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REAL WEDDING:: LAUREN + RYAN {Happily Ever Haydel}

Lauren wasn’t looking for love when Ryan and his kids moved into her neighborhood. Being neighborly, Lauren invited Ryan and the kids over to hang out at her house so their kids could play. Unknown to her, Ryan was falling a bit more for Lauren each time they spent time together.

“I never had any intention of dating him, but apparently he had his eye on me! He asked me out a few times before I decided to go out to dinner with him. He was nervous around me, so I didn’t get to see the real Ryan until that first date,” Lauren says. “He was hilarious and funny and totally not the quiet and reserved guy who would come over and hang out with us. I fell in love with Ryan when I got to know the real Ryan.”

Earlier this year, Lauren was working late at one of her Fleurty Girl locations when Ryan picked her up to go on their weekly date night. After dinner, Ryan took Lauren to get her tarot cards read in Jackson Square which she loves to do. The fates seemed to be on the couple’s side when the card reader told them that they were soulmates that would last through the times. At this moment, Ryan got down on one knee and asked Lauren to be his forever. Of course she said yes.

Embracing natural textures, plenty of candlelight and using local venues, Lauren and Ryan kept true to their roots with their classic New Orleans theme.

But their most important addition to their wedding was their love for each other.

“You can fill a room with food, tables, flowers and people, but it’s the most special weddings that the love fills the room, too,” Lauren says. “I have waited my whole life for a man as wonderful as him, and when the doors opened, there he was. It was magical and perfect and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with Ryan.”

See photos from Lauren + Ryan’s GoGo Booth Photo Booth:

PHOTOGRAPHER: Mike Lirette, Red Leaf Weddings | VIDEOGRAPHER: Ashley Marks Media | CEREMONY + RECEPTION LOCATION: Felicity Church | OFFICIANT: Vera Lester | REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Calcasieu Rooms |  GROOM/GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: John’s Tuxedos | FLORIST: Handmade by the Bride | BAKERY: Haydel’s | CEREMONY MUSIC: The Roots of Music | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: DJS Eynsteyn, Phrozen + Jubilee | TRANSPORTATION: Bonomolo Limousines | MAKEUP: Danielle Greco, HiBrow Beauty Bar | HAIR: Niki Walker-Kennedy (bride) + Jessica W Cellos of Bleu, A Blowdry Bar (bride +bridal party) | WEDDING PLANNER: Absolutely NOLA | DECOR RENTALS: ELEMENT | CATERER: Rommel’s Catering | Favors: Haydel’s Bakery | Invitations: Minted | PHOTO BOOTH: GoGo Booth | ACCESSORIES: Gem Printing | CAKE TOPPER: Let’s Top That | LIVE PAINTERS: Alex Harvie & TJ Black | COURTYARD BAR: The Karovan Bar | CAKE STANDS: Fabulous Cake Stands by Nola B

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