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Juhi and Rohit’s Love Story – an Indian Wedding Celebration in New Orleans

One of the things that we enjoy the most is working with amazing couples and hear them tell their stories. This one gave us all the feels!

In Rohit’s words:

Juhi has always wanted a proposal where she could be with all her friends and family so I decided that Christmas day in New
Jersey would be the best time to propose as both her and my family were all in town. I knew the following had to be involved:
– our song “Manchester” by Kishi Bashi who is an artist we went to see in NYC and fell in love with together
– market lights, her absolute favorite thing
– great pictures and video, we’re social media buffs and wanted to make a splash
– surprise, duh
So I convinced her the weekend before Christmas that I wasn’t going to propose for a long time (even though I was pretttty sure it
would be this holiday even though I didn’t have everything quite figured out at the time). I basically set off to work on Monday
before Christmas (which was on a Sunday) and organized the proposal.

We convinced Juhi that there was a Christmas party at our family friend’s home. Before she arrived we had over 50 family and
friends, some that flew in or drove in on Christmas day to be with us, all huddled in the basement watching a live FaceTime
stream. The backyard was set up with over 500 lights and candles creating a beautiful winter wonderland scene. In the middle of
the backyard patio was a fire lighting up a live string quartet. The quartet was obviously the focal point and made the whole event.
They were a group of high school students that a friend of mine who is a professional Bass player for the NY MET Opera trained
for the performance.
When Juhi finally arrived the house was dark and quiet. Juhi walked in the front door and was greeted by my friend holding a sign
(similar to the big posterboard signs in Love Actually) which had a song lyric written on it. Juhi was guided through the house to
the backyard with different family members, each holding a different song lyrics basically asking Juhi which song I should
propose to her with. Finally, my sister was holding the last one which said “there really is only one song” and she opens the
backdoor to the lighted patio. The string quartet, conducted by my best friend’s little brother, starts playing “Manchester” by Kishi
Bashi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQSuEIKlD1Y). A few of our family members are “secretly” taking video and photos
and Juhi notices them and is just overwhelmed by what is clearly about to take place. After a bit I walk out from around the house
with the last few posterboards (which say the first few lyrics of the song) and then pull out a mic and sing the last verse and
chorus of the song along with the quartet. The song ends, I get down on a knee and propose with a few thoughtful loving words
that were thought up on the spot because I had forgotten what was planned due to the nerves of the whole event. Through smiles
and tears she says yes and I slide the sapphire ring on her finger. Our friends then set off little fireworks all around us. We queue
our patient friends and family to come out. Juhi is shocked by how many people were hiding in the basement and we all hug and
kiss. We then proceeded to have a fun party with champagne and Christmas cookies!”


Vendor love //

Wedding coordinators – Becky Lampp – Spanish Oak Events
Photography – The always amazing Mark Eric @ Mark Eric Photography
Venue Sangeet – Stella Plantation
Venue Ceremony – Hilton Riverside
Venue Reception- Marriott on Canal
Photo Booth – Envog
Hair and Makeup – Fairytales & Brides
Transportation – New Orleans Tours & Audubon Limousines
Champagne Skirt – Frenchman Street Productions
Caterer – Daawat Catering Co.
Dholi – Tejasvir Singh & Adam Khan
Brass band – Kinfolk brass band
Lighting and Entertainment – Shivas – One2 Entertainment

See other Indian Celebrations!

Wedding at the St. Louis Cathedral

Garrett and Emily met in college at USC. They had a class together in their first semester and hung out with the same group of friends. Emily said they truly started out as really good friends. Then one day the other friends dropped out of movie plans and left Garrett and her to go alone. That was the first and unexpected date she said and they haven’t looked back since.


