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A Southern Styled Shoot

This past July, on my birthday actually :), I was honored to be a part of an amazing styled shoot with some of my favorite wedding vendors.

We worked diligently for months perfecting the design and perfecting the smallest details. When the day finally came, we took on the hot, humid, mosquito ridden Louisiana swamp and brought to life a shoot full of color, beauty, light and of course, Southern charm.

I want to give a huge thank you to Ruffled Blog for publishing our sweet little shoot. All of the vendors that worked on this shoot were truly amazing and their skills, I believe, shine through perfectly!

Catherine Guidry did an amazing job directing the models and the flow of the shoot. Her use of lighting and angles is impeccable and of course, she’s super fun to work with!

Mia Sandberg of Root Floral Design put together some breathtaking floral designs! The different textures and colors used were truly gorgeous! Love love love her! 🙂

Rita Goodrich of Inkling Design Studio created the perfect invitations, menus,  place cards and labels! They really tied everything together.

Brothers on the Blvd. and 7 Chicks were a blessing to us by allowing us to use some of their pieces to dress our beautiful models in. And of course, Joli Petale provided some of her amazing jewelry to provide the perfect touch to our lovely “bride”. Sarah Buteaux worked her magic with hair and makeup creating a look that was effortless but perfectly Southern.

Of course, Indulge and Jefferson Street Pub created delicious treats that represented the amazing food of Southern Louisiana perfectly!

Finally a big hug and lots of thanks to Maison Madeleine for the use of their facility and to our gorgeous and super fun models, Jarred Smith and Courtney Tribe, for participating in and making this shoot so fun!

See below for a few of my favorite shots! I hope you enjoy this shoot as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you! 🙂

For the full feature on Ruffled blog, please click here and to see more images, click HERE for gallery.

 

Photographer: Catherine Guidry
Floral Design: Root Floral Design
Stationer: Inkling Design Studio
Caterer: Chef Rob Sandberg, Jefferson Street Pub
Desserts: Indulge
Hair/Makeup: Sarah Buteaux
Venue: Maison Madeleine
Jewelry: Joli Petale
Dress: 7 Chicks
Men’s Attire: Brothers on the Blvd.

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The wedding planner bride

Since I’m so behind on my blog posts, I haven’t posted about my engagement just yet, but YAY- I’m engaged and will be marrying the love of my life next October. So, what does it mean being both a wedding planner and a bride?! Well, complete craziness.

I have yet to tell someone of my engagement and not have them say “I bet your wedding is going to be awesome” (hopefully) or “I’m sure you have the whole the planned” (not quite!)  or a variation of that “You probably know exactly what you want” (nope nope nope). Let me give you guys a little insight….

1. Decisions

I am the most indecisive person when it comes to make decisions for myself–seriously, its bad. I find it much easier helping other people decide things, or guiding them in the right direction. I mean, I can barely decide what I want to eat most days. So, no, I don’t know exactly what I want and no I don’t have the whole thing planned. I always thought I knew what I wanted, but literally, the minute the ring was on my finger, my entire wedding that I had planned since I was 12 changed. What matters most to me are my guests, my family and friends that have loved me, cared for me and been there for me who are traveling or stepping out of their comfort zones to celebrate one of the biggest days of my life with me. In determining ceremony and reception location, that was all that mattered to me– the convenience of my guests.

Now– that’s not to say I don’t love where we will be saying our “I dos”, I do, but it’s not the place I had originally envisioned. 🙂 The decisions that I thought would be so easy to make are so hard and the hard ones– like venue– are easy because I know what’s important to me for that day.

2. Vendors

The other thing that people are just assuming is that I know EXACTLY which vendors I want to use….. I don’t. Being a wedding planner means I work with a lot of vendors and I have my favorites, but I have like 6 favorites for each photographer or caterer or florist, etc. I’m able to see how they work with me as a professional and how they work on the wedding day, so I know how awesome my “favorites” are which makes the decision process all the more difficult. To make it easier, I’ve had to rely solely on budget constraints because yes, I do have a budget as well 🙂

3. Being a Bride

Ugh… this is so hard!!!! I keep having moments where I forget that I’m planning my wedding and that I am a bride. I’m fearful that I won’t have the same experiences as non-planner brides do because I know what to do and how to do it, I know my vendors, I’ve worked with them and will work with them before and after my wedding, but I want to still feel like a bride and have that same experience. The flip side of that is that when something goes wrong (we’ve already had a small hiccup), I (in my “bride” mind) get super emotional and yes, cry. Finding the balance is hard. I’m so thankful that I have my best friends and awesome family as well as my fabulous fiancé to remind me that “Hey, you deal with issues like these every day, you got this”– that’s all it takes and the planner face is back on and the situation is taken care of.

4. Having an awesome wedding

Pressure pressure pressure– that’s al lot of what I’m feeling!! 🙂 Everyone thinks that since I’m a planner, my wedding is going to be amaze-balls, and, hopefully it is, but I keep feeling this crazy sense of pressure to have a super awesome, over the top wedding with crazy things like unicorns and fire breathers in order to impress everyone. The thing about it though is that for me, what will make my wedding awesome is if all of my guests have a really good time. While yes, I want things to look really pretty, the only thing that really matters to me is that my fiancé and I are surrounded by the people we love and that love us. I want our wedding day to be filled with so much joy and happiness and I want us to start our marriage the way we feel is right and that is in the house of the Lord with our family and friends there ready to celebrate with us– all the rest is lagniappe.

So for all of you out there wondering, being a wedding planner-bride is hard. It’s hard remembering that I’m a bride and when I get a little emotional, its hard to remember that I know how to fix whatever the problem is because I deal with those issues every day. It’s hard deciding what I want and don’t want since I’ve seen so much, its hard saying that I just want everything to be simple and have people expecting something really over the top. It’s  hard deciding what vendors I want because the ones I love, I really love and I not only love their work, but I love their personalities too.

