[Disclaimer :: My English major just failed me when I had to Google making a last name plural that already ends in -S. Another cup of coffee, please!]
This year is going by too fast, so we’re taking a step back to recap Josie and Jonathan’s April wedding! I met Josie and her mom just 30 days prior to her big day … that’s right THIRTY days! I’m pretty sure it was on April’s Fools day. We wasted no time in wrapping up the final details on what was truly one of the most beautiful weddings. Josie was such a trusting bride … music to a wedding planner’s ears!
There’s something about family property that makes a wedding/reception so very special. Josie and Jonathan’s reception was held on family property next to Spanish Lake. The tent, the lights, the entry arch all came together beautifully! It was the first time we worked with Dawn Earles, and let me tell you this lady is beyond talented. We had the hardest time picking favorites because every single picture was fabulous!
Here’s some of our favorites:
To watch their wedding video, click here!
Photographer :: Dawn Earles
Hair :: Emily – Gautreaux
Make-up Artist :: Emily Talley
Flowers :: Dallas Floral Designs
Wedding Cakes :: Crystal Weddings
Food and Catering :: The Art of Eating Catering
Music :: Aaron Lane Entertainment
Videographer :: Randy Diddly Studios
Photobooth :: Snap Star Photos
Event Rentals :: Event Rental (Cristina Martinez)
I remember when I first met with Emily and her mom about her October 2014 wedding like it was yesterday. Having put together that I went to high school with her brother before we initially met, I was sure that I would hit it off with them immediately. I was right!
Emily was such a sweet bride who never lost focus on what her wedding was really about – marrying her true love! Despite all of the details we waded through to make her wedding come to life, she never lost her enthusiasm or perspective. It made my job such a pleasure knowing that these two truly trusted me to handle “the rest” while they stayed focused on becoming Mr. and Mrs.
The weather was beyond perfect for their wedding! I was able to spend some time with the guys (not usually the case) before the wedding, and all of them were so calm! I asked them if they remembered they had a wedding that day … just to be sure!
I couldn’t be more excited to share my favorites from their wedding captured by the ever-talented Catherine Guidry!
Emily + Derek – Thank you for making my job a dream! I wish you all of the happiness in the world and was honored to be a part of such a special day.
Photography :: Catherine Guidry
Ceremony :: St. John’s Cathedral
Reception/Catering :: River Oaks
Florals :: Flowers by Rodney
Wedding Cake :: Kathleen Short
Groom’s Cake :: Theresa Menard
Hair and Makeup :: Bleu Coiffure
Reception Music: Aaron Lane
Photobooth: Bon Temps Photo Booth
Every wedding is special to me for different reasons. October was our busiest month yet and just so happened to wrap up with Cat + Mike’s wedding in Ruston. That’s right. Southern Fete went to Ruston! We honestly could NOT have had a better time or felt more welcome by both the Hunt and Judice families. But, before I get into the good stuff (aka the pictures), a little story of how we met.
This was my first wedding where I didn’t meet the couple until two days before the wedding. We had video chatted and I tried to assure Cat all was good since we shared a first name (except I spelled it correctly :)), but this was the real deal. From the minute we met in person, it felt as if we had been friends for years. Even for this non-hugger, there were hugs involved.
The family property where the ceremony and reception was held was unbelievable. I must have said 100 times that I felt bad for actually having my cell phone. Technically, I couldn’t put it away since I had a job to do, but I felt so many times that I should have just thrown it into the most beautiful lake and dealt with the repercussions later.
There’s so much more to be said, but I’ll leave it to the amazing work of Erin and Geoffrey photography with – of course – a little commentary of my own.
Knowing Cat has a fashion background and is now studying textiles, I could only picture what her dress would look like. It was nothing short of stunning.
I think this picture should win an award. These girls were beyond precious and so excited to be part of Aunt Cat and Uncle Mike’s big day.
“Oh, there’s a wedding today? We’ll be in on time. Just one quick paddle around the lake!” Next time, I’m adding a bit of time into my own timeline for a paddle!
You may take Mike’s look here to be one of panic. But he was pinned on the first try.
Who wouldn’t want to get married right here?
The back of Cat’s dress – swoon!
Is this real life?
My favorite picture of all time!
Cat’s bouquet was breathtaking. The colors, the shape, everything. It was also her arm workout for the day. Killing two birds with one stone. Just the way we like it!
The Original Tuxedo Jazz band wooed guests with the most Southern of jazzy tunes.
Yes, that’s a fried egg on top of a salad. Jealous?
Among my favorites for a groom’s cake. It tasted equally as good as it looked!
These two. It’s clear where Cat gets her Southern charm and big, genuine heart. Her parents were so welcoming from the time we arrived and honestly made us feel more like we were guests than workers. Mr. Jimmy even INSISTED we dance with him to a song. I certainly have some work to do to match his moves, but I left Ruston feeling as though I’m now an honorary member of the Hunt family!
Remember I said I couldn’t throw my cell phone in the lake. Well this is one of the reasons why. A quick call to the mayor of Squire Creek across the lake and guests were treated to a firework show! They chanted “Mrs. Judice,” and cheered each time there was a seeming finale! Record books friends. Record. Books.
Again, is this real life?
