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Fall Bridal 2018

08/03/2018 07:00AM ● By Robert Frey

Reflections: Brides Reminisce

We asked these beautiful local brides to reminisce about their wedding days. They each happily responded. Take a look at all of the lovely and sentimental details from their big days.

Natalie & Thomas Guillory


The Proposal
In January, Thomas brought my daughter, Ainsley, and I on her first deer hunt, and she ended up killing a buck! Her mount was ready on Labor Day 2017; Ainsley and Thomas went to pick it up to surprise me with how it came out. As I was looking at it, Ainsley revealed that the plaque said, “Will you marry me?” I turned around and Thomas was down on one knee. It was so special to me that Thomas included Ainsley in the proposal. I just can’t believe she kept the secret for a month.

We were married at Our Lady of Fatima Church, where I grew up and went to school. Our reception was at City Club in River Ranch.

My overall theme was traditional and simple. My bridesmaids wore light purple and carried white flowers.

Bridal Look
I didn’t have a particular bridal look in mind and my dress wasn’t something I thought I would be drawn to, but once everyone saw me in it they said it was very “me.”  I found my dress at a boutique in Baton Rogue, but had an appointment at a boutique in New Orleans the next day, so I didn’t want to commit before I tried on those options. It just so happened that the designer, Martina Liana, was having a trunk show at Towne and Country Bridal. So, I got my dress at a discount. This made my bargain shopper heart very full!

Favorite Detail
I loved the illusion back on my dress. I never wanted to take my cascading veil off!

Sentimental Details
I was able to borrow my best friend’s rosary that was given to her by her grandmother who had just recently passed away. I honored my paternal grandparents at my reception with a memorial Cheez-It table. As a child, I spent many weekends at their house snacking on Cheez-Its.

Favorite Moment
I have so many favorite moments! Thomas and I did a first look and it was just a really special moment between us. I was very nervous about being the center of attention while walking down the aisle, so being able to see him and spend time with him before the ceremony really calmed me. Another moment I will never forget is when my 87-year-old grandmother, Amaw, joined me on the dance floor. It was so much fun to have her there and see the joy in her face. I was also very lucky to have my cousin, Father Gary Schexnayder, officiate our wedding. He really knows how to make a ceremony memorable with his sense of humor and personalization.

I don’t think I had any mishaps. However, when I went outside to take a few bridal pictures, a grasshopper jumped on my train and had about 50 babies. Even when we got to the church, I was still finding grasshoppers in my lace. I’d like to think it was a sign of good luck.

Advice To Future Brides
Don’t let the stress of planning your wedding get to you. You can still get the wedding of your dreams on a budget. There are so many vendors who are new to the game with amazing talent at great pricing. The day goes by so quickly that you won’t even remember some of the details you planned. Take it all in and enjoy every second.

Cake: Piece of Cake Lafayette
Photographer: Gingersnap Photos
Florist: J’Adore Weddings
Videographer: Scene Verite
Hair: Annie Bonaventure
Makeup: Liz Schoeffler
Band: Rewind
Trolley: Lafayette Limo & Trolley
Dress: Towne and Country Bridal
Live Painter: Kali Picard

Cherri & Bryant LeFrere


The Proposal
Bryant and I got engaged on February 11, 2017. I planned a surprise birthday party for him and had no idea that all along it was really a surprise engagement party for me. My mom bought a piñata and when it came time to hit it, they blindfolded us both and Bryant told me to go first. I thought that was kind of strange, because it was his birthday party, but I went along with it. When they told me I could take the blindfold off, there was my soul mate kneeling on one knee. He wrote a speech about us and had everybody in the building in tears, including me, of course.

I knew that I had always wanted a winter wedding and it was especially important to get married in the Catholic Church. I love way it looks when it is decorated for Christmas, with poinsettias and Christmas trees. I definitely had the winter wonderland wedding of my dreams.

