Traditional Elegant New Orleans Wedding: Antonia + Rashan

Antonia, born and raised in New Orleans and Rashan had a simple and elegant ceremony at St. Josephs Church, taking a vintage Rolls Royce to their reception at The Westin Hotel where Antonia was serenaded by Rashan's fraternity brothers. March 8th was quite the celebration, coming a handful of years after Rashan set up a meeting at work so the two could formally meet. Talk about initiative!  

Wedding Date: March 8, 2014
Wedding Location: New Orleans, LA
First Dance Song: “Primetime” by Janelle Monae ft. Miguel
Favorite Item on the Menu: Chargrilled Oysters

Tell us about how you met and all about the proposal!

We met at work in a meeting for a charity event. I pretended he wasn't there, but inquired about him the second the meeting was over. When I got back to my desk, I had an email that read, "Just in case you were wondering who I am..." Little did I know, he had been inquiring about me a month prior and he had coworkers "place us" in the same meeting. 

After two years of dating, we got engaged on 12/26/12 atop the W Hotel in Atlanta on the helicopter pad. He planned a recreation of our first date in Atlanta. We did all of our favorite things: shopping, eating, movies and a Hawks game. Sadly, our helicopter ride and video were sabotaged by the high wind. But it was still a moment to remember because he reminded me that things will not always be perfect or go as planned but through it all, he will always be by my side to make things right.

Wedding Style

My dress was a Matthew Christopher dress named Eleanor. Glamorous chapel-length, trumpet gown made of silk duchess satin. The bodice was overlaid with Swiss dotted tulle and encrusted with Edwardian scroll beading. The sheer sleeves that started at the tip of my shoulder were also Swiss dotted tulle with Edwardian scroll beading. The neckline framed my décolletage in a tasteful and elegant manner.

Culture

We had a traditional New Orleans reception: chargrilled oysters as a part of the cuisine, flambeaux banana foster dessert, beignets and milk dessert, and the famous second line exit. 

Memories

Standing in the back of the aisle and seeing my future husband at the altar, I had this excitement that was radiating from me. When I got to the altar, I couldn't let my Dad's arm go. When I finally took my groom's hand, a calmness and sense of security came over me. 

Help a bride-to-be out!

Be calm and patient. Don't let the special day get the best of you. Enjoy every second because it goes by in the blink of an eye.

Vendors:

Photography: Robert Patterson, Billie Board Photography 
Ceremony Location: St. Joslouisiana ephs Church
Reception Location: The Westin Hotel
Event Planner: Sapphire Events
Dress Salon: Town & Country
Dress Designer: Matthew Christopher
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy
Bridal Party Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Makeup: Jonet Williamson
Hair: Mahogany Morgan
Florals: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events
Linens and Chairs: Perrier Party Rentals
Transportation: American Luxury; Celebrity Limo
Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals
Cake: Pure Cake Bakery
Lighting: Luminous Events
Wedding Invitations: Scriptura
Photo Booth: Big Easy Photo Booth
Cigar Bar: The Cigar Factory Ceremony
Musicians: Clark Knighton
Reception Music: DJ Jack Magic
Child Care: Accent Company

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