Cedar Grove Plantation Wedding | New Orleans Photographers | Aleecia and Khiry

Beautiful wedding dress hanging from a chandelier
When most people say they support our military, they mean they donate money or volunteer, but not Khiry. He took his commitment all the way to “till death do us part,” when he married the love of his life and U. S. Army soldier, Aleecia, in a Cedar Grove Plantation wedding.
Khiry, who works at a hospital while pursuing his Master’s degree in Health Administration at LSU, met Aleecia, who attends Northwestern State University online for her Master’s degree in Homeland Security, at a college basketball game. They both are avid basketball fans, college and NBA, and said the thing they love to do together most is eat. Living in Louisiana certainly gives them more than their fair share of great food venues to choose from.
Their Cedar Grove Plantation wedding was planned and brought to fruition under the guidance of owner Jill Mercer, who, together with her husband, Joey, purchased the historical plantation in 2006, then remodeled it after Jill’s childhood church, St. Joseph’s. The plantation was built in 1790 on the outskirts of New Orleans and was one of the largest producers of sugar cane and rice. It also had quite a colorful past before becoming the magnificent event center it is today. Cedar Grove is reknowned for its food (with recipes courtesy of Jill’s grandmother), impeccable service, and commitment to excellence.

The Ceremony: Cedar Grove Plantation Wedding

Aleecia wore a beautiful strapless gown from Minervas Bridal with a heavily beaded bodice and chapel-length train. Her hair and makeup were done by the talented Gaby Jimenez, owner of Fairytales and Brides. The bridesmaids wore matching long pink gowns. All of the ladies’ pink and white bouquets and the gentlemen’s boutonnieres were created by Leaf and Petal of New Orleans. The groom wore a royal blue double-breasted suit while the groomsmen wore light gray suits. The men wore pink bowties to match with the bridesmaids’ dresses. The groom was also pretty-in-pink, because he was wearing some dazzling, bright pink socks in keeping to the pink-themed wedding.
Candlelit lanterns lined the way for the bride to walk and meet her groom to take their vows in a ceremony conducted by Reverend Colley of Pensacola, FL.

The Reception: Cedar Grove Plantation Wedding

When it was time for the cake, there was a beautiful three-tiered traditional wedding cake, designed by local legends Haydel’s Bakery, that sported the gold topper, “Best Day Ever.”
With the sun set and the day’s events winding down, the newlyweds shared a few private moments under the starry night sky at the plantation’s gazebo. What a beautiful and romantic way to celebrate your best day ever.

The Vendors

Ceremony/Reception: Cedar Grove Plantation Wedding
Florist: Leaf + Petal I NOLA
Wedding dress: Minervas Bridal
Hair/Makeup: Fairytales and Brides
Minister: Reverend Colley
Photographer: Jay Theriot

Beautiful shoes and accessories for the bride at Cedar Grove Plantation wedding. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
Beautiful note written to a bridesmaid from the bride at Cedar Grove Plantation wedding. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The groomsmen getting ready. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The groomsmen getting ready. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The bride getting ready. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The bride getting ready. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The groom and groomsmen getting ready. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The groom putting his shoes on getting ready for the big day. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The groom getting ready for the big day. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The groom and groomsmen ready for the big day. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The bride and bridemaids getting ready for the big day. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The groom checking his watch as he gets ready for the first look at his bride. This was taken at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The groom gets ready for the first look at his bride. This was taken at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The groom gets ready for the first look at his bride. This was taken at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The groom sees his bride for the first time. This was taken at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The groom sees his bride for the first time. This was taken at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The groom dancing as it gets closer to his bride. This was taken at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The bride gets escorted down the aisle. This was taken at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The bride gets escorted down the aisle. This was taken at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
Everyone prays before the ceremony starts. This was taken at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
Everyone prays before the ceremony starts. This was taken at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
Checkout the way the bride looks at her groom and the bridesmaids watch. This was taken at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
Wedding ceremony at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
First dance with the bride and groom at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
Best Day Ever cake at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The bride throws her bouquet at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The bride throws her bouquet at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The bride sings and joked with her friends at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The girls dance with friends at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The guys dance with friends at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The bride looks at her groom at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The bride & groom Second Line at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The bride & groom do some intimate night portraits at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The bride & groom do some intimate night portraits at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers
The bride & groom kiss at the end of the bubble exit at Cedar Grove Plantation. Photo by Studio Orleans New Orleans Photographers

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