New Orleans is such a uniquely romantic city, and couples who choose to tie the knot there have uniquely romantic weddings. Lucia and Myles chose one of their favorite places in the city for their ceremony, followed by a reception down the street from their home. Greer Gattuso shared these timeless photos of the celebration:
Calligrapher Holly Hollon designed a beautiful and personal suite of save-the-dates, invitations, and programs. “I felt this detail set the tone for our wedding,” says Lucia.
“My mom always had flowers in our house, whether off a magnolia tree or from her garden,” shares the bride. “Because I grew up with a great appreciation and love of flowers, having beautiful flowers in my wedding was very important to me. Thanks to our florist, Kim Starr Wise, and our wedding planner, Elyse Skansi, we had an incredible wreath of flowers hanging over us in the Peristyle, and similar wreathes were created for our reception to hang in the tent. My bouquet was a magnificent asymmetrical bouquet in shades of cream and white with garden roses, gardenias, ranunculus, sweet peas, camellia foliage, peonies, and anemones. I will never forget when I first smelled the bouquets made of tea roses for my bridesmaids because it was the smell of pure happiness for me. I can still smell them.”
Says Lucia: “City Park is a very special place to me. I’ve run in the park almost every day since before Hurricane Katrina. It’s covered in centuries old live oak trees that surround ponds and marshes, as well as beautiful structures and bridges built by the WPA. After the levies broke, the park was devastated, just as I was and almost everyone else who called New Orleans home. Since the storm, I’ve seen the park heal and develop into an even more beautiful space than it was before. It’s a place of reflection and of community, and I often imagined having my wedding there at my favorite spot, the Peristyle. To marry Myles, the love of my life, in this sacred place with all of the people I love and who have supported me over the years was, aside from the birth of our daughter, the most incredibly happy moment of my life.”
“When we began planning the wedding, I was pregnant with our daughter, Evangeline. She was born in March, and we were married in November, at which point I was pregnant again! Myles and I were already committed to one another in the deepest sense, through our daughter and the baby we were expecting. So, having a family with Myles was my inspiration, as well as our desire that our friends and family have a blast. We wanted the wedding to be a reflection of our life together through its location, the food we love, and a lot of amazing music!”
Lush centerpieces of pink and cream roses, sweet peas, and anemones were arranged in a variety of vintage milk glass containers.
The simple buttercream cake was adorned with gardenias.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? Our reception was held at the historic Pitot House, an 18th century Creole colonial home located on beautiful Bayou Saint John. We live just down the street, and it meant so much to have our reception right in our own neighborhood, which also happens to be the best neighborhood in the world!
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My favorite part of our wedding was dancing with Myles to the Lost Bayou Ramblers under a beautiful tent on Bayou Saint John with all of our friends and family. The Lost Bayou Ramblers were the perfect combination of our backgrounds: a lot Cajun and a little punk. We absolutely loved that everyone was dancing with us. There was no way that you could hear that music and not dance! The icing on the cake was when Myles’ groomsmen from Southwest Louisiana performed what they described as a “Seafood Jubilee,” an unforgettable, choreographed dance that they had coordinated with the band before the wedding.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I carried the handkerchief that my mother carried when she married my sweet father. My mother and I share the same name, and the handkerchief, which belonged to my mother’s great aunt, was embroidered with our initials.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? A very wise man told me I should only focus on the love and happiness that Myles, my friends, and my family would bring to the occasion. Nothing else mattered.
What advice do you have for other brides? Get a wedding planner as incredible as Elyse Skansi, if you can.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Our incredibly talented friends played music at our ceremony. Not only did this save us money, but it made our ceremony all the more meaningful and personal.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Myles and I felt so lucky to have had our daughter Evangeline at our wedding. Our only regret was that in the chaos of the day, our sweet dog Izzy was left at home. She was there with us in spirit, though!