Tierney & Tony’s Cozy, Jazzy and New Orleansy Race and Religious Wedding
Breathtaking. If I was allowed only one word to describe today’s feature, that would be it. Everything in this cozy, music-filled New Orleans wedding is simply stunning — from the quirky-artistic venue to the deep red roses to the bride’s Dolly Couture dress (drool!) to the handsome couple and the gorgeous photos by Molly Blair and Elise Bennett of Blair Bennett’s Photography (whom you might remember also gave us the Urban Cool Record Store E-session you saw here last week). Several “New Orleansy” elements were incorporated including a brass band which provided live entertainment. The groom, Tony happens to be a musician/songwriter so he and Tierney handpicked every single song that was played in their celebration.
Molly has the rest of the details:
Race and Religious is such a wonderfully unique venue we were so excited to be a part of this wonderful wedding. Tony is a musician from Canada. Tierney is originally from Texas but attended college in New Orleans. We had plans of going to City Park before the wedding ceremony…which was supposed to be outside. While Tierney was getting ready the dark clouds started to roll in. Our couples session before the ceremony had to be cancelled and the wedding ceremony had to be moved inside. Race and Religious is on the corner of Race and Religious Street on the edge of the Warehouse and Lower Garden District in New Orleans, along the Mississippi River on Tchoupitoulas St. (Chop-o-two-las). The building is an original building built in 1836. The rooms are very small, so it was a very cozy ceremony. Luckily the weather did pass, and the reception was able to be held outside like originally planned.
Elise took the couple out two days after the wedding to capture some images of them that we were unable to do on the wedding day.
I’m delighted to say that the lovely Tierney is here to tell us all about how they made their celebration uniquely theirs so… over to you Tierney!
I am a native Texan and Tony is from Southern Ontario. He is a musician and songwriter and I have traveled with him and his band on and off for the past few years. We were living in Toronto for about a two years and recently moved back to New Orleans with our three cats. The moment I met Tony I didn’t want to be with anyone but him. Tony made me find out that love at first sight actually happens. We lived apart for a year or so because I was in school in New Orleans and he was in Toronto. I would send him letters and he would come to visit until we finally were able to live together in the same city.
We love to travel and have driven all over the US and Canada and this past year we went to Europe for a few weeks with his band. I have a writing degree and have had a deep love for New Orleans since I was 13 years old. We have a bit of trouble staying in one place for too long, but there are places that we always return to and likely will for the rest of our lives.
We didn’t really have a theme. We wanted to make sure some things were present — like a statue of the Virgin Mary, lots of red roses, lots of candles and oysters! Our wedding also ended up with a lot of New Orleans-y type things because so many wonderful things come from here.
We actually had major time restraints. The place where we wanted the wedding had limited days and I didn’t want to be married in the summer so we checked our family’s schedules and the earlier date worked out better for both of our families, so we had about 2 months to prepare.
We did the flowers ourselves to save some money. We ordered them online and this giant box of roses showed up, thorns and all, and I put them in a bathtub, then a tote, then buckets. I wanted red roses to be everywhere and they were. They did end up being a bigger project than I had anticipated. Thanks to Tony’s best man and sister, we were able to get them all arranged and into vases.
I made my own bouquet and I was pretty happy with it. We didn’t want someone else to design our wedding. I was sure to have a hand in everything and make it how we wanted it.
We love music and we both have a lot of love for old country blues and folk music, and that was one of the things that brought us together in the first place. On one of our first trips together (before we were even “official”) we made a pilgrimage to the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia. We have returned every year since, and it was there (in late 2011) that Tony proposed to me on the porch of the cabin that AP Carter was born. How could I have resisted this man?!
The day of the wedding was a crazy rush and there was the threat of a storm. I checked accuweather.com obsessively. It finally did rain and the dark clouds rolled in about an hour and a half before the ceremony was to begin, so our outdoor ceremony suddenly became an indoor one. I wish we could have known in advance because that would have saved a lot of scrambling and panic, but it turned out to be fine. I loved that it was indoors, very intimate, candles and roses everywhere… it was really nice.
Race and Religious (where the ceremony was) is the most amazing, gorgeous place. It was absolutely perfect for us. Aubrey and Vesta, the two women that work there, helped us on the day of and our wedding would have been a completely different one without their help. While I was running around like a madwoman and Tony was getting ready, and after the rain finally stopped, they put together all of the tables and lights and set up the vendors in such a short amount of time. I am so incredibly thankful for those two, really.
We had New Orleansy things like king cakes (it was during Carnival season) and Hubig’s Pies (my favorite), and crawfish etoufee, and hurricanes (because they’re delicious). The Hubig’s Pies had a quote (“Love you the best!”) on them from a song by the legendary New Orleans singer Ernie K-Doe.
We also had a brass band. There wasn’t an intentional theme, but being that we were planning the wedding from Toronto and coming to New Orleans to have it, there are so many things here that you miss when you are living elsewhere. We were able to get a lot of the things we love and cram them all into one perfect evening.
We selected every song that was played, and that was a really important thing for us– the music. We didn’t want a dj choosing the songs, so we made a really long playlist and then Tony went through all of them and arranged them so there was a certain flow and went with the time of the night– before the ceremony, after the ceremony, the first dance, after the first dance. Every song was important and sentimental. Our first dance song was Sam Cooke’s “Nothing Can Change This Love” and that was really special, especially for me, because Sam Cooke’s music has been a part of my life since I was in the womb AND it perfectly describes how I feel about my husband!
Some parting words of advice from the bride:
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, have a plan B! Have flat shoes to switch into after the ceremony (I, sadly, overlooked this important detail). Have fun, don’t stress, and enjoy yourself. It’s your wedding!
Huge thanks to Blair Bennett’s Photography for sending their spectacular images of this stunning wedding my way, and congratulations Tierney and Tony! Here’s wishing you a lifetime of married bliss.
Photographer: Molly Blair and Elise Bennett of Blair Bennett’s Photography
Caterer: Champagne Dreams, LLC
Flowers: DIYed by the bride
Dress Designer: Dolly Couture (bride’s note: LOVED my dress!!)
Band: Young Pinstripe Brass Band
Event Venue: Race & Religious (bride’s note: Beautiful!)
Cake: Gambino’s Bakery (bride’s note: Delicious!)
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
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