Adria + Daniel

Ceremony & Reception: Race & Religious

Coordinator: Meghan Graham

Florist: Poppy & Mint

Cake: Debbie Heyd

Brass band: TBC Brass Band

Catering: NOLA Boils & McClure’s Barbecue

Decor: DIY

* Featured on Wedding Chicks

String lights, macarons, and sky lanterns… The perfect mix for a romantic New Orleans wedding. When I hear “Race and Religious” I can’t help but get super excited! If you don’t know about this venue, it is one of the most GORGEOUS locations in New Orleans. From the moment that I arrived at the wedding, I instantly sensed the true love and chemistry that draws Adria and Daniel to one another. Several times throughout the wedding day, I had tears in my eyes. It was one of those weddings where everything just goes right. Adria’s style blew my away! Her unique dress, lace wedding cake, great eye for detail, and AMAZING bouquet was so fun to capture. The ceremony was light hearted and touching. My favorite part of their ceremony was when they played rock paper scissors to see who would read their vows first. Also, their personal vows were powerful. Adria and Daniel’s love story is amazing. At the end of the night, the guests released sky lanterns. They had guests travel from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, California, Portland, Oregon, Mexico City, and Vermont.

How they met: Dan and Adria met when they were 15 years old in Anaheim, California. Adria was walking home from school one day and saw him walking along the same street in front of her. Adria approached him the next day in my English class (they had never spoken to each other) and it turned out they lived across the street from each other. Their 13 year friendship began after that, including sneaking out of her window to smoke cigarettes with him (they were kids!) and Dan playing his guitar for her in her front yard a few times. He says he was terrible, but she remembers being pretty impressed! They were close friends through his moving to San Francisco, then to New York, never dated, just great friends. Then, about 5 years ago, he came to California for his mom’s birthday. They hung out one night, started talking (the wine helped) and they realized there was a lot more between them. They tried a long distance relationship, and 6 months later Adria moved to New York with him!

How he proposed: Daniel proposed during a family trip to Cuba two years ago. He took Adria out on a “date night” to a restaurant with a gorgeous panoramic view of Havana. Then they took a walk along the wall along the ocean known as the Malecon, he said some lovely things, and then he proposed. He was so nervous, and it was so cute! After that, their celebrated with their families, who were all in on it, and waiting for them at an outdoor restaurant nearby.

Why New Orleans? When Adria moved to New York from California, she and Dan took the train cross-country. They stopped in New Orleans for 3 days. It was their first mini vacation together and still a bit awkward! They didn’t get to explore enough and wanted to come back some day to spend more time there. When they were looking for a wedding venue, they couldn’t decide if they should have it in New York or Los Angeles. They didn’t think of New Orleans immediately, but when they started to consider it as the location, it made perfect sense to have it there! Great food, great music, great people…. what’s not to love?! And it’s right between both coasts! It was the perfect location! Plus, Adria looooooves hot and humid weather:)

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