Sam & BJ: 04.10.10

July 8, 2010  |  Southern Fete News

I am so excited to share with you today Sam and BJ’s wedding! Laura Reaux was the wonderful photographer who captured the day. It took place at Rip Van Winkle in New Iberia and the weather could not have been better.

Rip Van is seriously the perfect retreat for your guest to escape to.

Time to get ready!

The scenic ceremony view didn’t need much. Just hydrangeas in mason jars with ribbon…

And coordinating programs to the rest of the suite.

We were running short of time and thought we might have to nix the “First Look” but Sam really wanted to make it happen! So we did! Here’s BJ patiently waiting for his bride…

And the First Look!

I LOVE BJ’s reaction here!

I have to say, if you are considering a First Look, you definitely should. Because I bring the brides to meet their groom normally, I catch a glimpse of this special moment and it really is priceless!! Now back into hiding for Sam…

If you ever thought a First Look would ruin the groom’s reaction when he sees the bride coming down the aisle, this should put your fears at bay. No nerves, just excitement!

I absolutely LOVE Laura’s perspective! She seems to capture aspects of the day, that I see time and again, in a fresh way.

A quick post-ceremony rendezvous…

And on to the party! For affordable centerpieces, we found these great vases and purchased hydrangeas from Rouse’s and I put together onsite. Sam’s mom actually found these neat votive holders!

BJ is a big Saint’s fan, so his aunt created a full Saint’s themed cake table.

And the brides delish cake by Crystal Weddings!

Praline favors!

And the perfect getaway!

Sam and BJ it was such a pleasure working with y’all!! Thanks for letting me be a part of y’alls big day!

Bouquets and Bouts by Flowerland.


  1. Wow!!! What a sweet sweet couple! The pictures are beautiful and they showed the couples true personalities. I love that!

  2. Laura is so her different perspective and how she captured this beautiful day! What a gorgeous wedding!

  3. Val, thank you so much for making our wedding such a wonderful event, we couldn’t have done it without you!

  4. I’m tardy for the party but I wanted to let you know that I LOVE this blog post!! You picked some of our favorite pictures!

  5. I know I am responding late, but do you know where the bride got the super cute fans?

  6. Hi Natalie!
    It was!


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