Category Archives: Weddings

Moore Wedding

0094_reevesI met Taylor while planning one of her best friend’s weddings, the lovely Emily Hallum. (You can check out her blog post here!). I immediately liked her! She was so incredibly sweet, kind, helpful and so so happy for Emily. She and her dad approached me during Emily’s reception about Day Of assistance for her wedding, which was less than a month away! I, of course, immediately agreed!

Working with Taylor was so much fun! Her wedding took place at Hemingbough in St. Francisville, Louisiana on August 3, 2013. Her guests enjoyed the beautiful grounds, delicious food and absolutely adorable cookie table! Getting to be a part of the planning process for two best friends was an amazing experience! By the end of it, I truly felt that I had began a wonderful friendship with these ladies and was sad that there were no more weddings for me to help with! 🙂

Taylor, it was such a  pleasure to work with you for your wedding. You were such a stunning bride and I couldn’t be more happy for you and Andrew. I wish you guys all the best that life has to offer! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your big day!

For Taylor’s  full gallery, click here!

Venue: Hemingbough Plantation
Caterer: Hemingbough Plantation
Cakes: Confections by Michelle
Photographer: Ashleigh Jayne Photography
Videographer: Contrast Films
Florist: The Flower Pot
DJ: Complete DJ

 

 

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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.

Blackstone Wedding

So… if you’ve been around me at ALL in the past 7 months, you know that I was working with a super fabulous couple to perfect the details of their wedding day at The Horse Farm…. did I mention that this was going to be the 1st wedding at The Horse Farm….. and that it was all going to be outside… no? Well it was and yes, it did rain…. TWICE but with a couple as in love and beautiful as Ashley and Mark Allen are, nothing could dampen their day!

Throughout the process of working with Ashley, we quickly became friends. I actually felt like I was planning a close friend’s wedding because she was so honest and easy/fun to work with. She was incredibly trusting, which of course, makes everything so much easier and but she also had a very distinct vision of what she wanted. There were so many LITTLE details that, ultimately, came together in an unbelievably gorgeous wedding. From Jenga, a make-shift photo booth, thumbprint tree and treasure chest of wedding favors to signature drinks, a magnolia tree, and a very large and very beautiful hand drawn program board…. Ashley and Mark Allen’s wedding day was a personal and direct reflection of them as a couple.

Ashley married her best friend on October 12 at The Horse Farm in Lafayette, Louisiana. She had an intimate ceremony officiated by Pastor Chris Lerma. Her friends and family were so involved by providing the ceremony music and the oh so delicious wedding cake and groom’s “cake” which was actually double doozie cookies!

Now, I mentioned earlier that it rained… well rain has been a constant companion in Ashley’s wedding planning process. When I first met her, it was a rainy day…. when she and Mark Allen took their engagement pictures, it was a rainy day….when they planted a magnolia tree in honor of their marriage, it was a rainy day….and when this beautiful couple’s wedding day came, the rain came with it. The first rain storm came about two hours prior to the ceremony starting which resulted in a mad dash to get everything dry, but thanks to my super dedicated assistants and amazing vendors (Mia with Root Floral Design and Party Central) we got it done in the nick of time! The second rain storm came about an hour before the couple’s grand exit! For most people, this may have caused severe anxiety or even tears, but not for Ashley and Mark Allen. Mark Allen immediately consulted with his friends to move the party elsewhere and my team and my self worked on getting the bride and groom out of there DRY! In the end, the party moved to The Office, a local bar and the bride and groom along with their guests danced the night away!

Mr. and Mrs. Goodyear, it has been an undeniable pleasure working with you. You guys are a beautiful couple, inside and out! I pray that life brings you so much joy and happiness. I will truly miss working with you, but I am so thankful that you were brought into my life and that I was blessed enough to be a part of your big day. Cheers! 🙂

To check out Ashley’s gallery, click HERE! or Go to Erin and Geoffrey’s blog, here, to see more.

Venue: The Horse Farm
Ceremony Musicians: Melissa LaCour
Caterer: Bon Temps Grill
Cake and Dessert: Family Friend
Bartender: Jimmy Levier
Photography: Erin and Geoffrey Photography
Florist: Root Floral Design
Band: Krossfyre
Rentals: Party Central
Trolley: Party Time Trolley
Exit Car: Miller’s Formal Wear

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 fiancĂ© 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 fiancĂ© 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

 

Becca's Wedding

Becca and Andrew were quite possibly the most laid back couple I’ve ever met. During the entire planning process, Becca was calm, relaxed and just happy to be marrying the love of her life. I’d like to think that her calmness came in part because of my assistance ;-), but after working with her for several months, I know that’s just part of her awesome personality.

Becca and Andrew were married at Wolff Ballroom in Washington, Louisiana. The reception was held at the same location immediately following the ceremony. Becca and Andrew’s laid back, comfortable style was displayed throughout the ballroom with mason jars filled with colorful wildflowers, candles, burlap and antique doors. The couple danced the night away and ended the evening with a confetti exit.

