Photography by Sarah Alleman Photography
evelyn + race’s story
Race and Evelyn met at a country dance club, Little Bit of Texas, the night before Race commissioned into the US Air Force. Evelyn asked Race if he’d like to dance to “Tennessee Whiskey. “In that moment we both knew this was forever and our love story began,” the newlyweds share. The next day after Race commissioned, he took Evelyn out to lunch and then to a duck pond.
After asking her father for her hand in marriage,Race proposed to Evelyn on the grounds of Lenaire, a home on the Mandeville Lakefront that has been in Evelyn’s family for 100 years. With the first song they danced to, “Tennessee Whiskey” playing, the couple danced. Race spun Evelyn around and then got down on one knee. He said “Evelyn, would you please make me the happiest man alive and be my wife?” She said, “Yes!”
Evelyn and Race said their vows as the sunset with Lake Pontchartrain in the background in the front garden of Lenaire, the same place Race proposed. To honor her Great Grandparents, Claire and Leonard Rohrbough, for whom Lenaire is named, two chairs were set up in the front row where the couple placed their portraits along with hats and articles of clothing.
Since the wedding was held on Veterans Day weekend, Evelyn and Race encouraged their guests who were retired and active military to wear their formal uniforms. Race and several members of the wedding party also wore their uniforms for the wedding.
the wedding reception
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by a reception under the house and in the front garden.
Evelyn and Race danced the night away and ended the evening with a confetti streamer and Arch of Light Sabers exit.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Sarah Alleman Photography
HAIR: Jessica Jackson Hair
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VENUE: Private Estate | OFFICIANT: Roy Duffey | REHEARSAL DINNER: Benedict’s Plantation | BRIDE’S GOWN: Justin Alexander, Olivier Couture | BRIDESMEN: US Air Force Mess Dress | BRIDESMAIDS: Custom | MENSWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse | VIDEO: Timeless Productions | FLORALS: Delphine Floral Design | BAKERY: The Cocoa Bean Bakery & Cafe | CEREMONY MUSIC + RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Troy Marks and No Idea | TRANSPORTATION: Royal Coach | MAKEUP: The Bride! | WEDDING PLANNER/DESIGNER/COORDINATION/LIGHTING/CANDLES/FAIRYTALE FOUNTAINS: Bridget West, Mint Events | CATERER: Catering by Don | JEWELER: Blue Nile | Invitations: GreenVelope | PHOTO BOOTH: Rock-It Photo Booths | TENT FRAME: Northshore Tents and Events | LOUNGE FURNITURE: Distressed Rentals & Revival