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EDITORIAL: Butterfly Dreams




Sarah Alleman Photography


Derbès Mansion


Nola Flora


Anna Addison Creative


Glo Events


Pearl’s Place Bridal


Brilliance in Diamonds


Nestina Accessories


Kasey Smith + Brittany Spreen

for AHB Hair and Makeup


True Value Rental


Cocktail + Creative


Kimbla’s Cakes


Upscales Custom Collection


L. Fontaine Design


Passport Polish




Amelia Bateman


The NOW Factor Marketing


Emily Alleman


Derbes Mansion, New Orleans, LA

about derbès mansion 

Discover the timeless elegance and rich history of Derbès Mansion, an unparalleled property nestled in the heart of New Orleans. This exquisite mansion, dating back to the 19th century, invites you to step into a world of Southern charm and opulence.

Derbès Mansion offers an unparalleled experience, blending modern luxury with historical grandeur.

The Mansion and expansive grounds are the perfect setting for the “special moments between the BIG moments,” as they say. The lush gardens and picturesque courtyard provide an idyllic backdrop for romantic celebrations such as rehearsal dinners, bridal prep and wedding brunches, making every moment truly unforgettable.

Folio invitation suite by Upscales Custom Collection

This stunning folio-style invitation by Upscales Custom Collection features a Safran Suede liner with gold foil orchid motif. The clear acrylic invitation is printed in gold foil with an orchid printed background liner

Paired with this invitation are a Three Stone Oval Engagement Ring with Petite Pears featuring a 2.05ct Oval Center and 0.3cts of Pear Side Stones and a Baguette Contour Ring from Brilliance in Diamonds

Amelia is wearing a sophisticated ivory sheath gown from Pearl’s Place Bridal with a painted and beaded Butterfly veil by Nestina Accessories.

For her hair and makeup we chose a soft, romantic look styled by AHB Makeup. Her hair is styled in loose, flowing curls and her makeup style is natural glam.

She carries a hand-tied bouquet of yellow and blush blooms with dainty butterflies by Nola Flora. The bouquet echoes the stunning floral “broken arch” also designed by Nola Flora. A crystal candelabra from Glo Events add an elegant touch to the setting.

yellow bouquet with butterflies

Amelia is wearing 2.00 ct Round Diamond Studs, an Emerald Solitaire Necklace, 3.01ct Emerald Three Stone Engagement Ring with Trapezoid Side Stones, and a Diamond Tennis Bangle Bracelet from Brilliance in Diamonds.

Her manicure by Passport Polish features their brilliant yellow polish color, Saul’s Light, named after the New Orleans-based non-profit of the same name. Saul’s Light provides support and community to families with babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Passport Polish donates 10% of sales of Saul’s Light Polish to the non-profit to help support their work.

Yellow bridal manicure in Saul's Light Yellow from Passport Polish


Butterfly sweetheart table

Derbès Mansion is the perfect location for an intimate gathering. We chose the sunlight-filled Parlor as the setting for this table for two. White butterflies hover over the table, suspended from the stunning antique chandelier. A lush floral centerpiece by Nola Flora nestles elegant taper candles by Glo Events

butterfly sweetheart table at derbes mansion

At each place setting, True Value RentalsCoupe White China sits atop their gold-trimmed Ice Queen Chargers. Gold Aztec Flatware and cut crystal Melodia glassware complete the elegant look. 

The table is draped in True Value’s Cafe linen and topped with a milk white, chiffon tulle pearl overlay from Amazon. True Value’s Gold Linen Napkins are presented in an envelope fold and “sealed” with gold mirror butterfly place cards by ZCreateDesign.

This Polished satin sheath from Pearl’s Place Bridal features dramatic draping and exposed corsetry. The corset is finished with hand-beaded pearl details for added drama.

AHB Makeup transformed Amelia’s look to a dramatic low ponytail for a polished look.


This stunning jewelry ensemble includes a 1.54ct Bezel Marquise Solitaire and Baguette Contour Ring from Brilliance in Diamonds.  

To complement this stunning ring, we paired Nestina AccessoriesGold Plated floral earrings with freshwater pearls along with a matching headpiece.

Bow Knot Satin Stilettos in the color Khaki, available on Amazon.
Bow Knot Satin Stilettos in the color Khaki, available on Amazon.

all white butterfly wedding cake

This stunning statement piece wedding cake by Kimbla’s Cakes features light-as-air wafer butterflies. The two cakes connect via a butterfly bridge adding to the wow factor!

Glo Events‘ elegant crystal candelabra beautifully frame the cake.

close up of all white butterfly wedding cake

Amelia is wearing a pearl and crystal encrusted tulle, A-line gown from Pearl’s Place Bridal. This dreamy gown sparkles with every movement and creates a stunning effect you have to see in person!

To complete her look, Amelia is wearing Pearl and Diamond Drop Earrings, 3.15ct Round Diamond Snowflake Engagement Ring, Pearl and Diamond Cuff Bangle from Brilliance in Diamonds. Her flower headband from Nestina Accessories is made with hand formed white hydrangea flower beads.

fabric wedding sign for signature cocktails

Craft cocktails add a delicious custom touch to any event. Here we feature Cocktail + Creative’s Lemon Pineapple Lavender Spritz. This cocktail can be made with either gin or vodka and features a house-made pineapple syrup and a lavender foam. This cocktail is topped with sparkling wine, served over ice with a pineapple wedge garnish. A charming acrylic butterfly by ZCreateDesign (available with guest names or plain as shown!) graces the glass.

For the cocktail station, a fabric printed sign by L.Fontaine Design announces the event cocktails.

Lemon Pineapple Lavender Spritz

acrylic sign for wedding with gold lettering reading "Here's to a lifetime of butterflies"

L.Fontaine Design created this lovely white acrylic sign with gold lettering. 3D butterflies add an element of whimsy.

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