Ceremony & Reception: Benachi House
Hair & Makeup: Rocket Science
Wedding Planner: Rhoda Yawn
Harp: Ashley Toman
Florist: Poppy & Mint
Cake: Bittersweet Confections
DJ: DJ Yes Kate Yes
Bar/Catering: Martin’s Wine Cellar
How did Anthony propose? So, Anthony believes that he has this ability to keep a secret; especially one that is customary to keep until the final unveiling (such as a proposal, or a surprise birthday party.) On my 31st birthday, Anthony and I planned a trip to the rocky mountains to visit a childhood friend and celebrate my birthday on the ski slopes. His family caught wind of the adventure, and one after another decided to tag along; what began as a getaway, turned into a family vacation (seriously, all of them; even grandma and the exchange student). Compounded by the entirety of his family, and a sudden sickness on eve of my birthday, Anthony’s insistent (and mostly ridiculous) plans of how to get away from the group cued me that there may be something else going on. I tried and tried to feel better, and take him up on one of these adventures, but it just didn’t work out. I always wanted to go to Red Rocks and finally entertained the idea of climbing the side of a mountain in beautiful snow storm at the Ampitheater, just outside of Denver. Anthony got halfway down to one knee in the snow, and I said “YES” before he could finish the question, or even pull the ring all of the way out of his pocket!
Why New Orleans? This was actually a relatively easy and logical decision we got to make. We met in New Orleans; transplants from separate regions of the country. Anthony is from Minnesota and I from New York. We had both decided long ago that the city is perfect for us, and combined many of the shared elements of our relationship that we enjoy. We love the rich cultural history and how has endured to continue in everyday life.
Most memorable moment of your wedding day: They say rain on your wedding day is good luck but the truth is no bride it their right mind ever believes this. The weather was predicting thunderstorm all week, not just sprinkles but torrential rains and I was terrified. Throughout the day it started looking ominous but then subsiding until a light rain broke out right before our ceremony. All the guests were seated with umbrellas spread, the harp was playing and the rain was lightly sprinkling the crowd. At the end of the ceremony the rain stopped and the sun broke through just as the harpist played Here Comes the Sun. It was truly magical, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.