Color Palette:
Ivory, Champagne, Gold

What adjectives best describe your wedding?
Classic, Joyous, and FUN!!

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
Growing up in Abbeville, Andrew received all of his sacraments at St. Mary Magdalen so it was only fitting that he received the Sacrament of Marriage there, too! Although we are not parishioners, we often visit St. Mary Magdalen to celebrate holidays and special occasions with family. This was important to me because I wanted to get married somewhere where I knew we would return to celebrate mass for many years to come!

What was your best wedding day memory?
Kim: One of my favorite memories from our wedding day was the trolley ride on the way to the church. I was surrounded by my family and closest friends and we listened and sang along to “Going to the Chapel”. It was extremely special to have one last moment with the people who have loved and supported me unconditionally throughout my life as I headed with excitement to the church to begin this next journey. My other favorite memory is standing outside the church with my dad waiting for the doors to open. In true fashion, he made me laugh right up until we heard the horns blaring and the doors opened, where I could finally see my future husband!
Andrew: The whole day leading up I was very excited and from what I have heard from many friends is that “once you get into the church, you become very nervous”. What I remember most was never really getting nervous; there was a small swirling pit in my stomach but I was more excited and happy than anything. Time slowed down seeing Kim coming down the aisle and that just solidified that I should have never for one second been nervous.. Taking her tremendously shaky hand for the first time was my favorite memory of the night and something I’ll never forget.

How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
We wanted our wedding to be exactly that, a celebration! A celebration of love, of friendships, and of two families joining together! We wanted our guests to feel the sweet Louisiana hospitality and have a night they would never forget. We tied in our love for the Louisiana culture in a few of the details throughout our wedding. If you know Andrew, you know that his two favorite things in this world (besides me) are the LSU Tigers and his funny basset hound, Patot. To reflect this he had a LSU inspired cake with a big eared basset hound siting on top. Our cozies were designed by my friend Lauren, owner of Sibley Designs, and featured a scene of Tiger stadium and the Acadian flag.

What is your wedding song?
I thought we were going to dance to “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees but little did I know Andrew and my Step-Dad, Mr. Mike, had a surprise for me! Wayne Toups had planned to be there to play for our first dance. Unfortunately, something came up and Wayne was unable to make it. He and his band went to La Pavillon to record a special version of “Take My Hand” just for us. I know we will play our video and dance to our song for MANY years to come!

Bride’s Prep Spot: The Caldwell House | Ceremony Location: St. Mary Magdalen | Reception Location: Le Pavillon | Live Painter: Torregrossa Fine Art | Caterer: Petroleum Club | Florist: Brent Lavergne | Wedding Cake: Crystal Weddings | Additional Sweets: Heidi Broussard | Getting Ready Outfits: Plum Pretty Sugar | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Ann Barge  from I Do Bridal | Wedding Shoes Designer: Badgley Mischka| Bridal Accessories: Sara Gabriel | Bride’s Hair: Michelle Faul | Bride’s Makeup: Amanda Cecil | Groom’s Apparel: Mary Ellen’s Tux Shop| Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN by Anthropologie | Transportation: Lafayette Limo and Trolley | Ceremony Music: Vocalist – Wayne Hebert; Vocalist – Lacey Sanches | Reception Music: Souled Out |  Stationery: Pieces of Eight

Everything from the dress that Claire wore to the venue she photographed in…to most importantly, HER is beautiful!

Claire has a soft nature about her. She is an excellent listener and one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met. At the very start of her bridal session, she even let some of her dad’s fraternity friends at the venue where she was taking her bridals grab a group photo with her! She is such a good sport!

I’m obsessed with her dress! The back detailing and removable skirt are so unique and really made a statement not only for her bridal session but for her wedding day!

We photographed her session at the Alumni Gardens. It was really special because her dad, her mom, and even her grandmother were able to attend!

This past weekend Claire married her love Ojas in a mixed tradition ceremony sure to make anyone tear up! It was lovely! But in the meantime while I prepare to blog her wedding, here are a few favorites from her bridals:

Wedding Wire is a such a great source for inspiration, information and planning tools! Speaking of planning tips, they just sent over this vendor booking timeline below that I’m so thrilled to share!

