Just when Chandler Briland Rogers and Matthew Turney Habig decided that the perfect remedy for their respective break-ups was to enjoy being single, they bumped into each other. Chandler was visiting one of her best friends from college in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and while walking down the parade route, her eyes set upon this handsome young man. Fortunately, a mutual friend knew him and they were introduced.
Matthew wasted no time in asking Chandler for dinner the next evening. Instead of one reservation, Matthew curated a night to remember, featuring several of the city’s top spots to help her fall in love with his hometown.
Two and a half years later, at a Thanksgiving gathering at Chandler’s parents farm house in Virginia, Matthew and Chandler braved the snow for a walk. At the top of a hill Matthew proposed and as Chandler cried and said “Yes!”, she looked down to see her family cheering and taking photographs.
On July 14, 2016, Chandler and Matthew were married at St. John’s Anglican Church on Harbour Island in The Bahamas. Chandler’s parents had become engaged on the island many years before, and they had visited every year for family vacations.
The couple and their guests were led back to their reception at The Ocean View Club by a tropical marching band. Ginger margaritas and lemongrass mojitos were enjoyed, along with full roasted pig, jerk chicken, gourmet macaroni and conch fritters. Coordinated by The Ocean View Club, the décor reflected the island vibe with driftwood, string lights, palms and candles.
Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me” was the song Matthew serenaded Chandler with on their first date, and it was their choice for their first dance.
The happy couple stayed on the island for four days after the wedding for a mini-moon and then returned home to Uptown New Orleans, where Chandler works as a social worker at Tulane University Hospital’s Cancer Unit and Matthew is attending Tulane Law School.
Celebrant: Father Russell
Bride’s Gown: Daughters of Simone, New York City
Bridesmaids’ Gowns: Two Birds Bridesmaid
Groom’s Attire: White Chinos, Navy Blazer
Rings: Friend & Company
Wedding Cake: Arthur’s Bakery
Photographer: Lyndah Wells Photography
Bride’s Hair: Chandler’s Aunt, Shelly Kelly