Now, don’t take this as a “woe is me” post, because it’s not. I’m incredibly happy and excited about where I am with everything. It has been and will continue to be a crazy, wonderful experience, and I’m so blessed to have the options I have, the opportunity I have and the experience of doing what I love while preparing to marry the man I love.

Many blessings yall!!

“Let all that you do be done in love” 1Cor 16:14

 

20 Things you probably didn't know about me :)

So lately it seems that a lot of people have been asking me random questions about myself– totally not a problem, I’m a curious person myself, but it sparked an idea: what if I did a little “things you didn’t know about me” post just for fun. Now, I hope this post doesn’t bore you because I’m really not that interesting, but maybe it’ll give you a little idea of who I am:

1. I’m from a really small town and lived in the “country” for the first 17 years of my life

2. My daddy has a mullet and I refuse to let him cut it– its actually not a mullet, more like a pony tail, but he’s had it for my whole life and I like it– so don’t hate! 🙂

3. My brother is super fabulous and one of my best friends

4. I have crooked pinkies– so crooked in fact that they almost look broken–its a super awesome family trait that makes typing a little difficult some times

5. I have a terrible terrible fear of spiders– so bad in fact that I’m pretty sure I should get therapy, but I’m okay with NOT facing that fear–EVER

6. My favorite colors are cobalt blue and yellow

7. I’m constantly hungry– my fiancé once said that it was cheaper to buy me gifts than to feed me–he’s also said that I’m very much like a dog– feed me and let me have enough sleep and I’m the happiest person in the world 🙂

8. I love to travel and would rather spend my money seeing the world and having awesome experiences than having fancy things that you can’t take with you any way

9. I’m a former pageant girl– I like to think of my self as a girl who did pageants and not a pageant girl because–in my experience– some pageant girls are really mean and… well, I like being nice to people.

10. I have a tattoo on my foot– I love it, it has a special meaning for me and keeps life in perspective when it gets a little rough

11. I pierced my belly button twice— and removed it both times…. I’m just not that cool.

12. I’m pretty laid back, but very passionate about certain things and when it comes to those things in particular— I don’t hold back. 🙂

13. I rescued a kitten once…. and it attacked my eyeball in my sleep–leaving a lovely little scar that makes putting eye shadow on a bit difficult

14. I have 8 scars– 3 of which are on my face– I was a very clumsy child who grew up to be a pretty clumsy adult

15. I’ve been in 6 car accidents– one of which changed my life and my family’s life drastically–18 wheelers don’t play yall!

16. I’ve also gotten about 10 speeding tickets, 1 red light ticket and 1 parking ticket in my life— and I’m only 24

17. I’m a Godmother to a wonderful, beautiful little boy named Kayden that I love with all of my heart and would do anything for.

18. I loveeee glitter, champagne, the word fabulous, my awesome fiancé, nature, and… love.

19. I’m ABSOLUTELY in love with what I do… I feel a sense of peace when I’m at a wedding or event. I can’t really explain the feeling, but those of you who are really in love with your work– you know what I’m talking about… it really is a feeling of peace, warmth in your heart and just true happiness— I definitely feel as though I’m doing what I was meant to do.

20. My family and friends are my whole world. I don’t need many things in life…. I enjoy being quiet with my own thoughts and prayers, I enjoy reading, working out and laughing. I couldn’t do what I do without the love and support of my family and friends. I have a little motto that I follow: “Your attitude determines your altitude”— I think of this every day and try to be as positive as I can for myself and for others. My goal– as cliché as this sounds– is to have a positive impact on the lives of those around me, to make sure that they know that they are loved, respected and appreciated by me– that’s really all this girl wants— anddd a cookie every now and then.

So I hope this super long, somewhat cheesy and wordy post– probably a lot more than 20 things because I’m horrible at consolidating my thoughts— gives you all a little insight and answers a few questions about my quirky little self.

Many blessings and have a fabulous day!!!

After "Yes" but before you stress!

engagementPhoto Courtesy of Style Me Pretty

You said “Yes”!!! Congratulations! Planning your wedding is such a fun experience, but before you get to that point…. there are a few things you need to take care of.

5 things to do BEFORE you say I DO!

  1. Call your family!! Please, please, please don’t let them hear about your engagement via social media. While they will absolutely be happy for you, their feelings with definitely be hurt that you didn’t give them a call.
  2. Make sure your ring is insured— and if it’s not, get it insured ASAP! 🙂
  3. Decide on a time-frame. Now, I’m not saying you need to rush into setting the date, but think about your favorite months or your favorite seasons and why you love them. You’ll get asked when the big day is OFTEN, so try to come up with a season, month or even a year to tell folks.
  4. Set a budget. Decide who is going to contribute to your wedding and in what capacity. This is crucial since it will affect every decision that you make regarding your wedding. Don’t stress over this though, no matter your budget, with a little creativity, you can have the wedding that you’ve always dreamed of!
  5. Get inspired! Go out, buy bridal and wedding magazines, play on pinterest, search the web and think outside of the box! This is your big day and it should be everything that you’ve dreamed it to be. Decide on what’s important to you– do you want your guests to dance all night? Are you a foodie and want amazing food? Whatever it is, just remember, ultimately, your wedding day is about you and your fiance and the love you share for one another so—as cliche as it might sound–don’t sweat the small stuff! 🙂

Now, after checking these items off your list, you are ready to start planning your big day and we hope you would consider us for all your “planning needs”!

Remember to take a deep breath and ENJOY the process!