Christy Meisner, owner of the flower crown company Crowns by Christy, first met Luke Doramus in May 2011 at a Memorial Day party. After friends introduced the pair on Luke's terrace, he and Christy quickly hit it off. Just three years later, Luke brought their relationship full circle and popped the question in the very same place where they first met.
When it came time to plan their wedding, the two already knew New Orleans, Louisiana would be the spot. "My family is from Louisiana and Luke's lives in Texas, so New Orleans has always been on our mind when considering wedding destinations," Christy says. The couple worked with Emily Sullivan of Get Polished Events to plan a southern wedding with plenty of authentic New Orleans flavor. With 185 guests in attendance, Christy and Luke said, "I do" on April 25, 2015, and asked Dark Roux Photography to capture every special moment.
"It was always my dream to get married in St. Louis Cathedral," the bride says of their ceremony location, so booking their big day at the church, which dates back to the 1720s, was a no brainer. Choosing a reception venue proved to be just as easy — when Christy and Luke visited the city during a long weekend in 2014, they were immediately taken with Broussards and its beautiful courtyard.
When it came time to find her dress, Christy didn't let the search drag on. She chose a beaded Jenny Packham gown with a low back while on a solo shopping trip. "I put it on and that was it," she remembers. "I was totally alone and knew I didn't need a second opinion." She accessorized with a veil from the same designer, Manolo Blahnik pumps, and pearl earrings her mother wore on her own wedding day.
As the finishing touch, she whipped up a flower crown with lily of the valley and ranunculus the morning before the ceremony!
Christy wanted her bridesmaids to wear a dress they love, so after a trip to New York's Rent The Runway showroom, each attendant rented a mint green floor-length gown designed by Badgley Mischka. The bride's bouquet was made up of peonies, ranunculus, and lily of the valley. Her attendants all carried similar arrangements with the same blooms.
Luke wore a light gray suit and mint green tie. His attendants rented similar styles from The Black Tux. "We loved the idea of a grey summer suit to keep the attire more on the casual side," the bride says. The groom and his groomsmen all finished their looks with a ranunculus boutonniere.
With flowers being such a big part of Christy's life and work, she knew she wanted them to make an impact on her wedding day. But with St. Louis Cathedral being such a beautiful space, the couple decided not to add any additional décor. "It's such a work of art in and of itself," she says. The bride walked down the aisle with her father as a live trumpet player performed.
After the ceremony, Christy and Luke walked from St. Louis Cathedral to Broussard's, and their guests followed along in what is referred to as the Second Line Parade. "It rained the morning of our wedding so we were worried that the parade would be canceled, but Luke and I insisted on parading anyway so we purchased over 60 large umbrellas for our guests to use," the bride says. Despite the less-than-ideal weather, their entire party moved through the streets of New Orleans as they stared the couple's celebration.
Everyone ended up at Broussard's, where the courtyard was transformed into a flower-laden reception area. "I wanted flowers hanging from the ceiling, which Bella Blooms was able to execute perfectly," Christy says of her chandeliers dripping with peonies and ranunculus.
Tables, both indoor and on the courtyard, were topped with mint mason jars and berry bowls, all filled with peach-and-cream mixed arrangements. Guests were treated to a traditional New Orleans meal, complete with gumbo, crispy Creole-spiced Catfish bites, and bananas foster.
Guests enjoyed the couple's signature cocktail, which was crafted by the lead bartender at Broussard's. He mixed Luke's favorite — absenthe — into a refreshing drink served in custom cups complete with the wedding hashtag and playful patterned straws.
For dessert, Christy and Luke turned to Haydel's Bakery for a New Orleans classic. The couple cut into a layered King Cake, filled with flavors like lemon, strawberry cream cheese, and praline and cinnamon.
The dance floor was packed all night long thanks to performances from the couple's band, The Phunky Monkeys.
Christy and Luke exited the reception in a flurry of flower petals before their traditional French Quarter departure in a horse-drawn carriage.
Following the wedding, the couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Burgundy, Paris, and St. Barth's, but not before Christy shared a piece of advice for future brides. "Things will always go wrong on your wedding day, especially the little details that girls like myself spend so much time stressing out about beforehand," she says. "You can either get upset about the things that go wrong and ruin your day or you can let them go and have the best day of your life."
Ceremony Venue: St. Louis Cathedral || Reception Venue & Catering: Broussard's || Wedding Planner: Emily Sullivan of Get Polished Events || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Jenny Packham || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Bride's Hair: BLEU Blow Dry Bar || Bride's Makeup: Neil Scibelli || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka from Rent the Runway || Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux || Flower Girl Attire: Celebrate Heaven || Ring Bearer Attire: J. Crew || Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Hammerman Brothers || Florist: Bella Blooms Floral || Invitations & Paper Products: Paper N Things || Music: The Phunky Monkeys || Wedding Cake: Haydel's Bakery || Rentals: Firefly Ambiance || Favors: Rush Imprint; Old Navy; Totally Promotional || Accommodations: The Omni Royal Orleans || Videographer: Studio Vieux Carre || Photographer: Dark Roux Photography