Paradise Found, a floral story.

Dramatically inspired bayou wedding!

Inspiration can be found in the most unlikely of places. When a bride comes to you with the idea for her floral theme that is to be based around native creatures found in the swamps of Louisiana, you absolutely have to jump at the opportunity to create something completely unique. When my bride Kelly came to me and with this brief, I was overwhelmed with all the wonderful things that we can do to bring this vision to life.

A good theme can provide ample inspiration for the atmosphere, mood, and decor for any event. This amazing New Orleans bayou wedding was conceived with a plethora of inspiration from the bride Kelly's artwork. Kelly creates beautiful kaleidoscope style art pieces featuring native Louisiana creatures such as alligators, turtles, and insects! Close collaboration between florist and the bride is always a special relationship which can generate dramatic results come wedding day, and this wedding was no exception! Taking into consideration the colors, shapes, and textures represented in Kelly's artwork, the floral design was created to represent the personalities and passions of this amazing couple!


Venue: Degas House

Photography: Kendra Jones Photography

Florals: Duia and Jean Florals and Events

Invitations, programs and print materials: Kelly McMahon Art

Cake: Shake Sugary

DJ: Toast Entertainment

Second Line Band: Hot 8 Brass Band

The color pallet was strong and vivid. Mustard, clear yellows and oranges were met with a sprinkle of depth defying burgundies to create this lovely pallet that was made to look like a fantastic sun set peering over the bayou waters. Foliage played a dramatic role in the design as well. A mix of tropical and deciduous leaves provided balance between traditional and modern themes. We wanted to the foliage to also represent a special creature, the common turtle, Kelly features in many of her art pieces. Spotted calathea leaves were incorporated to represent their detailed shells.

Playing with a mix of various lines, the bouquets and other arrangements hosted a mix of gorgeous premium blooms such as cymbidium orchids, chocolate anthuriums, garden roses and clooney ranunculous.

One of the most important flowers to Kelly was the birds of paradise which were her late grandmother's favorite. When we discussed what we would like to incorporate, this was at the top of the list! Kelly recalled seeing the architectural blooms in her native state of Florida and they became a must for our eclectic recipe. Paired with an array of grasses these became the star of the show.

Kelly created and designed her own wedding suite with illustrations of alligators, crawfish, catfish and gar.

Degas House's intimate courtyard was the perfect setting for the ceremony, and later on the reception. Max's chuppah from his childhood synagogue was brought in for the couple to stand beneath as they took their vows in this multicultural ceremony.

The courtyard was adorned with large landscapes of blooms and striking tall centerpieces of tropical foliage.

Continuing the bayou vibes the delicious red velvet cake by Shake Sugary was topped golden alligator heads mixed with delicate flowers emulating reptile tails.

Guest danced the night away, the couple was giddy and so loving. The mood could not have been more joyous for these two souls were finally one!

Thank you for reading until the end! Check out more of Kelly and Max's darling wedding by visiting their wedding gallery linked here.


Special thanks to Degas House and Kendra Jones Photography, without you both our flowers would not have been as special!

Have a beautiful day!



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