Every wedding is special to me for different reasons. October was our busiest month yet and just so happened to wrap up with Cat + Mike’s wedding in Ruston. That’s right. Southern Fete went to Ruston! We honestly could NOT have had a better time or felt more welcome by both the Hunt and Judice families. But, before I get into the good stuff (aka the pictures), a little story of how we met.
This was my first wedding where I didn’t meet the couple until two days before the wedding. We had video chatted and I tried to assure Cat all was good since we shared a first name (except I spelled it correctly :)), but this was the real deal. From the minute we met in person, it felt as if we had been friends for years. Even for this non-hugger, there were hugs involved.
The family property where the ceremony and reception was held was unbelievable. I must have said 100 times that I felt bad for actually having my cell phone. Technically, I couldn’t put it away since I had a job to do, but I felt so many times that I should have just thrown it into the most beautiful lake and dealt with the repercussions later.
There’s so much more to be said, but I’ll leave it to the amazing work of Erin and Geoffrey photography with – of course – a little commentary of my own.
Knowing Cat has a fashion background and is now studying textiles, I could only picture what her dress would look like. It was nothing short of stunning.
I think this picture should win an award. These girls were beyond precious and so excited to be part of Aunt Cat and Uncle Mike’s big day.
“Oh, there’s a wedding today? We’ll be in on time. Just one quick paddle around the lake!” Next time, I’m adding a bit of time into my own timeline for a paddle! 🙂
You may take Mike’s look here to be one of panic. But he was pinned on the first try.
Who wouldn’t want to get married right here?
The back of Cat’s dress – swoon!
Is this real life?
My favorite picture of all time!
Cat’s bouquet was breathtaking. The colors, the shape, everything. It was also her arm workout for the day. Killing two birds with one stone. Just the way we like it!
The Original Tuxedo Jazz band wooed guests with the most Southern of jazzy tunes.
Yes, that’s a fried egg on top of a salad. Jealous?
Among my favorites for a groom’s cake. It tasted equally as good as it looked!
These two. It’s clear where Cat gets her Southern charm and big, genuine heart. Her parents were so welcoming from the time we arrived and honestly made us feel more like we were guests than workers. Mr. Jimmy even INSISTED we dance with him to a song. I certainly have some work to do to match his moves, but I left Ruston feeling as though I’m now an honorary member of the Hunt family!
Remember I said I couldn’t throw my cell phone in the lake. Well this is one of the reasons why. A quick call to the mayor of Squire Creek across the lake and guests were treated to a firework show! They chanted “Mrs. Judice,” and cheered each time there was a seeming finale! Record books friends. Record. Books.
Again, is this real life?
Visibly displaying what a 14-hour work day looks like, but we couldn’t have been happier to be part of Cat and Mike becoming Mr. and Mrs. Judice!
Cat and Mike – It was beyond a privilege to be part of your big day. We’re ready to do it all over again in a second! Wishing you all of the happiness in the world. I truly cannot wait to visit you both in the big city!
Cheers to true love … and Ruston … and Mr. and Mrs. Judice!
Photography :: Erin and Geoffrey
Flowers :: Nora’s Flowers
Band :: Original Tuxedo Jazz Band
DJ :: JJ’s Entertainment
Event Rentals :: Encore Event Rentals
Cakes :: Nancy Whittenburg
Catering :: Restaurant Cotton
Hair :: Boardwalk Salon