10.12.12 – The Ceremony

March 7, 2013  |  In Her Shoes, Personal  |  No Comments

The day flew by. Before I knew it, it was game time.

wedding bouquets

It was time to stand with my dad behind the huge wooden church doors, wait for the trumpet to sound and pinch myself -remembering to take in every moment.

church wedding, isle

The ceremony was everything we wanted it to be. It’s no surprise that we had the traditional Catholic church wedding, but there were so many touches that made it special for us.

St. Mary Catholic Church


One of my mom’s closest friends played the trumpet for the ceremony. I think she had plenty of second thoughts about playing for our wedding, but it couldn’t have been more perfect.

trumpet player, wedding trumpet

BC’s uncle officiated the ceremony, and my uncle delivered the homily. We were also fortunate to have the parish priest participate in our ceremony.

wedding officiants

Music is important to our family…while I can’t play a note to save my life, my mom and brother are both musically-inclined. I always knew that I wanted the music at our wedding to feel like “heaven’s orchestra.” With Ashley Toman playing the harp, Deborah Duhon playing the organ, Robin Daigle playing the trumpet and Yang Yang Li playing the violin, it surely sounded like “heaven’s orchestra” to us!

wedding harp, harp

The vows were traditional. My ring didn’t go all of the way on … these things happen. Luckily, I had prepared BC in case this would happen. 🙂

wedding vows, church wedding

Our priest also forgot to que us for the first kiss. Luckily, I know a “little” about weddings and made it happen.

first kiss, church wedding

Did I mention my musically-inclined mother had a solo at communion? She played The Prayer – que the tears. There wasn’t a single dry eye in the church. And, it just so happened that my MOH was holding my handkerchief. I made it…barely.


Our gift to each other was to have a live-artist paint the ceremony. We worked with Christopher Turner who was so wonderful to work with and created such a special piece that we’ll cherish forever.

Christopher Turner, Live Artist

Here’s the final canvas. Don’t you love?

Live Artist Wedding Painting

I know I’m biased, but could this picture of BC when he first saw me be any cuter? It’s one of my favorites, for sure.

groom at altar

And then, just like that, it was over — time to go to the reception.

wedding exit, church wedding

Well, not before we took a few last photos.


This is my favorite photo of us from after the wedding.


More to come soon!


Catherine Guidry

10.12.12 – Part One

March 4, 2013  |  In Her Shoes, Personal  |  No Comments

It’s no surprise that as soon as we got engaged (and after we called everyone), we were looking at the calendar trying to pick a date — there was planning to do.

I have to admit that we did things a little backward…knowing that we had to have Krossfyre at our reception, we starting by checking their October availability. Then we matched it with our church’s availability. We decided on October 12, 2012, which for a couple who has a thing about even numbers, it worked perfectly.

And so the planning began, and the rest is history. It’s so true what everyone says…it goes by so fast.

The Details:

10.12.12 was indeed a happy day. I didn’t see this picture until after the wedding, but BC’s mom wrote “Oh Happy Day” on her chalkboard outside of their house where the groomsmen and ushers got ready.

Oh Happy Day, Chalkboard sign

My mom’s thing is flowers, so she knew for sure that Rodney with Flowers by Rodney would be the best for the wedding. Knowing how particular my mom and I are, he worked closely with us to make sure that every detail was exactly as we wanted it – down to letting me look at all of the flowers the day before to wedding to make sure every shade of every flower was what I wanted.

bridal bouquet, rosary

wedding bouquets, bridesmaids bouquets

BC and I wanted to do something special for my parents and decided to send them an arrangement for the house. Rodney couldn’t have made a more perfect arrangement – one that made my mom cry.

dailey thibeaux, bridesmaid gift

It was important that I gave my bridesmaids a gift they could keep and would remember they day by. I commissioned BC’s brother, Dailey Thibeaux, to paint these canvases with an abstract version of what their wedding bouquets would look like. I’m lucky to have such a talented brother-in-law!

golf balls, wedding rings

I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew it had to happen for our wedding. Our photographer, Catherine Guidry, and my MOH were patient enough to make this shot come to life. Thanks to Golfballs.com for customizing these balls for us. I love this shot.

