Color Palette:
Coral, Mint, and Ivory

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Fun, Cajun, Perfect

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
I loved how unique the Equine center was, especially that the dance floor was located outside!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My dress:)

What was your best wedding day memory?
We really enjoyed the wedding ceremony and how personal Father Moreau made it! My favorite part of the ceremony was when we were holding the cross in our hands during our vows!!

Did you create any details yourself?
How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
We canned over 300 cans of figs for wedding favors and created all of the centerpieces!
But I think my favorite thing was the Ice Cream Station 🙂 I love ice cream!! 

What is your wedding song?
You are the love of my life..Sammy Kershaw
(Go ahead …^^^look it up to play in the background)

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Prep Spot: Bellevue Manor | Florals: Jennifer Melancon | Ceremony: St. Johns Chapel | Reception: Equine Center | Catering: Brent’s in Grand Coteau | Wedding Cake: Debbie Morgan | Groom’s Cake: Mandy Matte | Wedding Dress/Bridal Headpiece: Berta from Blanc Bridal | Wedidng Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Sara Buteaux | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: For Her and For Him | Groom’s Apparel: Suit Up| Wedding Prep Outfits: LeRoseGifts on Etsy | Ceremony Music : Julia Clayton and Glen Faul Vocalist….Cecile Johnston Organist | Reception Music: Aaron Lane Entertainment

Dress Designer: Kenneth Winston
Dress Boutique: Lemon Drop
Veil: Bel Aire Bridal
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
Accessories: Ben’s Aunt’s Earrings (the 6th bride to wear them!)
Hair Stylist: Sara Buteaux
Makeup Artist: Linzy Cormier

Was this the dress you initially thought you’d wear for your wedding?
I was open to different styles when I first started trying on dresses. I tried on anything and everything! Sonya at Lemon Drop was amazing and helped me to realize what I liked and didn’t like, and she helped me to find the perfect dress!

Tell Me About Your Dress! Why did you choose this look?
The lace is beautiful on this dress, and the delicate beading adds to the detail. It has a lovely train but is still not too heavy. Being able to dance in my dress was a must! This was my favorite dress out of the several I tried on. I knew it was the one when I put it on, especially after my mom and sisters saw it and loved it.

How do you feel when you put on your dress?
Excited! I’m so ready for my wedding day! I never want to take it off when I try it on.

Why did you choose this particular bridal session location?
It provided the comfort of a private residence. There are so many beautiful photo opportunities on his property. His landscaping is gorgeous. And the large oak trees are stunning and also a special “symbol” of our engagement.

Any advice for future brides embarking on this wedding journey?
Enjoy the journey and live in the moment! It really does fly by!

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Color Palette:
Black and White Stripes with Pop of Summer Colors

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Colorful, Delicious, and a BLAST

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
We got married at our church. We met the associate pastor, Tim, in a new member class a while back and instantly felt a connection. He’s a great guy and we knew we wanted him to perform our ceremony. We decided to use the church instead of another venue because it’s a nice building that sits on a pretty piece of property right outside of the hustle and bustle of Baton Rouge. Also, I love the arch above the doors that you see when walking up to the front doors!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My dress was my favorite purchase, for sure! My dress was a custom design by my good friend, Natasha Miller, who I met in design school at LSU. The brooch that was sewn at my waist I actually purchased on a trip to New York City with Natasha about 5 years ago, not realizing that one day it would be on the wedding gown she created for me! The process of creating the dress starting from sketches, all the way to the final fitting, was so much fun!

What was your best wedding day memory?
I had the best time dancing to Phat Hat with Deane and all of our friends and family at the reception. Also, my cousin Harrison sang at our ceremony which was very special to me. I heard him sing at another cousin’s wedding many years ago and from that moment on I hoped that one day he would sing at my own.

My wedding photography was also very important to me! Not only am I obsessed with documenting memories with great pictures, but my parents lost their wedding pictures when the film was exposed to light when processing. We have one picture of them cutting their cake and that’s the only memory we have photographed from their wedding. I grew up hearing this story and always knew that I would not sacrifice when it came to wedding photography! Catherine is so amazing both in her photography talent and her sweet personality! I knew when she photographed my best friend’s wedding two years ago that I wanted her to photograph my own wedding. I actually planned my wedding date around Catherine’s schedule and it was so worth it!! :)Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?

