My Southern Fete Family

September 23, 2016  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

This has been on my heart for a few weeks, so I figured I needed to share.

Someone asked me the other day what I mean by “Southern Fete family.” You see to me, it’s not a marketing ploy. It’s not a social media filler. It’s not something I use lightly. To me, it truly is my second family. It’s my clients who are neonatal nurses who I immediately called after getting into a car accident while pregnant in January. It’s my client who’s a dentist that helped me when I had an ulcer the size of my son’s hand in my mouth. It’s my client who’s a nurse anesthetist who answered questions about getting an epidural. It’s my past bride who gives her extra sparklers to another bride whose didn’t arrive in time without thinking twice. It’s my bride who helps me decipher the ridiculousness that is the tax assessor’s reassessment notice. It’s the “keep it a secret but WE’RE PREGNANT and wanted you to be one of the first to know” text messages I’ve been lucky enough to receive.

My couples and their families become my pride and joy and the reason I want to make sure their big day is as perfect as humanly possible.

So I promise that when you see me welcoming a new couple or little sweet one into the Southern Fete family, I really mean it. I wouldn’t get to do what I love to do if it wasn’t for that family. And I wouldn’t be able to give it my all if I didn’t think of each one of them as my family.

As with any family, we may or may not be a little dysfunctional. A little loud. A little proud. But we love, and we love hard.

Maybe becoming a mom really has changed my heart (but I still promise I won’t cry at your wedding!)

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xoxo

The Southern Fete Mama Hen

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The Darouses:: Sarah + Seth

September 21, 2016  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Did you know that FUN is actually spelled SARAH+SETH? The Breauxs and the Darouses know how to PARTY y’all! These two are always laughing. Always having fun. And, it made planning their wedding an absolutely blast. Even a pop up shower on the day of their summer wedding couldn’t dampen the love and excitement.

This wasn’t my first Breaux rodeo so to speak as Sarah and Andrew (take a second and relive this amazing wedding too!) are step siblings, so I knew what kind of party it was going to be!

Hannah Mulligan Photography never disappoints – rain or shine. Here’s a few of our favorites!

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Sarah and Seth – Your super sweet and ball-of-fun personalities make you so loved by so many. We’re so delighted to have been part of another family wedding and have no doubt that your wedding was only the beginning of a wonderful life together. Thank you for trusting us. For making us laugh. And for loving love.

xoxo

Photographer:: Hannah Mulligan Photography
Florist:: Root Floral
Ceremony:: Sacred Heart 
Reception::  City Club River Ranch
Cakes:: Courtney Dugas
Hair/Makeup:: Joie de Vivre; Beauty by Victoria
Reception Band:: SouledOut

The Brooms :: Hanna + Lee

September 14, 2016  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Let me tell you about one of the sweetest couples you’ll meet and their special day. I remember the day I got Hanna’s inquiry and called her and the first day I met with her and her mom. It was the beginning of getting to know a super sweet couple and family.

Hanna knew what she wanted from the very beginning. Traditional. Elegant. Memorable. Fun. We worked together on her florals and vision for linens and decor. She told me about a few special surprises she had in store for Lee and her mom. And little did she know, I was also working behind the scenes with Lee and her sister to surprise her with a LIVE PAINTING – my favorite.

In the midst of the planning, I found out about little Neil and that he would likely make his appearance the week before the wedding. Appeasing his planner mother, he arrived two days before. Hanna and her mom were incredibly sweet to welcome Meghan onboard and trust that the Southern Fete team would undoubtedly make it all happen.

I remember her wedding was the first night we were home from the hospital, and I kept my phone on silent but so close by so I could see when the girls sent me updates. The ballroom couldn’t have been any more beautiful, Hanna and Lee any more excited to marry each other, and the guests have any more fun.

The photos that Brandon O’Neal Photography captured are remarkable. I’ll let them do the rest of the talking …
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Hanna and Lee – There wasn’t a time I don’t think I saw you have a smile on your faces or a time when you weren’t sweet as pie. I wish I could have physically been there on your wedding day, but I know you were in the best hands. Thank you so very much for choosing Southern Fete and for trusting we could make it happen even when you knew I wouldn’t be able to be there. The love that you extended as we became of a family of three was so very appreciated. I couldn’t be more proud to have you as part of the Southern Fete family and can’t wait to see what life has in store for you both!
xoxo
Photography::  Brandon O’Neal Photography
Church:: St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
Reception:: Hotel Bentley
Florist:: Joel Theriot Design
Videographer:: M&M Sounds
Reception Band:: Rewind
Catering:: The Diamond Grill
Live Painting:: Meredith Piper Art

The Hightowers :: Paige + Trey

September 7, 2016  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Surely you’ve heard there is always a bump in the road when planning the wedding. I think if you were to ask Paige and Trey if there was a bump – heck even bumps – they’d chuckle and say yes. The planning process wasn’t exactly without its ups and down for these two, but I think their wedding day couldn’t have ended up being any more perfect.

