New Orleans Backyard Wedding // Megan + Billy // Married Part II

We met Megan + Billy in early spring of 2020. Their wedding was always going to be small, but was still going to include all the special touches. Megan chose a venue, and we planned a wonderful day that included a ceremony, first look, first dance and cake cutting.  The one thing we didn’t plan on was Corona. As businesses began shutting down and quarantine became reality, plans had to change. Through the pandemic we have learned that you can postpone and cancel a lot of things, but love will always find a way. On a beautiful day in April, we masked up and met Megan + Billy in City Park for a private elopement with just the two of them. See Part I, HERE.

Fast forward 6 months to the most coveted wedding day of 2020, October 10, and the couple were finally able to celebrate with family!  They chose to have it at their home, which is the perfect party venue.  By carefully grouping guests with their own “pods”, the bride and groom created a safe, yet comfortable environment for celebrating together.  The decor was beautiful, but hands down our favorite feature was the “Barchuterie” stations, designed by the bride as a play on the traditional cocktail and hors d’oeuvres hour in order to comply with social distancing requirements and keep their loved ones safe.

It’s been a year where couples have had to shift their perspective and focus on what is most important.  They have had to juggle their dates, and come up with really creative solutions for bringing family and friends together, yet keeping them apart.  Megan did a beautiful job of keeping the decor elegant while still keeping everything distant and safe.  In her own words, “As with most brides, it’s a day that I have dreamed about my entire life. I came up with the low-budget rustic garden party theme (it represents us so well). I did all of the leg work of shopping, etc and then my mom, brother Brandon and best cousin Kim helped me bring it all together.”

The afternoon began with a brief and touching welcome, and then a plated dinner was served. After dinner, dessert was served and the wedding cake was cut.  Finally, Megan and Billy shared their first dance as husband and wife … 6 months late, but who’s counting when you have a lifetime to go?

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Bridal gown:  David’s Bridal
Hair:  Gallery Salon and Spa
Groom’s Tuxedo:  Men’s Wearhouse
Florist:  Fat Cat Flowers
Catering:  Palate
Table and Linen Rentals:  Sal’s Party Rentals
Charcuterie Boards:  Pottery Barn
Galvanized Buckets:  Walmart
Alcohol/Mixers for Barchuterie:  Total Wine
Facemasks:  Crestline
Wedding Cake:  Berry Chantilly from Whole Food

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