Did you create any details yourself?
How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
I designed our programs and koozies, if that counts. And I put together the sign-in table tribute to our parents’, grandparents’, and great-grandparents’ wedding days. We used music from some of our favorite movies for the ceremony (Disney movies, Jurassic Park, Steel Magnolias, Forrest Gump). And Jordan’s groom’s cake was modeled after their fantasy football trophy, which is a literal tree stump.

What is your wedding song?
Pistol by Dustin Kensure
(Go ahead …^^^look it up to play in the background)

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Dress Designer: Berta
Dress Boutique: Blanc Bridal Couture
Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson
Accessories: Bracelet from Golden Touch in Church Point
Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist: Sara Buteaux

Tell Me About Your Dress! Why did you choose this look?
It was exactly what I was looking for! My dream dress 🙂
I wanted a WOW dress, one that no one else around here has had. I love all of the little details, but the train is my favorite!
When planning my wedding the two things that I wanted to focus on and spend the most on was my dress and my photographer! I do not regret my decision one bit.

How do you feel when you put on your dress?
I feel gorgeous! Exactly the way I wanted to feel! I still feel like me though!

Why did you choose this particular bridal session location?
My parents got married in the Chapel at Acadian Village so I figured it would be special to shoot there! I also love old Acadian style houses!

Any advice for future brides embarking on this wedding journey?
Enjoy every second because it flies by! Relax and enjoy the journey!

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Color Palette:
Periwinkle, Blush, and Ivory

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Southern, Elegant, Fun

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
Being born and raised in Baton Rouge, I love this city and all things relating to South Louisiana. I’ve always been fascinated with Louisiana History, especially the Huey P. Long era. Growing up, I was enamored with the Old State Captiol. It was like something out of a fairytale! Not only was HPL the last governor to fulfil his term at the Old State Capitol, but it now serves as Louisiana’s Political History Museum, so it seemed perfect to get married in this historic and gorgeous place.
We had this enchanting and extravagant ceremony location, so we thought it would be cool (and convenient) to have the reception at the very modern Shaw Center right across the street. The Shaw Center for the Arts is a museum for the performing and fine arts. I loved that both of our venues would be museums, one old and one new, both beautiful and unique.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Can I list every single one of my vendors in a 30-way tie? Seriously, these people are rock stars. We could not have asked for a more helpful and awesome group of people to make the big day perfect!
If you’re looking for a material answer, I’d have to say it was my dress and veil. I told Blush I basically wanted to look like a pretty pretty princess, and I really felt like one at our wedding. I feel like I should have a more sentimental and heartwarming answer than that, but did you see how fabulous the dress and veil were?? 😉

What was your best wedding day memory?
1. Pre-ceremony, I was so excited, but felt so calm at the same time. It was the strangest feeling, reaffirmed everything I already knew. I knew this was the man I loved and wanted to spend my life with, and I never felt nervous about that.

2. After the ceremony, we were taking photos with the entire bridal party, and the guys started singing and it made me start laughing. I couldn’t get it together after that. I didn’t cry before, during, or after the ceremony, but there were now tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. It’s not sweet or sentimental, but uncontrollable laughter is one of my favorite things.

3. When the pastor announced us as husband and wife! There’s not much to go into there; I was just so happy at that moment, because it was all finally happening!

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
I designed our programs and koozies, if that counts. And I put together the sign-in table tribute to our parents’, grandparents’, and great-grandparents’ wedding days. We used music from some of our favorite movies for the ceremony (Disney movies, Jurassic Park, Steel Magnolias, Forrest Gump). And Jordan’s groom’s cake was modeled after their fantasy football trophy, which is a literal tree stump.

What is your wedding song?
To Love Somebody – Michael Buble
(Go ahead …^^^look it up to play in the background)

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Bride’s Prep Spot: Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center | Groom’s Prep Spot: Hotel Indigo | Event Planner: Weddings by Allie | Ceremony: Louisiana’s Old State Capitol | Reception: The Shaw Center | Catering: Heirloom Cuisine | Florist: Designs by Milissa | Wedding Cake: Ambrosia | Event Rentals: Doug Olinde | Wedding Dress: Allure from Blush | Getting Ready Outfits: Le Rose | Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Accessories: Tiffany & Co – Bracelet (gift from the groom); rings – Blue Nile & Lee Michaels; great-grandma’s hankerchief; Anna D’Souza garters; bridal purse of Jordan’s grandmother’s dress (made by his aunt) | Bride’s Hair: Lux Salon | Bride’s Makeup: Verde Beauty | Groom’s Apparel: Men’s Wearhouse | Transportation: Esquire Limo

Color Palette:
Taupe, Cameo, Blush

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Romantic, Vintage, Intimate

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
Joey lived in Rayne and I lived in Maurice. Our Lady of Fatima was “middle ground” where we would meet for Sunday mass. I have always loved the stain glass windows there. During mass, I would picture Joey and I getting married with all the colors painting the church.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My wedding dress. I felt like a timeless bride each and every time I put it on. It was vintage and romantic. The best part about it was I could MOVE IN IT!

