Photos by Genovese Ashford
Megan and Scott, both natives of South Louisiana, met through mutual friends, but didn’t start dating until six months later, on New Year’s Eve. “We are definitely a perfect example that opposite attract in almost all aspects,” Megan notes. Three years after they met, they had a gorgeous traditional New Orleans wedding at Tomas Bistro with several unique and inspirational personal touches, such as:
- They had a ceremony with both of their faiths: Methodist and Catholic.
- They used a vintage toy fire truck in lieu of a ring pillow to honor Scott’s profession as a firefighter.
- The groom’s sister made all of the guys’ bow ties, and Scott’s bow tie was made from fabric from Megan’s wedding dress.
- Since Scott does home brew, the boutonnieres were made with barley, hops, and wheat, with Louisiana beer bottle caps.
- Scott’s father, a jeweler, made Megan’s engagement ring and wedding band.
- Megan’s bouquet incorporated ribbon from her mother’s wedding bouquet, and both of Megan’s grandfathers’ rings were tied to the bouquet, as well.
- Megan’s mother made the bride and groom second line umbrellas.
- For the reception, Megan and Scott wore LED tennis shoes, while Scott and his groomsmen had LED suspenders and the bridesmaids had LED shoelaces.
When asked about the planning process, the big day itself, and married life, Megan gave glowing reviews all around.
What did you like most about the venue you selected?
“The exposed brick, beams and sky light made the main room exactly what we were looking for: traditional New Orleans. The food was only outdone by the service from the staff at Tomas. From planning with their event coordinator Emily, to the food tasting and personalized menu, to the day of set up and take down, everything was awesome.”
Did you face any challenges while planning your wedding?
“Not really; I tried to trust my vendors. I would tell them my ideas and then trust they knew the best way to make it happen!”
What is your favorite memory of your wedding day?
“Walking down the aisle. At that moment all of the chaos and hustle and bustle didn’t matter anymore. We were getting married! Whatever happened after that would be fine.”
What is one of the best things about being married?
“We are currently renovating our home in Baton Rouge, which was his grandfather’s house. We have been doing most of the labor ourselves. Building our home has challenged us financially, emotionally, and physically, but it has also without a doubt strengthened our relationship. It’s a great feeling to know you have someone to support you day in and day out, no matter what challenges arise. It’s an even better feeling when we completed a task together as a team. I can’t wait to see what the next 50 years has in store!”
Ceremony: Gretna United Methodist Church | Venue: Tomas Bistro | Caterer: Tomas Bistro | Color Scheme: Gold and Navy | Theme: Traditional New Orleans| Bakery: Frosted Fantasies by Nikki | Décor: Crystal Vase Flowers | Florist: Crystal Vase Flowers | Hair: Lyndsay with Up’sADaisy | Makeup: Suzette with EyeDoMakeupNOLA | Music: DJ Aaron Lane with Aaron Lane Entertainment | Transportation: Alert Transportation | Photographer: Genovese Ashford | Wedding Hashtag: #BecomingAG | Invitations: Ferdie’s Printing Service | Honeymoon: Excellence Playa Mujeres/Geauxing Places | Favors: Koozie’s: Sip Hip Hooray; Mimi’s Pralines | Bridal Attire: Cristiano Lucci gown from Baton Rouge Bridal Boutique | Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo’s to Geaux | Bridesmaid Attire: Bridesmaids chose their own gown | Groomsmen Attire: Tuxedo’s to Geaux | Bowties: The Rehaberdashery | Second Line Umbrellas: Denise Barbee