Ken & Joy {Married}

Race and Religious {New Orleans}

Joy – One word to Describe Ken – bestfriendever
Ken – One word to describe Joy – inspiring

How did you two meet?
We’re both from New Orleans but we met in Baton Rouge. Ken moved there after the storm and was playing in a band called Barisal Guns. Joy had great taste in music and became a fan of the band, then friends with the band, then best friends with Ken… and the rest is history.

What’s the engagement story?
We had been looking at engagement rings for a while but weren’t falling in love with anything. Then we went to the Audubon Pilgrimage weekend in St. Francisville, Louisiana and saw the beautiful antique rings that Baldwin’s Jewelry had. The following weekend we caught up with Baldwin’s again at the Jackson Assembly. We had the most wonderful time those two weekends trying on rings, talking about what we loved, and enjoying the beautiful spring weather and food in small town Louisiana. We ended up with two amazing rings – one was Joy’s engagement ring, and the other (a sweet little sapphire ring) was Ken’s wedding gift to Joy for her “something blue.” Storybook material, y’all.

Tell us about your wedding weekend-
A. MAZE. ING. Incredible. Perfect. We threw the best party we have ever been to.
From the beginning we knew that we wanted to do something different, something that reflected us and the values that we hold dear. I am so proud that we stayed true to that. At the heart of everything was art, music, food, family and friends. We saved money whenever possible, and everything we did was either sustainable (go green, shop local, reuse and recycle, handmade), or gave back (supporting nonprofits and the people who have made us who we are today) – or both!
We spent the whole weekend at Race & Religious, a wonderful compound of three historic buildings and several courtyards in New Orleans. You know the house you imagine living in when you grow up and can get all of the art and antiques and beautiful rugs that you want? This is that place. We had a small, intimate wedding on Friday night surrounded by our close family and friends. Gale force winds and a sprinkle of rain forced the party indoors after the ceremony, where we had a charming sit-down dinner and beautiful toasts. On Saturday we threw a big party and used the whole property. We had an amazing buffet, a dessert bar, a cigar and whiskey lounge, a s’more’s bar, and music provided by our musician friends and family (and sometimes ourselves). Sunday morning our dear friends made brunch for us and our family to close out the most magical weekend ever.
We are so very, very, very grateful to our friends and family who worked so hard to help us pull the weekend off – it truly was perfect.

Joy – one unforgettable wedding memory
I’m going to cheat and say two – they are so different but both so lovely! I loved seeing Ken and his family (especially his dad) play music on Saturday night – they were all so happy. And personally, my favorite moment was around 2:00 am after the party Saturday night. We sat with the last few guests smoking cigars by the fire, looking at all of the candles still burning, and I just soaked in the quiet history of the property and how we are now part of that.

Ken – one unforgettable wedding memory
How to pick one? If I must, there was a great moment on Saturday night that came as I was standing on the second floor balcony of the old slave quarters (our cigar and whiskey lounge). Cigar in hand, I looked to my left and right to see my oldest friends, my brother Andrew, present and future brother-in-laws, and others. As I looked down I could see Joy, her sisters, my parents, and other friends and family. Everyone was having an amazing time, connecting and creating memorable moments of their own. In that moment, I remember feeling so incredibly blessed and fortunate to be sharing and celebrating this unforgettable time in our lives with them.

One word to describe the married life –
Joy: perfectlyimperfect
Ken: imperfectlyperfect

Photography: Elizabeth Ray
Venue: Race & Religious
Cakes (Friday): Swiss Confectionery
Catering (Friday and Saturday): John Farrow, Four Seasons Catering
Dessert bar (Saturday): Brew Ha-Ha (cakeballs) and New Orleans Pralines and Gifts (pralines and toffee)
Bride’s dresses: Bella Bridesmaids with Enzoani belt (Friday) and BCBG (Saturday)
Bride’s earrings (Saturday): inherited vintage, perfectly modified by Roseyeve Jewelry
Bride’s rings: Baldwin’s Antique Jewelry (engagement ring, sapphire ring) and Lee Michaels (wedding band)
Bride’s hair: Nicole Emmons, Glenn Michael Salon
Groom’s suits: Express
Groom’s ring: James Avery
Brunch (Sunday): Kimberly Crespo and Lisa Barousse
Flowers, decorations and music: Joy Bruce, Ken Faucheux, and their incredible family and friends

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