I remember my first call with Natalie’s mom like it was yesterday. “You’re the infamous Cassie Thibeaux,” is how I remember it starting. From that line on, working with Natalie and Chad and their families was a complete dream. While Natalie focused on finishing her Master’s degree and Chad persevered in his job, Mrs. Julie and I took the reigns and became the Weaver wedding elves. We would routinely get “Great job ladies” emails from Natalie, which may still be one of my favorite highlights (and probably a few emails that won’t be archived!) They so graciously respected the time I was away on maternity leave and trusted that this planner wouldn’t be too rusty for her first one back.
As October 1 got closer, we all hoped and prayed that the weather would be in our favor. An open-air, outdoor wedding under the festoon lights was Natalie and Chad’s dream and one that ended up coming to life just has they had envisioned.
I won’t soon forget the amount of love that filled the air during their wedding week, rehearsal, and wedding day. When I walked in to see Natalie the morning of, she skipped around the corner in her Diva-washed PJ’s and threw her hands up in the air with an enthusiastic “HEY!” When I called Chad to check-in and say Happy Wedding Day, he answered with, “You’re the only one I’m picking up the phone for today.” And who’s the lucky one? Me, me, me!
It’s no secret the Hilliard Museum is one of my favorite venues in town, and this wedding lived up to every expectation I had for it. From a surprise live painter, to a surprise custom signature drink sign and pencil sketches of their two dogs, to surprise boudin as the late night snack, it’s no surprise this planner had “big hair” that night (please tell me you get that reference).
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!)
The Southern Fete Mama Hen
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 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!
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.
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.
Reception:: Hotel Bentley
Florist:: Joel Theriot Design
Videographer:: M&M Sounds
Reception Band:: Rewind
Catering:: The Diamond Grill
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
LOVE this custom invitation suite!
The duck on top of the groom’s cake was carved by Trey’s grandfather. Such a sweet touch!
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!
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
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!
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