The holiday season is always so fun and exciting at the Ritz Carlton! The hotel is decorated for the holidays making everything so festive. Throw a wedding into the mix and the atmosphere becomes absolutely electric! Such was the case when Lorilei and Steven got married in a small private ceremony, beautifully planned and designed by Lulu Alexander, on the rooftop of the Ritz in early December! There was a chill in the air but no one seemed to mind … after all, this union was a long time in the making and all were delighted. Friends since college, over 20 years later these two friends reconnected through the wonders of Facebook. It seems that they must have “liked” each other a lot, since they told us that their first date lasted two weeks. But seriously, the happy tears flowed with wild abandon!
After their private ceremony, this wedding party went public in a very big way, with a traditional New Orleans second line right down the middle of Canal Street! Everyone had a blast strutting past the holiday lights to the strains of the Young & Talented Brass Band, who led the krewe to the reception venue of Arnaud’s, one of New Orleans oldest and best loved restaurants. The restaurant has been around for 100 years to be exact … oh just imagine if those walls could speak what tales they would tell! Once inside, guests were treated to a wonderful evening of dinner and then dancing to the sounds of the wonderfully talented Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns. Congratulations again to Lorilei + Steven, and wishing them many years of happiness and days that feel as magical as their Christmastime celebration!
Wedding planner: Lulu Alexander, Weddings by Lulu
Florist: Erin Steen
Programs: Basic Invite
Hair Stylist: Marsha Leyva
Makeup Artist: Angelle Bourgeois
Bride’s Dress: Essence of Australia
Bride’s Dress Purchased from The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mishka
Groom’s Attire: Rubenstein Brothers
Wedding Rings: Fisher & Sons Jewelers
Wedding Cake: Haydel’s Bakery
Wedding Venue: Ritz Carlton Hotel
Reception Venue: Arnaud’s Restaurant
Music Provided by: Violinist, Marco deVera, Young & Talented Brass Band, Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns