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Maria & Vick | New Orleans Riverview Room Bucktown Allstars Wedding

Married: December 17, 2017
Bridal Prep Location: Westin
Ceremony: St. Josephs
Reception: Riverview Room
Entertainment: Bucktown Allstars
Videography: Bella Films
Florist: Pick a Petal
Bakery: Gambinos
Hair: Flawless Bride
Makeup: Flawless Bride
Coordinator: Maria Cervini
The Bride Wore: Stella York
The Bridesmaids wore: Alfred Sung
Bridal Boutique: Wedding Belles Boutique
Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse
2nd Line Band: Bucktown Allstars
Stationery: Caitlin Piery


So tell us how you met!
Vick and I met through his college room. Actually, I dated his college roommate first and then started dating Vick. Don’t worry! His roommate stood in our wedding so no broken friendships there. From the beginning, we got along great and had lots in common. We were both from big Catholic families and starting professional school in the medical career. The only problem was we were five hours apart during our 4 years of dating but we made it work!!

We want to know how Vick proposed!  Did he surprise you?
I was totally tricked into the proposal. I thought everyone was in town for Father’s Day and to celebrate Vick being done with boards but nope! Saturday morning we planned to go hiking in Birmingham and that night we had a wedding to attend. Well me being practical, I decided to wait and shower after the hike (makes sense right?!). Lucky me, he proposed right after a nice sweaty hike to the top of the mountain. Needless to say, I was shocked and just a little mad that I looked like a hot mess but it was perfect! Both our families were there and we had a party afterward!

We simply love the inspiration and idea behind Maria & Vick’s classic wedding palate. 
I was pretty “boring” in that everything was black and white. We are traditional people and knew black would be timeless. I wanted people to look at our photos and have a hard time guessing what generation we got married. It was a December Black Tie Optional wedding and all our guests had a blast taking this as an excuse to vacation and dress up!

Where was your ceremony held and why did you pick this site?
We picked St. Joseph Church in New Orleans, Louisiana because not only did Vick attend Medical School at LSU right next door but that is where his parents got married too. I also heard it is has the longest aisle in New Orleans so we definitely got our work out in haha. Over the years when I was in town we attended St. Joseph’s together and became friends with the priest, Father Tom and we knew we had to have him at our wedding. He was great and played the accordion as well!

Did you do a first look? If so how did you feel about it?
Yes and I highly recommend it! Since our wedding was in December the sun sets early and we wanted some pictures with daylight. It was also nice to go straight to the party after the ceremony. We also wanted multiple locations (street cars, concrete, greenery) for photos so the first look allowed extra time without missing anything!!

From the Bride – When you first saw the groom, what were you thinking/feeling?
This is really happening!! We have been leading up to this day for forever and its finally here. Honestly, I was so overwhelmed because everyone that loved us was in one place and here to celebrate us. But as soon as I saw Vick I was relieved and couldn’t wait for the day to begin!

We asked Vick the same question and he has the most perfect and sweet answer?  Just goes to show, there is no loss of excitement or anything when you do a first look!
“She is so beautiful and couldn’t walk down the aisle fast enough” – Vick
“You know you saw me first at the first look” – Maria
” Well you were beautiful then too, you stayed beautiful” – Vick

Where was your Reception held and why did you pick this site?
Our reception was at the Riverview Room in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am not from New Orleans so I wanted to pick a central location downtown that our guests would enjoy and could walk back to their hotels! Right on the river with everything included was perfect for this out of town Bride. New Orleans inspired menu kept out guests talking forever and open bar means everyone was happy. We knew we wanted to second line to bourbon street at the end of the night so this location was key! Most of our guests had never been to New Orleans before and had no idea what a second line meant.

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?
I did everything myself until the day of. I definitely recommend hiring a day-of coordinator for your piece of mind. All questions will be funneled through them and anything that goes wrong (hopefully nothing will) will be fixed without you even knowing. This is your day and you need to enjoy it and forget about the details!

You had the Bucktown Allstars, one of our favorites!  Tell us how they rocked!
They get the party going and keep it going all night. Our whole family is obsessed with the BuckTown AllStars and they did not disappoint. They continued the party with a second line all the way to Bourbon Street without skipping a beat!

Who was your baker, what was the flavor of your cake? 
We chose Gambinos or actually, Vick did (I don’t like cake). Vick and his dad picked traditional almond with strawberry and pineapple filling. I heard it was delicious! We also did a bourbon pecan stuffed king cake from Maurice’s French Pasties which was perfection!

Did it really go by as quickly as everyone says?
YES YES YES! Take it all in because it will be gone before you know it. Thankfully we hired the best photographers ever so we can relive our night every day! My number one recommendation would be pay more for the photographer and videographer because that is the one thing that comes home with you at the end of the day!

We want to hear YOUR advice for future brides.
1. Pay extra for the best photographer… obviously, my recommendation is StudioTran
2. Get a videographer
3. BAND!! They make the night! Can’t go wrong with BuckTown
4. Hire a day of coordinator!