Casey and Hayden, New Orleans

Can a New Orleans wedding be complete without handkerchiefs, umbrellas, a jazz band and beignets? Casey and Hayden say “C’est ouf!” From beginning to end, their wedding at the lovely New Orleans Museum of Art assimilated timeless beauty and elegance with downright fun and creativity.

When Dallas couple Casey and Hayden envisioned their wedding, they agreed they wanted a beautiful celebration at a fun destination and landed on New Orleans Museum of Art located within the heart of the city at City Park. The grandness of the museum combined with the modern flair of the sculptures in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden acquiesced their vision perfectly, and Emily Clarke Events had the privilege of bringing the couple’s desires to life.

Guests were greeted with ivory ceremony programs designed with an insert for monogrammed handkerchiefs so all could participate in the traditional Second Line Parade in true NOLA fashion. Casey and Hayden spoke their vows at dusk under an overflowing floral archway; when the ceremony site was rearranged for the lively reception, the archway became backdrop to the cake display. With the brass band’s music blaring, the couple marched to cocktail hour with personalized umbrellas held high and joyful attendees following close behind waving their hankies. At the reception, twinkle lights strung overhead and candles on every tabletop created a whimsical, romantic atmosphere, and guests dancing were handed Mardi Gras beads and masks to add to the enthusiasm.

The Grand Bevy executed custom cocktails with the couple’s monogram etched on top, and Jacque-Imo’s prepared the authentic Louisianan feast. At the end of the reception, the band once again led the Second Line Parade, this time throughout the French Quarter, and guests received hot beignets to top off the evening.

The good times rolled, Casey and Hayden said “I do,” and their dreams for a spectacular soiree came off without a hitch!


  • Event Planning & Design: Emily Clarke Events
  • Graphic Design & Personalized Products: The Detail Department by Emily Clarke Events
  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Floral: Kim Starr Wise
  • Catering: Jacque-Imo’s
  • Photography: Greer Gattuso Photography
  • Cocktails: The Grand Bevy


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