Mag Swag. Six Oaks. Charenton. I feel like this wedding needs it’s own crossword puzzle. Anyone up for it?
I remember the day Anna first met with me like it was yesterday. She skipped into my office, wearing something fabulous as usual, and promptly said “I’ll sign the contract.” Just like that. I decided since we knew each other from way back in children’s choir, she knew what she was getting into. She did. All she wanted was “someone that would handle her s***.” I was honored that she thought/knew I was the planner for her. Anna had a vision, and I was bound and determined to Get. It. Done.
The planning process was never short of laughs, crazy abbreviations, or silly hashtags. I’m sad that January 31, 2015, has come and gone but I know that the St. Blancs will always be friends and I’ll always be an honorary “Broussard sis.” There’s so much that I could say about this wedding, but I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.
Here goes …
This front porch … and the simplicity of the color palette in these bouquets. Someone get me a rocking chair and a glass of sweet tea!
Introducing “mag swag!” Disclaimer :: No magnolia trees were hurt in the making of this wedding’s mag swag …
These girls have the kindest hearts, and I loved the few minutes I had with them during the day. They were all smiles and even played “police” when I charged them with keeping Anna in the hotel the morning of the wedding (so she couldn’t sneak a peak)!
This is why first looks are the bee’s knees!
I’m in LOVE with these cufflinks and Anna’s Chloe + Isabel ring!
Can’t say I’ve ever seen a bigger card! You win, Anna!
This picture, y’all. A man, his best friend, and his best friend for life (Anna, that is).
Can we talk about these oak trees? This bridal party?
Oh, and this tent! From the beginning, Anna knew what she wanted and it happened. A big thanks to Cristina at Event Rental for being the mastermind behind this incredible ivory drape! Swoon!
I really should end the blog here because these cakes were the very best cakes I’ve eaten. Can we take a moment? Blaise’s godmother poured all of her love into making these cakes, and every single guest loved her for it. Are you eating your screen yet? Because, you should!
I spy a fan-tabulus chandelier … oh and a pretend garter toss!
Where does this Go Pro video exist? Blaise’s look is priceless!
Back to the front porch, the mag swag, the oak trees, a fist pump, and a few parting words:
Charenton – I’m sorry I didn’t know you existed until Anna sat in my office and we looked it up on a map. You may be quiet but are filled with so much love. Thank you for welcoming this big-city (Lafayette is big city to Charenton, right?) girl with more love I could have ever expected!
Anna and Blaise – May you always remember just how magical January 31, 2015 was! I wish you only the very best! Thank you for trusting me with such a special day in your lives. I can’t wait to visit casa de St. Blanc once it’s ready!
Cheers to the St. Blancs!
Photographer :: Second Line Photography
Event Rentals :: Event Rental
Hair/Makeup :: Flawless Bride
Florist :: Root Floral + Bride’s Mom
Church :: Immaculate Conception Church
Reception :: Six Oaks (family property)
Food :: Stacy Landry Catering
Band :: Krossfyre
If I had to pick one word to describe Alexis and Jarrett’s wedding day, there’s no doubt it would be fabulous. Her dress is one of my favorites to date, their cake was a show stopper but not as much as their dance moves, and their family and friends had such a good time celebrating Mr. and Mrs. Batiste!
If you’re a need-to-see-it person, feast your eyes on the incredible images from Catherine Guidry!
Seriously. How gorgeous is this dress! Swoon!
I have to give a shout out to Alexis’ glam squad. A sheer look of panic graced Alexis’ face when I told her what time I thought hair and makeup needed to start (you can thank a day wedding) for everyone to be completed in time. These girls did an amazing job and got everyone out of the door ON TIME! This planner was forever happy and grateful!
Who doesn’t love this church? Especially at Christmastime!
Want to freak out your wedding planner? Just wait until the rehearsal to tell her you have a twin brother and then make her guess who is who!
