New Orleans Wedding Saint Josephs Church and City Park Reception | Beau + Mary

 

Mary & Beau are both New Orleans natives though Beau did leave a bit to attend the University of Mississippi.  But we hold that against him since he did go to Holy Cross.  Mary recently graduated from LSU nursing school and works in the OR at Oschner.  We know she must have had her plate super full finishing up school and planning the perfect wedding.  She did a fabulous job with the help of her mom and everything came together beautifully.  They have a sweet boxer named D-Bo who unfortunately wasn’t able to attend the wedding.  I guess we’ll just have to do a family session soon and get D-Bo in some pictures. 🙂

So tell us how you and Beau met
Beau and I met at the Cat’s Meow on Bourbon Street! It was the Friday after Christmas and I was with a bunch of my girlfriends after an engagement party and Beau had met some of his friends out after a Pelicans game. One of the girls I was with knew Beau and when they ran into each other they were chatting and then Beau spotted me and asked her who I was. My friend asked Beau, “do you want to meet her?” and then before I knew it Beau came up to me out of nowhere and told me I was pretty. Honestly, I didn’t know what to think because he was some random guy and I never think of meeting guys on Bourbon Street haha! But he was so sweet and nice and we talked the rest of the night! We instantly hit it off and when my friends were ready to leave he asked for my number. I gave it to him but honestly didn’t know if I would ever hear from him or see him again. But sure enough that next morning he texted me and we talked every day since then! And the rest is history!

OK, give us the goods on the proposal!
Beau proposed on Christmas Eve of 2015. It was a complete surprise!! We went to mass and were at his parent’s house in Covington, which is usually what we do for Christmas Eve, and usually visit my side of the family on Christmas Day. We were all sitting around with his family passing around and opening up presents. All of a sudden my parents and brother walked in and I remember being like ” what are y’all doing here?” haha 🙂 and then all of a sudden Beau grabbed my hands and walked me in front of the Christmas tree and got down on one knee. It was really sweet and the best Christmas gift I could have ever dreamed of!

Where was your ceremony?
The ceremony was at St. Josephs’s Church on Tulane Avenue. It was the church my parents got married at and also the church across from LSU’s nursing school campus. I would see it everyday and always think how beautiful it was. I would also go run in there sometimes before a big test to say a few prayers 🙂 Just thought it was a special place.

Where was your Reception?
The reception was at the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park. Honestly, I had never been to the Pavilion before getting engaged. I was actually thinking of some other reception places, but decided to check the Pavilion out just because I loved City Park so much and heard nothing but great things about the venue. The second we walked in there to see it I immediately fell in love with it. I loved the courtyard and fountain in the back and how it’s just one big open room. Everything about it we just loved and not to mention the staff and cooks and everyone was just awesome and easy to work with! They made it so much fun and easy to plan our reception there!

What unique or special things did you do at the reception? 
We had a live painter, Alex Harvie there!! He was so fun! Not only is he super talented, but also so entertaining! He has a way of interacting with the guests and just really seems like he has a great time!

What was your favorite part of the day?
Gosh I don’t think I could pick a favorite part! Although that walk down the aisle was pretty incredible. And just the amount of relief we both felt when we stood on that altar together. We both felt like “Ah, we finally made it to this moment!”

Did it really go by as quickly as everyone says?
YES!! The day was an absolute worldwide, but also the best and most fun day of our lives, no doubt!

Did you do a first look? 
We decided not to do the first look. I think we both felt like there is just something special about seeing each other for the first time in the church as the bride walks up the aisle. We are definitely glad we chose that too because that was such an awesome moment we will never forget!

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?
We did not have a coordinator. My mom and I planned everything and we actually really enjoyed it! I know this is not always the case for everyone though and wedding planning can get very stressful at times. Luckily my mom and I have similar taste and also get along super well so I think we made a good team!
My advice I guess would be that a coordinator would definitely be great to have if it fits into your budget and you don’t have a right-hand lady to go to! I definitely could have never planned everything by myself, especially not while I was in nursing school, so if I didn’t have my mom it would have been really really hard. You definitely need to have the someone to help ya out!

Band or DJ? Did they rock it?
BAND! The Boogie Men were so much fun and we were on the dance floor the whole night!

We want to hear YOUR advice for future brides.
DON’T LET THE LITTLE DETAILS STRESS YA OUT! As long as there is good food, good music and good people to share the celebration with, everything else works out. The day of the wedding you realize that’s what really matters. You and your husband and all the friends and family there supporting y’all on this new life together!

Check out the slideshow below, don’t forget to watch full screen 🙂