Russell and I met on a tailgate “bus” owned by one of our mutual friends before an Auburn football game. I was a college junior, and he was getting his Masters in Public Health in Birmingham and had come down for the weekend. I was not interested when I first met him, but after a full day of him following me around and helping me find my friends, I decided to give him my number. Russell proposed on the Saturday before Mardi Gras 2015, which also happened to be Valentine’s Day. We had 12 people staying with us in our 2 bedroom shotgun apartment. We had boarded our pug dog Winston in anticipation of having so many guests over the weekend. That morning, Russell sprang out of bed and put on his favorite outfit, including his “Mardi Gras” pants that he loves to wear for one day each year. He went out to our front porch. Soon after Russell got up, I also got up still wearing the world’s ugliest jammies. I was in the living room talking with a bunch of my friends when in walked Russell holding Winston, proudly plopping him in my arms. After getting over my initial confusion, I looked down to see that Winston was wearing a tag on his collar that said “Will you marry my daddy?” Of course I said yes :)
Processional: Trumpet Voluntary
Recessional: Trumpet Tune; Spring by Vivaldi
First Dance: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) as performed by Sleeping at Last
It’s hard to pick a favorite moment from the wedding! The most memorable moment for me was walking down the aisle. It was so emotional and exciting. But everything from that day and evening was so perfect! Russell’s favorite moment was the first dance. It was the best day of our lives! We cant imagine it having been any better!
Our wedding cake was traditional almond with raspberry buttercream on the inside and amaretto buttercream on the outside. Our groom’s cake was red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and a fondant wrapped on the outside to resemble the flag of Leonidas Polk, one of the founders of Sewanee, where Russell went to undergrad. Both cakes were made by Melissa’s Fine Pastries.
Ceremony + Reception: Race & Religious | Hair + Makeup: GLAM Nola | Florist: Bee’s Wedding and Event Design | Brass band: Paulin Brothers Brass Band | DJ: Larry DeWitt DJ | Signage: Lindsey Wohlfrom (friend of the bride) | Caterer: Palate New Orleans | Second shooter: Eddie Marroquin