Celie Carriere Stumm and Alvin Pike Howard III have known each other their whole lives, as a result of the close friendship between their mothers, Kit Stumm and Rand Mason. The two didn’t see much of each other growing up, as Pike grew up in Baltimore and Celie in New Orleans, but began dating after college following a trip with both families to the British Virgin Islands. After dating for a few months, Pike made the decision to leave New York City and move down to New Orleans to be with Celie. He knew he was with the woman with whom he would spend the rest of his life. Early one morning on February 15, 2012, when Celie was on her way back from an exercise class, Pike surprised her with breakfast on her porch – and proposed.
The two celebrated their marriage with a wedding at the Port Royal Club in Naples, Fla., and a honeymoon to the St. Regis in Bora Bora over the New Year holiday. They currently live in New Orleans, where Celie and her sisters are franchise owners of Pinkberry frozen yogurt and Pike is finishing his MBA from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. In addition, Pike is working at Tulane as an Associate Director of the Burkenroad Reports, while working downtown for Enhanced Capital Partners.
Bride: Celie Carriere Stumm
Groom: Alvin Pike Howard III
Bride’s Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Stumm Jr.
Groom’s Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Mason
Date of Wedding: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Ceremony Location: The beach at the Port Royal Club in Naples, Fla.
Reception Location: Port Royal Club, Naples, Fla.
Coordinator: Milda Vaivada of Soiree Events
Celebrant: Reverend Edward C. Gleason of Trinity-by-the-Cove
Ceremony Music: Anton’s Ensemble
Wedding Gown: Anna Meier
Maids of Honor: Courtney Stumm and Sibyl Stumm
Bridesmaids: Morgan Mason, Mary Frances Craig, Emily Lane and Regan Kostmayer
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo
Flower Girls: Ellie Montgomery, Rachel Knapp, Katie Knapp and Megan Knapp
Ring Bearers: Walker Montgomery and Hugh Brown
Groom’s Attire: Poplin suit with a light blue tie
Best Man: Hayward Howard
Groomsmen: Johnny Black, Nolan Matthews, Jake Honig, Scott Bacigalupo and Drew Garrison
Ushers: Kevin Coale, Timmy Hade, Hunter Deeley and Ben Rubeor
Groomsmen’s and Ushers’ attire: Poplin suits with light blue ties
Florist: 50Fifty Creative of Naples, Fla.
Caterer: Port Royal Club
Wedding Cake: Wynn’s
Photographer: Amy Pezzicara of Pezz Photo
Videographer: AMC Video
Hair: Charlotte Williamson & Linzy Pennington
Makeup: Tisa Camet
Music: Rockin Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters