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REAL WEDDING:: Chelsea Borries + Taylor Hymel {JANUARY WEDDING}

the bride and groom take photos in uptown new orleans::AS SEEN IN THE MAY/JUNE 2022 ISSUE OF NOW WEDDINGS MAGAZINE::

Written by: Jessica Burke |  Photos: Emily Songer Photography

chelsea + taylor’s story

“We met playing in a social kickball league in New Orleans. We were placed on the same team, “You Can’t Kick with Us!”, and now we’re kicking it together for the rest of our lives!” says Chelsea. 

Taylor proposed at the couple’s home on December 22, 2020. 

“I was mismatched pajamas and deeply immersed in a Christmas movie marathon,” says Chelsea. “He came home from work and didn’t even say ‘Hello’ when he walked in. Then, I heard him strumming his guitar. He came in the living room playing and singing Adam Sandler’s ’I Wanna Grow Old With You’ and then he got down on one knee.”

the wedding invitations with rings

the bride and groom embrace

the wedding dress

Chelsea found her dream dress, a modern Pronovias gown with a beaded illusion back, a year before her January 2022 wedding. “As soon as I walked out and stepped onto the platform to look at myself in the mirror, the Avett Brothers’ song  ’January Wedding’ came on, and I started crying,” shares Chelsea. “ I knew it was the one.”

the bride and bridesmaids

the wedding flowers

chelsea and taylor’s favorite wedding day moments

Chelsea and Taylor had two favorite moments from the wedding day. The first was their First Look. “We were so excited to see each other,” says Chelsea. “Taylor and I wrote our own vows. We said them for the first time during our First Look, and then again at the actual ceremony. We are so glad we “practiced” them and had that incredibly intimate and special moment.”

the bride and groom read their vows to each other

The second was standing at the altar during their ceremony with their family and friends gathered around. “To have all the people we love in the same room supporting us  was priceless,” Chelsea shares.

the wedding ceremony at livaudais hall

the wedding ceremony

the bride and groom celebrate at the altar

livaudais hall set for the reception

special details

Taylor’s sister, Katie Hymel of Honeydoux Cafe, made the wedding cake and groom’s cake and Chelsea’s brother, Seth Borries, who won an episode of The History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” made the cake knives.

the wedding cake with edible gold leaf

the bride and groom cut the cake

the groom’s cake

“It is a running joke that Taylor loves hot sauce,” says Chelsea. “ The first item he ever moved into our first apartment together was a box of hot sauces. So when it came time to choose a cake, he wanted his own bottle! We also handed out Crystal’s hot sauces as favors.“

hot sauce bottle groom's cake

hot sauce wedding favors

the send off

The newlyweds danced the night away and were showered with streamers as they left the reception.

streamer sendoff


GETTING READY LOCATION: Terrell House Bed and Breakfast | CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE: Livaudais Hall | OFFICIANT: Greg Brousse | REHEARSAL DINNER: Lula Restaurant and Distillery | BRIDE’S GOWN: Pronovias, Bridal Formal and Boutique | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: JJ’s House | MENSWEAR: Tuxedos to Geaux | PHOTOGRAPHY: Emily Songer Photography | BAKERY: Honeydoux Cafe+Bakery | FLORIST: Pick A Petal | ENTERTAINMENT: Toast Entertainment | TRANSPORTATION: Nicoll’s Limousine Service | HAIR + MAKEUP: Alkemy Salon | TRAVEL AGENT: Rachelle, Marvelous Mouse Travels | WEDDING PLANNER: Ashley Cash, The Graceful Host | CANDLE + DECOR RENTALS: Luminous Events | CATERER: George Becnel | JEWELER: Ramsey’s | FAVORS: Koozies from Totally Wedding Koozies + Crystal Hot Sauce | INVITATIONS: Roseville Designs | CUSTOM GUEST BOOK PAINTING: Simon of New Orleans



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