Written By: Jessica Burke | Photos: Madeline B Photography
JORDAN AND ADAM’S STORY:
A surprise Valentine’s Day ring shopping trip set everything into motion for Jordan and Adam’s wedding plans. While the ring creation was delayed due to the pandemic, Adam and Jordan kept their engagement a secret and started to plan their dream wedding, a magical elopement. They had always wanted to elope and decided to do so right here in their hometown.
“The hardest part of planning the whole wedding was keeping it an absolute secret,” shares Jordan. “Nevertheless, our overall excitement helped keep us focused on getting to that moment. One of the best parts of being secretive was that all decisions were 100% based around what WE wanted with no other opinions to consider.”
Jordan and Adam found the perfect location for their private ceremony, a local Airbnb with a bit of green space outside where they could say their vows.
“Writing our own vows was extremely important to me,” shares Jordan. “It was truly the most special, sweet, and intimate moment of our entire lives. Getting to write out—and verbalize—each other’s feelings connected us so greatly and was truly the highlight of the day.”
After the ceremony, the couple and their photographer and videographers made a mini photo opp tour around the French Quarter and Uptown New Orleans before heading across Lake Pontchartrain to surprise their families.
“We knew we wanted to surprise our family after the wedding. We invited them to a ‘family dinner.’ We told them that this dinner is where we would introduce our immediate family to one another,” says Jordan. “The venue, The Southern Hotel, was actually at the same location Adam and I had our first date, so it was extremely special to us in more ways than one.”
After their family had arrived, an attendant at the hotel gathered everyone in a courtyard for photographs and at this moment, the newly weds made their grand entrance. “We turned a corner in our full wedding attire with our hearts beating out of our chests.,” shares Jordan. “The looks on their faces were PRICELESS… my mom was jumping up and down and my dad was crying with excitement; Adam’s family was clapping, crying and taking it all in. My dad still says this was one of the best days of his life and the biggest surprise he has ever had. It was by far the most exciting moment we have ever had as a couple. Our families were thrilled to see us happy and extremely supportive of our decision to get married in the way that best fit us.”
“The entire day leading up to the ceremony was slow, magical, and stress free. When we look back on our wedding, the only memories we have are of each other. It’s hard to put into words how special that day felt, how intimate our wedding ceremony was and how much we LOVED it being just us.”
FEATURING JORDAN + ADAM’S WEDDING::
PHOTOGRAPHY: Madeline B Photography | OFFICIANT: Dean Sunseri | BRIDE’S GOWN: Sarah Seven, Lovely Bride (Dallas) | VEIL: Toni Federici | SHOES: AD & Daughters | CLUTCH: Forever 21 | GROOM’S ATTIRE: Theory | VIDEO: KEJ Productions | FLORIST: Lisa Smith, Petals-n-Parties | PAMPAS GRASS: Pampas Love Nola | BAKERY: Ivonne Standeford | TRANSPORTATION: Northshore Support Services | HAIR: Holly Manders | MAKEUP: Christine Lombardo, Signature Beauty Group | JEWELER: Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers | VOW CARDS: LaurCalligraphy | RECEPTION DINNER LOCATION: The Southern Hotel