January 27, 2021

Our Wedding! | Lauren + Alejandro

So many creative hands went into making our wedding day beautiful and special! I want to thank each and every vendor for their incredible talent and eye for beauty.

Venue: Home sweet home | Photographer: Berkley Martin Photography | Second photographer: Lauren Covelli Photography | Videographer: Tasha Rae Photography | Film photographer: Devin Masters with The Masters in Love | Wedding planner: Mise En Place Events | Furniture rental: Distressed Rentals & Revival | Florist: Doris Ione | Ribbon: Tono + Co | Invitation suite: Eglantine Rose Letterpress | Calligrapher: Christy Guerin | Band: Brother’s Bear | Live painter: Morgan Barranco | Hair: Shazie Hossainpour | Makeup: Erica Vidrine | Charcuterie table: Shiloh Latham | Pie: Frances Chauvin | Food truck: Nola Mia | Champagne trailer + photo booth: The Bubble Tap Trailer | Rugs: Hannah Pickle | Candlesticks + goblets: Blair Hancock | Officiant: Pastor Marvin Poole | Bourbon bartender: Cory Oubre | Triangle arch: Statement Event Rentals | Tapered Candles: 100 Candles | Gauze table runner: Linen Lark | Wedding dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaid dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Guy’s tuxes: H&M | Bridesmaid’s robes: Turkish Bath Towel | Wedding bands: Olive Ave | Wedding earrings: Opalmilk | Bridesmaid’s earrings: Clay earrings made by Katie Charbonnet | Sky lanterns: Just Artifacts

Wedding color palette:
Peach, rose gold, and copper mixed with other lovely fall colors

How did you and Alejandro meet?
Alejandro and I randomly met at Cate Square Park early 2016. We talked about life, God, and cooking and went our separate ways. It just wasn’t in God’s timing. Fast forward four years. My best friend Catherine gave me her mustard colored vintage couch. It’s been in lots of photographs, and a few ladies from Alejandro’s church wanted to borrow it for their upcoming Shine event. Ale’s friend, Tim, came to my home to pick up the couch. Tim (who was a stranger to me at the time) knew that I would be a good match for his friend, Ale. I had a really good feeling about him and made the connection that we had met at the park four years before. I remember him as kind, cute, and a believer. I felt confident and knew I had nothing to lose. I always thought people were crazy when they said, “When you know, you know!” But now I absolutely understand. After being a single mom for several years and waiting for God’s best for me and Emma’s lives, He stayed true to his promise. It has been a beautiful journey and love story.

How did Alejandro propose?
Every year on July 15th, Emma and I take a ‘housiversary’ photo in front of our home. I love to see how much she’s grown through the years. This year, I wanted to take a few photos with Alejandro before I got my braces off. I mentioned it to my best friend Catherine (who takes the photo of us) and Ale a few weeks before, and that’s when they started planning the proposal! I literally had NO idea that he was going to propose during these photos. I was completely surprised and SO joyful! Shortly after, our friends and family showed up to celebrate with us with wine and yummy food. It was a perfect night.

Cake flavors
Instead of wedding cake, we opted for our neighbor’s homemade pies! Mrs. Frances Chauvin bakes the best pies from scratch every week for the New Orleans and Baton Rouge farmers markets. She baked an assortment of pumpkin, pecan, and apple pie.

First dance songs
Alejandro and I danced to You are Gold by the National Parks
Emma and I danced to Beautiful Thing by Grace VanderWaal
Alejandro and his mom danced to Virtuosa (Canción Especial Día de las Madres) by Samuel Adrian

Most memorable moments from our wedding day
+ Having our wedding in the comfort of our own home
+ The look of pure joy on Alejandro and Emma’s faces as they celebrated with our family and friends
+ The PERFECT weather
+ Catherine and Alison doing my nails that morning, and Harper making me the best old fashioned while I got ready. Best bridesmaids ever!
+ Alejandro tearing up when he had his first look with Emma
+ The relaxed nature of the day. Everyone had a cocktail in hand before the ceremony began, and Ale and I greeted guests as they arrived.
+ Everyone’s sweet faces smiling at Emma and I as we walked down the aisle to Ale
+ Our speciality bourbon bar + our styled charcuterie table. (You rock, Shiloh!) It was all absolutely delicious and the presentation was stunning.
+ My first dance with Emma. I cried like a baby.
+ Ale and I feeding each other a slice of pizza in the NOLA Mia pizza truck
+ Catherine and Camilo’s beautiful speeches. Everyone was in tears.
+ Emma and Estella singing with Brother’s Bear band
+ Dancing under the string lights
+ Our sky lantern sendoff. The perfect way to end a magical night!

We had guests from Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Miami, Dallas, Tampa, and the local area attend our special day!

Side note: We dropped all of the obligations and expectations and wanted our wedding day to be relaxed, intimate, and a reflection of our love. We had a small guest count that included immediate family, mentors, and friends that we do life with. By having a smaller wedding, we were able to host it at our home and elevate the experience by adding speciality elements and booking our favorite vendors. I want to encourage you to celebrate your day the way that you and your partner envision it. Drop old traditions and make your own! A beautiful wedding doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and it can be stress free!

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