Mark + Sabrina | New Orleans Holy Rosary and Chateau Country Club

Tell us how you and Mark met.
We met in high school through mutual friends and dated for a couple of years. After a 4 year hiatus during college, we both moved back to the New Orleans area after graduation and the next thing you know, we reunited!

How did the proposal go? 
Mark proposed after a river cruise on the Creole Queen as we stood in Spanish Plaza overlooking the Mississippi River. He surprised me again with dinner in a private room at Antoine’s with both of our families immediately after. Then it was on to the Carousel Bar and Pat O’s to celebrate with friends!

Where was your ceremony held and why did you pick this site?
Our ceremony was held at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. The groom’s grandparents were married there, and the bride’s mom went to Cabrini High School right next door, so it was a special Church to both of our families. We went to another wedding there and instantly knew that’s where we wanted our big day to be held!

Where was your Reception held and why did you pick this site?
We loved the openness of Chateau’s Grand Ballroom, which allowed us to have a pretty sizable guest list. We also loved the large dance floor and the delicious food. It was a no-brainer to be able to invite more people in a gorgeous ballroom where we could dance all night!

What was your favorite part of the day?
Dancing non-stop at our reception! I also really loved walking down the aisle with my Dad, toward my husband! What an amazing moment that I will cherish forever!

Did it really go by as quickly as everyone says?
Let’s just say I was very pleased we added a fourth hour to the reception! Completely worth it!

From Sabrina – When you first saw Mark, what were you thinking/feeling?
I remember being so emotional walking down the aisle and thinking I’m walking toward my future, toward my best friend and partner for life. I felt like we had waited a lifetime for this moment, and I was just full of joy that it was finally time for us to become husband and wife!

From Mark – When you first saw Sabrina, what were you thinking/feeling?
I’m not sure what I did in this life to get this moment, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in this world.

Who was your baker, what was the flavor of your cake? Was it delicious?!
Gambino’s did a traditional almond wedding cake with butter cream filling and a chocolate doberge groom’s cake. We were obsessed! They did such a fantastic job. Guests raved about the doberge cake!

Did you have a coordinator or did you plan everything yourself? If you didn’t have a coordinator any advice for brides planning their own wedding?
I did the planning with the help of all of my vendors and my mom! For the bride planning her own wedding, just take your time and don’t try to do too much at once. That’s the key to staying stress-free! Ask friends for referrals and check out sites like the Knot to get tips. It really helps to narrow down the planning!

Band or DJ? Did they rock it?
BAND! I would recommend The Boogie Men again and again! They know how to get people on the dance floor and keep them there! They were completely fantastic! We loved their big horn section, the male and female singers, and how they interact with guests.

We want to hear YOUR advice for future brides.
Don’t take the planning too seriously! While vendors and details are important, the most important thing is the love shared between you and your groom. Make the day about the two of you, and the fun will follow! On the big day, the small details truly don’t matter.