The Making of HockPie
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. - Albert Schweitzer
How We Met
July 4, 2012
Fourth of July BBQ
Picture it: A perfectly fated super hot Fourth of July BBQ... Fast forward to later in the evening, Kellie wants another drink but doesn't want to get up to get one. (Shocker) She continues sitting on a bench, snapping pictures of friends who were dancing. Marcus stops abruptly, as not to mess up the picture. He is sipping a corona when he stops. Seeing this, Kellie immediately asks him if he will get her a beer. He says " I think this is the last one, but I will check." He returns with a corona and then joins his friends. A few minutes later, Kellie makes eye contact with him and invites him to join her on the bench. AND... the rest is history. The two began chatting, immediately identifying their sports alliances, Saints... Colts... (insert Super Bowl trash talking here). They agreed on Tennessee (like there was a choice in the matter!) and the life altering, oh most special love affair that is HockPie began.Watch us tell the story
The First Date
Sunday, July 7, 2012
Kellie's Replay of the First Date:
When I tell you it was the perfect first date and I knew he was going to be my boo, it's not revisionist history, it really was that great. We went to Maison Premiere, which has become our special place to celebrate us. Maison Premiere is in Williamsburg and if you knew me at this point in life, Williamsburg was NOT my first choice of places to spend my time. But in what has proven to be true Marcus Pierre form, he introduced me to a new place, a new experience and so solidified the beginning of this beautiful HockPie Love Affair.
I'm simple (wink wink), give me flowing bubbly and a delicious raw bar and I'm a happy girl. Make all of that happen in the most adorable backyard and well... gold stars are being awarded. Per their website, Maison Premiere is an Oyster House and Cocktail Den reflective of the staple establishments of New York, Paris and New Orleans. SEEEE... I mean seriously, the wrought iron furniture, the draping flowers and greenery and the GUMBO on the menu, as soon as it dawned on me, I looked at him and smiled and said wait a minute?! This is perfect!
We ordered from the raw bar and bubbly, we talked, we drank, we ate, we talked. He ordered a Trinidad Sour, I had never heard of it ,which isn't a surprise because it tastes awful! He was thrilled the bartender knew the recipe!
Trinidad Sour Recipe:
1 oz. Angostura bitters
1 oz. orgeat
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. rye whiskey (100 proof preferred)
Tools: shaker, strainer
Combine ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well to chill; strain into a chilled glass.
We finished our brunch at Maison Premiere but didn't want the date to end! The restaurant is near the water, so we parked and found a bench in a shaded waterfront spot. We sat, totally cuddled up and chatted more and more. At this point, I was convinced asking for that corona on July 4th was definitely one of my best moves to date.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Our First Vacation Pic
February 7, 2013
JFK >>> Cancun
Our First Football Season Together
Saints Fan + Colts Fan
MATRON OF HONOR
I've only spent 16 months on Earth without this woman in my life, thankfully I have little memory of those early days. I can't imagine a day without my sister and I certainly can't imagine marrying my love without her by my side. Sometimes she is my life force, other times she is a major pain in you know what, all of the time, she is my number one fan and supporter and best friend.
Everyone still makes fun of my oh so long speech at her wedding but seriously, I can go on and on about my love for this woman and how much she means to me. She is the epitome of friendship, loyal, supportive, loving, and constantly inspiring. I am so excited to share in another amazing and special moment with her by my side as I say I do.
My Jayme! I love this crazy woman. I love how we know each other so very well, without apprehension or pretense. We have lived on opposite coasts now for longer than we lived just a few blocks apart but nothing has changed about the bond we share and ridiculousness that is bound to ensue when we are together.
My #VFL bestie. It is crazy to consider how long we have been friends and the trials and tribulations we have witnessed and supported each other through. As we continue to change, grow and create our purpose driven lives, our friendship continues to thrive and matter and I couldn't ask for more from a bestie.
Born a day apart, we couldn't be more of the exact same person / complete opposites if we tried. NYU brought us together and our very special bond has kept us that way. Always at the top of my list of people I can depend on, trust, and most likely will agree with me when it comes to our ridiculous opinions. I truly treasure our friendship and am beyond thrilled to share this amazing day and experience with her.
My neighbor! It is crazy how the universe was determined to make and keep us friends and as always, the universe knows what's up! From parallel parking skills and shenanigans in the Hamptons to picking out paint colors for the nursery, discussing flower gardens, relationships and parenting, I appreciate and value the seamless evolution of our friendship. I am so excited to share every moment of this experience with her.
Sited at the crossroads of two Roman roads where a small Gallo-Roman fort once stood, portions of the existing chateau have been standing for almost a thousand years. In 963 the land was given in fief to the de Cleret family who built a medieval keep (tower) and expanded it repeatedly over the course of almost 700 years.
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In the 19th century, the entire property was transformed when the de Beauchamp family relocated the barns and stables out of sight of the chateau and remade the landscape with a new entry courtyard, sweeping vista to the South, long double Allee of plane trees and the planting of thousands of new trees.
For 40 years in the late 20th century, the property was completely closed to the outside world when it became a Benedictine monastery. The oldest part of the chateau, the 12th century, medieval tower with its distinctive spiral staircase, was enlarged substantially during the Renaissance, and again in the mid-nineteenth century by the Count de Beauchamp who incorporated the styles of the earlier eras into a harmonious whole.
