Liz and Paul sealed the deal on march 6th in Lafayette at First Baptist Church and their reception was at Oakbourne Country Club. The weather was perfect, the flowers were blooming and the tears were rolling! I actually thought i posted this one already but apparently it was stuck as a draft. So now just one more wedding to enjoy while waiting on the rest!
The Couple’s Story:
How they met: Paul & I met in August of 2006 in Destin, Florida during the annual poker run that we both went with mutual friends. We were just friends and eventually started dating a few months later.
The Proposal: Paul had big plans for a elaborate proposal, but plans changed once he got the ring in his possession. He had a designer in California design and make the ring and he picked it up from the jewelry show in New Orleans. While driving home back to Lafayette he was so excited that he deciede to propose when he got back to Lafayette. He dressed my two shihtzu puppies, Bella & Mookie, up in a tuxedo and wedding dress and got on one knee. Needless to say I was very suprised!
The Wedding Vision: I wanted to a have classic wedding with modern twists such as contemporary music and unique details. I ordered a beautiful card box from New York vendor that fitted my color scheme and even had a diamond ring on top. On our sign in table, I had it adorned with bridal photos along with the photos from our video that played at our rehearsal dinner with photos of Paul and I from childhood to present. It was a huge hit and people enjoyed seeing all these wonderful memories on a 13 inch digital frame. I wanted to remember our grandparents at our wedding with a memorial table and did so with a candle and photos of our deceased grandparents. I loved the toasts that my father, best man Rob, matron of honor Mandy, and maid of honor Amber gave. They were from the heart and meant so much to myself and Paul. Some of favorite photographs are the ones with my bridesmaids and I with our parasols and Paul and myself after the ceremony with my “Just Married” parasol. They added a unique touch and were a fun part of the wedding.
The most memorable part of the day: My dad walking into the bridal room and getting so emotional that he had to walk right out. This started the emotional roller coaster and tears for me too. I didn’t get to see Paul in person, but he was crying so much and was so emotional that he barely made it down the aisle as the groom. We had such an emotional wedding but it was so sincere and heartfelt. A girl always dreams of her big day, and I just felt like mine was so full of love and I as truly surronded by those who love and care about us as a couple. We also had so many fun moments such as when I couldn’t remember what finger to put Paul’s ring on, Amber toasting “may all your ups and downs be in bed”, and a few of the guests putting on a show on the dance floor.
Flowers by Jane Landry in Baton Rouge: I wanted a lot of variation of pinks to go with my color scheme. My florist put a ton of roses throught the reception and on my cake. We kept the church simple with pink pew markers and pink arrangements at the altar. The bridesmaids had lots of roses in bright and light pink. My wedding bouquet was supposed to be full blush pink garden roses, but ended up being ivory and they were still beautiful.
Cake by Daisy Cakes: My wedding cake was beautiful and I have been told was the best wedding cake guests have tasted. Vanessa at wedding cakes did a great job. I had a 3 tier round buttercream cake. Two layers had strawberry filling and one layer had raspberry. The cake was accented with small scrolling and pearls along with a variation of pink garden roses.
Dress by Sposa Bella
Entertainment by DJ Mooch – Tunz Music
Makeup by Mandy Grayson
Videography by Tim Hebert
Favorite detail: The pink themed candy bar, contemporary wedding ceremony music, and the parasols. Music is such a huge part of my life and it inspires and brings out so many emotions. I had such fun time picking out the perfect songs and I even timed things out to the second!