Written by: Jessica Burke | Photos: Beebe Tran, Studio Tran
“Tanner and I met at a summer job in high school where we both worked across the hall from each other,” shares Brenna. “Tanner would take extended lunch breaks with me and we tried to hide our summer fling for a couple of months but then our bosses were convinced that we had to go on a date — little did they know we had been going on many dates!”
Tanner proposed in Central Park in New York City in August of 2019. “It was the most magical day!” says Brenna. “My parents traveled to New York with us, but little did we know that Tanner’s parents also made the trip! As soon as Tanner popped the question, they came out from ‘hiding.’ It was our first joint-family vacation and we spent the rest of the week exploring the city and dreaming about what the wedding would look like!”
Brenna and Tanner hit many potholes on the road to their wedding day. “We truly believe everything happens for a reason and we were able to find many silver linings and blessings along the way,” shares Brenna. “We originally scheduled our wedding for January 2021 but had to postpone it due to COVID restrictions and capacity limits.”
Then, just two months before their rescheduled wedding date, Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana. “[Ida] left us without power for over 21 days AND with extreme damage to our brand new house leaving over half of the house to be gutted,” says Brenna. “At one point we didn’t know if we were going to have a wedding, it seemed SO far out of reach and almost next to impossible to pull off given the conditions we were experiencing.”
Ida’s aftermath added extra challenges including the couple and their venues being without power for weeks, guests receiving muddy invitations and groomsmen left with unaltered tuxedos among other things.
“The only thing that got us through ALL of this was having each other and knowing that we had a nice relaxing honeymoon to look forward to in our future. Our wedding was the most perfect night and it made all of these issues pale in comparison to the extreme joy that we felt when we finally got to become husband and wife.”
the wedding ceremony
Brenna and Tanner said “I do” in a traditional Catholic ceremony at Holy Name of Jesus church on St. Charles Ave in New Orleans.
the wedding reception
After the ceremony, Brenna and Tanner celebrated with their guests at Chateau Country Club. The wedding reception featured a live band, event painter and an elegant cookies and cream-filled wedding cake served with Blue Bell ice cream!
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RECEPTION VENUE + CATERER: Chateau Golf & Country Club
BAKERY: Gambino’s Bakery
ADDITIONAL VENDOR CREDITS:
GETTING READY LOCATION: The Westin New Orleans | CEREMONY LOCATION: Holy Name of Jesus Church | OFFICIANT: Father Stephen Dardis | BRIDE’S GOWN: Maggie Sottero, Linen Jolie Bridal | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Alfred Sung, Bella Bridesmaids | MENSWEAR: Tuxedos to Geaux | PHOTOGRAPHY: Beebe Tran, Studio Tran Photography | VIDEO: Kelly Davis Leff, Shotgun Films | FLORIST: Blumen Lendle | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: The Bucktown Allstars | LIVE EVENT PAINTER: Papillon Artistry | TRANSPORTATION: Alert Transportation | HAIR: Ali Vasquez | MAKEUP: Victory Artistry | MONOGRAM DESIGN: Shuler Studio | JEWELER: Aucoin Hart | INVITATIONS: Gem’s Printing