Ceremony & Reception: Benachi House
Wedding Planner: Rhoda Yawn
Florist: Poppy & Mint
Brass band: Eric Ensminger Brass Band
Wedding dress: Luxe
Reception dress: Claire Pettibone
Second photographer: Catherine Masters
How did you two meet? Stephen and I met in 2010, when I began working at the Apple Store in Atlanta. There was a lot of flirtation throughout the year, until in 2011 we decided to hang out one day after a bad snow storm in Atlanta had cleared a little. We spent the day chatting and watching movies while keeping warm indoors. From that day forward we have been inseparable, and the feeling of love came to us quickly.
How did Stephen propose? Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love the weather and the energy of the season, and the beauty of beautiful colors of falling leaves. Thanksgiving is very dear and important to me with the gathering of friends and family and the opportunity to give thanks for the abundance of blessings that we have been given.
Our Thanksgiving of 2013 was wonderful. Stephen’s mom, Melanie, and his stepdad, Eric, traveled from NOLA to our house in Atlanta to help us prepare a delicious Thanksgiving dinner that we shared with my parents, complete with New Orleans touches like turducken and oyster dressing!
The day after our wonderful dinner, Stephen surprised me in the early morning at bedside with my gorgeous purple sapphire and white gold ring. He knew that I wanted a ring that was unique to me and my tastes, and the gorgeous stone and setting were absolutely perfect. From one knee Stephen told me of how much he loved our little family (with our sweet dog Louis at our side) and that he wanted to make it real.
The love and togetherness of the Thanksgiving season will be a continuing reminder of the warmth of Stephen’s sweet and perfect request for my hand in marriage.
Why New Orleans? Stephen was born and raised in Uptown New Orleans. Only a few months after we started dating, Stephen wanted to share with me the energy and beauty of his home city. Through every trip since, Stephen has made a point of sharing more and more of this special city with me, and I have come to think of it as my own second home.
Most memorable moments from the wedding day: For myself, the anticipation of getting ready made time seem to stand still in some moments. I loved spending time with my bridesmaids and my adorable flower girls before the ceremony began. It was so lovely having such a generous space for the bridal suite. I think back fondly on every moment of preparation.
And of course what sticks out most in my mind is the walk down the aisle. Seeing Stephen looking so happy and seeing his emotion made me heart so warm.
The overwhelming positivity from all of our guests was so amazing! We are so humbled by the outpouring of love and support from all of our guests (including yourself!)
Stephen enjoyed being in the room with his guys before the ceremony began. He loved being able to share such a special time with his fantastic groomsmen (and the two wives that were so amazing and helpful and loving.) He was able to greet some of our most special guests, and spend some really good bonding time with his best friends.
He also reflects back fondly on the anticipation of standing next to our officiant (and Stephen’s very good friend) waiting for me to walk down the aisle. He says he kept reminding himself to breathe. And as soon as he saw me, that he was on the verge of tears. He heard the guests react with excited chatter as he pulled his grandfather’s handkerchief out of his pocket before I even made it all the way down the aisle.
Lindsay & Stephen’s guests traveled near and far for their special day!
Many of Stephen’s family were local to New Orleans, but his sister (my youngest bridesmaid Emma), his father, and sister Liz Faul and her family traveled from Lafayette, LA.
Many of my family members traveled from different parts of Georgia, Tennessee & Florida.
Stephen’s best man Mike Silberberg traveled all the way from London!
Briana, my Maid of Honor traveled from Los Angeles and her parents traveled from Santa Monica.
Our Uncle Val and Aunt Renee traveled from Key Largo, Florida.
Our Aunt Heidi and Uncle Joel traveled from Minneapolis.
Brian Sullivan, Stephen’s uncle, traveled from New Port, Rhode Island