The custom of the single woman who catches the wedding bouquet is the next one to marry proved apt for Dorothy Butler Ives Dupuy. Better known to family and friends as Dottee, she caught the bouquet at a wedding on Friday night, then her boyfriend, Oscar McDuffie Gwin IV—Mac—proposed to her at Galatoire’s that following Tuesday. For this couple who met in preschool when they carpooled together (love didn’t blossom until after college!) and whose families have roots in New Orleans, the city’s traditions and institutions play an important role.
The wedding was June 1, starting with the evening ceremony at Most Holy Name of Jesus Church. Dottee, who was a Queen of Carnival, knows how to wear a gown with grace, and she chose a Alina Valenta dress from Town and Country that was beautiful and elegant. The cream-colored bodice was highlighted by Alençon lace, which also trimmed the hem, and the skirt was an oyster silk duchess satin. A cream satin sash completed the look. The bridesmaids looked pretty in pink in their Jenny Yoo strapless silk shantung dresses from Wedding Belles. The floral bouquets for Dottee and the bridesmaids were visions of cream, white and varying shades of pink. Orchids, lily of the valley, hydrangeas, peonies, lilies and roses were among the blooms chosen for the bouquets and to adorn the church and the New Orleans Country Club, where the reception was held. There was much gourmet food to dine on at the club, and the scrumptious wedding cake from Swiss Confectionery was five-tiers accented by Swiss dot icing. Cake pulls—a Southern tradition—were placed in the cake for the single bridesmaids. A two-tier groom’s chocolate cake—also by Swiss Confectionery—was topped in Tiffany blue icing and the letter “G.” Soon Deacon John and the Ivories—a New Orleans favorite, lured guests to the dance floor. One of Dottee’s favorite moments came near the end of the night when “Everyone was second-lining through the country club, waving napkins,” she says. Kudos to Anne Craighead, who was the wedding coordinator.
After the reception, Dottee and Mac—she works at Ives Business Forms, he is an associate at the law firm of Christovich and Kearney—went on a one-week honeymoon to St. Thomas. They make their home in New Orleans—a tradition renewed.
Dottee and flower girl Mary Mitchell Henry
Peter Dupuy, Debi Dupuy, Dottee and Mac, Yvonne Gwin and Oscar Gwin
Simonne Brown and Mary Mozingo (seated) with Virginia Allen, Sloane Baldwin, Megan Richarme, Ellie Dupuy, Dottee, Sibby Gwin, Katie Hardin, Gretchen Bjork and Courtney Perschall
Connor O’Keefe, Bill Bradley, Mac, Elder Gwin and Foster Haselden (front row), Tom Beadle and Adam Soltys (second row) and Hill Dupuy, Andrew Cloutier, Rob Couhig and Hunter Charbonnet