The Broussards

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My journey with the Broussards first started in 2015 when we began working together on Jena (Quaid's sister) and Brandon's wedding. I was so excited when after that wedding I got to come onboard for Kayan and Quaid's big day. Harley, one of the best assistants there is, is best friends with Kayan so I felt like I already knew both of them without really knowing them. 

Their wedding day turned out to be a really pretty (but a little toasty!) January day. St. Martin de Tours was the PERFECT setting for Kayan and Quaid - home but with a New Orleans feel. A horse and carriage exit from the church. A secondline entrance into the reception. An amazing bridal cake made by the family bakery on the most fabulous cart across from the most delicious groom's cake - stacked king cakes. 

It's no surprise that every single detail of this wedding was thought through and executed perfectly. I'm a little sad there are no more Broussards to be married, but I'm going to get creative and find a way to make sure my family in Charenton doesn't forget me! :) 

Kayan and Quaid - Thank you, thank you, thank you for trusting Southern Fete to make your day a success! We feel blessed to have been a part of such a sweet day. We had so much fun with you guys in Mexico too, and can't wait to see what the future has in store for both of you!

xoxo

The Etiennes

Family Property. Vermilion River in the backyard. Pond in the front yard. Ceremony to reception flip during cocktail hour. Don't these things spell SOUTHERN FETE? 

Holy moly my friends ... the first time I visited The Etienne's house it took my breath away. Mrs. Karen - the groom's mom - has an impeccable style that made their house the most perfect setting for Constance and Jeff's wedding and reception. 

From a super sweet first look, to late night donuts and coffee, there was so much to love about their wedding. But I'm pretty sure my favorite part was the TOP SECRET surprise that only FOUR of us knew about. Jeff's dad and one of Constance's bridesmaids had been practicing a surprise song to perform during the ceremony. I anxiously waited for the moment when no one else knew what was going on and they moved from their positions back to where the ceremony musicians were. The look on Jeff and Constance's faces was priceless and the song couldn't have been more touching and perfect. 

Constance and Jeff - It was such a pleasure being part of your wedding. I have looked through your gallery no less that 25 times and continue to find a new favorite. Thank you for including us and trusting us. And please don't judge if you find photos of the house posted on my "future goals" board. Need to aim for the stars right? You'll always be my favorite "Midland" couple!

Hannah Mulligan Photography // Apercu // Root Floral // The Beauty Room // Gambinos // Event Rental // Clementine's

The McManuses

There once was a charming architect and a sweet occupational therapist living in New York who decided to get married on New Year's Eve in the bride's hometown. They knew it could be a gamble with South Louisiana weather but were prepared regardless. It's a really good thing because Mother Nature probably couldn't have thrown much more at them if she tried. 

That sweet couple is Courtney and Tom, but I should refer to them as the amazingly accepting Mr. and Mrs. McManus who took everything that day had in store in graceful stride and couldn't have had a better time.

You've heard me say it before, but I honestly think some of the most fun and memorable weddings are those that include a deluge. Courtney and Tom not only had a deluge but also hurricane force winds that made flipping their tent from the ceremony to a 3-course seated dinner quite a spectacle. But with an amazing group of vendors, some fantastic rain jackets and boots, and guests who loved and adored this couple enough to trudge through a stormy December afternoon, New Years Eve even turned into one of the best days/nights. There are some amazing photos that Erin and Geoffrey Photography captured to prove it. 

Courtney and Tom - I know you surely would have wished for different weather for your wedding, but I wish all of my couples could have witnessed how graciously you accepted it and your determination to not let it damper such a joyous occasion. We couldn't have picked a sweeter or more kind and thoughtful couple to spend New Years Eve with, and we hope that 2017 is as amazingly blessed and joyous as your wedding day! 

Erin and Geoffrey Photography // It's a Wrap // Party Central // Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum // Petroleum Club // Three37 // Kathleen Short // Salon NV // RiverSpa

The Kleinpeters

There are some weddings you never want to end. Then there are those ... just kidding! Scott and Rosemary's wedding is one I still dream about and wish we could do it all again (but I wouldn't change one single thing!). 

I remember talking to Rosemary for the first time. I remember exactly where I was driving and her date being one that I currently had a hold on. It's no surprise my heart skipped a beat when she told me it would be a tent reception, so I crossed my fingers and said a prayer it would work. But never could I have imagined what an amazing six months would ensue wrapping with an unbelievable wedding and two new friends who put "sweet" to shame. 

We first met at my favorite Baton Rouge coffee shop, Magpie, and I left loving her mom. A lady who asked the hard questions and wanted to make sure I could handle tough situations. We wasted no time getting to work. Site visit. Stationary. Timelines and budgets, we hit the ground running. Did I even mention the COVERED pool as a dance floor? From the envelope liner picked from her mom's vintage Harper Bazaar magazines, Kleinpeter milk and cookies as a late night snack, Rosemary's hand-sketched photo of the church on their Christmas card, this wedding was truly a reflection of Scott and Rosie. 

