A beautiful Bywater wedding blends local passions into support for women entrepreneurs

A beautiful Bywater wedding blends local passions into support for women entrepreneurs

For Angelique Theriot and Brent Tranchina, their journey to “I Do” took them round the USA, solely to return to their native New Orleans.

The 2 met virtually 10 years in the past whereas attending the College of New Orleans’ City Research program, and so they have been buddies for years earlier than connecting in a romantic manner.

As their relationship developed, Brent moved to San Francisco to do a three-month “stage” (an unpaid internship with a chef) at Benu restaurant. After the stage, Brent traveled across the nation because the chef de delicacies for Dinner Lab, and Angelique would go to him. Finally the lure of the West Coast drew them to the Bay Space.

Whereas dwelling in Oakland, Calif., the couple acquired engaged. “I had spent 4 months in search of a hoop, speaking to my cousin, who’s like my large sister,” Brent stated. “I knew what I wished for the ring (type) and stone, however was getting nowhere till I spotted I ought to speak to the individual — Angelique — who could be carrying it. After which we seemed for an additional 4 months.” Finally they discovered their wedding ceremony rings on Etsy.

Brent hoped to shock Angelique with the proposal, however the designers “despatched the tracker quantity (for the ring) to Angelique, so she knew I had it,” he stated. “I hid (the ring) at work as a result of I knew she was going to search for it.”

The proposal got here by likelihood. Brent occurred to get off work early, and it coincided together with her schedule. As they have been strolling from their condominium to see a film, Brent stopped by a lake underneath a full moon and popped the query.

Then got here the marriage planning. “I believe individuals spend some huge cash on weddings, and I believe a variety of it’s foolish,” Angelique stated. “So, we spent many of the cash to help impartial women-owned companies.” These girls entrepreneurs — and buddies of the couple — created the save the date discover and invitation, the cake, flowers, pictures and the bride’s hair and make-up. One other pal, Amanda Brinkman, served because the officiant.

On Nov. four, family and friends gathered at Clouet Gardens for the ceremony, then went throughout the road for the reception at Tigermen Den within the Bywater.

Brent cooked many of the meals for the reception. “He disappeared for 24 hours earlier than the marriage,” Angelique stated. Centered on meals from each their heritages — Trinidad and Cajun for Brent and Cajun for Angelique — the menu featured hen pelau, dhal puri roti, curried goat, gumbo, fried hen, and Brent’s grandmother’s potato salad — served in her potato salad bowl from the ’70s and “utilized in each wedding ceremony,” he stated.

Whereas a honeymoon is on the horizon, within the meantime, Brent is the sous chef at DTB and the proprietor of Lucille’s Roti Store (a pop-up restaurant), and Angelique is an architectural historian.

SHOWN ABOVE: Newlyweds Angelique Theriot and Brent Tranchina, Nov. four, 2017, at Clouet Gardens, New Orleans. Her gown is from Nordstrom’s, flowers by Pistil & Stamen, hair by Agnes Backman of Folklore Salon and Renee Daigrepont of Renee Marie Artistry for make-up. His tuxedo is from Black Tux.