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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

Rustic Styled Shoot with Sarah Beth

When Sarah of Sarah Beth Photography approached me with her idea for a styled shoot, I was more than excited to be a part of it. Since the shoot was scheduled for the following weekend (less than a week to plan!! YIKES) we immediately got started. It was incredibly refreshing how quickly local vendors readily accepted our offer to be a part of the shoot and how helpful everyone was. With everyone on board, it was so easy to bring Sarah’s vision to life!

Below are a few of my favorite pictures, but click HERE to see the entire gallery— I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

A big thanks to the following vendors for helping to make this amazing shoot a reality:

Concept and Photography: Sarah Beth Photography
Food: LA StrEAT
Decor: Paul Michael Company
Flowers: Flowers by Rodney
Hair piece: Joli Petale
Hair/Makeup: Joie De Vivre Salon and Spa
Dress: Sky Blue Clothing Studio
Let’s not forget our AMAZING models Kimberly and Brandon!! They hit it off immediately and made the shoot so much fun!

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

 

 

Hannah's Wedding

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From our very first meeting, I knew that Hannah wasn’t going to be just any client.

She showed up looking tired, flustered and a little under-whelmed about planning her wedding. Who could blame her though, she had a new born baby girl to tend to and no one to assist in the planning process. She grabbed a cup of coffee (necessary for new mommies!), sat down and said “I need you to do everything.” I laughed and said, “Okay, let’s get started.” And we were off! We planned her May wedding at The Victorian Plantation in just a few short months and developed a wonderful friendship in the process.

I have people ask me all the time what the hardest part of my job is. My answer to that question is when bride’s don’t trust my opinion. Not trusting in your planner will make the process more difficult for the both of you (more on this in another post). This was not the case with Hannah. With just 6 months from our initial meeting to her wedding day and nothing done, I had my work cut out for me, but Hannah trusted me. She told me her dreams (big and small) for her big day and we worked together to make it happen.

Hannah married the man of her dreams on May 4th in a small outdoor ceremony at The Victorian Plantation in Broussard, Louisiana. Surrounded by her friends and family she said her “I do’s” and danced the night away listening to DJ Aaron Lane and cajun band, The Pine Leaf Boys.

Hannah and Ross are two of the sweetest, most generous people that I’ve met. They made sure to include everyone during their reception. They did a generational dance for all of the couples and instead of a bouquet / garter toss, they tossed a football into the crowd that had a $50 Visa gift card on it! How awesome is that?!

It’s been such a pleasure working with Hannah and I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to not just work with her, but get to know her. Below are a couple of pictures from her big day, but be sure to check out her gallery for more!

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Venue: The Victorian Plantation
Photographer: Erin and Geoffrey Photography
Videographer: Randy Diddly Studios
Florist: Flowers by Rodney
Wedding Cake and Dessert Table: Sweet Southern Ladies
Caterer: Two Guys Catering
DJ: Aaron Lane Entertainment
Band: The Pine Leaf Boys
Photobooth: Freeze Frame Photobooth
Ceremony Musicians: Acadiana Symphony

 

 

 

Becca's Proposal Story

When I met Becca and Andrew for the first time, I was overcome with the amount of sweetness and love between these two people. As I ‘ve been working with Becca, I’ve come to know a little bit more about her and her wonderful fiance, Andrew, and I have to say that I’m just so excited to share the proposal story of such a wonderful couple with so much love for each other. Check it out!

 

After dating for four years and having many significant conversations about our future, I knew that Andrew and I would get engaged sometime in the fall. However, since we are a long distance couple, him being at Baylor and me at Mississippi College, we had to schedule weekends to see each other. We were available only four weekends that fall semester.

The first weekend we were able to see each other was September 28. I had secretly hoped that Andrew would propose then, but he really wasn’t giving anything away and I was getting a little frustrated with his nonchalant attitude towards our plans.  

We had decided to go home to Lafayette for a long weekend together, but a couple weeks before Andrew called to tell me that he wouldn’t be able to get home until almost midnight on Friday, which was a day later than we had planned. He was going to Cuba the next week for a class and said he needed to stay in Waco to pick up his visa and that there was no way around it. After some disappointment, I let it go and figured it was for the best because Lauren, my best friend and his accomplice, was taking me to get a manicure and pedicure, which made me curious but I didn’t let it get my hopes up just yet.

On Friday after we got our nails done, Lauren and I went to eat dinner with her parents. Another tip off was that dinner was ready and waiting for us when we got to her house, which never happens. After eating, my younger brother, Jared, called asking me to pick him up at Thomas Park because he was playing tennis but the friend he had gone with had to leave unexpectedly. Lauren said it was fine, so we hopped in her car and headed to the park that had become a very special place for Andrew and I.

Upon arriving at the park I see Mrs. Helen, Andrew’s mom run across the parking lot, jump in a car, and drive away. Then I noticed that some of my friends’ cars were there and realized that something had to be happening.

But still thinking I’m picking up Jared, I call him to tell him that I’m there. He gets flustered and hangs up on me so Lauren tells me to get out of the car so we  can go look for him. I then knew exactly what is happening and I’ve never had more butterflies in my stomach.

Lauren and I started walking down the side walk when I see my handsome boyfriend on top of the hill under a white tent with Christmas lights and pictures hanging from ribbon. It was sweet, sentimental, and such a surprise but I was so thrown off that all I could focus on was that Andrew had lied to me–a comment I made numerous times and was unfortunately caught on tape. When I finally reached him under the tent he said a heartfelt speech, got down on one knee, pulled out the perfect ring, and asked me to marry him.

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I instantly said yes and then we prayed, just as we had done when we started dating. And then fireworks started going off. Yes, fireworks. He had enlisted two of our good friends to hide behind another hill so they could shoot off fireworks when he signaled them. Andrew is absolutely ridiculous and over the top but also incredibly romantic.

In addition to having a handful of friends there videoing and taking pictures in order to capture every moment, he had also arranged a party at his house.  All of our family was there and even some good friends from out of town. Andrew even had all of my favorite foods there.

Andrew surprised me more than I could ever have imagined. He included very personal details of our lives and made it a night I’ll never forget and that I’ll be forever thankful for because it means that I get to become his wife.

 

 

I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to work with such a wonderful couple and I can’t wait until their June wedding! Many blessings to you both! 🙂