Merevin Wedding Day – Part 2

Published: 03/19/15 5:47 PM in Events, Grand Trees, Merevin Wedding.
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Getting married is pivotal moment in the lives of those that choose to take part in the tradition of it. Even if you have been together for as long as Kevin and I have before you say ‘I do’, once you are actually legally bound to one another, certain priorities shift to align with your new reality. Because now it is not just you against the world (maybe with the help of a long term boyfriend/girlfriend). It is the two of you cemented together in the world, no longer having to make excuses as to why you choose to remain close. You are family.

When compared to that change in reality, the actual act of getting married is quite simple. After months of planning and seeing money leak through your fingertips, the time arrives for your guest to gather and celebrate the commitment you are both proud to make. No matter how you have decided to orchestrate the ceremony, it seems to fly by and suddenly it is time to eat and dance with everyone you love.

The set up for an outdoor wedding ceremony under the big oak tree at Vintage Court in Covington, Louisiana.

Kevin Banogon walks down the aisle with the officiant for the outdoor wedding ceremony at Vintage Court.

Meredith Lambert's father walks her down the aisle during the outdoor wedding ceremony under the oak tree at Vintage Court.

A peek through the oak tree branches at a small outdoor wedding ceremony at Vintage Court in Covington, LA.

The bride and groom honor Filipino wedding traditions during their outdoor wedding ceremony.

Filipino wedding traditions were a part of this outdoor wedding ceremony at Vintage Court in Covington.

Meredith Lambert and Kevin Banogon get married in an outdoor wedding ceremony under a large oak tree at Vintage Court in Covington, Louisiana.


Incorporating Filipino Wedding Traditions

During Kevin and I’s outdoor wedding ceremony, it was important to us to incorporate some of the traditions present in a Filipino wedding. Although our ceremony was not particularly religious, we were able to incorporate Filipino wedding traditions in a way that centered on the love and bond we share and will share for the rest of our lives. A close friend was the officiant of our ceremony and he did an excellent job weaving in these elements into our ceremony. The three traditions we included were the Veil, the Cord, and the Coins.

The Veil: The veil symbolizes the couple’s union, as well as signifies their commitment to protect each other.
The Cord: The Cord is draped in a figure eight to symbolize infinite loyalty to each other, as well as the couple’s promise to act together henceforth.
The Coins: The Wedding Coins represent prosperity. They are a reminder of good stewardship for all couples; that they will mutually support each other, their children and the world around them.

Including these traditions was a way for us to honor Kevin’s heritage and include a connection to the large Banogon family separated from us only by distance.


Meredith Lambert and Kevin Banogon honor Filipino traditions in their outdoor wedding ceremony at Vintage Court in Covington.

Meredith Lambert and Kevin Banogon recite the vows they wrote in their outdoor wedding ceremony at Vintage Court.

Kevin Banogon and Meredith Lambert had a friend officiate their wedding at Vintage Court in Covington, Louisiana.

Kevin Banogon kisses the Bride in their first kiss as a married couple at Vintage Court.

Kevin Banogon and Meredith Lambert celebrate the fact that they are officially married at Vintage Court.

Meredith Lambert and Kevin Banogon walk down the aisle after they said I do in an outdoor wedding ceremony at Vintage Court in Convington, Louisiana.


An Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Vintage Court in Covington, Louisiana

When searching for a place to get married, it is imperative to first identify the most important qualities you want in your ceremony. For Kevin and I that was being outdoors and, given our love and appreciation for grand trees, preferably in the presence of one or multiple beautiful trees.

When we first toured Vintage Court in Covington it quickly became obvious that this was the place for us. Being located in Covington, it was easy for my family to get to, there was plenty of room for the ceremony and reception, and there is an absolutely gorgeous 300 year old oak tree in the courtyard to have the ceremony under. It quickly became obvious that this was the perfect place for our outdoor wedding ceremony.


The couple takes a wedding photo with their close friends to celebrate officially being married.

Guests signed an illustrated plant anatomy book as the wedding guest book during the reception at Vintage Court.

Meredith Lambert and Kevin Banogon enjoy their first dance at their wedding at Vintage Court in Covington, Louisiana.

