If you could sum up your wedding in one word, what would it be?
Perfect, Romantic, Fun

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
We decided to get married outside at Rip Van Winkle Gardens because we’ve both always wanted to get married outside in nature. I guess it helped that we happened to pick Earth Day as our wedding date. The grounds are so gorgeous and diverse and the breeze coming from the lake was perfect!

What was your favorite wedding day detail?
I love all the sentimental details we had. I had my mom’s engagement ring and my grandmother’s engagement ring as my earrings.

What was your best wedding day memory?
We can’t decide between our first look or hearing each other’s vows. We were so excited to see each other and get to spend time together on our wedding day, so the first look was one of our favorite memories. We also really loved each other’s vows as they meant so much to us. We still get teary eyed when we think of the moment we had reciting our vows! Both are such great memories that we will cherish forever.

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
We had light sabres as our send off and our intro song was the Star Wars theme song, so it was nice to include some nerdy touches to the wedding. I also think our vows really reflected our personalities, I was so happy that we wrote our own. We also had bag pipes play during the processional which was something we really loved having.

Ceremony & Reception Location: Rip Van Winkle Gardens | Florist: Adele Millett | Catering: Chef Bobby & Dot Catering | Wedding Cake: Sophi P Cakes | Wedding Dress Designer & Shoes: BHLDN |Bridal Accessories: De Matteis |
Bride’s Hair: Jagged Edge Hair Studio | Bride’s Makeup: Perfectly Bronzed Airbrushing | Groom’s Apparel & Groomsmen Apparel: Jos A Banks | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | Ceremony Music: Steve Brownlee – Brownlee Bagpipes | Reception Music: Aaron Lane Entertainment | Stationary: Basic Invite | Event Planner: Alyssa Arlene Events

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Elegant, Grand, Magnificent

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
We chose to get married at St. John’s Cathedral for several reasons. I attended Cathedral Carmel in middle school and made my first communion at St. John’s; therefore, this church is very special to me. Also, we chose to get married at the Cathedral simply because it is beautiful!

What was your favorite wedding detail?
My favorite wedding detail was my bracelet. It was a very special gift from my sweet parents. When I was born, and every year following, my Dad bought me a diamond. He had all of them saved until the day I got married. My parents used these diamonds to make a gorgeous bracelet for me. I ABSOLUTLEY LOVE IT!

What was your best wedding day memory?
My favorite memory of the day was the very second the Cathedral doors opened, and I saw Cory!

How did you incorporate your personalities into your wedding celebration?
Cory LOVES LSU, so for his grooms cake, we designed Tiger Stadium and used bundtini’s from Nothing Bundt Cakes to spell out LSU on the field and as the “fans” in the crowd.  I incorporated my personality with the music, both at the ceremony and at the reception. For the ceremony, we had Mark and Kristen Dunbar singing praise and worship. For the reception, I wanted an upbeat, super fun band that knew how to get a party started. Az Izz, from Atlanta, Georgia, DID JUST THAT! My feet still hurt from dancing so much! 🙂  Also, everyone knows how much I LOVE sushi! Another way I incorporated my personality into our wedding was having a big sushi station at the reception!

What is your wedding song?
“Thousand Years” – Christina Perri

Bride’s Prep Spot: Bride’s parents house | Ceremony Location: St. John’s Cathedral | Reception Location: Le Pavillon | Catering: Le Pavillion, Fuji Sushi & Sam Trahan | Florist: Brent Lavergne | Wedding Cake: Gwen Cakes | Groom’s Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Rivini – Mia Bridal Couture |
Wedding Shoes Designer: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Accessories: Mia Bridal Couture | Getting Ready Outfits: Piyama – Etsy |Bride’s Hair: Ronnie Thibodeaux | Bride’s Makeup: Sara Buteaux | Groom’s Apparel: Mary Ellen’s Tux Shop | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy GroupTown & Country New Orleans | Transportation: Acadiana Courier | Ceremony Music | Will Green, Tom Neil, Sarah Clemont, Mark & Kristen Dunbar | Reception Music: Az Izz | Stationary: Inkling Design Studio | Videographer: Shawn Royston- Acadiana Productions|

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Classic, Intimate, Perfect

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
Dan is from Georgia and I am from North Carolina. We moved to New Orleans about two years ago for work and have come to love the area and we were so excited to show our new home to family and friends for the wedding.

We loved Houma’s House as soon as we saw the venue. It is absolutely beautiful from the front lawn to the reception venue. We both felt so comfortable and the outdoor spaces are wonderful.

