ABOUT THE COUPLE:
Sable K. Nelson, a Milwaukee native, proudly identifies as a black queer social justice advocate, public health policy analyst, and attorney.
E. Lee Dyer IV, a Marrero native, proudly identifies as a black trans man (FTM), social justice advocate, educator, community organizer, and higher education professional.
The couple first met in 2012 at NCCU School of Law in Durham, North Carolina. Sable and Lee currently reside in Richmond, VA.
Louis Armstrong Park is one of the groom’s most loved places in New Orleans, and he wanted to share it with his bride. He took her to his favorite spot and proposed under the stars.
ABOUT THE FAB, FREE, FUN WEDDING CONTEST
Waning Moon Weddings by LaToya, a professional wedding officiant service and ministry, held its first annual LGBTQ+ free wedding contest – The Fun, Fab, & Free Wedding Contest – in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2019.
The contest received submissions from diverse couples from around the world.
When asked about the momentum behind this project, Papillion-Herr says, “For couples in the LGBTQ+ community, there is a level of unimaginable fear and uncertainty when planning any major life event. The Fun, Fab, & Free Wedding Contest is my way of creating a safe space and openly celebrating their love, beauty, and diversity. This project has received an outpouring of support from political organizations and event professionals all over the city of New Orleans.”
This contest was designed to make a dream wedding come true for, an otherwise, marginalized community in the wedding industry. By partnering with local event professionals, Waning Moon Weddings hosted the city’s first free, luxury LGBTQ+ wedding on November 10, 2019.
“Our wedding was amazing. What made it most amazing is the infusion of NOLA culture and our family. It was a gumbo of our culture, family, and friends. So much love and smiles that day. The decor was amazing. The food was amazing. Our officiant Latoya made sure our culture and LGBTQ identities were encompassed in the wedding.” – Lee + Sable
These wedding vendors donated their time, materials and talent to help make Lee and Sable’s dream wedding come to life.
FEATURED NOW VENDORS:
PHOTOGRAPHY: Capture Studio NOLA
WEDDING CONCIERGE: The Bridal Citizen
INVITATIONS: Upscales Custom Collection
GETTING READY LOCATION: Macarty House | CEREMONY + RECEPTION LOCATION: The NOCCA Institute | OFFICIANT: Waning Moon Weddings by LaToya | MENSWEAR: Joseph A. Bank | FLORIST: Fat Cat Flowers | BAKERY: Bitter Sweet Confections & Fleur De Treats & Sweets | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: DJ FTK, Live Painter Heather McNamara and Second Line by Zulu Pleasure Club Tramps | HAIR + MAKEUP: Jordan Hunter | WEDDING PLANNER: Michelle Norwood Weddings | RENTALS: Table Cloths 4 U | CATERING: Cafe Orleans Catering, Justini Cocktails and Tap Truck NOLA | REHEARSAL BRUNCH: Beaucoup Eats Catering and B. Sherrie Dining Experience | JEWELER: Modern Gents Trading Company | FAVORS: Yadhhae by Jada Hunter | SECOND LINE UMBRELLAS: Juana’s Party Bling | SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT: 1Z2R Design Studio | BTS Photos: Cameron Johnson Photography