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Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelson

Only Eyes For You


Married

Sep 1, 2019
New Orleans , Louisiana


Photo Credit

Caitlin B Photography


Style Guide


Color Palette



Style

Whimsical


Season

Fall





The Proposal

Michael proposed to me on a trip to Peru, which is where I was born. I thought the purpose of us traveling to my hometown was to introduce Michael to my family. Little did I know he actually planned to ask my parents for my hand in marriage. Despite Michael booking a gorgeous suite for us on an excursion to Cusco a couple days after being home, I had no idea what was in store! On November 22, 2017, we went on a hike to Machu Picchu and on our tour he wanted to stop to take some pictures. Michael never wants to stop and take pictures, so that caught me a little off guard. Rightfully so, he dropped down on one knee and proposed!

Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Reception Invitation
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Group Shot
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Groom And Groomsmen
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Reception Invitation
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Group Shot
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Groom And Groomsmen
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In Preparation

One of our traditions is to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras every year, so when it came time to plan our wedding, there was no question that we would opt for a southern celebration. Originally, the ceremony was planned to take place under the historic Tree of Life in Audubon Park, but unfortunately due to weather we decided to make a last minute change to the Peristyle in City Park, which was actually a blessing in disguise. The Peristyle is a stunning pavilion that overlooks the water and moss covered oak trees, so we were still able to enjoy an outdoor ceremony, while protecting our guests in case of rain. Our reception was held at the historic, James Beard-nominated Brennan’s Restaurant in the French Quarter. We selected the venue because you can reserve its courtyard and main dining room for your wedding, so guests would be able to enjoy dinner and dancing in one large space.

Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Bride And Groom Getaway Car
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Group Shot
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Bride And Groom Getaway Car
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Group Shot
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The Big Day

Although there was a 40% chance of precipitation forecasted during the week leading up to our wedding, it didn’t rain! The weather was perfect and we were able to take pictures in the Quarter as well as City Park. The setting among hundreds of oak trees was a dream come true! Our guests, who traveled from all over the world, were amazed at the beauty of New Orleans, which made the planning and last minute changes totally worth it. Our string quartet learned the song “There She Goes” by The La’s for my walk down the aisle, an ode to my love for 90s rom-coms. At the reception, we danced to Lauryn Hill’s version of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, which our band graciously learned as a special request. A second line parade immediately followed to get the party going – everyone paraded down Royal Street with us. It was the highlight of the evening and a moment we will always cherish.

Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Bride And Groom Ceremony Kiss
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Reception Table At Brennans
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Bride And Groom Ceremony Kiss
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Reception Table At Brennans
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The Retreat

Our wedding week felt like a vacation in itself so we decided on a mini-moon in Santa Monica, California at the end of the month. For our official honeymoon, we booked a two-week getaway to the Amalfi Coast and Paris for June 2020 but we’ve unfortunately postponed those plans due COVID-19.

Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Cake
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Brennans Bar Menu
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Bride And Groom Dancing
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Cake
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Brennans Bar Menu
Diana Yovera & Michael Kjelsons New Orleans Real Wedding Bride And Groom Dancing
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Contributing Vendors

PHOTOGRAPHER

Caitlin B Photography

EVENT PLANNER

Uncommon Camellia

FLORIST

Ethereal Array Events

CEREMONY VENUE

The Peristyle at New Orleans City Park

RECEPTION VENUE & CATERER

Brennan’s

CAKE

Chasing Wang Baking Studio

RENTALS & DECOR

Yur Event Rentals and Brite Lite Tribe

INVITATIONS

Lana Dreams Stationary

WEDDING GOWN

Winnie Couture

RECEPTION GOWN

Retrofete from NET-A-PORTER

HAIR & MAKEUP

Glam on Location

ENTERTAINMENT

Got Groove and Knockaz Brass Band

TRANSPORTATION

Limo Livery

VIDEOGRAPHER

Tone Production

GETTING READY ACCOMMODATIONS

Windsor Court Hotel

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