Catherine Aden Burka and Daniel Alan Wright met over 15 years ago in a small newsstand in Uptown New Orleans. Aden and Dan spent the summer eating Baskin Robbins, walking along the streetcar line and falling in love. Dan then moved to Idaho, Michigan and Washington, D.C., before finally coming back to New Orleans – while Aden went to college in Virginia, lived in Charlotte, N.C., and moved to Austin, Texas before returning back to New Orleans. One constant in each of Aden and Dan’s lives was each other.
In preparation for her move to New Orleans, Dan wrote Aden a letter every day for months, retelling her the story of their lives. In the final letter, which she read right before he proposed, Dan wrote: “Now is the best part of the whole story. Now is when we only have blank pages that we get to fill in together, as we build a life together. As great as the past 14 years have been, and as much as I have loved all the time we had together, I am much more excited about the next 14, and the 14 that come after that, and the 14 that come next …
“In other words …”
After the wedding, Aden and Dan went to Belize for a week. The two now reside in New Orleans where Aden is a social worker at Daughters of Charity while Dan is the Director of Finance and Operations at Crescent City Schools.
Bride: Catherine Aden Burka
Bride’s Parents: Dr. and Mrs. Aden Andrew Burka
Groom: Daniel Alan Wright
Groom’s Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Alan Forler Wright
Date of Wedding: May 12, 2012
Ceremony & Reception Location: Marriott Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Ala.
Coordinator: Pat Herndon Events, as well as Melissa Montgomery and Ann Penabad at the Grand Hotel
Celebrant: David Wood
Ceremony Music: Steve Harmon and five classical musicians followed by a traditional New Orleans second-line
Wedding Gown: Vera Wang ivory gown from Mimi. Aden wore a piece of her paternal grandfather’s linen handkerchief and a piece of her maternal grandfather’s Mardi Gras Costume sewn inside of her dress. She also wore her paternal grandmother’s antique Rose Point lace veil.
Maid of Honor: Sarah Ann McElvain
Bridesmaids: Cathryn Elizabeth Farwell, Jennifer Ann Farrell, Sophia Claire Palley, Anya Usdin Bingler and Josephine Usdin Bingler
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Coren Moore silk shantung short dresses from Wedding Belles
Flower Girls: Margaret Jane Farrell and Sarah Cecile Usdin
Ring Bearers: Aidan Wright Farrell and Richard Lyle Usdin
Groom’s Attire: Khaki suit from Perlis
Best Man: Nicholas Delaine Johnson
Groomsmen: Bradley Joseph Johnson, Lawrence Michael Farrell, Casey Andrew Burka, Mark Dietrich Behn and James Lee Wright III
Groomsmen’s Attire: Khaki suits from Perlis; green ties and socks, which were part of their gifts from the groom
Rings: Symmetry Jewelers
Florist: Jubilee Florist, Point Clear, Ala.
Favor: Mini-King Cakes and mini-personalized Tabasco® bottles. Aden and Dan made donations to two of their favorite charities in honor of their guests.
Caterer: Marriott Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Ala.
Wedding Cake: The Pastry Shop of Mobile, Ala.
Groom’s Cake: Gambino’s Bakery
Photographer: Leslie Goldberg and Cindy McCrory of Point Clear, Ala., and Snaps Photo Booth
Videographer: Will Haring of Daphne, Ala.
Hair: Julie Brauner from H2O in New Orleans
Make-up: James Edward of Fairhope, Ala.
Music: Luv Sexy, managed by Green Frog Music