I like to think I'm pretty intuitive and can pick up easily on when clients completely trust me. This time, it was an email signed "Rosie," and my little heart jumped with joy. 

Their wedding was my first one out-of-town - away from Neil - and while I missed my little man more than words, seeing this wedding come to life was one of my proudest planner moments. Every single vendor poured their hearts and talents into making this reception a showstopper. The backyard was like the handbag section of Dillards on New Years Day ... only much more organized and calm. And the feeling when it was done, polished, and perfect was arguably as exciting as scoring a Kate Spade seventy-five percent off. 

The photos Erin and Geoffrey Photography captured are amazing, so I'll let them do the rest of the talking. But before I do ...

Scott and Rosie - There likely aren't words for how blessed I feel to have not only been part of your wedding but also your lives for most of 2016. You always treated me like family and always told me to "make myself at home." But more than that, you lovingly and wholeheartedly trusted me. I miss our emails and daily phone calls even more than I miss the pound cake from Ethel ... and that's saying a lot. You both deserve only the best, and I hope I was able to make your wedding as perfect as you had dreamed of. I know you'll always be sweet, sweet friends, and I can't wait to see what life has in store for both of you. 

Peregrins Florist // Erin and Geoffrey Photography // Genuine Collective Films // Musical Fantasy // Doug Olinde Rentals // Party Central // Ambrosia Bakery // Unique Cuisine // Beauty by Victorira

The Darouses

Did you know that FUN is actually spelled SARAH+SETH? The Breauxs and the Darouses know how to PARTY y’all! These two are always laughing. Always having fun. And, it made planning their wedding an absolutely blast. Even a pop up shower on the day of their summer wedding couldn’t dampen the love and excitement.

This wasn’t my first Breaux rodeo so to speak as Sarah and Andrew (take a second and relive this amazing wedding too!) are step siblings, so I knew what kind of party it was going to be!

Hannah Mulligan Photography never disappoints – rain or shine. Here’s a few of our favorites!

Sarah and Seth – Your super sweet and ball-of-fun personalities make you so loved by so many. We’re so delighted to have been part of another family wedding and have no doubt that your wedding was only the beginning of a wonderful life together. Thank you for trusting us. For making us laugh. And for loving love.

xoxo

Hannah Mulligan Photography // Root Floral // City Club River Ranch // Joie de Vivre; Beauty by Victoria // SouledOut 

The Hightowers

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Surely you’ve heard there is always a bump in the road when planning the wedding. I think if you were to ask Paige and Trey if there was a bump – heck even bumps – they’d chuckle and say yes. The planning process wasn’t exactly without its ups and down for these two, but I think their wedding day couldn’t have ended up being any more perfect.

Part of the best part of my job is getting to know my clients. Paige and Trey were in the bridal party for one of our Fall weddings last year and fast forward to their wedding – that couple was part of their wedding. Throughout the planning, we had our fair share of late night meetings (always including sweet treats), conference calls, and emails. While I wasn’t able to be a part of the whole wedding day, I’ve talked with so many of their guests who continue to relive such a fun and memorable day.

Where to begin. This may go down as one of the most challenging tasks I’ve been charged with. Building a champs tower with all glass coupes that aren’t the same height. We all held our breath as we set it up, and luckily it stayed just where it needed too. I may still be holding my breath!

Paige and Trey – I loved working with both of you on such a special and meaningful day. You stayed focused on what your big day was truly about and always remembered that in the end, you’d marry your best friend, have some out-of-this-world food, and dancing for days. It certainly didn’t disappoint. I wish you all of the best old fashioneds (cupcakes or Dons) and memories that are to come!

xoxo

Collin Richie Photography // Cathedral of St. John// ULL Student Union // Sam Trahan Catering // Kathleen Short // Flowers by Rodney // Kali Picard // Rockin’ Dopsie // Ice Slicers
Acadiana Video Productions // Party Central // Inkling Design Studio // Kathryn Podorsky

The Prejeans

Alex has been my husband’s best friend since forever. He was my classmate since Kindergarten. He’s now our sweet Neil boy’s godfather. When he was ready to propose to Rachel, I was lucky enough to be included on the search for the ring – and the decision to have it custom made. This wedding was so special to me for so many reasons. They were clients but also family. I attended the rehearsal dinner and wedding as their planner but also the best man’s wife. Caitlin and Thad of Caitlin Guidry Photography did an amazing job capturing the love on that day, and I’m so excited to share it with you!

Caitlin Guidry Photography // Beauty by Victoria // The Beauty Room // Ambrosia Bakery // LSU Faculty Club // University United Methodist // Magnolia Strings // The Plantation Florist // High Rise Productions // Souled Out // District Donuts // Twin's Burgers and Sweets

The Stals

I have debated even including any text with this post since you’ll likely find the photos Erin and Geoffrey captured as breathtaking as I did, but I think it would be unfair since Amy and Ian are equally as amazing.

