::AS SEEN IN THE MAY/JUNE 2022 ISSUE OF NOW WEDDINGS MAGAZINE::
Written by: Jessica Burke | Photos: Lauren Covelli Photography
morgan + nicholas’ story
“Nick and I matched on Tinder in August 2019,” says Morgan. “Nick had recently graduated law school and moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana for work. I have lived in Lake Charles most of my life and felt like I knew everyone that was already in the dating pool. hen Nick and I matched on Tinder, I was surprised that we didn’t already know each other.“
The two met for a few beers at a local brewery and hit it off immediately. “On our first date we talked for hours,” shares Morgan. “ It seemed like time generously paused just for us and nothing else mattered in the world. Our date lasted 4 hours but it felt like it had only been 4 minutes.”
After six months of dating, they moved in together and soon found themselves not only quarantined for the pandemic but also going through two major hurricanes and an ice storm.
“That whole year was hard, but it taught me that I have an equal, a partner, someone that sticks by me,” says Morgan. “For me, it was even easier to love Nick because of adversity. I realized that for the rest of our lives, no matter what life throws at us we’ll tackle it and get through it together.”
At the end of 2020, a year and a half after their first date, Nick proposed to Morgan at the very spot where they first met and time stood still. She said “Yes.”
the wedding attire
Morgan wore a sleek, off-the-shoulder Huron Mikado fit-and-flare Maggie Sottero gown. “This was the 6th dress I tried on at the first shop I visited,” says Morgan. “I knew immediately it was made for me. When my dress came in it fit me perfectly. I didn’t need any alterations. I was stoked because that never happens! It really reaffirmed that I picked something perfect for my body type. I felt timeless, classy and modern all evening.”
Morgan’s bridesmaids wore Emerald velvet Jenny Yoo gowns, each choosing their own style.
the wedding ceremony
“We knew we wanted to have an intimate wedding and kept our guest list to family and close friends only,” says Morgan. “It was very important for us to include our family members in any way possible. My cousins were the flower girls, my brother and Nick’s brother were one of the groomsmen, all three of Nick’s sisters were bridesmaids and several relatives and godparents participated in the ceremony. Family means everything to us and we are grateful to be able to include everyone.”
The couple chose Holy Name of Jesus Church where Nick was both baptized and confirmed to celebrate their vows.
“Seeing our blended families of all different religions come together to celebrate love is a truly humbling experience,” Morgan shares. “People put aside their differences for us and it means the world.”
the wedding reception
The reception took place at Terrell House, the same location where Morgan got ready for the wedding and the couple did their First Look.”
The wedding cake was a three-tier “Naked Cake” by Gambino’s Bakery, elegantly accented with ivory roses.
At the end of the evening, the wedding guests showered the newlyweds with confetti for their grand exit.
NOW Featured Vendor:
WEDDING CAKE: Gambino’s Bakery
ADDITIONAL VENDOR CREDITS:
GETTING READY + RECEPTION LOCATION, FLORALS, DECOR + CATERING: Terrell House Bed and Breakfast | CEREMONY: Holy Name of Jesus Church | OFFICIANT: Father Eddie Gros | BRIDE’S GOWN: Maggie Sottero, Pearl’s Place | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Jenny Yoo, Bhldn | MENSWEAR: Jos. A. Bank | GROOM’S CAKE: Haydel’s Bakery | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Le Bon Temps | TRANSPORTATION: American Luxury Limousines | HAIR + MAKEUP: Faces of Virtue | TRAVEL AGENT: Tara Jones, Cupcake Castles Travel | INVITATIONS: Shop Aurea