Laissez les bon temps rouler. Let the good times roll. When NaKia and Omari brought Mardi Gras to Atlanta for their wedding, it turned into an event that they nor any of their guests will ever forget. Family and friends were gifted with intricate masks, beads and handkerchiefs, each of the Creole-southern details paying homage to the groom’s roots. The ceremony took place at Atlanta’s historic wedding venue, The Foundry at Puritan Mill, the bride stunning in a strapless sweetheart gown, the groom equally dapper in slate grey, both of them accentuated to perfection by the wedding party all in elegant black. The reception offered delicious fare by Endive, each dish giving a nod to New Orleans specialties and Georgian comfort food. Nothing says a good time quite like Southern fried chicken and waffles paired with mac and cheese and crawfish etouffée. The Second Line Brass Band stunned with their “Do What Ya Wanna” rendition, followed by tunes and entertainment throughout the night courtesy of DJ Nick Rhen. Amongst all the grandeur and good times, NaKia and Omari wrote a chapter of memories they’ll never forget. This unforgettable celebration is brought to you by Atlanta wedding photographer Kelly Lane Photography!
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
We met in 2005 while we were both in college. We met at a pool party and have been connected ever since.
Now for the proposal…details!
We got engaged at the W Hotel in Atlanta, GA, Omari gathered all of our friends and family to surprise me in the hotel lobby. Once I noticed all of my loved ones I burst into tears. After I finished crying I noticed he was on bended knee. After the proposal Omari planned a helicopter ride over metro Atlanta.
Was there a specific theme or style?
The wedding was a traditional New Orleans themed wedding paying homage the groom’s hometown. We thought it was also important to include a few details that incorporated my Southern roots as well. Most importantly, we wanted our guests to have a blast, so we attempted to bring Mardi Gras to Atlanta.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
I chose a strapless sweetheart neckline with a net pleated bodice, and ruffled vertical tiered organza skirt. It was an empire waist and a dip back with a zipper and a semi-cathedral train. My mother actually picked it out and once I tried it on, I knew it was “the one”! I wanted something sleek and comfortable for the bridesmaids. I chose a longer black dress with a purple sash because I wanted everyone to be comfortable and went with a one shoulder design to add a bit of flair. The flower girls wore a tank dress with a full tulle skirt similar to the bride’s dress. The groom wore a slate gray dinner jacket with black pants and the groomsmen looked dapper in black tuxedoes.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
In order to incorporate the theme, we tried to add small details in where we could. We gifted our guests with masks, beads and handkerchiefs. We used a unique Venetian Mask as the topper for our cake instead of a traditional topper. We had a King Cake for the grooms cake. Also, instead of traditional table numbers, we used New Orleans street names. There’s always a party on Bourbon Street.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
We had the food catered by Endive and it was delicious. All of the courses were focused on New Orleans cuisine and Georgia comfort food. We chose stations in order to get the most bang for our buck and to have a great variety. Fried green tomatoes, fried chicken and waffles and macaroni & cheese, and you can never have enough Shrimp Po Boys or Crawfish Etouffée.
Did you DIY any of the details?
No, we aren’t really DIY kind of people. Other than assembling the favors, we left most of the details and decor to our wonderful planner, Eliana, but we were able to find great trinkets for the guest favors at the dollar store.
What was the most memorable moment?
THE SECOND LINE! The brass band was amazing! “Do What Ya Wanna” was the rally cry of the night.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
Have the band play one more song!!!!!
See more of NaKia and Omari’s spectacular wedding with this video from Imagine Video Productions!
Venue: The Foundry at Puritan Mill | Catering: Endive | Photography: Kelly Lane Photography | Event Planning & Design: ellyB Events | Floral, Decor, Rentals & Stationery: ellyB Events | DJ: Nick Rhen | Band: The Second Line Brass Band | Videography: Imagine Video Productions | Transportation: Georgia Trolley Services | Cakes: For Goodness Cakes