Ceremony + Reception: Annadele’s Plantation
Hair: Xuan-Mai Nguyen
Makeup: Viet Le
Florist & Decor: Hammond Florist – John Pecoraro
Cake: The Cocoa Bean
DJ: DJ Dynamix
Second shooter: Catherine Masters
How did you and Jonathan meet? We met back in our Freshman year of college in 1999(ahh!!! Eons ago) through mutual friends. Jonathan was an up-and-coming DJ for these massive college parties, but we never really held any long conversations. We just had itty bitty conversations and said hi and bye to each other. Fast forward 13 years later, we reconnected through FB. Jonathan posted a picture of a pickle juice energy drink and I ‘Liked’ the photo. Jonathan says that it caught his eye, so he messaged me. He asked me to hang out with him in New Orleans, and I declined. Some time later, he asked to hang out with me in Baton Rouge (where I was living at the time,) and I accepted. We’ve been inseparable since then! He and I drove back and forth from Hammond to Baton Rouge and vice versa every single day up until I moved to Hammond.
How did he propose? He proposed on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. After eating a big meal, we went to our favorite spot under a tree at the LSU lakes. Jonathan was a little fidgety, sooo unlike him because he’s always so calm and collected. But I didn’t think anything of it. Once our food coma wore off a little, we were ready to go to our next food destination. (Side note: Wednesdays were our designated “Wednesdates” where we went on little food tours to try different foods.) We got up to brush ourselves off and Jonathan got on one knee and proposed. The sun was setting and it was great! It was so overwhelming that we laid back down on the grass for a little while longer. Haha
Most memorable moments of the wedding: 1) Walking up the aisle and only focusing in on Jonathan’s face. All the wedding nerves that built up subsided once I saw his face. 2) It had rained all week long, but it seemed like the rain stopped long enough to let us get married outside on the lawn. Once the ceremony ended, it started sprinkling again. I thought that was magical. 3) My maid-of-honor, Lorraine’s speech was amazing. She made me bawl like a baby! She never ceases to amaze me with her incredible words, always so beautifully thought out and vocalized.