Virginia Catherine Olson, like many 21st-century women looking to meet someone, downloaded the dating app Bumble. The app matched her with Jeffrey Harris Burton Jr., and the two arranged to meet at Delachaise for drinks. Catherine noticed Jeff’s welcoming smile right away, and drinks soon turned into a five-hour conversation. Before long, the two were a couple.
A little over two years later, Jeff surprised Catherine at her apartment when she got home from work. She knew that they were going out for a nice dinner, but she had no idea he was going to propose right then and there! Though the proposal was a private moment for the two of them, Jeff had already let their parents in on the secret. After Catherine joyfully said “yes,” they went over to her parents’ house, where Jeff’s parents were waiting as well. The six of them went out to dinner to celebrate the engagement.
In addition to celebrating with their daughter, Catherine’s parents both played important roles leading up to the big day. Her mother designed and primarily produced the invitations. Her father chose the ceremony music and organized the musicians. For a December wedding, Swedish Christmas music that their family has played since Catherine was a child was the perfect fit.
Like the music, the wedding décor also reflected the holiday spirit. On December 21, 2019, Catherine walked down the aisle of the chapel at Trinity Episcopal Church, which was beautifully bedecked for the Christmas season. After a touching ceremony officiated by Father John Pitzer, the newlyweds and their guests headed to the Orleans Club to continue the festivities. The Orleans Club’s classic, elegant winter atmosphere was a perfect complement to the holiday décor at the chapel. During the reception, guests particularly enjoyed the turtle soup and the cakes created by Swiss Confectionary. After an evening of wonderful food, fancy footwork on the dance floor and lots of smiles and laughter, Jeff and Catherine were happily exhausted and looking forward to their honeymoon.
The couple spent two weeks in Spain before returning to their home in New Orleans. Jeff is a senior biostatistician at Ochsner, and Catherine is a social worker at Children’s Hospital.
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Tommy’s Cuisine
Coordinator: Vicki Evans
Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza from Wedding Belles
Groom’s & Groosmen’s Attire: Black tie tuxedos from Perlis
Engagement Ring, Bride’s Wedding Band & Groom’s Wedding Band: Aucoin Hart Jewelers
Florist: Meade Wenzel
Invitation: Scriptura and Catherine’s mother
Caterer: Orleans Club
Photographer: Eau Claire Photographics
Hair: Amy Anderson
Makeup: Ana Servilla
Music: Bobby J and Stuff Like That