It was truly a blessing getting to work with Becca and Andrew and their families. They each have such fun families and friends, that the night was filled with lots of laughter and good cheer.

Becca and Andrew– thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be a part of your big day. You guys were such an awesome couple to work with and I’m so glad that your wedding ended my spring/summer wedding season. I wish you many blessings, lots of laughs and of course, a life time of happiness! 🙂

Check out Becca’s proposal story here!!!

To see more pictures from Becca and Andrew’s big day, please check out her gallery here or Kimbrali Photography’s facebook page here!

Venue: Wolff Ballroom
Caterer: Abacus Catering
Photographer: Kimbrali Photography
Cakes: Kathleen Short
Bouquets: Root Floral Design

Emily's Wedding

 

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Photo Courtesy of Courtney Nicole Photography

When I first met Emily, I knew this girl was head over heels excited to get married. As she talked about her ideas and her fiancé, her face grew animated and she literally glowed!

As we worked together to bring to life her amazing ideas (she is super creative y’all), I got to know her more and came to think of her as a close friend. The planning process is always so much more fun when you feel like you are planning something for a friend. I knew from the very beginning that the task was going to be big, but that I would do everything in my power to give her the wedding day that she had always dreamed about. Two days of setting up in the Louisiana heat and lots of prayers for no rain and her day was gorgeous!

Emily’s wedding was at her aunt’s home in Lafayette, Louisiana. The backyard served as the ceremony and reception area. The yard itself is gorgeous, but add to it some unique touches, a few extra flowers and a beautiful bride and well, its downright breathtaking!

Emily’s guests were greeted with cups of sweet tea, Milo’s Sweet Tea that is ;-), before being seated in front of an amazing arbor built by the groom himself and adorned with flowers by Flowers by Rodney. The couple chose to write their own vows (how sweet!) and exchanged them in front of their closest friends and family members. The ceremony and reception were filled with so many little touches (check out her gallery here or Courtney Nicole Photography’s website here) that represented them perfectly. To say this was a little backyard wedding is quite the understatement!

The couple ended the night with a sparkler exit and a fancy red convertible which happened to be the same car that her parents left in on their wedding day.

Working with Emily was a true blessing and I am so thankful, not only for the chance to work with someone so kind, fun and genuine, but for the friendship that has evolved from the experience.

          Emily, I pray that life brings you and Taylor the many blessings that you deserve and that you both have a marriage filled with joy, love and tons of laughter! 🙂 It was such a pleasure working with you!

Be sure to check out Emily’s gallery for more pictures! 🙂

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Photos Courtesy of Courtney Nicole Photography

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Bride’s Aunt’s House–Lafayette, La
Photographer: Courtney Nicole Photography
Florist: Flowers by Rodney
Cakes: Katie Bakes
Caterer: Chef Bobby and Dot
DJ: Acadiana Entertainment- Sammy Holbrook
Hair and Makeup: Sara Buteaux
Photo Booth: Freeze Frame Photo Booth

 

 

Amelia's Wedding

This was a special wedding for me for reasons that I’m sure the bride nor her mom even remember. A few years ago my godmother was diagnosed with lung cancer and it spread very rapidly. I had a hard time dealing with the situation and therefore, didn’t attend many doctors appointments. However, there was one appointment that I went to and Mimi’s mom, Mrs. Susannah just so happened to be the nurse that would work with my lovely nanny that day. Mrs. Susannah was so sweet and patient with her that I knew one day I wanted to repay her for her kindness during those last weeks.

When I found out Mimi was engaged, I just knew that this was my opportunity to say thank you and really, what a wonderful family to work with. Mimi and Mrs. Susannah are two of the most timeless women you will ever meet. They exude grace, kindness and warmth.

Mimi was married on June 8, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lafayette, Louisiana. Her lovely summer afternoon nuptials were followed by an elegant reception at The Madison in Broussard, La. Her reception included the amazing Louisiana Red band, a delicious candy bar and an amazing chocolate fountain. From the very beginning, Mimi knew she wanted this to be a classy affair and she didn’t miss a beat! Her reception fit her personally perfectly– classy and elegant.

Below are a few pictures from her big day–please excuse the quality as these were taken with an Iphone! Her gallery displays the amazing work of her awesome photographer, Bray Danielle.

          Mrs. Susannah and Mimi– Thank you for allowing me to be a part of such an important day. I hope you know how grateful I am for everything. Mimi, you were such a gorgeous bride and I wish you a lifetime of happiness and blessings. Mrs. Susannah, thank you so much for the kindness you showed my family during such a difficult time, I only hope you know how thankful I am for that.

          Cheers ladies! 🙂

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Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: The Madison
Photographer: Bray Danielle
Florist: It’s A Wrap
Wedding Cake: Brent’s Catering
Caterer: Brent’s Catering
Band: Louisiana Red