Vendor love //

Wedding coordinators – Wink Design and Events
Photography – Studio Tran Photography
Florist- Bella Blooms Floral
Bakery – Chasing Wang
Second Line band – Rebirth Brass Band
DJ – Keith Scott & Brice
Photobooth – Boogie Booth
Rentals Event Rental Firefly Ambiance Candles & Decor
Lighting- See-Hear Productions

St Louis Cathedral wedding with Jessica and Devin

Every wedding is special, but this one was filled with so much love, Italian humor and beauty. Anyone who was there will tell you, Jessica & Devin’s wedding weekend in New Orleans was truly unforgettable.

“Devin and I met in 2009 while he was finishing his senior year at LSU. We were neighbors at the gates at Brightside.The first time I saw Devin he was sitting on his patio in a folding chair with his feet propped up on an old BBQ pit. He was reading an LSAT prep book and smoking a cigar. I asked him, “what’s the LSAT?”
Devin was not impressed.
Time passed and a friendship formed. We played around with the idea of dating and made it official on August 15, 2010. The rest is history! In our 7 years together we have hit many milestones at each other’s side and grown into adulthood standing next to one another.
Devin asked me to marry him on December 25,2015. We usually spend Christmas at our respective family homes in Prairieville and Metairie and meet up on Christmas morning. Devin recruited the help of my grandparents and mother to set up our home while he drove in from Metairie that morning. While I slept, my family drove to our home and filled it with the 200 long stem red roses Devin had ordered for the occasion.
I had no idea what I was in for when I waled inside that day. Devin was on his knee holding a ring box with the prettiest engagement ring I’d ever seen. His allergies were kind enough to let him get through the proposal. I was not. I said yes before he could finish asking me!”


Vendor love //

Rehearsal Dinner Venue – The Italian Barrel
Ceremony – St. Louis Cathedral
Photographer – Studio Tran – Beebe
Preparation – Omni Royal Orleans
Florist- Fat Catz
Wedding Painter – Stephanie Torregrossa
Photobooth – Big Easy Photobooth
Hair and Make-up – Just Face It
Bride’s Shoes – Kate Spade
Brass Band – New Breed Brass
Dress – Pronovias (ceremony gown); Mori Lee (reception gown)
Bridal Boutique – Town & Country
Cake – Bittersweet Confections
Entertainment – Bucktown Allstars

Check out other St Louis Cathedral weddings!

Wedding at the Chateau Country Club with Alisha and Chase

“You are now taking into the care and keeping the happiness of the one person you love the most. As husband and wife you will be each others best friend, confidant, teacher, listener, lover and protector.”


Vendor love //

Ceremony & Reception Venue- Chateau Country Club
Photographer – Studio Tran – Corine
Preparation – Lowes Hotel
Florist- Bella Blooms
Dress – Stella York
Bridal Boutique – Mae Me Bridal Boutique
Cake – Haydel’s Bakery
Entertainment – Snapper and the Fish Sticks

Check out other New Orleans Weddings here!

Caroline + Justin // Capital Park Museum Wedding

We absolutely love it when couples share their stories with us!
“Justin proposed to me on his birthday Feb. 2nd, 2015. My birthday is Feb. 4th so he planned a bday dinner for the two of us at Little Village in BR and I thought it was exactly that. After dinner we went to the paper clip docks to look at the river and after we walked down and talked for a minute we turned around to walk back and then he stopped me and got down on one knee! Happiest moment of my life, hands down! We were dying laughing because I had joked about the only two souls out there besides ourselves and they happened to be taking pictures of the river, which was pitch black and I thought that was strange. Turned out they were photographers there capturing his proposal lol woopsies!

We met at Fred’s in TigerLand on a dead Wednesday night. Kaitlin (MOH) and I were out being bad and justin happened to be in there catching up with his old Fred’s coworkers. I noticed him at the bar but wasn’t interested in meeting any guys. Then a mutual friend and enabler, Harry Rome, introduced us. We ended up talking at Fred’s til they closed! The next day we met up at the dog park and he spent the next two months trying to reel me in and get me to trust him and I finally did! I will forever be grateful for his persistence because I was cold and closed off and he saw right through it. Now I won’t leave him alone!”