What was your favorite wedding detail?
I carried my grandmother’s handkerchief during the ceremony. My grandmother passed away a few months before my wedding. We had planned for her to be the ‘flower grandma’ so keeping this part of her with me on the day was very special.

What was your best wedding day memory?
There were so many wonderful moments throughout the day from our first dance, saying our vows, to the beautiful toasts and the scripture reading by Dan’s dad. However, our first look is my favorite. I was getting a little nervous as the preparations went along. As soon as we saw each other, I felt so relieved and really enjoyed the pictures, ceremony and reception that followed.

How did you incorporate your personalities into your wedding celebration?
We love being outdoors and the gardens felt very much like us. We also wanted great food and a fun reception. We were very fortunate to have my dad’s cousin as our officiant. He married my parents 30 years ago. Most importantly, we were so happy to have friends and family from across the country be present for our wedding. We felt so loved.

What is your wedding song?
“Stand by Me” – Ben E. King

Bride’s Prep Spot: Houmas House | Ceremony Location: Front Lawn of Houmas House | Reception Location: Neptune Room at Houmas House | Florist: Designs by Milissa | Wedding Cake: Ambrosia Bakery | Wedding Dress Designer: Yvonne La Fleur | Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Je Fais Beaute | Groom’s Apparel: Rubenstein’s Black Tux | Groomsmen Apparel: Vera Wang Black Tux | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale | Ceremony/Reception Music: NOLA Dukes | Stationary: William Arthur

Teaching is something that I become more and more passionate about every year. Seeing other photographers pursue their passion for photography inspires me, and it brings me so much joy to be a part of that process.

Last month I had the privilege of working with Ashley Rodriguez and she begins the journey of following her dreams to become a photographer! We spent the first portion of her one-on-one workshop talking about business, posing, lighting and post-processing. The afternoon was spent at Race and Religious photographing Lindsey + John Bush for their newlywed session! (If you haven’t seen their show-stopped wedding, feel free to check that out HERE!)

Race and Religious is one of my all-time favorite wedding venues in New Orleans! Paired with this gorgeous couple and all of their details…it was a magical photo shoot! And how cool is it that Lindsey (also a best friend of mine and newborn/family photography) had two dresses?! She wore one for her ceremony and one for her reception!!! A huge thanks to everyone who made this day possible!

If you are a photographer interested in working with me for a one-on-one workshop, please email me for details: catherine@catherineguidry.com! <3

Venue: Race and Religious | Blue Dress: Tatyana Kochnova | Tan Dress: BHLDN | Bride: Lindsey Rogers | Florals: Something Borrowed Blooms | Makeup: Makeup by Madeline | Watercolor Drawing: Chasing Linen

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Genuine, Jazzy, Magical

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
We spent a long time deciding where to get married.  A little too long to be honest. We knew we wanted a destination wedding since I am from Utah, John is from Louisiana, and we live in Texas. I love anything french, and we go to New Orleans multiple times a year! A friend highly recommended Broussard’s after attending a wedding there  saying -“it was beautiful and delicious”-DONE.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
John thinks I should say my dress. I LOVED my dress but I even more than that I love that I will be able to wear my shoes again. They were pretty spectacular. However the bracelet I bought for Sally to give during the ceremony was the most special!

With all that said, the florist, the photographer, invitations, cake, food, MUSIC, makeup, hair, rental house are all top ranking expenses that I would not have changed one bit. I loved all our vendors! I can honestly say it was all worth it. <3

What was your best wedding day memory?
I encapsulate the entire weekend as one blissful memory where everyone we love came to one place and created pure magic. The memory of fun, happiness, love, around beautiful surroundings in a mystical city. I can’t put my finger on it but it was absolutely wonderful and perfect.

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
I hand embroidered hankies with our monogram and wedding date, bordered by greenery as gifts to our guests. They were also used for the second line. It was a long process but I also discovered a relaxing hobby! Picking New Orleans as our wedding destination incorporated our personalities. I am a total Francophile, John is from South Louisiana so New Orleans was the only place that really felt like “us” for the wedding.  I chose a lot of french-esque Jazz songs, my bustle was a “french bustle”, invitations had French/New Orleans sayings, and were sealed with a Fleur de Lis wax seal…you see how the theme came together.  I love plants and gardens and wanted to incorporate that into the ceremony and reception. We used plants, herbs, single buds in tea cups, etc. to create a magical provincial garden vibe, rather than typical giant bouquets. I prefer understated, shabby chic.  Choosing good food and good drinks was also important. We are big foodies and love a good party. Again-New Orleans 🙂

What is your wedding song?
“La Vie en Rose”. Also, apparently AC•DC Hells Bells was playing during our ceremony! lol John said he heard it and friends definitely did (I guess they were laughing pretty hard at it) and now can’t stop cracking up about this. Now, I feel like that song is a shared wedding song for us.

