Recently graduated architect Hunter Chase Duplantier was having a going away party for a friend at his house when some of his guests introduced him to a friend they had brought, Adrienne Michel Boasso. She was focused on working on her real estate license and he was focused on working on a house, so neither of them focused on the other. A few months later they ran into each other at Tipitina’s, and soon Hunter invited Adrienne on a group social bike ride with mutual friends. Still keeping it casual, their first date was chicken wings and daiquiris. They quickly realized their shared loved for chicken wings, which resulted in their second date for wings (and Vietnamese) at Tan Dinh on the Westbank. To this day it’s one of their favorite date nights.
Four years later, Adrienne and Hunter spent the Friday before Mardi Gras in the French Quarter before Hunter made his way meet up with his brothers for their ride in the Hermes parade. Knowing where Adrienne would be standing for the parade, Hunter planned the ultimate surprise – he hopped off the float and proposed right there on the parade route!
After a proposal at such a signature New Orleans celebration, it was only fitting that the rehearsal dinner take place on a signature New Orleans street – Magazine Street, location of the restaurant Coquette. Coquette created two signature cocktails, a vodka cocktail for Adrienne and a bourbon cocktail for Hunter. They also had a case of wine with labels customized featuring an engagement photo featuring their dog, Winnie. Cocktails and wine in hand, gusts sat down to enjoy a meal served mostly family-style. Following the dinner, they chose from two desserts, a chocolate pudding and popcorn dish or the Ile Flottante.
From the bubbles and champagne wall at the entrance, to the personally curated candy bar, to the architecture-themed guest book, to the series of family photos featuring those who couldn’t attend the celebration, every little nook and cranny of Felicity added to the ambiance and described the couple’s personality.
Coquette, with its refined casual atmosphere, was the first of three venues that reflected the couple’s style. The second was the ceremony location, St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church. The architecture spoke for itself and the minute Adrienne and Hunter walked they just knew it was perfect. They could envision their entire wedding day, which took place on March 7, 2020.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests were off to the third venue, Felicity Church, for the reception. From the bubbles and champagne wall at the entrance, to the personally curated candy bar, to the architecture-themed guest book, to the series of family photos featuring those who couldn’t attend the celebration, every little nook and cranny of Felicity added to the ambiance and described the couple’s personality.
Joel Catering created a menu focused on sophisticated yet approachable quick grab dishes. Favorite items included blue crab beignet hors d’oeuvres, potato gratin, fried chicken and honey butter cornbread. In keeping with lighthearted atmosphere, the couple chose Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight” as the song for their first dance. As they danced, the two couldn’t help but wonder what their parents had in store for them.
With only “sand and drinks with little umbrellas” as their guideline, Adrienne and Hunter’s parents gifted them a surprise honeymoon. They found out the morning before leaving that they were heading to Isla Palenqua, a remote jungle island off the coast of Panama. Isla Palenqua is a 400-acre private island with eight casitas, seven beaches and free-flowing piña coladas. They enjoyed relaxing on the island and exploring the Casco Viejo neighborhood in Panama City for a few days before returning home to New Orleans. When not at their home in Bayou St. John, Hunter works as an architect and Adrienne is a realtor with RE/MAX N.O. Properties.
Reception Décor: Royal Events
Coordinator: Girls In Black Events
Celebrant: Rev. Msgr. Frank J. Giroir
Ceremony Music: St. Mary’s Assumption Music Director
Wedding Gown: Wedding Belles
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Hayley Page from Bella Bridesmaid, Mandeville
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Attire: Bonobos
Engagement Ring: James Allen
Bride’s & Groom’s Wedding Bands: Ramsey’s on Veterans
Florist: Sara Perez Ekanger with Antigua Floral
Favor: Customized Koozie’s & matches from Etsy.com
Caterer: Joel Catering
Wedding Cake: Maple Street Bakery, Abita Springs
Photographer: Kristen Soileau Freeman
Videographer: Jody Johnston with Arbor Films
Hair: Karlie Lacoste
Makeup: Melanie Hollander Daigle
Music: The Mixed Nuts