Written by: Jessica Burke | Photos: Jessica Burke + Phillip Colwart for Jessica The Photographer
Jude and I met in November of 2015. I was on a road trip with some friends checking out colleges and different states in the South. I came across Jude in my travels. He took me and my friends on a boat ride to find alligators and I found myself falling for him rather quickly. I went back home and we kept in touch via facetime and phone calls.
After months of long distance, and a couple of trips back and forth between us, I decided to apply for Nicholls State University.
A few months later, I found myself moving to Louisiana in order to pursue my degree in Education and also fell in love with this Cajun man of my dreams.
5 years of dating and 3 dogs later, Jude proposed to me at my parents home on 4th of July in Northridge, Ca. I said yes instantly and in the midst of a pandemic we began planning our big, fat, Punjabi-Cajun Wedding! – Chanpreet
a punjabi – cajun wedding
“We mixed both of our cultures together to make our wedding dreams come true,” shares Chanpreet. “I am Punjabi, Indian and Jude is full on Cajun. We managed to infuse both of our traditions and give our friends and family the perfect balance of both cultures. My friends and family flew out from Los Angeles, Ca while Jude’s friends and family drove out from Lockport, La. Everything was enmeshed perfectly!”
Chanpreet and Jude said their wedding vows under a mandap which is a tradition for Indian weddings.
“This wedding was truly one for the books and such a beautiful celebration of cultures. It was such an inspiring coming together of different cultures. From Punjabi to Cajun to New Orleans, we all became one by the end of the night!” shares Chanpreet.
their favorite things
“My favorite part was definitely the Second Line to close out the night!” says Chanpreet. “It gave all of us such a New Orleans only experience! Jude’s favorite part was saying our vows to each other, which I of course loved too!”
Be still our hearts! Centerpieces included framed notes handwritten by Chanpreet’s students – each child wrote what they thought love is.
Chanpreet and Jude treated their guests to a wild dance party in the Great Hall at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
NOW FEATURED VENDORS
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jessica The Photographer
EVENT PLANNER: Alchemy Events
CATERING: Toulouse Gourmet
BAKERY: Gambino’s Bakery
ADDITIONAL VENDOR CREDITS:
GETTING READY LOCATION: Hilton Riverside New Orleans | CEREMONY LOCATION: New Orleans Museum of Art Besthoff Sculpture Garden | OFFICIANT: Kevin Centanni | RECEPTION LOCATION: New Orleans Museum of Art | BRIDE’S GOWN + JEWELRY: Sari Palace (Artesia, CA) | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Fazia Collections (Los Angeles, CA) | GROOM’S ATTIRE: Indochino of New Orleans | GROOMSMENS’ ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse | VIDEO: Dyle Films | FLORIST: Berry Blossom Flowers | CEREMONY MUSIC + RECEPTION DJ: KhanCept Entertainment | BRASS BAND: Kinfolk Brass Band | BAR SERVICE: Cafe NOMA, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group | HAIR + MAKEUP: Claudia Rivas (Los Angeles, CA) | BRIDE’S RING: Neil Lane, Kay Jewelers | GROOM’S RING: Kay Jewelers | ELEPHANT TABLE NUMBERS: Fashioncraft | INVITATIONS: Ann’s Bridal | HENNA: New Orleans Henna