One might think the best part of being a destination wedding planner is traveling to someplace new, but home is where the heart is. With close to six of eight weddings a year requiring airports to charming towns or exotic destinations, it was a treat to plan Alexandra Daddario & Andrew Form’s wedding in my home city—New Orleans.
There is something indistinguishably authentic and soulful about the city. You won’t be able to put your finger on it because that something is everything. The southern hospitality, Creole cuisine, and French architecture mixed with jazz culture is enough to have anyone swooning for more. Anyone with fantastic taste that is.
White Lotus actress, Alexandra Daddario and now husband, producer Andrew Form, quickly tossed their dreamy plans of an Italian wedding in exchange for a celebration in “a city full of music and life.” Their backstory is that of a true love story. And New Orleans was the only city that could reflect their novel worthy romance.
The two bumped into each other on any empty New York City street during the pandemic, made eye contact, plans to see each other again and…the rest is history. With Alexandra’s full schedule on set and a tight planning turnaround, I was more than happy to bring the couples’ dream of getting hitched in NOLA to life.
Aside from the ceremonial floral backdrop and aisle, each detail was made to feel effortless. From Alexandra’s Danielle Frankel dress to Andrew’s Brunello Cucinelli pinstripe suit—we really kept things light in the big easy. Nothing too serious or hot and heavy, all choices carefully complied with Louisiana’s June heat and laid-back aesthetic.
The ceremony and champagne hour took place at Preservation Hall. The couple wanted something short, simple, and genuine focused on music, socializing and just having a good ole’ time. Being a historic building, the age of the iconic jazz hall showed, and the culture was felt. And that’s what they loved most about the venue.
Black Pearl Catering served canapés while guests sipped on bubbly, Dom and Tequila. Staying in line with only the most authentic New Orleans’ traditions, a second line led guests through the vibrant French Quarter to Bar Marilou. Although most were eager to participate, we also had the option of trolleys and rickshaws for tired feet.
At the reception, there were juicy cheeseburgers and tarot card readings, but the main focus was getting down on the dance floor. It’s safe to say, no one left early. In fact, no one wanted to leave at all. Myself included.
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Photos by: Storm Santos