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Real Wedding: Kathryn + Howie

Kathryn Hastings + Howie Acosta, Jr.

November 18, 2017

Written by: Natalie Pompilio | Photography by: Eau Claire Photographics

Howie Acosta Jr. is a U.S. Navy lieutenant (junior grade) and pilots the MH-53E “Sea Dragon” helicopter.

Yet he somehow convinced Tulane University classmate Kathryn Hastings that he was the type of guy who routinely forgot to bring pens to their shared Roman History class, forcing him to ask her for extra writing instruments.

“I thought she was cute and it was an attempt to get to know her,” Howie says. “I did this most of the semester; my notes ended up being written in about 10 different colors because sometimes she didn’t have extra pens, but colored markers, pencils or even highlighters. She thought it was funny and I quickly developed a crush on her.”

But Kathryn was taken, at least until the following school year. Learning his dream girl was single, Howie asked her on a date he hoped would be the first of many. He borrowed a Nintendo 64 because Kathryn had said she’d once loved playing Mario Kart, bought some wine and tuned his violin because “that was going to be my main move.”

That night, they played games, talked and laughed. Midway through that bottle of wine, Howie played and sang Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” for Kathryn.

“I’m pretty sure she fell in love with me right there,” Howie says. “It’s hard to say when the moment was that we knew we had found ‘the one,’ because we had already known each other for a year and become really close friends before we got together.”

In 2014, Howie finished his Master’s degree and Kathryn finished her undergraduate year and began her first year at Tulane Law. He proposed on her law school graduation day.

On Nov. 18, 2017, the pair, now split between Texas and Virginia, married at historic Christ Church Cathedral in New Orleans in a ceremony officiated by Kathryn’s family priest from Dallas.

A reception for 120 of their nearest and dearest followed at the French Quarter’s Marché. The newlyweds entered to a traditional sword arch formed by a handful of Howie’s Navy. Guests left with a watercolor of a streetcar sketched by Howie’s father and painted as gifts by his father, mother and mother-in-law.

“The iconography of the street car will always be a part of New Orleans,” Howie says. “Now our family and friends have something that not only will remind them of us and our wedding, but of New Orleans itself.”

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Eau Claire Photographics

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GETTING READY LOCATION: Windsor Court Hotel | CEREMONY LOCATION: Christ Church Cathedral | RECEPTION LOCATION: Marché | REHEARSAL DINNER: Tomas Bistro | BRIDE’S GOWN: Martina Liana, Mia Bridal Couture (Houtson, TX) | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Dessy, Houston Bridal Gallery | VIDEO: Apercu Films | FLORIST: Iris Floral | WEDDING CAKE: Pure Cake | TRANSPORTATION: Alert Transportation | HAIR+ MAKEUP: Glam Nola | TRAVEL AGENT: Katie Rollins, CSB Travel | WEDDING PLANNER/DESIGNER: Brooke Casey | WEDDING RINGS: Tiffany & Co. | TABLE NOs,  PLACE CARDS, SAVE THE DATES: Minted

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Her experience spans many areas as she is a lover of learning new things and immediately incorporates those into her entrepreneurial pursuits, from home and office organizing and wedding/event planning to web design. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, TLC’s Hoarding Buried Alive and The Larry King Live Show during her career as an Organizing and Productivity Consultant.

Her true love has always been weddings and beautiful events. Even as a teen she loved weddings, planning and creating various perfect weddings for herself….with no actual fiance ? Her first taste of real event planning came with becoming a member of the Social Events committee for the Miss Louisiana Organization in 1999. Since then she has planned weddings, social events, conferences and educational summits.

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