I can’t love this picture more. Jarrett has the sweetest heart and was so excited for his big day!
Remember those dance moves I mentioned?
And a few Southern Fete action shots!
Thank you for choosing Southern Fete to coordinate your big day! It was more fabulous than we could have imagined, and wish you as much happiness as your wedding cake brought to your guests (people stared all night!)!
Photographer :: Catherine Guidry
Caterer :: Glenda’s Creole Kitchen
Cakes :: Sweet Southern Ladies
Church :: St. John’s Cathedral
Reception :: Cade Community Center
Photo Booth :: FreezeFrame
Transportation :: Party Time Trolley
Bridal Gown :: Blanc Bridal
Year 2 … Did I really say that? How did that happen so fast? And wowza, what an incredible year! Before writing this post, I looked back at the things learned in year one. So many of those still ring true, but year two brought a new set of things I’ve learned.
- Southern Fete Family – Never would I have imagined having such an amazing, loyal, energetic, talented (and the list goes on) family of clients. So many have become close friends who I’ve shared dinners, baby showers, house warming parties with and for that I could not be happier. I have been blown away by the number of thoughtful grooms who have taken the time to text or call the day after the wedding to thank me for making their wedding so stress-free and memorable. Equally amazing is the number of thoughtful gifts I’ve received and hand-written notes that I’ll cherish forever! Year two took me to family property on Spanish Lake, New Orleans, Grand Coteau, amazing family property in Ruston, Rip Van Winkle, the lawn of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum, Breaux Bridge, Opelousas, Washington, and Charenton.
- Tents – It seems that the past year was year of the tent wedding. There’s something so beautiful about an outdoor tent wedding, but equally as logistically challenging. I could write a novel about them – I think – but look back and realize some of my very favorite moments are the end results of tent weddings!
- Proud Mary – It’s still one of my favorite wedding moments and year 2 has yielded amazing performance by Krossfyre, Mojeaux, Phat Hat, Stormy the Band, Louisiana Red, Compozitionz, and some I’m sure to be forgetting. I want to start filming pieces of each Proud Mary performance and look back in a year at how many I have. I may test how many of you actually read this by admitting that one of my sweet couples demanded I dance to Proud Mary with them and Krossfyre, which resulted in 4 minutes of ROLLING on stage with Mr. and Mrs. St. Blanc (more to come when I blog their wedding!).
- Small Business Owner – Being a small business owner is surely not for the faint of heart! At the beginning of year 2, I launched the new website. It seems like the website and blog continually require energy that I rather spend picking linens, recommending vendors, or making itineraries. The Southern Fete brand is constantly evolving, and year 3 should yield some exciting changes. I’ve learned that my competitive self is better served turning those relationships into valuable assets. Coordinating close to 25 events in year two has taught me that while I “can” do it, I want to focus on quality not quantity.
There’s already so much that’s happening this year that makes me think year 3 will be unbelievable! I hope you’ll stick along with me for the ride – and plenty of gorgeous wedding photos along the way!
I’ve been anxiously awaiting blogging Caroline + Matt’s wedding and hope you’ll love looking through some of my favorite images from their big day. From the first time I met Caroline, I knew she and I would have a blast working together. She’s so kind-hearted but equally particular in the vision of her wedding day and focused on creating timelines that happen in five-minute increments.
I also knew it was a match when she told me that she and Matt were JUNIOR HIGH sweethearts. You may remember me sharing that BC and I have known each other since kindergarten and “dated” since junior high, so I knew that Our Lady of Fatima School clearly played the same matchmaker role for her and Matt that it did for me!
Their special day turned out to be cloudy and a bit rainy, but I was so thrilled that they remained focused on what the day was actually about and made the very best of it!
Loved her shoes!
A polka dot liner with the sweetest card … Caroline, I don’t think he needed anything else!
I am obsessed with the bridesmaids dresses Caroline picked for her girls!
