Frances Brett Ford was looking forward to her standing Saturday brunch date with her boyfriend James Martial Lapeyre, but that day her first view of him as she raced down the stairs was of him on bended knee.
Although not usually a planner, James had the rest of day carefully orchestrated. Champagne at friends Welles and Laura Fitzpatricks’ house was followed by a Galatoire’s dinner with both sets of parents and siblings. When James suggested they go for after dinner drinks he surprised Brett again as many of their friends, including out-of-towners were waiting to join them.
The night before their wedding, Brett wore an Oscar de la Renta-inspired gown by her wedding dress designer, Suzanne Perron, to the rehearsal dinner at Brennan’s Restaurant. On February 27, 2016, the couple was married at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church and celebrated their reception at The New Orleans Country Club. Happy Menocal, the New York-based artist who has worked on celebrity weddings including Poppy Delevinge’s, created a custom crest for Brett and James that inspired the colors, flowers and décor of the wedding.
Guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner that featured some of the couple’s favorite Ina Garten recipes. There was also a Shrimp Room with a shrimp martini luge; a shrimp boot-shaped groom’s cake by Pure Cake and every kind of shrimp delicacy to reflect James’ family business.
After spending their wedding night at The Windsor Court, the couple enjoyed five nights at Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands and then left for Boston where James had a work conference.
They returned to their Uptown New Orleans home, where James works for Laitram Machinery and Brett is a Consultant for Becton Dickinson.
Celebrant: The Reverend Don Frampton
Bride’s Dress: Suzanne Perron
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Custom skirts by Eugenie Fromherz
Groom’s Attire: Custom Tux by Knot
Standard Wedding Rings: Keith Miller Gem & Jewelry Brokerage
Wedding Invitations: Scriptura and Happy Menocal Studios
Hair: Beth Washington
Make Up: Tisa
Caterer: New Orleans Country Club and St. James Cheese Company
Wedding Co-Coordinator: Angle Events
Florist: Giverny Design
Wedding Cake: Pure Cake
Photographer: A Bryan Photo