First Look Weddings, Weddings by Corine

Gorgeous Southern Wedding Il Mercato | Sarah & Patrick

Married: August 26, 2017
Bridal Prep Location: Windsor Court
Ceremony: Temple Sinai
Reception: il Mercato
Entertainment: Groovy 7
Videography: Shotgun Films
Florist: Kim Star Wise
Bakery: Melissa’s Fine Pastries
Hair: Flawless Bride
Makeup: Flawless Bride
Coordinator: Kelly Sherlock
2nd Line Band: Kinfolk Brass Band
Stationery: Sciptura



Patrick is an attorney at a local law firm and Mardi Gras 2014 he was introduced to Sarah by a partner at his law firm who just happened to be Sarah’s neighbor.  I wonder if they had any idea that just 3 years later that introduction would lead to one of the most fabulous New Orleans weddings!

Tell us all the juicy details about the proposal!
Sarah and Patrick ran the Saints 5K the morning of September 10th, 2016. After the 5K, Patrick tried to get Sarah to go to so many “New Orleans places,” the zoo, Audubon Park, the tree of life. Meanwhile, Sarah wasn’t having it and was getting friends together to celebrate another friend’s birthday. Just prior to leaving to celebrate their friend’s birthday, Patrick proposed in Sarah’s living room since she was just too stubborn to agree to go to one of his ideas!

Where was your ceremony held and why did you pick this site?
The ceremony was held at Temple Sinai and led by Sarah’s Rabbi from childhood. We picked this site because we were able to tailor our ceremony to be as religiously neutral as possible, given that Patrick is Catholic, while still being married in a place of worship.

Where was your Reception?
Our reception was at Il Mercato. We loved not being in the quarter for the reception, the space is so beautiful, guests are all in the same room as opposed to in a venue that is divided into several rooms, and you can never go wrong with Joel Catering.

Besides the amazing entertainment (Groovy 7), the couple also did a few extra fun things! 
Since Sarah is Jewish, we did the Hora. She is also a Texas A&M Aggie, so Patrick surprised her with the Aggie War Hymn. Because Patrick is Hawaiian, light up leis and sunglasses were passed out in time to end the night with a second line led by Kinfolk Brass band!

Did it really go by as quickly as everyone says?
Absolutely. I am so thankful for Corine and our videographer because the night goes by so quickly and there is so much going on that I can’t wait to re-live the night through pictures and video.

Who was your baker, what was the flavor of your cake? Was it delicious?!
Melissa’s Fine Pastries made our first layer gluten free so the bride could enjoy! We chose fraise de bois- of course it was delicious!

Did you do a first look? 
We LOVED doing a first look. It gave us a few un-rushed moments to be together before the wedding party gathered. I wouldn’t have changed it for anything.

Did you have a coordinator or did you plan everything yourself? If you didn’t have a coordinator any advice for brides planning their own wedding?
Kelly Sherlock was our coordinator and we could not have done it without her! She was amazing!

What was your first dance song? 
Our first dance was “For Once in My Life.” This song suits us to a “T!” Upbeat and fun, but meaningful and sentimental all at the same time.

Band or DJ? Did they rock it?
Thankfully we went with Corine’s recommendation and hired the Groovy 7 to play at our wedding. They were A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. They played the perfect mix of songs and everyone danced all night long!

We want to hear YOUR advice for future brides.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Be in the moment. Soak up every moment of having all your favorite people in the same room, at the same time.

Thank you, Corine! I cannot imagine a better photographer. You were so calm and personable, and fun to be around. Your attention to detail was absolutely amazing!