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Getting married New Orleans style

alt Jeff Leber and Ashley Shackelford will be married in New Orleans in October.

My son, Jeff Leber, will be married in New Orleans in October.  His fiancée, Ashley Shackelford, and her family are from the New Orleans area.  They are both currently living in King of Prussia, Pa.

It will be a New Orleans style event with a second line accompanying them from the church to the wedding reception.  A second line is a tradition in brass band parades in New Orleans. The main line is the main section of the parade, or the members of the band with the parading permit; those who follow them to enjoy the music are called the second line. The second line's style of traditional dance, in which participants walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called second lining. It has been called the quintessential New Orleans art form.

Since it’s a 7 p.m. church ceremony in the St. Louis Cathedral, the reception will be a grazing station buffet format rather than the traditional plated dinner.  It will begin immediately after the second line parade arrives at the reception venue a few blocks from the cathedral.

The wedding cake also contains cake pulls. They are good luck charms attached to beads or a string for the bridesmaids and other close friends of the bride to pull out of the cake.  There will also be a groom’s cake along with the traditional wedding cake.

It should be a fun event.

Jack Leber

Egg Harbor Township


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