Chris Ralph and Alex Breaux always knew they would get married in New Orleans. The couple first met at Tulane University in 2012. Chris, from Michigan, was a freshman and Alex, from New Iberia, was a senior. After five years of dating, the two became engaged in April 2017 and began to plan their nuptials, which took place on November 10, 2018.

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Although the couple had relocated to Denver (Chris works in finance and Alex is a geologist), planning the big event from afar wasn’t an issue for the two, as they had time on their sides and made frequent trips back to New Orleans. "We knew exactly what we wanted going into it, which made things easier," Chris says. Some of those requirements were a reception on the Bayou (the couple lived on Moss Street for three years), tasty Louisiana fare, and great company. "We wanted something fun, but in formalwear," Alex explains. "It couldn’t be stuffy"

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The pair worked with Margaret Jones of Scriptura to create the invitations, which featured an illustration of their venue, the Pitot House. They called on iMonelli, a Lafayette restaurant serving Italian-inspired South Louisiana cuisine, to cater. Chris and Alex already owned their tuxedos and they preferred to keep the florals to a minimum, opting for lush greenery instead. They were able to secure Sexy Luv, a band that can play just about anything, for the reception.

Family and friends arrived to New Orleans from New Iberia, California, Michigan, and New York, and gathered the evening before at Bayou Beer Garden for a welcome party.

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On Saturday afternoon, close friends and family congregated at City Park for the intimate ceremony, which was officiated by Chris and Alex’s friend Laura. "As soon as she concluded, Chris’s stepdad did a Champagne sabrage and we did a toast," Alex recalls. Following the vows and glasses of bubbly, the group proceeded to Pal’s Lounge—a familiar and favored spot of the two—to catch up with friends before the reception, which was one of the couple’s most memorable moments of the night. "It was really laid back and nice to decompress in between being 'on' in both locations."

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Next up, the party at the Pitot House. The historic home had always been their venue of choice and was the perfect backdrop for the big day. The group mingled, ate, and danced under a clear tent, which was decorated with simple string lights, taper candles, and tall leafy centerpieces. From enjoying iMonelli’s praline chicken to a surprise fireworks display (courtesy of NOMA’s Odyssey Ball, which was happening simultaneously), the evening was an apparent success.

Chris and Alex spent time onstage with the band, as did Alex’s father who—a natural performer by all accounts—stole the show. The dance floor was consistently full and when the reception was over, the party continued. Led by the Young Pin Stripe Brass Band in a second line, the grooms and their guests boarded a streetcar and enjoyed the ride to the French Quarter for continued revelry.

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Chris (left) and Alex (right)

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This article appeared in the Bridal 2020 Issue of Adore Magazine.