Christina + Nima | New Orleans
Let me tell you guys a story. Like, an actual, real-life love story. Christina + Nima's chance meeting reads out more like a movie script than real life.
The scene: A resort in Jamaica.
He's there for a wedding. She's visiting Jamaica for a yoga retreat with friends. She gets convinced to sneak into the resort for an afternoon of swimming.
He spots her immediately, and throughout the course of the day it takes him not once, not twice, but three times to work up the courage to swim up and talk to her. He ends up asking her to join him at the wedding later that day. She say's she'll think about it.
That evening, he waits.
She never shows.
He could let it go and chalk it up to just meeting a pretty girl at a resort and leave it at that. But in his heart he knows this is more than just a chance meeting. Eventually, he decides to text her and tell her he felt a connection between them. Even though they had only met once for a few hours. Even though it sounds crazy. And he waits again.
She's on a plane home at that very moment and can't receive the message. After several hours, he finally receives a text back:
"I felt it too."
He asks if he can fly into St. Louis from D.C. and take her out to just one dinner to explore the connection they both felt. She agrees.
And the rest, as they say, is history :)
This was our first time visiting New Orleans. It's such an amazing city full of life. The French Quarter made an incredible backdrop for Christina and Nima's joyful wedding day. They got ready at the gorgeous Hotel Monteleone, and the festivities took place at the lovely Latrobe's just a few blocks away. They chose to have a traditional western ceremony, followed by a traditional Persian ceremony. Guests then enjoyed amazing food and danced the night away until the Kinfolk Brass Band whisked everyone into the streets of the French Quarter for a traditional Second Line (which was arguably our favorite part of the night). It was the most perfect ending to a perfect day.
We had the pleasure of working with some wonderful New Orleans vendors while we were in town. I want to give a special shoutout to Kerrie and Jamie with Girls in Black. Navigating the busy French Quarter would have been more than intimidating had we been on our own. They had the logistics down solid. They were such an enormous help not only to Christina and Nima, but to us as well. They were organized, friendly, fun, and just an all-around pleasure to work with! A full vendor list can be found at the end of this blog post.
Since we arrived a few days early, we were also able to document the welcome party the evening before the wedding which was full of food, drink, and heartfelt speeches. So that's where we begin our story of Christina and Nima's wedding.
Strap in....this is a long post, but I don't think you'll regret it ;)