What was your best wedding day memory?
Walking into the reception with our Wedding Party in tow to “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown. It set the tone for our guest. They knew we were ready to dance!

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
Joey and I decided to read our own readings at our ceremony after attending a friend’s wedding where the bride and groom did the same. We weren’t engaged yet, however we both agreed how that was so personal and we were doing it! I read Sirach 26: 1-4 13-16 which is about what is a good wife. Joey read 1 Corinthians 13 which was about what love is. Many guest had never seen a couple do this before and it was definitely a highlight of our wedding!

What is your wedding song?
At Last by Etta James
(Go ahead …^^^look it up to play in the background)

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Ceremony: Our Lady of Fatima Church | Reception/Catering: River Oaks | Florist: Cathy Villien | Wedding Cake: Danielle Hargrave | Groom’s Cake: Daisy Cakes | Wedding Dress: Casablanca from A-Nets | Wedding Shoes: BCBG | Bridal Accessories: Family Heirlooms | Bride’s Hair: Sara Buteaux | Bride’s Makeup: Sara Buteaux | Groom’s Apparel: Mary Ellen’s | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: After Six by Dessy | Getting Ready Outfits: Plum Pretty Sugar | Reception Music: Todd Ortego

Color Palette:
Ivory, Gold, Blush

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Unique, Chic, Modern

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
Wow grand is a museum? The walls themselves are just gorgeous!
And that garden… well when you look at pictures you can easily see why!!!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Todd and I both agree that it would have to be the live painting at the reception with Alex Harvie! It is so unique and made everyone feel so special! Alex has the perfect personality to interact with the guests. Everyone had so much fun with him!

What was your best wedding day memory?
Holding Luke’s hand before around the corner of the museum; it made me cry knowing we were about to see each other for the first time down the aisle.

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
The first dance song, the Popeyes cake, the feathers in everything, the amazing tennis shoes we both changed into towards the end of the night…these things were ALL ways that we incorporated our personalities into the day.

What is your wedding song?
So Afraid, Mena Fall
(Go ahead …^^^look it up to play in the background)

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Ceremony: Sculpture Garden, City Park | Event Planner: Meredith Bugbee/Belle Soiree | Reception: New Orleans Museum of Art | Catering: Catering D’Orleans | Florist: Bella Blooms Floral | Wedding Cake: Bittersweet Confections | Event Rentals: Yur Event | Wedding Dress: Austin Scarlett | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridal Accessories: Haute Bridal | Bride’s Hair: Ann Hirsch | Bride’s Makeup: Katie Malone | Groom’s Apparel: Ralph Lauren | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Transportation: Alert Transportation | Ceremony Music: Harry Hardin, Mena Fall, Kinfolk | Reception Music: Mena Fall, Mojeaux

Color Palette:
Blush, Gold, Navy

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Heartfelt, Classic, Amazing

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
I am a parishioner of St. John, love Father Chester and love the gorgeous Cathedral! Le Pavillon is absolutely gorgeous and the Petroleum Club takes care of every detail. Being the youngest of three girls, I wanted everyone to be able to enjoy themselves and not worry about each little thing.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Todd and I both agree that it would have to be the live painting at the reception with Alex Harvie! It is so unique and made everyone feel so special! Alex has the perfect personality to interact with the guests. Everyone had so much fun with him!

What was your best wedding day memory?
It’s a toss up between the moment of being announced and walking into the reception or our first dance as husband and wife! It was so heartwarming walking into the reception and getting “that warm fuzzy feeling” of seeing our wonderful family and friends here to celebrate us! In addition to my brother in law performing our first dance song, it was so great to dance with my husband (still hasn’t hit me that I have one of those yet)!

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
I believe we incorporated our personalities by all of the unique details we included: Having so many little touches of my sweet aunt, remembering our deceased loved ones with the pictures on my boutique. All of the monograms, UL groom’s cake were so special to us as well!

