REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

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REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

"While I was getting dressed in my suite, I sat down to write my groom a sweet note reminding him of why I loved him and wanted to marry him. I left it on the bed for him to find and read just before he walked down to the beach to say "I do"."

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

"Since my parents couldn't be with me on my wedding day, I strung together a charm bracelet with several charms my mom and dad had given me over the years so that I could have them walk me down the aisle."

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

"If Matt and I have anything in common, it is our love for the ocean. We couldn't imagine getting married any other place than our favorite romantic vacation spot." - Candice

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

"The day of the reception, I planned a spa day with lunch for all of my bridesmaids, mother and mother-in-law. Before all of the other girls arrived at the Ritz, I took a moment to give my mom a special card and a set of pink pearls from Mignon Faget. She was overjoyed. I loved spending the day with my girls, especially my mom!"

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

"I selected blush and sequin for the bridesmaid dresses for no particular reason other than I fell in love with the color and style. It seemed very New Orleans." - Candice

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}
PHOTOGRAPHER: North Photography & HD Video

Publisher's note: I just love Candice and Matt's cake - the naked cake pairs perfectly with the exposed brick in the venue and the colorful blooms and succulents by Bella Blooms are the perfect finishing touches! -Jessica

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

At the New Orleans reception, guests were able to view video from Candice and Matt's Cabo nuptials!

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

"We met in New Orleans and still have a great number of family members and friends there so New Orleans was the only logical place for the reception. We wanted a very New Orleans reception with delicious Southern food, great cocktails, a killer band and a second line send off for our reception."

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

Candice asked the band to learn a surprise song for their dance together.

REAL WEDDING :: CANDICE + MATTHEW {Paradise Found}

From Cabo to the Crescent City.

Story by: Starlight Williams

God was leaving nothing to chance when He made sure that Candice and Matt shared a cubicle at the local public accounting firm that they worked at. However, even though their conversations were at first shy and brief, the potential for romance grew until one day Candice got the courage to ask Matt out on a date. That first date cemented a love that would survive a long distance relationship, three moves and the adoption of their bulldog, Berkeley.

With an itinerary of pampering, a dash poetry by Williams Shakespeare and wine and dine experience, Matt proposed to Candice under a sky blazing with 4th of July fireworks.

Slipping the engagement ring on her finger with a “I told you I was going to marry you,” Matt was thankful to see love and joy on Candice’s face as she enthusiastically screamed, “Yes!”

“She was so loud, security from the hotel came to the room to see if everything was OK,” Matt says.

The couple decided to elope on the beach. Because Candice’s parents couldn’t be with her for the ceremony, she added personal touches so she could feel like they were there with her.

“It was important to me to include my parents—they are my two best friends, Candice said. “ Since my parents couldn’t be with me on my wedding day, I strung together a charm bracelet with several charms my mom and dad had given me over the years so that I could have them walk me down the aisle.

Saying “I Do” with the sounds of the waves in the background, Candice and Matt started the journey to make every day which each other the best days of their lives.

After their private beachfront ceremony, the couple would return to the place they met, New Orleans, to celebrate with family and friends with a “very New Orleans reception.”

See Candice + Matthew’s feature in our 2016 Fall+Winter Print Edition below and click through the gallery above to see more photos!

FEATURING:

PHOTOGRAPHER + VIDEO: North Photography & HD Video | FLORALS + CANDLE DECOR: Bella Blooms Floral | CEREMONY: Cabo San Lucas | OFFICIANT: Diego Vidal | CEREMONY MUSIC: Alonso Aquirre | HAIR AND MAKEUP: Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Spa (Cabo) & Ritz Carlton Spa (New Orleans) | BRIDE’S GOWN: Sarah Nouri, Mia’s Bridal, Houston, TX | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Adriana Papell, Nordstroms | NEW ORLEANS RECEPTION: Calcasieu | PLANNER: Emily Sullivan, Get Polished Events | ENTERTAINMENT: Louisiana Spice Band | BAKERY: Bittersweet Confections | INVITATIONS: Berings Hardware, Houston

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Jessica Burke

Hi, I'm Jessica Burke, the Publisher of New Orleans Weddings Magazine. If you love New Orleans and you love weddings, you're in the right place for lots of great inspiration and ideas.

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