This column doesn’t usually start with a reference to a 1966 Supremes song, but the words to “You Can’t Hurry Love’ seem too apropos not to mention when talking about Emily Ruth Walker’s wedding to John William Puckett.

The Walker and Puckett families had been friends for more than 30 years, but as fate would have it, Emily and John had never met.

Not until John’s sister, Jennifer, walked into Emily’s women’s wear store, Em’s Boutique in Old Metairie, and mentioned to Emily that John, who lives in Houston, was coming to town. Jennifer thought Emily and John would make a good match.

A few days later, John called and took Emily to dinner at her favorite restaurant in New Orleans, Lilette. Jennifer was right, the pair hit it off immediately and started a long-distance relationship.

Fast forward two and a half years and Emily and John were back at Lilette. Just after they had ordered their first glass of wine, John popped the question. Emily was ecstatic, and after dinner John took his new fiancée to celebrate with friends and family, including his three boys, John William, Charlie and Peyton.

On September 2, 2017, Reverend William Barnwell married Emily and John at Trinity Episcopal Church in the Lower Garden District. The night before, Pam and Mike Thompson, friends of the bride’s parents, hosted the rehearsal dinner at their beautiful condo in Uptown, catered by Patti Constantine.

The reception was held at Il Mercato, where the clean, white, modern style of the wedding complemented the beautiful architecture and romantic vibe of the indoor/outdoor venue. Bella Blooms Florist accentuated the look with white mono botanical flowers.

Guests enjoyed the sumptuous catering by Joel, including classic bites such as shrimp and grits, crab beignets, mini grilled cheeses and mini lamp chops. Melissa’s Fine Pastries provided the wedding and groom’s cakes.

Emily’s and John’s honeymoon was delayed due to Hurricane Harvey, but they plan to visit Cabo San Lucas sometime in the spring.
The couple continues to split their time between New Orleans and Houston, where John works in the oil and gas business.



Walker – Puckett


Walker – Puckett

  The Bride and Groom with the Bride’s parents William and Sally Walker, Bride’s sister Laura Collins and nieces Emilee Collins and Olivia Collins


Walker – Puckett


Walker – Puckett

The Bride and Groom with Charlie, Peyton and John William Pucket