Dress Designer: Berta
Dress Boutique: Blanc Bridal Couture
Shoes: Blue by Betsey Johnson
Accessoires: 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
(Go ahead …^^^look it up to play in the background)

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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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