Vendor love //
Event Coordinator – Weddings By Allie – Allie Wester
Ceremony & Reception Venue- Capital Park Museum in Baton Rouge
Photographer – Thompson Photography – Brody
Preparation – Hilton Downtown Baton Rouge
Florist- Billy Heroman’s
Bridal Boutique – Brickhouse Bridal
Cake – Ambrosia
Entertainment – Papa C and the Slamming Horns
Lighting – Abstract Lighting
Catering – Bayou Bistro
Rentals – Truly Haute Candles

Check out other Baton Rouge Weddings here!

Olivia + Ted // New Orleans Museum of Art

Going into Olivia and Ted’s wedding weekend at New Orleans Museum of Art, we knew it would be a blast… from a the preparations at the Omni Royal Hotel in downtown French Quarter, to a gorgeous ceremony and reception at the sculpture garden at NOMA. What we did not know, is how much Ted and Olivia had touched everyone one in their lives. It was a pleasure to witness and a joy to work with them.

“I could list off all of the reasons that I love you. But today.. on the day of our wedding. I think a simple answer will do. I love you because, it feels right… because, I am at my best when I am with you. Today, I am the luckiest man alive.”


Vendor love //
Event Coordinator – SAPPHIRE EVENTS
Ceremony & Reception Venue- New Orleans Museum of Art Wedding
Photographer – Andy Kyle Roberts
Preparation – Omni Royal Orleans Hotel
Dress Designer – Paloma Blanca
Bridal Boutique – Madeline’s Daughter
Cake – Melissa’s Fine Pastries
Entertainment – After 8 Band

New Orleans Museum of Art Wedding

Check out other recent New Orleans weddings here.

Andrea & Fede // Beautiful outdoor wedding

“I’m not an expert in marriage, but it seems that when we act on our vows with love and sincerity, perhaps we create something special and unique between us. But to some extent, a strong union has an element of mystery, and an element of grace.”


Vendor love //

Ceremony & Reception Venue- Independence Louisiana
Photographer – Dark Roux Photography
Preparation – Independence Louisiana
Dress Designer – Mori Lee
Bridal Boutique – Global Bridal Alexandria Virginia
Cake – Christina Tosi / Milk Bar NYC
Entertainment – XPert Productions

Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights Wedding with Abby and Kane

“Our Story by Abby

Hi! For those that don’t know, Kane and I met while working together on the Pricing team at Target in 2012.

What started as a great friendship later grew into something more as we bonded over everything from our shared interest in (all) food, beer, R&B music, and a preference for sharing jokes over Lync messaging instead of working.

By fall of that year, we’ll admit it, we were pretty inseparable. While some may say it’s not 100% cool to date your co-worker, we just couldn’t fight it. Fortunately, we’re super professional and only flirted at work, like, a little bit.

The years that have followed have been the best of my little life. Kane makes everything better. Whether it’s going to the grocery store or traveling to a new city, there’s no one I’d rather do it with. We share a love of spontaneity and fun that I am told is pretty rare. It’s for that reason we have decided to host our wedding in our favorite fun place: New Orleans! We can’t wait to share our special day in this special
place with you.

The Proposal by Kane:

Abby had been contemplating a trip to San Francisco with friends to visit another friend who had recently moved out to the area. On April 20th, they suddenly booked their trip… for 10 days later. Little did Abby know, I had been contemplating my own plans for her trip to San Francisco and had already been in contact with a jeweler in the city. With the short notice, I was frenetically working to expedite the ring, and discretely scheming with Abby’s gracious travel companions for a mid-trip surprise. Abby flew out Thursday, excited for her big weekend being highlighted by a Napa Valley wine tour booked for Saturday.

