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Real Wedding: Voodoo 'I Dos' in New Orleans

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Alex, Lisa, and Dani the snake getting their mojo on.
Photo by Imagine Photography

Last year, when we shot our summer fashion story in New Orleans, I stayed a few extra days to explore the city. I decided to book a tour with renowned Voodoo Queen Mary Millan (aka Bloody Mary). It. Was. Incredible. Not only does she know everything there is to know about NOLA and its unique culture, but I learned that one of her side gigs is officiating—wait for it—Voodoo weddings.

When I got back to New York, I couldn't stop thinking about her. Then we had our annual Bridal Market Party, where I met Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant, the couple who are exchanging vows across the globe. When they mentioned that they were headed down to New Orleans a few weeks later, a lightbulb went off. Long story short, I hooked them up with Bloody Mary, and they said their I dos in a Voodoo-licious service full of color, energy, and, well, snakes.

The wedding took place at Bloody Mary's Voodoo Parlor on November 7th 2012, and you can watch it all unfold February 8th, 2013 on ABC's 20/20 at 10:00 p.m. (EST).

Watch a  sneak peek of the ceremony here filmed by Studio Vieux Carre New Orleans, and see more fun photos below.

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The couple embrace with the sound of drums in the background.

1 The couple embrace with the sound of drums in the background.

Alex & Lisa getting ready for their Voodoo Wedding.

2 Alex & Lisa getting ready for their Voodoo Wedding.

Voodoo Mary beginning the ritual

3 Voodoo Mary beginning the ritual

A wedding veve (religious Voodoo symbol) made with powder.

4 A wedding veve (religious Voodoo symbol) made with powder.

Beginning of handfasting ceremony which ties the couple together.

5 Beginning of handfasting ceremony which ties the couple together.

Mary's handmade voodoo love dolls for the bride and groom

6 Mary's handmade voodoo love dolls for the bride and groom

Alex and Lisa hold hands during the ceremony.

7 Alex and Lisa hold hands during the ceremony.

Comments (3)

  • Thank you so much for your blog.!I did not see the text from 20/20 till later today while i was on a tour; 20/20 postponed the show till closer to Valentines and it will now air on Feb, 8, 2013 on 20/20. See you then
    Bloody Mary

  • great photo shoots! thanks

  • [...] Real Wedding: Voodoo 'I Dos' in New Orleans - The Bride's Guide ... . Lisa, and Dani the snake getting their mojo on. Photo by Imagine Photography Last year, when we shot our summer fashion story in New Orleans, I. The couple embrace with the sound of drums in the background. 1 The couple embrace with the sound of . I did not see the text from 20/20 till later today while i was on a tour; 20/20 postponed the show till closer to Valentines and it will now air on Feb, 8, 2013 on 20/20. See you then. Bloody Mary. From: bridalbride  [...]

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