When Amy was picking dates for their wedding, I was unavailable for her first choice and sad about it. After giving her recommendations for other planners, I remember getting a call from her saying, “If we change the date to May 19, are you available then?”

I’m sorry – did a bride just change the date because she wanted to work with me? #blushing! Amy and Ian chose to marry in Louisiana so that another very important man in her life – her grandfather – would be able to attend. Unfortunately, he went to his new home in Heaven a few short weeks before the wedding, but he was certainly present on the wedding day in so many ways.

These two are the perfect example of what magic can happen when you trust your vendors to do their thing – without hesitation or micromanaging. Their wedding turned out to be a magical, wonderful, memorable, and super sweet day. Take a look …

Amy and Ian – I’m so glad that you chose Southern Fete to be part of such a special day. You undoubtedly trusted and valued all of the advice we sent your way, and for that I am forever grateful. We couldn’t have imagined your wedding to turn out any more beautiful than it did, and we hope that you will always remember just how special it was. You both are like family – my New Jersey/Florida family – and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.

xoxo

Erin and Geoffrey // Root Floral // Aaron Lane Entertainment // T’Monde // Crystal Weddings // Sky’s the Limit // 63 Films // Chef Bobby and Dot // St. Blanc Calligraphy

The LaFleurs

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I remember the first time I read Kim’s inquiry email like it was yesterday. I was sitting in my car checking emails after lunch with a prospective bride when I saw the subject line “There’s a ring on my finger: And then you lose sleep edition.” My eyes went straight to the line – in all caps – “HIRE CASSIE.  DO IT NOW.  DON’T LOOK BACK.” A little piece of advice she got from a past Southern Fete Bride. I laughed out loud before I could finish the email, and I haven’t stopped laughing since.

There’s SO much to say – and love – about Kim and Ross. They are the most kind-hearted, sweet people who truly have a passion for keeping it local. You know you’ve struck gold when you have to convince the bride to NOT have a table at the wedding with her vendors business cards (that’s not a lie!). Why exactly do they love locals so much? Well, they’re two small town entrepreneurs themselves. Kim is a successful real estate agent who recently moved back from the Woodlands and Ross manages the online portion of his family business – Kary’s Roux (and Pig Stand BBQ Sauce and Queen Bee seasoning and more!)

As if I needed to love these two even more, they were dead set on a tent wedding on the lawn of Ross’ parents house. My little heart jumped for joy. They embraced so many Southern traditions and touches – burying of the Bourbon, bananas foster bar, magnolia leaves everywhere, – but most of all they extended the most sincere form of Southern hospitality to each and every one of their guests. Their special day turned out to be perfect – despite a week full of rain – and the pictures Catherine Guidry captured tell the perfect story. 

If you’ve made it to the end of this post, you’re really in for a treat. I thought Kim’s inquiry email was the bees knees, but turns out she had more from where that came from. Here’s a taste of the one that took the cake …

“Subject :: You Brought Your A Game

HOLY CRAP.  Hands down the BEST money spent was on your team.  If anything went wrong, we don’t have a clue. … We are happy to be a part of the Southern Fete family!”

Kim and Ross – I’ve tried to to think of the perfect roux/Queen Bee/Pig Stand analogy, but I’m not sure there’s one quite fitting for the love we have for both of you. You laughed with us. You (pretty much) gave all control to us. But most importantly, you sat back and enjoyed one of the most special days in your lives because you whole heartedly trusted us to make it happen. The SF family is definitely a little more complete with you in it.

xoxo

Catherine Guidry Photography // Beau Soleil // Styled. by Michelle Judice // Sugar Belle by Elise // Flowers by Rodney // Bottoms Up // Party Central // Kali Babineaux // Inkling Design Studio // Sara Buteaux

The Levines

Lindsay & John’s wedding was one for the Second Line record books. As a couple, they wanted their wedding day to feel relaxed, easy and fun – surrounding themselves with friends and family whom they love. Lindsay made sure each detail had a purpose. With a future husband with the title of Captain, they decided that there was no other place to tie the knot than overlooking the Crescent City. The couple even exchanged personal vows in front of their minister after their first look – swoon!

Now most of the time, we only communicate with the couple and immediate family during the planning process, but this was an exception. Southern Fete extended its’ arms and took on a whole new outlook on bridal friends. You think we’re joking – this couple had a certified crew that went above and beyond to make Lindsay & John’s day extra special. Surprise second line and live artist, custom hankies …and wait for it … an after party at Cat’s Meow! Who wouldn’t want to be a part of their tribe?!

Lindsay and John – Love in New Orleans is something that’s really special.  Your love embodies the feel that is truly New Orleans – relaxed, fun and full of passion. With such great ties to the Mississippi, we are so glad you were let us into your knot. Let us know when applications open up to join your crew … we can dibs!

xoxo

Riverview Room // Hannah Mulligan Photography // Baking on the Bayou // Keeth Buckley // Ohh Snap Photo Booth // Christopher Turner // Beauty by Victoria // Allyson Barbay, Rachel Kaufmann // Pinstripe // Phat Hat