The Bridal Look
Since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted my wedding dress to be unique. When I saw pictures of my Mawmaw’s wedding dress, I knew I wanted something similar. I wanted a detachable train, sparkles and long sleeves – and that’s exactly what I got. I bought my dress at The Bridal Boutique By Maeme in New Orleans. The dress I fell in love with had everything was looking for, except long sleeves. The amazing staff custom made the perfect long sleeves to match the dress. I was also able to extend the length of my train to three feet long.

Sentimental Detail
I especially loved that I was able to carry the rosary of my grandmother who passed away five years ago in my bouquet. It made me feel that she was with me on my special day. Also, Bryant and I wrote letters to each other and read the letters we wrote on our wedding video. We won’t know what we said to each other until we get our wedding video back.

Favorite Moment
My favorite moment was when my dad gave me to Bryant at the altar and they both embraced each other and began to cry.

Advice To Future Brides
Remember that “A wedding is a day…A marriage is a lifetime.” Don’t get too wrapped up in all of the planning.

Flowers: Fabian’s Flowers
Wedding Cake: Gwen with Occasions Wedding Cakes
Groom’s Cake: Cakes n Crafts by Lauren
Photographer: Fusion Photography
Videographer: Teche Image Video Production
Band: Rusty Metoyer and the Zydeco Krush
DJ: Sounds by Sigue’s
Dress: The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe
Décor & Alterations: Sigue’s Bridal Boutique
Reception Venue: La Louisiana Banquet Hall

Kasie & Chad Falterman


The Proposal
Simple, sweet and private. If you know my husband, he can’t keep a secret. The day he asked my father, he also bought the ring and proposed! We always greet each other with a hug and kiss. Well, this time, he walked away from my hug and changed the subject. Little did I know, it was because he didn’t want me to feel the ring in his coat pocket. I chased him around the house in pursuit of my hug until we ended up in front of the Christmas tree, where he got down on one knee. I thought it was a joke and went on to tell him all of the things he should say when he did propose. He said all of those things followed by “So, will you marry me?” it wasn’t until then that I realized it was real! He pulled the ring out and we both cried.

I knew I wanted a romantic setting and you cannot beat the view and beautiful setting of Rip Van Winkle.

After spending hours (ok, days) on Pinterest, I knew that blush, navy and gold were the right colors for our romantic outdoor setting.

Bridal Look
They say that when you find the right dress you just know. Well, I knew twice! I bought two dresses and ended up wearing the second one. I always thought I would get married in a ball gown or princess style dress. That’s what I went with at first. Six months before our wedding, I had a change of heart and went with a fit and flare, which was totally not what I or any of my bridesmaids expected I would wear.

Favorite Detail
The back of my dress was my favorite part. The entire back was lace button down. I thought it was such a classy look.

Sentimental Details
My rosary that I carried in my bouquet was my grandmother’s who passed away. I carry it with me everyday of my life. She talked about my wedding every time I visited her. It was a day I wish she could have been there to witness.

Favorite Moment
Chad and I did a first look along with our son Masen. The look on his face and just having a chance to have a private moment with just the three of us before all of the hustle and bustle…it’s something I’ll remember forever.

Advice To Future Brides
Take time on your special day to have some you time.

Venue: Rip Van Winkle
Caterer: Chef Bobboy and Dot
Photographer: Fusion Photography
DJ: Todd’s DJ Entertainment Services
Flowers: Something Borrowed Blooms

Courtney & Dason Bernard 


The Proposal
He proposed to me in Houston in front of the “I Love You” Wall outside of Harold’s Restaurant in Houston Heights. It is a mural that has “I Love You” written all over it in different languages. I found the mural on Pinterest a couple of days before our trip and told Dason that we definitely had to find the mural and take pictures in front of it. Little did I know, he had much more than a picture planned.

Favorite Detail
My dress and my veil were my favorite! I don’t think I could have found a dress that I loved more than the one that I chose.

Sentimental Details
I wore the same earrings that both of my aunts wore on their wedding day as my “something borrowed.” My aunt had a handkerchief made for me when I was 7 years old for me to have on my wedding day that said “something old.” I carried it in my bouquet.