William Arthur, Gold Damask, Wedding Invitation

One of my favorite wedding details was our invitations. It was certainly one of the hardest choices I had to make … I never knew how many invitations existed and how intimidating those huge books are. The ladies at The Keeping Room were so helpful in making our William Arthur invitations look perfect! We got so many compliments on the invitations, and it made me so happy to realize people pay as much attention to invitations as I do!

Navy bridesmaid dress, dupioni silk, alfred sung

I picked the bridesmaids dresses before even getting my own dress. I knew this was the dress when I saw it on a hanger in a bridal boutique. Everything about it was beautiful, and I knew all of my girls would look perfect in it. I still love this dress so much and wish I would have bought one for myself!

grey tuxedo, green tie, orchid bout

grey tuxedo, bowtie, orchid bout

While both BC and I are traditional, we like to put a twist on things. I knew BC would stray from the traditional black tuxedo and was so excited when we finalized on this grey one. We picked a green tie with navy and white accents for the groomsmen and ushers (our gift to them), and they complimented the bridesmaids dresses perfectly. Instead of this tie, BC decided to go with a navy dot bowtie. It was so him, and I loved it!

The vendors you pick are so important when it comes to being able to trust and let go.

Below are the some of the vendors that helped to make our day perfect!

Officiants: Fr. Peter Rogers (BC’s great uncle) and Brother Basil Valente (My Uncle)
Ceremony: St. Mary Mother of the Church
Catering + Reception: Abacus
Florals: Flowers by Rodney
Wedding Cake: Kathleen Short
Groom’s Cake: Crystal Weddings
Wedding Dress & Veil: A-Nets
Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid’s Dress: Alfred Sung, Bella Bridesmaid
Bride’s Hair + Makeup: Heather Veillon, Bleu Coiffeur
Reception Music: Krossfyre
Live Ceremony Artist: Christopher Turner

More coming soon…


Better & Better

January 31, 2012  |  In Her Shoes  |   |  No Comments

Courtney Dellafiora

Today I found this draft of a post I wrote a month after Tyler and I got married. I’m not sure why I didn’t hit publish but for some reason, I think it’s important to share today.  I’m happy to say since then, things have continually gotten better and better!

The biggest question Tyler and I get since the wedding is “How’s married life?” Sometimes I give the long answer and other times i simply say, “Our wedding day was the best day of my life and it has gotten even better each day since.” Sounds funny, but that is truly how I feel.

Soon-to-be brides it really can keep getting better and better. BUT you have to prepare for it too. My day-of-coordinator told me I was doing something she saw few brides do. What’s that? Stress out?? Fall apart? Nope. She said she could see we were preparing for a marriage. As an engaged couple, you get so much advice from others:

“It’s going to be rough getting used to living together.”

“You’re going to have to compromise a lot.”

“You’ll lose your freedom.”

Take it! You don’t have to end up with the same “words of wisdom” when another friend of yours gets married. Each of these phrases could be completely true in marriage but it doesn’t have to be.

Why are we getting married? Is it because you just can’t wait to be a bride? Or because you can’t wait to commit to the love of your life? If it’s the first, your wedding day will be the best day of your life. If it’s the latter, your wedding day will be the best day of your life with each day after getting better and better!

Here’s a sneak peek from the wedding day!

© Jason Cohen Photography

The Dream Team

December 22, 2010  |  In Her Shoes  |  2 Comments

My wedding recap posts would not be complete without a huge thank you to three very special people! I am so glad to have them not only for my wedding day but in my daily life!!

First a few words my mom wanted to share about the wedding day.

“The hours and days following Valerie and Tyler’s wedding I found myself with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. I had enjoyed the wedding so much, I couldn’t help but feel that it was all of the vendors that made that possible. The photographers and videographers were everywhere, so I had this peace that I wasn’t missing anything. If something important was going on and I wasn’t there it was being captured for us to see later. (At one point I saw something I wanted to get a picture of and signaled Jason, he came running, I think leaping over a chair to accommodate my whim.) If there was anything needed Hannah (Valerie’s counterpart for the day) was there and the fact that she was busy as a beaver meant there were obviously things that need to be done, but I never knew about them. Our guests raved about the venue of the Opera House and the owner sat calmly, close at hand ready to take care of anything that came up. To top it off the food was delicious; we (Gervies and I) just grabbed bites of food here and there so as not to miss anything but because the staff with Zea’s prepared plates for us as well as packaged up the leftovers we thoroughly enjoyed it later.”

