Text by Demara White | As seen in the Munaluchi Fall/Winter 2016 Issue. Purchase a copy here.
Veronica and Ted first connected during homecoming at their alma mater of Southern University. However, each has a (shall we say) slightly different story about their initial acquaintance.
"I noticed that Veronica was following me on Instagram. Initially, it didn't mean much, because although we had never met, we shared mutual friends. Then, I noticed that she had "liked" a couple of my photos. Again, I didn't think too much of it,” says Ted. However, once the "likes" started to come more frequently, Ted knew that she was interested.
But Veronica interjects to tell it differently: “I noticed that Ted was doing positive things in the community and I may have "liked" a couple pictures on his page. Not flirting - more so applauding him for the things I saw him doing”. And a few weeks before homecoming, Ted amped up their tit-for-tat liking game. “I noticed that Ted had "liked" several pictures on my page. Some pictures were posted many, many weeks prior. Some would say he was being thirsty, but I knew he was attempting to get my attention,” says Veronica.
So for the purpose of compromise, we’ll say the two shared a mutual curiosity - and leave it at that.
After a couple weeks of flirting, homecoming weekend had arrived - but their eventual meeting didn’t happen without a hitch. When Ted phoned their mutual friend and Veronica surprisingly answered, he stood shocked on the other end. After rambling a bit, a nervous Ted redeemed himself by making sure to ask if she’d be coming to the yard that weekend. That was the first of many conversations the pair would share that weekend. They would eventually go on to exchange numbers and even share a farewell brunch together.
On October 15, 2012, the Monday following homecoming, at 6:31 P.M., Ted received (what they now refer to as) a life-changing phone call from Veronica. It was a five-and-a-half hour conversation that ended with Veronica making arrangements for Ted to visit her in Houston that weekend. That weekend was just the first of many that the pair would spend together in either Houston or Baton Rouge over the course of seven months.
Needless to say, the spark lit during their first five-hour conversation never dimmed. And on New Year’s Eve 2013, Ted planned to ring in 2014 with Veronica agreeing to become his wife. Surrounded by family and friends, Ted popped the question, to which Veronica happily said yes. The pair wed on February 7, 2015 in the bride’s hometown of Houston.
Their ethereal Chateau Cocomar venue, outfitted in hues of cream, black and white hosted over 400 guests and served as the perfect timeless setting for their nuptials. Drawing inspiration from a scene in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, the couple’s lavish ceremony space featured over 2,000 candles and intricately placed angels. And as a way to pay homage to Ted’s New Orleans roots a second line band closed out their reception.
Veronica, indeed the fashionista, was gorgeously decked in a custom Galia Lahav, Suzanne mermaid gown and complimented the look with a pair of uber-chic Sophia Webster winged heels.
Though this couple’s wedding was undoubtedly stunning, Veronica cites her best wedding day memory as the recitation of their personal vows. It was a beautiful moment that allowed their guests an intimate, heartfelt glimpse into the couple’s unwavering love for and commitment to one another.
Bride & Groom: Veronica Michelle Moss & Edward "Ted" Clark James
Occupations: Senior Project Manager, Cox Communications, Business Division, & Louisiana State Representative, Attorney.
Wedding Style: Veronica, the fashionista, made sure she got the most bang for her wedding day buck. Her gown was custom made by Galia Lahav in Israel, purchased through Ivory Bridal Atelier in Houston, Texas. She was always a fan of the designer, and loved her custom dress so much that she kept it on throughout the reception as well with no wardrobe changes.
Culture: "We did jump the broom, an African-American tradition, sweeping the past away and jumping forward to the future. Ted is from Louisiana, so we also wanted to incorporate the tradition of second lining at the end of the celebration to close out the night."
Favorite item on menu: Mushroom risotto
Bridesmaids/Groomsmen gifts: The Bridesmaids received robes, make up, hair, bridesmaids shoes and accessories and the Groomsmen didn’t want anything.
First dance song: “Make Me Whole” by Amel Larrieux
Help a Bride-to-be out: "I would say that there were few things that a bride should not go frugal on, and those include the dress and the photographer. I would advise future brides to consider having a buffet style meal instead of a seated one to cut costs, especially if you have over 200 guests. We were able to cut costs, and have two separate buffets to ensure all guests were served in a timely fashion. Yet another money saving tip is skip the limo, especially if your event space allows for you to stay on the property in a honeymoon suite overnight (i.e. hotels). We closed the reception out in traditional Louisiana style with a second line, and circled back inside the venue to close out the night with final champagne toast. We still had fun, and no one felt like they were missing out on seeing the bride and groom exit in a car."
This wedding is featured in the Munaluchi Fall/Winter 2016 Issue. Click here to purchase a copy.
Bride's dress: Galia Lahav
Bridal salon: Ivory Bridal Atelier
Bride’s headpiece: Made by the Bride, Tulle and Swarovski Crystals
Bride's shoes: Sophia Webster
Bridesmaids dresses: Twobirds
Cakes/desserts: Edible Designs by Jessie
Catering: Cafe Natalie
Ceremony venue: Chateau Cocomar
Event decor/design: Flora and Eventi
Entertainment: DJ Chris Major
Violinist + harp strings: Divisi Strings
Brass band: Mike Foster Project
Event planner: Occasions by Audi
Florals: Flora and Eventi
Groom's attire: 4 Seasons Custom Clothiers
Groomsmen attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair: Kyra Duhe
Lighting: Flora & Eventi
Linens: Flora & Eventi
Bride’s makeup: Alaina Saulsberry, Color Du Jour
Bridesmaids makeup: Monique Johnson, Sugar Honey Iced Tea
Photography: Morgan Lynn Photography
Reception venue: Chateau Cocomar
Stationery: Terez Batiste, Xquisite Events
Videography: Mark Morarie Films