The Leonards :: Sarah + Mike

December 1, 2015  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Sarah and Mike’s wedding marked the start of a wonderfully packed fall wedding season. I first met Sarah when she was a bridesmaid in one of my November weddings last year, and we instantly hit it off. She has a pear ring, need I say more?

These two were the best to work with. Sarah was so trusting, and Mike was up for whatever made Sarah happy. Their wedding was a perfect representation of the both of them and their sweet son Jude, who may have stolen part of the show. From the Guidry’s red velvet cake to the arch Mike built for the ceremony, every detail was covered.

And, I can’t sign off without mentioning Sarah’s dress. It was stunningly beautiful and one of my favorite to date.

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Sarah and Mike – There’s not much more to say than that you’re the sweetest. I loved working with both of you and can’t wait to see what the future holds. “Cheers”-ing both of you with my Maxwell’s styrofoam cup (you know that’s a solid cheers!).


Photographer :: Hannah Mulligan Photography

Venue :: Wolff Ballroom

Florist :: Root Floral Design

Bride’s Cake :: Sky’s the Limit and Guidry’s Bakery New Iberia

Groom’s Cake :: Sky’s the Limit


The DaSilvas :: Emily + Joe

November 11, 2015  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Here we go again – life has been crazy lately and it seems like the blog is the first thing to get pushed to the bottom of the list. I promise to get better as there are so many amazing weddings that have happened that I need to share.

With today being Veteran’s day, I knew it was time for me to sit down and get back to it. What a better way to show my appreciation for all of those who have served and are currently serving than to recap my first military wedding – which couldn’t have had more meaning, tradition, or love crammed into it.

Emily and Joe were a complete joy to work with, and I truly mean it. They were laid back, trusting, and, most importantly, so focused on the marriage part of this journey that the little bumps along the way didn’t phase them. I came to feel as though I was an honorary member of the Bacque family, and hanging out at the salon the day of the wedding was more like hanging out with friends than being at work. As Emily’s photographer, Gwen, kept saying throughout the day, Emily was one of the happiest brides we’ve worked with. And Joe is one of the most chivalrous of gents I’ve met!

From the ceremony musicians receiving a round of applause after playing America the Beautiful as part of the prelude, to a saber salute after the ceremony, to the Forgotten Soldier table at the entrance of their reception, to the toasts that kicked off the night, it truly was one of the most sentimental weddings I’ve been a part of.

As with every wedding, there were a few hiccups including the ever-so-memorable wedding crasher. You know you’ve thrown an amazing party when other people want to join in, right? But regardless, Emily and Joe became Mr. and Mrs. DaSilva and surprised guests with the cutest of choreographed first dances.

Emily and Joe – I hope that you won’t soon forget the magic of your wedding day. The excitement of becoming Mr. and Mrs., the smiles no one could have wiped off your faces, and the joy that resonated amongst the twinkly lights above the dance floor during your first dance. I learned a lot from both of you – including that you think I look like Katy Perry – and I hope you know that you both hold a special place in my heart. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for both of you!

With all of my love!


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Can I get an AMEN for Popeyes making an appearance!?! :)

Photographer :: Gwen Aucoin Photography

Ceremony :: Academy of Sacred Heart

Reception :: Cafe Vermilionville

Flowers :: It’s a Wrap

Cake :: Kathleen Short

Band :: Royal Dukes

Hair and Makeup :: Bleu Coiffure

Programs :: Inkling Design Studio

Inspired Retreat :: A look back

July 13, 2015  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

One of my goals for this year was to attend a conference. Somehow it was always easier to attend conferences while working in the corporate world, but I didn’t want that to be the case. I mulled over all of the options and gave myself 5 minutes to press “register” when registration opened for the Inspired Conference and didn’t look back.

Evans Mill is one of the most peaceful places I’ve been, serves some of the very best food, and was the perfect place to get my mind right for this conference. I met some of the sweetest friends and walked away with more than I set out to accomplish. You’ll have to stay tuned, though, to see some of these things come of life.

Leaving for the conference came on the heels of wrapping up a pretty stacked Spring calendar. The thought of opening my closet to begin packing gave me instant anxiety. I knew it was the perfect time for Southern Fete to get Styled. Michelle and I picked an hour on one afternoon, and she literally worked magic. She used what I already had in my closet, picked jewelry, shoes, took pictures and basically wrapped a beautiful bow around what I needed to throw in a suitcase. I can’t deny that I felt this was a little diva-ish, but one of the themes of the conference was that when you have the chance to outsource DO IT. Having Michelle, I was able to kick the packing anxiety to the curb and better utilize my time to tie up any lose ends before I unplugged for a week.

Here’s a few pictures from my time there from the super talented and equally sweet Alexis June Weddings!

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When in doubt of what to wear when meeting a new group of girls, may I suggest stripes? On the first day, there were a group of 4 or 5 of us that had on navy stripes and I’m not sure if it was the stripes or the personalities behind choosing stripes, but we were instant friends. Yes, that’s me snapping a Instagram shot. Did you honestly think I’d miss an opportunity to snap both stripes and polka dots in the same frame. I think not.
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This, right here, is one moment that I’m forever grateful to have been captured. We were asked to write down what we would have told ourself when just starting out. Besides the fact that I didn’t tap into my negotiating self and get one of the super talented calligraphy ladies to write it for me, of all the things I’ve learned in the past two years it’s this right here. I’d love to scream it from the rooftops. Instead, I guess I’ll have a print made and put it in my office.


