The Reception

December 14, 2010  |  In Her Shoes  |  2 Comments

We kicked off the reception with our first dance, a special song to us “Precious Love” by James Morrison.

Me and Pops busted a move to Sammy Holbrook singing a modified version of “Pride and Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughan

These are four of my best friends in the world. And I love this picture because any given visit, we are laughing this much. Now we had proof. 

Mother-Son Dance was “In My Life” by The Beatles. LOVED THIS!

Time to make it official! And cut the cake. We opted out of gathering the wedding party around the cake table. I knew I’d rather enjoy the party than spend a good bit of time wrangling the wedding party for a photo op around the cake table.

Milk and Cookies for the Groom’s Cake

Then time to kick off the shoes…

And dance!

And sing!

When I first heard Sammy Holbrook sing at a rehearsal we were both working, I cried. No lie. It was beautiful and had me full of the emotions a wedding should bring. All at the rehearsal. Like with some of my other vendors, I probably wasn’t their easiest client. : ) I requested that Sammy sing a song as I walked down the aisle. “Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin. He learned it in a week for piano and vocals. I distinctly remember walking down the aisle and not wanting the walk to end because I wanted to keep hearing the beautiful song. Sammy not only DJs but also sings. When one song fades out he hops on the mike. It takes the guests a few seconds to realize, “No, that’s not Marvin Gaye singing…that’s our DJ!” It always spices up the night. He even sang a King’s of Leon song he remembered me liking that he played during setup for another wedding we had worked together. His soulful voice totally made this decision a no-brainer. He will wow your audience. No question!


And garter toss.

For our wedding, Chris from BrideFilm decided to pull out all the stops. About 15 minutes before it was time to leave the reception, Sammy our DJ announced a special treat for our guest, a trailer video of the day on a big screen TV. More tears ensued. It was so amazing to relive the day and share with our guests what had taken place that they hadn’t seen.

I love my sister’s reaction!!

Check out the video here!! You will not be disappointed!

What can I say? Proof is in the pudding! Tell me you didn’t cry watching this video? Not because of me and Tyler, but because of the amazing way Chris and his team tell a story. I remembered when I first checked out their site for a client, I teared up when I saw one of their videos. I didn’t know the couple at all. That’s how I knew they were good.

Then it was time for our exit. We chose silly string (more info on that tomorrow!)

Such a magical end to a magical day!

Photos by Jason Cohen and Mark Eric.

Next Up: The Details

The Ceremony & The Portraits

December 14, 2010  |  In Her Shoes  |  No Comments

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves today! (with a little commentary! ; )

As soon as I saw the candles down the aisle I started to cry. Why did that trigger my tears? Because I had this image of how it would look throughout the engagement…and it was exactly as I imagined it! I just couldn’t believe I was in this moment I had dreamed of for so long.

I was a basket case! Felt like such a lucky girl. I just love Tyler’s cute expression!

So we had one little mishap. I put my engagement ring on my right hand as is tradition so the wedding band can be closer to your heart. After the wedding band is placed on the finger, the engagement band can be placed on top. Well when they announced for Tyler to put on the ring, I looked down, saw my engagement ring on my right hand and gave it too him. Then quickly pulled it back!

Tumble! We dropped the ring. : ) I love my bridesmaids reactions in these next two. 

Josh, our minister, is a dear friend of Tyler’s. It was so special to have him a part of our ceremony. Our pastor at the church we attend gave a charge to us. I value everything they said! So heartfelt and meaningful.


Brides, if you are trying to decide what to get your groom for the wedding gift, might I suggest a boudoir album by Courtney of The Boudoir Vixen?? Check out more of the album reveal and my thoughts on her blog here


Your formals don’t have to be on the altar. I found these vintage chairs and couch and knew it’d be a fun spot.

Photos by Jason Cohen and Mark Eric.

Next up: The Reception!!

The Prep

December 12, 2010  |  In Her Shoes  |  2 Comments

Hello everyone! Today we have photos from our prep on the wedding day and the first look. As I was trying to decide what images to choose, I had trouble narrowing them down. They all tell the story of us. Brides, your wedding day can have inspiration from anywhere but make sure it’s still about the two of you as a couple. It’s easy to get lost in the details. Enough chatter! On to some photos! (by Jason Cohen and Mark Eric)

We got ready at the Carriage House Suites. It’s my top recommended hotel for wedding prep and wedding nights. The rooms AND customer service are amazing. 

Paint on my pants!

Tyler’s sister (and bridesmaid) Leah, knew I didn’t have a something blue so she painted my pinky toe nail that color!

Paint on Tyler! We must be more alike than we think.

Throughout our dating relationship, Tyler would pick me up a card or flowers from Albertsons (because I also enjoyed arranging them myself). He stopped for one last card before our wedding. 

The thing is, he never just gets a normal card. He always gets a random card and make it make sense for us. 

And he usually writes them while he’s still there.

Then I heard a knock on the door! I thought it was someone dropping off something from Tyler. Just before I walked out, my sister stopped me! We talked but didn’t see eachother. 

You’re 6 Today became “You’re Wedding Day Today.”

