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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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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

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

 

 

 

Root Floral Design Studio

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”–Claude Monet

This quote was taken from the website of an amazing florist. Her work is beautiful, creative and unique. Mia Sandberg, owner of Root Floral Design, incorporates beautiful colors and textures to create exquisite floral arrangements. It’s always nice to peak into the brain of such a creative person, this is what we found:

How did you get started as a florist?
After graduating college with a degree in Interior Design, I decided to move to Dallas in hopes of finding my “dream” job. As most of us soon find out, those things take a long time to find! I lived there for four years working in the Design Industry and just never felt satisfied with the typical day-to-day office job. I really wanted something fun and different. My husband brought home some flowers for our anniversary from the local flower shop and I fell in love. It was so unique and full of color. I thought to myself… “Well this could be fun!” It stayed in the back of my mind, all while making excuses as to why I was never going to be successful or happy with my career and fighting the fear of actually taking those first steps to something I enjoyed! In November 2011, we got the opportunity to move home and start fresh. Still unsure of myself, I began working for a company that completely changed my way of looking at life and what I was capable of. It was at that moment that I set my fears aside and started focusing on only the positive! From that, Root Floral Design Studio became a reality. It has been the longest year of my life and probably the most emotional, but I have had the BEST support and do not regret any of it! I’m so glad that I have FINALLY found something I love and I’m sure my family is too!

What is your favorite flower?
Well, I have a few! Peonies have to be the most beautiful, but unfortunately they are crazy expensive and only available in late spring/early summer. Silver Brunia and Craspedia are definitely the coolest and most fun! They add so much texture and life to the arrangement!

What do you love most about being a florist? Least?
I LOVE, of course, the end result. Knowing that I can help make someone smile or add something positive to their day is a great feeling! I also really enjoy the creative process. Figuring out the texture/color combinations and whether or not I will involve my most favorite thing to use… spray paint! :)

On the other hand, I hate the process of “conditioning” the flowers. Which is basically the task of getting the flowers home, taking them out of their packaging, cutting the stems, removing the leaves, and then placing them in buckets! … It can definitely be a little time consuming, especially when you have a lot!

What are your 3 favorite things?
1. My husband, family, and best friends… my support!
2. My two, spoiled dachshunds: Pixie & Penelope
3. Coffee, definitely coffee. :)

Who are you inspired by?
Well, I have several people who have inspired me over the years, but I would have to say, for floral purposes, “Bornay,” a florist who is based out of Spain. Her work is absolutely stunning! I really hope that I can get to her creative skill level one day!

Do you have a philosophy that you live by or run your business by?
The one thing that I have learned over this past year, is too try and focus on only the positive. It really does make a difference in what you make of your day!

I used to focus a lot on “What if”, “I can’t”, or “Why is this happening to me”… but I soon learned that I am the ONLY one who is responsible for what my life becomes.

As you can see, Mia’s work is so beautiful. I had such a hard time choosing my favorites! To see more of her work, check her out on Facebook or on her website at RootFloralDesign.com. She is also having a GRAND OPENING on November 14th at the Jefferson Street Pub in Lafayette, so make sure you stop by to check out her work!

Root Floral Design Studio is located in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.