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Two birthdays will always stand out to Dejah Cordier (née Causey). On her 21st, she met her future husband, Ronald Cordier, and four years later on her 25th, he proposed. After welcoming their daughter Kinlee into the world and building a home together, the couple was excited to embark on their next chapter.

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The pair decided on Maison Lafitte, a historic and spacious venue, in Mandeville as the setting for the big day. "We wanted to keep traditional New Orleans culture evident during our union, but we also desired a small, quaint wedding. Mandeville was the perfect happy medium." Equipped with visions of a bohemian wedding with pops of glam throughout, the bride-to-be began the busy but enjoyable planning process. One of the easiest decisions was the Blue by Enzoani "Milan" gown Dejah fell in love with at Linen Jolie Bridal in Metairie. "As a mom and a nurse, my day-to-day wardrobe consists of scrubs and leggings. It felt amazing to get all dolled up and see Ronald's reaction." She added sleeves, which were later removed for the reception, and her earthy bouquet by Sylvia Clavier of Dreamweavers completed the look.

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Following a gloomy and muggy week, December 12 turned out to be a beautiful and sunny Sunday. Dejah got ready in the comfort of her home with her mother, her matron of honor and aunt, Kinlee, and her goddaughter, while the groom prepared with his brother turned best man at the new Four Seasons Hotel. The outdoor ceremony was officiated by Dejah's uncle and accompanied by the sounds of violinist Shaun Ward. "Exchanging vows to the person who you will spend the rest of your days with, in the presence of those nearest and dearest to you, is truly an emotional moment."

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After photos and mingling, Dejah and Ronald lived in the moment and enjoyed time on the dance floor with DJ Redd. A variety of fare was catered by The Lakehouse, and guests indulged in the white chocolate vanilla bean cakes filled with Swiss meringue buttercream. The evening concluded with a festive second line and a glittering sparkler exit.

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This article appeared in the Bridal 2022 issue of Adore Magazine