Yelena Trepetin & Justin Williams

A Lavish New Orleans Affair


Married

Oct 23, 2021
New Orleans , Louisiana


Photo Credit

Mon Soleil


Style Guide


Color Palette



Style

Destination, Formal


Season

Fall





The Proposal

In the late summer of 2020, Justin planned a surprise proposal for Yelena. The couple, who have a food and travel blog, are often asked to promote brands and photographers on Instagram. Justin told Yelena that their next assignment was in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, and the photographer requested that they dress nicely. When they arrived, the photographer explained what she wanted for the promotion while taking photos. And then, to Yelena’s surprise, Justin dropped down to one knee and proposed! A romantic dinner followed at the Bygone restaurant in the Four Seasons overlooking Baltimore. The evening ended with a surprise celebration with local friends at a neighborhood bar.


Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Dress
Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Hair Clip

 

Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Rings
Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Tie

 

Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Place Setting
Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Invitations

Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Wedding Party


In Preparation

Justin and Yelena wanted a destination wedding and decided on New Orleans, where Yelena attended law school and the location of their first trip together. Next, they met their event planner Belinda Belk through a local New Orleans friend. Justin and Yelena wanted venues where their guests could experience the richness of New Orleans and what made them fall in love with the city. They chose the Peristyle in City Park and the Orpheum Theater. Justin and Yelena made several trips to New Orleans for their engagement shoot, food tastings, and design meetings. They determined their dream ceremony would entail a soft color scheme, while the reception would be a grand, color-filled affair. And most importantly, the reception would include fantastic food, an abundance of spirits, and dancing all night long.


 

Yelena Trepetin And Justin Williams

Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana
Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Bridesmaids and Bride

Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Mother and Father

 


The Big Day

Despite the pandemic and the hurricane that hit New Orleans, Justin and Yelena had the wedding of their dreams. They kicked off the celebration with a rehearsal dinner at Muriel’s overlooking Jackson Square, followed by a welcome party for all the guests at the Beauregard-Keyes House. The bridal party got ready at the Roosevelt Hotel and Yelena had her first look with her father in the bridal suite. The bride and groom’s first look was captured on the rooftop. Trolleys transported the wedding party to the Peristyle that was beautifully decorated with an abundance of white and blush flowers and featured a beautiful chuppah. A reception followed at the Orpheum, where violinists greeted guests for cocktails, caviar, oyster shuckers, and a gumbo bar. Other highlights included the couple making a grand entrance in a Rolls Royce, a choreographed three-song medley, Russian songs, and a vodka cart paying tribute to Yelena’s heritage. The couple cut their six-tiered wedding cake on the balcony and thanked everyone for being part of the best day of their lives. At 11:30 pm, the Kinfolk Brass Band entered the theater and led guests in a second line onto Canal Street and then to an after-party at a speakeasy where a DJ played until the early morning hours. 


Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Ceremony Flowers

Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Welcome
Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Bar

Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Ceremony Venue

Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Groom
Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Walk Down Aisle

Yelena Trepetin And Justin Williams Marry In New Orleans canopy

Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Drinks
Yelena Trepetin And Justin Williams Marry In New Orleans flower kids

 


The Retreat

Yelena and Justin honeymooned in Turks and Caicos at the luxurious Wymara Resort & Villas. They loved the resort because of its peaceful beaches, accommodations, and superb and friendly staff. The newlyweds enjoyed wakeboarding, water-skiing, kayaking, parasailing, and other water and land activities. The honeymoon was a delightful mix of activities, eating amazing and fresh food, and relaxing.


Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Cake
Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Getaway Car
Yelena Trepetin And Justin Williams Marry In New Orleans violin
Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Reception

Yelena and Justins Beautiful Wedding in Louisiana Dance

 


 

Contributing Vendors

PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER

Mon Soleil

EVENT PLANNER

Blue Gardenia Events

FLORIST

Kim Starr Wise Floral Events

CEREMONY VENUE

The Peristyle at City Park

RECEPTION VENUE

The Orpheum Theater

CATERER

Joel Catering & Special Events

CAKE

Chasing Wang

GROOM’S CAKE

Bittersweet Confections

INVITATIONS

Dogwood Blossom Stationery

GOWN

Tony Ward from Kleinfeld Bridal

VEIL

Christie Lauren from Kleinfeld Bridal

BRIDAL SHOES

Bella Belle

GROOM’S TUX

John’s Tuxedos

BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Watters

RECEPTION DRESS

Bronx and Banco from Revolve

ENGAGEMENT RING & WEDDING BANDS

Blue Nile

HAIR & MAKEUP

Signature Beauty Group

RENTALS & DECOR

Firefly Ambiance

ENTERTAINMENT

Élan Artists

SECOND LINE

Kinfolk Brass Band

TRANSPORTATION

Audubon Limousine

HONEYMOON ACCOMODATIONS

Wymara Resort and Villas

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