Bride’s Prep Spot: Bouffant Beauty & Barber + Private Home in the Quarter | Ceremony & Reception Location/Catering: Broussard’s | Florist: Pick a Petal NOLA | Wedding Cake: Pure Cake NOLA |  | Wedding Dress Boutique & Designer: Blue Bridal Boutique – Willoby | Wedding Shoes Designer: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Accessories & Getting Ready Robe: BHLDH  |Bride’s Hair: Bouffant Beauty & Barber | Bride’s Makeup: Katie Malone Studio | Groom’s Apparel: Custom Suit | Groom’s Accessories: Allen Edmonds | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Crewcuts | Ceremony Music: Harry Hardin | Reception Music: Kinfolk Band + Frenchmen Street Productions | Stationary: Invitation Solutions |Event Rentals: Yur Event Rentals | Event Planner: Danielle Papania from NOLA BASH |

If you could sum up your wedding in one word, what would it be?
Gorgeous!

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
We chose Stone Oak Farms as our venue because we wanted a classy wedding outside with a sunset. We love the outdoors and horses so we felt that was the most magical place for us. We wanted a barn and cool tent as well, and Stone Oaks had it all.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Photographer and Videographer!

What was your best wedding day memory?
All of our friends and family being there to celebrate with us.

What is your wedding song?
Clint Black – “When I said I Do”

Bride’s Prep Spot: Bellevue Manor- Private Residence | Ceremony & Reception Location: Stone Oak Farms | Catering: Abacus | Florist: Root Floral Design | Wedding Cake: Crystal Cakes | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Callie Tein – Couture Wedding Dress | Wedding Shoes Designer: Converse | Bridal Accessories: Great Grandmother’s pearls | Getting Ready Outfits: Robes |Bride’s Hair/Makeup: The Hair Salon | Groom’s Apparel: Mary Ellen’s Tux Shop | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids – River Ranch | Transportation: Trolley + Old Ford Truck | Ceremony Music: Lauren Baker | Reception Music: Krossfyre | Videographer: Apercu | Event Planner: Hannah Trahan of Southern Couture Weddings| Rentals: Event Rentals

Dress Designer: Liancarlo
Boutique: I Do Bridal Couture

Florals: Paradise Florist

Hair: Courtney at Salon Evans
Makeup Artist: Mrs. Zina Green

Was this the dress you initially thought you’d wear for your wedding?Having two older sisters, I experienced the wedding gown shopping several times before my own. Having this experience, helped me realize what styles I leaned towards. With that being said, I went in with an open mind and tried on all styles but ended up with what I had imagined from the start.

Tell Me About Your Dress! Why did you choose this look?
I have always dreamt of having a lace wedding gown. Finding the all lace Liancarlo gown, I knew it was the one for me. Having a vision in mind, we ordered extra lace that matched the gown to have a custom bolero made to finish off the look. Knowing exactly what I wanted the bolero , Mrs. Peggy Esposito owner of Sew Sweet Alterations created the custom piece!

How do you feel when you put on your dress?
My dress makes me feel like a bride: grateful, ready, and confident. The best thing about it is that when I put it on, I feel like myself.

Why did you choose this particular bridal session location?
Windrush Gardens is a beautiful area that embodies the beautiful and lush greens that Louisiana has to offer. But Windrush Gardens is more to me than just the greens. During her later years, my grandmother volunteered as a tour guide for the Burden which surrounds the gardens. Having her there with me in spirit and knowing the significance of the Gardens to her, made this location extra special for me.

The second location, my sweet granddad’s home, is a place that will forever be near and dear to my heart. My granddad passed away this fall, so having this time to take pictures that will last a lifetime there was very important to me. As a child, we grew up experiencing many holidays and weekends at this special place.

Any advice for future brides embarking on this wedding journey?
Enjoy every minute of it– it’s a once in a lifetime experience!

