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Tiger country is where they met, but it wasn’t until eight years later and a Facebook like that Allison and Michael went on their first date.

“Eight years after we met, I liked a photo of his on Facebook and he sent me a message asking me to go on a date with him. The rest is history,” Allison says.

Luckily that history paved the way to their present love story. Thinking she was attending a family friend’s birthday party, Allison was unaware that in the stairwells of the restaurant, pacing nervously, Michael was ready to make Allison his today and many tomorrows.

“I was enjoying the view on the terrace when the manager led me and my parents to a TV playing a birthday slideshow,” Allison says. “I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw myself on this video and then realized there was no birthday party.”

With a resounding yes from Allison, the two began to prepare to walk down the aisle. Choosing a classic New Orleans theme filled with second lines, Mardi Gras beads and LSU Tigers, Allison and Michael said “I Do” to forever.

photographer: MARK ERIC | videographer: CHAD BOWER, BOWER PRODUCTIONS | getting ready location: WESTIN NEW ORLEANS AT CANAL PLACE | ceremony location: HOLY NAME OF JESUS | officiant: GEORGE JOURDAN + JOHN AMONE | reception location: WESTIN NEW ORLEANS AT CANAL PLACE | rehearsal dinner: GALATOIRE’S | bridal gown: HAYLEY PAIGE, THE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE BY MAEME | bridesmaids: JIM HJELM, BELLA BRIDESMAIDS | groom/groomsmen attire: VERA WANG, JOSEPH A. BANK | florists: MEADE WENZEL | bakery: GAMBINO’S | ceremony music: ASHLEIGH ALLEMAN | reception entertainment: LOUISIANA SPICE | transportation: ACCESS TRANSPORTATION | hair: NICOLE PIGEON | makeup: ASHLEY SIEVERT | wedding planner: MARGUERITE DEANGEL +TAYLOR QUINTINI, WEDDINGS TAYLOR MADE | jeweler: HOPE GOLDMAN MEYER | favors: BEADS BY THE DOZEN | invitations: SCRIPTURA | other: SPEECHBOOTH

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