In 2014, New Orleans native Katherine Boh Eshleman was living in Austin, Texas, with her best friend from childhood, Katie. Katie had gone to college with Richard Ernest Morales, and she wanted for years to introduce Richard to Katherine. As the roommates prepared to move back to New Orleans, Katie texted Richard, who was living in Baton Rouge, to finally arrange that meeting. Richard drove in and met the two at a friend’s party. Katherine was talking with friends, and Richard walked across the room and handed her a drink with a big smile.
Katherine and Richard had their first date at Slice Pizza, where they were seated in a tiny, two-person booth. The two could barely see over the large pizza to talk to one another! By the end of the date Richard knew he was going to be driving in from Baton Rouge a lot more often.
The couple dated long-distance as Richard attended law school. Just as he was finishing and they thought they would finally start a normal life together, Richard got an opportunity to get his LLM from NYU. Of course, this meant another year apart and that Richard would be even farther away. Katherine had mixed feelings; while she was thrilled for him, it also meant putting plans for their life together on hold. In the end, the couple decided it was too good of an opportunity to pass up, and Katherine helped Richard move to New York City.
During moving weekend, they took a picture together at the Flat Iron building. This picture set the stage for a proposal a year in the making. Richard and Katherine both knew that he would propose when he finished his education, but he still wanted it to be a surprise. He suggested that they take a picture at the Flat Iron every time she came to visit. While Katherine loved the idea at first, she soon grew tired of going there for a picture every time she was in town. By the end of the year, Katherine didn’t even want to do the picture, but Richard insisted that they get one last photo at the Flat Iron in his cap and gown. That last one became the photograph of his proposal!
After five years of a long-distance relationship, nothing was going to stand in the way of them getting married. Though they planned a rehearsal dinner at Commander’s Palace and a wedding at the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Covid restrictions transformed their wedding into an intimate ceremony at Katherine’s mother’s house.
On the big day the house was bursting with flowers, with Katherine’s favorite blue hydrangeas setting the theme. This flower appeared not only in the décor, but also on the bridesmaids’ dresses, which were white with a green and blue hydrangea floral pattern. Robert Eshleman, Katherine’s brother, pronounced the couple husband and wife on March 21, 2020, as their dog, Camp, proudly looked on.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds danced their first dance to Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing” and enjoyed a reception catered by Chez Nous. Atop their wedding cake was the bride and groom topper used by Katherine’s grandparents in 1956.
After the wedding Katherine and Richard took a “staycation” at the Ritz-Carlton in the French Quarter before returning to their home in Uptown New Orleans. Katherine works as a real estate agent and Richard is a lawyer. One of Richard’s prized possessions is his old cell phone, where he has saved a message from his college friend, Katie, telling him he had to drive in to meet her roommate.
Ceremony Music: Curated by Logan McClellan, brother-in-law of the bride
Wedding Gown: Suzanne Peronne
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Perlis
Engagement Ring: Bride’s grandmother’s
Bride’s & Groom’s Wedding Band: Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry
Florist: Lance Hayes Florist
Favor: “Katherine and Richard” matchbooks, cozies and cups
Caterer: Chez Nous
Wedding Cake: Flour Power/Café Aquarius
Groom’s Cake: Cakes by Kait, Kaitlynn Ordemann
Photographer: Paul Morse
Hair: H20 Salon
Makeup: Tisa Camet, Tisa Beauty Bar
Welcome Gifts: Sweet Olive Gifting