This year’s queen is from Pass Christian, Mississippi and graduated from Pass Christian High School. She then attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Marketing.
After graduating from college in 1993, Amy began working in the small family perfume business in New Orleans. In 1996, Amy met her future husband, Bill Wendel, who was in the US Navy at the time.
Seven years and three children later, in 2003, Bill retired after 24 years of service and they returned to New Orleans to take over the family business. Amy became the fourth generation female owner of Hove’ Parfumeur. Launched in 1927, Hove’ is the oldest continuously operating perfume manufacturer in the South.
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Amy and Bill have three children. Caroline and Jeremiah are both graduates of Louisiana State University, and Morgan will begin his senior year at LSU this fall.
When they’re not running their business, Amy and Bill love spending time with family and friends. They love boating, hiking and traveling, and Amy has recently renewed her love of training and horseback riding.
Amy and Bill joined the Krewe in 2013 and served in the Honor Guard under Billy LX Captain Todd Boldger.
The Queen took an active role in the design of her dress, coat and train, which were handcrafted by Anne Bartlett and Rosemary Saunders of Tampa’s South Tampa Trading Company.
Her dress design was inspired by the classic style of dress worn in the 18th century. The coat features a three-layered floral design accented with black trims, sequins and Swarovski crystals. The back of the coat contains a stunning black vintage jewel that lays flat on Amy’s back. Wendel’s love for flowers, and of course the fleur de lys, which means “lily flower”, was the main inspiration for this beautiful coat.
His train is a stunning work of art, 18 feet long and weighing 22 pounds. A combination of four types of black fabrics was used, and these fabrics were also incorporated into the other costumes. It was important to the Queen to tie all of these fabrics together into a cohesive design for the 67th Krewe, as it presents them as a united group.
The Queen added a special touch of black fur around the edge of the entire train, a classic sign of royalty and tradition she passed down from New Orleans to Florida. The central fleur-de-lis was created from an old design adorned with a Louisiana iris and made with Swarovski crystal.
Amy has included the initials of her husband and three children, to represent how important they are in her life. His children’s initials appear at the bottom of the train and Bill’s initials are located at the very top of the fleur-de-lis.
Dynasty Collection of Mobile, Alabama created the queen’s crown, medallion and earrings, as they have done for many years. Each piece is handcrafted and fully embellished with Swarovski crystals imported from Austria.
Throughout the next year, Wendel will travel with the Captain and the Krewe to festivals near and far, where they will represent Northwest Florida and encourage others to visit our community. Amy and Bill can’t wait to start their year with “The Krewe in Black”.