Lauren Anne Lockhart and Andrew William Ryan met at Jazz Fest 2012. Andy was walking out while Lauren was walking in with their mutual friend, Heather Osborn. After a couple of months, Heather was playing matchmaker and gave Andy Lauren’s number.
Their first date was supposed to be in New Orleans for the Saints vs. Chargers game, but she decided she wanted him to visit Austin first. Andy came in town the weekend before the game and met all of her friends. Then, the next weekend she visited New Orleans, went to her first Saints game and met all of his friends.
Four months later he visited Austin for the weekend. After picking him up at the airport, they returned to her house where they started getting ready for dinner. She was talking about what she was going to wear to the Mardi Gras ball they were attending the next weekend, but he was rushing her to get ready. Before Lauren knew it, Andy started telling her how much he loved her and reached into his backpack and pulled out a box with a ring in it. After saying yes, they called their parents and headed to restaurant Ranch 616, only to find all their friends waiting for them.
After the wedding, they took a mini-moon at the Grand Hotel in Fairhope, Alabama, for a few days. The two plan on taking their honeymoon this fall in Mendoza, Argentina. They live in New Orleans, where Andy is the Senior Bullion Trader at Blanchard and Company, Inc., and Lauren is a Sales and Leasing Executive at Stirling Properties.
Bride: Lauren Anne Lockhart
Groom: Andrew William Ryan
Bride’s Parents: Anne & Jim Lockhart
Groom’s Parents: Pam & Bill Ryan
Date of Wedding: March 15, 2014
Ceremony Location: Omni Royal Orleans, Royal Garden Terrace
Reception Location: Omni Royal Orleans, Grand Salon
Coordinator: Celeste Myers, Omni Royal Orleans
Celebrant: Rev. Dr. Paul Stephen Nazarian & Father Kevin Wildes
Ceremony Music: Trio arranged and led by Harry Hardin
Wedding Gown: “Dahlia” by Matthew Christopher, Town & Country
Maid of Honor: Jennifer Porter Smart
Bridesmaids: Meaghan Ryan Bonavita, Mimi Helm Ryan, Holly Laudenheimer Grabert, Shawn McClure Hanan, Carly Jane Hydes, Ginny Brown Montgomery, Heather Nicole Osborne, Katherine Pankey Hoglund, Jordan Elise Jeffus, Lacy Langston Lyons & Jacqueline Rado Mooney
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhullier, Wedding Belles
Ring Bearers: Joseph Louis “Bear” Bonavita IV, James Craik Ryan & Mitchell Reynolds Ryan
Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo, Jos. A. Bank
Best Man: Neal Reynolds Ryan
Groomsmen: Joseph Louis Bonavita III, Jonathan David Aguilar, Darryl David Berger, Richard Ben Foster Jr. William Francis Grace III, Gordon Hardin Kolb Jr., Nicholas Price Lanier, Thomas Alonzo Ogg IV, Brendan Philip Ryan, John Benton Smallpage III, James Pierce Starr & Pierre Blaise Villere II
Groomsmen’s attire: Tuxedos
Rings: Lauren’s engagement ring & band are family heirlooms from Friend & Company
Florist: Mitch’s Flowers
Caterer: Omni Royal Orleans
Wedding and Groom’s Cake: Maple Street Patisserie
Photographer: David Tompkins
Videographer: Charles Illanne, Flambeaux Media
Hair: Charlotte Williamson Salon
Makeup: Tisa Beauty Bar
Music: Russell Batiste and Friends at reception; New Orleans Pin Stripe Brass Band second-line