Hello everyone! Today we have photos from our prep on the wedding day and the first look. As I was trying to decide what images to choose, I had trouble narrowing them down. They all tell the story of us. Brides, your wedding day can have inspiration from anywhere but make sure it’s still about the two of you as a couple. It’s easy to get lost in the details. Enough chatter! On to some photos! (by Jason Cohen and Mark Eric)
We got ready at the Carriage House Suites. It’s my top recommended hotel for wedding prep and wedding nights. The rooms AND customer service are amazing.
Paint on my pants!
Paint on Tyler! We must be more alike than we think.
And he usually writes them while he’s still there.
The First Look! Ladies, if you are considering a first look, I highly recommend it. I sort of HATE being in front of large groups of people. This totally put me at ease. I loved sharing in a few minutes together. It also gave us a chance to get some great photos together in the daylight (those to come tomorrow). Also, we wrote our own vows so we took this time to read them to each other so we wouldn’t ball at the ceremony. While I still cried like a baby, I did enjoy hearing them and sharing that experience just the two of us.
Tomorrow I share pictures of the ceremony and our portrait session.
Jennifer! Congrat Jennifer. Our 2011 Calendar is heading your way soon!
I always tell my brides, the rehearsal is one of the most special times you’ll experience. Very rarely will you have all the people that most important to you in one room. It was an unforgettable night and I will remember every sweet word our family and friends said.
City Club’s Restaurant 1100 was the site of our rehearsal dinner. It was absolutely perfect. They take care of so much. When my mother-in-law asked what I’d want as far as decor, I told her it needed nothing and to not stress about it. It would be beautiful. And it was!! Brides, if you are looking for a site to have your rehearsal dinner or wedding (for under 125) I highly recommend the Restaurant 1100. Hannah Trahan, the events director, (who you’ll hear more about next week) does such an amazing job making things simple for brides.
And the photos were shot by office mate Jason Cohen. So thankful for his capturing so many memories throughout this season, like the proposal, engagements, wedding and even finding my wedding shoes! You will hear lots more on Jason too next week!
On to dinner!
On to the toasts!
Tyler’s little brother gave a touching toasts too. I’m so proud of both of them!
The night was such a blessing! We are so thankful for the people that surround us. Brides, this is one part of the “wedding” that you should leave completely up to someone else. You have the wedding to worry about. Leave room to enjoy the evening. You won’t want to miss it!
Biggest blessing?? We both have wonderful parents that love us so much! Thanks y’all! We love you!
Now that our wedding has been featured on Green Wedding Shoes (yay!!), I want to share with y’all the details and tell y’all about my amazing vendors! I’ll start next week with the actual wedding day but for this week we’ll cover bridals and the rehearsal dinner.
First up, bridals! I had Mark Eric and his wife Heather shoot me on one of the hottest days of August at Acadian Village. Now normally I’m the first person to tell brides “Don’t shoot bridals in the summer! You will be miserable.” For me, it was unavoidable. I think God gives some sort of grace to brides in big poofy dresses in 90 degree weather because I barely noticed the heat. And I’m normally the type of girl who gets frizzy and red-faced. I also had a nice team of mom and sister fanning me with a reflector. Mark and Heather did an amazing job of making me feel comfortable and posing me in ways, I of course thought sounded ridiculous but turned out amazing! I normally hate pictures of myself but had my email filled with photos I honestly couldn’t believe were me. (More bragging on Mark come wedding day post.) Ok one other thing, Mark and Heather were so much FUN. If you see me laughing in these pictures it’s because I genuinely had a fun time. Feeling comfortable like that is so important to think about when hiring a photographer.
Sara, one of my very first brides, styled my hair. I always swore I would wear it down for my wedding day, but knew my long hair would overwhelm my dress and hide my one-strap. I was so pleased with the soft, natural way she did it. I was literally able to pull out the bobby pins mid shoot (no mirror, people) and have a whole new look.
Angelle, from Salon Indigo did my makeup. Again, so pleased with the result. There is a fine line between not enough makeup and too much and she found it! I normally don’t wear a ton of makeup so I definitely knew a ton of makeup could make me look and feel like a clown or fake. But I felt so natural AND beautiful!
I would HIGHLY recommend all three of these vendors! Ready for the photos??
My parents were married at this chapel 29 years ago!
A somewhat Deep South tradition. Take a picture with an item that represents the groom’s cake. IE If a groom is having an LSU cake, take a picture in your bridal gown with LSU hat or jersey, etc. This was one photo that was placed on the groom’s cake table.
Mark spotted an abandoned carwash with a nice field behind.
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind the last month or two but I wanted to mention a few places our work has popped up in the wedding world. I’m beyond greatful to this magazine and these blogs for including us!
Our Taffy Suite was featured on Weddings Unveiled Blog as part of Caroline and Dan’s wedding.
I was quoted by one of my favorite bridal magazines, Southern Weddings. (Congrats on the new site ladies!)
And, I am so excited to finally share it with you: Tyler and I’s wedding day featured on Green Wedding Shoes! Click here to check out the post and come back next week. I’m going to have a week of posts featuring more photos and talking about our vendors.
It’s the night before you’ll read this at 10:38 and I’m just now sitting down to write this post…and finish loading pictures of the collection on the website. I am beyond exhausted and unfortunately no where near simplified or enjoying life’s little pleasures. As I mentioned Monday, I created the Southern Life Collection with a purpose: to encourage others AND myself to live simply and enjoying real life without being distracted by all the stuff. If you are anything like me, it’s still very much a work in progress! : )
So on with it!
We had the wonderful Trent Bailey, a native of South Louisiana now in New York, shoot our collection. You saw the inspiration, now see our collection and shoot: Sherlock Holmes-inspired!
Our everyday notecards: Thank You!, Hello There, Happy Birthday and Thinking of You. All come with kraft envelopes!
Our perpetual calendar to keep track of birthdays and if you’re a wedding planner like me, to keep track of past couple’s wedding dates to send anniversary cards.
Plan your meals for the week, your grocery list and your to-do with our memo pads.
The Gift Set combines our everyday stationery with calling cards and gift tags. The linen box makes me smile!
We’ve got a quote from Julia Child to get you inspired in the kitchen. Our acrylic recipe box comes with 50 recipe cards.
Our 2011 calendar!! Each month has a silhouette along with a quote about one of life’s little pleasures. We have it available in color and kraft!
Check out the collection here to see close ups and get details and pricing on Southern Life.
Leave a comment and let us know what your favorite item is in the new collection! We’ll pick one winner at random from the comments to receive our 2011 calendar!