TGIF

March 28, 2014  |  Personal  |  No Comments

Y’all …

I couldn’t be more excited that today’s Friday! This week has been a doozie for sure, and I’m so happy to put this week behind me.

Looking back, one event that occurred on Sunday should have foreshadowed the rest of the week. On my weekly grocery trip (this week to Target), I looked down only to notice the main stone of my engagement ring was GONE.

GONE I tell you. I still am not sure how I didn’t drop my coffee right then and there. My hands immediately began to shake and words weren’t coming out of my mouth. After stumbling to customer service to leave my name and number (for my own sake), I stumbled to my car and forced myself to breathe. The fact that it was insured was of NO comfort that that moment. Broken prong + no stone = bad, bad Sunday.

To make a very long and dramatic story short, I found my stone. I clearly had special someone watching over me. The amazing folks (Harvey and Carisa) at A-Bryans got me fixed up this week and looking like the first time I saw it.

… That was only the beginning of the week. But, I survived and am still standing. After one more prospective client meeting this afternoon (which always make my days better), I’ll be bidding this week farewell and not looking back.

So to my sweet brides and friends – please continue to have your ring checked and cleaned monthly. Don’t put it on until after you’re dressed, and please, please have it insured. I’m adding “don’t wear it to Target” to my list.

xoxo

Cupcakes and Calligraphy

March 12, 2014  |  Personal, Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

I have always admired beautiful handwriting, even more so calligraphy. I love to follow calligraphers and hand-letterers on IG and – secretly – I knew I was going to be a decent one myself. I mean, how hard could it be?

WRONG.

While Saturday’s Cupcakes and Calligraphy class, hosted by Margaret of Proper Prints, was beautifully decorated in one of my most favorite local places, my calligraphy was anything but something a logical human being would pay for.

When looking through the amazing M Design Photography (not to worry. I’ve already booked her for all of my future children) photos from class, I decided the pics speak for themselves … with a little commentary a la Pioneer Woman.

Buckle Up.

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This isn’t one of M Design Photography’s photos … It’s fuzzy and has the first filter I clicked on in IG. She wouldn’t approve.

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See I told you the setup was precious.

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Thank the heavens I sat next to Kim. Who knows what she said to make us all laugh, but I’m sure it was amazing. Class clown? Miss Congeniality? She wins.

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Let me tell you what Margaret is thinking here: “Oh man, should I even stop to help her?”

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The answer. Yes. Pull a seat Margaret. Make yourself at home. You’ll be here a while.

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What? We should be practicing our snakes? Well, I broke my nib … and we’re only 15 minutes in.

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And Rita, who has perfect hair. And calligraphy. And will be taking the next advanced class. She’s my friend.

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All jokes aside, it was such a fun Saturday. I loved the group of girls in the inaugural Cupcakes and Calligraphy class, and I’m excited to have all of the tools I need to keep practicing. Patience isn’t one of my best virtues, and I think calligraphy will be the perfect activity to help teach me this.

I wouldn’t have had nearly as much fun if it wasn’t for these ladies and pictures Michelle captured and shared.

And, practice makes perfect right? At least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself.

xoxo

Savoring September

September 10, 2013  |  Personal  |  No Comments

There isn’t a whole lot about September 2012 I remember. Except that it was one month away from our wedding. For a girl who LOVES football (and that’s an understatement), I didn’t attend one LSU game and the husband constantly reminds me I had nothing to do with football – college or professional – last year.

If I think hard enough, September was about cutting and tying LOTS of ribbon for favors and programs. It was poring over every detail to make sure there was a plan A, B, C and dare I say D. Ensuring there was not one detail I hadn’t thought about.

I wouldn’t trade last September, but this September I realized I needed/wanted to take a step back. You already know that the Fall is my favorite season of the year, so why wouldn’t I enjoy every-single-second?

It’s nearly impossible to be in the wedding industry and not know who Lara Casey is. Following her Instagram and blog posts have lightened social media for me (another post on that coming soon) and her #SavorSeptember motto stuck with me. (Here’s a link to her post about Intentional August and Savor September).

While I’m a little late to the party being that it’s already September 10, I have a lot of ground to make up. But, better late than never right?

A few key points to my #SavorSeptember include:

  • focusing more on the things I already have rather than the things I want
  • enjoying Lafayette rather than dwelling on the things I miss about Baton Rouge
  • enjoying my Baton Rouge friendships while building new ones in Lafayette;
  • enjoying every ounce of fall weather; and
  • making the most of the weekends – event and non-event ones. 🙂

Cheers to Savoring September!LaraCasey_191xoxo

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

 

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

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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. 🙂

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Well, not before we took a few last photos.

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

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More to come soon!

xoxo

Credits
Catherine Guidry