The Hoys :: Chelsea + Derek

December 9, 2015  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

I’m fairly certain this is how Chelsea and I’s first conversation transpired. “Have you planned a wedding for 300 … in a tent … outside … in August … on family property … in four months … with us living out of state and only visiting once?” While I hadn’t done all of these “things” for the same wedding, I knew it was something I wanted to tackle.

I hit the ground running and never looked back. Because of how closely we worked with each other, I felt like I became a part of this family. On more than one occasion I joked that the week of the wedding I was going to move in. And while I didn’t pack my bags and pull out my throwback sleeping bag, I technically spent every day of that week, from sun-up to sun-down, on-site making sure Chelsea and Derek’s dream wedding came to life. And come to life is a bit of an understatement. Honestly, this wedding couldn’t have been more perfect (if I do say so myself!).

I love every single wedding because each couple has something different they’re most looking forward to. For Chelsea and Derek, it was the ceremony. From the music, to the program, to the homily and readings, each part of the mass was hand picked by the couple and held so much meaning. Chelsea’s family has a close connection to the choir from Our Lady Queen of Angels church in Opelousas, and if you closed your eyes, you literally felt like you were listening to Heaven’s choir … no exaggeration.

And are you wondering how we pulled off a TENT wedding in AUGUST … with the groom’s family traveling from the Northeast and arriving in sweaters? I bet you wouldn’t believe me if I told you that no one broke a sweat (at least from the temperature! Maybe from their dancing moves). We worked closely with Party Central to ensure that, rain or shine, the tent never dropped below 70 degrees. I couldn’t have done it without them.

There were so many special details from this wedding that I could write about for days, some of them including – Vermont maple syrup from friends of the groom’s family farm, a custom coaster with a photo of St. Charles Borromeo for guests to remember their trip to Grand Coteau, a groom’s spread including crepe cakes, macarons, and creme brulee bites, a cochon du lait, a swing band, and an epic family dance off to Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk. But, I’m running low on coffee and think photos always speak more than my own words. Here are only a few of my favorites from their big day!

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These two boys! I pray my little ones will be as kind-hearted, sweet, and loving as these two!

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Are you eating your screen yet? How about those figs? Or better yet the caprese skewers. All locally sourced!

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Father/Daughter dances get me EVERY time! Could these two be any sweeter?

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Crystal Weddings does it again. This cake was perfection!

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This was the most beautiful piece of reclaimed wood that we refinished, stained, and handed over to St. Blanc Calligraphy to work her magic … and that she did! How about this menu?

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This lady is fabulous and even more spectacular was that the bridal party surprised the bride and groom with this sweet treat!

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch their amazing blockbuster film captured by BGP Productions!

Writing this post has brought back so many spectacular memories. But most of all, it’s made me realize again just how lucky I am that brides and grooms (and their families) continue to entrust one of the most special days in their lives to me. Rain or shine. August or December. And making this one so perfect would surely never have happened if it wasn’t for the most amazing group of vendors (more than 30!) who worked tirelessly to ensure that every. single. detail. that they were charged with was executed perfectly.

Chelsea and Derek – I’m so very thankful that our paths crossed at such a special time in your lives. It was so much fun getting to know both of you and your families throughout the short time that we planned your wedding. You both share such a special love for each other and your faith, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what life holds for you. You have become such sweet friends, and that in itself is a tremendous blessing.

xoxo

Photographer :: Margaret LeBrun Photography

Videographer :: BGP Productions

Florist :: Jim Durio Florist

Wedding Cake :: Crystal Weddings

Groom’s Desserts :: Indulge

Band :: Swingaroux

Stylist :: Styled. by Michelle Judice

Live Artist :: Pappion Artistry

Caterer :: Sam Trahan

Rentals :: Party Central

Programs :: Inkling Design Studio

Calligraphy :: St. Blanc Calligraphy

The Cuvilliers :: Aimee + Ryan

December 7, 2015  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

I remember the first time I met with Aimee and her mom. She was a bride who knew exactly what she wanted and a fiancé who wanted a planner that “was the perfect amount of assertive yet nice.” I chuckled when she told me Ryan’s description of what he wanted, and she signed the contract before leaving that day.

