M.I. and Guy Scoggin met in the Newcomb Quad of Tulane University at a Pan-Hellenic event. She called him Joe incorrectly for at least a month! Finally she got it right and after dating for a while he asked her to marry him at the old Civic Theatre. South Pacific was playing and when the song “Younger Than Springtime” came on, Guy presented M.I. with a box containing “the most beautiful ring” and asked for her hand in marriage. Of course she said yes! The man in the next seat was watching intently and completely forgot that a musical was being performed right in front of him, so intent was he on M.I.’s answer. M.I. says that she will never forget the three of them getting engaged!
M.I. and Guy were married at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on June 12, 1954 at a nuptial Mass at noon with a reception following at the Orleans Club. M.I. worked in the fashion department of D.H. Holmes, so her white antique silk dress trimmed with Alençon lace came from the designer dress salon at that beloved department store. She carried a bouquet of Lilies-of-the-Valley, and the reception, held at the Orleans Club, was filled with pink peonies created by the florist of the day, Farley’s, who also stationed tall, white wicker baskets filled with the same peonies throughout the venue.
After tossing her bouquet, M.I. went upstairs to change into another chic ensemble, a silk print sheath dress with a yellow coat lined in the print of the dress, a yellow straw hat adorned with flowers and a corsage of green orchids. While she was changing, her brother handcuffed the best man, Pierre Stouse, to Guy and tossed away the key. Irwin Smith drove the getaway car; they drove straight to the 2nd District Police Station to get the handcuffs removed before heading to their wedding night destination, The Grand Hotel, in their old Packard – one Guy had bought for $200.
The next day, they were off to their honeymoon at the beautiful Inn at Ponte Vedra Club in Jacksonville, Fla., returning to an apartment on Jefferson Avenue.