Just when you think you have seen it all, you get the treat of a lifetime. Every wedding has a unique spin, but this was more than that. It all started with a gorgeous hotel, The Westin Canal Place, and an even more gorgeous bride, Victoria. Watching on the sidelines and capturing little moments as a beautiful young lady is transformed into an even more beautiful bride. Everything was beyond perfect. Surrounded by her bridesmaids and sisters along with her amazing mom (Momma Dee) Victoria was ready to see the man of her dreams for their first look. I met Ryan down in the lobby to plan out the first look. He was so calm (on the outside) but his anticipation was growing by the minute. Knowing that in just mere minutes he was going to see his best friend, soul mate and future wife. With Ryan in position it was time for Victoria to make her entrance. With a soft tap on the shoulder Ryan turned and was in awe. They played it very cool, no tears just a lot of cheek hurting smiles as they were finally face to face as bride and groom. So where is this unique spin you ask? So far everything sounds like a wedding day fairytale right?! WELL.. Time for the ceremony at the famous House Of Blue New Orleans. Decked out with everything you can think of as “New Orleans Voodoo”. I mean after all the ceremony took place in the Voodoo Garden! After an amazing second line equipped with Mardi Gras Mask we made our way inside for the reception. I would say close your eyes and imagine, but then you wouldn’t be able to read it 🙂 so, picture this. Purple and Black decor, Mardi Gras Mask and Fleur de Lis table decorations with just a touch of sparkle, a bouquet made with cactus (I didn’t even know that could be done!), and all at the House of Blues. Everything SCREAMED New Orleans Voodoo and was full of love! It was amazing. I would totally say this was the most beautifully unique wedding I have had the pleasure capturing.
Just for fun I am posting the ceremony by Glenn Kleiner, It was awesome and totally Victoria and Ryan! To read it scroll to the end!
Vendors- Bridal Salon: Ladies and Gents Formal Wear | Hair: Samantha Beard – Carr | Makeup: Devon Terry w/ Glam on Location LLC | Brides Cake: Haydel’s | Groom’s Cake: Debbie Does Douberge | Wedding Coordinator: Debbie Sterling | DJ: Dale Blanchard Entertainment | Tuxedo’s: Mens Warehouse | Officiant: Glenn Kleiner | Venue: House of Blues New Orlenas, La | Hotel: Westin Canal Place New Orleans | Photographer: Chic Boutique Photography | Second Line Band: Pocket Ace’s Brass Band
“And Saint Atilla raised the hand grenade up on high saying, “O Lord, bless this thy hand grenade that with it thou mayest blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy”. And the Lord did grin and the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals and fruit bats and large chunks….”
I’m honored to be here at the nuptuals’ request. In fact, it was happenstance how this came about. We were simply talking about their wedding at ta command party last year; Ryan already knew I was an ordained minister. I talked about my brother’s wedding four years ago, specifically about the tailor-made shenanigans that sprung from it. From there, these two had their minds made up, so thank you for this honor.
That said, their sole request to me when putting this ceremony together was an easy one- to that, I reference retired SEAL Team Six Commander, Richard Marcinko’s Rule #7 of his Ten Commandments of SPECWAR- “Thou Shalt Keep It Simple, Stupid.”
And so it is. I’ll make this as short as possible, because they’ve been waiting for this day for some time.
And given Ryan and Victoria’s penchant love for Ireland, I’ll start off with a letter. This was a letter sent in the 1950s by an Irish writer regarding her long lost love- ” ‘What’ and ‘if’ are two words as nonthreatening as words can be. But put them together, side by side, and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life. What if? What if? What if? I don’t know how your story ended, but if thwat you felt then was true love, then it’s never too late. If it was true then, why wouldn’t it be true now? You only need the courage to follow your heart.”
During the process of writing up this ceremony, Ryan and Victoria both sent me their stories of how they met. Each provided enough perspective to me that brought about the very same answers. So about 20 minutes later came this ceremony, and it was very inspiring. In each other, they shared the same dreams, each demonstrating to the other a great deal of tenacity and strength. One phrase was used by Ryan to describe his lovely bride: “True Grit”. To take those steps and become a Navy Wife, it takes true grit and strong character to endure, and you did so immaculately. In each other, they took a leap of faith. A leap of faith is its own force of nature. In science, there are four fundamental forces of nature: electromagnetism, strong nuclear interaction, weak nuclear interaction, and gravity. We’re talking here about forces that bind the universe, but what binds humans? Love. Powerful in small spaces, yet with profound effect on distance. Love defies time, outliving both it’s source and it’s object. Love is faster than light for light requires time in order to travel through space, but love treaches it’s object instantaneously. Love journeys forever, into infinity, and it’s here, binding together two lives. – Glenn Kleiner (Chief)