Kevin Banogon dips Meredith Lambert at the end of their first dance during the wedding at Vintage Court in Covington, LA.

The father-daughter dance during Meredith Lambert and Kevin Banogon's wedding at Vintage Court.

Kevin Banogon and his mother dance during the mother-son dance at Vintage Court in Covington, LA.

Kevin Banogon dances with his mother during his wedding at Vintage Court in Covington, Louisiana.

A group of friends enjoy their meal during Meredith Lambert and Kevin Banogon's wedding at Vintage Court in Covington, Louisiana.

Meredith Lambert and Kevin Banogon pose with a group of close college friends during their wedding reception at Vintage Court.

Custom wedding cake toppers hand painted to resemble the bride and groom on their wedding day.


The Wedding Details That Made it Our Own

One of the best parts of planning our wedding was planning and creating the small details that made it our own. Although thinking about all of these little details was a bit stressful, it was extremely satisfying to see them all come together in the moment. These little details were the places where Kevin and I’s passions and aesthetic were present in greater abundance. Our love of plants was evident in the terrarium centerpieces we made days before and in our illustrated plant botany guestbook. While our sense of humor shown through our adorable cake toppers, hand painted cake toppers from the Etsy Store licoricewits.

The other aspect that becomes important is documenting these details! Our photography, Jay Theriot, did an excellent job capturing all the little aspects of our reception that plagued us for months beforehand.


Meredith Lambert poses with the girls taking part in the New Orleans wedding tradition of cake pulls.

Kevin Banogon and Meredith Lambert's homemade wedding centerpieces at their wedding at Vintage Court.

Homemade terrarium centerpieces at a wedding at Vintage Court.

Guests scramble to catch the bouquet at a wedding at Vintage Court in Covington, LA.

Alicia Doroteo catches the bridal bouquet and Alejandro Stein catches the garter at this Vintage Court wedding.

All the guests at this Vintage Court wedding dance the night away on the dance floor.

Gerry Cabrera caught in action on the dance floor at the Merevin wedding at Vintage Court in Covington.

The Mother of the Bride dances the night away at a wedding at Vintage Court in Covington, LA.

The guests at this Vintage Court wedding gather on the dance floor to celebrate the Merevin wedding.

Gerry Cabrera dances the night away at the Merevin wedding at Vintage Court in Covington.

Kevin's father breaks it down on the dance floor at Vintage Court in Covington, LA.

Ulises Reyes floats on air as he dances through the crowd at Vintage Court.

Jessica Estrada struts her stuff through the crowd on the dance floor at Vintage Court.

Meredith Lambert and Kevin Banogon pose after the second line at the end of their wedding reception at Vintage Court.


New Orleans Wedding Traditions

The main reason we decided to get married in the greater New Orleans area is the fact that I am originally from New Orleans. Although I was primarily raised in Florida, my traditions are all rooted in the local New Orleans culture. Therefore during our wedding reception it was important to me to follow the usual customs and traditions of a New Orleans wedding. This left a number of our guest confused, but having fun none-the-less! Some of these traditions included the following:

Cake Pulls: This Victorian tradition is where charms are placed inside the bottom layer of the cake. These charms are attached to ribbons that are left hanging outside of the cake. Female wedding attendants (usually single ones) are then asked to gather around the cake and pull out the charms! The charms symbolize things from ‘next to get married’ to ‘financial security’, there is even a Mardi Gras bead dog one for ‘young at heart’. You can choose how many girls you want to include and what charms you want in the cake.

Second Line: The Second Line is one of the most popular traditions at a New Orleans wedding and has even become a part of why people decide to have a destination wedding in the city. Traditionally the Second Line is done through the streets of the French Quarter as the Bride, Groom, and a small brass band lead the wedding guests from the location of the ceremony to the reception. However if, like us, you are having the ceremony and reception at the same place, the second line is usually the last or second to last song of the night. At a wedding it signifies the start of a new beginning of life for the bride and groom.

There are a number of other New Orleans wedding traditions that can be incorporated into the reception. Kevin and I kept it simple and only included these two favorites.


Meredith Lambert and Kevin Banogon end their wedding reception at Vintage Court with a kiss.

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