Starting this Monday out with one of the sweetest couples around … it’s bound to be a good week, right?
Carleena and Seth met on an airplane while Seth was working in Alaska (where Carleena hails from). How adorable is that? The rest is history, and on June 7 these two tied the knot.
Many of Carleena’s friends and family made the trip and were treated to Louisiana musts including a trolley ride, being immersed in our downtown culture, a rehearsal dinner at Don’s Seafood, AND the groom revealing his UL undershirt after the band (Louisiana Red) announced the Cajuns pulled a win against Ole Miss.
Here are a few of my favorites from their wedding!
And last but not least, happy to help pull the father of the bride together!
Photographer: Michael Caswell Photography
Ceremony: St. Charles Borroemo
Ceremony Musician: Stephanie Hoffpauir
Reception: Grand Coteau Ballroom
Transportation: Limousines Ltd.
Hair/Makeup: Beauty by Victoria
Bridal Cake: Kathleen Short
Flowers: Flowers by Rodney
Band: Louisiana Red
I’m still spinning my wheels trying to figure out where September AND October went. But, that won’t really do me any good. We wrapped up a Southern Fete baby shower this weekend and have two weddings this month … so no time for spinning wheels.
While I whole heartedly believe that November should be ALL about giving thanks and anticipating Thanksgiving, I also like to be organized. Christmas is right around the corner, and there are Christmas/holiday cards that need to get done.
Whether you’re newlyweds and sending out a card as a new family or still engaged and want to show off one of your fabulous engagements photos, everyone LOVES a photo card.
I’m so excited to share Val Marie Paper and Inkling Design Studio’s collections. Y’all, let’s be honest. There’s just something so great about ordering from someone local, receiving great customer service, and having something unique. I should mention that Val Marie Paper designed these with a four-week old in her house and this is Inkling’s first collection!
So, just for this one time, grab a red holiday cup of joe, pick your favorite design, and get to ordering those Christmas/holiday cards. Then, it’s back to Thanksgiving.
And … don’t forget to send one to your favorite event planner!
There’s no doubt I’m a Southern girl. I was raised to write – hand write – and thank you card for virtually everything. Sometimes, a thank you card was written for a beautiful thank you card. A bit extreme. I know.
Among the other things that involved with wedding festivities, I’ve learned that writing thank you cards are among those most hated. But, believe me, many of your friends’ parents, in-laws, and grandparents will never forgive you if they don’t receive a thank you card for your shower and/or wedding gift.
Not only will they never forgive you, they will also critique it. (I’m guilty.)
So here are a few tips I have for making the process a bit less painful and leaving your guests with a memorable thank you card they’ll either post on the fridge or show to their visitors as an example of the “perfect” thank you card.
- Divide the number of thank you cards you have to write over the course of a time period. I think seven days if fair for a shower/wedding party and a month (you can scream now) for your wedding gifts.
- Dedicate a certain part of your day to writing the above number of thank you cards. Lunch break. Before dinner. Whatever works.
- Pick stationary that you will love. More importantly, pick a pen that you love (and makes your handwriting look even prettier).
- Use a return address stamp. Makes your life 100,000 easier than having to rewrite it that many times. Believe me on this one.
- Have somewhat of a template. A few key phrases you can use throughout your thank you cards. I’m about to give away my secrets…”Thank you for remembereing us during this special time.” “We look forward to seeing you at the wedding.”
- Explain how you’re going to use their gift. People want to know if you’ll use the food processor to make your favorite pesto. That you will look forward to drying dishes with the new microfiber towels they gifted you with.
- Try to make it personal even if you don’t know the couple well. Are they close friends of your parents? Add that in – You’ve always been great friends to our parents, and we’re thankful you’ll be able to share in our special day with all of us.
- Last but not least – GET THEM IN THE MAIL.
Odds are if you follow a few of these tips, you will write and send memorable thank you gifts that will usually come back to “help” you in the future.
Well, I’m back! It seems like forever since the last post … because it has been. I’ve wrapped up my job in Baton Rouge, moved to Lafayette, and took a quick brain break, or what some people call vacation.
It was bittersweet to leave Baton Rouge, but I’m so excited to be able to dedicate all of my time and energy on Southern Fete and The Wedding Shoe Box. I’m looking to all of the fun, challenges, and rewards that will come with being my own boss!
Thanks for your support and well wishes.
Now, I’m off to work on upcoming blog posts. Stay tuned.
In honor of National Love Your Pet day, I thought it would be fun to explore how couples incorporate their precious pets into their wedding.
Having never owned a pet of my own (with the exception of the albino frog in middle school or the goldfish used in my 8th grade science experiment – those can’t really count, can they?), I never thought of this when planning my own wedding. But knowing how much pets mean to people, it’s only fitting that each couple find a unique and memorable way to incorporate them into their wedding festivities.
Catherine Guidry shot an engagement session at Jungle Gardens with a couple who brought along their pets Jasper and Scarlett (Scarlett is a pig). I thought the photo below would be perfect for a save-the-date card! (Here’s more!)
My friend and bridesmaid, Emily, had her precious pup Ms. Pebs in her engagement photos taken by Collin Richie. Isn’t this photo just adorable? I see first family Christmas card written on this one!
I saw this cake topper included in 10+ fun and unique cake toppers and thought it was a perfect way for a couple to include their precious pets in their day.
One thing I know for sure is if we would have had a pet when we got married, he certainly would have worn a bow tie like this stud! (Source: Wedding Chicks)
How did you include your precious pet into your “big day”?
Local ladies! The City Club is having a bridal show at the end of the month. They’ve hand-picked select vendors that will be showcased at the show and I’m honored to be among them! I’ll be showing invitations as well as scheduling hourly consults with brides as I am already booked for my actual wedding planning packages. Here are all the details! Hope to see you there!!