And he read a sweet note I wrote him! 

Then got ready backstage.

Now Tyler is pretty hi-tech. He had his vows typed on his phone but worked to write them out before showtime. He thought reading from an iPhone might be a little unromantic. ; )

The First Look! Ladies, if you are considering a first look, I highly recommend it. I sort of HATE being in front of large groups of people. This totally put me at ease. I loved sharing in a few minutes together. It also gave us a chance to get some great photos together in the daylight (those to come tomorrow). Also, we wrote our own vows so we took this time to read them to each other so we wouldn’t ball at the ceremony. While I still cried like a baby, I did enjoy hearing them and sharing that experience just the two of us. 

Then it was back to get ready for the ceremony! Here is my precious flower girl Grace! 

A sweet prayer from Dad. 

Then we wait…

A quick peek…

And showtime! 

Tomorrow I share pictures of the ceremony and our portrait session.

The Winner is…

December 10, 2010  |  Southern Fete News  |  1 Comment

Jennifer! Congrat Jennifer. Our 2011 Calendar is heading your way soon!

The Rehearsal

December 10, 2010  |  In Her Shoes  |  1 Comment

I always tell my brides, the rehearsal is one of the most special times you’ll experience. Very rarely will you have all the people that most important to you in one room. It was an unforgettable night and I will remember every sweet word our family and friends said.

City Club’s Restaurant 1100 was the site of our rehearsal dinner. It was absolutely perfect. They take care of so much. When my mother-in-law asked what I’d want as far as decor, I told her it needed nothing and to not stress about it. It would be beautiful. And it was!! Brides, if you are looking for a site to have your rehearsal dinner or wedding (for under 125) I highly recommend the Restaurant 1100. Hannah Trahan, the events director, (who you’ll hear more about next week) does such an amazing job making things simple for brides.

And the photos were shot by office mate Jason Cohen. So thankful for his capturing so many memories throughout this season, like the proposal, engagements, wedding and even finding my wedding shoes! You will hear lots more on Jason too next week!

I’m pretty sure I made a joke because that’s what I usually do when I’m uncomfortable. 

On to dinner!

Tyler’s grandfather said the blessing…

The meal of course had a few Southern favorites. Corn macque choux, bread pudding and Community Coffee.

I LOVED the black and white striped chairs. 

On to the toasts!

Natalie gave a great toast that had us laughing…

and crying…

Tyler’s little brother gave a touching toasts too. I’m so proud of both of them!

Tyler thanked everyone…

Then we passed out gifts for the bridal party.

First look at some of our Southern Life Collection!

The night was such a blessing! We are so thankful for the people that surround us. Brides, this is one part of the “wedding” that you should leave completely up to someone else. You have the wedding to worry about. Leave room to enjoy the evening. You won’t want to miss it!

Biggest blessing?? We both have wonderful parents that love us so much! Thanks y’all! We love you!

The Bridals

December 9, 2010  |  In Her Shoes  |  2 Comments

Now that our wedding has been featured on Green Wedding Shoes (yay!!), I want to share with y’all the details and tell y’all about my amazing vendors! I’ll start next week with the actual wedding day but for this week we’ll cover bridals and the rehearsal dinner.

First up, bridals! I had Mark Eric and his wife Heather shoot me on one of the hottest days of August at Acadian Village. Now normally I’m the first person to tell brides “Don’t shoot bridals in the summer! You will be miserable.” For me, it was unavoidable. I think God gives some sort of grace to brides in big poofy dresses in 90 degree weather because I barely noticed the heat. And I’m normally the type of girl who gets frizzy and red-faced. I also had a nice team of mom and sister fanning me with a reflector. Mark and Heather did an amazing job of making me feel comfortable and posing me in ways, I of course thought sounded ridiculous but turned out amazing! I normally hate pictures of myself but had my email filled with photos I honestly couldn’t believe were me. (More bragging on Mark come wedding day post.) Ok one other thing, Mark and Heather were so much FUN. If you see me laughing in these pictures it’s because I genuinely had a fun time. Feeling comfortable like that is so important to think about when hiring a photographer.

Sara, one of my very first brides, styled my hair. I always swore I would wear it down for my wedding day, but knew my long hair would overwhelm my dress and hide my one-strap. I was so pleased with the soft, natural way she did it. I was literally able to pull out the bobby pins mid shoot (no mirror, people) and have a whole new look.

Angelle, from Salon Indigo did my makeup. Again, so pleased with the result. There is a fine line between not enough makeup and too much and she found it! I normally don’t wear a ton of makeup so I definitely knew a ton of makeup could make me look and feel like a clown or fake. But I felt so natural AND beautiful!

I would HIGHLY recommend all three of these vendors! Ready for the photos??

My parents were married at this chapel 29 years ago! 

A somewhat Deep South tradition. Take a picture with an item that represents the groom’s cake. IE If a groom is having an LSU cake, take a picture in your bridal gown with LSU hat or jersey, etc. This was one photo that was placed on the groom’s cake table. 

Mark spotted an abandoned carwash with a nice field  behind.