A Timeless Nature-Inspired Wedding in New Orleans with Nods to Family
Jasmine Owens and Glenwood Barbeeâs love story began in the summer of 2015 on the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. After exchanging a few messages online, the duo decided to meet in person at ABV in San Francisco. Once the two started chatting over drinks, Glenwood learned that Jasmine had previously served in the Peace Corps, which immediately caught his attention. âI found myself intrigued and realized that this wasnât just another online date,â Glenwood recalls.
Jasmine, on the other hand, found Glenwoodâs shoes to be a turnoff âThose shoes are no longer in his collection,â she notes. But, that didnât deter her from pursuing him. At the end of their first date, she turned to him and asked, âSo, are we going on a second date or what?â That second date turned into a third date and another date after that, and before they knew it, they were moving in together.
Four summers later, the pair received the keys to their first home. To commemorate the milestone, they took photos in front of the âSoldâ sign on their new property. Glenwood saw it as the perfect opportunity to pop the question (while getting it on camera!). âI knew this was the first thing I wanted to do in our new home,â Glenwood reflects. Jasmine gave a resounding âyes,â and they celebrated their engagement and new home with Champagne on their back porch.
The lovebirds couldnât wait to start planning their wedding, but it took longer than expected since the pandemic delayed the process. However, with the support and guidance of wedding planner Michelle Norwood, orchestrating their big day was more seamless than they anticipated. âThere isnât another planner I would have wanted to spend two years planning a wedding with,â the couple remarks. âWe wanted a number of thought options to decide from, and Michelle stayed true to that. We never spun our wheels trying to make a decision.â
Although the couple didnât have a clear wedding theme in mind, they knew they wanted to host a classic and timeless October wedding that appealed to all 73 of their guests. âOur vision was to throw a fun wedding that had something for everyone,â Jasmine explains. Read on to see how the coupleâs big day unfolded, as planned by Michelle Norwood Events and photographed by Mo Davis Photography.
Jasmine Owens and Glenwood Barbee's Real Wedding Video
Since Jasmine loves getting all dressed up, she sported a full ball gown with a structural bodice and a plunging V-neck for her wedding look. âFormal wear is my thing,â she states. âI feel most myself in a ball gown. I really wanted something timeless that had a highly fashionable modern twist, and [the dress] had everything that I wanted. I loved the architectural detail at the top and how it sat away from my body. I felt fabulous in the dress.â
For her âsomething borrowedâ item, Jasmine wore her grandmotherâs wedding ring. âIt began as a 0.75 carat diamond thatâs over 70 years old,â she illuminates. âOver the years, my family has added a birthstone [to the ring] for every child, creating a family heirloom.â To match the dazzling ring, she coated her nails in white polish and added ornate silver-leaf detailing.
The coupleâs VIP guest was their 5-month-old son. Jasmine made sure to keep her baby in mind when getting glam. âOur baby boy is hypersensitive to strong smells, so I decided not to wear a fragrance,â she admits.
I felt like I got to find my dress and say âyesâ twice.
When Jasmine went dress shopping, periwinkle was the only color available in the gown she wanted. She loved the look so much that she bought it in white before getting a chance to try it on. âI had to take a leap of faith,â she reveals. âAdmittedly, I was nervous about purchasing it.â Once the gown finally arrived, she received further confirmation that it was the one. âI felt like I got to find my dress and say âyesâ twice,â Jasmine adds.
Jasmineâs beauty look was all about simplicity. She settled on flawless bronzed skin with a bold red lip for her makeup. âI wanted to look like myself with makeup that complemented my features,â she discloses. For her hair, she went with a low-maintenance sleek bun, inspired by Tracee Ellis Rossâ red carpet look. She continues, âI wanted to feel comfortable on my wedding day and not worry about my hair.â
âMy bouquet was a collection of effortless early fall ingredients, loosely designed with plenty of dancing movement and the unique touch of a real pomegranate,â Jasmine imparts. Lush flowers in rich autumnal hues and botanical grasses gave her romantic bouquet color and volume.
Glenwood donned a black peak lapel tux for his wedding attire. âI wanted to keep my look simple yet classic,â the groom divulges. A white and copper boutonniere made of butterfly ranunculus coordinated perfectly with Jasmineâs fall-inspired bouquet.
Jasmine and Glenwood knew they wanted to host their nuptials at Marigny Opera House in New Orleans because they love how the venue is steeped in history, while simultaneously feeling current and exciting. âOur favorite thing about New Orleans is how the old and new mix, and thatâs represented in the Marigny Opera House,â the couple shares. âWith so much beauty and history, it felt like the perfect place to add our wedding history to.â
Having a few quiet moments to talk, laugh, take in the Opera House, and share our excitement about getting married (at last!) was priceless.
