Their story started with a jacket.
Casey, a senior in high school, decided to go to a college fraternity party with a group of friends, when she met a boy on a motorcycle. Noticing that she was cold, he loaned Casey his coat as they got to know each other.
Leaving the party as friends, Casey and Eduardo would keep in touch with each other over the years. While Eduardo tried to pursue a relationship with Casey, she felt that their paths weren’t ready to be intertwined.
But, he didn’t give up. Eight years after they first met, Casey and Eduardo were both in the right moments of their lives to realize what they had been looking for was right in front of them the whole time. Two years of dating later, the couple was ready to make each other permanent fixtures in each other’s lives.
“By October 2014, we were both living in New Orleans and talking about marriage,” Casey said. “One morning, I woke up to little folded notes leading out of our bedroom and down the staircase, each one detailing how much Eduardo loved me and why. When I got to the bottom, Eduardo was sitting there with our dog, White Fang, who was wearing a sign that said, ‘Will you marry my dad?’ Of course I said ‘yes!'”
While an untraditional wedding, the couple really wanted their personalities and love for their family and friends to shine through in the details.
“I tried to work hints of Halloween into the details as best I could,” Casey said. “It was a nice mix of hinting to the eternal, a nod to Halloween, and love that lasts through all of life’s ups and downs.”
From skeleton hand boutonnieres to a personalized micro-mini top hat with a sugar skull for the bride, Casey made the details count.
In lieu of flowers, the bridesmaids carried personalized lanterns. Casey sewed rhinestone skulls into her wedding shoes and jeweled spiders into her reception flats. The couple hand-painted all of the skulls and pumpkins that were added to the centerpieces. Chez Ru Rene created a beautiful wedding cake to look like a mansion and made cake topper look like Eduardo and Casey as sugar skulls with mini-replicas of their dogs, Fang and Duke and their cat, Max. And as an ode to New Orleans, the couple had tiny little cauldrons filled with Mardi Gras beads all around the venue, as well as a large cauldron filled to the brim with beads and sign placed next to it near the balcony that read, “Throw me somethin’, Mister!”
Even though there was a small blip with the weather, Casey and Eduardo didn’t allow anything to rain on their parade, or at least allow the rain to ruin it.
“The day was being threatened by rain, but we had hope that it would hold out for the ceremony. Of course, 10 minutes before the start time, it began to pour. Before I knew what was happening, our family and friends rushed out and brought our entire set-up, altar included, inside. We quickly rearranged and had the ceremony up and running in no-time,” Casey said. “Unfortunately, the rain didn’t let up and we were forced to make a decision about the second line. But after having planned and looked forward to it for over a year, we couldn’t imagine not having our second line out in the French Quarter. So, with every single one of our guests in tow, we strutted our stuff and danced down the street.”
The moment was made even sweeter when Casey was not only surrounded by friends and family and her new husband but because her best friend was right there with her leading the way.
“One of the most special parts to me was having White Fang trotting next to me during the entire parade. Like most Huskies, he loves attention, and therefore, made sure he was ‘leading the pack,'” Casey said. “Every few minutes though, he would sidle up next to me and gently nuzzle my hand with his nose- his way of telling me he was having a good time!”
PHOTOGRAPHER + VIDEOGRAPHER: Wild Wonder Photography | GETTING READY LOCATIONS: Sheraton New Orleans (Bride) + Bienville House (Groom) | CEREMONY + RECEPTION LOCATION: The Paris Room | OFFICIANT: Justin Root | REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Mother’s Next Door | BRIDAL GOWN: “Divina” by Maggie Sottero, Bridal Boutique Baton Rouge | BRIDE’S ACCESSORIES: Chiki Bird Etsy Shop + Veils of Art | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Alfred Angelo, Weddington Way | BRIDESMAIDS’ ACCESSORIES: Cupcake Wishes Store + Pier One Imports | GROOM/GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse + 2J Shop | BAKERY: Chez Ru Rene | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Party Tyme Productions | HAIR + MAKEUP: Kiss and Makeup | WEDDING PLANNER: The NOLA Bride and Down Annie Lane | DECOR + LIGHTING: The NOLA Bride and Down Annie Lane | CATERER: Cafe Soule | JEWELER: Ramsey’s Diamond, DianaHoDesigns Etsy Shop, C9TTungsten Etsy Shop, SirCuffs Etsy Shop, Safestore Esty Shop + MoonFire Charms | INVITATIONS: Vistaprint | SECOND LINE BAND: Kinfolk Brass Band | SECOND LINE UMBRELLAS: Gris Gris Art | CAKE TOPPER: Iampleasure