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Real Wedding: Merrell + Favaloro

Real Wedding: Merrell + Favaloro

Meghan Merrell and David Favaloro

A Storybook Romance in City Park | Written by: Marielle Songy

As with many love stories, Meghan and David started off as friends. The couple met in high school and were friends throughout college. It got to a point where Meghan realized she wanted to spend all of her time with David and they fell in love.

The proposal was like a modern day fairytale. On a last minute trip to Disney World, David kept trying to get Meghan to join him at the light parade at Magic Kingdom. Meghan thought this was out of character for David, but she decided to go along with him, mainly because she was eager to see her boyfriend of 6 years get excited about a Disney parade. It had been a long day of walking around Disney and Meghan was tired, so she was caught completely off guard when David presented her with a ring just as the fireworks illuminated the sky over Magic Kingdom. Of course, she said “yes!” and thus began their own happily ever after.

Meghan loves to read and spent much of her childhood in libraries reading books about faraway lands, so the couple wanted to incorporate a library and book theme into their special day. Their engagement photos were taken at The Latter Branch Public Library and save the dates were sent out on library card postcards. Meghan and David spent the months leading up to the wedding collecting items that would fit into their “literary” theme and some special touches included a typewriter, library card drawers, hardback books and framed literary quotes. Wedding guests were asked to fill out a library card with marriage advice for the couple.

The ceremony took place at The Camelia Garden at New Orleans City Park and a flower theme was also incorporated into the wedding in the form of flower crowns for the bridesmaids, floral pillars for the ceremony and a “flower ceremony” where the bridal party and family each placed a single bloom in a vase to create a new, full arrangement that symbolized the interrelationship of the couple’s family and friends.

Meghan’s godfather and uncle, Michael Merrell, officiated the ceremony and did “everything in his power to make our day special” says Meghan. He even turned their wedding script into a book as a keepsake for the couple!

From a friendship that blossomed into true love, Meghan and David’s romance is a beautifully written love story for the ages.

N.O.W. Vendors
PHOTOGRAPHY: Theresa Elizabeth Photography | CEREMONY, RECEPTION + CATERING: New Orleans City Park | FLORALS, DÉCOR RENTALS, CANDLES: Crystal Vase Flowers | BRIDE’S GOWN: The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe

Additional Vendors: GETTING READY LOCATION: The Pontchartrain Hotel | OFFICIANT: Bride’s Uncle, Michael Merrell | REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Ralph’s on the Park | BRIDESMAID’S GOWNS: Azazie | MENSWEAR: Rome’s Tuxedos | VIDEOGRAPHER: Bower Productions | WEDDING CAKE: Haydel’s Bakery | GROOM’S CAKE: Swiss Confectionery | CEREMONY MUSIC: Party-Tyme Productions | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Bucktown All-Stars | TRANSPORTATION: Audubon Limousine | HAIR + MAKEUP: Whitney Lowe + Suzette Stuprich for Up’Sa Daisy Hair Salon |TRAVEL AGENT: Travel Central | ENGAGEMENT RING: Raymond’s Jewelry Creations | WEDDING RINGS: Jared the Galleria of Jewelry |INVITATIONS: Minted.com

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Ellen Kramer

Ellen Martin Kramer is originally from a very small town near Lafayette, Louisiana right in the heart of Cajun Country. She came to New Orleans in 2002 and now lives in Picayune, Mississippi, a short hour’s drive to the Big Easy.

Her experience spans many areas as she is a lover of learning new things and immediately incorporates those into her entrepreneurial pursuits, from home and office organizing and wedding/event planning to web design. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, TLC’s Hoarding Buried Alive and The Larry King Live Show during her career as an Organizing and Productivity Consultant.

Her true love has always been weddings and beautiful events. Even as a teen she loved weddings, planning and creating various perfect weddings for herself….with no actual fiance ? Her first taste of real event planning came with becoming a member of the Social Events committee for the Miss Louisiana Organization in 1999. Since then she has planned weddings, social events, conferences and educational summits.

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