Margaret Elizabeth Sanders and Pierre Blaise Villere II had always known of each other but finally met one evening through mutual friends in New Orleans. Pierre knew as soon as he met her that there was something special about Margaret, so he asked her to dinner so they could get to know each other better. After their first date, the two knew that this was the start of something special, and they’ve been together ever since.
Pierre was working on his MBA with Tulane University and was given the opportunity to spend a week in China with his classmates and their significant others. To extend the vacation, the couple traveled to Amanpuri in Phuket, Thailand, on their own. Their first night there, Pierre surprised Margaret with a sunset cruise in the Andaman Sea. While the sun was setting, Pierre dropped down to one knee and asked Margaret to marry him. Margaret was so surprised that Pierre was able to keep the ring hidden from her for almost the whole trip!
In late August, the couple spent two weeks travelling South Africa and even took a wildlife safari. They currently live in the Garden District, where Margaret is a real estate agent with Latter & Blum Uptown and Pierre is an investment management consultant with Crescent Capital Consulting, LLC.
Bride: Margaret Elizabeth Sanders
Groom: Pierre Blaise Villere II
Bride’s Parents : The late Charl otte Carrere Sanders and Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Sanders
Groom’s Parents: Mimi Robinson Bowen and Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Guillaume Villere
Date of Wedding: Saturday, May 18, 2013
Ceremony and Reception Location: John’s Island Beach Club, Vero Beach, Fla.
Coordinator: William Bainbridge Steele
Celebrant: Rev. Daniel Holloway
Wedding Gown: Lela Rose, from Mimi
Maid of Honor: Laura Sanders
Bridesmaids: Trishala Bhansali, Chelsea Chapman, Lanier Clement, CeCe Colhoun, Julie Comarda, Jamie Craighead, Charlotte Drennan, Allie King, Kelsey Kiser, Mary Wyatt Milano, Ellie Schwing and Adair Vulevich
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dolly Pearl of New York, from the designer
Flower Girl: Cecile Farnsworth Turley
Ring Bearer: Trevor Lindsay Colhoun Jr.
Groom’s Attir e: Navy Blue Su it with light green tie
Best Men: Thomas Farnsworth III and Pierre G. Villere
Groomsmen: Patrick Beahm, Brandon Berger, Darryl Berger Jr., Akshay Bhansali, Jacques Carrere, Trevor Colhoun, Fletcher Fitzpatrick, Ben Foster, Travis Goodman, Liam Grace, Robert Grace, Gordon Kolb Jr., Price Lanier, Lee McMillan III, Thomas Ogg IV, Mark Oneacre, William Prieur, Paul Pursley Jr., Porter Pursley, Andy Ryan, Benton Smallpage III, Azeo Torre, Michael Turley and Clay Weaver
Ushers: Thomas Farnsworth IV, William Farnsworth, James Turley, Michael Turley Jr. and William Turley
Groomsmen’s Attire: Navy blazers, white linen pants and light green ties
Florist: William Bainbridge Steele Designs, Vero Beach, Fla.
Catere r: John’ s Island Beach Club, Vero Beach, Fla.
Wedding Cake: Sweet Tiers, Hobe Sound, Fla.
Groom’s Cake: Frostings, Vero Beach, Fla.
Photographer: Jensen Larson Photography, Winter Park, Fla.
Hair: White Orchid Spa, Vero Beach, Fla.
Makeup: David Thomas, Chanel Palm Beach, Fla.
Music: The Powerhouse Band