One of the first steps of wedding planning is securing your vendors; if you don’t do it within the proper timeframe you risk foregoing the vendor of your dreams!

The below graphic outlines the time frame in which you should take these steps…and for more great information, be sure to check out their website! They also have a section completely dedicated to venues and locations if you are in those early stages of planning!

It is hard to begin the description of working with Julie! She has been a DREAM client from the start. When you see Julie, one would say that she is absolutely beautiful. But with Julie, she is JUST as beautiful inside. Her heart radiates joy. She has a way of making everyone feel welcome around her. She is just a TRUE pleasure to be around and I could not have been more grateful to have gained not only a client but a friend in this process of getting to know her.

After photographing Julie + Robert’s engagements in City Park, it was so much fun to have the chance to photograph Julie in her wedding dress! We hosted the session at Windrush Gardens , one of my absolute favorite spots to shoot! Just as as always, I had a ton of fun with this lady!

Her wedding took place last week and I am thrilled to finally have the chance to share her bridals!!! I mean…how gorgeous is she? And I cannot wait to share her wedding in the upcoming weeks.

If you could sum up your wedding in one word, what would it be?
Elegant, Beautiful, and Happy

What was your favorite wedding detail?
We loved that Eleonore was involved, the flowers, and my bouquet

What was your best wedding day memory?
Dancing with our friends and walking back down the isle after we were married

How did you incorporate your personalities into your wedding?
We love to have fun, so we had a fun, dance filled night. We didn’t follow a lot of the traditional wedding steps (cutting cake, garter toss, bouquet toss) and we also included our dog in the celebration- wouldn’t have had it any other way!

What is your wedding song?
“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers

Bride’s Prep Spot: Brides Home & Windsor Court Hotel | Ceremony Location: Il Mercato Coutryard | Reception Location: Il Mercato | Catering: Joel’s Catering | Florist: Meade Wenzel | Wedding Cake: La Louisiane Bakery | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Amy Kuschel DressWedding Belles NOLA | Wedding Shoes Designer: Stuart Weitzman | Bridal Accessories: Tiffany & Co. | Bride’s Hair: Courtney Bradberry & Heather Sherman | Groom’s & Groomsmen Apparel: Michael Kors | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Transportation: Alert Transportation | Ceremony Music: Harry Hardin String Quartet | Reception Music: Bucktown Allstars | Stationary: Scriptura | Event Planner: Krystle Abalos – Everly Event Planning | Event Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals

If you could sum up your wedding in one word, what would it be?
Elegant, Joyful, and Intimate

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
Both being raised Catholic and our faith being at the center of our relationship, it was important to us to get married at the Mother Church of our home town: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  Knowing how important it was to the both of us to have a reception venue that was inviting, formal, and spacious, the Lake Charles Country Club was the perfect choice.

What was your favorite wedding detail?
Each and every detail made our day so perfect. But by far, our memory display was the most special. Having several grandparents not physically there with us on our Big Day was not easy, but having their portraits and names displayed at our reception entrance was the perfect tribute to their significance in our lives.

What was your best wedding day memory?
There are so many to choose from so we will just say two of the most important:

Riding in the limo with my family heading to the church before the wedding ceremony was so memorable to me. Having that ‘last’ time with my family before being married was emotional, loving, and important to me. I will forever remember that feeling.

Together our favorite memory was when we prayed together before the ceremony. Holding hands on two sides of a brick wall at the church created an emotion we did not know was possible. The excitement got much stronger, and it was calming at the same time. Holding hands made the nerves go away and peace fill our hearts.

