Both hoping to meet someone special, Adele Cassidy Abboud and Jonathan Loris Levy joined Tinder, a dating app. After they swiped right on each other’s profiles, they arranged to meet for a Sunday night at Delachiase Wine Bar. A drink quickly turned into dinner at Dick and Jenny’s. Jonathan asked Adele out three more times that week, and they soon became inseparable.
Five years later, Jonathan planned to propose to Adele on one of her least favorite days of the year—the start of football season. Everything was set for the night of the Saints’ first preseason game, including a surprise celebration after the proposal. There was just one catch. Not being a football fan, Adele decided to work late that night! When she finally made it to Jonathan’s house, he proposed, and she happily said yes. After a quick drink together, they headed to Oak Wine Bar, where friends and family from all over were waiting to toast the occasion.
While they were raising a glass that evening in 2019, they had no idea that a global pandemic would soon make wedding planning an arduous task. After rescheduling multiple times, Adele and Jonathan married in a family-only ceremony at Temple Sinai on July 3, 2021. The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour at the Windsor Court Polo Lounge and a private dinner at Restaurant August. After all the planning and replanning, the newlyweds found some time to unwind together with a “mini-moon” in Mexico.
A few months later, on December 11, 2021, they celebrated with all their loved ones at a reception held at the Contemporary Arts Center. The CAC was the perfect venue, because it was a blank slate that could be transformed into their dream space. Adele sketched out her vision of a glamorous indoor garden/greenhouse, and Elyse Jennings Weddings helped bring it to life. The pièce de résistance was the installation of chandeliers and clouds of greenery above the bar and dance floor, where Where Y’acht kept the party rolling.
Of course, the dancers needed fuel, and the menu created by Black Pearl Catering had everyone raving. Popular items included duck and andouille gumbo bitterballen, buffalo soft-shell crab wings, a steak au poivre grits bar and chicken coq au vin. As the party rolled into the wee hours, guests were treated to late-night duck fat fries, a nod to Adele and Jonathan’s first date at Delachaise.
The couple continued to enjoy amazing food during their honeymoon in Italy soon after the reception. They currently live in New Orleans, where Jonathan is an entrepreneur and Adele works in medical sales.
Reception Décor: Firefly Ambience, Element Event Rentals, See Hear Pro
Coordinator: Elyse Jennings Weddings
Celebrant: Rabbi Edward Cohn
Wedding Gown: Carolina Herrera, Neiman Marcus Dallas, evening coat vintage, red dress Safiyaa
Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo, Indochino
Engagement Ring: Beje Fine Jewelry
Bride’s Wedding Band: Beje Fine Jewelry
Groom’s Wedding Band: Beje Fine Jewelry
Florist: Bella Blooms
Invitation: Empress Stationery
Wedding Cake: Bittersweet Confections
Photographer: Lance Nicole
Videographer: Shotgun Films
Hair and Makeup: Kelly Snesrud