Fallon & Paul had a stunning ceremony at St. Francis of Assisi followed by a reception at Audubon Tea Room dripping in candlelight and white blooms. Their guests we welcomed by champagne walls, entertained by the bride dancing on stage with her bridesmaids, treated to a decadent 5 tier cake, and overall a fantastic evening indeed! Read more below about Fallon's experience planning her wedding, her advice for new couples, and the New Orleans traditions she and Paul incorporated into their wedding day!
1. Tell us a little about your love story! How did you meet? How did you get engaged?
Paul and I met online when we both swiped right. The first time we met was at the Basin, and we had our first real date at the Audubon Zoo. After the first date, we didn't spend a weekend apart. There were many more dates at the Zoo and it kind of became our place. We even got engaged at the Zoo where Paul proposed by the Sea Lion exhibit.
2. How did you choose Herbivore for your wedding? Did you know a lot about flowers when you started your plans? What was the vibe you were going for?
I found Herbivore through a recommendation from Luminous Events. I didn't know much about flowers, but I knew I wanted white flowers with lots of greenery. I wanted the look to be classic without overwhelming the table.
3. How did working with Herbivore fit into your schedule? Did you enjoy working with the Herbivore team?
Herb was extremely accommodating when it came to meetings. He worked around my schedule and was extremely thorough with explaining the different flowers, greens, and vases. He reviewed all of the options with me to understand my vision. I left feeling confident about my floral arrangements.
4. Why did you choose New Orleans as the site for your big day? Did you incorporate any New Orleans traditions into your celebration?
We chose New Orleans as our site because Paul is from New Orleans and I had just recently moved here. We had several New Orleans traditions at our wedding. The groom's cake was a New Orleans style doberge cake from Bakery Bar with "Do Whatcha Wanna," a line from one of our favorite songs, written on it. We got the guests on the dance floor with DJ Jubilee's "Get it Ready" and we ended the night with a classic second line.
5. Do you remember what you were thinking when you saw your bouquet and the completed reception space for the first time?
When I saw my bouquet, I remembered thinking how beautiful it was and that it looked exactly like what I had described to Herb. It's like he could read my mind and knew exactly what I wanted. Everything he created for the reception space from the cake topper to the table arrangements was beautiful too!
6. What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?
Paul and I had joked during the time that we were dating that Despacito was going to be our song. When we got engaged, we knew we had two choices: pick another song or double down on Despacito. We decided that it was going to be our first dance and, because we don't half ass anything, learned how to salsa so we could outright perform it. We kept it a secret from everyone, so when the band started playing and we started dancing the crowd went wild.
7. What advice would you give to other couples trying to plan their big day?
Ask your vendors for advice and trust them. They are experts in their fields and can tell you what will and will not work. Ask your vendors for recommendations. They often know the most dependable people in the business and can point you to the best fit for your event.