Cristina Perez and Christopher Francis Edmunds met through their mutual friend, Gordon Au. Gordon was attending the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz at Loyola while Cristina was working on her undergraduate degree. Gordon was a trumpet player in Chris’ band, The New Orleans Moonshiners, and would always suggest that Cristina should check out the band. One night, she finally went to watch the Moonshiners perform at Mimi’s Café in the Marigny. That night she finally met Chris.
After meeting at the show, he asked her if she would like to get together and learn some music. The two met up at Loyola to run through some songs. After their practice, he asked her if she would like to get coffee or dinner. Their first date was on a Tuesday night in 2009 listening to John Rankin play guitar at the Columns.
Cristina’s parents were in town to see one of her shows at The National World War II Museum. He invited the entire family, as well as his own parents, to the downtown location of Ruth’s Chris. After everyone’s entrées were finished, he popped the question in front of their families.
After the wedding, they traveled to Rome and Sicily for two weeks. They currently live in New Orleans where Cristina is a Victory Belle and performer at the National WWII Museum, and released her latest album with her own band. She also teaches at the Pilates Loft in Old Metairie.
Chris is a musician and bandleader, performing regularly with The New Orleans Moonshiners and other bands in the city. This upcoming fall Chris will be attending Tulane Law School.
Bride: Cristina Perez Edmunds
Groom’: Christopher Francis Edmunds
Bride’s Parents: Luis A. & Leslie T. Perez
Groom’s Parents: Dr. John Ollie & Karen Edmunds
Date of Wedding: February 22, 2014
Ceremony and Reception Location: Perez Residence in Miami
Coordinator: Anette Alvarez
Celebrant: Joe Hernandez
Wedding Gown: Nicole Miller
Maid of Honor: Gabriela Perez
Ring Bearer: Julian Patterson Edmunds
Groom’s Attire: Custommade Italian Linen suit from “Lifestyle Ascona” in Ascona, Switzerland.
Best Man: Joshua Clesi
Rings: Cristina’s is from Ramsey’s & Chris wears his father’s ring
Florist: Kim Hernandez & Lois Russo, Miami
Favor: Hand-rolled, custom labeled cigars at reception and Havana-scented Archipelago candles
Caterer: Le Fragole, Miami
Wedding Cake: Elegant Temptations, Miami
Photographer: Melissa Perez, Simply Captivating, Miami
Hair: Belleza Salon, Miami