The Chiarullis :: Danielle + Anthony

July 10, 2015  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

I remember the first time I spoke with Danielle I was so impressed with how calm, relaxed, and sweet she was. She was engaged to a former grade and high school classmate of mine, and I felt like we instantly hit it off.

Together, Danielle and Anthony are such a sweet and thoughtful couple. One of my favorite memories from their wedding was Anthony surprising Danielle with a limo to take her and her bridesmaids to Rip Van Winkle. The limo was running just a bit behind schedule, and Danielle was adamant that she wanted to stick to my timeline. The maid of honor and I were texting back and forth as she dipped into her bag of tricks to stall Danielle, but Danielle was getting upset. Finally, I told her MOH to blame it all on me. Say that I was coming, and she couldn’t leave before I got there.

Let’s just say Danielle wasn’t too happy with me. When the limo arrived and Danielle saw it for the first time, she was shocked. This was all caught on camera, but for me, the best part was when she said, “I feel so bad for being mad at Cassie!”

My second favorite memory of the night was when Danielle and Anthony had the chance to just take a look around the room, hear the band, see their guests dancing, and notice the decorations and flowers. Danielle said to me, “You were our best decision.”

It’s moments like those – both the limo and the sweet compliment – that power me through the details, timelines, and grunt work of being a wedding planner.

Danielle and Anthony – Thank for you letting me part of your big day, your surprises. I wish you all of the best and am elated to say that grade-school friends have now become my “adult” friends.


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Photographer :: Sharper Photography

Venue :: Rip Van Winkle Gardens

Flowers :: Flowers by Rodney

Cakes :: Sky’s the Limit Cakes

Band :: Nik L Beer

Caterer :: Two Guys Catering


A Southern Louisiana Bridal Brunch

July 6, 2015  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Whew, excuse me for a second while I dust off the cob-webs on the blog. There really isn’t an excuse for my absence, but humor me for a second and think of the best, most fabulous reason I’ve been MIA.

Ok, back to reality.

A few months ago, Michelle and I brought to life a vision that we had talked about for months. A styled bridal brunch. Mother nature threw us a curve ball on our original date, but we made a few adjustments and made it happen. If you ever doubt the spunkiness, drive, and incredible talent a petite person can have, you haven’t met Michelle.

There are so many things I could say about each and every vendor and model that was part of this shoot, but I think the photos say it better. Hannah, I can’t say enough about how amazing it has been to watch what amazing things you have accomplished in the year that I’ve known you. Thank you for pouring your heart into this shoot, these photos.

And lastly, a big thank you to 100 Layer cake for showcasing the shoot a few weeks ago.

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Photographer :: Hannah Mulligan Photography

Styling :: Styled. By Michelle Judice

Florist :: Root Floral Design

Invitations :: Inkling Design Studio

Calligraphy :: The Paper Princess

Hair :: Bleu Coiffure, Carly Escurieux

Makeup :: Annie Bonaventure

Jewelry :: Chloe + Isabel

Clothing:: Amor

Venue :: ULL Alumni Center

Desserts :: Indulge

Rentals :: Event Rental

The Boulangers :: Cat + Josh

May 11, 2015  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

You know the saying something goes a bit off track at every wedding? Getting a call from Cat two weeks before her wedding letting me know that we had to find a new reception venue certainly fell into the “something going awry” category.

In no time, we found – what I think – was the more-than-perfect reception venue for these two. And, may I mention the hamburger I ate during setup was the very best thing I’ve ever had?

Fun. Trusting. Bold. Those are a just a few of the things that come to mind when I remember Cat + Josh. Their wedding was different and so much fun. I can honestly say that while it was one of the most laid back weddings I’ve been a part of, it was certainly one of the most fun! Their ceremony was officiated by a CJ, hilarious radio personality; their reception included a past The Voice contestant, a Lafayette second-line in the streets of downtown, glow sticks, and two people that truly have more love for each other than words can describe.

I’m excited to share some of my favorite photos from their big day thanks to the super-talented Hannah Mulligan Photography!

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Cat + Josh – There may have been some people that said we were an odd pair, but I think we were the perfect match. You have so much love for each other that no matter what happened that day, everything would have been right in the world. You completely trusted me to make things happen, and I couldn’t have been more appreciative for that. There are so many memories from your wedding that I will remember forever.

Cheers to you, Mr. and Mrs. Boulanger! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

(May the force be with you! ;))


Photographer :: Hannah Mulligan Photography

Ceremony :: Vermillionville

Reception :: Jefferson Street Pub

Caterer :: iMonelli

Florist :: Flowers by Rodney

Cake and Sweets :: Sky’s the Limit Cakes

Photo Booth :: Oh Snap!

Transportation :: People Haulers

Band :: Ray Boudreaux