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Mr. and Mrs. Browne, Private Residence

A gorgeous day… beautiful family owned plantation… amazing, thoughtful details… and a couple so incredibly in love– this wedding was so special!

Sonia and Matt currently reside in Texas and many of their guests are not from Louisiana, so this was going to be a destination wedding of sorts and these two really wanted to show their guests what a Louisiana good time was all about.

From our initial meeting, I knew how important it was to keep every detail of their wedding personal and a true representation of them as a couple. This was an easy task because they whole heartedly trusted my advice.

Knowing that this was a destination wedding and that the ceremony and reception would be taking place in Franklin on Matt’s family owned plantation, we really wanted to incorporate true Louisiana elements that were also unique and personal while also keeping the day very formal and elegant.

Upon arriving to the plantation, guests were greeted with his and hers cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Calcasieu. Incorporating delicious, Louisiana food with two of the couple’s favorite drinks was such an easy way to immediately make their guests feel welcome.

During this time, the guests were invited to “sign” Sonia and Matt’s guestbook which included taking a polaroid and signing next to it. A unique touch to the traditional guest book.

Once the cocktail hour was over, the ceremony took place in front of a grove of oak trees right at sunset creating the most dreamy and romantic ambience for this special moment.

To further tie in the couple’s personality and Louisiana southern charm, each guest’s name was hand lettered by Mary Catherine Calligraphy on oyster shells that served as their place cards. The guest tables were set with beautiful a beautiful hand lettered menu with an illustration of the plantation on the back to serve as a keepsake for each guest. Gorgeous florals and candle sticks by Root Floral Design lined the tables and the night was lit up by rentals from Party Central.

 

Once dinner was over, the guests danced the night away to the sounds of Jared Vance with Aaron Lane Entertainment and the Pine Leaf Boys, a true Louisiana cajun experience.

Sucre, a New Orleans staple, provided the gorgeous wedding cake and Piece of Cake Lafayette created an amazing replica of an alligator for the groom’s cake.

Favors included raw sugar from the plantation and homemade candy made by the groom’s sister using an age old family recipe, such a “sweet” and thoughtful way to remember those that have passed and serve as a token of appreciation to the guests that traveled to celebrate these two.

Be sure to check out their full gallery HERE for pictures!

Sonia and Matt, I want to sincerely thank you for allowing me honor of being a part of your wedding, trusting me with every special detail and most importantly, welcoming in to your lives as a friend. The love you two share is electric! The kindness, appreciation and respect that you show everyone around you was incredibly refreshing. Your wedding incorporated so many special details that made it aesthetically beautiful but, what could only be seen and felt by being there that day is was made it absolutely amazing and that was witnessing you two become husband and wife and feeling the love for you both from all of your guests. I think Liz may have captured that perfectly in one of my favorite pictures below. ;-)

Ceremony and Reception location: Private Residence, Franklin LA
Photographer: Liz with Heirloom Collective
Caterer: Calcasieu
Florist: Root Floral
Bride’s Cake: Sucre
Groom’s Cake: Piece of Cake
DJ: Aaron Lane Entertainment
Band: Pine Leaf Boys
Calligraphy: Mary Catherine Designs
Rentals: Party Central
Hair and Makeup: The Cut House

Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, Le Pavilion

When I met Cesca and Ryan, one of the first things they mentioned as high priority for their wedding way was an amazing band so that all of their guests would have an amazing night! They remained focused on their marriage and the experience of their wedding guests while trusting myself and Cesca’s mom, Francesca, to plan a night that none of us would forget!

Nearly 400 of Cesca and Ryan’s closest friends and family members gathered for their ceremony at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in November. They watched as these two love birds pledged to love one another unconditionally and forever, through good time and bad. Even though there were so many guests, the ceremony felt intimate.

A reception at Le Pavillon followed where guests danced the night away to the most amazing band that I’ve had at any wedding prior. The No Limits band, from Utah, seriously gave it everything they had to show these guys a great time! I kept saying that I wish I were a guest so I could dance the night away because everyone looked like they were having the most amazing time!

I’m so honored to have had the opportunity to work with this family so closely. They are such kind, generous people and are such a tight-knit family, it was incredibly special to be a part of such a special night for everyone.

I’m including some of my favorite pictures by Mark Eric below!

  

Yep…. that’s the lead singers doing push ups on the stage as part of their performance!!! In heels and a dress no less!

When your friends bring you Superior Grill margaritas during your reception, you know you’ve hit the friend jack pot!

One of my favorites! These two stole a moment amongst a packed dance floor!

Cesca and Ryan, it was such a pleasure working with you for your wedding! Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to plan your wedding and I wish you both a life time of great hunting, Superior Grill margaritas, and so much love and laughter that your cheeks never stop hurting from smiling so much!

Cesca and Mrs. Francesca, you’ve both become such special friends. Working so closely together for such a long time, you were both a part of a very special time in my life, the birth of my son and transition into this crazy world of being a new mom. Your patience, understanding, friendship and trust to still get the job done during this time was invaluable. Cesca, you showed such kindness and friendship to not only me but my sweet family when they were going through a difficult time and I can never thank you enough for that. I believe it was God’s plan for us to enter each other’s lives when we did. Thank you both again for the true honor of planning your wedding and befriending you both.  

