It started with a hello.
They both were at a mutual friend’s brithday party when Conor saw her sitting alone outside and went over to her to say hello. After some intitial conversation, Conor surprised her by asking to hold her hand as they walked back inside.
They haven’t been able to say goodbye to each other since.
As their love grew, Conor knew he was ready to make Kim his wife forever, especially with the news shortly before his planned proposal that Kim was pregnant with their twins. However, Kim new big changes were coming upon them and thought the timing was off, so she declined his offer. Nevertheless, Conor was persistent, and even with changes arising, his love for Kim never waned. So a few months later, while people watching on top of their favorite cliff by the water, Conor asked for a second time for Kim’s hand. This time, with the timing right, she didn’t hesitate to say yes.
The couple planned a beautiful wedding that was centered on their love for each other and their family and friends. Kim wore a special veil that her mother wore and added lace to represent both her parents on the day that they got married. Conor donned a Marine pin to represent his brother, Declan, who was originally supposed to be a groomsman but was recently deployed overseas.
What started with a hello, grew into a romance the neither Kim nor Conor expected, but no one could deny their love for each other.
“It was amazing to have our family and friends travel from all over the U.S. to celebrate with us,” Kim said. “We will never forget the love and support we received from each and everyone of them on our special night.”
PHOTOGRAPHER: Liz Daino Photography | CEREMONY LOCATION: St. Pius X Church | RECEPTION LOCATION: Arbor Room at Popp Fountain | BRIDAL GOWN: custom wedding dress | BRIDESMAID’S GOWNS: Allure Maids | GROOM/GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Clothes from Jos. A. Bank, bowtie by ScoccaPapillon, Etsy, suspenders by Yigufu, Etsy | FLORIST: Fat Cat Flowers | BAKERY: Haydel’s Bakery | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Dat Band | INVITATIONS: GEM printing
"The theme of the weekend though, was just family, friends, and fun. The majority of our guests traveled from California to attend our wedding...With that in mind, we wanted our guests to feel as though they earned a vacation when they came to New Orleans. We wanted to ensure the weekend encompassed some of the best parts of Louisiana, and that our guests were able to meet one another and share in the fun together."
"We often remind people of our names by saying, 'Jon, Carrie', like 'John Kerry, Secretary of State.' Given that 2016 was a presidential year, the theme of our pre-wedding events was of a Presidential campaign. Our 'Save the Dates' directed people to a website which allowed people to 'donate to our campaign fund' (i.e., our wedding registry) and we made pins with our slogan 'We Wanna Be Bayou.'"
"My departed friend's theme for getting through cancer was, 'Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain' and that's exactly what we did because it rained nearly the entire wedding weekend with the sun opening up at the exact moment it should." - Carrie
French signs were made by Carrie's sister which welcomed the guests to wine and champagne before their Second Line through the French Quarter.
"Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, you don't get a moment to take it all in, so it was important to us to have that moment during the ceremony where we just looked at all of those who were there to celebrate us. Of all the moments from the wedding that's one of my favorites."
"Our vows were one of my favorite parts. I could't do them justice in describing them, they were just so fun and heartfelt. I spoke of how difficult it was trying to find the write words for a writer, so I might as well steal some of the best ones written before me. Then I told the story of our relationship using famous movie quotes, before finally saying that no film or line could ever match the greatness of our fairytale. And then coincidentally, Jon's vows were very similar. Our friends were blown away by not only what we wrote to each other, but that the similarities were proof that we are soulmates."
Having lost dear family and friends to cancer, Jon and Carrie felt it was important to remember those who were there in spirit. "We had a moment of silence during the ceremony for those who were not in attendance," said Carrie. She also wore a locket with photos of her dear friend and Jon's dad around her bouquet.
"The wedding was decorated with careful thought to bring the love of Louisiana and the love of California together. From street lamp table settings reminiscent of the New Orleans gas lanterns, to King Cake and bananas foster for dessert, to a wedding day screenplay written by the groom on a typewriter display."
Carrie and Jon's mothers danced to Ernie K Doe's "Mother in Law." "It was my mom's idea," shares Carrie, "probably because she thought it would be funny, but also because the bride's mom doesn't get a dance. It was such a a big hit."