Written by: Jessica Burke | Photos: The Red M Studio
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
how they met + the proposal
“We met through the bumble dating app. Taylor swiped right first and was disappointed when she swiped and there wasn’t a “new buzz in the hive” because I had not come across her yet. A few days later I (Auburn) swiped right on her. A new buzz in the hive. She sent a late night drunken message that simply read “Hey girl.” We went on our first date at a bar called the Swamp Chicken and I knew that if that didn’t scare her away that she was the one. 3 years later I proposed on a private lake at a place called Paradise in Picayune. I told Taylor that a photographer friend on mine was revamping her photography portfolio and had asked a bunch of us to take pictures for it. I told her that she rented this place for the day and she totally bought it. After I proposed surrounded by all of our best friends, she still thought we were going to all be taking pictures for a portfolio. Instead we took engagement pictures right there. It was the perfect day.”
the first look
Auburn’s favorite part of the wedding day was the First Look. “We kept our dresses secret from one another and somehow still managed to pick dresses made by the same designer. I reveled in the short moment where it was just the two of us soaking in how beautiful Taylor looked and knowing that I would get to spend forever with her.”
the wedding ceremony
Auburn and Taylor exchanged vows bathed in a rainbow of colorful light from the stained glass windows at Felicity Church in New Orleans’ Lower Garden District.
the first dance
Auburn and Taylor danced to “More than Anyone” by Gavin Degraw for their first dance.
the wedding cake
The 3-tier wedding cake by Gambino’s Bakery had a sweet surprise inside: a rainbow of cake layers!
the best day ever
Auburn and Taylor had to reschedule their wedding from January to March due to pandemic restrictions, but they didn’t let any of that dampen their spirits. “After many stressful moments we endured planning a wedding during COVID-19, our wedding day was absolutely perfect. It truly was the best day of our lives.”
the wedding send off
“Taylor says her favorite part was the ceremony or our drunken send off where she slipped down the stairs and I caught her – the crowd cheered as if a basketball had just been rebounded for the game winning shot!”
FEATURING AUBURN + TAYLOR’S WEDDING::
NOW FEATURED VENDOR:
BAKERY: Gambino’s Bakery
ADDITIONAL CREDITS: GETTING READY LOCATION: DoubleTree by Hilton New Orleans | WEDDING CEREMONY + RECEPTION LOCATION: Felicity Church | OFFICIANT: Michelle Krieger | GOWNS: Maggie Sottero, Ashley Renee Bridal (Auburn), Southern Bridal (Taylor) | BRIDESMAIDS GOWNS: Azazie | PHOTOGRAPHER: The Red M Studio | FLORIST: Fat Cat Flowers | CEREMONY MUSIC: Elizabeth Thacker | TRANSPORTATION: Big Easy Limos | ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Chris Stylez | HAIR + MAKEUP: Signature Beauty Group | WEDDING PLANNER: Weddings by Lulu | DECOR RENTALS: Yur Event Rental | CATERER: Catered to Nola | JEWELER: Ramsey’s | FAVORS: Handmade by the brides + Paula Greco (Taylor’s mom) | INVITATIONS: Paula Greco
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::AS SEEN IN THE AUGUST 2021 ISSUE OF NOW WEDDINGS MAGAZINE:: Written by: Jessica Burke…