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Ben & Claire

are getting married

Our Story

Annual stepmother’s prank of setting up a blind date leads to unexpected romance!

Ben’s stepmother, Mary Ann, worked with Claire for several months at the local hospital which ultimately led to a blind date setup on June 5, 2021. After hearing dozens of stories about Ben’s cheapness, lack of cooking experience, and hatred of fine dining, Claire was no doubt intrigued. Ben reluctantly agreed to call Claire as he was certain this was another of Mary Ann’s devious blind date pranks. However what followed was an instant connection and bewilderment on all sides as paparazzi swarmed the new couple. The Journal Gazette famously printed an all black front page bemoaning the end of “Fort Wayne’s Most Eligible Bachelor”

We are delighted to have you join us in a celebration of our love and family. June 3 is a date that we are excited to cement as our anniversary, as it also celebrates the marriage of Claire’s grandparents on June 3, 1950.

Benjamin Atkinson

Benjamin Atkinson

Claire Faia

Claire Faia









The Day Of

Our Lady of the Rosary

Date: 3 June 2023
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: 3368 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

Ralph's on the Park

Date: 3 June 2023
Time: 7:30 pm
Location:900 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

Featuring Music by AL & the Chromatics

Swinging modern tunes with a twist, AL & the Chromatics brings a touch of jazz to the songs you know and love! Based in NYC.


Here are some of our favorite pictures from our engagement photo sessions. We did one in Fort Wayne right after it snowed this past fall, and another during Mardi Gras down in New Orleans!


We have a block of rooms at the Westin in Downtown New Orleans. If you have any issues booking, please let us know!
The Westin New Orleans

(504) 566-7006


Hey we are in our 30s and have pretty much everything that a newlywed couple could need. So please don’t feel obligated to buy us any gifts. If that makes your eye twitch, and you are worried about Emily Post tracking you down, we have registered for a few things just in case. We also are open to contributions to our honeymoon fund if you are so inclined!