So, tell us how you two met?
We met through mutual friends in the fall of 2010 out watching football at a local bar in Baltimore. We hung out often with the same group of friends and began dating in June of 2011 when Jason finally got up the nerve to call and ask me out.
What is your favorite thing about each other?
My favorite thing about Jason is his thoughtfulness which also comes from his ability to listen and remember things I’ve told him. Just one of many examples would be his proposal. He knew how important it was for me that it be special, something I would always remember, and a surprise. And he nailed all three. It was the most romantic moment that made my Hallmark movie dreams come true. Taking us to a town named Blue Hill which is the same name of the restaurant where we began dating. The dinner reservations afterward and remembering how important it was to get my dad’s permission beforehand. And it all went down in Maine which for years I had been talking about how I’d never been and I was dying to visit. You know someone is a keeper when they go to extra lengths to make something happen for you and Jason does that for me.
How did the proposal go?
For my birthday in July 2016 Jason booked us a house on a lake in Maine for labor day weekend, little did I know he would propose while we were there. We were staying in Ellsworth and our first day we drove a few minutes away to go hiking. At the top of the mountain, Jason stood up and began to tell me how much he loved me and how he loves he can be himself with me and he loves my compassion and more. He then said I asked you to be my girlfriend at blue hill tavern now i’m asking you to be my wife on blue hill mountain. He then dropped to one knee and said will you marry me with a beautiful ring in hand. I was so romantic and I was elated to know he had already asked my dad’s permission. I was floored by his proposal and super surprised!
Where was your ceremony held and why did you pick this site?
Our ceremony and reception were at Chateau LeMoyne in the French Quarter. We picked this site because of the location in the French Quarter and the beautiful courtyard we wanted to hold the ceremony. I always wanted an outdoor ceremony and things worked out because we had beautiful weather for it. We also knew we wanted under a 100 guests so this was a nice intimate setting.
What unique or special things did you do at the reception? (for example, ice sculptures, live painter, glow sticks, sun glasses, 2nd line band, mardi gras indians, memory table, the list goes on of fun things you may have done)
We knew we wanted a romantic setting under the stars with twinkle lights and candles and lanterns all over. The location already had lights in the trees and we added more bistro string lights overhead in the courtyard for the ceremony location which turned into the dance floor. We also had beautiful gold lanterns and flower petals throughout the area. We had a memory board on our guest sign-in table with pictures of loved ones that have past. For our guest sign in we had a globe. We choose this over a book because we love to travel and thought it would be something nice to display in our home after the wedding. Something else special we added was a seafood pirogue filled with shrimp, oysters, and crab legs which our guests loved.
What was your favorite part of the day?
My favorite part of the day was seeing Jason for the first time at our first look then seeing him waiting for me as I was walked down the aisle.
Michals’ thoughts seeing Jason
I wasn’t nervous at all. I was just so excited to see him and it put me to ease to have the first look with him and just a moment to ourselves before things got crazy with all our family and friends and the need to chat with everyone at the reception. He was so handsome in his gray tux and all I remember feeling was how lucky I am to be marrying this man. It was as if I could see ahead that our life together would be everything I could every imagine.
Jason’s thoughts seeing Michal
I was feeling excited and thinking she looked beautiful.
What was the inspiration behind picking the color palette and decor that you picked?
I knew I didn’t want super traditional baby pink flowers and such. I love jewel tones so we went with fuchsia colored peonies, with purple snapdragons, lavendar wax flowers, ivory roses, and dusty miller. They were the most beautiful flowers with a punch and soft look as well. Nothing like anything I’ve seen at every other wedding I’ve been to. For the groom I didn’t want a standard rose that is plain so we went with a white ranunculus with dusty miller and lavender wax flower with an ivory stem wrap. I love the look of jewel tones with gold so we used gold vases for the centerpieces on the tables. I also love vintage so we did vintage frames for our reserved signs on several tables in the ballroom and for the instagram signs we had. We also added lots of candles, lanterns and bistro lights. We were going for a romantic, chic, sophisticated look.
For the bridesmaids, I definitely wanted a dress they could wear again. I knew they would all look good in a wine color plus that would work well for the time of year. Their cocktail length lace dresses by Watters were smashing on all of them as I knew they would be and look nothing like a normal bridesmaid dress. They all just looked like they were wearing the same cocktail dress and all were happy with the choice.
Who was your baker, what was the flavor of your cake? Was it delicious?!
Our baker was Royal Cakery. We had a three-layer cake. The top and bottom was almond with vanilla buttercream and the middle layer was chocolate and raspberry with vanilla buttercream. The groom’s cake was yellow butter cake with chocolate buttercream. The cake was delicious at least the piece we shared. Our guests ate every last piece of cake. Even our wedding planner was shocked that not a crumb was left behind. Apparently, most weddings throw away a lot of cake. So ours was clearly amazing.
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 have a coordinator. Her name is Krystal Abalos of Everly Event Planning. She was recommended by a friend. I live in Baltimore and her being in New Orleans was the smart thing to do for us. But after using her even if I lived in the same place I was getting married I would recommend having a coordinator to other brides. It took so much stress away trying to find a location, photographer, bakery, officiant, dj and everything. She took care of all correspondence and I took a lot off our plate. Best decision we made by far other than getting married.
What was your first dance song? Why this song?
Our song was Follow You, Follow me by Genesis as covered by the Red House Painters. The words of the song speak to the devotion one hopes to find in a marriage partner and the music and the way it is sung magnify the emotion.
Band or DJ? Did they rock it?
We had a dj, xpert productions. They were great and everyone loved them. We danced our hearts out and they were great about answering any questions I had leading up to the wedding.
We want to hear YOUR advice for future brides.
I would say that even if you live where you are getting married getting a wedding planner will be the best thing you can do to ease the stress of finding vendors, communicating with them and making sure everything is done on time. Krystle really helped me in all the places I didn’t even know where to start like picking a dj and florist. She went back and forth to get the perfect flowers and decor that fit my vision. I also would suggest you remember to enjoy your reception don’t waste it feeling like you have to have 15 minute conversations with all your guests. Make sure to sit down and relax and have a bite with your new husband, I mean the party is for you not your friends and family. And don’t forget to have a ball with everyone and let loose on the dance floor. This was the most fun at our wedding when we were all just laughing and dancing the night away. It’s your day and you should enjoy it to it’s fullest.