Aimee and Ryan are such a sweet and thoughtful couple, and their wedding reflected just how much their family and friends love both of them. Here are a few of my favorites that the ever-wonderful Hannah Mulligan Photography captured!
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Aimee and Ryan – I hope I was the perfect balance of assertive and nice you were looking for. 🙂 It was so much fun getting to work with both of you, and I know the future is looking bright for the two of you! 

xoxo

Photographer :: Hannah Mulligan Photography

Florist :: Root Floral Design

Venue :: The Madison

Cakes :: Sugar Belle by Elise

Band :: Louisiana Red

Hair and Makeup :: The Cut House

The Leonards :: Sarah + Mike

December 1, 2015  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Sarah and Mike’s wedding marked the start of a wonderfully packed fall wedding season. I first met Sarah when she was a bridesmaid in one of my November weddings last year, and we instantly hit it off. She has a pear ring, need I say more?

These two were the best to work with. Sarah was so trusting, and Mike was up for whatever made Sarah happy. Their wedding was a perfect representation of the both of them and their sweet son Jude, who may have stolen part of the show. From the Guidry’s red velvet cake to the arch Mike built for the ceremony, every detail was covered.

And, I can’t sign off without mentioning Sarah’s dress. It was stunningly beautiful and one of my favorite to date.

Here’s a few of my favorites!

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Sarah and Mike – There’s not much more to say than that you’re the sweetest. I loved working with both of you and can’t wait to see what the future holds. “Cheers”-ing both of you with my Maxwell’s styrofoam cup (you know that’s a solid cheers!).

xoxo

Photographer :: Hannah Mulligan Photography

Venue :: Wolff Ballroom

Florist :: Root Floral Design

Bride’s Cake :: Sky’s the Limit and Guidry’s Bakery New Iberia

Groom’s Cake :: Sky’s the Limit

 

The DaSilvas :: Emily + Joe

November 11, 2015  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Here we go again – life has been crazy lately and it seems like the blog is the first thing to get pushed to the bottom of the list. I promise to get better as there are so many amazing weddings that have happened that I need to share.

With today being Veteran’s day, I knew it was time for me to sit down and get back to it. What a better way to show my appreciation for all of those who have served and are currently serving than to recap my first military wedding – which couldn’t have had more meaning, tradition, or love crammed into it.

Emily and Joe were a complete joy to work with, and I truly mean it. They were laid back, trusting, and, most importantly, so focused on the marriage part of this journey that the little bumps along the way didn’t phase them. I came to feel as though I was an honorary member of the Bacque family, and hanging out at the salon the day of the wedding was more like hanging out with friends than being at work. As Emily’s photographer, Gwen, kept saying throughout the day, Emily was one of the happiest brides we’ve worked with. And Joe is one of the most chivalrous of gents I’ve met!

From the ceremony musicians receiving a round of applause after playing America the Beautiful as part of the prelude, to a saber salute after the ceremony, to the Forgotten Soldier table at the entrance of their reception, to the toasts that kicked off the night, it truly was one of the most sentimental weddings I’ve been a part of.

As with every wedding, there were a few hiccups including the ever-so-memorable wedding crasher. You know you’ve thrown an amazing party when other people want to join in, right? But regardless, Emily and Joe became Mr. and Mrs. DaSilva and surprised guests with the cutest of choreographed first dances.

Emily and Joe – I hope that you won’t soon forget the magic of your wedding day. The excitement of becoming Mr. and Mrs., the smiles no one could have wiped off your faces, and the joy that resonated amongst the twinkly lights above the dance floor during your first dance. I learned a lot from both of you – including that you think I look like Katy Perry – and I hope you know that you both hold a special place in my heart. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for both of you!

With all of my love!

Cassie

(Now, to the fun part!)

