St. Charles Avenue’s Weddings
St. Charles Avenue magazine is delighted to present its 17th compendium of our curated selection of locals’ weddings. We all know that we’re living in interesting times, but whether you’re in the midst of planning your own wedding, dreaming of one in the future or just like to view how people have celebrated their “big days,” you can find inspiration, beauty and those special touches that only New Orleanians add to their weddings, all in the following pages.
Boasso + Duplantier
Recently graduated architect Hunter Chase Duplantier was having a going away party for a friend at his house when some of his guests introduced him to a friend they had brought, Adrienne Michel Boasso. She was focused on working on her real estate license and he was focused on working on a house, so neither of them focused on the other. A few months later they ran into each other at Tipitina’s, and soon Hunter invited Adrienne on a group social bike ride with mutual friends. Still keeping it casual, their first date was chicken wings and daiquiris. They quickly realized their shared loved for chicken wings, which resulted in their second date for wings (and Vietnamese) at Tan Dinh on the Westbank. To this day it’s one of their favorite date nights.
Four years later, Adrienne and Hunter spent the Friday before Mardi Gras in the French Quarter before Hunter made his way meet up with his brothers for their ride in the Hermes parade. Knowing where Adrienne would be standing for the parade, Hunter planned the ultimate surprise – he hopped off the float and proposed right there on the parade route!
After a proposal at such a signature New Orleans celebration, it was only fitting that the rehearsal dinner take place on a signature New Orleans street – Magazine Street, location of the restaurant Coquette. Coquette created two signature cocktails, a vodka cocktail for Adrienne and a bourbon cocktail for Hunter. They also had a case of wine with labels customized with an engagement photo featuring their dog, Winnie. Cocktails and wine in hand, guests sat down to enjoy a meal served mostly family-style. Following the dinner, they chose from two desserts, a chocolate pudding and popcorn dish or the Ile Flottante.
Coquette, with its refined casual atmosphere, was the first of three venues that reflected the couple’s style. The second was the ceremony location, St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church. The architecture spoke for itself and the minute Adrienne and Hunter walked they just knew it was perfect. They could envision their entire wedding day, which took place on March 7, 2020.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests were off to the third venue, Felicity Church, for the reception. From the bubbles and champagne wall at the entrance, to the personally curated candy bar, to the architecture-themed guest book, to the series of family photos featuring those who couldn’t attend the celebration, every little nook and cranny of Felicity added to the ambiance and described the couple’s personality.
Joel Catering created a menu focused on sophisticated yet approachable quick grab dishes. Favorite items included blue crab beignet hors d’oeuvres, potato gratin, fried chicken and honey butter cornbread. In keeping with lighthearted atmosphere, the couple chose Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight” as the song for their first dance. As they danced, the two couldn’t help but wonder what their parents had in store for them.
With only “sand and drinks with little umbrellas” as their guideline, Adrienne and Hunter’s parents gifted them a surprise honeymoon. They found out the morning before leaving that they were heading to Isla Palenqua, a remote jungle island off the coast of Panama. Isla Palenqua is a 400-acre private island with eight casitas, seven beaches and free-flowing piña coladas. They enjoyed relaxing on the island and exploring the Casco Viejo neighborhood in Panama City for a few days before returning home to New Orleans. When not at their home in Bayou St. John, Hunter works as an architect and Adrienne is a realtor with RE/MAX N.O. Properties.
