Grandeur met cultural traditions and danced the night away at the wedding of Jasmine Shahana Huda and Peter John LeBlanc Jr., making for one incredible celebration. Integrating elegance and intimacy, Jasmine and Peter created a cherished evening for their families and friends. “We wanted a theme that reflected our respective heritages and tastes,” Jasmine says. “We adorned the room with gold, cream and red – the traditional colors for Indian weddings.” From the bride’s red-and-gold sari-inspired gown, with an elaborate train, to the regality of the couple’s venue choice, this wedding delivered sophistication in spades.
Peter first met his bride-to-be through their mutual friend, David Hoffman of David’s in Clayton. “Our stylist-turned-matchmaker hit a home run,” Jasmine claims. The two made plans for a dinner date, but a couple of days prior, Jasmine decided to invite Peter to an event she emceed at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.
“We didn’t have much time to talk, since she was working,” Peter recalls about the food tasting. “So I did the best I could to impress her as I brought her food samples.” Evidently, his charms worked – and a relationship founded on fun and adventure began.
“I experience the world through Jasmine,” Peter says. “We’ve grown together through the many stories she’s covered, learning about each other through events both local and global. We’ve spent countless hours together at cafés, reading and dreaming together, driven block after city block, admiring historic architecture. It’s a beautiful intimacy I never hoped to find, and thankfully, I recognized it early.” Sharing many laughs and new experiences together, the two found ultimate companionship. On Christmas Eve inside The Cathedral Basilica, Peter got down on bended knee and proposed marriage. The couple immediately celebrated the news of their engagement with family at one of their favorite spots, Herbie’s Vintage ’72.
The high-class, traditional space at Racquet Club St. Louis met Jasmine and Peter’s need for an intimate setting with undeniable style, and set the mood for an affair of understated elegance. Just before the ceremony’s start, Peter presented his bride with a beautiful red Hermès bracelet to complement her mother’s traditional Indian jewelry and Tikka, an adornment typically worn by Indian brides. His sage advice to future grooms on their wedding day is steadfast and simple: “Everyone involved knows that your wedding is the biggest day of your life, and despite that, life happens. Friends and family might not be there. A band or venue you can’t live without might be unavailable. You can’t plan for everything. In the end, just focus on your bride. She’s the reason you’re there. She’s all that matters.”
With this sentiment in mind, Peter danced alone with his lovely bride to “Sweet Georgia Brown” by Ben Bernie in a flawless moment as their guests filed into the reception area. Jasmine also remembers a few other picture-perfect memories from their wedding weekend. “Not only did Peter’s parents play a key role in the wedding planning process, they hosted an exquisite evening for our rehearsal dinner at their home in Clayton. Every single detail, from the menu to the table settings, carried special significance,” Jasmine says. She also recalls a shared celebratory drink. “Post-reception, we gathered in the Racquet Club’s Oak Bar for brandy and cigars,” she adds. “There are some great candid photos reminiscent of a 1940s-era parlor room.”
The couple celebrated their honeymoon with a perfect getaway to the Camelback Inn & Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Jasmine excitedly took on her new role as anchor-reporter for television station KTVI (Fox 2). Despite the whirlwind of wedding planning, she reminds every bride to pause and process. “Make sure you take time for yourself to reflect and appreciate what you have,” she says. “Sometimes, all that’s needed is five minutes. An occasional glass of Prosecco also helps.”
Jasmine knew early on that her instantaneous connection to Peter was no small thing. “One thing struck me in our early days of dating: We laughed together … a lot,” she says. The St. Louis couple look forward to sharing many more laughs and adventures together, making memories as they go.
September 5, 2015
Jasmine Shahana Huda
Peter John LeBlanc Jr.
The Bride’s Parents
Dr. and Mrs. Nurul and Roushan Huda of Town and Country
The Groom’s Parents
Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Julie Frayn LeBlanc of Clayton
Maid of Honor
Miran Halen, Anne LeBlanc Nunley and Sara Walker
David Getzelman, Patrick Leveque and Dr. Ryan Nunley
The Ceremony and Reception
Racquet Club St. Louis
The Hon. Gary Gaertner Jr.
The Wedding Dress
Custom-designed by R&M Designs with custom fabric purchased in Chicago
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses
The Hair Stylist
David’s Hair in Clayton
The Makeup Artist
Tamara Tungate Bridal
Abigail Christine Design
Festive Couture Floral
Ptah Williams Quartet for the cocktail hour and The Ralph Butler Band
Stephen Seebeck and Richard Benkof
The Wedding Planner
Josie Littlepage of Cosmopolitan Events