Allison and Ben
When Allison Aden Berger met Benjamin (Ben) Bradley Tiller at a friend’s wedding, little did she know that they had just missed meeting years earlier. They had both been ski instructors at Snowmass, and it was this missed connection that actually was one of the ways they connected. And on March 3, Allison and Ben tied the knot—ensuring a lifelong connection.
The ceremony was at St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, where Allison donned a candlelight silk Vera Wang dress from Mimi’s. The dress flared at the knee, where the smooth silk turned into lace that fell to the floor. She carried a bouquet of white peonies, white Vendela roses, white ranunculus, pink and cream parrot tulips, and grape hyacinth. Her bridesmaids—wearing Amsale strapless dresses from Pearl’s Place—held bouquets of pink sweet peas, coral fringed tulips, pink parrot tulips, white ranunculus, coffee bean and camellia. After Allison and Ben took their vows, it wasn’t far for the couple and their guests to go for the reception, as it was across the street at the home of Allison’s parents, Darryl and Louellen Berger. Urban Earth transformed the residence and the tented yard into floral paradises—“be natural”
was Allison’s direction. The showstopper—or should one say the traffic stopper—were the three oversized arrangements that hung from the branches of a large oak tree in front. These consisted of pink and coral French tulips, lily grass and camellia foliage set on top of a barrel lampshades that glowed from within. Along the gate were mounds of hydrangea and tan, pink and cream roses with lily grass and camellia. Chandeliers adorned with curly willow and flowers lighted the main tents, and throughout there were more lush arrangements. One tent—called the Water lounge—was set on acrylic floors that covered the pool and had gold votives hanging from above.
Guests not only feasted their eyes, but also feasted their palates, as caterer Margo Bouanchaud created a spectacular menu: hors d’oeuvres included Panko fried oysters and pressed Cuban sandwiches; boiled shrimp and lump crabmeat were joined by a seafood buffet (oysters, crab claws and smoked salmon), a carving station (beef tenderloin, quail, crawfish spoon bread and grilled lamb chops) and buster
crab poor-boys. For sweet tooths, the two wedding cakes by Royal Cakery provided a nice variety:
the traditional six-tier wedding cake and a chocolate groom’s cake adorned with a collage of some of Ben’s favorite activities.
The Pat Patrick Band wasn’t the night’s only entertainment, as the band that Allison’s father is in, Hot Rod Lincoln, got on the stage to do a few numbers. Joining them were Allison, Ben, and Allison’s grandparents—including her 90-year-old grandfather.
For their honeymoon
at Whistler in British Columbia, it seemed apropo that Allison and Ben were able to go skiing, because this is a common bond they shared since they met. The duo has recently returned to New Orleans, where Ben is in real estate and Allison is an attorney.
Lizzy Tiller, Allison and Ben, Diane Tiller and Brad Tiller
Darryl Berger Jr., Corinne Berger, Darryl Berger, Louellen Berger, Allison and Ben, Brandon Berger and Ryan Berger
Chad Harrod, Tuck Burch, Darryl Berger Jr., Ben Mackie, Jed Davis, Brad Tiller, Ben, Witt Storm, Michael Swail, Brandon Berger, Ryan Berger, Brian Leibfriend,
Syd Gervin and Christopher Carrere
Dalton Poole, Aden Letch, Grace Chaiken and Olivia Hollinsed (front row) with Joanna Hawkins, Meaghan Bonavita, Mallary Walker, Elizabeth Carrere, Lizzy Tiller, Allison, Corinne Berger, Emily Morrison, Whitney Phillips, Jan Hoath, Jo Anne Keck and Katie Frame