The grand exterior made the perfect backdrop for their first look. âHaving a few quiet moments to talk, laugh, take in the Opera House, and share our excitement about getting married (at last!) was priceless,â the couple reminisces. Glenwood made the experience even more special by gifting Jasmine a set of pearls from Tiffany & Co.
Iâve loved the unique (and literal) journey weâve been on together.
Before the ceremony, the couple shared an intimate moment together, taking photos and reflecting on their relationship. âIâve loved the unique (and literal) journey weâve been on together,â Glenwood expresses.
The groomsmen all wore the same classic peak lapel tuxedos to supplement the groomâs look and the venueâs aesthetic.
âWe wanted to match the beauty of the Marigny Opera House, so we went with things that completed the space,â the couple says of their ceremony dĂ©cor. They lined the aisle with geometric gold lanterns and a canopy of 15-foot trees that drew your gaze to the ceiling. For their altar, the pair arranged an arch of grasses and flowers, surrounded it with more lanterns, and stacked votive candles on a modern white bookshelf behind it.
Jasmineâs father escorted her down the aisle to âHere and Nowâ by Luther Vandross.
The lovebirds wrote their own heartfelt vows to add a personal touch to the ceremony. Jasmine carried family photos in her wedding dress pocket to keep her grounded and composed during the vow exchange. âWhen reading my vows, I touched [the photos] to remind me of the love my family has shared for over 90 years,â she illustrates.
After their officiant, Glenwoodâs high school advisor, pronounced them husband and wife, the newlyweds recessed to âEverlasting Loveâ by Natalie Cole.
To foster a sense of community, Jasmine and Glenwood made sure to design an inclusive table layout for their garden-themed dinner party. âIt was important to have a communal table and family-style dining to bring our guests together,â they remark.
âEverything inside the Marigny Opera House was so dramatic, so we opted to keep the tent simple and intimate,â they explain. The couple hung greenery from the ceiling and set the table with oatmeal linens, rust velvet napkins, modern acrylic chargers, and chic gold flatware. They combined votive candles, fruit, and floral arrangements to create their table runner.
Our guests were blown away by how veggie-heavy our meal was.
Since Jasmine is fully vegan and Glenwood is vegan-friendly, they selected a vegan menu full of delicious comfort food for dinner. âWe worked with Joel Catering to create a menu that was perfect, no matter our guestsâ dietary preferences,â they share. âJoel Catering nailed this by showcasing some amazing vegan dishes that werenât boring.â
The star of the lineup was an autumn succotash with butternut squash, mushrooms, okra, corn, and fava beans. They also served ratatouille with fresh vegetables smothered in tomato sauce and jambalaya with vegan sausage, fried okra, sautĂ©ed swiss chard, and blistered tomatoes for the main dish options. âOur guests were blown away by how veggie-heavy our meal was,â the couple adds.
Guests returned to the ceremony site for late-night fun and endless dancing. High-top tables wrapped in emerald green velvet linens and gold bar stools replaced the ceremony seating. Of course, the towering trees made another show-stopping appearance.
Although the duo didnât serve a signature cocktail, they presented a multitude of drink optionsâspirits, wine, beer, and mixed drinksâfor their guests to enjoy. They painted their menu in emerald green to match the venue and surrounding decorations.
Everyone mingled and danced while the live band DâPlay performed. The couple wanted to go all out with musical entertainment. âYou only live once, and this was the first party people were attending post Covid," they share.
Jasmine and Glenwood had so much fun showing off their moves during their first dance. They chose âLetâs Stay Togetherâ by Al Green to set the tone for their next chapter together as newlyweds.
The couple wanted to set aside time during their after-party for the traditional father-daughter and mother-son dances. Jasmine and her father spun around the dance floor to âMy Girlâ by The Temptations, and Glenwood and his mother swayed to âFly Me to the Moonâ by Frank Sinatra.
When Jasmineâs parents got married 39 years earlier, they served a Barbie cake at their reception, so Jasmine surprised them with her very own vegan Barbie cake. It couldnât have been more serendipitous. âWhat luck I have that 39 years later, I married a man with the last name Barbee,â she ponders. âIt just felt right.â Jasmine even pulled her hair back into a braided ponytail to match the Barbie doll's hairstyle.
The coupleâs wedding day was everything they could have dreamed of. Instead of letting the stress of planning a wedding interfere with the experience, they advise other couples to put everything into perspective. âThe things that you worried about while planning your wedding wonât matter after your wedding,â they observe. âJust let it go and donât sweat the small stuff.â