What is your wedding song?
Tupelo Honey- Van Morrison
(Go ahead …^^^look it up to play in the background)

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Color Palette:
Blush and Ivory

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Joyous, Long-awaited, Graceful

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
Our wedding ceremony took place at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist. I have received all of my sacraments through the Cathedral, so it was only natural to return to a place that means so much to me.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My favorite wedding purchase was actually a surprise to me, from my mother. We has a painter set up at our reception who skillfully managed to capture the love and happiness of our special celebration in a beautiful painting.

What was your best wedding day memory?
For Taylor, it was when I walked down the aisle at the church.
For me, it was at the end of our reception, running through the tunnel of our friends and family, bells and ribbon streamers in their hands, cheering for us as we made our exit. The amount of love and pure bliss that we felt was truly amazing.

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
My bridal bouquet was made by my mother, who is the most skilled florist that I know. It was wrapped with antique lace, and included a rosary, a brooch that was once my Grandmother’s, and a sixpence for luck.
Taylor and I enjoyed the process of choosing the readings for our ceremony. We took our time and chose readings that had special meaning for us.

What is your wedding song?
Tiny Dancer by Elton John
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Color Palette:
Shades of Blue and Copper

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Authentic, Rustic, Festive

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
We chose St. Patrick’s Church because it is such a beautiful Church with lots of New Orleans history and is in a great location. We loved the old warehouse feel of Tomas Bistro. The food and staff were both wonderful.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Definitely the wedding dress 🙂

What was your best wedding day memory?
Walking through the streets of New Orleans during our second line as husband and wife with all of our family and friends in tow!

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
From the color scheme to the New Orleans feel of the night, we planned it all. My dad and cousin helped fabricate the cake stand from an old cypress tree, my sister-in-law made the completely original cake topper, a family friend made Kevin’s beer-themed groom’s cake, and Kevin made the “mash paddles” for his groomsmen. The mash paddles are used for home brewing, which is one of Kevin’s favorite hobbies. As far as the feel of the wedding goes, we wanted it to be fun and festive with a New Orleans twist!

What is your wedding song?
Vance Joy – Mess is Mine
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Dress Designer: Casablanca Bridal
Dress Boutique: A-Net’s Bridal
Shoes: BCBG
Hair/Makeup: Sara Buteaux

Tell Me About Your Dress! Why did you choose this look?
I always said I wanted an open back. It took a few tries, but the stylist took it off the mannequin and said, “This is THE dress, try it on and this will be YOUR dress!” She was so right! With the low back and lace, the dress feels feminine and timeless. Another big plus is that I can dance the night away in it!

How do you feel when you put on your dress?
When I first realized this was THE DRESS…I began to freak out and felt really hot!!! Everyone was asking concerned and asking if I was alright and there I was asking, “Can we take it home today?!”
Then, when I put it on for my bridals, I felt like almost like royalty. With the hair and makeup, the look was amazing, but once we put on the veil, it was breathtaking.

Any advice for future brides embarking on this wedding journey?
HIRE. CATHERINE. GUIDRY.
I have never felt more beautiful or more like a model 😉

Being a teacher, the job never ends. With that being said, I have come to realize, with a wedding I had to be selfish at times and put myself first. You have to understand that this is the ONLY time you will be planning your wedding. You deserve to take time out for yourself and enjoy it because it only happens once! Also let your mom be a part of it. She’s dreamed of it since you were born!!!

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Color Palette:
purple and gray

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
modern, rainy and fun

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
Josh and I met while in Dental School in New Orleans 9 years ago so when we were planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to go back to New Orleans to get married. We looked at multiple catholic churches in New Orleans before deciding on the St. Louis Cathedral because it is a beautiful church. We chose our reception venue because of the location and the modern look to the Jaxson.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My Dress!

What was your best wedding day memory?
Everything!! Probably my most favorite memory is reading and opening my gift from Josh then having our first look. That was the first time he had seen me in my dress and it was just a special moment for us both. 

What is your wedding song?
Thomas Rhett – Die a Happy Man
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Bride Prep: Hyatt Regency Hotel | Ceremony: St. Louis Cathedral | Reception: The Jaxson | Event Planner: Evie Hunnicutt – Ruby & Pearl | Florist: Crystal Aiola – Crystal Vase | Wedding Cake: Sucre | Wedding Dress: Madison JamesBridal Boutique | Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Sara Buteaux | Groom’s Apparel: Rome’s Tuxedo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy | Getting Ready Outfits: Plum Pretty Sugar | Ceremony Music: Jesse Reeks | Reception Music: MoJeaux | Videography: Dyle Films 

Dress Designer: Austin Scarlett
Dress Boutique: I Do Bridal
Veil: Sara Gabriel
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Accessories: Haute Bride
Hair: Anne Kirsch
Makeup: Katie Malone

Tell Me About Your Dress! Why did you choose this look?
Nope! I actually wanted long sleeve and beaded, but this dress totally changed my mind!