Favorite Moment
Seeing the smile on Dason’s face as I was walking down the aisle.

Is there anything you would have done differently?
I wish I wouldn’t have stressed so much about the little things throughout the planning process. In the end, those little things didn’t even matter.

Advice To Future Brides:
Don’t stress too much. It takes away from your happiness! Enjoy the process and make the most out of it. Everything is going to work out. It is truly going to be one of the best days of your life – don’t let anything get in the way of that.

Photographer: Fusion Photography
Videographer: Lauren Simon Films
Hair & Makeup: Stephanie Smith, Jacie Legere and Gabrielle Roussel with Salon Elle Rae
Dress & Veil: A’Net’s Bridal Boutique
Flowers: Acadian Flowers in Abbeville

Katie Pucheu-Morvant & Aaron Morgan


The Proposal
Throughout our nine years of dating, every so often, Aaron would ask me “What if I proposed right now?” and I would always say, “Just wait until after you graduate.” I was in no rush. A couple of hours after Aaron’s college graduation, we had a big party planned with our friends and family. Before the party, Aaron’s father was taking graduation photos of him in their neighbor’s beautiful backyard. During the photo shoot, my best friend who lives in Seattle jumped out with her camera. I assumed it was a surprise to him that she was able to make it to his graduation. They stopped taking pictures and gave us some space. Aaron started on a very sweet and mushy speech, and then, he got down on one knee. It wasn’t until I saw the ring that I realized what was happening. It was all so perfect – the timing, him arraigning for some of my best friends to be there and even small details like making sure we were outside near water, because that’s my favorite place to be. To top it all off, immediately after the proposal, we had a graduation and engagement party with all of our favorite people. 

We wanted to be in Lafayette, but we (aka mostly me) also wanted an outdoor wedding. There was so much I loved about the Paul and Lulu Hillard University Art Museum – the water wall, the white Antebellum-style home and the fact that it lends itself to a perfect dance floor.

We were going for a vibe that was chill, modern bohemian and classy, but not too fancy. We wanted it to be relaxed, yet still elegant and for everything to have meaning.

Bridal Look
It’s just not in my personality to spend a ton of money on something I will only wear once, so the idea of shopping for a wedding gown never appealed to me. A few years ago, I had the idea to wear my mom’s wedding dress, but have it redesigned to be my own. This filled me with so much excitement and made my heart flutter the way I imagine it does when other brides find their dream dress in a boutique. Even more special, my close friend Joi Mahoney has a wedding dress business called Wild Azalea, where she redesigns wedding dresses. She was able to create the perfect redesign on my mother’s dress.

Sentimental Details
My brother made 300 paper airplanes for our exit. Our party favors were handmade by friends, our ring pillow was adorned with jewelry of relatives who could not celebrate with us.

Favorite Moment
Hands down our first dance! Our first dance was “Still Into You” by Paramore. It’s a really upbeat song, so two of our friends (who have the voices of angels) Kayla Guidry and Derrick Savoie sang and played it acoustically.

Mishap Moment
When we planned an outdoor wedding in April, many of our guests expressed concern that it would be too hot and humid. Surprisingly, it was a cold and rainy winter day in the springtime. It was so absurd that it was cold that we just laughed it off and arranged for there to be a clear tent put up.

Advice To Future Brides
Hire a wedding planner! It is worth it to save yourself stress so you can enjoy every moment. Feel your feelings; when you feel a cry coming on, let it out. Embrace it all. Stay hydrated. Ask for help. Eat boudin and drink mimosas with your friends while you’re getting ready. Do it your way. Focus on each other and the reasons you are getting married. GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR!”

Venue: Paul and Lulu Hillard Art Museum
Dress: Wild Azalea
Band: Dank Chick
Flowers: The Flower Barn
Caterer: Paula Quebedeaux of Joey and Paula’s Catering
Wedding Pies: Acadian Slice
Ice Cream: Sugar Momma’s
Photographer: Kimbrali Photography
Videographer: Apercu Films