Jessica Wren Leone and Nicholas Alfred Moran first met while they were both home from college during summer break, and were introduced by their good friend – and later maid of honor – Amy Evans. The two ran into each other a few times over the next couple of years, but it wasn’t until a mutual friend’s destination wedding in Panama City Beach in 2010 that the two became interested in each other. After returning from the wedding, Nick quickly called Jessica and asked her to Jacques-Imo’s, one of his favorite restaurants.
On October 26, 2012, Nick planned to propose to Jessica at her parents’ French Quarter condo. He secretly hired local musician James Andrews to play his trumpet right below the balcony to entice Jessica outside. Once they were both on the balcony, Andrews started playing Louis Armstrong’s version of “La Vie en Rose.” Nick then explained to Jessica how the love song described how he felt for her, and then swiftly dropped to one knee and confessed that he asked Andrews to play that special song as he asked for her hand in marriage.
After the wedding, the two went on a 10-day honeymoon in Sorrento and Rome, Italy. Jessica and Nick returned to their home in Metairie where Jessica works in property management and insurance sales and Nick is a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley.
Bride : Jessica Wren Leone
Groom : Nicholas Alfred Moran
Bride’s Parents : Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Wayne Leone Sr.
Groom’s Parents : Mr. & Mrs. Marsden Leverich Moran
Date of Wedding : November 2, 2013
Ceremony Location : Trinity Episcopal Church
Reception Location : The Chicory
Coordinato r: Michele Adams, Unique Weddings in New Orleans
Celebrant: Reverend Michael Kuhn
Ceremony Music: Albinas Prizgintas, Organ; Jee Yeon Ko, Cello; Eric Rodriguez, Violin
Wedding Gown: Christos, Town and Country
Maid of Honor: Amy Elizabeth Evans
Bridesmaids: Zita Leone Beaucoudray, Lindsay Jobe Burk, Charlotte Krystyn Linville, Katherine Skiles McDonald, Erin Marie Olinger, Emily Katherine Reeves and Marcail Moran Waskom
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jim Hjelm, Town and Country
Groom’s Attire: Rome’s Tuxedos
Best Man: Matthew Arthur Sherman
Groomsmen: John Edward Koerner IV, Jonathan Blair Leader, Joseph Wayne Leone Jr., Neil Jonathan Maki, James Fawcett Sarpy, Randal Fellman Singer and Jeremy David Weil
Ushers: Jonathan Campbell Moran, Oliver Drake Van Horn and Thomas Richard Waskom
Groomsmen’s Attire: Rome’s Tuxedos
Ushers’ Attire: Rome’s Tuxedos
Rings: Aucoin Hart
Florist: Meade Wenzel
Favors: Bottles of olive oil
Invitation: Terez Battiste, Exquisite Events
Caterer: The Chicory
Wedding and Groom’s Cake: Zoë’s Bakery
Photographer: Chris Williams, Zoeica Images
Hair & Makeup: Heather Burnam, Flawless Bride
Music: Deacon John