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Elizabeth and Jake: The Race of a Lifetime

Elizabeth and Jake are both runners, but no amount of training could’ve prepared them for their most important race to date… the race down the aisle!

PHOTOGRAPHER: Eau Claire Photographics

It all started in April of 2014, when the two met at Happy Runner’s Club in New Orleans. It was just a few days before the Crescent City Classic 10k race, which they were both participating in. A mutual friend introduced them that fateful day and they decided to hang out again the night before the race… and again at the post-race celebration. Since then they’ve run in races all across the country and did quite a bit of traveling to see family in Mighigan and Boston. They even went on a recent jungle adventure in Costa Rica!

The First Look | PHOTOGRAPHER: Eau Claire Photographics

Even with all of that “running” around, Elizabeth and Jake would always come back home to their three cats and dog in New Orleans. So, it only seemed fitting that as Jake dropped to one knee, one of their rescue cats, Oscar, delivered the ring to Elizabeth (attached to his collar.) This time, it was her heart that was racing, but she excitedly said “Yes!”

Flowers by Poppy and Mint, with a special memorial to the bride’s dad | PHOTOGRAPHER: Eau Claire Photographics

On December 30, 2017, the couple gathered with 125 guests from around the country, to say their vows at Race + Religious. Jake’s sister, Happie Ledet, officiated over the ceremony and, afterwards, everyone participated in a traditional second line. This was a real treat for so many out of town guests to experience, and was one of the couple’s favorite moments!

A New Orleans Second Line | PHOTOGRAPHER: Eau Claire Photographics

Then, after eating savory food by FlavorBox Catering and a delicious cake created by Flour Power, they all danced the night away to music by At Fault.

Wedding cake by Flour Power | PHOTOGRAPHER: Eau Claire Photographics

Vendor Credits:

PHOTOGRAPHER:  Eau Claire Photographics  | GETTING READY LOCATIONS:  Race + Religious | CEREMONY & RECEPTION LOCATION:  Race + Religious | OFFICIANT:  Happie Ledet (sister of the groom) | REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:  Napoleon House | BRIDAL GOWN:  Rivini, I Do Bridal Couture | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS:  Nordstrom’s | GROOM/GROOMSMEN ATTIRE:  Dillard’s | VIDEOGRAPHER:  Eustler Productions | FLORIST:  Poppy and Mint | BAKERY:  Flour Power | CEREMONY MUSIC:  New Orleans Classical and Jazz | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT:  At Fault | HAIR: Linzy Pennington, | MAKEUP:  Le Visage  | WEDDING PLANNER/DESIGNER:  Angle Events | DECOR RENTALS:  Scurlock Rentals | CANDLE DECOR/LIGHTING:  Angle Events | CATERER:  FlavorBox Catering | JEWELER:  Beje Jewelers | FAVORS:  Succulents from Etsy, Uncle T’s almond tea cookies | INVITATIONS:

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Jennifer Vogel was raised in Metairie, LA. Now living in Ohio, she still draws from her New Orleans roots for inspiration in her work. Jennifer freelances in web design / development, graphic design and, now, writing for New Orleans Weddings Magazine.

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