Celine Penn Forrester had just moved back to New Orleans after living in New York City and needed to find a job.
She asked her childhood friend, Taylor Beery, a fellow former New Yorker and current New Orleanian, for help networking with young entrepreneurs in the city. Anthony Joseph “TJ” Iarocci III and Penn connected via email through Taylor and planned to interview at the International House Hotel.
Penn unfortunately didn’t get the job, but they talked all night long and set up a date for the very next day.
After the interview – which felt more like a getting to know you date – TJ asked Penn for their first official date: drinks at Bouligny Tavern.
The two hit it off and started dating. Easter weekend 2013 TJ had a surprise for Penn. The two went on vacation in Seagrove Beach, Fla., and visited the town square at Rosemary Beach. While in the town square TJ proposed, Penn quickly said “Yes!” and the two started planning their destination wedding for a few months later.
Penn and TJ married on November 30, 2013, in a small, intimate wedding with immediate family. On March 8, 2014, the newly married couple held a reception with family and friends at the Audubon Clubhouse. After the celebration, Penn and TJ spent five days on Little Palm Island Resort on Little Torch Key, Fla., a romantic location only accessible by boat.
The two live Uptown, just a few blocks away from Penn’s childhood home. Penn works in administration at Dickie Brennan’s Tableau restaurant and TJ is a multifamily real estate developer.
Bride: Celine Penn Forrester
Groom: Anthony Joseph Iarocci III
Bride’s Parents: Regan Alford Forrester and William Ray Forrester Jr.
Groom’s Parents: Diann Streck Iarocci and Anthony Joseph Iarocci Jr.
Date of Wedding: November 30, 2013
Ceremony Location: Promise Rock, The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Arizona
Reception Location: Latilla Restaurant, The Boulders
Coordinators: Regan Alford Forrester and Diann Streck Iarocci
Celebrant: Rev. Barry Schwartz
Ceremony Music: Angelito Agcaoili, Classic Guitar
Wedding Gown: Amy Kuschel, Wedding Belles
Maid of Honor: Tully Forrester Jordan
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: JCrew
Groom’s Attire: Suit and tie, Brooks Brothers
Rings: Family Heirloom; Jack Sutton
Florist: Cactus Flower Events
Favor: Hand-painted oyster ornaments, Mitch’s Flowers
Invitation: Betty Hunley Designs
Caterer and Wedding Cake: The Boulders
Groom’s Cake: Stephanie Bernard
Photographer: Hinz Photography
Hair: Spa at The Boulders
Music: Angelito Agcaoili