Happy bride. Saying these words in our shop without a doubt brings Andrea Rochetto’s name to mind. She is a light. Post-paper, adorned in Francesca Pitera for Jim Hjlem she became a Chadwick on Febuary 11, 2012 in the heart of the French Quarter at Latrobe’s On Royal. If you’re already swooning over her dress like we were, wait until you hear about their invitation. Andrea and Brian chose a Bella Figura design customer letterpress printed on double thick stock with the sides bearing metallic edge painting. That was only the start of their ornate paper trail; we tied it all together with matching programs, menus and a rehearsal dinner invitation all in the same elegant calligraphy. I’m sure you’re just as curious as we were to hear about how this fairytale came about, below Andrea shares their story.
We met on a blind date, Avec in Chicago to be exact, and I wasn’t sure what to expect as Brian told me he would be the shortest guy in the bar wearing a Bear’s jersey. As gullible as I am, part of me believed him, but little did I know I would walk into a date that would change my life forever. When I first met Brian, all I could think about was how handsome, kind and fun he was. We enjoyed each other’s company and didn’t want the night to end. I came home not knowing what to expect next, but I knew how I felt and I could only think of him and how wonderful he made me feel.
We were so in love and we decided to move in together and Brian had planned a trip for us to go to Maui. Part of me was hoping that would be when he would propose, but I wasn’t expecting it. I met him there and after two days of relaxing by the ocean he brought us to a romantic evening with a private dinner, just the two of us. I did not expect a thing, until we pulled up to our tented dinner on the beach, candlelit, while listing to our favorite music, Radiohead. Brian spoke of our great times, the love he felt for me, and then he did it. He got down one knee and proposed, and I could not resist my tears of joy.
New Orleans is a city that Brian considers home, and when he asked me if we could get married there I did not think twice. I knew how much it would mean to him to get married in the city which has played such an intricate part of his life, and I thought about all of our memories in New Orleans. We wanted to give our guests a unique wedding experience, so we decided to go with New Orleans’ wedding traditions. Our guests arrived at their hotel to find a welcome bag, created by Lagniappe for your Event, with fun Louisiana snacks such as mini tabasco bottles, Zapp’s chips, and Pralines. From the venue, to the music, to the food, to the drinks, and to finish the night with a second line parade, our guests were able to experience a traditional Big Easy wedding. I was able to spend the day with my girls in the penthouse of Latrobe’s, getting our hair and makeup done by Barbara Kessel and her team, while enjoying lunch from Antoine’s Annex.
We were married in the candlelit Latrobe’s courtyard to the classical quartet and trumpeter arranged by New Orleans’ Finest Musicians. Our guests were dancing all night to the talented Groovy 7, and we finished the evening with a traditional second line parade escorted by the NOPD through the french quarter, while the Pinstripes performed.
I loved our details, from the beautiful candles and fun candy bar from luminous events, to the beautiful array of flowers designed from a very traditional southern florist, Meade Wenzel, the venue looked and felt unique. The photo booth was a total hit as our guests were able to wear feather boas and carnival masks, Kristy May provided the photography and printed out photos for our guests to take as a party favor.
Advice I would give to brides is to enjoy the planning and the events leading up to the wedding. You can create the wedding of your dreams, and don’t be afraid to do things differently, we sure did!
All photos by Kristi May Photography.