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Hesse – Murray

Steve Murray, Pattie Murray, the groom and bride, Peggy Hesse, Dick Hesse

Ten years ago, Shelley Jeunesse Hesse and Stephen Barnett Murray Jr. met through a mutual friend and dated briefly. The two stayed friendly for more than a decade and got back together two years ago.

After having a lovely Christmas Eve dinner with friends and family, Stephen and Shelley went back to Stephen’s house to do some last minute present wrapping for Christmas Day.   Stephen insisted on giving Shelley her gift early: a sapphire ring wrapped in a much larger box. By the time Shelley got down to the tissue paper, Stephen had gotten down on one knee and proposed.

Shelley and Stephen had an afternoon wedding on October 23, 2010, at The Orleans Club.   Shelley loved the history and feel of the club and her older sister, Caitlin Collier, was also married there.

Shelley wore an ivory re-embroidered lace gown with trumpet skirt and jewel neckline by Monique Lhuillier. She also wore her mother’s Pi Phi pin as her something borrowed and something old in the tulle of her dress. Stephen wore a black tuxedo by Ermenegildo Zegna.

Shelley’s bridesmaids wore pistachio green long silk dresses by Jenny Yoo. Caitlin stood as Shelley’s maid of honor. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos and Arthur Murray, Stephen’s brother, stood as best man.

Patricia Murray, Stephen’s mother and a Louisiana State Court Judge, married the happy couple. Shelley’s cousin, the Reverend Colin Ambrose from Tennessee, blessed the ceremony.

“It was very special and meaningful to have two of our family members perform the wedding ceremony. We wrote our own vows, and I chose three of my favorite poems to be read – works by e.e. cummings, Pablo Neruda, and Philip Levine. It felt very intimate and natural – very us,” says Shelley.

Shelley was really happy to have both of her grandmothers at her wedding: Mary Louise Culpepper, 93, and Adel Hesse, 91. Shelley and Stephen were also very excited to have friends fly in from Paris, London, Amsterdam and South Africa.

Meade Wenzel created all of the flower arrangements for the wedding. Shelley approached Wenzel with a watercolor of an herbal still life that incorporated lilies, peonies, roses and tropicals. With the painting as inspiration, Shelley told Wenzel to work her magic. Shelley was going for something loose and wild yet traditional.

They worked together to choose flowers with a lot of color, using whites and creams to calm the pinks, reds, and yellows. The arrangements also incorporated large palm leaves for dramatic effect.

The reception was also held at The Orleans Club, where C. Chef Will prepared a traditional New Orleans fare.
Swiss Bakery created both the wedding and groom’s cake. The three-tiered wedding cake was done in tones of candlelight and ecru. Stephen’s groom’s cake was a chocolate sailboat in honor of Stephen’s parents’ sailboat Decision.

Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters brought the house down and all of the guests had a wonderful time. Shelley says, “He even taught Stephen some moves!” The happy couple’s first dance was to “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” by Otis Redding.

Jessica Bachmann was the photographer for the wedding and reception. Shelley remembered looking at a photo of her sister and husband on their wedding day and thinking how happy they looked, and was excited to use Bachmann as well. Bachmann was able to capture the newly wed couple in the same spot, and Shelley and Stephen looked just as ecstatic to be married.

After the reception, Shelley and Stephen went to the Four Seasons in Maui for eight days. The two live in
Old Metairie. Shelley is a full-time artist and homeware designer and Stephen is an attorney.

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