Erin & Parker
Studying for the Bar exam doesn’t seem like it would be an exciting time for any future attorney, but for Erin Gillen Lutkewitte, her studying came with a surprise. Her boyfriend, Charles “Parker” Kilgore was studying with her, so on their last night of freedom, before what was to be their final weeks of hard cramming, Parker presented Erin with a basket full of studying goodies: highlighters, pens, notebooks and a little black box. Inside was a diamond solitaire ring on a diamond band, which Parker chose himself. Then and there, he asked Erin to be his wife.
The couple met while studying at Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Herbert Law School in Baton Rouge, from which Parker hails. Erin’s family is from New Orleans and Erin always dreamed of having her wedding ceremony at Sacred Heart, where she had gone to school since she was three years old – and where her parents were married.
The wedding day was planned beautifully for April 26, 2008, but unfortunately that was also the infamous weekend of the torrential downpour that drenched Jazz Fest and made Erin and Parker’s special day a little more difficult. The ceremony began late due to everyone arriving much later than planned. The trumpet player at the church was flooded in and couldn’t make the ceremony, while the bridesmaids wore trash bags over their gowns as not to ruin them. It was stressful at the time but the bride looks back on it and can say, “At least we can laugh about it now. The rain definitely made the whole event memorable.”
Once all the guests arrived safely and the ceremony could begin, Erin and Parker exchanged vows in front of their dearest family and friends. Erin walked down the aisle in a breathtaking Melissa Sweet strapless silk satin gown with a large trumpet skirt and full, dramatic back from Town and Country. She wore her mother’s veil, handmade by her grandmother, and carried an elegant all-white bouquet of roses and stephanotis created by Meade Wenzel.
Following the ceremony, guests walked into the reception held at the Orleans Club on St. Charles Avenue. It was filled with candles and gorgeous floral arrangements, also created by Meade Wenzel. Erin liked the open layout of the Orleans Club so that people could walk around and talk to each other and eat the New Orleans-inspired menu, which included shrimp and grits and crawfish pasta. Parker’s family also had their signature drink on hand for guests, the Old Fashioned.
The band E.L.S. performed and the newlyweds danced their first dance to “Crazy Love.” In one really special moment during the ceremony, the band pulled Parker and Erin’s fathers onto the stage, along with Parker, to sing “My Girl” to Erin. Then Erin and Parker’s mothers joined in for a rendition of “We Are Family.”
That evening the couple retreated to the Columns Hotel and left on their honeymoon to Zihuatanejo, Mexico for six days. The newlyweds currently live in Baton Rouge where they are both practicing attorneys.
Minus the bad weather, the couple looks back on their wedding knowing they had the magnificent wedding they had dreamed of. After all, don’t they say rain on your wedding day is good luck? •
Len Kilgore, Lynn Kilgore, Charles “Parker” Kilgore, Erin Gillen Lutkewitte Kilgore, Irene Lutkewitte and Tom Lutkewitte.
The couple with: back row: Nathan Pittman, Conor Lutkewitte, Brad Resweber, Kyle Lutkewitte, Evan Kilgore, Tom Easterly, Beau Layfield, Marston Fowler and Josh Honeycutt; and front row: Nina Dubret, Sarah Stanton, Amy Exnicios, Renee Levert, Katherine Bernard, Parker, Erin, Kate Chilek, Covey Kilgore, Emily Large and Marty Tompkins.
The bride and groom.