Creative and Uniquely Extravagant New Orleans Wedding

September 29, 2020 | riley

A purple wedding dress, matching Adidas sneakers with rainbow shoelaces, and a parade in the streets? Talk about a party! Dierdre and Bureen’s New Orleans wedding was unique, creative, and spoke to who they are as a couple. 

When in the planning process, the couple knew that they wanted a destination wedding in New Orleans due to its bewitching energy that reminded them of their Caribbean culture–something that was extremely important to them. So important, in fact, that the couple passed out Loretta’s Pralines, Haitian Barbancourt rum, and White Oak Rum–two staples from their heritages. 

With a dark moody color palette, fairy lights, an abundance of candles, and the venue’s wood accents, Dierdre and Bureen’s nuptials certainly bewitched us. Keep scrolling to see the magical day that Sharon Pye captured beautifully.

The Couple:

Dierdre and Bureen

The Wedding:

Mallalieu Harmony Church, New Orleans

Why A New Orleans Wedding

We wanted a celebration in which New Orleans was the main character. We’re not from New Orleans, but we love the culture, architecture, history, food, people–all of it! There is something bewitching about the city, and we wanted the design to reflect that energy. In many ways, we are drawn to this energy because it reminds us of our Caribbean heritage. 

Why The Mallalieu Harmony Church

We’d like to think that the venue chose us. We saw pictures of the space after striking out on a few other potential venues. We immediately knew it was perfect. The colors, the vibe, and the aesthetic was exactly what we were looking for. When we went to sign the contract, we realized that it had been purchased and remodeled by interior designer Sara Ruffin Costello, who incidentally shares a last name with Bureen. It was kismet! Bureen had been a fan of Sara’s work for over a decade.

Wedding Favors That Celebrated The Couples’ Heritages

We wanted our guests to have a favor that they could actually use! And, of course, one that represented us. Each guest left with a sachet containing one Loretta’s praline and 50ml mini bottles of liquor–Haitian Barbancourt rum to celebrate Bureen’s heritage and White Oak Rum from Dierdre’s native Trinidad and Tobago.

A Memorable Wedding Parade

The band arrived and “interrupted” our dinner to get us up and out dancing in the streets. It felt pretty special to have our very own parade. Our wedding guests were joined by neighbors who joined in the celebration from their front porches.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Sharon Pye
Event Planning – Elle R. Jae Events
Venue – Mallalieu Harmony Church
Floral Design – Antigua Florals
Catering – Toulouse Gourmet Catering
Cake – Beth Biundo Sweets
DJ – DJ Maximum
Live Music – Harry Hardin
Brass Band – Free Agents Brass Band
Invitation Design – Scriptura
Makeup Artist – Wendy Karcher
Hair Styling – Red Fascio
Rings – VPK Diamonds
Rentals – Lovegood Wedding & Event Rentals, Yur Event Rental, Your Event Delivered
Rehearsal Dinner – Pisco Bar
Favors – Loretta’s Authentic Pralines


Congratulations again to Dierdre and Bureen on their creative and uniquely extravagant New Orleans wedding! We love every single image that Sharon Pye captured and we’re so excited we can share it with you Junebabes. To see how to plan a unique wedding of your own, check out our guide here

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  1. OMG!! So freaking fun. Love how happy they’re, true love forever. Bless.

  2. Loveeeeeee everything about this wedding. Then the end, dancing in the best outfits ever. Love.

  3. What a beautiful wedding! Stylish, elegant with an injection of personality!

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