If you could sum up your wedding in one word, what would it be?
Romantic

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
We absolutely LOVE St. Mary’s Assumption.  From the first morning we visited this church to attend Sunday mass with Gavin, we knew this was the place for us to start our life together as husband and wife. The JW Marriott was more of a practical choice. I fell in love with the beautiful ballroom (still dreaming about those chandeliers), the balcony, and the space it provided to accommodate all of our guests. The staff at the hotel were so easy to work with and made all of our guests feel like family. We couldn’t have picked a better place to dance the night away!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Our wedding bands! I love the yellow gold on both of our bands. For months we had them together in a box and would often take them out just to look at them. Matt even tried his on one night before we were married and fell asleep wearing it … I guess he was so excited to be married and to wear that band that he had to practice. 

What was your best wedding day memory?
The look on Matt’s face as I walked down the aisle.

What is your wedding song?
“The Only One Who Gets Me” – Charles Kelley

Bride’s Prep Spot: JW Marriott | Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Assumption | Reception Location/Catering: JW Marriott | Florist: Leaf & Petal NOLA |
Wedding Cake: Courtney Dugas | Groom’s Cake: Fine Cakes by Cora | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Watters – Wildflower Bridal |
Wedding Shoes Designer: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Accessories: Lysa Creation Paris  | Getting Ready Outfits: JKraft Plus – Etsy  |Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Flawless Bride | Groom’s Apparel: Men’s Warehouse | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Provided their own | Transportation: Limousine Livery | Reception Music: NOLA Dukes | Stationary: Scriptura | Videographer: Lipari Films | Event Planner: Amy Brewer with Weddings Taylor Made | Candle Rental: Truly Haute 

Andrew and Jenny met on a typical Louisiana Saturday night in Baton Rouge, LA. Since their very first night together, Jenny says she immediately felt that “spark.” The next day, they went for pizza and that’s how it all began. Jenny and Andrew have now been together for over two and a half years and feel they couldn’t be happier! <3

Their proposal story is so grand! Jenny and Andrew were flying to Vermont to surprise Jenny’s grandparents for their 60th anniversary. While there, they also made plans to see the beautiful Vermont foliage. Jenny knew they were going hiking because they made a plan previously to begin hiking the highest peak in each state. (They’ve already hiked the second highest in Vermont and were planning to hike Mt. Mansfield.) As they were climbing to the top and observing the breathtaking views, Andrew got down on one knee…

For their engagement session, Jenny and Andrew chose Jungle Gardens. The day couldn’t have been more relaxed and natural! Andrew and Jenny are an absolute pleasure to be around…it was almost like visiting with old friends. I am so excited to share a few of my favorites below!!!

Dress Designer: Rivini
Boutique: Mia Bridal Couture: Houston, Texas
Florals: Brent Lavergne
Veil: Toni Federici
Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Accessories: Earrings: Meg Jewelry, Hair piece: DH Design
Hair: Ronnie Thidobeaux
Makeup Artist: Sara Buteaux

Was this the dress you initially thought you’d wear for your wedding?
Yes and no. I did not have a specific dress style in mind; however, I knew what I did not want. Once I tried on the dress, it was definitely a dress I knew I could see myself getting married in!

Tell Me About Your Dress! Why did you choose this look?
According to Rivini designer Rita Vinieris, my dress was “inspired by an ice castle in Sweden” featuring translucent fabrics and unique layers, complete with a touch of sparkle.
My dress has many unique aspects that make it so different, special, and simply beautiful. It is sleeveless, featuring tiered French Alencon laces and a cascading peplum over a silk tulle skirt. Each layer of the French Alencon lace is a different pattern, yet it flows together so perfectly. The silk tulle skirt bustles a few inches at the bottom corner to where you can see the tulle underlay. In my opinion, the most unique part about my gown is the French Alencon lace patterns hand stitched onto the tulle skirt. Lastly, the fabulous sparkle belt completes the look. I chose this look because it is timeless!

