Classy Chevron

Chevron is all the rage these days. Here’s a classy take on how to incorporate it into your big day – with a touch of the always-classy damask.

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If the shoe fits …

February 14, 2013  |  Highlights, Southern Fete News  |   |  No Comments

Bridal shoes, bridesmaid shoes

The saying goes, “If the shoe fits, wear it!” So, I’m officially wearing it!

I couldn’t be more excited to start my journey as the new owner of Southern Fete. I am so blessed that Valerie established such a recognized brand across the state and delivered the ultimate “Southern Fete” experience to so many brides. She will continue to be a valued mentor, and I am honored that she trusted me to continue the Southern Fete legacy.

There’s no doubt that being a wedding coordinator is hard work, but there are so many moments along the way that make it all worth it. Taking the burden off the bride so that she (and let’s be honest – everyone else) can fully enjoy her day is what I’m here to do.

With every new journey comes challenges, but I couldn’t be more ready to see what’s ahead of me!


Photos by Catherine Guidry Photography


Val Marie Paper Launches!

September 6, 2012  |  Southern Fete News  |  No Comments

Thrilled doesn’t not even begin describe how ecstatic I am that it is finally here! Hop on over to our new site VAL MARIE PAPER to see our new wedding, baby and holiday collection as well as to see our new BLOG!


August 28, 2012  |  Personal, Southern Fete News  |  3 Comments

The last few days have been a roller coaster of emotions! I’ve spent many long days and nights and pretty much every weekend this past month working on the Val Marie Paper launch next week! And have been so excited for this week to get here!

This week is a CRAZY one for my family. Today is me and my twin sister’s birthday, Wednesday is my brother’s 21 birthday, Thursday is our launch party, Saturday is my mom’s 50th birthday and party and Sunday is my favorite newborn Judah’s dedication. And did I mention Val Marie Paper launch next week?

I threw myself the biggest pity party yesterday at the though that another hurricane would ruin this week. I even told my husband to let me have my pity party because it’d be the only party I’d have that week. Ummm…kind of dramatic! ; ) After all that hard work, I was just soo ready to celebrate with all those people who have helped me along this way. I was ready to slow down and ENJOY this moment instead of constantly looking for the next milestone. In business it’s hard to not be focused on the thing ahead instead of exactly where you are. To top it off, my car wouldn’t start yesterday and is currently being towed to get fixed.

I made up my mind this morning that I could still do that, storm or no storm. This morning I couldn’t sleep and read some great truth that God knew I needed to hear today!

1. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3

It’s simple; listen for God’s leading, and the results will be great. Those results may not look like what I’m expecting but God’s vision is always better than mine.

2. “When you know who you are in Christ, worldly obstacles won’t matter anymore. When you know that He loves you and He died for you, you’ll just get up every day and do your best to love God.” – Joyce Meyers

This truth helped me decide a few things. I wanted to get up today and do my best to love God, no matter the worldly obstacles. I know one way to do that is to love people. How can I help you today? What can I pray for?

3. “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”  – Proverbs 16:9

God’s plan is so much bigger than mine. I can’t let myself get derailed when things don’t seem to go according to plan!

So though this isn’t how I imagined it, today I still turn 28, and it’s my GOLDEN BIRTHDAY!! : ) When I was in middle school and high school this was a big deal. For all my friends out there with birthdays on the 14, 15 or 16, I was so jealous you got to celebrate your golden birthday those years. All I remember thinking was I would be SOOOO OLD when mine finally came! But here we are! To celebrate, I wanted to share one of our full wedding suites! It is actually the first I designed of the entire new designs. Photos by the lovely and talented Catherine Guidry!

If you live in the Lafayette area, I’d love to have you join us at our launch party Thursday to see the rest of the collection, help us pick favorites, snap a few silly photos in the photo booth, eat some delicious apps by one of the best chefs in Lafayette and simply CELEBRATE! See details here and let us know you’ll be coming! If for any reason, the weather is worse than expected, the party will be rescheduled for next week and I’ll let everyone know on this event page.

Also, in honor of celebrating and honoring all the hard work, I will be taking Labor Day (Monday) off and will debut the collection on Tuesday!

Thanks everyone! I really appreciate all the support and encouragement you’ve shared. It has meant the world to me!


July 13, 2012  |  Southern Fete News  |  2 Comments

Hey y’all! I hope summer has been good to everyone!! I just wanted to post a short update about all the happenings around the Southern Fete/Val Marie Paper office!

Last week, I had our product shoot for the new branding, headshots and the new collection with Catherine Guidry. Eight hours shooting OUTSIDE…in July…in South Louisiana. Cat was such a trooper!! And we really had such a good time. After prepping for months for the shoot, it all came together better than I could have imagined! I can’t wait to share everything with y’all in September!

I’ve been able to spend a good bit of time getting ready for the launch. One thing I’m working on is organizing the new blog. I’m planning on sharing tons of information I’ve learned as a wedding planner, printable goodies to help plan a wedding, spotlighting some of my favorite entrepreneurs and the usual inspiration boards BUT I’ll also cover a lot of other things as well! Things about health, finance, life after i do’s, balance and more!

To gear up for it, I’m writing lots of posts this month but will wait to share them until after the new blog launches so it will be pretty quiet here for the next 6 weeks! Eek! Only six weeks!! Looking forward to sharing all very soon!

In the mean time, check out my Val & Words site for some personal inspiration.

Credits: Health, Entertaining, Escapes, Balance, Design, Purpose, Good Causes, Organization, Books, Inspiration

Inspired :: Vol. 2

June 25, 2012  |  Inspiration  |  No Comments

Here are several things that I’m loving right now!

Credits :: Greenery, Short Dress, Greenhouse,  Second Line, Boho Chic, Farm to Table, Hair Tutorial, Simple Clutch

Want to get updates on the new collection? I’ll be emailing a newsletter on Wednesday with sneak peek photos, a little about the process and a special offer. Sign up here to be added to our mailing list!