Fast forward to Saturday morning, I take my own flight out to the City by the Bay. I sped straight downtown to grab the ring and meet up with the limo booked to chauffeur the wine tour. As we pulled up to their hotel, Abby – looking stunning in a black sundress and fancy hat for the day’s festivities – approached the limo with no clue what was waiting inside. As the door opened and I stepped out Abby’s jaw dropped and she threw her arms around me laughing. It wasn’t until, with a shaky voice, I began to tell her how much she means to me and reaching into my back pocket that she realized what was happening. I dropped to a knee there on the sidewalk and she nodded her head in disbelief. We hugged. She cried. We piled into the back of the limo and headed north. It was the perfect moment that kicked off an unforgettable day.”

Vendor love:
Event Coordinator – Belle Soiree Events
Event Location – Bevolo Gas Electric Lights
Preparation – Chateau LeMoyne
Photographer – Maile Lani
Entertainment – Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Dress Design – Amy Kuschel
Bridal shop – Che Bella (Minneapolis)
Florist – Leaf and Petal NOLA
Cake – Haydel’s

Board of Trade New Orleans wedding video with Kelsey and James

“Kelsey and I met while we were both attending LSU Nursing School in New Orleans. I was a senior and she was just starting nursing school. A mutual friend introduced us and we have been together for 7 wonderful years since then. I was required to attend a conference for my graduate school, that year’s conference was in Orlando. I chartered a small plane to fly over Disney World at night, just in time for the fireworks show. I popped the big question on the runway after we landed. It was definitely a memorable experience and I think Kelsey was completely surprised. We recently bought a house in Mid-City and are loving our married life!”

Vendor love:
Planning & Design – Brooke Casey Weddings
Ceremony – Immaculate Conception
Reception – Board of Trade
Photography – Catherine Guidry
Rentals – Event Rental
Transportation – Alert and Limousine Livery
Hair – Beth Washington
Makeup – Melissa Vaccaro
Lighting – Luminous Events
Catering – Pigeon Caterers
Entertainment – Bobby J and Stuff Like That
Pedicab – Bike Taxi Unlimited
Ring Box – The Mrs. Box
Invitations – Wondrous Whimsy
Bakery – Sweet Life Bakery

Palazzo Bernado Wedding with Jenna and Jered

“In May of 2015, I did something I said I would never do…I signed up for Match.com…It was after watching heartfelt wedding videos on youtube that led me to sign up. This one video made me feel so sorry for myself…to the point that I signed up for match.com haha. The girl on the video had a daughter out of wedlock, just like myself. My little girl’s dad left us with nothing…just left. And I felt so hopeless….How would someone like me find someone who would love my little girl like I love her…..love her as his very own. Well, on May 18, 2015 at 5am, I was getting dressed for work and I got notification on my phone saying “Jered Miller likes you.” I viewed his profile and just dismissed the notification because this match.com thing was just something for me to do to boost my confidence again….I had felt run down at that part of my life. Single mom, struggling, heartbroken at the life I made for my innocent child. So, I continue to get dressed for work, did my usual, dropped off my little girl at my parents (WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT THEM? LORD ONLY KNOWS. THEY WERE MY ONLY SUPPORT SYSTEM). So, I get to work that morning and after things settled down that morning, I went to the break room and noticed I now had a message from “Jered Miller.” He introduced himself and to be honest, I can’t recall what it said. But he was aware of Sailor from my pictures and said she was so cute, etc. So we messaged back and forth that entire day and he asked me to go on a date (the dreaded question). First of all, I didn’t know him and I’m from a small town, I only went on dates with people I know personally, right? Ha, that is how I was raised. So, I went to my mom and told her about him and my mom is VERY old fashioned…I thought she would disapprove of me going to meet this stranger. And she didn’t, she wanted me to go. I remember it like it was yesterday, on May 21, 2015, taking a bath, getting ready for this “date”….I cried hysterically to leave my Sailor. I felt like it was my duty to stay with her, I just felt guilty to get out and do something for myself. But momma pushed me to go…and so, I went….From that moment, it was meant to be forever. There was a peace that came over me with Jered, something I felt God himself, sent my way….I was absolutely so sure about him that the very next day, Sailor met him. At that time, Sailor was 2 years old and well, I thought for sure she would be the one to give him a run for his money, but he stayed….And she loves him and he loves her like his own…Surely, he was Heaven-sent. Six months later on November 21, 2015, he popped the question in downtown Baton Rouge in front of the Old State Capitol.”


