Charlotte Favrot Smallpage and John Paul Sapir knew each other in high school but did not connect until later on in their college careers. The two led different lives at the University of Alabama. However, they always seemed to run into each other, be it at a football game, a fraternity party or at the gas station. The spring of her junior year and his sophomore year, their paths led them both to Destin for spring break. Charlotte and her friends happened to be staying at the same hotel as JP and his friends. After the quick trip to the beach, they both had plans to finish out their spring break in Dallas, Texas, for the Casino Night Party at Southern Methodist University. When JP found out that Charlotte was planning on making the same trip, he made sure that the two were on the same flight. He wasn’t going to leave anything else up to chance. They spent the whole weekend together and have been inseparable since.

Every year JP and his dad go to the Kentucky Derby with a group of friends. The night before his scheduled flight, Charlotte packed JP’s suitcase, like she always does, and he was off to Louisville in the morning. Once he landed, JP called to let Charlotte know the plane arrived safely, as he’d done many times before. That same night, as Charlotte was primping to attend the Audubon’s “Zoo-To-Do,” there was a knock on her door. To Charlotte’s surprise, JP was not in Louisville but there with a dozen roses and a diamond ring. He had coordinated with her father to make sure the proposal was a surprise and that things went smoothly. The couple celebrated with family at home, then off to the “Zoo-To-Do” to celebrate with friends.

After the wedding, Charlotte and JP went to Jalousie Plantation in St. Lucia for a week. The two currently reside in New Orleans, where Charlotte is a Financial Service Associate at Whitney Bank and JP is a Purchasing Agent for Donovan Marine, Inc.


Bride: Charlotte Favrot Smallpage
Groom: John Paul Sapir    
Bride’s Parents: Mr. and Mrs. John Benton Smallpage
Groom’s Parents: Judge and Mrs. Eddie L. Sapir
Date of Wedding: January 21, 2012
Ceremony Location: St. Charles Ave Presbyterian Church
Reception Location: Arnaud’s
Coordinator: Margaret Aubor
Celebrant: Doctor Don Frampton
Ceremony Music: Steven Blackman
Maid of Honor: Kathryn Smallpage Gilly
Bridesmaids: Caroline C. Arcell, Meredith B. Emory, Shelley S. Harris, Dominique C. Haydel, Jessica L. Inman, E. Averill LaCour, Amy E. Leefe, Mary Wyatt Milano, Rebecca G. Smallpage and Lauren J. Weeks
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Cynthia Rowley from Wedding Belles
Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank
Best Man: Eddie L. Sapir
Groomsmen: Philip F. Cossich III, Andrew P. Angelico, Coleman F. Hardie, Richard J. Carrere III, John B. Zimmermann, Albert F. Giles III, Stephen M. Beahm, J. Benton Smallpage III, T. Cameron Gilly and Jack L. Smallpage
Ushers: Reese M. Woessner, Conway C. Marshall, Patrick C. Winters, Malta L. Naramore and John Michael Christovich
Groomsmen’s attire: Jos. A. Bank
Ushers’ attire: Jos. A. Bank
Flower Girl: Sarah Gibbs Smallpage and Kathryn Knox Gilly
Ring Bearer: Thomas Benton Smallpage
Rings: Friend and Company
Florist: Meade Wenzel
Favor: Creole Creamery’s Black and Gold Crunch ice cream (JP’s favorite)
Caterer: Arnaud’s
Wedding & Groom’s Cake: Zoë’s Bakery
Photographer: Sandy Courvoisier
Hair: John Jay
Make Up: Bamboo Apothecary and Katie Malone
Music: BRW