“I knew I needed to reap the benefits of this chance, as her mother and father imply the world to her however reside in Miami, and we do not get to have everybody collectively on the similar time,” Johnny stated. “After a beautiful first course and getting ready for dessert, I gave a toast thanking everybody for his or her dedication to the household and making at the present time attainable.
“The ring had been burning a gap in my pocket all morning, so I ended the speech by making at the present time even higher by getting down on one knee in entrance of our households and asking her for a lifelong dedication to be my spouse,” Johnny stated.
“The one one who knew was my dad,” Alexandra stated.
“It was so particular as a result of our mother and father had been there. I’m glad he did it that method.”
Johnny, an expert baseball participant now with the Charlotte Knights, stated, “My proposal to Alexandra wasn’t on high of a mountain or on the Jumbotron throughout a ballgame, but it surely went down in a really significant method for us.”
Many locals are conversant in Johnny’s days on the Jesuit Excessive Faculty and College of New Orleans baseball groups.
Johnny was additionally with the Kansas Metropolis Royals, which performed an element with the engagement ring. “He has at all times purchased jewellery at Tivol in Kansas Metropolis, changing into conversant in it when he acquired drafted there,” Alexandra stated.
“I truly did not know he was shopping for a hoop as a result of if he was residence [New Orleans] and was going to purchase a hoop, I knew he was going to go to Tivol,” says Alexandra, assuming he can be flying backwards and forwards to Kansas Metropolis. Unbeknown to her, the jewellery retailer and Johnny, who picked out the ring, had been mailing the rings backwards and forwards.
The duo did not meet in New Orleans — it occurred in Los Angeles, the place he was taking part in for the Angels and she or he was doing an internship whereas in her second yr at Tulane College Regulation Faculty. The attraction was instantaneous, however their first date was again in New Orleans, assembly for breakfast on the Ruby Slipper. Their second date was going to Nashville the subsequent weekend for the marriage of one in every of his pals. They dated a little bit over a yr earlier than changing into engaged.
Selecting a location for the marriage was simple. Johnny is from Harahan and Alexandra, although from Miami, has known as New Orleans residence for some time, graduating from Tulane College Regulation Faculty. She lately handed the Louisiana Bar.
“My household is nice at touring and I’ve cousins throughout,” stated Alexandra. “Johnny has a giant Italian household and I did not wish to make them journey. And New Orleans is enjoyable for festivities.”
“I at all times did not desire a marriage ceremony ‘marriage ceremony,'” stated Alexandra. “However Johnny was extra gung-ho, so I believed a marriage on New Yr’s Eve would make it extra of a celebration.”
After a bunch of locations, they settled on the Ace Lodge. “Extra our type” says Alexandra, noting its stylish, intimate setting. She additionally appreciated that they might have every thing — ceremony and reception — in a single location, significantly on New Yr’s Eve. Alexandra additionally raved in regards to the meals: oysters from Seaworthy (subsequent to the resort) and traditional south Louisiana dishes.
The marriage was small — about 175, Alexandra says — and everybody had enjoyable, although she appears like, “I did not get to see everybody.”
Johnny simply signed with the Knights, a Triple-A group for the Chicago White Sox. However the duo nonetheless calls New Orleans residence, one which additionally they share with their two canines: Luca, a German Shepard, and Calli, a dachshund.