How do you feel when you put on your dress?
I just loved how different it was… and how I immediately felt like the dress was made for my body type. Feeling beautiful in your own skin is so important!

Why did you choose this particular bridal session location?
I think it is absolutely gorgeous and serene… and has a similar feeling to the sculpture garden (which is where our wedding will take place)!

Any advice for future brides embarking on this wedding journey?
Enjoy it as much as you can. Don’t sweat the small stuff. You get to be a princess for a day… how amazing is that?!

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Color Palette:
graphite gray, blush, ivory

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
traditional, fresh, personal

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
My family attends Fatima church (dad’s a deacon there), so the ceremony site was a no-brainer. We have a great relationship with Fr. Russo, the pastor, and knew that we wanted him and the other clergy members to be part of our special day.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Finding my dress was memorable because it was totally unplanned, and the shoes were just…well, so fun! Also, I think deciding to wear my mom’s veil was a highlight. It was so special to her and my dad.
My maternal grandma was really touched by it; also even though she’s not with us anymore, my paternal grandma used to always tell me stories about how my mom was the prettiest bride she’d ever seen. I think I felt a little connected to her knowing that she’d somehow seen/selected a part of my bridal attire.

What was your best wedding day memory?
When the doors opened! I was kind of a mess, as I’m sure pictures will tell. I was a ball of emotions–the happy ones that look to the future and the sentimental ones that flashback to what you’ve gone through to get here. My family is really close, so sharing that walk with my dad was really special. I also loved dancing with my dad and then watching Andy dance with his mom. They’ve helped us through so much. Our parents are everything!

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
We did what we wanted. Andy doesn’t like cake, so there wasn’t a groom’s cake. I don’t like classic wedding cake so it was strawberry. We didn’t try to match or coordinate every detail because that’s not who we are. If we liked gold we used gold; if we liked silver, we used silver. In the end, I think it all came together. We used the music that we love and tried to tie as much Catholic tradition into our ceremony as possible even though it may not be standard for a wedding; it was the most important aspect to us.
The biggest thing we learned is that we had to hold fast and firm in our decisions. We knew what we wanted our day to look like, and even though there were doubts along the way, with the help of our family and friends, we stood by our vision. In the end, I think we stayed true to who we are and what we want to represented as a newly married couple.

What is your wedding song?
“Livin’ on Love” by Alan Jackson
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Color Palette:
Earth Tones and Jewel Tones

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Unique, Sacred, Loving

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
I always wanted a blank slate. I wanted something that I could transform into my vision and my visions changed often. It didn’t hurt that the building is beautiful and the windows and lighting just made such an elegant evening glow. I loved the fact that the reception was attached to the ceremony, so when the sky opened up and it started pouring outside, no one noticed.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
The handkerchiefs that we gave to the bridesmaids and the groomsmen. I didn’t even make it through the doors before I started crying and luckily my best friend had hers ready.

What was your best wedding day memory?
…finally getting to Randon and never letting go of his hand.

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
There were very few details that I did not create. I would have to say that my favorites were: the boutonnieres (each one was had a special meaning for the man that wore it), the bridesmaids’ dresses were picked by each girl to fit their style and the bars were built by my Dad. I always have these visions and designs in my head that I can’t get down on paper and somehow he always understands exactly what I want and executes it perfectly!

What is your wedding song?
Drift Off to Dream – Travis Tritt
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Color Palette:
Blue and White Talavera Pottery Inspired with Bright Colors

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Lively, Fun and Truly Blessed!

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
The ceremony was at Saint Mary Magdalen, a Church that was important to both Robert and I since that’s the Church we both went to while at Vermilion Catholic High School. Magdalen Place is right across the street from the Church – making it easy for guests, especially our out-of-town friends and family.

What was your best wedding day memory?
Saying “I Do!” and being showered with so much love and support from our friends and family. We look back on the day with the biggest smiles and the warmest hearts.

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
We tried to incorporate a dash of our personalities into every aspect of our big day – it was a mash-up of many of our favorite things! Our DIY project was hand-stamping the tambourines that guests danced with for the last few songs and shook on our way out. It was quite the undertaking and was truly a labor of love!

