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.
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
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