In April 2015, Katherine Joy Sacca took her black Labrador retriever, Wilson, to her local dog park. A few minutes into chatting with a handsome stranger Patrick Gore Brennan, owner of a cute Brittany spaniel called Murphy Katie realized how much she was enjoying herself.
Katie and Patrick starting dating, and the following fall, while on a rainy tandem bike ride in Mississippi, Patrick popped the question.
One of the first places Patrick had taken Katie was to his family’s property in Waveland, on the Mississippi Sound where he had spent his summers growing up. Katie had grown up by the sea in Massachusetts and had always wanted an outdoor wedding, so Waveland provided the perfect setting.
The couple engaged Sapphire Events and Kim Starr Wise to create the wedding of their dreams with all the décor inspired by the beautiful setting, featuring sea blues, natural tones and an abundance of greenery.
Everything was set for the wedding on Saturday October 7, 2017. However, as fate would have it, on Wednesday, October 4, Hurricane Nate started barreling towards the Gulf Coast and was predicted to make landfall at precisely the time of the outdoor wedding.
Sapphire Events and family and friends scrambled a plan together, and instead Katie and Patrick were married at Waveland on Friday, October 6, 2017.
The Hon. Jennifer Ulwick, aunt of the bride and a Massachusetts state judge, officiated the ceremony. Katie’s mom and Patrick’s dad surprised the couple with readings they had chosen.
Katie looked stunning in a beautiful Amy Kuschel gown from Wedding Belles and the sapphire earrings that her dad had given to her mom when they were married 34 years earlier.
Patrick and Katie said the vows that they had written under a semi-circle of trees and hydrangeas that have been replanted in the couple’s Uptown New Orleans home.
Guests enjoyed a reception catered by Ralph Brennan Catering & Events in classical New Orleans style with shrimp and grits, oysters and a raw bar.
When Katie and Patrick brought their wedding forward by a day, they decided to push the rehearsal dinner and welcome party back by a day, effectively switching the events. So, during the day on Saturday, until the 6 p.m. curfew, wedding guests celebrated again at The Napoleon House in the French Quarter. Guests enjoyed jambalaya, an ice cream sandwich bar and bananas Foster. The Soul Rebels, the band booked for the wedding (which couldn’t switch to the Friday) played.
After all the hurricane defying fun, Katie and Patrick spent two and a half weeks in Tanzania and South Africa.
Katie is a maternal and child health data analyst for the Louisiana Department of Health and Patrick is a manager at Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group.