::AS SEEN IN THE NOVEMBER 2021 ISSUE OF NOW WEDDINGS MAGAZINE::
Written by: Jessica Burke | Photos + Video: The Crawfords Photography + Film
“Drake and I met in college at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette when we were both staff members of an extended orientation program,” shares Carly. “After we returned from a weekend retreat, I asked him to be my date for an upcoming sorority event and the rest is history!”
Five years later, Carly and Drake were on their family’s annual holiday bar crawl, stopping in at various New Orleans hotels to see the Christmas lights and sample cocktails. This particular time, the festivities started at a new location.
“We went to the rooftop bar of the Pontchartrain Hotel called Hot Tin that has a beautiful view of the city and the Superdome and he asked me if we should take a picture, and I said ‘of course,’” says Carly. “And then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.”
Drake’s entire family was waiting downstairs at the hotel to celebrate with them and more family and friends joined in the fun at the next location. “It [was] the best crawl to date!” says Carly.
the first look
Carly and Drake’s first look was on a beautiful terrace with views on the New Orleans French Quarter. Afterwards, the wedding party and family joined the couple for portraits before the wedding ceremony.
the wedding ceremony
Carly and Drake said their vows in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Joseph’s Church on Tulane Avenue.
the wedding reception
Carly and Drake hosted their classic New Orleans wedding reception at The Alexander Room.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: THE CRAWFORDS PHOTOGRAPHY & FILM
BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Pearl’s Place
HAIR + MAKEUP: Dazzle Doll Salon + Glam Bar
ADDITIONAL VENDOR CREDITS:
GETTING READY LOCATION: Hotel Monteleone | CEREMONY LOCATION: St. Joseph’s Church | OFFICIANT: Father Joe Kraft | RECEPTION LOCATION: Alexander Room | BRIDE’S GOWN: Rebecca Ingram, James & B Bridal | TUXEDOS: Tuxedos To Geaux | FLORIST: Crystal Vase Flowers | BAKERY: Swiss Confectionery | CEREMONY MUSIC: Michelle Richards | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: The Boogie Men | TRANSPORTATION: Big Easy Limos | JEWELERS: Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers (bride) + Diamonds Direct (groom) | FAVORS: New Orleans School of Cooking | INVITATIONS: Name It