New Years Eve Wedding with Fireworks


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The easiest way to have a whole fireworks display for your wedding? Get married on New Years Eve! When Kayleigh and Melissa decided to have a New Years Eve wedding, they knew they wanted to give their guests an unforgettable experience. Their community celebrated them at their much-awaited New Orleans wedding at the Rooftop on Basin. 

Fireworks behind guests at a New Years Eve wedding

The Rooftop on Basin

The Rooftop on Basin is a New Orleans wedding venue that’s ideal for an intimate wedding, especially if you love the French Quarter. This venue gives you the feeling of being in the French Quarter without the inconveniences the neighborhood can bring. A boutique hotel, the Brakeman Hotel, is located in the building, too. It’s convenient for wedding preparations and as a place for some guests to stay.

Shoes and perfume bottle
Invitation suite for the New Years Eve wedding
A bride sits with her wedding party
Flasks for a New Years Eve wedding

Ceremonies at the Rooftop on Basin can be held either in the salon or on the terrace. The salon has wide windows that let in sunlight during the day. In the evening, you get a great view of the city lighting up all around. The neutral decor makes it easy to tailor to different themes and color schemes.

Mother of the bride zips her dress
first look for the New Years Eve wedding
The couple poses in front of the skyline
Kayleigh straightens Melissa's skirt before the New Years Eve wedding

The best part of the Rooftop on Basin is the view. A terrace gives a bird’s eye view of the city. It’s a great spot to enjoy a cocktail or cool off after shaking it on the dancefloor. Because the venue is on the edge of the French Quarter, you can see across the historic neighborhood and the skyline of the Central Business District. This worked out perfectly for Kayleigh and Melissa’s New Years Eve wedding. They couldn’t have asked for a better view of the fireworks set off on the river! 

The wedding party wears black
Melissa with her wedding party for the New Years Eve wedding
A bride walks down the aisle at the Rooftop on Basin
Kayleigh sees Melissa at the New Years Eve wedding

A Luxe New Years Eve Wedding

Melissa and Kayleigh’s choice to have a New Years Eve wedding is in keeping with their love of the finer things in life. They wanted their wedding to feel luxurious but intimate. Their wedding proved that you don’t have to go over the top with extravagances to create a luxe experience for guests. 

The New Years Eve wedding ceremony
The couple laughs during the New Years Eve wedding ceremony
The first kiss at the New Years Eve wedding ceremony
A New Orleans wedding second line

To emphasize that refined feeling, Melissa and Kayleigh chose a black and white color palette. Melissa’s tux had a classic style that’s typical of this couple. Even in their City Park engagement photos, they were dressed to the nines! Their wedding party looked dapper in black with white roses. Since it was a black tie event, guests really showed up in their best New Years Eve wedding attire. It added an element of class and fun to the evening.

The first dance at the Rooftop on Basin
A confetti cannon at the New Orleans wedding
the photo booth at the New Years Eve wedding
A guest jumps in front of the camera at the New Years Eve wedding

Melissa and Kayleigh put so much thought into the luxe details of their wedding because they wanted to give their guests an experience as opposed to an event. After meeting their community, it’s easy to see why the couple wanted to create an intimate evening to connect joyfully with them. The vast majority of their guests travelled from all over the country for this New Orleans wedding. Kayleigh and Melissa wanted to make sure they had fun!

The couple shows their rings at the New Years Eve wedding
lights on the dance floor of the New Years Eve wedding
The couple dances at the New Years Eve wedding reception

My favorite part of Melissa and Kayleigh’s wedding was how much their guests wanted to be there to celebrate their love. This couple has such an amazing group of friends, many of whom are members of the Queer community. It was truly a treat for me to see Melissa and Kayleigh surrounded by so many people who care for them deeply! 

The bride sings at the New Years Eve wedding
Guests hug while dancing
A man dances with Kayleigh at the New Years Eve wedding

Fireworks for Kayleigh and Melissa

I said that Kayleigh and Melissa’s wedding had been long anticipated, and it’s true. This couple has been together for 12 years! Guests kept saying, “Finally!” It was clear that their community had been ready to celebrate them for a while.

The fireworks begin at the New Years Eve wedding
Guests celebrate with fireworks at the New Years Eve wedding

Since the terrace at the Rooftop on Basin faces the river, Kayleigh and Melissa’s guests got an unbeatable view of the fireworks! When midnight hit, the sky burst to life. Guests gathered around the couple to enjoy the display. This was the moment that Kayleigh and Melissa had looked forward to most – being surrounded by the people they love for the ultimate celebration.

Fireworks in the distance at the New Years Eve wedding

Do you want to see more weddings like this one? Check out this Compass Point Events wedding!

Thanks to all the vendors who made this wedding possible:

Venue: Rooftop on Basin

Coordination: Belle Soiree Events

Catering- Messina’s

Hair & Makeup: Dazzle Dolls

Second Line Handkerchief: Backyard Printing

Invitation: MagnetStreet

Cake: Bae’s Bakery

Light Sticks: WoosterCo.

Floral: Beth’s Florist

Videographer: Ryne Anderson Digital

DJ/Photo Booth: Bayou Events LLC. 

Officiant: Michele Zeller

Kayleigh’s Dress: Essence of Australia

Kayleigh’s Hairpiece: ShadowCatCharms

Melissa’s Tux: Paisley & Grey

Melissa’s Vest: Custom by Brad Lockett at Forum Tailoring

Melissa’s Watch: Movado

Cocktail Napkins: Zazzle

Swizzle Sticks: Fran Johnson House

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