Whitney and Martin
Brent Eastman, Caroline Odinet, Katelyn Laughlin, Maggie Laughlin, Kenny Odinet III and Libby Odinet (front row); Kathy Eastman, India Eastman, Kathleen Theriot, Elizabeth Theriot, Whitney and Martin, Diane Miller, Marjie Laughlin, Michelle Odinet and Eli Odinet (middle row); and John Eastman, John Eastman Jr., Don Theriot, M.O. Miller III, Kenny Odinet Jr. and Jim Laughlin.
Michael DeMarcay, John Eastman Jr., Jordy Crawford, M.O. Miller III, Whitney and Martin, Elizabeth Theriot, Claire Puckett, Leah Boelte, Nell Bolton and Letty Boelte (front row) with Ryan Nicaise, John Dinkins, Patrick Burns, Charles Suhren, Miriam Nelson, India Eastman and Allison Meguess.
Whitney and Martin see who has the best calves.
Whitney and Martin ride off into the evening in Whitney’s first car—a pick-up truck.
While most little girls can only dream of what their wedding is going to be like, Whitney Louise Eastman actually got to live it—her dream was to have her wedding reception at her childhood home in Pass Christian, Miss. And she got just that! However, one has to start at the ceremony, which took place at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pass Christian. For her dress, Whitney went to Pearl’s Place where she found a dress by Rivini with a fitted bodice of alencon lace extending to the hips and an A-line skirt formed by tiers of organza. Finishing the look was her grandmother’s gold watch, the earrings Whitney’s mother wore on her wedding day to Whitney’s father, and a bouquet of white garden roses, green eucalyptus, lavender freesia, orchids and deep purple lisianthus, which coordinated with the bridesmaids Vera Wang dresses of a deep purple faille from Mimi’s. Their bouquets were similar to Whitney’s. And we can’t forget the groom—Martin Owen Miller III–wore cowboy boots with his tuxedo!
Because Whitney was so familiar with where the reception was, she had timed it (about 5 p.m.) so when guests arrived from the church, they would being pulling up to her mother’s house at sunset over the water. Lighted votive candles lined the driveway to the house and the live oak trees were uplighted, as well. As guests walked up to the house, waiters were ready with red and white wine and champagne. Pam Hayne, who did the wedding’s flowers, adorned a series of clear tents with smilax greenery, chandeliers and urns overflowing with greenery, berries and flowers, as well as candlelight lanterns. The house was decorated in a French country feel in ranunculus, lilies, roses, orchids and greenery.
The food was provided by Rommel’s Catering and was an imaginative mix: bite-size Caesar salads in Parmesan cups, duck spring rolls, fried oyster burritos with jalapeño aioli for hors d’oeuvres, while a buffet served up crabmeat bowtie pasta, baked brie with raspberry sauce, grilled vegetables, sushi and boiled shrimp. The cakes were by Marie de La Barre, with the wedding concoction three-tiers with peach and pink roses between each level and topped with roses and kumquats. Each level had a different design in white icing. The groom’s cake was inspired by Martin’s profession in real estate: chocolate cakes were formed into a downtown skyline with Whitney written in gold on one building—and next to it was a sign in gold writing, “Too late, SOLD.” Deacon John was the evening’s entertainment, though for some another entertaining moment was when Whitney and Martin were waiting to leave the reception. During the wait they had a “who has the best calves contest” along with her father. Soon it was time to hop into the pick-up truck (Whitney’s first car) for the official ride away to their honeymoon. The next day they left for two weeks in Caneel Bay, St. John; the island of Petit St. Vincent; and Walt Disney World. Now living in Austin, Texas, Whitney is CFO of Rellim Surface Management and Martin works for SRSA Commercial Real Estate in New Orleans and is owner of Rellim Surface Management. •