Ceremony & Reception: Benachi House
Wedding Coordinator: Rhoda Yawn
Florist: Poppy & Mint
Cake: Pure Cake
Brass Band: Kinfolk Brass Band
Rental: Event Rental
How did Will propose? Will proposed on the first day of Spring. He chose that day because it signified new and renewed beginnings. I was completely surprised because it was a couple of days before we were leaving for a vacation to Puerto Rico so I was distracted by work and getting ready for our trip. I came home a little late from a busy day at work and wasn’t expecting Will to be home. I walked into our house from the back door and first saw a note on the dry erase board in our kitchen. The note said, “Nancy, will you…” and he had drawn a picture of a ring. At the time, I remember thinking, that’s a strange note. Why’d he leave that note for me (because I wasn’t expecting him to be home). I walked a few feet and there was Will standing, all dressed up, in our dining room with our dog, Chappy, who was wearing a sign around his neck that said, “Dad has something to ask you.” There was a homemade candlelit dinner on the table, and even our cat was sitting at attention. Will got down on one knee and popped the question. Afterward, we sat down to eat. It was so sweet and personal, and I thought it was perfect that he did it at home and found a way to include our dog!
What are a couple of favorite memories from your wedding day?
From Will: seeing Nancy for the first time when she came up behind me on the porch. I was anxious, but when I saw her, I calmed down and was glad we were able to spend a little time together before everything got started. The first thing I thought when I saw her was how beautiful she looked in her wedding dress.
The second line was something I’d read about and seen on tv but was not something I’d experienced firsthand. It was so fun to have that experience with my new wife.
From Nancy: The second line with Kinfolk Brass Band was definitely a highlight. What an amazing way to celebrate with our family and closest friends?! It was so joyful, and I could see how much fun Will was having. He was so care free.
One of the other highlights was just seeing how the vision for the wedding all came together. Our family and friends pitched in to make it special. My mother made the darling little cake topper that looked like Will and me. I made the vintage stamps bunting cake topper to incorporate the vintage stamp theme we had used on the invitations. My sisters set up the decorations and one made the “S” wreath and vintage handkerchief photo backdrop. A friend made her fabulous rum cake for one of the cakes. Another friend made the specialty drinks during the cocktail hour. It was truly a group effort and really personal.
Why New Orleans? I used to live in NOLA and it is such an amazing place with a deep sense of culture and history. Will really loves the city as well and we thought it’d be great for our family and friends to get to experience it. Much of my family and many friends live less than a couple of hours away so that was a plus as well.