In late July 2014, Clay Vallon Bland Jr. told his girlfriend of three years, Jessica “Jessie” Colman Craighead, that they needed to attend a dinner with his boss and a client. After getting downtown, one of Clay’s co-workers texted him to say that dinner was pushed back – little did Jessie know that this was all part of a big plan. Since dinner was delayed, Clay suggested getting drinks from Mona Lisa, a small Italian restaurant where they had their first date. After getting down on one knee, Clay told Jessie how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her – and Jessie immediately said “Yes!” The newly engaged couple then walked to a nearby friend’s home where all of their family and friends were waiting to celebrate.

The Bland family hosted a beautiful rehearsal dinner at Galatoire’s the evening before the April 25, 2015 wedding. Clay and Jessie wed at St. Mary’s Church and continued the celebration with a reception next door at the Old Ursuline Convent.

Guests dined on cuisine from Catering D’Orleans while dancing to music by The Escalade Showband. The Wedding and Groom’s Cakes were made by Pure Cake, and Erika Parker was there to photograph all the special moments throughout the evening.

Jessie and Clay left New Orleans the Monday morning after their wedding and spent a week in St. Martin in the French West Indies.  

Craighead – Bland
Bridesmaids: Laura McLean, Lindsey Argote, Raine Rafferty, Maddy Greenbaum, Alyssa Jacobs, Casey Craighead, Jessie Bland, Jamie Craighead, Mallory Robinson, Vanessa Greenbaum, Courtney Masters and Tracy Blackerby

Craighead – Bland
Groomsmen: Freddy Kullman, Lee McLean, Jordan Guidry, Devin Wakeman, Ben Montgomery, Ramsey Marcello, Scott Montgomery, George Gilly, Tom Hancock, Sean Leboeuf, Mike Hecker, Kenny Broadwell, Andrew Bland, Clay Bland, James Lapeyre, Terrance Ruona, Will Bland and Ross Zietz

Craighead – Bland
Deborah Di Massimo, Louis Di Massimo, Jamie Craighead, Casey Craighead, Dr. Clay Craighead, Johanne Craighead, the bride and groom, Jane Bland, Andrew Bland, Laura McLean, Clay Bland, Sr., Sinnott Bland, Lyden Bland, Shannon Bland

Celebrant: Fr. Anthony F. Rigoli, OMI
Wedding Gown: Watters, I Do Bridal Couture, Baton Rouge
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale, Wedding Belles
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: White linen suit from Perlis with custom New Orleans water meter ties from Pelican Coast
Bride’s rings: Aucoin Heart Jewelers
Groom’s Wedding Band: Family ring
Invitation: Barnard Company
Hair: Natasha Mills, Pure Hair Studio
Makeup: Tisa Beauty Bar
Florist: Meade Wenzel