The Cheramies: Alex + Pat

July 17, 2014  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Honestly, I’m not even sure where to start. Alex + Pat have truly captured my heart, and I know this blog post will never be able to convey how special these two are to me or how amazing their wedding was. But, I’ll do my very best.

It all started YEARS ago when Alex was my intern at Mary Bird Perkins in Baton Rouge. I knew from the minute I interviewed her that she was amazing (I’ll take credit for her successes!). While our time together was brief as I left for grad school, thanks to Facebook we stayed in touch.

When Alex contacted me about her wedding, my heart was so excited. Of all of the planners in the New Orleans area she could have chosen, she chose Southern Fete. I remember her telling me it was because she could remember the ever-famous “Cassie color-coded spreadsheets.” Not much has changed. She wanted a coordinator who would be her “boots on the ground” and gosh-darned it, Mother Nature actually made me wear my polka dot rain boots on the day of the wedding.

Sharing this journey with Alex (and Pat of course) was one of the highlights of my career so far and has confirmed that I’m in the right spot. It pushed me to learn a new area (NOLA second-line permits, I’m speaking to you) and was a reminder of just how special my clients are to me.

When Alex sent me the link to her photo gallery (of which I would like to point out she sent to me prior to her husband), I could not have been more excited. There’s honestly not ONE photo that I don’t want for myself. But, for the sake of practicality, I will share my ten favorites below with a little extra commentary.

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For me, there aren’t really words for this photo. I felt privileged to finally be able to meet Alex’s mom the weekend of the wedding and seeing the joy in her eyes when she saw Alex for the first time or put her veil on was priceless. There’s no doubt where Alex gets her kind heart and thoughtfulness from. One of my favorite memories is when I asked her mom if I could get her something to drink. In the kindest, most Southern drawl she asked if there was sweet tea. Hailing from Texas, I should have known that was her preference. She settled for a Diet Coke but with a smile on her face.

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While there was plenty of work to be done the day of the wedding, I sneaked a few minutes in to hang out with all of these amazing ladies. We shared a half-eaten bag of chips from Jimmy Johns and a few peanut butter crackers from my emergency bag. Every single one is sweet as pie and were so overjoyed for Alex and Pat.

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I think this one speaks for itself.

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One of the best parts of working with Alex + Pat is that I knew they trusted me completely. Alex is a PR rockstar, and Pat is pretty important himself, so I was honored to help with all of the details to minimize the detail-overload that comes along with planning a wedding. I worked with Inkling Design Studio to create this program, which I am still in love with, and don’t think Collin could have done a better job of capturing it!

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Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Cheramie

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Oh, Mother Nature. Rain threatened the whole wedding day but most importantly the second-line. When I visited Alex to ask her final decision on cancelling it or going for it, I silently prayed that she wouldn’t cancel it. Even if it was a deluge. I snuck out of church around communion to check on the weather, and would you believe the clouds had parted! You better believe we waved our hankies to the reception and recruited as many onlookers as possible. Take that one Mother Nature.

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One of my favorite details of the wedding was the sign-in frame. I know it has to look gorgeous in the Pottery-Barn’esque Cheramie house.

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The most beautiful cake with the most beautiful peonies.

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Is this not the coolest cake?

 

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And, introducing one of my most favorite photos of all time. If you know Alex, you will know that it wasn’t staged for her to put her head on Pat’s shoulder and that is why I adore this photo.

Alex truly warmed my heart when she sent me a few words about what she would tell other brides about Southern Fete:

“Cassie is undeniably the best there is. It is incredible how she is able to keep track of everything I threw at her and always made me feel like I was her one and only bride. I cannot say enough amazing things about this woman. She helped me through every single little detail and obstacle I dealt with for the many months leading up. On the day of my wedding, numerous people commented that I was way calmer than they ever expected me to be – and that’s 110% because of Cassie. I just knew she had it handled. We had talked through everything, we had gone through it all – and she had it covered. I was able to relax and completely enjoy my day with my family, friends and new husband because of her. I had numerous family members comment on how organized she was and professional. She kept us all on track and didn’t skip a beat. There were so many small detail-oriented things she did for me without even thinking – it’s just her nature. She is an incredible coordinator and woman.”

But the impact that I may have had on her and Pat is only 1/10000 of what they had on me.

I honestly wish you both nothing but the best and will be forever grateful that I was able to be a part of your amazing day. I am honored to forever be your “boots on the ground!”

Photographer: CR Photo

Videographer: Bride Film

Cakes: Royal Cakery

Flowers: Germean’s Flowers and Gifts

Church: St. Patrick’s

Reception: Tomas Bistro

DJ: Uncle Phil (Pat’s rockstar uncle)

Hair/Makeup: Bleu, A Blowdry  Bar

Transportation: Royal Coach

Second Line Band: Kinfolk

Programs: Inkling Design Studio

xoxo

 

The Andreponts: Carleena + Seth

July 14, 2014  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Starting this Monday out with one of the sweetest couples around … it’s bound to be a good week, right?

