Southern Engagements

April 23, 2013  |  In Her Shoes, Wedding Tips  |  No Comments

I can’t believe May will mark one year since we took engagements pictures. The first date we had chosen in late April was a complete wash out. While I was completely bummed, I hoped that it meant there would be no rain on our wedding day. And, there wasn’t!

We knew we wanted our photos to look “Southern,” so we decided on Grand Coteau and Oakbourne Country Club. It was a beautiful day — even though it was HOT.

Regardless of what time of year you take your photos, here are a few tips:

  • If you can’t decide on what to wear, bring a few different options and have your photographer help you pick what will  photograph best.
  • Pick a variety of outfits that fit your personality as a couple and that you’ll be comfortable in.
  • Prepare an emergency kit – hairspray, touch-up makeup, wash towel, bobby pins, static guard, bug spray, bottled water, etc.
  • Have your hair and makeup professionally done. It’s a great “trial” run for your bridals, and if you’re using someone for the first time, it gives you an opportunity to get to know them better. For those of us who don’t normally wear a lot of makeup, having it professionally done ensures you’re wearing “enough” in front of the camera. It’s worth it – trust me!
  • Have fun!

Here are a few of our favorites!

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xoxo

 Credits:

Catherine Guidry

The First Six Months

April 12, 2013  |  In Her Shoes  |  No Comments

I can’t believe today marks six months that we’ve been married. Where has time gone?

People ask us all of the time, “How’s married life?” to which we respond “Great. Not that much different than before.”

At first, I didn’t know if my answer was boring or even typical, but it’s the truth – and I’m glad it’s that way. We still have our annoying tendencies that aggravate the other person (no, those don’t change with a wedding band). BC still loves golf, and we both work too hard! There are still bills to be paid, dishes to be washed, and laundry to be folded.
While things are much the same, there’s the fundamental difference with him being my “husband.” It’s the greatest feeling to know your best friend is with you forever; he’s your “person” who will always be there for you and love you.

I’ve always loved weddings and marriage and everything it stands for, but now I’m excited to actually be experiencing it.

I can’t wait to see what the next six months hold!

Marriage Prayer

Lord, help us remember when we first met and the strong Love that grew between us. To work that Love into practical things so nothing can divide us. We ask for words both kind and loving, and for hearts always ready to ask for forgiveness as well as to forgive. Dear Lord, we put our marriage into your hands.

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Our First Easter

April 1, 2013  |  In Her Shoes, Personal  |  No Comments

Having only been married for six months, we’ve already had our first Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day, and now Easter. The first holiday we hosted at our house was Thanksgiving and while it was great, I certainly learned a lesson – cooking for two days straight might have been a bit much.

We decided only a week ago we wanted to host Easter and were lucky both families agreed to come to Baton Rouge. I couldn’t wait to set the table and choose the menu and am now excited to share it with you!

We have definitely put our wedding gifts to use – even though we only had one entree, one vegetable, one salad, and one dessert for Easter – and can’t wait to host more holidays! So be sure to choose the items you register for wisely.

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A few credits: Burlap Runner, chargers, napkin rings, and mercury glass candle sticks and mason jarsPottery Barn; Flatware – Lenox by Kate Spade Union Street; Plates – Lenox French Perle (White and Blue); Goblets – Mignon Faget; Flowers – Whole Foods (thanks to my mom!)

xoxo

 

10.12.12 – The Rehearsal Dinner

March 25, 2013  |  In Her Shoes  |  No Comments

When our rehearsal dinner was all said and done, I was worried I had lost my voice and wouldn’t be able to say my vows the next day. Everyone laughed and laughed and laughed – and then laughed some more. One of our guests laughed so hard his contact fell out…now that’s saying something, right? I’m pretty sure there were no tears, and that’s just the way we wanted it.

It’s no surprise that the Thibeaux’s decided to host the dinner at Oakbourne Country Club. It is, after all, where BC spent the majority of his childhood.