Reception Décor: Royal Events
Coordinator: Girls In Black Events
Celebrant: Rev. Msgr. Frank J. Giroir
Ceremony Music: St. Mary’s Assumption Music Director
Wedding Gown: Wedding Belles
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Hayley Page from Bella Bridesmaid, Mandeville
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Bonobos
Engagement Ring: James Allen
Wedding Bands: Ramsey’s on Veterans
Florist: Sara Perez Ekanger with Antigua Floral
Favor: Customized Koozie’s & matches from Etsy.com
Caterer: Joel Catering
Cake: Maple Street Bakery, Abita Springs
Photographer: Kristen Soileau Freeman
Videographer: Jody Johnston with Arbor Films
Hair: Karlie Lacoste
Makeup: Melanie Hollander Daigle
Music: The Mixed Nuts
Isaacson + D’Angelo
Leigh Isaacson had recently decided to try a new dating strategy, so she joined a dating app. Her very first day on the app, she and Adam D’Angelo swiped right on each other and began talking. Adam gave Leigh a three-question quiz: Beer or liquor? Usher or R. Kelley? Fruit by the Foot or Fruit Rollups? After Leigh passed the quiz, they dove into a conversation about their love for dogs and their craving for Mike’s Pastry cannolis in Boston. They were enjoying the conversation so much that they decided to continue it in person at the Balcony Bar.
Three years later, the couple was walking to their favorite coffeeshop when Adam suggested that they detour to see an art installation near the Algiers ferry. As they walked up the levee, they saw a photographer walking towards them. Adam swung Leigh around so the New Orleans skyline and river were behind them and said, “there’s no art installation. That’s our photographer and I have something to tell you.” Leigh gleefully laughed through Adam’s heartfelt proposal before saying yes!
After the proposal, Adam had a day of surprises planned. First, they passed their favorite local restaurant, Tavolino, which had detailed “congratulations Adam and Leigh” chalkboard signs out front. Next, family and friends – some having flown in from Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. – were waiting at Congregation Coffee. After morning cocktails, the group took the ferry to the French Quarter, where they were joined by more family and friends. They ended the night at Lakeview Harbor for burgers and dancing down Frenchman Street.
This festive evening with friends and family set the tone for their wedding, which combined New Orleans and Jewish traditions. The ceremony took place on November 16, 2019, at Temple Sinai, Leigh’s late grandmother’s temple. It began with a bedeken, a traditional Jewish ceremony where the groom veils the bride before the wedding. From the bedeken, they second-lined with a band to the front of the temple as guests entered for the full ceremony. Though it was the couple’s big day, one member of the wedding party stole the show – their adorable dog, Penny, who pranced down the aisle as the flower girl. Leigh and Adam were married under a chuppah decorated with flowers. As part of the ceremony, the bride and groom’s parents wrapped them in a tallit belonging to Adam’s late grandfather, who had worn it for his bar mitzvah when he was 13.
After a meaningful ceremony, the celebration continued at Generations Hall, the perfect venue to showcase their wedding band, Got Groove, and to give their guests plenty of room to dance and mingle. The couple shared their first dance to D’Angelo’s “Untitled,” chosen not only for its romantic feel, but also because the artist happens to share the newlyweds’ last name. Their favorite restaurant, Marjie’s Grill, created a menu that included charbroiled oysters, grilled mushrooms with lemongrass sambal butter, grilled gulf fish on the half shell, coal roasted sweet potatoes, marinated crab claws and much more.
Driven by their love of good food, Leigh and Adam had taken a pre-wedding trip to Lyon, France, to eat at some of their bucket-list restaurants, including Maison Troisgros and Restaurant Paul Bocuse. Because they had already taken a trip, Leigh wasn’t expecting a honeymoon, but Adam surprised her with a weekend at Harry Potter World in Orlando. They live in McDonoghville, Gretna, where Leigh is CEO and Co-Founder of Dig– The Dog Person’s Dating App and Adam is a Financial Analyst at Entergy’s Keystring Labs.
