Photographed by Arte de Vie

College sweethearts, Diana and Dudley met through mutual friends at a college party.  After dating for seven joyous years, an unexpected proposal happened during a lunch date in downtown New Orleans. After a scrumptious meal, Diana and Dudley took a stroll around St. Louis’s Cathedral where a local artist asked the couple if they would participate in a caricature drawing. Although Diana was reluctant at first, the two did sit down for a session during which they were asked several questions about their relationship. The completed caricature was presented to Diana in which Dudley was on one knee asking for her hand in marriage. She, of course, said yes.

The wedding was inspired by the bride’s love of fairy tales, so they planned a wedding that celebrated the couple’s whimsical nature. Touches of green and gold were used in everything from the Bella Bloom’s floras to the custom bridesmaids’ dresses. Diana wore a custom gown by Natasha Marie while the Dudley was dressed in a tuxedo by Tuxedos to Geaux.

Diana and Dudley took their vows in front of four hundred guests in the East Room of The Four Columns. “When I walked down the aisle, I saw Dudley tearing up. It made me realize how much I really meant to him and how much he meant to me.”

Guests dined on a seven-course traditional Chinese meal by Kim’s Noodle House that included stir-fried lobster and fried fish fillet with red pepper sauce, which was a particular favorite with the invitees.  For dessert, there was a mint-green and gold cake by Chasing Wang and Dippin’ Dots ice cream. After the wedding, the couple was whisked away to their honeymoon in Bimini, Bahamas and then to Hawaii.

Reflecting on her wedding planning process, Diana says that a wedding planner is a must.  “They can take the stress away and make wedding planning more enjoyable for you and your spouse.”  She also says “they will keep everything within budget, and in order for the big day.”

For a happy and successful wedding day, Diana cautions against allowing the little things bother you.  She says that while “you can always prepare, everything happens for a reason. Just keep in mind what is really important… the love you will cherish between you and your future spouse.”

With the wedding and honeymoon now a sweet and precious memory, Diana says, “the best thing about being married is knowing you have a life-long partner to share every special moment . . . who will always challenge you to be better and strive for happiness. I am thankful to have a husband who is very loving to me and will also be a loving father to our new bundle of joy.”

Venue: The Four Columns | Caterer: Kim’s Noodle House | Bakery: Chasing Wang | Décor: Event Rental | Florist: Bella Blooms Floral | Hair and Makeup: Cat Vo | Music: Dplay Band | Transportation: Big Easy Limos | Photographer: Arte de Vie | Videographer: Montoto Productions | Wedding Planner: Diem Le | Invitations: J & C Thanh Tram Printing | Honeymoon: Hawaii and Bahamas | Favors: Dippin’ Dots | Bridal Attire: Natasha Marie Bridal Custom Gown | Groom’s Attire: Tuxedos to Geaux | Bridesmaid Attire: Custom | Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedos to Geaux