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Real Wedding: Bland - McLean

Rob Davis Photography

In 2008, Laura Anne Bland and Lee Davidson McLean IV both went to Fat Harry’s to catch the Saint’s game – the two had never met but were pleasantly surprised to find out they had many mutual friends. That evening, Lee gave Laura a ride back to her house and asked if he could call her.

In May 2012, Laura and Lee were packing up to leave for Gulf Shores for the Hangout Music Festival. While Laura was getting ready, Lee kept asking her to feed their pet baby chickens before they left for the weekend. Once Laura was almost done packing, Lee walked into the room holding Laura’s favorite chick. He then got down on one knee and asked Laura if she would marry him – at that same time, Laura noticed that there was an engagement ring around the chick’s neck! The couple drove up to Gulf Shores and spent the rest of the weekend celebrating at the beach with their friends.

Laura and Lee are headed to Costa Rica for 10 days over the Mardi Gras break in February for their honeymoon. The couple currently resides in Lakeview, where Laura is a pre-school teacher at Louise S. McGehee School’s Little Gate program, and Lee owns a charter fishing company and works as a charter boat captain down in Venice, La.


Laura Anne Bland


Lee Davidson McLean IV

Bride’s Parents:

Mrs. Jane Barnard Bland and Mr. and Mrs. Clay Vallon Bland

Groom’s Parents:

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Davidson McLean III

Date of Wedding:

November 24, 2012

Ceremony Location:

Trinity Episcopal Chapel

Reception Location:

New Orleans Country Club


Debbie Ryall from the New Orleans Country Club


The Reverend Henry Lee Hudson

Ceremony Music:

Albinas Prizgintas

Wedding Gown:

Pronovias from Wedding Belles

Flower Girls:

Lyden Henriette Bland, Kathryn Knox Gilly, Anna Joyce Pinter and Sarah Blair Montgomery

Ring Bearers:

James Sinnott Bland and Charles Waid Montgomery

Groom’s Attire:

Grey suit from Jos. A. Bank with a blue “po boy tie” from Nola Couture


Clay Vallon Bland Jr. and Andrew Rowan Bland

Ushers’ attire:

Grey suits from Jos. A. Bank with a blue “po boy tie” from Nola Couture


custom-design by the groom and Jeff Kaston of Beje Designs


Meade Wenzel


Koozies with the couples names, wedding date and a song title from Lee’s favorite band, designed by Laura’s brother


New Orleans Country Club

Wedding Cake:

Swiss Confectionary

Groom’s Cake:

Cakes by Leah


Rob Davis Photography


Studio Vieux Carre


John Jay


Katie Malone


The Tip Tops from Mobile, Ala.

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