Ever After: Tonya Facey & Alex Kenley

By / Featured / Weddings / February 9, 2017

As a bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding last year, Tonya Facey was told to retrieve the cake from the bridesmaids’ house before the ceremony. When she arrived at the house, Facey saw her wedding date and boyfriend, Alex Kenley, kneeling among candles in the shape of the heart. “She thought I was getting in the way of her cake mission,” jokes Kenley, 30, manager at Deloitte Consulting. “So her first question upon seeing me was, ‘Where’s the cake?’ ” Cake mission accomplished, she of course said yes.

Facey, 34, brand manager at spirits manufacturer Beam Suntory — and a self-proclaimed wedding skeptic — made sure her Dec. 9 destination wedding in New Orleans was void of anything traditional. She wore a gold sequined dress and a friend officiated the wedding, adding a few twists. “A lot of the traditional lovey-dovey stuff [isn’t] up our alley,” Facey says, “so she brought in themes that resonated with both of us, [like] references to ‘Hamilton.’ ”

And talk about untraditional: Kenley made the decision to take Facey’s last name. “Taking the man’s last name feels old school and rooted in this ideal of the man being the head of the house,” he says. “We felt like it was buying into a social norm we don’t believe in.”


Photos by XOXO Quinntographer

It’s in the details

Bride’s gown: Badgley Mischka, Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand; Shop.nordstrom.com

Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka, Macy’s, 111 N. State; Macys.com

Bride’s makeup: Faces of Virtue, 220 Julia, New Orleans, Louisiana; Facesofvirtue.com

Bride’s jewelry: Swarovski, 540 N. Michigan; Swarovski.com

Groom’s attire: designed by made-to-measure specialist Jonathon Reichart, Suitsupply, 945 N. Rush; Us.suitsupply.comMtmchicago@suitsupply.com

Groomsmen’s attire: The Black Tux, 918 W. Armitage; Theblacktux.com

Rings: Windy City Diamonds, 1 S. Wabash; Windycitydiamonds.com

Venue: Rosy’s Jazz Hall, 500 Valence, New Orleans, Louisiana; Rosysjazzhall.com

Cake: Mardi Gras king cake, Haydel’s Bakery, 4037 Jefferson, New Orleans, Louisiana; Haydelbakery.com

Entertainment: DJ Bambam Belonge, Gigmasters.com; Kinfolk Brass Band, Neworleanskinfolk.com


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