Part of the best part of my job is getting to know my clients. Paige and Trey were in the bridal party for one of our Fall weddings last year and fast forward to their wedding – that couple was part of their wedding. Throughout the planning, we had our fair share of late night meetings (always including sweet treats), conference calls, and emails. While I wasn’t able to be a part of the whole wedding day, I’ve talked with so many of their guests who continue to relive such a fun and memorable day.

Here’s just a few of our favorites from Collin Richie Photography

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LOVE this custom invitation suite!

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The littles in this wedding couldn’t have been any cuter!


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Are these not the cutest and most delicious looking old fashioned cupcakes?

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The duck on top of the groom’s cake was carved by Trey’s grandfather. Such a sweet touch!


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Oh yes. You’re looking at a life-size alligator sculpture. Filled with the most delicious marinated crab claws your little eyes ever did see!


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Where to begin. This may go down as one of the most challenging tasks I’ve been charged with. Building a champs tower with all glass coupes that aren’t the same height. We all held our breath as we set it up, and luckily it stayed just where it needed too. I may still be holding my breath!

Paige and Trey – I loved working with both of you on such a special and meaningful day. You stayed focused on what your big day was truly about and always remembered that in the end, you’d marry your best friend, have some out-of-this-world food, and dancing for days. It certainly didn’t disappoint. I wish you all of the best old fashioneds (cupcakes or Dons) and memories that are to come!

xoxo
Photography:: Collin Richie Photography
Church:: Cathedral of St. John
Reception:: ULL Student Union
Catering:: Sam Trahan Catering
Bride and Groom’s Cake:: Kathleen Short
Flowers:: Flowers by Rodney
Live Painting:: Kali Picard
Reception Band:: Rockin’ Dopsie
Ice Sculpture:: Ice Slicers
Videography:: Acadiana Video Productions
Event Rental:: Party Central

Stationary :: Inkling Design Studio

Calligraphy :: Kathryn Podorsky

The Prejeans :: Alex and Rachel

August 31, 2016  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Alex has been my husband’s best friend since forever. He was my classmate since Kindergarten. He’s now our sweet Neil boy’s godfather. When he was ready to propose to Rachel, I was lucky enough to be included on the search for the ring – and the decision to have it custom made. This wedding was so special to me for so many reasons. They were clients but also family. I attended the rehearsal dinner and wedding as their planner but also the best man’s wife. Caitlin and Thad of Caitlin Guidry Photography did an amazing job capturing the love on that day, and I’m so excited to share it with you!

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Photography:: Caitlin Guidry Photography
Makeup:: Beauty by Victoria
Hair:: The Beauty Room
Bride’s Cake:: Ambrosia Bakery
Catering:: LSU Faculty Club
Ceremony:: University United Methodist
Ceremony Music:: Magnolia Strings
Florist:: The Plantation Florist
Videographer:: High Rise Productions
Wedding Band:: Souled Out
Late Night Snack:: District Donuts
Groom’s Table:: Twin’s

The Stals :: Amy and Ian

June 28, 2016  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

I have debated even including any text with this post since you’ll likely find the photos Erin and Geoffrey captured as breathtaking as I did, but I think it would be unfair since Amy and Ian are equally as amazing.

When Amy was picking dates for their wedding, I was unavailable for her first choice and sad about it. After giving her recommendations for other planners, I remember getting a call from her saying, “If we change the date to May 19, are you available then?”
I’m sorry – did a bride just change the date because she wanted to work with me? #blushing! Amy and Ian chose to marry in Louisiana so that another very important man in her life – her grandfather – would be able to attend. Unfortunately, he went to his new home in Heaven a few short weeks before the wedding, but he was certainly present on the wedding day in so many ways.
These two are the perfect example of what magic can happen when you trust your vendors to do their thing – without hesitation or micromanaging. Their wedding turned out to be a magical, wonderful, memorable, and super sweet day. Take a look …
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Amy and Ian – I’m so glad that you chose Southern Fete to be part of such a special day. You undoubtedly trusted and valued all of the advice we sent your way, and for that I am forever grateful. We couldn’t have imagined your wedding to turn out any more beautiful than it did, and we hope that you will always remember just how special it was. You both are like family – my New Jersey/Florida family – and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.
xoxo
Photography :: Erin and Geoffrey
Florist :: Root Floral
DJ :: Aaron Lane Entertainment
Cajun Band :: T’Monde
Bride’s Cake :: Crystal Weddings
Groom’s Cake :: Sky’s the Limit
Videographer :: 63 Films
Caterer :: Chef Bobby and Dot
Calligraphy :: St. Blanc Calligraphy