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King Cake Drive-Thru owners’ unique New Orleans wedding featured in The New York Times – NOLA.com

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The owners of Louisiana’s first King Cake Drive-Thru know how to celebrate, even beyond Mardi Gras season in New Orleans.

The lives of Tiffany Langlinais and Michael Graves have caught the eye of The New York Times more than once. A feature on their Old Metairie drive-thru was published just a month after its opening in January 2024.

Then, in March, the Times wrote about the couple’s New Orleans-themed wedding and love story in the article titled “Once in a Blue Supermoon, a Lifelong Commitment Is Made.”

Langlinais and Graves first met in 2021 on Magazine Street after matching on the dating app Hinge. Two weeks later, for their second date, they went bowling and got burgers at Beachcorner Bar and Grill in Mid-City, the Times reported.

Not long after, Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans, forcing both to evacuate. The two had only known each other for a few weeks, but took the risk of evacuating together to friends’ homes in Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida. 

Langlinais and Graves made their relationship official in the midst of disaster. Then, in 2023, Graves proposed to his girlfriend underneath a blue supermoon in Wisconsin. 

The two were already business owners, according to the Times. Langlinais founded Freret Napoleon, a New Orleans-based boutique marketing agency. Graves is the owner of a specialty ice cream company known as Bof Bars.

They collaborated to launch King Cake Drive-Thru, a pop-up style business that offers an array of king cakes, on All Kings Day.

Mike Graves hands over a stack of king cakes at his concept King Cake Drive-Thru in Old Metairie. (Staff photo by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The …

The drive-thru launched while Langlinais and Graves were still engaged, but next Carnival season, they will be serving king cakes as husband and wife. 

The couple married in March at The Broadside, an outdoor venue that is the sister business of The Broad Theatre. Bittersweet Confections, an Uptown bakery, made a four-foot-long alligator wedding cake, while local Mardi Gras artists appeared as vendors, the Times said.

Langlinais and Graves aren’t locals, as you may have expected. Langlinais is from Mississippi and Graves is a Chicago native. However, despite coming from two different states, the newly-wed couple fell in love with New Orleans’ culture, just as quickly as they fell for each other.

“It’s our home,” Graves told New York Times wedding reporter Sadiba Hasan. “Neither of us were born there, but we chose to go there.”

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