Kayleigh (she/her) and Melissa (she/her) had been together for 12 years before saying “I do” at their New Year’s Eve wedding. Celebrating their marriage with more than a decade’s worth of their friends and family was important to the couple, so Kayleigh and Melissa meticulously planned a luxe bash in New Orleans, Louisiana, to ring in the new year and new chapter of their lives.

Their rooftop wedding provided spectacular views of the city, with their ceremony overlooking the river and the reception space ideally situated for watching the midnight fireworks that the city set off to ring in the new year. Melissa and Kayleigh chose a black-and-white color palette to add to the elegant and refined vibe of their black-tie event. Both brides wore white with accents of silver and black in their accessories. Melissa opted for a classically inspired tux and Kayleigh donned a fitted lace gown with a sweetheart neckline.

Their attire and decor brought together their love of the finer things in life with metallic accents sprinkled throughout the event space. Disco balls and gold confetti echoed the New Year’s Eve spirit by paying homage to the ball drop, and a neon sign sporting their new shared last name made for a popular photo background. Kayleigh and Melissa’s guest book was a telephone message book, which included instructions for recording well wishes and a request to join them back on the dance floor once done. Shortly before midnight, the party briefly moved out to the street for a traditional NOLA second line.

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When midnight hit, the sky filled with fireworks, and guests gathered around the couple to enjoy the display. This was the moment that Kayleigh and Melissa had looked forward to most–being surrounded by the people they love for the ultimate celebration.

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Photography: Olivia Yuen Photography

Venue: Rooftop on Basin

Hair and Makeup: Dazzle Dolls

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