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By Caroline Sessoms | Photography by Tommy McCart Photography; Tommy McCart and Kristyn Oborne

Posted: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013

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Avid travelers Lindsay Jefferson and Phil Broome visited many locales throughout their six-year courtship, but when it came to choosing a theme for their Uptown wedding, both were inspired by the casual elegance of New Orleans. “It’s my hometown, it’s the first place we traveled to as a couple… we love the city’s down-home, but metropolitan feel,” says Phil of their choice. Indeed, the Big Easy touched nearly every aspect of the wedding, but aside from the Hurricanes served at cocktail hour, the affair was more magnifique than Mardi Gras.

They set the tone with fleur-de-lis adorned stationery and an authentic New Orleans jazz band that livened the ceremony. The reception featured traditional NOLA fare, including shrimp and pork po’boys, gumbo, and Zapps potato chips, as well as beignets and bananas Foster for dessert. Much like the French Quarter, the atmosphere of Lindsay and Phil’s wedding set the mood for dancing, “Everyone was out on the dance floor,” says Lindsay, “and that’s how we wanted it! We only had four seated tables because we didn’t want the party to stop.” And it didn’t. While most couples opt for a sparkler-lined sendoff, Phil and Lindsay had a different plan, inspired by a New Orleans tradition: the second line.

The “second line” is the term given to parade onlookers who join in and follow the “main line” or official parade. Phil describes it as “the mobile party after the party,” and for the couple’s exit, that’s exactly what it was. The jazz band that played at the reception took to their instruments and began to leave the reception site. Phil and Lindsay—along with their 150 guests—followed behind. The parade snaked through Uptown, with barhopping strangers joining in as they danced their way to the Ritz-Carlton. “That was my favorite part,” says Lindsay. “Not because we were the center of attention, but the feeling I had… the feeling that everything had come together and was perfect and beautiful, leaving knowing that we were married, and that everyone had a great time.”

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