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REAL WEDDING:: Taryn Trusty + Evan Coudriet {Love Potion 504}

taryn + evan wedding



Photography by Sarah Mattix Photography

taryn and evan’s story

“We are from the same hometown, but he is 3 years older than me, so I never really knew him,” Taryn says of Evan. “One night we were both home from college for the summer and we were introduced by mutual friends at a party. We have been together for 10 years now.”

the details

“We chose Friday the 13th because we love all things spooky!” says Taryn. “My favorite color is black and I love Halloween.”

Taryn designed all the details of the wedding. Everything from the invitations, to the signage to the cocktail napkins featuring their rescue cats’ faces had her personal touch. ” I had been planning our wedding for over 4 years,” she says. ” I have a very DIY mindset and I often just do things myself. However, I did know that I would need a Day of Coordinator. I joked with everyone that I needed a “referee” to corral everyone to all the different locations and events. I interviewed with quite a few coordinators, and I just really liked the vibe of Uncommon Camellia. {Tara} just wanted to be helpful and help carry out my vision and always deferred to me, which was great.”


the wedding ceremony

The couple said “I do” at St. Mary’s Church at the Old Ursuline Convent. ” I love the history of it,” says Taryn about the historic church. “…that it’s the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, and that it’s famous because of its spooky history with the Casquette girls, and other mysterious stories. Of course it is also beautiful and makes for some amazing wedding pictures, both inside the church and also in the garden.”


the second line + reception

After their vows, Taryn and Evan led their guests on a Second Line through New Orleans’ French Quarter with The Jaywalkers brass band providing the soundtrack. Taryn describes it as one of her favorite parts of the day. “It was so fun,” she says. “And everyone in the streets was taking pictures and videos like we were celebrities. I had our wedding programs printed onto handkerchiefs to be used to wave in the air during the parade.”

A reception followed at Race & Religious. “I had the idea of having a voodoo ‘shop’ for our wedding favors for our guests,” says Taryn. “I curated a bunch of items over the course of about 6 months that I thought would fit a voodoo shop vibe. The voodoo shop was extremely popular and the items went really quickly.” 

The reception entertainment also included a tarot card reader and a cigar bar for guests to enjoy.


the wedding fashion

Taryn wore three different looks including two Vivienne Westwood gowns for the ceremony and reception and a third look by Retrofête with Golden Goose sneakers.


The bridesmaids also had an outfit change, with their first looks being Alexander McQueen gowns Taryn hand-selected for each bridesmaid, and their second looks being matching gold dresses with Golden Goose sneakers.


the jewelry 

Taryn’s engagement ring is over 100 years old, once belonging to a royal family in Italy. The ring was purchased from jeweler Giovanni Melli in Florence, Italy.

Evan wore an antique Rolex Cellini Danaos watch, gifted by Taryn.

Taryn wore a Cartier Juste Un Clou bracelet, gifted by Evan.




GETTING READY + RECEPTION VENUE: Race & Religious | CEREMONY LOCATION: St. Mary’s Church at the Old Ursuline Convent | OFFICIANT: Deacon Chuck LeBlanc | MASQUERADE BALL WELCOME RECEPTION + REHEARSAL DINNER: Broussard’s | BRIDE’S GOWNS: Vivienne Westwood, Belle Bridal Atelier (gowns 1 + 2); 3-piece set: Retrofete | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Alexander McQueen | MENSWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse | PHOTOGRAPHER: Sarah Mattix | FLORALS, CANDLE DECOR INVITATIONS + PLANNING: The bride! | BAKERY: Haydel’s Bakery | The Jaywalkers | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Dysfunction Band + Tarot Card Reader | HAIR + MAKEUP: Glam on Location | DECOR RENTALS: Distressed Rentals | CATERER: Morrissette & Co. (Mobile, AL) | JEWELER: Engagement Ring: Giovanni Melli (Florence, Italy), Wedding Bands: Cartier | SECOND LINE BAND: The Jaywalkers | BAR SERVICE: Movers and Shakers


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