Vendor love:
Houmas House Plantation – Preparation
St. Michael the Archangel Church – Ceremony
Palazzo Bernardo – Reception
Studio Tran – Photography
Chase Tyler Band – Entertainment
Zoeys Bakery – Cake
Pearl’s Place – Boutique

New Orleans wedding with Addie and Luke

We often recommend to our couples to bring us to their rehearsal dinners. Some of the most heartfelt speeches are delivered in an intimate setting, and Addie & Luke’s wedding was no exception. It was hard not to get swept away with emotion when spending the weekend with this couple. The love they have for each other, as well as their friends and family, radiated through both of them. Congratulations, Addie & Luke! We were so honored to be a part of your beautiful wedding weekend, and we wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness!

Vendor love//
Photographer – Brocato Photography
Rehersal Dinner – Southern Yacht Club
Ceremony- Holy Name of Jesus Church
Reception- Orleans Club
Florist – Pick-A-Petal
Photobooth – GoGo Booth
Live Painter: Alex Harvie
Dress – Moonlight
Cake: Flour Power

Wedding at St. Joseph’s Chuch in New Orleans with Mei and Hieu

Mei and Hieu took their first trip together 2 years ago to England and France. They enjoyed everything about it especially Provence. So the theme of their wedding is the French countryside. Since Hieu is the talented one in the relationship they decided for him to make their own invitations and church programs. He drew all the flowers, embossed and hand painted all 200 invitations.

“We became friends during undergrad at Xavier University. We met through mutual friends. Hieu and I were in our own relationships at the time. When both ended, we became closer as friends and decided to be more than friends. We have many small funny moments throughout our relationship. Hieu is the talented and carefree one in the relationship. I just help him reach items on the top shelf =D. Hieu doesn’t know how to wrap presents so instead he used 2 different colored post-it notes to wrap a large box. According to Hieu, cats have a favorite fruit…it’s a persimmon.
11.12.13: Hieu and I went out to dinner with close friends and family at Mondo. After dinner, Tim Pham invited us to join him at the Lakefront to help him scout the area for his next photoshoot. This was probably the coldest and windiest night I can remember. We all arrived and got out the car. Before I knew it, everyone formed a close circle around Hieu and I and backed away. Music started playing and he took my hand. Hieu’s brother placed a small pillow on the cement and Hieu got on one knee and said a few things before he popped the question.” – Mei & Hieu

Key Vendors:
Preparations – Q & C Hotel New Orleans
Ceremony – St. Joseph’s Church on Tulane
Reception – Crystal Palace
Photographer – Ardent Studio
Entertainment – Allot Entertainment
Bridal gown – Berta
Reception dress – Stella York
Bridal boutique – Blanc Bridal New Orleans
Florist – Bella Blooms
Wedding cake – Melissa’s Fine pastries

St. Joseph Church New Orleans

Wedding at Brandon Hall in Natchez with Sara and Patrick

Sara and Patrick’s wedding at Brandon Hall in Natchez, MS was nothing short of spectacular. They had known each other their entire lives. He says he tried to ask her out in 2011, but she doesn’t really remember. He asked her to dinner over a year ago and she tried to say no but he persisted.
He proposed to her at the base of the waterfall on Uncle Tom’s Trail in Yellowstone Park after walking down 300 steps! She said it was gorgeous, but she thought neither of them would make it back up! :-))

Key Vendors:
Brandon Hall Plantation
B. Flint Photography
YZ Ealey
Edna’s Cake Creations

Brandon Hall Natchez

Lake Tahoe Wedding with Demi and Jimmy

Demi and Jimmy had often joked about going away somewhere to get married. After a while, their joke became a reality. We were honored and privileged to follow them to Lake Tahoe, California, to capture their winter wonderland wedding. It was quite a stunning 3 day trip with all of the amazing sights, sounds and experiences to remember for a lifetime.