How do you feel when you put on your dress?
When I put on my dress, I feel very elegant and like a woman in love! 🙂

Why did you choose this particular bridal session location?
I took my bridals at a family friends home in River Ranch. I chose this location because it is different from other local venues, and it is absolutely beautiful. There are several gorgeous sceneries throughout this location that I fell in love with. Actually, during the photo shoot, I didn’t even feel like I was in Lafayette, Louisiana. I felt like I was in another country or something… It was just that beautiful! 🙂

Any advice for future brides embarking on this wedding journey?
Stay organized and remember to have fun! Aside from the normal, occasional stress that comes with the planning, this is the most exciting time of your life…so embrace it and do it YOUR way! 🙂

Color Palette:
Storm Grey, White, Brass

What adjectives best describe your wedding?
Personal, Crazy, Perfect

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
As a photographer myself, I couldn’t get the thought of a natural light, outdoor wedding out of my head. As many weddings as I have shot with Catherine, I know the importance of the venue. At the end of the day I opted for a place that was dear to my heart. Crowley, Louisiana- Rice Capital of America, my sweet hometown. We decided on a beautiful piece of land surrounded by 100 year old oak trees. It is where I photograph most of my baby clients, every week when I drive up to shoot another baby, family, or bride, I am reminded of my special day and all the love and smiles that beautiful property has given me. I thought the most meaningful place to have our reception would be at OUR home, the one we have put literal blood, sweat, and tears renovating over the past year.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
The ‘material’ things were all amazing in my wedding: my custom ordered dress from Russia, my hand written signage from Portland, my letter pressed invitations from Denver, but nothing was as special to me as the PEOPLE that were there for me on our special day, especially our vendors. You can not actually purchase the kindness and love I received from my photographers, day of coordinator, event rentals, MUAH, florist, the list goes on! I am so very grateful for my TEAM!

What was your best wedding day memory?
My husband told me after the ceremony that not everything was finished at our house ( the reception location). We arrived and my husband, brother-in-law, Pure Vintage’s head lady Ashley, Amelia (my coordinator) were all on ladders putting up my garland on 9 foot poles over the outside social table. I couldn’t help but laugh. It rained ALL DAY long and it had come down to the last minute details. This was obviously not their job, but all hands were on deck making sure it was perfectly as I envisioned. At that moment I realized what a lucky I was to have all of them, including my husband who always executes my crazy ideas without complaining 🙂

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
We loved having our nieces, nephews, and godchildren a part of our day. All 9 of them! Being that my job revolves around children, I couldn’t have imaged getting married without them. Even if they were running around yanking the peonies out of the arrangements and rolling around our grass in their white heirloom lace outfits, we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way!
I custom designed my wedding crest made of Rice, which was the theme of our wedding, and was printed on the invitations, napkins, and sign-in poster (printed by my bridesmaid Kate).
I borrowed the most beautiful china from my grandmother, but there was not enough in the set for everyone at the reception. I scoured the internet for months buying a piece here-and-there to collect my own set. At the end, I had accumulated my own fine china set to match my grandmothers.
My sister-in-law and I spent countless hours monograming initial place napkins for each one of our friends and family. I loved those <3
We just barely finished the renovations on the house in time for the wedding. Everything about our reception was touch by us, because it was at OUR house. John, my husband, is a master craftsman (in my book)! He built the most amazing bar and also the DJ stand!
The most dear thing at my house was our tree swing, that of course John repurposed, hung in the tree, and surprised me with my last birthday. We always swing there and talk about our day. On our wedding day, it was adorned with garland and flowers. We got a moment to sit, swing, take a photo and reflect on our sweet little life we have built together 🙂

What is your wedding song?
Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls

Getting Ready Outfits: ASOS | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom; BHLDNJenny Yoo | Wedding Dress Designer: Tatyana Kochnova | Wedding Shoes: Bella Belle | Bride’s Makeup: Madeline Dupuis; Joie de Vivre Salon  | Bride’s Hair: Katie Vincent; Joie de Vivre Salon | Groom’s Apparel: J Crew Mercantile | Ceremony Music: Lauren Baker | Florist: Brianna Belton Design | Stationery: Jolie & Co | Caterer: Imonelli | Event Rentals: Event RentalsPure Vintage Wedding Rentals & Design | Bridal Accessories: Badgley MischkaSalvadors Jewelers | Cake: The Cake Room | Children’s Heirloom: Auraluz | Candles: Creative Candles | Signage: HeyHalle | Violinist : Lauren Baker | Cookies: Southern Sugar Custom Cookies | Embroidery: The Patterned Pecan

Color Palette:
Blush, Ivory, Antique Green

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
We knew we wanted to elope; so, we chose Nottoway because it’s representative of our area and our culture!  

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My Wedding Dress! 

What was your best wedding day memory?
Before saying the vows, Ken, Kenneth (my step son), and I all held hands and prayed as a family. It was a special moment for us to become one family.

