When Alycia Poitevent Hayne and Robert “Robby” Louis Swayze Jr. were filing in and out of Trinity Episcopal Church for Trinity School events, they probably never dreamt that they would be marrying each other there some years later.
Robby was two years ahead of Alycia, and after graduation at eighth grade he went to Country Day while Alycia went to Newman.
Alycia’s life took her to Memphis for over eight years, only returning to New Orleans in May 2013. A few months later, Robby and Alycia reconnected over a game of miniature golf at City Park. Despite extreme humidity and Alycia’s forte for hitting the balls outside of the hole, the date was a huge hit and the two became inseparable.
Around a year and a half later, Robby took Alycia back to City Putt for another round. Alycia’s suspicions that Robby had other intentions besides golf seemed unfounded when they completed their 18 holes and Robby asked Alycia to tally up the scorecards. While Alycia was figuring out the math, Robby dropped to one knee and popped the question.
Their families and a few close friends were waiting nearby at Ralph’s On the Park for an immediate celebration.
Alycia had walked down the aisle of Trinity Episcopal Church many times, but on Saturday, November 12, 2016, she walked down as a bride and was married to Robby by Reverend William Barnwell, a cousin of the bride.
Alycia wore a ProNovias gown, purchased from Town and Country, which was started by the Alycia’s great-aunt Emily Hayne Walker in 1932.
The night before, the wedding party had celebrated at a rehearsal dinner at Antoine’s, and after the ceremony the bride and groom led their guests to the Southern Yacht Club, where Robby had grown up sailing.
Brittani Adams of Unique Weddings coordinated the events, and the couple’s colors of navy and silver were reflected throughout the décor.
A celebratory dinner included a sushi station and oysters Rockefeller. The big surprise of the night for guests was having the Zulu Tramps make an appearance. The amazing energy they brought to the night got everyone up on their feet dancing, creating a party to remember.
As native New Orleanians, Robby and Alycia picked Louis Armstrong’s performance of “La Vie en Rose” for their first dance.
The newly married couple left for a weeklong honeymoon on the small island off Belize called Ambergris Caye, and stayed at the Victoria House.
They returned to Old Metairie, where Robby is an insurance broker at Southern Cross Underwriters and Alycia is a Marketing & Special Projects Manager at IDScan.
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Town and Country
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Attire: Perlis
Bride’s Engagement Ring & Wedding Band, & Groom’s Wedding Band: Josh Kaston of Beje
Florist: Meade Wenzel
Bridal Party Bouquets: Pam Hayne
Favor: mini beignets
Invitation: Gem Printing
Wedding Cake: Leah Michael
Photographer: Krista Turner
Hair: Heather Burnam Flawless
Bride Makeup: Katie Malone
Madeline Melissa Freese, Ashley Myers Freese, Annika Karen Schulz, Heidi Frances Hayne, the bride, Matron of Honor Jenni Coats Hayne, Ella Rose Riddle, Kathryn Elizabeth Williams and Frances Villere Currence
Groom’s Mother Ann Yoder Swayze the bride and groom and Bride’s Mother Susan Dunn Hayne