Written by: Jessica Burke | Photos: WeddingLens Photo + Video
how they met + the proposal
“We were friends years before we started dating,” says Monique. “We were together 4 years before getting engaged.” The proposal came in September 2019 when Loren took Monique to their favorite Dueling Piano bar in Austin, TX and had one of the piano players play their song “You are the Best Thing”. Loren got on the stage and got down on one knee and popped the question in front of the entire crowd. Monique said “YES!!!“
the wedding ceremony
Instead of having bridesmaids, Monique and Loren felt it would be more special to have just their parents, siblings and nieces and nephews stand by them for the wedding. The brides’ best friend, Jonathan, got ordained just so he could marry them. “Only our closest friends and family were there which made it even more special,” shares Monique.
the wedding reception
Monique and Loren had to move their wedding 4 date times due to the pandemic and finally were able to celebrate at The Crossing in the heart of Kenner, Louisiana’s historic Rivertown. “It was amazing to feel the love when the day FINALLY came,” shares Monique. Highlights of the reception included a delightful menu by LaBella’s Catering, the in-house caterer at The Crossing, and a five tier wedding cake. J.A.M. Brass Band performed adding a traditional NOLA touch to the celebration.
the wedding cake
Monique and Loren chose a stunning 5-tier silver and white design for their wedding cake.
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WEDDING CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE: The Crossing
ADDITIONAL CREDITS: GETTING READY LOCATION: The Eliza Jane Hotel | OFFICIANT: Jonathan Gardner | REHEARSAL DINNER: Mr. Ed’s | WEDDING GOWN: Essense of Australia | PHOTOGRAPHER + VIDEO: WeddingLens Photo + Video | FLORIST + DECOR RENTALS: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events | BAKERY: Jenny’s Cake Creations | CEREMONY MUSIC + RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: DJ MAFIA | BRASS BAND: J.A.M. Brass Band | TRANSPORTATION: Riculfy Livery | HAIR: Elissa Warriner | MAKEUP: Nicole Fabre | CATERER: LaBella’s Catering | JEWELER: Ramsey’s | FAVORS: Slap Ya Mama | INVITATIONS: Basic Invite