Amy and Ken’s wedding was perfection! The wedding was held outdoors under the mossy oaks of Nottoway on a sunny, lovely afternoon. The ceremony was intimate, there was lots of sweet moments and the evening ended with a relaxed sit down dinner. It was so hard to choose my favorite images but I’m sharing a highlight of the day below!

Prep/Ceremony/Reception: Nottoway Plantation | Florist: The Plantation Florist | Cake: Julie Humphrey | Wedding Dress: Tara Keeley | Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mishka | Bridal Accessories: David Yurman | Bride’s Hair: Hair by Ginger | Bride’s Makeup: Makeup by Victoria |

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Party, Amazing, and Fun

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
The ceremony venue (The Pharmacy Museum) was originally chosen because it was one of the only places close to Pat O’s that would rent out a space for ceremony only. But after looking at the place and seeing the courtyard we realized that it was everything we wanted in a wedding venue. The space perfectly fit us….easy and elegant yet simple. It was only a coincidence that we chose a place that represented what we do for a living.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My favorite wedding purchase has to be my wedding dress. I had been eyeing that dress for months on Instagram so when we went dress shopping, I chose to go to Blanc bridal specifically for that dress. I saw it as soon as I walked in and it was the first dress I grabbed. I saved it and tried it on last and as soon as I put it on I knew it was my dress. It was simple, easy, elegant yet a little bohemian. It was also super comfortable. For a long time, I wondered if I purchased the right dress but when I put it on on the day of the wedding, I fell even more in love with it.

What was your best wedding day memory?
The entire experience is my favorite memory. Everything about the day was perfect. The weather was beautiful. The day was fun getting our hair and makeup done. The ceremony was everything I wanted and the reception was the best party I have ever attended. I could not have asked for a better day. It was everything and more. I would do it 10 times over again! It was the best and most fun day of my life!!!

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?We love details and bringing together family. We incorporated a memory table to remember those who have passed and pictures of our parents at their weddings.

What is your wedding song?
Elvis – “Can’t Help Falling in Love”

Bride’s Prep Spot: French Quarter Apartment | Ceremony Location: Pharmacy Museum | Reception Location/Catering: Pat O’s on the River | Florist: Fat Cat Flowers | Wedding Cake: Swiss Confectionery | Event Rentals: Event Rental| Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Pronovias from Blanc Bridal | Wedding Shoes Designer: Badgley Mischka | Bridal Accessories: Earrings – Noa Sade | Bride’s Hair: Amber Buxton Salon | Makeup: Makeup by Megan | Groom’s Apparel: Brooks Brothers | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Adrianna Papell from Bridal Boutique by Maeme | Transportation: Royal Carriages and mini pony from Rowdy Rascals| Ceremony Music: Patrice Fisher | Reception Music: Top Cats

 

Color Palette:
Gold, white and a touch of pink

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Romantic. Intimate. Perfect.

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
We got married in the church where I grew up attending and received all my sacraments. It was very special to me to also be married there as we start this new chapter in our lives.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My favorite wedding purchase was my dress. I absolutely loved everything about it!

What was your best wedding day memory?
My favorite wedding memory is dancing all night long with my close family and friends. We truly had a blast and enjoyed every second of it.

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?We love details and bringing together family. We incorporated a memory table to remember those who have passed and pictures of our parents at their weddings.

What is your wedding song?
Me and You – Kenny Chesney

Bride’s Prep Spot: Estate at Charropin Beach | Ceremony Location: Our Lady of the Lake Church| Reception Location: Maison Lafitte  | Event Planner: Weddings by Allie | Caterer: The Lakehouse | Florist: Dreamweavers | Wedding Cake: The Cocoa Bean Bakery & Cafe| Event Rentals: Tentman and Big Easy Lighting | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Eddy K from Olivier Couture | Wedding Shoes Designer: Deimille | Bridal Accessories: Veil – Sara Gabriel; Hair Piece: Anna Marguerite | Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Jessica Ranatza | Groom’s Apparel: Black by Vera Wang | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Sorella Vita| Transportation: Limousine Livery | Getting Ready Outfits: Plum Pretty Sugar | Ceremony Music: Kitty Cleveland | Reception Music: Quinn Landry |  Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Videographer: Brooke Boyd Photo + Film

Dress Designer: Watters
Boutique: Wildflower Bridal
Florals: Leaf + Petal
Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Accessories: Etsy
Hair: Haley Guiberteau/Flawless Bride
Makeup Artist: Flawless Bride

Was this the dress you initially thought you’d wear for your wedding?
I did not have any specific vision for my wedding gown. So, when I entered the bridal shop with my mother, grandmother, three aunts, and four cousins I wasn’t sure I would be able to choose a dress. But when I first saw it on the hanger I fell in love with it!