Hannah Trahan: Day-of Coordinator

I know how much goes on on the actual wedding day. Who could I possibly trust with my own wedding day? Who would trouble shoot issues? Or make sure we got down the aisle? Or work well with the vendors? One, Mrs. Hannah Trahan, event coordinator for City Club. My biggest memory of the day is that it was “perfect.” I can’t think of one thing I would have changed. One glitch that I noticed. One issue that set me off. It was all in good hands. If you decide to book your wedding at the City Club, you will be taken care of from start to finish.

Mark Eric

Mark’s creativity astounds me. His vibrant color draws me in. The way he can take a location, I’ve seen shot by dozens of other photographers and make it something completely unique is truly a talent. While we were getting ready at the hotel, Mark started playing “final countdown” on his iPhone because he remembered me making a joke about that song the week before the wedding. What? Photographers do more than just take pictures? This one does! He went above and beyond, keeping me laughing and calm. Patient with any of my over-the-top ideas. And fun to be around. Brides, you spend a lot of time with your photographer. Fun and personable is a big big plus and will make you more comfortable in front of the camera.

Jason Cohen

For my wedding day, I was one lucky girl! I had my wedding documented by one of my very good friends and office mate Jason. I could tell you how amazing his pictures are but I’ll think they have spoken for themselves. But in case you need a reminder, they are amazing!! 🙂 If you want a photographer who will be accommodating and remember it’s YOUR wedding day, he’s the guy. If you want to receive the best customer service from your booking to album design, he’s the guy. If you want someone to capture emotion EXACTLY as it is happening, he’s your guy. If you want to look back on your pictures and remember small significant moments you thought you’d never see again, he’s your guy.

Brides, I am completely satisfied with my wedding day. I don’t want to have a do over. I have amazing pictures that tell the story. They don’t just have us posing in front of a mantle or posing in front of a cake. I can get the whole day again through my photos.

I found a remarkably high number of photos of Jason doing the white man’s underbite.

Thank you all for sharing in this journey with me! I am thrilled to be on “the other side.” I am fueled even more than before to create beautiful paper products and unforgettable days for brides.

The Favorites

December 22, 2010  |  In Her Shoes  |  No Comments

Today I’m sharing my very favorite images from our wedding day.

During our first look, we also had a first listen to our vows. This shows the emotion I was feeling as I read him my vows and his sweet calm face.

This photo has such build up! They’re dressed and ready to do this: like the astronauts heading to their shuttle.

This picture, I felt truly captured the grandeur of the Opera House. I think before you get married, you always “see” the wedding happening from above. In my mind, this is how I had pictured it for so long. Seeing the reality of it is crazy to me.

For obvious reasons! It’s that first moment when we thought “We’re married!”


I loved this picture of Grace. The day we got engaged, I went over to her house to tell her and ask her to be my flower girl. It was the first decision I made! And she just loved looking at my ring. The next time she saw me, she looked at my hand to see if I was wearing it. I told her I’d wear it forever and that on my wedding day, I’d get one more to go with it. This is her checking out the new addition!

I just love Tyler’s mom’s expression during the mother-son dance. She’s savoring a very special moment she will never forget. And if she does, she’ll have this photo to remind her.

My grandmother pulled me on the dance floor and told me “This is me and Gramps song!” He passed away 15 years ago. I was honored to share in that dance with her.

I love this photo! This is me, soaking up the day, completely living it up and reveling in a time I will cherish forever.

During the reception, I pulled Tyler from the reception to get the next photo.

We had to recreate our proposal day!

At the end of the night, when the videographer showed us the Trailer of the day, it was very emotional and exciting to share that with everyone. And it seemed to me to symbolize Tyler as my partner and protector and comfort. His faces says “Everything is good.”

My parents during the video. Just made me smile! : )

So we may have forgotten to actually get pictures in the photo booth until we were walking out. We quickly grabbed this shot and made our way to the silly string exit!

Photos by Jason Cohen and Mark Eric! One more post coming later today you don’t want to miss!

Out Sick

December 21, 2010  |  In Her Shoes  |  No Comments

I have one more leg of this marathon that was our wedding blog post but am a bit under the weather today. Expect a fun closing post tomorrow!…hopefully. : )