When Debbie & Melanie first planned to travel from their home near New Orleans to get married in New York they figured they’d have a very small ceremony at City Hall. When family members heard about their upcoming wedding, the guest list grew and they planned a rooftop wedding in Brooklyn. In New Orleans it’s not uncommon to see parades and hoopla for all kinds of occasions. It is a city full of people who dance, celebrate and enjoy life like no other. So when friends learned they’d be saying vows, and told them they were ready to travel to share in the celebration, Debbie & Melanie had no choice but to plan a full-fledged party.
Debbie did most of the planning in less than a week. Apparently she had always wanted to get married on a boat, so the Lexington was a perfect venue…
I think it’s mandatory to do one of these photos if you get married on a boat!
The second line on a boat was a bit of a challenge, but it was going to happen one way or another…
Melanie: Basically neither one of us dreamed in our 50 and 49 years that we would ever get married. Deb and I had known each other many years prior to dating. Then one day, post-Katrina, we found each other single at the same time. I was actually going through the end of a long relationship and had sought the advice of a mutual friend, who happens to be Deb’s best friend, Michele. Deb and her mom were living with Michele as both of their homes were destroyed in the hurricane. One day I invited Deb to accompany me to an evening out with friends. the stars aligned over a few olives with martinis and that was eight years ago!
We have been engaged for a year. Deb has asked before but it wasn’t until DOMA was overturned that I really considered it. And finally Deb asked along with bling!
This whole wedding planning process is more than planning a great party. It’s made us grow by having us express who we are together.
Congrats again to you both! It was awesome meeting your friends and family and witnessing your celebration. Laissez les bon temp rouler!
Venue coordinator: Camille Cerria with Smooth Sailing Celebrations
Hair & make up: “all the girls” @ Salon Couvie – Metairie, LA
Melanie’s hair: Melina at The Beehive Salon – Brooklyn, NY
Style consultant: Jan Galatas – Metairie, LA
Attire: Everly Suit by Cabi / David’s Bridal
Invitation design: Jessica Philips – Metairie, LA
Invitation artwork: Michael wtih artPause
Caterer: The Cooking Studio Inc.
Cake: Home style bakery
Entertainment: Expressway Music – David Swirsky
NYC same-sex wedding photographer: Leslie Barbaro