Preparations – Northstar Resort California
Ceremony – Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Incline Village
Reception – Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe
Photographer – Kayla Barker – Photographer
Entertainment- DJ Brock Weddings
Florist & Design- A Bud and Beyond
Musicians – Avalance Duo

Lake Tahoe Weddings

Immaculate Conception wedding in New Orleans with Nicole and Jake

The wedding of Nicole and Jake in New Orleans was an amazing event. Preparations were filmed at the Ritz Carlton downtown. Nicole’s bouquet contained lockets of her late grandmother and aunt. After we walked right across the street to the church. The priest was the grooms high school principal and the vestments were all from the grooms side of the family. NOLA Bash did all the event design and planning for the day. When the ceremony was over the guests were surprised with custom hankie holders designed by the bride for a second line parade. The reception finished off the night with the Gumbo Trio playing the night away. The bride and groom passed out favors(Garrett’s Popcorn) from Chicago which were a nod to the grooms college years and the bride loves popcorn.

Preparations/Reception – The Ritz Carlton New Orleans
Ceremony – Immaculate Conception
Wedding Design/Coordination – NOLA Bash
Photographer – Studio Tran
Entertainment- The Gumbo Trio
Florist- Bella Blooms
Dress- Austin Scarlett
Bridesmaids Dresses- Jim Hjelm
Bridal Shop- Kleinfield’s New York City

Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church

Southern Oaks Plantation wedding with Robyn and Jordan

Robyn and Jordan came down to New Orleans for a destination wedding and invited family and friends to join them at the beautiful Southern Oaks Plantation. They got ready and had their first look at the Ritz Carlton on Canal street, downtown New Orleans. Robyn was telling us a story about how her and Jordan met through her brother-in-law. He had insisted they meet so they went on a blind date a year and a half before and never looked back. Jordan proposed to her in Napa Valley on her 29th birthday at Frank Family Vineyards on the back porch of the winery. Although her sister and brother-in-law both knew the whole time, they kept the birthday surprise a big secret! It was the best weekend of my life she said.

We love amazing stories, and were happy to play a tiny part in their amazing day in New Orleans. From all of us at MP-CINEMA, we wish them every happiness in the world!!

Preparations/First look – Ritz Carlton Downtown New Orleans
Ceremony/Reception – Southern Oaks Plantation
Photography- Mark Eric Photography
Entertainment – Ernie Vincent and the Top Notes
Wedding Cake – The Royal Cakery
Florist- Nola Flora

Southern Oaks Plantation weddings

A Houmas House wedding with Jessica and Terry

Amazing Houmas House wedding of Jessica and Terry. The rain started right before the main event but that wasn’t going to hamper such a beautiful ceremony. The staff at Houmas house quickly moved everything inside and the ceremony went off without a hitch. The rest of the evening went as planned starting off with the traditional Chinese tea ceremony. We want to congratulate Jessica and Terry and wish them all the happiness in the world.

Ceremony & Reception – Houmas House Plantation

Photography – Courtney Dellafiora

Event Designer – Posh Productions

Florist – Heroman’s Florist

Cake – Fairy Dust Cakes

Dress – Jasmine Couture


TaRhonda and Lawrence | Shaw Center Wedding

The Beautiful Shaw Center wedding of TaRhonda and Lawrence in Downtown Baton Rouge. TaRhonda and Lawrence have an amazing story. They met each other when they were 15. Went on the junior senior prom together and now at 29 they will spend the rest of their lives together.

Ceremony – St. Paul Catholic Church

Reception – Shaw Center Downtown Baton Rouge

Photography – Collin Richie Photography

Florist – Heroman’s Florist

Cake – Sweet Ideas the cake shoppe

Bride’s Dress – Pearl’s Place in New Orleans

Shaw Center Wedding - TaRhonda Lawrence