Visibly displaying what a 14-hour work day looks like, but we couldn’t have been happier to be part of Cat and Mike becoming Mr. and Mrs. Judice!
Cat and Mike – It was beyond a privilege to be part of your big day. We’re ready to do it all over again in a second! Wishing you all of the happiness in the world. I truly cannot wait to visit you both in the big city!
Cheers to true love … and Ruston … and Mr. and Mrs. Judice!
Photography :: Erin and Geoffrey
Flowers :: Nora’s Flowers
Band :: Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
DJ :: JJ’s Entertainment
Event Rentals :: Encore Event Rentals
Cakes :: Nancy Whittenburg
Catering :: Restaurant Cotton
Hair :: Boardwalk Salon
I’m pinching myself over here. Is it really [almost] the first day of fall? I couldn’t think of a better way to welcome Fall except for recapping a Southern Fete bridal brunch from this past weekend that was inspired by all of the richness fall has to offer – complete with a mulled spice candle filling the air with fall deliciousness.
You may remember the bridal luncheon from earlier this summer. It just so happens that this bridal brunch celebrated another sweet girl joining the Mosing family. While we won’t be able to celebrate with the happy couple in DESTIN!, we were over the moon to design a bridal brunch perfectly suited for Chrissy’s fun, spunky personality.
Although small, we had an outstanding group of vendors contribute to this brunch, and I certainly couldn’t have done it without them. I’ll let the rest do the talking …
Now, let’s talk about this food!
How sweet is this picture of the Mosing ladies? Would an all-female Christmas card be too much?!?!
Grab a morning margarita and help me wish Chrissy and Bryn the very best!
Photographer: Sarah Beth Photography
Flowers: Root Floral
Paper: Inkling Design Studio
Food (except for Spinach and Artichoke pies): Astra Modern Market
Spinach and Artichoke Pies: Nur’s Kitchen
Favors: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Chalkboards: Rock the Chalk
On April 29, 2014, I met with Erin and Charley. Why am I making it a point to tell you the exact date? Hang in there.
They were recently engaged and wanting to get married in August. Of course, I assumed that meant August 2015. Wrong. 2014. My heart fluttered a bit but then they added that there wasn’t a specific day, just any day in August that I was available. I’m sorry! Did I just hear that correctly? Yes, they were willing to work around my availability for their wedding. Wedding planners heart made. We hit the ground running, and all of the pieces fell beautifully into place.
Although a bit [insert exaggeration here] humid, Erin + Charley tied the knot a few weeks ago at the ever-beautiful Rip Van Winkle Gardens. Erin and Charley were the most laid back and trusting clients. I’m certain Charley said the best thing a planner can hear. It went a little something like this, “Cooking dinner is more stressful than you’ve made today. Thank you so much!”
There are so many amazing and touching photos that Hannah Mulligan Photography captured that it has been an act of labor to choose my favorites. But, a girl’s gotta do what she needs to do.
Three-month start-to-finish wedding – Check! Enjoy a few of my favorites below!
Who doesn’t want to kick off the biggest day of their life with a good cigar and bottle of beer?
I’m obsessed with a navy suit and Root Floral’s bout is a beautiful contrast.
Mr. and Mrs. Whipp. This is why first look’s are amazing!
Mr. and Mrs. Whipp + Aubrey (who would prefer to be called Elsa)
“Let it go … let it go …” Ok, ok. I’m done. How sweet is it that Charley got Aubrey a gift just like he did her mom?
This picture steals my heart. How gorgeous is Aubrey’s handmade dress? And, Erin’s dress simply could not be more beautiful. That lace!
Cheers to the Whipps!
Photographer: Hannah Mulligan Photography
Venue: Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Flowers: Root Floral Designs
Dress: A’Nets Bridal Boutique
Makeup: Lauren Luquette at Bleu Coiffure
Cakes: Katie Bakes
When Val with Val Marie Paper asked for input before she began her 2015 fall collection, I – of course – made a suggestion that there be a new suite with dots. It’s not rocket science. I love dots. Many Southern Fete brides love dots.
I was not let down when she launched her 2015 collection yesterday – including TWO designs including dots. We love supporting local vendors – especially since she has Southern Fete roots. Below are a few of my favorites, but head on over to take a look at the full collection!
The colors of the Emmaline suite stole my heart. Blush + Navy = Be still my heart. I love the femininity of this suite and the simplicity of the design with the emphasis on the bride and groom’s names. The pattern is just lovely.
Now to the dots!
The Beatrice suite caught my eye before I even realized there were dots. I admitted it. I love the whimsy of the fonts and the overall simplicity with a splash of fun. I have a strong feeling there will be a Beatrice Southern Fete bride in the future!
I have to admit that Val gave me the tiniest little sneak peek of the collection by sending the Cecille suite a few weeks ago. While the dots are more noticeable than with the Beatrice suite, I just love it. Picture it in navy, blush, or – wait for it … gold – it takes on a whole new personality. Guests who receive this collection are sure to know it’ll be a party not easily forgotten!
Whether you love dots as much as we do or not, VMP’s twelve new designs balance simplicity with whimsy. Modern with a hint of traditional. Take a look and raise a glass (preferably The Good Life mason jar) to Val for launching her 2015 collection!