Carleena and Seth met on an airplane while Seth was working in Alaska (where Carleena hails from). How adorable is that? The rest is history, and on June 7 these two tied the knot.

Many of Carleena’s friends and family made the trip and were treated to Louisiana musts including a trolley ride, being immersed in our downtown culture, a rehearsal dinner at Don’s Seafood, AND the groom revealing his UL undershirt after the band (Louisiana Red) announced the Cajuns pulled a win against Ole Miss.

Here are a few of my favorites from their wedding!

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And last but not least, happy to help pull the father of the bride together!

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Photographer: Michael Caswell Photography

Ceremony: St. Charles Borroemo

Ceremony Musician: Stephanie Hoffpauir

Reception: Grand Coteau Ballroom

Transportation: Limousines Ltd.

Hair/Makeup: Beauty by Victoria

Bridal Cake: Kathleen Short

Flowers: Flowers by Rodney

Band: Louisiana Red

xoxo

 

The Future Mrs. Mosing’s Bridal Luncheon

June 19, 2014  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Excuse me while I dust off this blog. My apologies for being gone for so long. We have so many fun weddings to blog soon, I promise to get back to it.

But before those weddings, I am so excited to share Anne’s bridal luncheon. If you may remember, I shared a sneak peek of “the prettiest little gold liner your eyes ever did see” on Facebook and Instagram a while back. Well, friends, it’s no longer a secret.

Every event is special to me, and I’m always a bit sad when they’re over. This weekend, before the emotions from the luncheon dissipated, I wanted to note my thoughts – the reasoning  behind my choices for this shower. So, here goes (but do yourself a favor and make sure you scroll all the way to the end of the photos. You’ll thank me later :))

To know Anne is to know one of the most kindhearted and gentle spirited people. When working to create the design for Anne’s luncheon, we wanted every detail – from the wreaths on the front doors to the pink champagne – to highlight and reflect the qualities of Anne’s personality that everyone loves.

It all started with the invitation. I worked with Inkling Design Studio to create an invitation that inspired the remaining elements of the luncheon. Printed on the softest pink stock and sealed in a gold-lined ivory envelope, the laurel wreath invitation inspired the femininity that was carried through the remaining elements of the luncheon.The china, crystal, and flatware used on the guest tables belonged to one of the hostesses who was delighted to use it at this special event. The table centerpieces and crystal vases were also the hostess’ and included ivory and pink flowers including: hydrangea, garden roses, lisanthus,and Queen Anne’s lace (fitting right?).

The menu was another aspect that we wanted to capture Anne’s femininity and be aesthetically beautiful but equally delicious. Sam Trahan did an amazing job (as usual) with a potato and leek vichyssoise (a soup served at room temperature) with roasted prosciutto served in coffee cups and a jumbo crab Abbeville salad atop homegrown heirloom tomatoes finished with a Vidalia onion poppyseed dressing. The little ladies were served mac and cheese souffles! Are you jealous?

When Anne mentioned that she would like for her bridesmaids to participate in the Southern tradition of cake pulls, it was obvious to me to include a soft pink cake with combed butter cream icing! Anne’s charms from Piperfields all included bible verses related to the charm – some of which included a watering can, clock, bible, teapot, and bee. The dessert table also included custom sugar cookies embellished with Anne’s future monogram, petit fours, and a classic Southern punch – served in a beautiful Fostoria punch bowl one of the hostesses inherited from her mother.

One of my favorite details from the luncheon was the “Sweet Words” guests were asked to leave on the back of the RSVP cards, which was complied into a book and gifted to Anne by the hostesses. Tears flowed as Anne read the first card and decided to save the rest for after her luncheon! :)

Despite the rain that welcomed the luncheon guests, the excitement for the future Mrs. Vohn Mosing resonated throughout the luncheon! It was truly a pleasure to be able to work alongside the three hostesses to create such a memorable event and one I won’t soon forget.

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Photography: Catherine Guidry
Catering: Sam Trahan
Cake: Katie Bakes
Dessert: Gambino’s
Cake Pulls: Piperfields
Stationery: Inkling Design Studio
Florals: Flowers by Rodney

xoxo

TGIF

March 28, 2014  |  Personal  |  No Comments

Y’all …

I couldn’t be more excited that today’s Friday! This week has been a doozie for sure, and I’m so happy to put this week behind me.

Looking back, one event that occurred on Sunday should have foreshadowed the rest of the week. On my weekly grocery trip (this week to Target), I looked down only to notice the main stone of my engagement ring was GONE.

