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Taylor and Ryan: Tropical Paradise on the Avenue

Taylor Wolleat and Ryan Voltz were married on Friday, May 18th, 2018, at the Van Benthuysen-Elms Mansion, affectionately nicknamed Elms Mansion. Originally built in 1869, the home was sold in 1952 to local businessman, John Elms, whose family later generously opened the home for private events. The home is currently operated by the 3rd generation Elms family.

The Elms Mansion, located on the beautiful St. Charles Avenue, boasts a gorgeous courtyard space; the perfect place to have a tropical wedding with a southern flair. The 1pm ceremony took place under the Gazebo with New Orleans’ own Colleen Oltmann of Oltmann Weddings officiating.

The bride carried a non-traditional bouquet of tropical leafs and orchids created especially for her by Erin Steen Flowers. The Knot mentions tropical blooms as a new trend for 2018, and it’s easy to see why. It’s beautiful and extremely eye-catching. The “Tiki” art piece was incorporated into the groom’s boutonniere as well!

The bride walked to her groom to the very-fitting and sentimental “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. This song holds a special place in their hearts and will forever be associated with their special day!

After the exchange of vows, guests were treated to a Bananas Foster buffet, which was all the rage with out-of-town guests and family! The wedding cake was baked by the very talented mother of the bride, and was decorated with magnolia blossoms and macarons, in keeping the tropical feel of the day.

Champagne flowed and toasts to the happy couple were declared!

Guests posed for photos and many memorable moments were captured by the keen eye of Marcia Ibay Grover of Ibay Photography. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Voltz! Thank you for trusting PK Events to plan your special day!

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Wedding Designers: PK Events NOLA

Cake: Mother of the Bride

Officiant: Colleen Oltmann

Photographer: Ibay Photography

Flowers: Erin Steen Flowers

Location: Elms Mansion, New Orleans

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