Tell Me About Your Dress! Why did you choose this look?
This was only the third dress I tried on, and right away I knew it was perfect. I LOVE the lace on this dress! It is dainty and unique and feminine. I love how all of the different textures of lace and tulle come together on this dress. Best part … It’s both beautiful and comfortable and easy to wear!

How do you feel when you put on your dress?
… like a beautiful bride! When I put on other dresses I felt like I was playing dress-up. This dress feels like “me” … just a prettied up fancy bridal version of me!

Why did you choose this particular bridal session location?
After asking Catherine for suggestions on locations that would give us a true “Southern Louisiana” feel, she sent over a few suggestions. I immediately fell in love with gardens at the Longue Vue House! It turned out to be the perfect location!

Color Palette:
Soft neutrals

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church was so beautiful and it was so close to Latrobe’s. It was the most perfect set up for a “second line” from the Church to the reception. Latrobe’s on Royal was stunning from the inside out. The ambience and character of the building was seriously captivating. Even when we went to check out the venue during the day and there was no décor, lights or flowers the venue just really spoke for itself. It was so romantic and stunning. We could not of picked better venues for the look we were going for!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
This is a tough one, but I would have to say that my favorite wedding purchase was my dress. It was a bit different than what I had imagined getting, but when I tried it on I just knew that it was the one. I was so excited for Mark to see it!!

What was your best wedding day memory?

I have to say (and I think Mark would agree) that our favorite memory was having our family and friends there to celebrate with us. It was truly and overwhelming joy to be surrounded by all of the people who have greatly influenced both of our lives. We are so thankful and it really was a weekend that we will never forget.

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?

For our wedding we simply just wanted everyone to have fun!! We wanted people to be able to experience a “New Orleans Style” wedding first hand and create a memory that they would never forget. We wanted EVERYONE to dance, eat and party all night long and it’s safe to say I think that was accomplished. With Mark being from New Orleans and New Orleans always being a place that I have held close to my heart, we didn’t hesitate when it came to where we wanted to plan our wedding. The whole weekend was over the top incredible for both of us and the best way to toast to a lifetime together!

What is your wedding song?
“You and I” by John Legend

Bride’s Prep Spot: The Roosevelt | Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Italian Church | Reception Location: Latrobe’s | Event Planner: Valerie Gernhauser; Sapphire Events| Caterer: Latrobe’s | Florist: Kim Starr Wise | Wedding Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries | Event Rentals: Luminous Events | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Town and Country | Wedding Shoes Designer: Valentino | Bridal Accessories: Alexander Wang clutch; Louloute hand chain | Bride’s Hair and Makeup: BLEU | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | Getting Ready Outfits: Plum Pretty Sugar robes| Ceremony Music: New Orleans Finest | Reception Music: After 8 Band |  Stationery: Kristina Eaton | Videographer: Studio Vieux Carre

Color Palette:
Gray, Gold, Berry, Navy

What adjectives best describe your wedding?
Modern, Classic, Romantic

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
It was not our first choice (only because we hadn’t thought of it) but when we eventually found it, we could not believe we had not thought of it sooner! Other options were either too big or too small; this one seemed just right! We could not pass up the view! But even more importantly, it is just a few blocks from where we will start our life. To be able to walk past the place where we made so many memories seemed perfect! It was a block away from almost everyone’s hotel and next door to the afterparty! We could not have picked a more convenient and special place!

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My dress for sure! I’m still so in love with it!

What was your best wedding day memory?
The first look was definitely one of our favorites! Being able to have that intimate moment beforehand really made me feel relaxed and put all the chaos into perspective. It was the perfect way to become grounded before the most important part of the day.

Another favorite is a little note that I wrote for the flower girl to give to Brandon at the end of the aisle. I wasn’t able to see her give it to him, but he says that this was one of his favorites and I am so glad! I had planned on doing this since the beginning- the note read: ” I can’t believe you’re Brandon. I can’t wait to marry you!” – We say “I can’t believe you’re Brandon” and I can’t believe you’re Amy” all the time- still in disbelief that we ended up together after so many years of being in each others lives.

