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REAL WEDDING:: Carly Templet + Drake Glatter {A CLASSIC NOLA WEDDING}

bride and groom with new orleans skyline::AS SEEN IN THE NOVEMBER 2021 ISSUE OF NOW WEDDINGS MAGAZINE::

Written by: Jessica Burke |  Photos + Video: The Crawfords Photography + Film

their story

“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.

 

wedding invitation

new orleans first look

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.

rooftop groomsmen portraits new orleans
Drake and his groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos.

rooftop bridesmaids portraits new orleans
Carly’s bridesmaids wore matching floor length Bill Levkoff gowns from Pearl’s Place.

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the wedding ceremony

Carly and Drake said their vows in a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Joseph’s Church on Tulane Avenue.

St. Joseph's Church | Tulane Ave, New Orleans
St. Joseph’s Church | Tulane Ave, New Orleans

 

carly and her father walk down the aisle

view of the altar at St. Joseph Church New Orleans

wedding ring exchange

wedding recessional

bride and groom portrait in st. joseph church
After the ceremony, the couple returned to the altar for formal photographs with the church’s altar as the backdrop.

the wedding reception

Carly and Drake hosted their classic New Orleans wedding reception at The Alexander Room.

three tier wedding cake by Swiss Confectionery

Ragin Cajun's Groom's Cake

Ragin Cajuns Groom's cake

wedding second line

sparkler wedding exit
Carly and Drake danced the night away at their wedding reception and ended the evening with a spectacular sparkler exit.

Carly and Drake: A New Orleans Wedding Day from The Crawfords Photography & Film on Vimeo.

NOW FEATURED VENDORS:

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

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