 

Ceremony venue: Episcopal Church of the Ascension
Reception venue: Le Pavillon
Photographer: Mark Eric
Videographer: Studio Vieux Carre
Florist: Root Floral Design
Rentals: Party Central
Band: No Limits
Bride’s Cake: Crystal Weddings
Dress Designer: Sareh Nouri via Le Jour Couture
Hair and Make Up: The Cut House

Mr. and Mrs. English, Rip van Winkle Gardens

Caroline and Johnny! I’m so excited to FINALLY blog this sweet wedding! I absolutely LOVED working with Caroline and her mom for her September wedding! Caroline was focused with a beautiful vision for her big day that she trusted me to execute while being in Colorado, where she and Johnny live. After so much planning and anticipation, the wedding day went off without a hitch! It was a gorgeous day filled with so many family and friends from all over the globe! Perhaps one of my favorite parts of the day was listening to their family and friends reminisce and express their love and joy for these two during their speeches. The words they spoke were so heartfelt and thoughtful, it was really great to be a part of that. Since most couples have their speeches given at the rehearsal dinner, it’s very rare that we get that opportunity. I’m so happy that we were able to be a part of this planning process and this special day, but more importantly, I’m glad to have met these two and their families. Working with clients like these makes my job extra special.

I’m sharing a few of my favorite images from their big day below!

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Caroline and Johnny, you two were made for each other! You guys complement each other so perfectly and it was so fun getting to know you guys!

Ceremony and Reception venue: Rip van Winkle Gardens
Photographer: Hannah Mulligan
DJ: Aaron Lane
Florist: Root Floral Design
Caterer: Chef Sam Trahan
Videographer: 63 Films
Cake: Sky’s the Limit

Mr. and Mrs. Higginbotham, Kaitlyn and Brennan

One of my favorite things about Kaitlyn and Brennan’s wedding day was watching these two on the dance floor! They had such a great time together and I LOVE it! It was the VERY rare occasion when they weren’t dancing and in those moments you’d see them smiling, laughing and joking around with their guests. So many of their friends and family came together to celebrate these two and it was definitely one of the most fun receptions!

I’m excited to share some of my favorite images of their big day below, but be sure to check out their full gallery HERE!

These three make such a beautiful family!

 

These cakes!! I love a classic wedding cake, but this groom’s cake is AMAZING! The details on the dog and the duck were so incredible.

I told y’all these two know how to have fun!

Ceremony venue: St. Landry Catholic Church
Reception venue: Copper Crowne Equine Sales
Photographer: Kim Boyd
Videographer: Apercu Films
Florist: Pap and Pris
Cake Baker: Crystal Weddings
Rentals: Pap and Pris / Party Central
Band: Three37
Caterer: Chef Bobby and Dot

Mr. and Mrs. Fruge, Clara and Daniel

Playing catch up with our blog posts, and now it’s Clara and Daniel’s turn!

Clara and Daniel were wed at the Episcopal School of Acadiana where they both attended school. Their reception was held at the home of Clara’s parents. Their ceremony was intimate and their reception were so personal and perfect represented their laid back vibe. It was such a joy working with Clara and her family! I’ve included some of my favorites from their big day below!

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Ceremony venue: Episcopal School of Acadiana
Reception venue: Private residence
Photographer: Sarah Beth
Caterer: Abacus
Rentals: Party Central
Cake: Crystal Weddings
Florist: Prim and Proper
Band: Nola Dukes

Mr. and Mrs. Nook, Rip van Winkle Gardens

Jon and Kelly were married at Rip van Winkle Gardens in September and it was one of the sweetest, most heartfelt ceremonies that I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of. Their ceremony, officiated by a friend, was filled with funny stories and heartfelt anecdotes followed up by personal vows that left their guests, and myself, laughing and tearing up at the same time. The ceremony was followed by dinner, dancing and an amazing dessert table for all of her guests to enjoy! The love that their friends and family had for them was palpable the entire night! It was such a special night to be apart of!

Working with Kelly and Mrs. Barbara was a dream. These are two of the kindest, most gentle ladies that you’ll meet and I’m so thankful for the trust they bestowed in me to execute their plans.

Kelly and Jon live out of state, so I didn’t have the opportunity to meet Jon until the wedding rehearsal. He’s so funny and so in love with his bride! Jon and Kelly are so wonderful together but what I really loved was how they remained focused on each other and the importance of their marriage, not just their wedding day.

I’ve included some of my favorite images of their wedding below, but to see their full gallery click HERE!  

Kelly, thank you so much for the honor of working with you for your wedding. I wish you and Jon a lifetime of love and laughter! You guys are the best!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Rip van Winkle Gardens
Photographer: Catherine Guidry
Videographer: Brock Gomez
Florist: Root Floral Design
Caterer: Nash’s

Mr. and Mrs. Fontenot, Wolff Ballroom

They were married on August 12, 2016 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington and their reception was held at the Wolff Ballroom. You might remember that night as the night the intense rain storm that turned in to the Great Flood of 2016 started. Well, these two and their family and friends certainly didn’t let a little rain dampen their spirits in the slightest!

