Falling Into Fall :: McGarry Bridal Brunch

September 22, 2014  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

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 …

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Now, let’s talk about this food!

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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!

Cheers!

xoxo

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

 

The Whipps : Erin + Charley

September 16, 2014  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

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!

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Who doesn’t want to kick off the biggest day of their life with a good cigar and bottle of beer?

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Seriously?

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I’m obsessed with a navy suit and Root Floral’s bout is a beautiful contrast.

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Mr. and Mrs. Whipp. This is why first look’s are amazing!

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Mr. and Mrs. Whipp + Aubrey (who would prefer to be called Elsa)

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“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?

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This picture steals my heart. How gorgeous is Aubrey’s handmade dress? And, Erin’s dress simply could not be more beautiful. That lace!

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Cheers to the Whipps!

xoxo

Photographer: Hannah Mulligan Photography

Venue: Rip Van Winkle Gardens

Flowers: Root Floral Designs

DJ: Aaron Lane Entertainment

Dress: A’Nets Bridal Boutique

Makeup: Lauren Luquette at Bleu Coiffure

Hair: Genna Bradley at BE Salon

Catering: Abacus

Cakes: Katie Bakes

 

Val Marie Paper :: 2015 Collection

September 9, 2014  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

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!

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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.

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Now to the dots!

 

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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!

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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!

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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!

Cheers!

xoxo

Fall Frenzy

September 4, 2014  |  Uncategorized  |  No Comments

If you didn’t know it already, allow me to tell you just how much I love fall. Why do you ask?

  1. Pumpkins
  2. WHITE pumpkins (a completely different category than regular pumpkins, people!)
  3. Delicious smelling candles
  4. Crisp, cool air
  5. Boots
  6. The best color palate that exists
  7. Candy and Food
  8. Candy corn – not to be combined with the above category
  9. Gumbo and Soups – also not to be combined with no. 7
  10. WEDDING season

and who are we kidding

  • FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As a wedding planner, the fall takes on a whole new meaning. Exhaustion. But, I’m choosing not to focus on that. I’m basking in the glory that is my Hayfield candle, the (fake) fall foliage promptly displayed around the house/office on September 1, and the thought of redecorating on both October and November 1.

You think I’m rambling? Not so fast.

The reason you need to know how much I love the fall is so you will be able to relive my excitement when Inkling Design Studio gave me a sneak peek of her fall and Halloween designs. How to choose a favorite – especially when there are so many have DOTS! Do yourself a favor and hop on over to peruse the designs. Then, find a notepad and start an invite list. Which party will you be hosting this fall?

Here are a few of my favorites!

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Let’s raise our pumpkin spice lattes to a wonderful and bountiful Fall 2014!

Cheers!

xoxo

A Bite of Heaven

August 21, 2014  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Fasten your seat belts and put on your imagination caps!

I have been looking forward to Heirloom Cuisine’s tasting ever since I received the invitation. This girl needs no excuse for a trip to Baton Rouge, but this one was really a treat.

I have not one single photo from this event. I’m not sure if it’s because I saw so many wonderful people or because the food knocked my socks off.

I have been dying to recap this tasting for you, so here it goes! (Disclaimer: I’m only including my VERY favorites. Otherwise, I’d eat my desk before this post is over!)

  • Fired Plaquemines Parish Oysters with Jalapeno-Caper Remoulade – I’m not typically an oyster girl. But, I take my job seriously and that means tasting everything so I can give an honest answer when clients ask me. This one, my friends, did not disappoint. It was smoking hot, perfectly fried with a delectable topping. I wouldn’t mind sneaking one or two off a passed tray at a Southern Fete event. :)
  • Boudin-Cakes with Balsamic Caramelized Onion Jam – To. Die. For. Any Southern guest would die over this one. Maybe I’ll sneak one or two of these too!
  • Pesto Risotto Cakes with Olive Tapenade – I loved this one for so many reasons. It was different than the typical Southern reception food. And, it was beyond delicious.
  • Applewood Smoked Bacon & Caramelized Onions with Gruyere Cheese in Phyllo – This was the best part of a loaded baked potato in a one-bite phyllo cup goodness.

