Our NOLA Nuptials: Smiles All Around

March 2, 2010

One of the things I wanted to get done quickly was the formals. Two weeks before, I attended my aunt’s wedding and the photographer was SO slow. It took them an hour and a half to rally up everyone for the formals and get them done. I was so sad for her. She went straight from formals to first dance, then she had to cut the cake and throw the bouquet! After that, most of the time, people start leaving, so her wedding was over before she knew it!!  I didn’t want this happening to me, so I asked our photographer if we could get this done quickly and painlessly (Literally, because I still had my dang heels on).

Let me tell you, my photographer was awesome with these formals. I do wish some of the people would have smiled though…it’s a wedding and people should be happy! You’re about to get unlimited booze, food and cake…what’s not to smile about?!? (You’ll see what I mean..)

So, here’s the GQ crew, as a few of my friends called them.  My grandma kept joking that they looked like they were posing for a magazine haha!

Here are me and my girls: Mizz K, Miss K, Miss J and Miss R. I love them all to pieces…while I thankfully didn’t have to ask them to hold my dress to use the bathroom during the wedding, they did so much for me that day and I can’t thank them enough! They were also a blast to dance with…wahoo!

Here we all are together. The little one managed to get in there too and try to be the cute one in the pic. I can’t compete with him at all.

Then, it was time for family shots. My brother was not a happy camper, I guess. :\ I promise he does smile in real life. He was probably still a little ticked at the fact that he had to escort three people in a row down the aisle (which was NOT the plan..someone walked out of order). Good exercise, I guess. Poor guy..

Here’s Mr. Ballet Flat’s family. Mr. Ballet Flat informed me that his family is not really into smiling for pictures, but I promise you, they smile in real life! 🙂

Finally, last pictures of the formals: Mr. Ballet Flat and I. I LOVE the angle the photographer made me stand in…makes me look way smaller than the size 22 that I am. Gotta love flattering angles!

Shortly after that, I grabbed the nearest hand rail and took off those painful heels. By then, most of the guests were there, and they were laughing at the idea of no more shoes for this bride! Sorry, but I was ready to bust out the flip-flops, bustle the dress and dance with my man. 🙂 Stay tuned!

Images courtesy of Amanda Meyer Photography

Previous recaps:
Our NOLA Nuptials: The Bridals
Our NOLA Nuptials: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Our NOLA Nuptials: Practice Makes Perfect

Our NOLA Nuptials: It Was All a Blur
Our NOLA Nuptials: Poof, Spray and a Lie
Our NOLA Nuptials: The Finishing Touches
Our NOLA Nuptials: Walk it Out
Our NOLA Nuptials: Making it Official (Part 1)
Our NOLA Nuptials: Making it Official (Part 2)
Our NOLA Nuptials: Some Afterthoughts

Our NOLA Nuptials: At First Glance


Our NOLA Nuptials: At First Glance

February 28, 2010

Hello Hive! It’s been a few months since I recapped our ceremony, and I must apologize for leaving you hanging after the ceremony. I mean, c’mon, there’s now a PARTY to recap, right? So, here’s a few glimpses around the reception hall, just like the ones our guests had as they walked in. 🙂

Here is our gorgeous cake. Believe it or not, this is buttercream. They got it super smooth for me. I was impressed…I wish I could get my cakes to look this smooth! We also got the florist to put a mini bouquet on top of the cake as our cake topper. It was absolutely beautiful, and we couldn’t wait to dig in!

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That’s right folks! We had king cake as our groom’s cake for the reception. It was May, and I’m pretty sure 99% of our guests were having king cake withdrawals since Mardi Gras was about 3 months before the wedding. We got it in LSU colors (Geaux Tigers!) instead of the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold.

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Here is the throw-away bouquet with our cake server set. I didn’t want to spend too much on a cake server set that we’d probably never use again, so I bought a generic set for 50% off at Hobby Lobby.

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These were one of my favorite DIY projects. I Gocco’ed napkins a la Mrs. Cream Puff and Mrs. Cupcake. I love how these came out and guests were repeatedly asking for my vendor. 🙂 They couldn’t believe I made these!

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These are our favor boxes. We purchased these from the BRIDE’s line at Michaels and subbed a teal ribbon, instead of the included ivory ribbon. Our favors were our favorite candies: I love Hershey Kisses and Mr. Ballet Flat loves soft dinner mints! Edible is always a hit! We made one per guest and maybe had 5 leftover, thank goodness!

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Here were our disposable cameras with the place card and favor boxes. The cameras were a hit! They were all filled up by the end of the evening, and we got some semi-decent pictures from them. 🙂

We can’t find any pictures of the mini Moo cards that we got for online uploading. We thought that would be a good thing, hoping for tons of pics in our Flick’r account, but nope, maybe 30 pictures were uploaded total. Ugh…

We also nixed centerpieces, since the reception venue had tea lights. This alone saved us over $1000, according to the florist’s estimates. No one really seemed to mind. 🙂

Here is a picture of our cake table with all of the bouquets, and our champagne flutes, which were a gift from my godmother. This is one of my favorite wedding shots of the day, because it just features so much from our big day!

