Kristen Cromwell Brennan and John Pauly “Paul” Leonard Jr. met each other through mutual friends in March 2013, and their first date was getting a drink at The Columns.

During Christmas 2014, Kristen gave Paul a trip to her college alma mater, Sewanee. She planned a weekend filled with walks and exploring Sewanee with Tucker, their Boykin Spaniel puppy. Once Paul found out that they were going to Tennessee, he called Kristen’s father and asked for her hand in marriage. After Mr. Brennan granted his permission, Paul quickly got everything together to propose.

When they arrived in Sewanee, Paul told Kristen he read about Abbo’s Alley and wanted to see it. They gathered a picnic basket and walked Tucker. After the walk, Paul dropped down to one knee to propose; Kristen of course said, “Yes!”

Kristen and Paul had family and friends visit Brennan’s New Orleans for the Rehearsal Dinner before the October 23, 2015 wedding.

The two wed at Immaculate Conception Church where Kenny Lacour and Laura Monk of Grand Events assisted in creating a seamless ambiance with florist Dunn & Sonnier. Grevy Photography and videographer Bella Productions were there to capture all the special moments of the ceremony and reception.

After the ceremony, guests continued the celebration at the New Orleans Country Club, where they enjoyed dishes provided by the NOCC as well as a Creole Creamery milkshake table and a St. James Cheese Company cheese table. Kristen and Paul’s wedding cake was created by Denise St. Pierre and a the groom’s cake was by Melissa’s Fine Pastries. Guests danced the night away to Deacon John.

After the wedding, the happy couple honeymooned in Europe. They currently live in New Orleans where Kristen is a Design and Construction coordinator at 425 Norte Dame and Paul is an Engineer at Lanier & Associates.

Celebrant: Father Thomas R. Bouterie
Wedding bands: Friend & Company Fine Jewelry
Invitation: Betty Hunley Designs
Hair: Casie Caillouet
Makeup: Naomi Corass

Brennan – Leonard
Brennan – Leonard

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