Honestly, I’m not even sure where to start. Alex + Pat have truly captured my heart, and I know this blog post will never be able to convey how special these two are to me or how amazing their wedding was. But, I’ll do my very best.
It all started YEARS ago when Alex was my intern at Mary Bird Perkins in Baton Rouge. I knew from the minute I interviewed her that she was amazing (I’ll take credit for her successes!). While our time together was brief as I left for grad school, thanks to Facebook we stayed in touch.
When Alex contacted me about her wedding, my heart was so excited. Of all of the planners in the New Orleans area she could have chosen, she chose Southern Fete. I remember her telling me it was because she could remember the ever-famous “Cassie color-coded spreadsheets.” Not much has changed. She wanted a coordinator who would be her “boots on the ground” and gosh-darned it, Mother Nature actually made me wear my polka dot rain boots on the day of the wedding.
Sharing this journey with Alex (and Pat of course) was one of the highlights of my career so far and has confirmed that I’m in the right spot. It pushed me to learn a new area (NOLA second-line permits, I’m speaking to you) and was a reminder of just how special my clients are to me.
When Alex sent me the link to her photo gallery (of which I would like to point out she sent to me prior to her husband), I could not have been more excited. There’s honestly not ONE photo that I don’t want for myself. But, for the sake of practicality, I will share my ten favorites below with a little extra commentary.
For me, there aren’t really words for this photo. I felt privileged to finally be able to meet Alex’s mom the weekend of the wedding and seeing the joy in her eyes when she saw Alex for the first time or put her veil on was priceless. There’s no doubt where Alex gets her kind heart and thoughtfulness from. One of my favorite memories is when I asked her mom if I could get her something to drink. In the kindest, most Southern drawl she asked if there was sweet tea. Hailing from Texas, I should have known that was her preference. She settled for a Diet Coke but with a smile on her face.
While there was plenty of work to be done the day of the wedding, I sneaked a few minutes in to hang out with all of these amazing ladies. We shared a half-eaten bag of chips from Jimmy Johns and a few peanut butter crackers from my emergency bag. Every single one is sweet as pie and were so overjoyed for Alex and Pat.
I think this one speaks for itself.
One of the best parts of working with Alex + Pat is that I knew they trusted me completely. Alex is a PR rockstar, and Pat is pretty important himself, so I was honored to help with all of the details to minimize the detail-overload that comes along with planning a wedding. I worked with Inkling Design Studio to create this program, which I am still in love with, and don’t think Collin could have done a better job of capturing it!
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Cheramie
Oh, Mother Nature. Rain threatened the whole wedding day but most importantly the second-line. When I visited Alex to ask her final decision on cancelling it or going for it, I silently prayed that she wouldn’t cancel it. Even if it was a deluge. I snuck out of church around communion to check on the weather, and would you believe the clouds had parted! You better believe we waved our hankies to the reception and recruited as many onlookers as possible. Take that one Mother Nature.
One of my favorite details of the wedding was the sign-in frame. I know it has to look gorgeous in the Pottery-Barn’esque Cheramie house.
The most beautiful cake with the most beautiful peonies.
Is this not the coolest cake?
And, introducing one of my most favorite photos of all time. If you know Alex, you will know that it wasn’t staged for her to put her head on Pat’s shoulder and that is why I adore this photo.
Alex truly warmed my heart when she sent me a few words about what she would tell other brides about Southern Fete:
“Cassie is undeniably the best there is. It is incredible how she is able to keep track of everything I threw at her and always made me feel like I was her one and only bride. I cannot say enough amazing things about this woman. She helped me through every single little detail and obstacle I dealt with for the many months leading up. On the day of my wedding, numerous people commented that I was way calmer than they ever expected me to be – and that’s 110% because of Cassie. I just knew she had it handled. We had talked through everything, we had gone through it all – and she had it covered. I was able to relax and completely enjoy my day with my family, friends and new husband because of her. I had numerous family members comment on how organized she was and professional. She kept us all on track and didn’t skip a beat. There were so many small detail-oriented things she did for me without even thinking – it’s just her nature. She is an incredible coordinator and woman.”
But the impact that I may have had on her and Pat is only 1/10000 of what they had on me.
I honestly wish you both nothing but the best and will be forever grateful that I was able to be a part of your amazing day. I am honored to forever be your “boots on the ground!”
Photographer: CR Photo
Videographer: Bride Film
Cakes: Royal Cakery
Flowers: Germean’s Flowers and Gifts
Church: St. Patrick’s
Reception: Tomas Bistro
DJ: Uncle Phil (Pat’s rockstar uncle)
Hair/Makeup: Bleu, A Blowdry Bar
Transportation: Royal Coach
Second Line Band: Kinfolk
Programs: Inkling Design Studio