This is both my online business and personal journal where I share all of my photography and business projects! Allow me to introduce myself...I am Catherine Guidry, a Louisiana wedding photographer. I am passionate about documenting life but more importantly...living it! <3 My favorite things to do are bike ride with my husband and brainstorm new creative projects! I am all about meeting new friends and can't wait to meet you!
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Welcome to my blog! This is both my online business and personal journal where I share all of my photography and business projects! Allow me to introduce myself...I am Catherine Guidry, a Louisiana wedding photographer. I was raised in a small town but consider myself a big dreamer. My favorite things in life are spending time with friends and family, bike riding with my husband and working on new creative projects! I am all about meeting new friends and can't wait to meet you!
Blue, Grey, Deep Red, and Pink
What adjectives best describe your wedding?
Natural, Comfortable, and Perfect!
Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
Baton Rouge was a good destination city for us because it was between everyone and everything; it's also our home. We've filmed other weddings through our company (Brock Gomez Productions) so we knew it was an amazing venue for a smaller outside wedding. October is the best month for weddings in Louisiana and The Burden Center was available and worked with us to ensure we had the perfect wedding day!
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Brock: Even though we haven't seen the completely finished products yet, I know my favorite purchase will be the photos and film. As a videographer, I made sure to stop and look around all day to make sure I didn't miss anything. The day after I felt like I could remember everything, but as the weeks have passed those memories have started to fade away. It's great to know that we had an amazing team to make sure our memories are preserved forever.
Nat: I definitely agree with Brock on this one! I feel like everything we did was our favorite! We had the best vendors: the lighting was incredible and romantic, the flowers were everything I imagined, etc. Although I had a perfect image of what my dress was going to look like, I purchased something different. And I Know I had made the right decision the second Brock turned around during our first look!
What was your best wedding day memory?
Brock: It was waiting for the first look. I was surrounded by people the entire morning and this was the first time I was able to get some time to myself. I was looking up at the perfectly blue sky with the huge trees swaying in the wind and the emotions just hit me. After filming a couple hundred wedding with Natalie it finally our turn. When Catherine came up to me I was pretty much in tears, just so happy and excited. It was a moment I’ll never forget.
Natalie: My favorite moment was walking down the isle with my dad holding me tight. It was a moment I will never forget! Walking towards the first arch, my heart was racing so fast, my dad kept squeezing my arm to let me know he was there with me. The whole walk down the isle felt like a dream! I was so overwhelmed with emotions when I saw all of our friends and family there to celebrate with us. I have never felt so loved in my life! The smile on Brock's face as I walked towards him is a memory I will never forget; the most incredible feeling in the world!
Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
Brock: Natalie created so many things it would be impossible for to list them all! And after seeing Natalie’s vision I realized I understood exactly why she put so much effort into planning all the details. It was amazing!
For me the vows were really the most important aspect of the day, and it was MUCH harder to put my thoughts on paper than I had anticipated. As filmmakers we always love when couples write their own vows but it happens pretty rarely, and now I understand why. It’s pretty difficult to just write them, let alone say them in front of a crowd of people without totally losing it.
Also, the music for the ceremony was really important to us. We’ve got some really talent friends, Alexis Stephenson-Philips and Matt Schwartz who went above-and-beyond to make sure we had awesome music for the ceremony. They learned acoustic versions of a few of our favorite songs that really blew me away. That got the tears flowing immediately.
All of the vendors we chose were close friends of ours that we’ve worked with for years. They understood our style and made sure that the wedding felt right. We can’t thank them enough for transforming an already beautiful venue into a perfect visual representation of the two of us.
Nat: I put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into my details! (and maybe a little arguing with Brock) haha! I had a vision and I wanted to create it myself with my art! I love creating with my hands and wanted to incorporate that through all details.The invitations where designed in water color then digitized in Photoshop and printed on water color textured paper from thikit.com. I addressed all envelopes, designed the logo, made a return address stamp. All other printed materials where designed, foiled and framed by me. I even chalk painted my frames to match our wedding colors. I hand lettered the Bar Menu and Welcome mirror the with chalk and chalk paint. I designed, cut, and painted our bride/groom signs out of metal. (I work at a steel fabrication company so I felt like I should incorporate some of my steel art work into the wedding.) I also put together a sign by the photo booth table with all of our photo booth pictures we have taken over the years at weddings we have worked.
The cake table legs were given to me by my parents when we moved into our first home about 3 years ago. I painted and stained the table top and assembled it myself. It was really special to see my beautiful cake on our table right in the center of the venue! Another special detail that was hand made with love were the girls bridesmaids belts. My mom and I hand picked the ribbon and jewels to match their dresses and my grandmother sewed them together! 3 Generations of Del Pino's creating together! <3
What is your wedding song?
“The Promise” by Sturgill Simpson
(We tossed around a few ideas for our first dance song but nothing really stuck out for us. Until I bought the Sturgill Simpson album. Within 30 seconds I realized it was a cover of an awesome 80s new wave song that I loved. Natalie came home from work and I played it for her hoping it would strike a chorch; she immediately agreed it was the perfect song.
Wedding Venue: The Burden Center | Bridal Prep: The Stockade | Event Planner: Kendall Poole | Catering/Florals, Rentals: Fresh Cut Catering | Wedding Cake: Barbara Bagert | Tables: Event Rentals | Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: Blue Bridal Boutique | Accessories: BHLDN Bracelet and Mother's Ring | Bride’s Hair/Makeup: Mod Salon | Groom’s Apparel: Tuxedos to Geaux| Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids| Ceremony Music: Two Bear Moon | Reception Music: Aaron Lane | Stationery: Natalie Gomez