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A Day at the Races

Join us for a day at the races as we explore the beautiful New Orleans Fair Grounds in this fashion and decor editorial. 

This stunning Floral Hoop Bouquet by Herbivore Floral Designs is the perfect backdrop for this ceremony in the Paddock at the Fair Grounds Race Course. Colorful blooms, greenery and wispy branches climb the sides of the hoop in an asymmetric arrangement. Simple white chairs provide guest seating and decorative brown metal lanterns from Big Easy Events line the aisle.


Chelsea is wearing the lacy “Dalora” gown by Pantora Bridal, available at Couture Bridal Collective. This gown features a sexy fit and flare silhouette with a whimsical train. A pure white, heavy weight fur felt wide brim fedora from Halo Mimi and three stone diamond circle studs and 2.17cts round diamond halo engagement ring in 18k white gold setting from Brilliance in Diamonds completes her look.


What could be more perfect for a Day at the Races themed wedding than a delightful derby hat cake?! Gambino’s Bakery decorated this soft coral colored hat with a bold fondant flower, gingham ribbon and a feather. The cake sits atop a table draped with Nüage Designs’ White and Gold Oslo linen.



Delightful Pimm’s cups and Mercury Glass vases overflow with lush florals by Herbivore Floral Designs. Nüage Designs’ Pebble placemats form an impromptu table runner, and beautiful contrast for the colorful arrangements while Nüage Designs’ Blush Metallic Burlap linen and Copper Penny satin napkins add a simple, elegant touch. Sprays of greenery adorn silver Chiavari chairs from Big Easy Events.


A simple sprig of greenery on each plate is the perfect finishing touch, with, of course, this antique style Emerald diamond engagement ring from Brilliance in Diamonds.



The Classic Invitation by Upscales Custom Collection is a Chanel inspired leather clutch style invitation closed with a matching brooch. The inside is lined with lime green leather and a cute pocket for event information.



This strapless ivory Mikado fit and flare gown, available at Couture Bridal Collective, features a soft tulle skirt. We paired this gown with an ivory ribbon belt with rhinestone embellishments. Chelsea’s look is completed to perfection with a telescope crown, wide brim heavy weight fur felt fedora with ostrich plume from Halo Mimi.



The sleek lines and sweetheart neckline of this ivory fit and flare gown, available at Couture Bridal Collective, show off Chelsea’s curves fabulously! We’ve paired this gown with a pearl and rhinestone embellished belt, also available at Couture Bridal Collective. To top it off, a soft gray velour hat with luxe braid finish under brim and multi colored polka bot tulle by Halo Mimi adds a whimsical touch and a vintage style. Engagement ring and 1.00ct diamond stud earrings from Brilliance in Diamonds add just the right amount of sparkle.


The Grandstand at the Fairgrounds provide a stunning backdrop for this Naama and Anat gown “Devine”, available at Couture Bridal Collective. Fall in love with the plunging illusion neckline and lace appliques that adorn the bodice of this fit and flare gown. Rose gold diamond hoop earrings from Brilliance in Diamonds and an alabaster fur felt hat with soft leather under brim and dandelion accent from Halo Mimi add a sophisticated elegance to the ensemble.


Amazing embellishments adorn the sides and shoulders of “Baira” by Pantora Bridal, available at Couture Bridal Collective. This Scuba fit and flare gown features V-neckline and lots of sparkle! A custom Emerald diamond engagement ring in a platinum setting and pearl earrings from Brilliance in Diamonds are the perfect finishing touches.


Experience a day at the races! The Fair Grounds Race Course features a number of versatile spaces including their Grandstand, Clubhouse Dining room with a panoramic view of downtown New Orleans, and of course the Paddock where many greats  in history have paraded!

Have you seen our other Spring 2019 Editorial Shoots?
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Vendor Credits:

ON LOCATION: Fair Grounds Race Course + Slots | PHOTOGRAPHY: Ryan North for North Photography + HD Cinema | MAKEUP: Mallory Fitzgerald of the Tracy Branch Agency | GOWNS: Couture Bridal Collective | HATS: Halo Mimi | LINEN, NAPKINS + PLACEMATS: Nüage Designs | TABLES,  LANTERNS, + CHAIRS: Big Easy Events | WEDDING CAKE: Gambino’s Bakery  | FLORAL DÉCOR: Herbivore Floral Designs | JEWELRY: Brilliance in Diamonds | INVITATIONS: Upscales Custom Collection | MODEL: Chelsea Brown

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Her experience spans many areas as she is a lover of learning new things and immediately incorporates those into her entrepreneurial pursuits, from home and office organizing and wedding/event planning to web design. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, TLCโ€™s Hoarding Buried Alive and The Larry King Live Show during her career as an Organizing and Productivity Consultant.

Her true love has always been weddings and beautiful events. Even as a teen she loved weddings, planning and creating various perfect weddings for herselfโ€ฆ.with no actual fiance ? Her first taste of real event planning came with becoming a member of the Social Events committee for the Miss Louisiana Organization in 1999. Since then she has planned weddings, social events, conferences and educational summits.

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