Caitlin & Donald dreamed of a biophilia wedding that encompassed their love of New Orleans, plants & music. Caitlin works in evolutionary biology and is pursuing her Ph. D. while Donald works in the local music industry. We planned a 120 person wedding that would marry each of those passions as we married the two of them. Originally we had planned food stations that would feature favorite local cuisine such as shucked oysters along with their other favorite foods and foods they expected to eat on their honeymoon in Vietnam. I drew inspiration from Caitlin’s beautiful plant tattoos and antique botanical illustrations and immediately knew that Amy at Berry Blossom Flowers would be a perfect match. We planned to create the wedding of their dreams by creating centerpieces with plants in clear vases showing their exposed bulbs and botanical elements under cloches. Meringue mushrooms would accent it all and a gorgeous asymmetrical arch would be suspended from the ceiling for their altar area. Musician friends of theirs would play for the cocktail hour, which would actually come first as guests arrived. Then as the sun began to set, Caitlin would change into her amazing Rue de Seine wedding dress for a ceremony followed by reception and finally, end the night with an after party at a different location.
Once we knew that these plans weren’t going to be possible due to covid restrictions, Caitlin and Donald decided they still wanted to move forward with their wedding on the original date. Their day started with getting ready photos, a first look and pictures together, as many couples choose to do. Then we went back to their home and let them relax for a bit before the porch ceremony with guests watching via Zoom. Once they were pronounced husband and wife, their friends from Big 6 Brass Band played as they danced in the streets. As the celebration continued, they handed out food to their neighbors and friends who came to drive by, including banh mi like they’d originally planned on serving at their reception.