Written By: Jessica Burke | Photos: Hannah Herpin Creative
Kristie and Brad met as many modern couples do, on an online Their first date at The Columns turned out to be Brad’s first and last Bumble date. “We joke that he was the lucky one not having to go through the ups and downs of online dating,” shares Kristie.
Brad proposed the night of their annual Christmas party. “Before our friends arrived he had proposed and it was perfect to share the news and celebrate with everyone that night,” says Kristie.
COVID restrictions didn’t put a damper on Kristie and Brad’s wedding plans. “I’ve always envisioned having an intimate wedding,” says Kristie, “and because COVID restrictions only allowed 50 guests we welcomed the idea of such a small gathering. Being surrounded by our closest family and friends on our big day was all we wanted.”
The couple chose The Pontchartrain Hotel on historic St. Charles Avenue for their intimate wedding ceremony and reception. “It was a beautiful blank slate,” says Kristie, adding “Our florist really understood my vision and transformed the ceremony and reception space into a dreamy romantic affair with florals that really took center stage.”
Before the reception, Brad and Kristie took time together to see the reception transformation before guests arrived. “I really wanted to be present and take every moment in because everyone says the time goes by so fast, and it’s so true,” shares Kristie.
Brad and Kristie hired painter Denise Hopkins to capture the reception on canvas. “The painting is something that we will cherish forever. I love that she was able to capture all the important people in our lives,” says Kristie.
At the end of the evening, guests showered the happy couple with confetti as they left the reception.
FEATURING KRISTIE + BRAD’S WEDDING::
NOW SPOTLIGHT VENDORS:
BRIDE’S GOWN: MaeMe The Bridal Boutique
PHOTOGRAPHER: Hannah Herpin Creative
GETTING READY LOCATION: The Pontchartrain Hotel | CEREMONY + RECEPTION LOCATION: The Parlor at The Pontchartrain Hotel | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: David’s Bridal | MENSWEAR: John’s Tuxedos | FLORALS: Duia and Jean | BAKERY: Jenny’s Cake Creations | CEREMONY + RECEPTION MUSIC: Geaux Live DJ | HAIR + MAKEUP: She Laughs Hair and Makeup | WEDDING PLANNER: Belle Soirée | DECOR RENTALS: Nuage Designs | JEWELER: Diamonds Direct | INVITATIONS: Minted | ARTIST: Denise Hopkins Fine Art
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Photo: MARK KEANE | Art Direction: SIMON ELMALEM | Hair: KEI TERADA |
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BRIDAL PRET-A-PORTE COLLECTION:
Global luxury fashion brand Galia Lahav announces the launch of its 2nd Bridal prêt-a-porter collection: ‘Lumiere’ — a highly anticipated capsule release of ready-to-wear wedding pieces for the Galia Lahav bride. Following the success of its debut collection, the Tel Aviv-based luxury label is thrilled to expand prêt-a-porter, into its ultimate purpose; A complete and refined bridal wardrobe for wedding events and beyond.
::AS SEEN IN THE JULY 2021 ISSUE OF NOW WEDDINGS MAGAZINE:: Written by: Jessica Burke…