Whitney Evans Gomila was out with his friends for an “Annual Guys Night Out” while Ashley Elizabeth Perschall was celebrating with her girlfriends the end of the Katrina Curfew in New Orleans when the two groups met up at Pat O’Brien’s and hung out far into the night.
Whitney and Ashley had mutual friends in the same group and quickly became friends; two years later they started dating.
On December 31, 2010 Whitney said that he and Ashley were going to the Palace Café for dinner and then meeting up with a group of people downtown. Whitney called Ashley to ask her to come to his house because he didn’t have time to pick her up. When Ashley arrived to Whitney’s house, she had to wait around because Whitney was “not ready” to go out yet. Whitney finally called Ashley to the back room to ask her if she liked what he was wearing. When Ashley replied yes and asked why he wanted to know he simply stated “Because I want to look good when I give you this!” and presented her with a diamond ring.
Ashley immediately said yes and the two went to the Palace Café to celebrate then end of 2010 and the start of their engagement. After dinner, they met up with friends in the French Quarter Bar in the Ritz-Carlton to enjoy listening to Jeremy Davenport. Davenport even sang directly to the engaged couple!
After the wedding, Whitney and Ashley went on a six day, five night stay at the Couples Swept Away Hotel in Negril, Jamaica. They currently live in New Orleans where Ashley is an Athletic Trainer and Teacher at Louis S. McGehee School and Whitney is a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
Bride: Ashley Elizabeth Perschall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clement Francis Perschall Jr. of New Orleans
Groom: Whitney Evans Gomila, stepson of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Voorhies Crawford of New Orleans, and son of Mr. Torrey Evans Gomila of Madisonville, La.
Date of Wedding: November 5, 2011
Ceremony Location: Most Holy Name of Jesus Church on St. Charles Avenue
Reception Location: New Orleans Country Club
Coordinator: Claudia Kelleher of In Any Event, Inc.
Wedding Gown: Town and Country
Bridesmaids: Courtney Perschall Nalty, Carroll Phillips Bernard, Kristen Kelly Guarisco, Elizabeth Ogden Janke, Joanna Tarpley Mott, Taylor Lauren Schmidt, Jennifer Favrot Smith, Elizabeth Schott Webb and Noel Bauereis Wood.
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Ballins Ltd.
Flower Girl: Miss Lucy Claire Perschall
Ring Bearer: Master Matthew Henry Perschall
Groom’s Attire: Morning suit from Perlis with a royal blue delphinium boutonniere.
Groomsmen, Ushers, Celebrant and Vocalist: Lawson Torrey Gomila, Dr. David Michael Abide, Gordon Scott Gomila, Gavin Hodges Guillot, LT. James Henry Kepper IV USN, Stephen McKell Kepper, William Sellers Nalty, Clement Francis Perschall III, Paul Jennings Perschall and Harlan Michael Schwartz.
Ushers: Christopher Michael Carron, Jordan Matthew Farley, Craig Charles Holcomb Jr., Michael Joseph Palestina, Clark David Thompson, Benjamin West Janke and Thomas Semmes Walmsley.
Groomsmen and Ushers attire: Morning suits from Perlis with royal blue delphinium boutonnieres.
Rings: Ashley’s engagement ring is Whitney’s grandmothers, and her wedding band is her great-grandmother’s ring.
Florist and Favor: Grow With Us Florist
Caterer: New Orleans Country Club
Wedding Cake: Swiss Confectionery
Groom’s Cake: Swiss Confectionery
Photographer: Rudy Bierhuizen of Mike Posey Photography
Hair: The Looking Glass Hair Salon.
Make-up: Make Me Up
Music: Bobby J and Stuff Like That Band