Robert’s mom, Tracy Russo, made the pearl necklaces that the bridesmaids wore. She designs leather and pearl jewelry. The bridesmaids’ bracelets were made by a good friend of Mrs. Tracy’s, Richard Schmidt.

What is your wedding song?
More of You by Chris Stapleton – It was sung by our good friend Matt Fracht
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Color Palette:
Soft Grey and Yellow

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Fun, Loving, Perfect

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
St. Joseph Catholic Church is the church we attended as children. We had our first communions and confirmations here…and when we started dating, we attended the church together. It was only fitting that we receive our sacrament of marriage there, too!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My Swarovski Crystal necklace

What was your best wedding day memory?
The kiss! It was everything I could ever imagine. And to hear the love roaring from our family and friends, that is what I remember the most.

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
For the sign-in table, Shanon sanded one of his guitars down for the guest to sign, and I bought and sanded and old window to display our engagement pictures. We also incorporated loved ones who we have lost into our wedding with an old window that we remained and added the quote “You would be here today if Heaven wasn’t so far away.” 

What is your wedding song?
“Even the Stars” By Hip Boot Joe
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Color Palette:
Blush and Ivory

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Fun, Vintage, Elegant

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
I fell in love with the Governor’s Mansion because of the vintage feel and the history behind it.

What was your best wedding day memory?
When the doors opened ,Richard gave me this goofy wave that just helped get rid of all my nerves

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
We created the picture frame sign in. The music we picked out was very much our styles; also Richard always wanted a white tux to look like James Bond 🙂

What is your wedding song?
Warm Love – Van Morrison
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Color Palette:
Navy and Champagne with Gold touches

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Navy and Champagne with Gold touches

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
Emily grew up here. She went to school at St. Marks and her late mother taught French here. She considers this school and cathedral like a second home. Our children will go here.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My Swarovski Crystal necklace

What was your best wedding day memory?
The Second Line!!! Also, wearing the veil that was worn by my mother, aunt, and cousin.

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
Yes!! We created the cake backdrop, the cranes hanging over the buffet, the reserved signs on the table, the signage throughout the venue, and the cake topper. We love to design clean, simple, geometric, and elegant details.

What is your wedding song?
Hey Ho by the Lumineers
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Color Palette:
Muted Mint and Peach, Soft gold

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Collaborative, Once-in-a-Lifetime, Festive

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
Emily grew up here. She went to school at St. Marks and her late mother taught French here. She considers this school and cathedral like a second home. Our children will go here.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?

Emily – My wedding dress, of course. A very fun and memorable shopping experience in Dallas with my wonderful family and friends (my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunt, matron of honor and my maid of honor).

Chris – My favorite purchase or in this case, my most unexpected purchase was Emily’s drop pearl diamond earrings. I knew that she wanted them so badly. Our jeweler, Mrs. Lynn McCary Thomas, loaned Emily these earrings for her bridal portraits and she loved them so much that she didn’t want to give them back. So I stuck it out and made the commitment. I knew what Mrs. Lynn was doing!!!!

What was your best wedding day memory?

Chris – My favorite wedding memory was the first look, well kinda first look picture before the ceremony. My heart was literally beating out of my chest. This moment was probably the most anxious I’ve ever been in my life. In a good way. By holding her hand, I knew I wasn’t alone and everything would be alright.

Emily – I have three. Haha. As I walked down the aisle and seeing Chris for the first time that day. Riding on the trolley to the reception was so much fun and very memorable. And leaving the reception with the sparklers were all my favorites.

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
-We created a ton! Chris drew our M insignia for our programs which we (with our friend Kris) made by hand! Also, Chris design the koozies, cups programs and favors. Their favors were cajun blend seasoning
-There were also several family heirlooms including Emily’s right hand ring from her late mother; Chris’s wedding band from his grandfather; cufflinks from his great-grandfather.

What is your wedding song?
At Last by Etta James
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Ceremony: St. Marks Cathedral| Reception/Catering: Petroleum Club of Shreveport | Florist: The Colony House | Wedding Cake: Silver Palate Cake Boutique| Groom’s Cake: Aly B’s Bakery|Wedding Dress: Augusta JonesStardust Celebrations of Dallas | Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Seasons Salon |Groom’s Apparal: Squire’s| Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Transportation: A-1 Charter | Ceremony Music: Four Seasons String Quartet ; Organist Bryan Mitnaul | Reception Music: The Escalade Show and Dance Band | Stationery: Mint Julep Paperie