September 18, 2018
If you could sum up your wedding in three words, what would they be?
Simple, elegant, personal
Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
My parents own the Abita Quail Farm, so I couldn’t think of a better place! They had just finished a major renovation of the Music Room. It was wonderful to get to plan the first event in that space.
What was your favorite wedding detail?
Ah, there are so many! I loved the wedding dress that my sister made me! One of my handkerchiefs was a bonnet that was given to Bruslé for his baptism as a baby. I loved the cake that my mom, sister, and I made. And I loved making the biscuits with my husband the morning of our brunch! My clutch purse was my grandmother’s. We’re not sure when she used it, but it seemed to match a tiara she wore on her wedding day, so we assumed (hoped) she used it for her wedding too. My husband also wore cufflinks that were his grandfather’s and monogrammed with their shared initials.
What is your favorite wedding memory from the day?
My husband and I made biscuits for the party on the morning of the brunch. They are similar to biscuits we used to have at our favorite place in Washington, DC – A Baked Joint. It was really fun to get to recreate those together for our guests.
How did you incorporate your personalities into your wedding celebration?
The wedding felt very “us.” The family-only ceremony was something that we both wanted. It was really really lovely to have our families join us at the beautiful Supreme Court building in the French Quarter and for lunch at Brennan’s. We don’t live in Louisiana, so it was nice to spend some time with them before the chaos of the big party on Saturday. Brusle and I are easy going and love to laugh, so we were able to ensure the event was not too serious or formal. We enjoy the company of close friends, and we were able to see so many people at the brunch from where we have both lived. These people know us really well, so they ensured the wedding and brunch was “us.”
My mom, sister and I love to bake, so we did all of it for the event. We made the wedding cake, the tarts, the mini wedding carrot cake cheesecakes, and the biscuits. The biscuits were a surprise for Bruslé, and were modeled off of biscuits we used to get every weekend from a local bakery in Washington, DC. Our favors were granola that I make all the time and sent him when he was deployed last summer to Afghanistan.
One of our cocktails at the bar was a Bee Sting, which we served at one of the first dinner parties we hosted together. Along with a few other brunch cocktails, we had a pirogue full of La Croix, which Bruslé couldn’t get enough of!
What is your wedding song?
Don Vappie – Exactly Like You
Ceremony Location: Louisiana Supreme Court + Brennan’s | Reception Location, Catering, Wedding Cake: Abita Quail Farm | Florist: Petals n Parties | Wedding Dress Designer: Custom | Wedding Shoes Designer: M. Gemi | Groom’s Apparel: Bonobos | Reception Music: Don Vappie | Stationery: Reaves Engraving
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