A Traditional Louisiana Wedding for High School Sweethearts
Photographed by Robert Welch
Kelsey and Jordan LaCaze’s love story is something right out of a movie. The two met in high school, shortly after Jordan had moved to Mandeville, Louisiana. And thus began a life long journey. “I never would have dreamed that at such an early age, I had already met the person I would be with for the rest of my life,” said Kelsey. From graduations, to career beginnings, to the highs and lows of life, the two love birds were by each other’s side as they transitioned from exuberant teens to young adulthood.
A proposal happened, in true New Orleans fashion, during Mardi Gras. Jordan got down on one knee as the Olympia Parade, one of Kelsey’s favorites, rolled through the streets. Kelsey said, “Yes!” Not wasting any time, Jordan and Kelsey dashed away to downtown Covington to celebrate with family and friends. “Both of our families and all of our friends were there to surprise me and to celebrate with us. It was a day to remember,” recalls Kelsey.
With an “only-in-New Orleans” proposal, the wedding was also planned to reflect the couple’s love of the city. “I wanted a New Orleans-style wedding,” said Kelsey, “with New Orleans food, charm pulls for the cake, and a second line.”
The wedding was held at the beautiful and historic St. Patrick’s Church on Camp Street. “We were surrounded by our closest family and friends. I walked down the aisle with my dad and saw my future husband for the first time. I’m a ‘Daddy’s Girl,’ so it was all extremely special for me,” said Kelsey.
The reception was held at the beautiful Arbor Room at Popp Fountain, City Park. “My favorite thing about the Arbor Room was the scenery with the wall of windows, the enormous oak trees, and view of Popp Fountain,” said Kelsey.
Guests dined on a scrumptious meal of crab cakes, shrimp and girts, crawfish pasta, and seafood-stuffed mushrooms. For dessert, there was a mouthwatering fleur-de-lis decorated cake. The groom’s cake reflected the couple’s love of sports. It was in a fleur-de-lis shape, sporting half LSU and half Saints colors. The night ended with merry guests putting the couple on chairs and lifting them up to celebrate the happy union.
The couple went to an all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carman, Mexico. “It was very enjoyable to just relax and spend time with each other,” Kelsey recalls.
For future brides Kelsey advises planning everything early on and creating a timeline for the day of the wedding. She said it was stressful to make “but for the day of the wedding,” it saved her! She explained that everyone knew where they had to be and when because they were able to ask questions ahead of time if need be. One other sage piece of advice Kelsey suggested is to keep a diary of your wedding. By documenting bridal showers, dress fittings, and everything along the way, “you will have a treasured keepsake to always remember the special time leading up to your wedding,” says Kelsey.
When asked what is the best thing about being married, Kelsey says that “you get to come home from a long day at work and be with the person you want to be with…We help each other get through the bad days, which would be hard to get through by yourself. The best part is that we are making memories together that will last a lifetime.”
Church: St. Patrick’s Church | Venue: Arbor Room, Popp Fountain at City Park | Caterer: City Park Catering | Bakery: Swiss Bakery | Décor: DIY | Florist: Adrian Christians’ Flowers | Hair and Makeup: Just Face It Beauty | Music: Party-Tyme Productions | Transportation: Audubon Limousine | Photographer: Robert Welch | Invitations: Abbey Printing | Honeymoon: Playa del Carman, Mexico | Handkerchiefs: Amazon* | Bridal Attire: Lace A-Line Gown | Groom’s Attire: Navy Tuxedo | Bridesmaid Attire: Dessy | Groomsmen Attire: Menguin | Wedding Painter: Jeanne Cassanova