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REAL WEDDING:: Kristina Belanger + Kyle Musson {K SQUARED = FOREVER}

::AS SEEN IN THE JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022 ISSUE OF NOW WEDDINGS MAGAZINE::

Written by: Jessica Burke |  Photos: Jessica Burke + Phillip Colwart for Jessica The Photographer

kristina + kyle’s story

“Kyle and I met at a nightclub in Boston on St. Patty’s Day 2013 where I was celebrating my birthday with some friends. As soon as I saw him, I just knew. We exchanged numbers and have talked every day since. After a few years of dating long distance, I decided to move back to Boston.

Over the next 4-5 years we watched our son, Xavier, grow from a sweet boy to an amazing young man, we adopted our rescue pup, Dexter, we enjoyed several concerts, and went on numerous adventures.

And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, Kyle proposed NYE 2019! It was the most wonderful surprise! We chose New Orleans for our destination wedding because we absolutely fell in love with the city. We wanted to share this one of a kind culture and energy with all of our loved ones.”

wedding invitations

French Quarter New Orleans Wedding portraits

their favorite wedding day moments

Wedding First Look, Exchange Place New Orleans French Quarter

For Kristina: “It’s a tie between our first look and my father walking me down the aisle. Kyle’s reaction when he saw me for the first look was the sweetest thing, and it helped calm my nerves. But walking down the aisle and seeing all of our family and friends was beyond heartwarming. I felt so lucky in both of these moments.”

Riverview Room New Orleans wedding

Riverview Room New Orleans wedding

Riverview Room New Orleans wedding

For Kyle: “For me, it is the first look. After all the anticipation, finally seeing how beautiful Krissie looked in her dress, I couldn’t help but cry. And then talking with each other while we took our time walking through the French Quarter to the venue was truly memorable.”

New Orleans French Quarter Portraits

Bride and Groom hold hands

 

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Krupnikas, Bread, and Salt Blessing

wedding traditions

”The Krupnikas, Bread, and Salt Blessing is a long cherished Lithuanian wedding tradition which has been passed down through the centuries. It symbolizes the union of the bride and groom and their families. The Lithuanian liquor for the favors and the raguolis, a traditional wedding cake, were provided by our very good family friends,The Liudzius’.”

Riverview Room New Orleans wedding

Riverview Room New Orleans wedding

Riverview Room New Orleans wedding

Riverview Room New Orleans wedding

lovely wedding details

”Kyle and I are passionate about animal rescue,” shares Kristina, “and wanted to incorporate that into our special day by naming the tables after our family rescue pets and a few of our favorite foster dogs.”

seating chart with tables named after kristina and kyle's foster dogs

table numbers featuring rescue dog photos
The backs of the table numbers featured a photo collage of Kristina and Kyle’s foster dogs.

the wedding reception

Riverview Room New Orleans wedding
The first dance with a view of the Mississippi River in the background.

Kristina and Kyle had both a traditional American wedding cake as well as a raguolis, a traditional Lithuanian wedding “tree” cake.

Kristina and Kyle’s rescue dog, Dexter, made an appearance at the wedding cake table!

Riverview Room New Orleans Wedding
Kyle and his son Xavier hit the dance floor during the reception.

wedding reception dancing

the second line

The reception ended with a Second Line lead by Young Fellaz Brass Band from the Riverview Room back to the couple’s hotel on Canal Street.

French Quarter Second Line

French Quarter Second Line

French Quarter Second Line

NOW FEATURED VENDORS

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jessica The Photographer

EVENT PLANNER: Alchemy Events

ADDITIONAL VENDOR CREDITS:

GETTING READY LOCATIONS: Sheraton New Orleans and The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel | CEREMONY + RECEPTION LOCATION: Riverview Room | OFFICIANT: Michele Zeller | BRIDE’S GOWN: Essence of Australia, Vows Bridal (Waterton, MA) | MENSWEAR: The Black Tux | VIDEO: Your Day Production | FLORALS: Something Borrowed Blooms |  BAKERY: Dream Cakes, LLC | CEREMONY MUSIC + RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Khancept Entertainment | HAIR + MAKEUP: Verde Beauty Studio | DECOR RENTALS: Decor on a Dime |  JEWELER: Catbird and Dilan Jewelry | INVITATIONS: Minted | SECOND LINE BAND: Young Fellaz Brass Band

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Watch Kristina and Kyle’s wedding video by Your Day Production.

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