Grand Coteau Engagements: Alyssa + Jeffrey

Just before they left for their trip to Chicago, I worked with Alyssa for the first time. She’s an incredible wedding planner in the Lafayette area so I was super excited for the opportunity to collaborate on our styled shoot!

That afternoon, in the hustle and bustle of the day we talked about life…and relationships. Alyssa expressed that she and her boyfriend Jeffrey had been dating for years but she was patiently waiting for their next step (not knowing when that would be.)

Well…her wait was shortlived because it was THAT weekend Jeffrey would propose. While sightseeing in Chicago, Jeffrey persisted on seeing Buckingham Fountain. And when they finally arrived at their destination, Alyssa was making silly comments and just being her fun self until Jeffrey stopped her comments short. He mentioned that he had several ideas of how to surprise her but instead suprised her with “THIS” (meaning the ring he turned toward her as he uttered the words).

She turned around not knowing what to say but when she turned back to face him he was down on his knee asking for her hand. *chills

I’m SO happy for Alyssa. As a friend and fellow wedding vendor, I’m just so thrilled that it’s her turn! She’s such a generous and giving soul and I’m stoked this time will revovle around her.

I had a conversation recently over dinner with Alyssa and everytime I get to know her more…I’m genuinely amazed by the beauty of her soul. She’s TRULY gorgeous inside and out and I’m happy to call her a friend.

Alyssa + Jeffrey chose to photograph their engagements on the grounds of Grand Coteau, the place they’ll promise to spend their lives together. Below is a preview of their session…one I thoroughly enjoyed as well!

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City Club, Lafayette Wedding: Catherine + Dave

Prep Spot: Carriage House Hotel
Catering & Venue: City Club at River Ranch
Officiant: Robert Mulkey (from DeLand, FL)
Florist: Flowers by Rodney 
Wedding Cake: Sophi P Cupcakes
Wedding Dress Designer & Boutique: A-Nets
Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Apparal: Men’s Warehouse
Bride’s Hair Stylist: Joie de Vivre Salon
Music: Aaron Lane
Videographer: High Rise Productions

When they first moved to SC Dave wanted to buy a boat. So he would send Catherine photos of boats…and which boat he wanted to buy. One day…she sent him a photo of a ring that SHE would like, and told him that she’d much rather that. :) Come to find out, he saved the image and three years later…bought a similar ring for her!

While living in Charleston, on their date night they traveled to Folly Beach to listen to a band in the freezing cold weather. Dave wanted to go for a walk but Catherine kept reminding him that it was SoOo cold. After a bit of convincing they strolled together until Catherine asked to sit since she was in high heeled boots. Their conversation naturally moved into a discussion about how they never thought they would be living there and how wonderful life was together. Dave then stood up, pulling her up with him until he knelt and asked her to marry him.

Catherine was completely caught off guard as they had never discussed rings, getting engaged or anything of the sort (other than humor-filled email years back).

Since, they have been planning their wedding. Catherine + Dave’s wedding was held in the courtyard of the Carriage House amongst friends and family followed by a reception at City Club. Catherine’s favorite purchase was her dress and their color palette was Blush, Gold, and Mint. The wedding was laid back and SOO much fun! And I’m so happy that Amelia and I were there to document their wedding day! :) :)

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Downtown Lafayette Engagements: Holly + Neil

Holly + Neil were a part of her dad’s adventure to take a trian ride from New Orleans to Chicago…and Chicago to Montana. But what Holly didn’t realize is that she and Neil would be soon starting a whole new adventure of their own. When they arrived in Montana, she and Neil took a car of their own down a one-lane road…winding and pulling over to let cars go by, all in an effort to walk four miles up a mountain! They passed hikers along the way as they told them them that the hike was “easy” and that they were “almost to the top.”

At 3,000 feet in the air Neil told Holly that he believed if they could climb THAT mountain together..that they could do anything. :) And he proposed to her there…overlooking the beautiful view! Holly’s ring is so different, a unique sapphire engagement ring that is the perfect display of her specialness.

Holly + Neil opted to shoot their session in the downtown area of Lafayette. It’s been awhile since I photographed there..and I REALLY enjoyed the spontaneity of the location (including our gelato stop)…and passing crossfit runners. LOL And I loved all the fun textures in that area!

I laughed..A LOT…with these two, and really enjoyed having the opportunity to document them during such a special time in their lives! Check out a preview of their shoot below!

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