A Very Southern Wedding on the Bayou!

This past March I had the pleasure of planning a wedding for a fabulous couple on the North Shore of New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Groom is an incredible Chef at Domenica Restaurant and the wedding was at the house of his Chef/Partner John Besh. 

John and Jennifer had just moved into the newly resorted plantation home and opened their arms to welcome 300 of Emily and Alon's nearest and dearest.  The wedding started in the front yard where we turned an aging, romantic tree into a Chuppah.  The legendary Jeremy Davenport played the trumpet and sang as the Bride walked down the aisle which started at the front door of the house, down the stairs and out to the ceremony site.

After the ceremony guests moved around behind the house for cocktails around the pool where Jeremy and his band played some fun music and passed hors d'oevures were served.  Delicacies like "Boudin of Local Rabbits with Pepper Jelly", "Corn Fried P&J Oyster with Louisiana caviar ranch dressing" and "Crabmeat and Truffle Delived Yard Eggs" from John Besh's flagship August Restaurant intrigued and delighted the guests while they mingled and explored the property.

As the sun set the guests were invited into the tent where stations were setup for dinner and Rockin Dopsie brought the house down.  French antiques from a local store in New Orleans were brought over the river and included gorgeous chandeliers hanging in the tent and cafe tables from a brewery in Belgium dotted under the weeping willows where guests could sit and eat.  Just a few of the six varied and delicious offerings at the stations:

- Pan seared scallops with jumbo lump crab, chive and silver queen corn risotto
- Whole roasted duck foie gras with brioche and savory marmalades
- Jumbo Louisiana shrimp with Jacobs andoullie and organic anson mills grits
- Black lacquered duckling “soup and salad” duck and andoullie gumbo with plums and sugar cane vinaigrette

Can you say YUM!?

 After dinner Emily and Alon cut the cake and opened the s'mores station across the creek and at the end of the evening guests saw Emily and Alon off on a boat down the Bayou to their Bridal Cottage.  What a night to remember!
Photos by Magnolia Pair.

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