Once a year, St. Charles Avenue Magazine expands its real wedding spotlights to a full wedding feature in the magazine. Each extended profile includes interviews, details and photos compiled by contributing writer Mirella Cameran. Below is the nuptials of Caroline Clarke Mills and Conway Charles Marshall.
The connection between Caroline Clarke Mills and Conway Charles Marshall was instant. After meeting at a mutual friend’s wedding, they went out for dinner the following Saturday night at Jacques-Imo’s and then for lunch at Dong Phuong the next day. From then on, they were inseparable.
Less than a year later, Conway arranged a dinner at his brother’s house and suggested stopping at Caroline’s parents’ house for a drink. The house was empty, so they went into the garden where Conway got down on one knee. After Caroline said “yes,” their families and friends joined the couple for a celebration.
The night before the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held upstairs at Arnaud’s. Caroline wore her aunt’s wedding dress from the 1960s that was modified by designer Kathleen Van Horn of KVH Designs. On June 25, 2016, close family friend Fr. Charles Dussouy at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel, the bride’s alma mater, married Caroline and Conway.
Designer Kathleen Van Horn also designed Lisa Mills’ mother-of-the-bride’s sleeveless empire waist floor-length gown of periwinkle silk shantung with a matching sheer embroidered silk organza overlay for the bodice and attached train.
Guests enjoyed a sumptuous reception at The New Orleans Country Club that included sushi by Chiba. As Atlanta-based band Jessie’s Girls played “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” Caroline and Conway took to the floor for their first dance.
After honeymooning in Antigua for a week, the newlyweds returned to their Garden District home where Caroline is a Speech Pathologist at Touro Infirmary and Conway is at International Sureties Ltd.
Bride’s Dress: Kate McDonald from Wedding Belles
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Wedding Belles
Groom’s Attire: Perlis, M Goldberg, Pelican Coast
Wedding Rings: Adler’s Fine Jewelry
Wedding Invitations: Betty Hunley
Hair: H2O Salon & Spa
Makeup: Kellie Bode
Ceremony Music: Sarah Jane McMahon, Knox Van Horn, Kristin Albarado, Stephen Orejudos, Stephanie Screen
Flowers: Ambrose Garden
Cakes: Leah Michael
Photographer: Sarah Becker Photography
This article appears in the August 2016 issue of St. Charles Avenue
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