Friends, that was just the passed hors d’Oeuvures.

  • Mango Curry Cream Cheese Terrine with Praline Pecan Glaze – I’ll be honest. My husband is the Indian-food-loving half of us. I don’t typically like curry, and so I almost passed this one up. Oh boy am I glad I didn’t. It may have been my most favorite item. Paired with homemade chips, it was the perfect blend of a curry-kick with the sweetness of the praline glaze. I would like one for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. Pretty please!
  • Chilled Orzo Salad with Roasted Corn, Shrimp, and Feta – I need this in my refrigerator weekly. So light and even more delicious. Let’s talk about this as your “pasta” reception dish. Your calorie-minded guests will love you forever and ever – and may throw in a little extra during your money dance. You can thank me later :)
  • Balsamic Vegetable Display – This. was. gorgeous not to mention really great. I only grabbed the asparagus and peppers, but I certainly think this would be a crowd pleaser.

Aside from my love for each dish, the attention to detail and presentation of Heirloom’s food is over the moon. They served a fresh and refreshing watermelon martini alongside the most delicious cucumber and mint infused water. I mean, who doesn’t want to feel like they’re at the spa. Anyone?

Let’s be honest. We (South Louisiana folks) take our food seriously, and almost all of my brides tell me that the reception food is one of the three most important aspects of their wedding. So, like I mentioned earlier, I take my tasting duties seriously, and I know my clients would not be let down by any of the above items.

Until next year’s tasting … :)

xoxo

(Please note that these are my personal opinions of Heirloom Cuisine’s food based on the tasting I attended. I was not paid to write this blog post- only tempted by the invitation to attend the tasting. I’m happy to attend any tasting upon request :))

 

The Alexanders : Erin + Paul

August 13, 2014  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

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When I first met Erin, it was after the City Club at River Ranch bridal show. Erin was the winner of Southern Fete’s door prize, and I’m so thankful it happened that way. This past weekend, these two super sweet TIGERS tied the knot. It was a blast to see how this couple’s special day unfolded. Here are a few of my favorites!

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Did you notice the most precious ring bearer yet? I couldn’t love Erin’s choice for her bridesmaids dresses any more, and this picture truly captures the spirit of their bridal party! So much fun!

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First dance! :)

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I could smell this cake from the other side of the room. I love this classic Kathleen Short cake … and so did everyone else because there wasn’t any left. Serving it with ice cream (at her dad’s request) was a home run!

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Erin was so excited to surprise Paul with a groom’s cake with the logo of his radio station. Such a sweet idea!

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At our final meeting with Brent, the photographer, Erin warned him of Paul’s classic move. I loved seeing it on film since I was at the back lining up “the crew.”

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These girls had a blast with their cake pulls!

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The Alexanders!

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This picture was the last one taken of the night and is one of the sweetest in my opinion. Dr. and Mrs. Dawson were so sweet and the look on their faces is priceless. Three girls down the aisle – one to go! :)

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Brent stopped me as I made my way to load the car with their presents. I felt like the wedding Santa Clause … or a present genie … it was the end of the night. Forgive me.

Erin and Paul – You were such a pleasure to work with. You both are so thoughtful and easy-going and certainly made my job a pleasure. I hope you’ll remember all of the wonderful memories of this day for a long time. May your Saturdays be filled with SEC football and may the LSU v. Auburn game only result in one outcome – a peaceful house divided! Enjoy Bora Bora and have a drink for me please! :)

Cheers and Geaux Tigers (you know which ones!)!

xoxo

Photographer: Allen Breaux

Videographer: Acadiana Video Productions

Bridal Cake: Kathleen Short and Sweet

Groom’s Cake: Piece of Cake

Flowers: Flowers by Rodney

Church: Academy of the Sacred Heart Chapel

Reception: City Club at River Ranch

Band: Black Jacket