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
The painting displayed at the guestbook table was actually a painting that Brandon did himself the month of the wedding. It’s a painting of a picture that was taken of us at his sister’s wedding. The background of the painting is all of our letters written to each other. This is absolutely one of my favorite details. I hand painted the succulents that were placed around the reception venue with gold leaf paint, in keeping with the gold detail theme. Brandon’s groom’s cake was another one of my favorite details that was a surprise for him. I had Fairy Dust Cakes recreate his proposal video using his exact artwork. Displayed next to the cake was the video itself, for those that hadn’t seen it yet. I love strawberry cake so I made sure to incorporate my favorite flavor into out wedding cake- So the entire wedding cake was strawberry inside 🙂 Brandon and his mom, being accustomed to traditional Mexican wedding receptions wanted to include the props- sombreros, mustaches, blow up cactus, etc. We loved the idea and it added the perfect nod to his Mexican family, while bringing in tons of fun!

What is your wedding song?
You and I- John Legend. We chose this song because it was in his proposal video, and always reminds us of that moment.

Event Planner: KBCook Weddings | Bride Prep: Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center | Ceremony: Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church | Reception: Shaw Center River Terrace | Caterer: Louisiana Bayou Bistro and Gourmet Girls (Champagne Jellies)| Florist: Root Floral Design| Wedding Cake: Fairy Dust Cakes | Event Rentals : Event Rental | Wedding Dress Designer: Anne Barge from I Do Bridal Couture | Earrings: Haute Bride from Bella Bleu Bridal | Hair Piece: Jolie Petale | Bride’s Hair: Elise Brannon – Glo Salon | Bride’s Makeup: Brooke Rafidi | Groom’s Apparel: Luca Falcone| Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Bella Bridesmaids | Transportation: Classic Cars BR | Getting Ready Outfits: Victoria’s Secret | Reception Music: Chris Inman | Stationery: Minted

Prior to the wedding, Mollie decided that we would postpone her bridal session until after the wedding…and she would be joined by her husband, Bryan for the shoot! It really couldn’t have worked out more perfectly. They didn’t do a first look and had their wedding at night so it was really nice to get more portraits of the two of them in beautiful, natural light!

Their reception was celebrated at The Pavilion of Two Sisters in City Park, so we returned to that exact spot for their session! It was really fun seeing them dressed up again and having the chance to photograph this newly married couple! 🙂 Mollie + Bryan are so sweet. <3

If you have a wedding at night and are not doing a first look, this is a great way to get portraits of the two of you following the wedding! Below are a few of my personal favorites from the day:

Dress: Martina Liana from Town & Country  | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride’s Hair: Nikki Barber | Bride’s Makeup: Katie Malone | Groom’s Apparal: John’s Tuxedo | Florals: Bella Blooms

Lyndsey and Kayne met when they were 17 at a summer camp just before the start of their senior year. That Fall they officially starting dating and six years later they are taking that next step and getting married! After spending a portion of their relationship long distance, they are both so ready to be in the city of New Orleans following the wedding!!

The wedding will be taking place in Lyndsey’s home town…Lyndsey will even be getting ready in the house she grew up in. How fun that they will be making their most special memory yet in a city that means so much.

We photographed their engagement session at City Park in New Orleans and I am so so happy to share their images. Lyndsey’s blue dress is absolutely gorgeous but what mostly stands out is their sweet connection with one another! I cannot wait for the wedding. <3

Color Palette:
Ivory, Navy and Gold

What adjectives best describe your wedding?
Classy, Sentimental and Exciting!

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
St. Mary’s was the most beautiful church we had been in! Both courtyards – at the Beauregard Keyes house and outside the Ursuline Convent reminded us of France (where we got engaged!)

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Lace Topper

What was your best wedding day memory?
Seeing Alex as I walked down the aisle – Laura
Laura walking through the doors of the church with her dad – Alex

What is your wedding song?
La Vie En Rose

Bride’s Prep Spot: The Westin | Groom’s Prep Spot: The Roosevelt| Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Italian Church| Reception Location: Marche | Event Planner: Terry Kenney | Florist: Leaf and Petal| Wedding & Groom’s Cake: Nonna Randazzo’s| Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Blanc – Badgley Mischka (Dress) from Wedding Belles| Bride’s Hair: Trish | Bride’s Makeup: Micah Desonier | Groom’s Apparel: The Black Tux| Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Monique Lhuillier from Wedding Belles | Transportation: Alert Transportation| Ceremony Music: Dreux Montegut, Ryan Asprion, Natalie Cascante | Reception Music: Phat Hats Band| Videographer: Robbie Eutsler