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REAL WEDDING:: Peter Robards + Del Benson {Blooming Romance}

REAL WEDDING:: Peter Robards + Del Benson  {Blooming Romance}

By: Jessica Burke

Photos: Ashley Biltz Photography

THE PROPOSAL IN DEL’S WORDS:

“For the proposal, it seemed like he was hinting that he was doing it on a trip to Denver. I’m a plant lover so I thought he would do it the day we went to the Denver Botanic Garden with a friend who lived in Denver. Every time he reached into his pocket for his phone my heart stopped. I had told her everything so she kept herding us to picturesque locations to help set the scene for him.

It turned out that the ring hadn’t even come in yet and he was wondering why we were acting so weird. The proposal came a couple of months later. The day before Halloween (my favorite holiday) he put the ring in an Amazon box. He made a fake Amazon shipping label that listed the address of the bar where we first met as the shipper. He came upstairs while I was putting on my Halloween costume and said a package had arrived for me. I opened it to find a ring box inside. When I looked up, he was on one knee!”

Wedding details including the wedding program, bridal bouquet, engagement ring, earrings and wedding shoes. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Wedding details including the wedding program, bridal bouquet, engagement ring, earrings and wedding shoes.

WHY NEW ORLEANS: 

The newlyweds hail from Louisville, Kentucky, but chose New Orleans for their March 2020 nuptials.

“We absolutely adore the city and are fairly familiar with it, having visited it quite a number of times over the past seven years,” the couple shared on their wedding website, noting: “it seems like the ideal place to throw a big ole’ party for some of our favorite people in the whole world.” (Editor’s note: We won’t argue there!)

Del and Peter's first look. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Del, a plant enthusiast, included an abundance of beautiful floral details in her wedding look, including a jaw-dropping floral embroidered wedding gown from Tonena Fashion House (with a cape no less!) to a floral crown and flowery tennis shoes!
Del's floral wedding tennis shoes. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Del walks down the aisle in the Pharmacy Museum Courtyard. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Del and Peter exchange vows under a floral arch in the Pharmacy Museum Courtyard. Photo: Ashley Biltz

Book a cake tasting now with Gambino's Bakery. Photos (l-r) Brocato Photography, Brocato Photography, Tasha Rae Photography
Del and Peter greet guests at their reception at Ralph's on the Park. Photo: Ashley Biltz
After the French Quarter nuptials, Del, Peter and their 33 guests headed to Ralph's on the Park in MidCity for the reception.

DEL AND PETER’S FAVORITE PART OF THE WEDDING?

“The time between the pictures and the reception where we just got to sit with each other and chat while we watched friends and family filter in.”

Del and Peter's wildlife-themed seating chart, notably including Bigfoot. Photo: Ashley Biltz
DETAILS WE ADORE: Del and Peter's seating chart for their reception had a wildlife-theme featuring woodland creatures such as a fox, bear, moose, owl and, of course, the ever-elusive Bigfoot.
The "Bigfoot" table at Del and Peter's reception. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Del and Peter's wedding cake from Bywater Bakery. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Del and Peter toast their guests during the cake cutting at their reception. Photo: Ashley Biltz
The wedding guests enjoy cocktails on the balcony at Ralph's on the Park overlooking New Orleans' historic City Park. Photo: Ashley Biltz
The wedding guests enjoy cocktails on the balcony at Ralph's on the Park overlooking New Orleans' historic City Park.

It’s not a true New Orleans party unless there’s an After Party (#facts) and Del and Peter made sure to celebrate with their guests in true NOLA style.

“After dinner we took the party to the streets and ended up at the AllWays Lounge and Cabaret with all our closest friends,” Del shares. “It felt like a very ‘us’ place to end up and the show was fantastic.”

Book a cake tasting now with Gambino's Bakery. Photos (l-r) Brocato Photography, Brocato Photography, Tasha Rae Photography

NOW FEATURED VENDOR:

HAIR + MAKEUP: Bobbi for Verde Beauty Studio

ADDITIONAL CREDITS:

PHOTOGRAPHER: Ashley Biltz Photography | GETTING READY LOCATIONS: Omni Royal Orleans (groom) + Storyville AirBNB (bride) | CEREMONY LOCATION: The Pharmacy Museum | OFFICIANT: Vera Lester | RECEPTION LOCATION + CATERING: Ralph’s on the Park | BRIDE’S GOWN: Tonena Fashion House, Etsy | GROOM’S ATTIRE: British Custom Tailors | FLORIST: Pistil and Stamen | BAKERY: Bywater Bakery | CERMONY MUSIC: New Orleans Classical and Jazz | WEDDING PLANNER: Three Little Words | JEWELER: Michellia Fine Jewelry, Etsy | INVITATIONS: A La Carte Paperie, Etsy | BRIDE’S EARRINGS: Leteria, Etsy | FAVORS: Leah’s Pralines

Berry Chantilly Cakes in the Couple's monogram accompanied the traditional wedding cake. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Del poses with her stunning bridal bouquet by Pistil and Stamen. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Berry Chantilly Cakes in the Couple's monogram accompanied the traditional wedding cake. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Peter looks dapper in his navy suit from British Custom Tailors. A blue tie and red and blue pocket square add a pop of color and complement his boutonniere. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Pistil and Stamen created a floral wreath headpiece for Del including orange, yellow, pink and ivory blooms with sprigs of rosemary. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Detail of Del's floral embroidered wedding gown by Tonena Fashion House. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Peter and Del's first look at The Pharmacy Museum. Photo: Ashley Biltz
The courtyard at The Pharmacy Museum set for the wedding ceremony with a floral arch and chivari chairs for the guests. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Mother of pearl drop earrings by Leteria. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Arrangements of wildflowers graced the tables at the reception. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Arrangements of wildflowers graced the tables at the reception. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Peter celebrates after saying his vows to Del. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Del's stunning hand tied bridal bouquet by Pistil and Stamen. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Del walks down the aisle with her parents. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Del's floral embroidered wedding gown by Tonena Fashion House. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Peter and Del read their vows from folios personalized with their wedding date. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Detail of the floral arch that served as the ceremony altar. Photo: Ashley Biltz
New Orleans Classical and Jazz performed for the wedding ceremony. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Del celebrates after saying her vows to Peter. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Friend of the couple, Vera Lester, served as officiant for their nuptials. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Del and Peter's wedding program with Del's engagement ring. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Guests were invited to arrive early and explore the Pharmacy Museum's exhibits prior to the wedding ceremony. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Del's ring by Michellia Fine Jewelry. Photo: Ashley Biltz
Peter and Del pose for photos at The Pharmacy Museum before their ceremony. Photo: Ashley Biltz

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