No caption needed.
Caroline and Matt – I wish you many years of happiness! You were such fun to work with, and I loved being able to share in your special day with you!
Flowers :: Flowers by Rodney
Photographer :: Erin and Geoffrey
Church :: St. Landry Catholic Church
Reception :: Wolff Ballroom
Transportation :: Washington Trolley, People Haulers, Calco
Cakes :: Country Cakes
Hair and Makeup :: Studio 121
Band :: Nik L Beer
There are some couples you love from the very beginning. When I first met with Traci, some of the first things she said to me were, “I’m crazy,” “We’re not engaged; just getting married,” “I never thought I would get married,” and “We just want a party.” Oh I forgot one, “I’m pregnant with twins.” This would usually prompt me to run far, far away, but I had this little feeling. A feeling that told me to push back my December vacation, buckle down and plan.
Planning this wedding in just short of three months was a little hectic to say the least, but I honestly don’t think it could have turned out more perfectly! The best part of my job is watching two people who love each other celebrate that with their family and friends. Traci and Jake (and their sweet twin boys) are loved by so many, and seeing everyone celebrate them was amazing.
Traci pulled me aside at the reception – to which I could only guess what she was going to ask/tell me – but she thanked me. Thanked me for being the only person to challenge her original plans of getting married at a courthouse and showing up for a party. (Looking back I realize I was the only one brave enough to challenge a strong-willed, pregnant mommy to twins!) For challenging her to want more for a dream she didn’t even know that she had and for making that dream more perfect than she could have ever imagined. Planner heart attack (in the best way possible). We hugged it out, took a picture together, and got her back on the dance floor.
Enough of the emotional stuff … choosing my favorite images is becoming harder and harder but here goes.
Traci and Jake were not technically “engaged” so her rings were a complete surprise. She gave me permission to sneak a peak before the ceremony for the photographers and videographers to capture it. I just stared. I knew she had no clue what Jake had picked up and the moment she saw them at the ceremony certainly didn’t disappoint. She did manage to mutter, “I deserved this” (or something along those lines) from behind her hand, which was glued over her mouth in shock!
You should also do yourself a favor and watch their amazing wedding video.
Traci and Jake (baby Baer and Dean, too), I couldn’t have been more blessed than to have shared in your wedding day! Thank you for trusting me and for letting me challenge you! I know you will be fabulous parents, and I wish your sweet little family all of the happiness (and successful hunting and fishing trips) in the world.
Photographer :: Hannah Mulligan Photography
Reception :: Social Southern Table and Bar
Florist :: Root Floral
Band :: Randy Latiolais
Cake :: Sugar Belle by Elise
Videographer :: 63 Films
I’ve mentioned it before, but one of my favorite parts of this job is reconnecting with past friends and classmates. Bridget and I danced together at the same studio throughout high school, and when she contacted me to help with her wedding I couldn’t have been more excited – and panicked about pronouncing her future last name.
Bridget and Shawn had such a beautiful (despite the heat) wedding at Rip Van Winkle followed by a reception in the Bayless Center. Guests of all ages danced the night away to Stormy the Band and of course to my favorite, Proud Mary.
One of my favorite parts of their wedding was the live painting. I know I’m partial because BC and I had one at our wedding, but I know how much I enjoy ours and hope that Bridget and Shawn will enjoy theirs just as much.
Be sure to also watch their wedding video (click here!) It’s so much fun and will be sure to put a smile on your face!
Wishing you many years of happiness, Mr. and Mrs. Kushiyama!
Venue :: Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Florist :: Root Floral
Photographer :: Chris Deville
Cakes :: FleurDeLicious
Popcorn Bar :: Doc Popcorn
Live Artist :: Magnifeeq Art
Hair / Makeup :: Sara Buteaux
Band :: Stormy the Band
Caterer :: Chef Bobby and Dot
Videographer :: Randy Diddly