In 2013 Lucian Walsh Lott Jr. was living and working in the Bahamas. One football season weekend he took a trip to Tuscaloosa to see his alma mater Alabama play Ole Miss. He anticipated having a good time, but he had no idea that he would meet a beautiful junior from the University of Alabama and that she would become his wife.
Four years later to the day they met, Jennifer Leigh St. Paul was planning to go to a workout class after work. Lucian kept trying to persuade her to miss her class or to come home after her workout to change before they went to have drinks at the New Orleans Country Club with some of her family. Jen told Lucian she would just meet him there and, unbeknownst to her, completely messed up his proposal plans! Instead, as soon as Jen arrived, Lucian proposed to her right then and there in the NOCC parking lot. After she said yes, the couple celebrated with both of their families, who were waiting inside as a surprise.
On Saturday, January 6, 2018, guests arrived at the NOCC to attend Jen and Lucian’s engagement party. This time the surprise was on them. Instead of a party, all the guests found themselves attending the couple’s surprise wedding. Jen and Lucian had intended to be married under the oak tree at the club, the same spot where the couple had celebrated their engagement. However, extremely cold weather necessitated that the ceremony be moved inside to the grand ballroom where Father Michael Kuhn officiated. Fr. Michael was the headmaster of Trinity Episcopal School where Jen had attended from Pre-K through eighth grade.
After guests arrived, the bride changed into a stunning dress designed and made by Tony Hawamy, a designer from Brooklyn, New York. Lucian was dashing in attire from Guideboat Company and Perlis.
Jen’s mother, Jennifer Puckett St. Paul, was key to organizing a beautiful wedding while keeping it secret!
The NOCC created a sumptuous supper including filet mignon, a mashed potato bar, shrimp and grits, a late night snack of mini burger sliders and many other delicacies. Meade Wenzel decorated the club in all white flowers including orchids, Calla lilies, white pompadour roses, hydrangeas, and peonies, which were also featured in the bride’s bouquet.
The band BRW played the couple’s first dance, “Love” by Nat King Cole, and guests enjoyed a wedding cake and a red King Cake in the shape of an Alabama “A,” both from Haydel’s Bakery.
Jen and Lucian now live in Mobile, Alabama, Lucian’s hometown, and they intend to honeymoon in Italy in late 2018. Jen is a recruiter for Bemana Power Recruitment and Lucian co-owns a specialty industrial fabrication and machining company out of Mobile, a tugboat company out of Mobile and is a partner in an offshore and pipeline construction company in Mexico.
Bride’s Engagement Ring & Wedding Band: Friend and Company
Groom’s Wedding Band: Aucoin Hart
Favors: Napkins, drink huggers and cups made by Nola Party Pieces
Invitation: Betty Hunley Designs
Photographer: Norris Gagnet
Videographer: Robert Underwood from Dallas, Texas
Hair: Ali Vasquez
Makeup: Tisa Camet
Top Middle: Camille Puckett, Kenny Taylor, Sheryl Taylor, Winnie Brown and Linda Collins Bottom Left: Jennifer Puckett St. Paul and Jennifer Leigh St. Paul Bottom Middle: Digges Morgan, Lynn Morgan, Jennifer St. Paul, Blair Scanlon, Cyd Geary, Lydia Scanlon, Ashley Geary, the Bride, Susan Colton, Ed Colton and the Groom