Photographed by Oscar Rajo

Jeff and I met during college at the University of Arizona. We started casually dating our senior year with the expectation of the relationship ending when we graduated. However, we kept in touch and began dating long distance. Jeff moved to New York City for a job so I followed a year later. After spending five years in NYC, Jeff agreed to move back to New Orleans, my hometown.

We got engaged October 25, 2015. It was a very rainy Sunday morning and we had brunch reservations at Arnaud’s in the French Quarter for Jeff’s birthday. We went to my parents to take them to brunch. Once there, I saw that their front porch was covered in roses. Jeff proposed then and there. Both our families were waiting inside with congratulations and champagne. It was a total surprise!

I am one of those girls who had dreamed of her wedding day and been planning it for years…I knew I wanted a fancy black tie wedding in New Orleans. I fell in love with the Ritz Carlton because it has an old, sophisticated feel. It made for the perfect setting that we had in mind.

We knew we wanted a fun, traditional New Orleans wedding for all of our guests. I wanted it to be over the top but still tasteful! I wanted our guested to be wowed by the décor and flowers that we have chosen. We also wanted to play up the theme of our beloved Pomeranian, Beignet. So there were lots of little personalized tid-bits to make Beignet present.

Beignet walked down the aisle during the ceremony at Touro Synagogue. He was wearing a black tuxedo like the groomsmen.

The wedding food was a big deal to us. We didn’t want “typical” wedding food. We wanted food that represented us – both sophisticated and fun! We chose a taco bar with crawfish, shrimp, and steak. We also had a nice array of sliders: beef, Portobello mushroom, and crab cake. Jeff loves seafood so we had a huge raw bar with crab claws, shrimp cocktail, and oysters. I love sweets so we had candy on all of the tables. We had beignets passed around late night with a picture of our dog Beignet on the desert cones and we had a traditional wedding cake and grooms cake.

We wanted all our guests to have fun so we made sure to pick a fun band that would get the crowd involved. It was a night that I will never forget!

“We knew we wanted a fun, traditional New Orleans wedding for all of our guests. I wanted it to be over the top but still tasteful!”

Ceremony: Touro Synagogue | Venue: The Ritz Carlton | Wedding Planner: Ruby and Pearl Events | Caterer: The Ritz Carlton | Bakery: The Royal Cakery (wedding cake); The Ritz Carlton (groom’s cake) | Florist & Décor: Kim Starr Wise | Hair: Chrie Boes and Christine Erhardt | Makeup: Katie Malone | Music: BRW and Hot 8 Brass Band | Transportation: Hotard | Photographer: Oscar Rajo | Videographer: Dyle Films | Invitations: Scriptura | Honeymoon: Bali and Thailand | Bridal Attire: Romona Keveza (Bridal Gown), Aquazzura (Shoes), Alice and Olivia (Second dress) | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Bridesmaid’s Attire: Amsale