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This Houston couple's four-day wedding leaves the groom in tears: A New Orleans Voodoo dream?


wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015 Laura Sluzas, Bridget Hillsman, Lindsay Weiderhold, Jennifer Shahry, Crystal Martinez
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph
wedding Guerra Stump January 2015
Photo by © Lee Lopez/Sweet Lovely Photograph

Editor's Note: Our editorial special series, Wonderful Weddings, which launches today, offers a guide to planning the perfect wedding. We will also showcase some unique weddings — in Texas and beyond — because everyone loves a good love story.

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Melissa Guerra, director of marketing for Newmark Homes, and Chris Stump, bar manager at The Glass Wall, chose New Orleans, their favorite city, for their destination wedding.

The ceremony was held in the Crescent City's City Park Botanical Gardens where, following the ceremony, a second line band led the procession through the park to the pavilion for the reception.

Wedding guests received personalized embroidered white handkerchiefs to wave during the second line parade. Several carried white lace umbrellas.

A sentimental sort, the groom wipes tears from his eyes as he prepares to present the bouquet to his bride.

The couple began their four-day party with dinner for two in their favorite restaurant, R'evolution in the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

With the bridal party arriving on Friday, the couple reserved space for the players in several jazz clubs on Frenchmen Street.

If you look closely, you can see the tears in Chris Stump's eyes as his bride approaches.

The bride selected rose gold sequined dresses by Badgley Mischka for her five bridesmaids.

The wedding party was comprised of Laura Sluzas, from left, Bridget Hillsman, Melissa Guerra, Lindsay Weiderhold, Jennifer Shahry and Crystal Martinez.

The bride's gown was by Maggie Sottero. She accessorized with jewelry worn on both her mother's and grandmother's wedding day. Chris designed earrings for his bride for this special day.

The moss-draped oaks of New Orleans' City Park provided a lush, romantic setting for the November nuptials. 

Sister-in-law Robin Cox was ordained to perform the Sunday early evening ceremony in which the couple recited the vows which they had specially written for the ceremony. 

Following the ceremony, the wedding party, with hankies waving and umbrellas swaying, followed the second line band down the 100-yard walk to the pavilion for the reception.

Joining the party were the bride's parents, Virginia and Wen Guerra, and the groom's parents, Harriet Sikes and John Stump. 

Every New Orleans wedding needs a second line band to set the lively mood for the reception. The Kinfolk Brass Band did the honors for the Guerra-Stump wedding.

The reception took place under the stars at the City Park conservatory where preparations for the evening began earlier in the day.

Mr. and Mrs. Stump celebrated their first dance to Louis Armstrong's "It's a Wonderful World."

For the father/daughter dance, the bride selected Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You." As a little girl, Melissa would sing the popular tune to her father.

The happy couple embracing under the stars.

The couple preserved their wedding vows in keepsake books.

A tiny football, a sign of their avid gridiron devotion, peeks out from under the wedding cake by Haydel's Bakery. Famous for its King Cake, Haydel's also made the groom's cake, which was in fact, a King Cake.

Nola Voodoo Cakes made the Xbox cookies for the dessert table, a nod to the groom's fascination with video challenges.

Avid Houston Texans fans, the couple had Texans logo cookies, also prepared by Nola Voodoo Cakes, on the dessert table.

True Houston Texans fans, the couple had their football personas join the wedding party.

One more kiss for the bride and groom.

Unique to their wedding, they employed a coffee table book featuring the paintings of George Rodrigue, their favorite artist, as a guest book.

Further creating their own wedding magic, the ceremony included filling an hour glass that was custom made for the couple with their favorite Maya Angelou quote and date.

Both parents and the couple filled the hour glass with sand that will hold their wedding memories forever.

The Angelou quote: “In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours.  In all the world, there is no love for you like mine."

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