GONE I tell you. I still am not sure how I didn’t drop my coffee right then and there. My hands immediately began to shake and words weren’t coming out of my mouth. After stumbling to customer service to leave my name and number (for my own sake), I stumbled to my car and forced myself to breathe. The fact that it was insured was of NO comfort that that moment. Broken prong + no stone = bad, bad Sunday.

To make a very long and dramatic story short, I found my stone. I clearly had special someone watching over me. The amazing folks (Harvey and Carisa) at A-Bryans got me fixed up this week and looking like the first time I saw it.

… That was only the beginning of the week. But, I survived and am still standing. After one more prospective client meeting this afternoon (which always make my days better), I’ll be bidding this week farewell and not looking back.

So to my sweet brides and friends – please continue to have your ring checked and cleaned monthly. Don’t put it on until after you’re dressed, and please, please have it insured. I’m adding “don’t wear it to Target” to my list.

xoxo

Cupcakes and Calligraphy

March 12, 2014  |  Personal, Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

I have always admired beautiful handwriting, even more so calligraphy. I love to follow calligraphers and hand-letterers on IG and – secretly – I knew I was going to be a decent one myself. I mean, how hard could it be?

WRONG.

While Saturday’s Cupcakes and Calligraphy class, hosted by Margaret of Proper Prints, was beautifully decorated in one of my most favorite local places, my calligraphy was anything but something a logical human being would pay for.

When looking through the amazing M Design Photography (not to worry. I’ve already booked her for all of my future children) photos from class, I decided the pics speak for themselves … with a little commentary a la Pioneer Woman.

Buckle Up.

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This isn’t one of M Design Photography’s photos … It’s fuzzy and has the first filter I clicked on in IG. She wouldn’t approve.

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See I told you the setup was precious.

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Thank the heavens I sat next to Kim. Who knows what she said to make us all laugh, but I’m sure it was amazing. Class clown? Miss Congeniality? She wins.

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Let me tell you what Margaret is thinking here: “Oh man, should I even stop to help her?”

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The answer. Yes. Pull a seat Margaret. Make yourself at home. You’ll be here a while.

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What? We should be practicing our snakes? Well, I broke my nib … and we’re only 15 minutes in.

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And Rita, who has perfect hair. And calligraphy. And will be taking the next advanced class. She’s my friend.

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All jokes aside, it was such a fun Saturday. I loved the group of girls in the inaugural Cupcakes and Calligraphy class, and I’m excited to have all of the tools I need to keep practicing. Patience isn’t one of my best virtues, and I think calligraphy will be the perfect activity to help teach me this.

I wouldn’t have had nearly as much fun if it wasn’t for these ladies and pictures Michelle captured and shared.

And, practice makes perfect right? At least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself.

xoxo

The Debaillons: Ailene + James

March 10, 2014  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

I’m so excited to blog the Debaillon wedding! Ailene was one of the first brides I booked after buying Southern Fete. Having gone to high school together with Ailene and James, I knew from the beginning it was going to be such a fun ride.

When asked by a vendor to choose three words to describe their wedding, Ailene said “simple, elegant, and fun.” It certainly met these and many more.

Y’all…the church. There are no words for how beautiful the Cathedral is every day of the year but especially during the Christmas season. The picture below is by far my favorite from the wedding! And can we talk about the back of Ailene’s dress? Her custom Heidi Elnora gown from I Do in Baton Rouge was beyond gorgeous.

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Crystal Weddings did a fabulous job on Ailene’s four tier combed butter cream cake, and the groom’s cake. There was a mad dash at one point to get a piece of each for Ailene and James before it was completely gone.

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One of the main flowers used was the hydrangea. I love this picture and how it captures the elegance and simplicity that Ailene wanted for her wedding. As usual, Flowers by Rodney did not disappoint.

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I was so excited for one of my brides to choose Val Marie Paper for her invitations. Ailene chose to customize the Ruby suite, and it was beyond beautiful. Katherine Holly created the below monogram for Ailene and James that they used for their programs, koozies, bar cups, and more!

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Last, but not least, the ballroom. Cristina with Event Rentals helped to create the most amazing chandelier drape over the dance floor. I’m not sure if it was Krossfyre or the beautiful Maria Therese chandelier that got people to the dance floor, but does it really matter? :)

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There were so many gorgeous pictures that it was hard to choose which ones to use. Their wedding video is also coming soon, so I’ll be sure to circle back once it’s complete!

Ailene and James’ day would have not been what it was without these amazing vendors who made my job a piece of cake!

 Vendors:

Photographer: Jay Faugot

Ceremony: St. John’s Cathedral

Reception: Hilton Lafayette

Wedding and Groom’s Cake: Crystal Weddings

Music: Krossfyre

Flowers: Flowers by Rodney

Invitations + Programs: Val Marie Paper

Monogram: Katherine Holly

Transportation: Party Time Trolley and Esquire Limo

Videographer: Carriage Films

xoxo