We Invite You to A Different World
As soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen. ~Winnie the Pooh
Activities and entertainment will be planned each day we are at the chateau.
November 19th - 25th.
We will update you on the details as we get closer to the wedding. (We have to leave some things to the imagination!)
Romantic. Glamourous. Formal.Château St. Julien
Dark. Jewel Tone. Textured.Pinterest Board
Navy Preferred over Black.Visit Black Tux
Red. Strapless. Print.Thanks
Navy Preferred over Black
No Prints, Please
No Red, Please
Celebrating HockPie Love
We Loved with a Love that was more than Love. ~Edgar Allen Poe
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Brooklyn Engagement Party
October 15, 2016Photos by Ria Evelyn
Louisiana Engagement Party
November 12, 2016
The Caldwell House
Slideshow created by Roger Broussard Photography
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Manor of Normandoux
3.1 miles from Chateau St. Julien
The 3-star hotel offers 23 rooms (2 to 3 persons) opening onto the park grounds. Located in the outbuildings of the manor house, the 12 houses (4 to 7 persons) are bright, spacious and all have a terrace and a garden (3 are wheelchair accessible). Ideal for the weekend, for holidays or for a night (evening stopover), the Normandoux hotel offer adapts to all needs: private and professional. Free access to wifi in all accommodation.Visit the Venue
Hotel de L' Europe
10.5 miles from Chateau St. Julien
Pass beneath the Hotel de l'Europe's private porch, enter the inner courtyard and discover a charming hotel in the heart of Poitiers. This three stars hotel with 88 rooms is a piece of heritage, it consists of several buildings, the oldest of which is a 19th-century coaching inn. In the main building, the hotel reveals a comfortable lounge to take a drink, with a free internet area, and a pleasant room opens to a private garden where you may enjoy breakfast.Visit the Venue
Mercure Poitiers Centre
10.5 miles from Chateau St. Julien
Close to Poitiers TGV train station and in the heart of the Poitevin town, the 4-star Mercure Poitiers Center hotel offers atypical and comfortable rooms in a Jesuit Chapel built in 1854. Want a special moment? Book one of the rooms located in the Nave with an exceptional view over the city of Poitiers. After a day in a business seminar or sightseeing, relax in the cozy bar or in the restaurant of our hotel.Visit the Venue
Explore A Different World with HockPie
Come with Me, where dreams are born and time is never planned. ~Peter Pan
Around Town: A Whole New World!
Local Information and Details
The nearest airport is Poitiers, just 15km away. The chateau sits on the edge of a small village in the centre of the ancient French kingdom of Poitou, a picturesque region close to the Loire Valley that is rich in history and nature.
The capital city of Poitiers, a short drive away from the chateau, is steeped in history and provides guests with numerous opportunities for day trips and chances to explore the narrow medieval streets and churches of the town. The town is home to some 3rd Century church ruins that should not be missed. The coastal town of La Rochelle is a short journey away, as are the golden beaches of favoured celebrity resort the Ile de Re. The celebrated vineyards of Cognac and the Loire Valley are also very close by and open to tours and tasting sessions.
Abbey of Nouaille Maupertuis (13km) is a charming medieval abbey next to the site of the 1356 “Battle of Poitiers” battlefield where Jean II was captured and defeated by forces under Edward of Woodstock, more commonly known as ‘the Black Prince’. Angles sur l’Anglin (34km) is a pretty town set on the edge of a river with an abundance of fantastic local shops and restaurants. The town is also host to a large summer festival and craft fair each year. Bonnes (8km) is a pleasant village bordering the River Vienne; the location houses a renowned chateau, Chateau de Touffou, which has some spectacular landscaped gardens open to the public. Chauvigny (9km) is an attractive market town on the River Vienne containing a spectacular medieval fortress. Futuroscope (23km) is a famed visual media themed attraction - a great attraction for adults and children alike and just a short journey away.
There's a pleasant 18 hole golf course on the chateau grounds in Mignaloux Beauvoir with a relaxed atmosphere and helpful staff. The stables in Lavoux (5km) offer horse riding facilities. There is a kayaking centre in neighbouring Chauvigny (9km) for water sport enthusiasts. French communal swimming facilities are a short journey away in both outdoor bathing areas and local rivers. Country walks, tennis courts, cycle paths and cycle hire are also available within a very short distance of the chateau.
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Vendée and Charente
With so much on offer, it’s a wonder the departments of Vendée and Charente aren’t bursting with tourists throughout the year. With Paris not too far off (so travel and a day trip to the City of Light are a breeze) you can still experience the quaint rhythm of the French countryside – especially if you’re thinking of staying in one of our holiday villas in Vendée and Charente. To tempt you to visit and give you some inspiration, we’ve put together this handy Vendée & Charente travel guide so you can make the most of your trip.
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Treasures of France’s Religious Heritage
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15 Best Things in Poitiers
Capital of Poitou-Charentes towards the west of France, Poitiers is a university city with layer upon layer of medieval history to delve into. All you need is a bit of background and the many churches take on deep meaning as the queens, dukes, and counts who ruled from this city come alive.
Check It Out
There are loads of endearing half-timbered houses on squares like Place Charles de Gaulle, and you can have fun hunting down the gothic and renaissance palace’s where the city’s gentry used to live. And then you can leave the past behind, at least for a few hours, at the ultramodern Futuroscope theme park.
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