Reception Thursday: The Southern Wedding
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a Southern Wedding, at the Benachi House in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana. More than not, the guests came from out of town, and many had never even set a foot in Dixieland. Accordingly, these northerners spooned fistfuls of bread pudding into their mouths, as others tasted the jambalaya, admiring the bowties. As dictated by a rich Southern tradition, the couple exchanged their vows in the great outdoors as guests in pearls admired the floating lights attached to mason jars. Perhaps most distinctive was the groom’s cake; since many of the wedding preparations speak to the brides taste, the Southern groom’s cake honors the groom’s preferences. It is a bride’s gift to the groom, and of course, is preceded by one of the most Southern values: honor. As the couple took their first steps forward, their friends and family couldn’t have been more grateful to experience, what was for many of them, their first rodeo—excuse me, Southern Wedding.