x The Meeting Story
We met in law school where we sat right next to one another for an entire semester in assigned seating, but barely spoke two words to each other. It wasn’t until the class ended that we started talking, and those first conversations were only prompted by my dog’s ridiculous appearance. After a few weeks of talking nonstop, we ended up going out on our first date to a Childish Gambino concert at the Fillmore in Miami Beach. We had the best time and the rest is beautiful, sweet history.
x The Proposal
I have a very close relationship with my family, who live in New Orleans. Anthony and I live in Florida, and I knew all I wanted for my 30th birthday was to spend it with my family in New Orleans. My mom got me this amazing birthday cake in the shape of the dog-that-started-it-all, surprised me with tons of penguin pool floaties (my favorite animal) and we had the best day having a pool party with all my extended family and a bunch of friends. As soon as everyone finished singing me happy birthday, Anthony got down on one knee and proposed. It was beautiful in its simplicity.
“As soon as everyone finished singing me happy birthday, Anthony got down on one knee and proposed. It was beautiful in its simplicity.”
x The Venue
We had our ceremony at the St. Louis Cathedral in the heart of the French Quarter. The Cathedral is the oldest continuous catholic cathedral in the United States and is somewhere that I had always dreamed of getting married ever since I was a little girl. I’ll never forget that, as we pulled up to the church on my wedding day in the white vintage Rolls Royce, all the tourists in the square went crazy taking pictures of us. In that moment, my dad kissed me on my cheek and whispered to me “you’re now officially a part of the fiber of New Orleans.” New Orleans is such an amazing city that holds the most special place in my heart. It’s where my family, Cuban immigrants, found their freedom and worked hard for their American dream. It’s where my parents met, where my sisters and I were born, and where we grew up playing with our cousins and listening to stories from our grandparents. And now it’s where I married the love of my life.
“As we pulled up to the church on my wedding day in the white vintage Rolls Royce, all the tourists in the square went crazy”
Following the ceremony, we had our second line (which, for non-New Orlenians, is a parade through the streets of the French Quarter with a brass band) to our reception site, Marche. Marche is an absolutely stunning venue with magnificent views of the Mississippi River. Marche ended up being perfect because it truly captures the essence of New Orleans, it has more character than we could have ever dreamed of, and it was perfect for the large size of our wedding. Plus, it was located almost directly across the street from my late grandfather’s building in the Quarter, and we made it a point to have our second line stop in front of his building in order to pay our respects to him. That was one of the most beautiful moments of our wedding.
x The Aesthetic
“It felt like…the dress was made for me. It was so seamlessly stunning, and allowed me to just be myself all night.”
x DOS Laurence Gown
x The Ring
“Breathe, walk slowly down the aisle, and hold on to every moment.”