Edward Charles Spooner Jr. had no idea that when he attended his little sister Sarah’s birthday party at a local bar that he would be meeting his future wife.
When he met Erin Louise Lagarde, he felt an instant connection with her as they talked the night away. The two would meet again at another function a few months later, but it wasn’t until a chance meeting along St. Charles Avenue during Mardi Gras that they finally exchanged phone numbers.
The couple dated for four years and after Hurricane Katrina, Erin followed Edward to Dallas where he had moved prior to the storm for a job. After several months, Erin missed her home so much that Edward scheduled a special trip back to New Orleans to cure her homesickness. During the trip, Edward had Erin meet him in Jackson Square, where he got down on one knee in front of St. Louis Cathedral and asked her to marry him. He presented her with a round cut diamond ring with tapered baguettes on each side from Friend and Co. After she said yes, he led her to a lunch at Galatoire’s where their parents were waiting.
Edward and Erin planned a traditional New Orleans wedding in a little less than a year. The traditional Catholic ceremony was held at St. Patrick’s Church on Camp Street, where several generations of Erin’s family have been married. Erin walked down the aisle in an alençon lace and silk organza gown by Christos from Town and Country. She also wore the heirloom veil that her mother had worn for her own wedding. The bride carried a bouquet of roses, ranunculus, hydrangeas, peonies, gardenias, and stephanotis, in shades of white, cream and pale yellow. Her bridesmaids carried bouquets of green hydrangeas and coral roses, and donned long mermaid-cut gowns in robin’s egg blue by Jenny Yoo from Wedding Belles.
Following the ceremony, the 450 guests attended the reception held at the Orleans Club on St. Charles Avenue. Deacon John was on hand playing plenty of New Orleans-style music and entertaining guests. The newlyweds danced their first dance to “That’s How Strong My Love is” by Otis Redding.
The menu was a succulent blend of Louisiana cuisine and seafood, which included mini Cajun crab cakes, shrimp a’lemone, Peking duck spring rolls, mushroom profiteroles, antipasto italiana, grilled duck with raspberry coulis and fried oysters in Louisiana hot sauce. When it came time to cut the wedding cake, guests were treated to a gorgeous layered confection that Erin herself had a hand in designing with the help of La Louisiane. The groom’s cake was an all-chocolate cake with raspberry filling and featured a treasured monogram of the couple’s initials on the top, etched in powdered sugar.
Erin couldn’t find a monogram that quite fit her and Edward’s style, so
she designed her own. It became the signature style element in the wedding, included on the programs, the cocktail napkins and even on the hand towels,
created by Betty Hunley. “We love the traditions of monograms – especially
those of antiquity,” Erin says.
As the evening came to a close, Deacon John and his band led a second line out of the Orleans Club. “It was a blast,” Erin says. The newlyweds spent their first evening together as husband and wife at the Ritz Carlton on Canal Street. They honeymooned for a week in the Caribbean and currently reside in Dallas (but are hoping to move back home to New Orleans soon).
Left to right: Elizabeth Wands, Elizabeth Hefler, Jeannette Bahouth, the bride, Emily Lagarde, Holly Higgins, Sarah Spooner, Catherine Mendez
Wedding Cake by La Louisiane