By Kathryn Paden
Wedding Date: May 27th, 2018
Photos: Chris W Photo
Their Love Story
Charmaine and Cornelius grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended middle and high school together. Although they did not date then, they did have some mutual friends. In 2015, Charmaine moved to Houston and reached out to Cornelius, who had been living there for a few years. As Charmaine says, “Cornelius was a great tour guide and things blossomed from there!”. After dating for a few years, the couple got engaged. One morning Cornelius offered to make breakfast for the two of them. Midway through breakfast he dropped down on one knee and proposed! With a mouthful of pancakes, Charmaine said yes! The couple chose to have their wedding at The Chicory, in New Orleans, LA. After their first trip together back in 2015, the couple fell in love with the city’s energy and culture. While planning their wedding, they knew they wanted it to be one big party, filled with great music and food and could not think of anywhere better than New Orleans. Charmaine and Cornelius decided on The Chicory because of the beautiful character of the building, amazing food, and prime location.
Shop online – while I got inspiration from bridal magazines and IG I was able to find a lot of affordable alternatives just by shopping from non-bridal websites. Don’t feel pressured to have a perfect IG/Pinterest wedding and don’t compare your day to anyone else’s. Don’t ask for too many people’s opinions on what you plan to do for the wedding; it kills the element of surprise that you want guests to have. Invest in quality photography and videography. The day goes by so quickly so having photos and videos to look back on will help you relive the day over and over again. Give your phone to a family member or bridesmaid the day of so you aren’t stressed out by phone calls or text messages.
Charmaine and Cornelius had a specialty drink for their guests – moonshine milkshake shooters. A very unique offering that the venue made. The couple had a second line parade that ended the reception. They were led by an 8-piece brass band through the warehouse district of New Orleans, where they danced and celebrated for 30 minutes.