Second line celebration + Tropical reception


Alice and Nikolai were all about the details and making sure the overall chill and inclusive vibes were visible through and through. From the brass band parade in the park to the temporary tattoo station at the reception, they made sure to keep the guests up on their feet!



The rundown: 

Guest Count: 80 Guests
New Orleans Flair with a Tropical Twist
Budget: $20,000 - $25,000
Libby Hill Park + Havana 59

Planning and design by Ciera

Color palette:

Planner Notes:

Alice and Nikolai wanted to keep their wedding intimate and personal with about 80 total guests, and having their long time friend officiate the union, they did just that. For the ceremony, instead of saying their vows and immediately sending guests off to the reception, they wanted a "mini party" in the park. No BS Brass band played tunes as Alice was escorted down the aisle with her father and upon saying their I do's, No BS led Alice, Nikolai and all of the wedding guests around the park with a full brass band parade. 

Upon entering Havana 59, guests were welcomed with traditional cuban cuisine and lively music to keep the party going. From Cuban cigar boxes as card holders to a temporary tattoo station with tropical prints, the look and feel of their reception certainly had chill party vibes. Once dinner service was completed, tables were moved, and Alice danced ALL night long



Photographer: Ash Carr Photography
Flowers - Amanda Burnette
Hair & Makeup - Slingin Pretty 
Band - No BS Brass Band 
DJ - Joe Davenport
Cake - Pearls


We didn’t initially plan on hiring a coordinator but quickly realized planning a wedding from out of town might be a little tricky, so we reached out to WGL and connected with Ciera. Immediately we knew we NEEDED her- she is smart, funny, quick, no nonsense but also non judgmental and accommodating and asks all the right questions. She was on top of everything, replied quickly and wisely to even my spaziest of emails, created a perfect day-of agenda, joined us on site visit, met with our musicians to make a plan, flagged things we never thought about, connected us with great hair and make up people, DJ and a florist, and honestly kept us sane. Also her instincts are 100% on point- for example I wanted to tweak the day-of schedule to run our reception a bit later which she accommodated, but ultimately on the day of I realized that her initial plan would have been perfect. The rehearsal went perfectly with Ciera at the helm (everyone present was like “woah, I wish I had her at my wedding!”) and on the wedding day Ciera and Brandon who assisted were AMAZING. We were able to completely relax and enjoy the day because the were 10 steps ahead of everything. We just showed up and partied! It was so nice to build a relationship of trust where we knew we didn’t have to worry about anything without needing to ask our friends and family to take on a lot of tasks- everyone was able to fully enjoy the day. Everything was perfect and went better than I could have hoped and WGL was a HUGE part of that. Ciera went so above and beyond and her services felt like a bargain. Hire WGL/ Ciera!!
— Alice, Bride