Rachel & Titine won us over with their incredible engagement session, but today, we're really falling head over heels!
Read all about their amazing New Orleans wedding from Titine...
In June, 2013, we had a civil ceremony with just our immediate families at Moultrie Courthouse in DC. We wanted to be legally married while we were still living in DC, and we knew that we would be moving back to New Orleans later that summer. After the civil ceremony, we immediately started working on the big fancy schmancy party, which would take place on the same date (June 14th) the following year. I thought that I knew exactly what I wanted my wedding to look like, but as we were planning it sort of just evolved. It started with the venue - The Foundry - which has since been sold. We went in there and it just sort of clicked. Everything kind of just built itself around the look of The Foundry. We didn't really have a theme or anything, but it was beautiful. Flowers were mostly deep purples and very light greens. Our bridesmaids all wore black and white (Rachel's with blazers and mine with dresses), non matching outfits. And our friend, Rightor, who was there for that very first trip in New York (He was my alibi if you will. He & I were friends growing up and he was my excuse to take a random trip to NY) was the officiant. The ceremony was sweet, it was intimate, it was funny. I seriously laughed and cried and smiled harder than I ever have. It was perfect!! The reception was amazing! We danced our asses off, and then had a second line through the neighborhood for an after party at a bar called The Rusty Nail. Not sure how much you know about NOLA, but a second line is basically a walking parade, usually led by a brass band, with all of the people following and dancing behind. Instead of a brass band though, we had a drumline - it was EPIC!! Ever since I was a little girl, I would always follow behind marching bands during Mardi Gras parades. I'd try to learn the dance team's steps in the time it took them to pass the block where we'd stand. Having my very own drumline to dance my way through the streets of New Orleans was seriously a dream come true! It was by far the best part of the best night of my life!
For decorations, we sort of just found things over the few months leading up to the wedding. We did come up with some really cool settings for the ceremony area. There were little stools with cages on top and candles burning inside the cages. Above the ceremony spot, there were little glasses balls with tea lights burning inside them. The story behind the glass balls is pretty interesting actually - The week (or maybe two) before our wedding we were at The Foundry for our tasting and sort of mapping out where we wanted everything to go. There happened to be another couple there (lesbians, coincidentally) setting up for their wedding the following night - how crazy! They had these glass balls hanging up, and as we got to talking with them, we found out they were from out of town, and didn't really have any need for all of their decorations. They offered to sell them to us rather than haul them back home, and the Foundry said we could leave them there. We decided to buy the glass balls and were able to just leave them hanging there until our wedding. It was sort of cool the way it happened, and they looked beautiful!
Honestly. How beautiful are Titine & Rachel?!