Real Wedding: Carnes – Moore

Kelly Carnes and Ryan Moore had never been to New Orleans. But, when deciding on the perfect place to elope in April, they were drawn to the Crescent City.

“Neither of us had been there before,” said Carnes. “We knew it was a magical place, so we like[d] the idea of our wedding being the formative memory we’d have there. New Orleans will always be special to us now!”

The couple chose The Pharmacy Museum as their elopement location and when asked why the location was perfect for the couple, Carnes explained, “I worked at the Smithsonian for 11 years, so I love being in, and supporting Museums. The Pharmacy Museum was intimate, historical and fit our personalities, price point, logistical needs, and aesthetic. We knew we’d have a more eclectic, vintage look so it would make for the perfect photo backdrop.”

After the ceremony, the couple took the time to set the scene for quintessential New Orleans pictures all over the city from Muriel’s to Pirate’s Alley.

“Since it was just us, we got to do whatever we wanted after so we ran around to several spooky places to enjoy the evening,” said Carnes about her favorite part of the wedding. “Ending our night at a Vampire Speakeasy, where I tossed my bouquet off the balcony to some passersby on Bourbon Street.”


Date: April 1, 2018

Ceremony: The Pharmacy Museum

Photographed locations: The JW Marriott where the couple got ready, the séance room at Muriel’s, Pirate’s Alley and the absinthe bar, Potions Vampire Speakeasy, Jackson Square and the streets of the French Quarter

Bride’s attire: Custom made dress from Etsy

Groom’s attire: London Fog tuxedo

Bride’s accessories: a pair of Harry Potter high tops (Etsy), a necklace with two charms – one given to the bride by a friend and one crescent moon charm from the Maryland Renaissance fair.The bride says she also got a pair of silver fleur de lis earrings that day from a jeweler in the French Quarter but she can’t remember the name of the store.

Hair: Sarah Early

Makeup: Sarah Early

Flowers: Leaf and Petal

Photography: Sophie Lin Berard

Other vendors: LaToya Papillion-Herr, the officiant from Waning Moon Officiants. “We loved her!” said Carnes.

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