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Cochon
Reception Décor: Element Event Rentals
Coordinator: Christie Chopin with Mise En Place Events
Celebrant: Cantor Joel Coleman
Ceremony Music: Vermilion Strings violin, cello and piano
Wedding Gown: Kate McDonald, Unbridaled, Austin, Texas
Wedding shoes: M4D3
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Azazie
Groom’s Attire: Suit – Theory, Shoes – Thom Browne, Tie – Commes de Garçon
Groomsmen’s attire: TheBlackTux.com
Engagement Ring: Adler’s
Bride’s Wedding Band: Provided by her maternal grandmother, Mary Hall
Groom’s Wedding Band: Adler’s
Florist: Leaf + Petal
Favor: Embroidered Kippahs with wedding information, personalized totes from Uniforms by Logo Express on the Westbank and dog walking/sitting credits from app Rover
Caterer: Marjie’s Grill
Wedding Cake: Shake Sugary
Photographer: Sophie Berard
Videographer: Montoto Productions
Hair: Ringletts Salon for Curly Hair
Makeup: About Face of New Orleans
Music: Got Goove NOLA and Vermilion Strings
Zaccaro + Perrilliat
Spring festival season in New Orleans is always a great time to casually meet friends of friends, which is exactly what happened when Gracia Maria Zaccaro Chavarria and Jean Paul Perrilliat met through mutual friends at Wednesday at the Square. When Jean Paul learned that Gracia was from Honduras, they immediately began talking about the country’s landscape and culture. They enjoyed themselves so much that they made plans to attend Greek Fest, followed by Jean’s Paul’s cousin’s 30th birthday party. After that first date, they soon became a couple.
Two years later, during Christmas 2018, the two finally had the chance to visit Gracia’s home country together. They began the trip on the Caribbean island of Roatan and made their way to Tela, Gracia’s hometown on the north coast of Honduras. Unbeknownst to Gracia, Jean Paul planned to propose while in Tela and had enlisted the help of her younger brother, Roberto, to capture the moment. On the second to last day of the trip, the couple set off for the beach resort of La Ensenada. Roberto, hiding behind a palm tree, took some wonderful photographs as they made their way to the resort’s main pier overlooking the Bay of Tela. The sunset reflecting off the bay set the scene for the perfect proposal, and as Jean Paul and Gracia enjoyed the view Roberto got in place and set up for the perfect shot. He captured the moment when Jean Paul pulled the ring out of his jeans pocket and asked Gracia to be his wife, as well as the moment when she joyfully said yes!
Gracia had grown up vacationing in Antigua, Guatamala, with her late grandmother, and she had always wanted to get married in a place that had such special memories. The couple began planning a destination wedding inspired by the flavors and culture of Antigua. The celebration began Thursday, December 5, 2019, with welcome cocktails on the rooftop terrace of a former Spanish colonial home. The candlelit rehearsal dinner took place on Friday at the 18th-century Convento las Capuchinas, where guests enjoyed authentic Guatemalan specialties while a Marimba band played in the background. The next day, December 7, 2019, Gracia walked down the aisle of Capilla Nuestra Señora del Rosario, which is situated on the ruins of a 16th century Dominican monastery. There they were married in a nuptial mass celebrated by Padre Luis Fernando Rios. The Capilla (chapel) is part of Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, where guests stayed and where the reception also took place.
Gracia and Jean Paul, who had seen the Rolling Stones in New Orleans a few months before the wedding, walked into their reception to the band’s “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” That upbeat song set the tone for a festive evening made all the more merry by the evening’s signature cocktail, Zacapa on the rocks. Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, which was bedecked with white roses and eucalyptus, created a delectable menu, and guests enjoyed dancing until 3 a.m. to the sounds of Los Engañosos. Guests were touched by the couple’s decision to donate to Mier Callejas, a nursing home in Tela, in lieu of wedding favors.
After an unforgettable wedding, the newlyweds took a honeymoon trip to the island of Guadeloupe in the French West Indies. They chose Guadeloupe because it reminded them of home – its Creole culture, architecture and history bear striking similarities to New Orleans. They then returned to New Orleans, were both are employed by Tulane University.
Coordinator: Muckay Ixcamparij
Ceremony Music: String quartet
Bride’s Wedding Band: Family heirloom
Groom’s Wedding Band: Allianz ring
Florist: Antonio Valle. Hotel Santo Domingo’s exclusive florists
Invitation: GEM printing
Caterer: Hotel Casa Santo Domingo
Wedding Cake: Sofia Cobian
Photographer & Videographer: Auguro Weddings
Hair: Sharon Gaitan
Makeup: Sofia Villagran