Corey Oxford and Megan Cortez had always planned for a Nov. 11, 2022 wedding. And while their nuptials still happened on that day, it was a location change courtesy of Hurricane Ida that they say ended up being one of the most special elements of their wedding day.
Oxford and Cortez both grew up in St. Charles Parish and graduated from Hahnville High School. They purchased Cortez’s childhood home on River Road in Luling, where they live now with their two daughters Scarlet and Sienna.
Their wedding was originally planned to take place at the Bayou Barn in Marrero, but Hurricane Ida had other plans.
“The entire roof in Sienna’s one room caved in, so it rained a lot in that room,” Oxford said. “When we started gutting that room we found water damage in the room across the hall too.”
There was also some work that needed to be done on the outside of the house, he said.
“We were pretty much going through the same thing that everyone was else was with insurance,” he said.
To save money the couple decided to move their wedding to their home, where the bulk of hurricane damage repairs were done by July.
“It was perfect,” Oxford said of their wedding day. “It was warm during the day and when the sun went down it got a lot cooler. We lucked out … we had the perfect day.”
Cortez said the event was more special because it was at their home.
“The bridal room … that room was completely ready for me and that was actually my bedroom growing up,” she said. “It was so neat to have the girls at home playing all day long, and then all our neighbors came over for the wedding.”
Oxford said their wedding day felt very peaceful.
“We were just able to wake up at the house and have no worries,” he said. “I got ready and then they hid me in the bedroom. I didn’t see the setup until I walked down the aisle … it was mind-blowing. After the wedding we had dinner in our kitchen and when we were ready the DJ announced us and we walked out the door that we walk out of every day. It was just cool … there were a lot of cool moments.”
Cortez said one of her favorite moments of the day was going with their photographer to take pictures on the levee, where they were able catch a birds-eye view of the day’s festivities.
“We wouldn’t have been able to have those special feelings wrapped up into one night if we would have had the wedding anywhere else,” Oxford said.