Below are some of my favorite pictures from their wedding day taken by Kimbrali Photography.

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Such BEAUTIFUL ladies!

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I’m so in LOVE with her veil!

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These two were smiling and laughing the whole night!

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To see more from Aimee’s big day, check out her full gallery HERE!

Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Conception

Reception: Wolff Ballroom

Photographer: Kim Boyd

Florist: Petals and Pots

Cake Baker: Fannie Soileau

Makeup: Amanda Genovese Cecil

Mr. and Mrs. McMinn, Rip van Winkle Gardens

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Kathryn and Seth… so many wonderful things to say about these two that I honestly don’t know where to start. Kathryn is such a sweetheart! She’s got a heart of gold and the sweetest personality to go along with it and she and Seth are a perfect fit! Seth may be the most relaxed, polite, and HAPPY groom that I’ve ever had. He literally always has a smile on his face and would do absolutely anything to make Kathryn happy.

I work hard to make my clients happy and I always say that I want their wedding day to be as amazing as they do and I truly always mean that, but for these two I wanted it to be more than their greatest expectations. Kathryn had a very distinct vision for her wedding day and the trust she placed in me to execute that vision meant so much to me.

Kathryn and Seth were married at Rip van Winkle Gardens under the beautiful, iconic oak tree over looking Lake Peigneur. The reception was held in the Bayless Center. Guests danced the night away to the sounds of Aaron Lane Entertainment, enjoyed a glow party and sent the bride and groom off into marriage with a fun sparkler exit.

I’ve included some of my favorite images from their big day below, but be sure to check out their full gallery HERE!

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Kathryn made such a beautiful bride!

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Christopher Turner doing what he does best!

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These guys definitely knew how to have a good time! It was such a fun party!

 

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There are more amazing pictures in Kathryn’s full gallery, so be sure to check it out.

Kathryn and Seth, you guys are 1. insanely pretty 2. incredibly sweet 3. stuck with me as a friend for life– sorry! You guys are freaking awesome and I love you both so much! I’m so thankful to have been a part of your wedding day, but even more so that I was given the opportunity to befriend the both of you. :-)

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Rip van Winkle Gardens
Photographer: Kimbrali Photography
DJ: Aaron Lane Entertainment
Florist: C’est Jolie
Caterer: Chef Bobby and Dot
Cakes: Piece of Cake 
Photobooth: Oh Snap!
Live Artist: Christopher Turner
Videographer: Apercu Films
Rentals: Party Central

 

Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Academy of the Sacred Heart & Wolff Ballroom

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Cameron and Olivia, two sweet souls that came together and now make up the most adorable family of three! Their wedding day was a bit rainy to say the least, but that didn’t dampen their spirits or the party one bit! These two were united in marriage at the Academy of the Sacred Heart where Olivia attended school. The reception followed at the Wolff Ballroom in Washington where they danced the night away surrounded by so many family and friends!

Some of our favorite images are below, but be sure to check out their full gallery HERE!

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His first look at his beautiful mom, I love this so much!

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Handsome groomsmen

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Olivia didn’t let nerves get to her! The girls were dancing before the ceremony even started!

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Nothing like a bride and her dad having a sweet moment before walking down the aisle!

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Olivia, it was an absolute pleasure working with you! You were made such a gorgeous bride and your wedding was so. much. fun! I absolutely loved being a part of your big day, witnessing you and Cameron vow to love each other unconditionally,  watching you guys “cut a rug” on the dance floor and celebrating the new Smith Family. :-)

Ceremony Venue: Academy of the Sacred Heart
Reception Venue: Wolff Ballroom
Photographer: Kim Boyd
Videographer: Shannon Talamo Films
Florist: Jim Durio’s
Makeup: Amanda Genovese Cecil
Band: Chubby Carrier
Cake: Kathleen Short

 

Mr. and Mrs. Tobia, Crowley Opera House

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I’ve known Sarah for a few years now. We met several years ago when she was second shooting for a wedding of mine. We were both new to the wedding industry in Lafayette and decided to do a styled shoot together. We hit it off and have been friends ever since. Through the years we’ve both grown in this industry and in our friendship. I was so excited to be a part of her wedding, but more importantly I was touched to have served as a witness to and celebrant of the start of my sweet friend’s marriage.

Sarah and Chris (better known as Tobes) were married at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Crowley in a traditional, Catholic ceremony. Following their ceremony, the couple and their family and friends second lined around the city of Crowley ending up at The Grand Opera House of the South where their reception was held. I’ve included some of my favorite images below:

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This gorgeous cake was made by the bride’s grandmother! It was a show stopper!

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To see more pictures from their big day, check out their gallery HERE!

Sarah, I am so incredibly thankful for your amazing friendship. You and Tobes are perfect together and I’m so excited for you two and all the adventures that marriage has to offer you. Love you both!

Ceremony venue: St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Reception venue: The Grand Opera House of the South
Photographer: Marissa Lambert Photography
Florist: Root Floral Design
Rentals: Event Rental
Caterer: French Press
DJ: Aaron Lane