etoile Polaire #1, a former masonic lodge, including deer antlers and wooden slabs. Instead of a seated reception, there were three areas to explore: indoors, outdoors and the Inner Sanctum upstairs, where meetings were once held. Vintage furnishings and chandeliers in the outdoor space gave it a garden party vibe. The couple recruited their favorite local chef, Michael Gulotta, to craft a menu of steamed pork buns and Gulf seafood raw bar. Guests enjoyed a photo booth draped with real Spanish moss, while a poet created custom poems for guests. A local bounce hip-hop artist performed in another nod to the city. “We were proud that our wedding reflected our eclectic tastes and unconventional take on the world,” Tess and Bernard say of their special day. —Caroline Eubanks