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Photographer :: Gwen Aucoin Photography

Ceremony :: Academy of Sacred Heart

Reception :: Cafe Vermilionville

Flowers :: It’s a Wrap

Cake :: Kathleen Short

Band :: Royal Dukes

Hair and Makeup :: Bleu Coiffure

Programs :: Inkling Design Studio

Inspired Retreat :: A look back

July 13, 2015  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

One of my goals for this year was to attend a conference. Somehow it was always easier to attend conferences while working in the corporate world, but I didn’t want that to be the case. I mulled over all of the options and gave myself 5 minutes to press “register” when registration opened for the Inspired Conference and didn’t look back.

Evans Mill is one of the most peaceful places I’ve been, serves some of the very best food, and was the perfect place to get my mind right for this conference. I met some of the sweetest friends and walked away with more than I set out to accomplish. You’ll have to stay tuned, though, to see some of these things come of life.

Leaving for the conference came on the heels of wrapping up a pretty stacked Spring calendar. The thought of opening my closet to begin packing gave me instant anxiety. I knew it was the perfect time for Southern Fete to get Styled. Michelle and I picked an hour on one afternoon, and she literally worked magic. She used what I already had in my closet, picked jewelry, shoes, took pictures and basically wrapped a beautiful bow around what I needed to throw in a suitcase. I can’t deny that I felt this was a little diva-ish, but one of the themes of the conference was that when you have the chance to outsource DO IT. Having Michelle, I was able to kick the packing anxiety to the curb and better utilize my time to tie up any lose ends before I unplugged for a week.

Here’s a few pictures from my time there from the super talented and equally sweet Alexis June Weddings!

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When in doubt of what to wear when meeting a new group of girls, may I suggest stripes? On the first day, there were a group of 4 or 5 of us that had on navy stripes and I’m not sure if it was the stripes or the personalities behind choosing stripes, but we were instant friends. Yes, that’s me snapping a Instagram shot. Did you honestly think I’d miss an opportunity to snap both stripes and polka dots in the same frame. I think not.
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This, right here, is one moment that I’m forever grateful to have been captured. We were asked to write down what we would have told ourself when just starting out. Besides the fact that I didn’t tap into my negotiating self and get one of the super talented calligraphy ladies to write it for me, of all the things I’ve learned in the past two years it’s this right here. I’d love to scream it from the rooftops. Instead, I guess I’ll have a print made and put it in my office.

xoxo

The Chiarullis :: Danielle + Anthony

July 10, 2015  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

I remember the first time I spoke with Danielle I was so impressed with how calm, relaxed, and sweet she was. She was engaged to a former grade and high school classmate of mine, and I felt like we instantly hit it off.

Together, Danielle and Anthony are such a sweet and thoughtful couple. One of my favorite memories from their wedding was Anthony surprising Danielle with a limo to take her and her bridesmaids to Rip Van Winkle. The limo was running just a bit behind schedule, and Danielle was adamant that she wanted to stick to my timeline. The maid of honor and I were texting back and forth as she dipped into her bag of tricks to stall Danielle, but Danielle was getting upset. Finally, I told her MOH to blame it all on me. Say that I was coming, and she couldn’t leave before I got there.

Let’s just say Danielle wasn’t too happy with me. When the limo arrived and Danielle saw it for the first time, she was shocked. This was all caught on camera, but for me, the best part was when she said, “I feel so bad for being mad at Cassie!”

My second favorite memory of the night was when Danielle and Anthony had the chance to just take a look around the room, hear the band, see their guests dancing, and notice the decorations and flowers. Danielle said to me, “You were our best decision.”

It’s moments like those – both the limo and the sweet compliment – that power me through the details, timelines, and grunt work of being a wedding planner.

Danielle and Anthony – Thank for you letting me part of your big day, your surprises. I wish you all of the best and am elated to say that grade-school friends have now become my “adult” friends.

xoxo

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Photographer :: Sharper Photography

Venue :: Rip Van Winkle Gardens

Flowers :: Flowers by Rodney

Cakes :: Sky’s the Limit Cakes

Band :: Nik L Beer

Caterer :: Two Guys Catering