The food was good and the company even better. And, we were so happy to have Catherine Guidry document the rehearsal dinner as well. We now have a wonderful portfolio of what we all look like laughing way too hard – the not so pretty laughing pictures! I think Catherine lucked out being behind the camera and not in front of it! 🙂

Hope you enjoy reliving (or living) our rehearsal dinner!

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Beautiful candelabra … that almost caught the place on fire.

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How’s a Southern girl not to love hydrangea and magnolia leaves?

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Don’t you love the white pumpkins?

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Ms. Barbara and Ms. Shirlene watched BC grow up in the grill at Oakbourne! We were so happy to have them at our dinner!

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These were laughing tears… Mr. Ben’s “roast” was more than hilarious.

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The gift bows were a real hit with the guys…

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My neighborhood krewe!

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xoxo

10.12.12 – The Reception

March 18, 2013  |  In Her Shoes  |  No Comments

The reception post is finally here! I’ll admit that I looked through the photos quite a few times before I could pick the best-of-the-best for the post. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, for the most part.

Well, until I mention that we had a blast even before we got to the reception! This was our ride.

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We loved the feel and atmosphere of Abacus – not to mention the out-of-this-world food.

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Two words: Praline chicken. Your life isn’t complete until you’ve eaten this.

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Your life is also not complete until you’ve had Abacus’ crawfish corn pasta. Thank goodness I no longer had to think about fitting into my wedding dress. 🙂

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Abacus has a beautiful staircase that we used as our entrance, so I wanted it to be beautiful. Two of my mom’s friends, who used to be florists, worked most of the day to decorate the banister!

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Our first dance was to Jason Mraz’s – Lucky.

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BC’s dad decided to “film” us.

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My dad and I danced to It’s a Wonderful World!

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Our delicious cake by Kathleen Short.

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For those who know us, everyone was expecting a golf-themed groom’s cake. I surprised everyone, including BC, with this London-themed cake made by Crystal Weddings. It was so good it was gone before we had a chance to taste any!

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When I first saw this picture, I thought it looked like the 50th anniversary photos you see in the Sunday paper. Maybe it’ll be the one we use for our 50th anniversary! 🙂

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Remember I said we did things a bit backward and booked our band first? We absolutely LOVE Krossfyre and one of the highlights of the reception was dancing to “Give ‘Em Cornbread.” SO much fun!

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There was a lot of dancing! 🙂

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And then the money dance.

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And then it was over. 🙁

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xoxo

Wedding Cheerleaders

March 13, 2013  |  In Her Shoes, Personal  |  No Comments

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I bet you weren’t quite sure where this post was headed by the title…

I’m working on the reception post (coming soon I promise!) and came across the photo of our “memorial table.” I love this photo and that we had this table at our wedding, so I wanted to share a little about our Wedding Cheerleaders – we all have (and definitely need) them!

There’s no doubt that your wedding day is one of the happiest days of your lives. But, for many of us, we go through the day missing some of the people who played an integral part in our lives – whether it is our parents, grandparents, close friends or other family members who have passed away.

As I planned our wedding and thought of those of people who wouldn’t physically be at our wedding, I was constantly reminded that they would be there in spirit. I came to refer to them as our “cheerleaders in heaven.”

BC and I would talk about each of them and visualize how they would celebrate our day in Heaven. Mimi and PaPaw would surely be cutting a rug. T-Ben would have worn his golf clothes and applauded our decision to have a Friday wedding so it didn’t interfere with his Saturday tee time. Poppie would be decked out in his finest suit with a pocket square making sure that my shoe contained a sixpence. Our friend Bill would be drinking beer with his dog by his side thankful he didn’t have to wear a tux to the wedding – rather enjoying it in camouflage.

For us, it was important that each of our “cheerleaders in heaven” had a visual representation in our day. While we included them in our church program, we dedicated a table at the reception, which included their “signature” photo, candles and flowers.

Our guests definitely noticed the table and took time to look at each photo. During and after the wedding, we had such special moments with our guests when they asked who or something about our “wedding cheerleaders.”

Regardless of how you choose to honor your loved ones at your wedding day, remember that they’ll be there in spirit. You and your husband will have your very own cheerleading squad in heaven – what could be more perfect?

xoxo