What is your wedding song?
“The One”- Kodaline

Bride’s Prep Spot: Bride’s Parents Home | Ceremony Location: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Lake Charles | Reception Location/Catering: Lake Charles Country Club | Florist: Paradise Florist | Event Rentals: Derrick and Paul Entertainment Design | Wedding Cake: Pronia’s Bakery | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: LiancarloI Do Bridal | Wedding Shoes Designer: Nina Shoes |Bride’s Hair: Salon Evans | Makeup: Zina Green | Groom’s Apparel: Michael Kors | Groomsmens Apparel: Michael Kors | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Watters | Transportation: Luxury Limosine | Ceremony Music: Laura Schindler & Catherine Slaydon| Reception Music: City Heat Band | Stationary: PaperSmith | Event Planner: Terry Kenney

In August 2016, Lindsay and Jim went out on his boat in the Gulf of Mexico. But Lindsay had no idea that on that ride…Jim would be proposing! Jim did everything himself including choosing Lindsay’s ring! (And it’s gorgeous!!!) Good job, Jim! 😉 Lindsay says she was SOO surprised!

She’s from Louisiana and he’s from Texas. They live in Houston but have found that New Orleans is still their favorite place to be…which is why I’m so excited to document their wedding there this Fall!

Lindsay + Jim are super easy going; I loved getting to know them during their session and photograph them together! It’s apparent how much they love each other and I was so happy to have had the opportunity to document some fun photos of them together for their engagement session at Nottoway Plantation.

It was super hard choosing but a few of my favorites are below!!! Enjoy! <3

Dress Designer: Madison James
Boutique: A-Net’s Bridal Boutique

Shoes: Nordstrom
Florist: Flowers by Rodney
Accessories: Etsy
Hair: Lucy Broussard – I Love Lucy’s Hair Salon
Makeup: Jacie Legere – Elle Rae Salon

Was this the dress you initially thought you’d wear for your wedding?
Not at all! I had envisioned an all lace, very classic looking dress. I wanted a high neckline, and got that in this dress, but the satin, trumpet style is totally different than what I was originally going for.

Tell Me About Your Dress! Why did you choose this look?
I love the detail on the bodice of this dress! It’s also very comfortable and so much fun to wear! I feel like it captures my personality.

How do you feel when you put on your dress?
Like a bride! All other dresses felt like so many I’ve seen before. This one was totally different, but when I put it on, I didn’t want to take it off!

Why did you choose this particular bridal session location?
I wanted to do my bridals at a location that captured where I come from. When a family friend offered it up for us to use for pictures, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! I love the big front porch and oak trees in the front. It’s absolutely stunning!

Any advice for future brides embarking on this wedding journey?
Trust your gut and don’t spend too much time on the little details. Everything will come together perfectly in the end!

Dress Designer: Anne Barge
Boutique: I Do Bridal Couture

Veil: Untamed Petals

Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Florist: Brent Lavergne”
Accessories: Sara Gabriel
Hair: Michelle Faul
Makeup: Amanda Genovese Cecil

Was this the dress you initially thought you’d wear for your wedding?
Well, funny story! I originally purchased a different dress that didn’t end up working out. Two weeks before the wedding, I decided to say YES to another dress! The style of my new dress was completely different from the first and I couldn’t imagine getting married in anything else. As cliche as it sounds, everything really does happen for a reason!

Tell Me About Your Dress! Why did you choose this look?
My main priority in finding a dress was comfort. I knew I wanted to dance the night away and not have a worry in the world! Asides from comfort, my favorite details are the Alencon lace bodice, scalloped neckline, kissing buttons, and box pleated train!

How do you feel when you put on your dress?
When I put on my dress the first thing I said was, “I feel like a bride!!” From then, I knew this was the dress I had to wear when I married Andrew. My dress made me feel confident, beautiful, classy, and elegant.

Why did you choose this particular bridal session location?
Andrew and I actually had our first dance at a wedding at The Victorian Plantation. He always says I was smitten from that day! I wanted to take my bridals at a place that was equally as special as it was beautiful, and The Victorian was perfect!

Any advice for future brides embarking on this wedding journey?
Everyone told me “don’t sweat the small stuff” which in theory, is great advice! But in actuality, it’s really hard! It’s your wedding day – it’s the day most girls have dreamt about their whole lives, the one day that is all about you and your special someone. My advice to all future brides….it’s okay. It’s okay to feel exactly how you are feeling. It’s normal to feel a little stressed, overwhelmed, tired, anxious, nervous, excited, happy (the list goes on and on). It’s normal to have ALL the emotions at such a special time in your life, and no one emotion is right or wrong. Whatever way you are feeling, it’s okay!

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