Kelsey Urquhart Kiser and Stephen McWilliams Beahm knew each other in high school, but it was during Hurricane Isaac that the two really connected. Stephen and his friend Nick Gwyn housed Kelsey, five of her friends and two dogs during the storm and subsequent power outage. The group played multiple board games to entertain themselves during the storm. Kelsey and Stephen were on the same team for charades, where both of their competitive natures came out. The two fondly call that day “Spark Day” because the two quickly realized how compatible they were.

Kelsey and Stephen attended a plant sale in City Park, but unfortunately left empty-handed and disappointed. To cheer themselves up, the two ate beignets at Morning Call and wandered into the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. After making two or three nervous laps around the footpaths, Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture finally had sufficient privacy for Stephen to pop the question.

Stephen got down on one knee and asked Kelsey to spend the rest of her life with him. Kelsey was speechless, but managed to get a “Yes!” out. The couple drove back to Stephen’s house Uptown, where friends and family were waiting with champagne, banners, bells and whistles.

After the wedding, the two spent 10 days in Bora Bora in French Polynesia. The two live in Uptown New Orleans. Kelsey works at McGehee School as an Administrative Assistant to the head of the middle school and Stephen works for International Sureties as a Surety Bond Producer.


Bride: Kelsey Urquhart Kiser
Groom: Stephen McWilliams Beahm
Bride’s Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Michael Kiser
Groom’s Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Esmond Phelps II
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Brennan’s Restaurant
Date of Wedding: April 18, 2015
Ceremony Location: Academy of the Sacred Heart
Reception Location: At the home of family friends Lauren and George Brower
Celebrant: Rev. William F. Maestri
Ceremony Music: Jodi McWilliams (piano and vocalist) and Pete Wolbrette (trumpet)
Wedding Gown: Mother’s wedding dress and veil, Priscilla of Boston
Matron of Honor: Laine Kiser Cox
Maid of Honor: Elizabeth Lauren Bartosic
Bridesmaids: Kristin Sanders Steen, Lessley Hasting Soniat, Lindsey Renée Morgan, Elizabeth Downey Dienes, Margaret Sanders Villere, Catherine Lanier Clement, Ariane Michele Fraiche, Kathryn Rose Poché, Adair Mary Vulevich, Julie Eleanor Comarda, Mary Wyatt Hines Milano, Eleanor McCay Schwing and Jamie Durrell Craighead    
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier, Wedding Belles
Flower Girls: Caroline Doyle Beahm, Constance Milliken Beahm and Margaret Evelyn Steen    
Ring Bearers: Baldwin Carrére Beahm, Winston Walker Beahm and Charles Benjamin Cox
Groom’s Attire: Traditional black tuxedo from Brooks Brothers
Best Men: Franklin David Beahm Jr. and Patrick Stuart Beahm
Groomsmen: Brooks Jardét Kiser, Richard Joseph Carrére III, Christopher Powell Snodgrass, William Manley Hines Jr., Pierre Dupuy Moses, Reese Michael Woessner, Parker Earl Koerner, Abhishek Siddharth Bhansali, George William James IV, James Radar Stone, John Paul Sapir, John Brooks Zimmermann and Nicholas Bruce Gwyn
Ushers: Michael Anderson Birtel, Michael Leander Perez and Conway Charles Marshall
Readers: Katherine Harlow Urquhart, Elizabeth Trist Urquhart, Caroline Friedrichs Ham and Margaret Ford Sanders
Engagement Ring and Groom’s Wedding Bands: Friend & Company
Bride’s Wedding Band: Kelsey’s great, great-grandmother’s diamond band
Florist: Meade Wenzel
Invitation and Program: Artist Betty Wood, printed by Champion Graphics
Caterer: Dickie Brennan Family Restaurants
Wedding Cake and Groom’s Cake: Flour Power
Photographer: Norris Gagnet
Hair: Kieu Vu at Cuttin’ Loose
Makeup: Katie Malone Make-up Studio
Music: Bobby J and Stuff Like That

Kiser – Beahm

Kiser – Beahm