Elizabeth Frances Riviere and Kory Porter Beier met through a mutual friend during the 2007 Jazz Fest. Two days after the fest Kory asked Elizabeth on their first date, and they went to Jacques-Imo’s. After dinner, the two went dancing on Bourbon Street – and that’s when Elizabeth knew she was on the best date of her life. A month later, however, Elizabeth moved to New York City and the two continued to date cross-country.
Kory and Elizabeth live on the Northshore in Lewisburg, only four houses from Lake Pontchatrain. On May 17, 2012, Kory was at the beach and called Elizabeth and asked her to hurry down because he thought he saw a shark. Elizabeth quickly went down to the beach and was greeted with the words “Marry Me” written in the sand in seashells and flowers. Kory then got down on one knee, asked her to marry him, and gave Elizabeth his mother’s ring.
The small destination wedding took place in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands on Friday, February 22, 2013. The sunset ceremony was held on the Morning Star Beach, part of the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef, and was followed by a reception with dinner and dancing around the Morning Star Pool. Following the wedding weekend the happy couple retreated to St. John for a few days since they had already been in St. Thomas for about a week vacationing with family and friends prior to the wedding.
Elizabeth commutes to New Orleans several days a week where she’s an Organizational Effectiveness and Programs Assistant for the Greater New Orleans Foundation, while Kory is the owner of Beier Construction, LLC, a commercial construction company in Mandeville.
Bride: Elizabeth Frances Riviere
Groom: Kory Porter Beier
Bride’s parents: George and Robin Riviere
Groom’s parents: Karl Beier and the late Judy Beier
Date of Wedding: February 22, 2013, chosen by the couple in honor of Kory’s mother.
Ceremony Location: The Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Resort – Morning Star Beach, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Reception location: Around the Morning Star Pool, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Coordinator: Chioke Jackson
Celebrant: William Arnet
Wedding Gown: Tara Keely
Maid of Honor: Sarah Doss
Matron of Honor: Elizabeth Dunlap
Bridesmaids: Karli Beier, Ashley Ellis, Elizabeth Garrison and Molly Koenig
Bridesmaids’ dresses: A white dress of their own
Flower Girl: Anna Morse
Ring Bearer: Preston Beier
Groom’s attire: White linen shirt and tan slacks
Best Man: Karl Beier
Groomsmen: Chad Adams, Jonathan Gardener, Dustin Garrison, Kai Guilliksen, Lenny Morse, George Riviere III and Ford Roberts
Groomsmen’s attire: White linen shirts and tan slacks
Rings: Elizabeth wore Kory’s mother’s ring, while Kory wore his maternal grandfather’s ring
Flowers, Food & Cake: The Marriott
Hair: Lazule Spa
Music: The Lollipops Band
Photographer: Alain Brin of Blue Glass Photography, St. Thomas, USVI