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You might have noticed from my planning blog posts that a lot of little projects were planned for the reception. Towards the end of planning, I did do a lot of evaluating and realized that these little projects were adding unnecessary stress, so I nixed them. In the end, really, it didn’t turn out to be a big deal, because no one noticed. In fact, I received tons of compliments on things like the open bar and all you can eat gumbo. Haha…shows what guests REALLY care about!

Just a little tip for you brides who are nearing the end of planning and stressing out: no one will know if you didn’t do some of the little projects you planned. 😉

Stay tuned for smile-palooza! 🙂

Images courtesy of Amanda Meyer Photography

Previous recaps:
Our NOLA Nuptials: The Bridals
Our NOLA Nuptials: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Our NOLA Nuptials: Practice Makes Perfect

Our NOLA Nuptials: It Was All a Blur
Our NOLA Nuptials: Poof, Spray and a Lie
Our NOLA Nuptials: The Finishing Touches
Our NOLA Nuptials: Walk it Out
Our NOLA Nuptials: Making it Official (Part 1)
Our NOLA Nuptials: Making it Official (Part 2)
Our NOLA Nuptials: Some Afterthoughts


Attention Brides!

October 27, 2009

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If you are in the market for some new make-up, now is a great time to stock up!

Sephora.com is having it’s Friends & Family sale right NOW until 11/2, which is 20% off of your ENTIRE purchase. Simply use the code FF2009 and shipping is free for orders over $50!

You can thank me later! Happy shopping! 🙂


Our NOLA Nuptials: Making it Official (Part 2)

October 1, 2009

After we took our vows, we were all smiles. I mean, how could you NOT be? We were MARRIED! Eek!

However, we forgot one key thing. We were still in church, where you are supposed to pretty much be quiet and pay attention, but we were busting at the seams in happiness. So, what did we do?

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Whisper about it and stare at our hands. Ooo..new bling! BUSTED by our photographer!

I wonder if my mom was thinking about tapping me on the shoulder to make me pay more attention to the blessing of the Eucharist.

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Then, it was time for us to give our parents flowers. My huge veil covered any emotions that could be shown, but I’ll give you the play by play in words.

Mom was tearing up when Mr. Ballet Flat and I brought the rose. Let’s note, up to this point, I was a calm and composed Ballet Flat. Dangit MOM! I broke down. I’m glad my photographer didn’t catch the ugly cry face haha!

After we gave our parents roses, it was time to present a rose to Mary. I was still pretty out of my element here, worrying about my dress potentially catching on fire from all of the candles. I sort of forgot to kneel and say a prayer. Oops again!

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After the Mass was finished, our Priest gave Mr. Ballet Flat the cue to go in for the kill haha! This was a debated topic for Mr. Ballet Flat and I – what is a church kiss? We ended up keeping it to a simple kiss, since we figured that we could totally make-out in the limo in a few minutes! 😀

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I couldn’t believe that the ceremony was completely over! I also was so surprised at how many people came out to see us. I was all smiles to see family and friends, especially those I haven’t seen in a long time! My Parrain (Cajun French term for Godfather) even came out. I haven’t seen him in 10 years since he moved away!

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It was so great! I was so excited to talk to them all at the reception! I was also really excited about having a police escort. I felt pretty darn special!

I love this picture. I saw our photographer and immediately thought to smile! At the same time, Mr. Ballet Flat just looks so candidly happy!

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Once we got outside, it began to sink in even more thanks to our family and friends!

Images courtesy of Amanda Meyer Photography

Previous recaps:
Our NOLA Nuptials: The Bridals
Our NOLA Nuptials: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Our NOLA Nuptials: Practice Makes Perfect

Our NOLA Nuptials: It Was All a Blur
Our NOLA Nuptials: Poof, Spray and a Lie
Our NOLA Nuptials: The Finishing Touches
Our NOLA Nuptials: Walk it Out
Our NOLA Nuptials: Making it Official (Part 1)


Our NOLA Nuptials: Making it Official (Part 1)

September 29, 2009

After a successful walk down the aisle, it was time to make it official. Mr. Ballet Flat and I are both Catholic, so we had a full Mass for our ceremony.

Since we were married before the Pentecost, the church was still decorated for the Easter season. I’ll give you this picture in color, since it is absolutely beautiful.

I loved all of the Easter arrangements that adorned the Altar.

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These Easter flags were placed along the ceiling beams of the church.
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A truly great budget idea for Catholic brides: if you get married around Christmas or after Easter (since most Catholic churches won’t hold marriages during the Lenten season), keep in mind that the church will be decorated for those seasons with their own arrangements. Plus, it makes it a little more special that you are getting married during such an important part of the Church’s liturgical year.

For us, we purchased simple pew bows, as seen above and two altar arrangements, which were placed near the stairs of the altar on each side. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of those.

Ok, back to the black/whites and getting hitched! (I like using the black/whites to highlight the ceremony, since it feels a little more like you’re in a dream. Call me weird!)

Mr. Ballet Flat and I paid close attention to the readings that we chose. It was hard to believe that in a few short minutes, we would be taking our vows.

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After the readings and the Gospel were said, along with a short and sweet homily from our priest, it was time!

*Gulp*…here goes! Look at us! As the Joker would say, “Why so serious?” Haha!

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MUCH better! Mr. Ballet Flat grabbed the wrong hand, anxiously going for the left to place the ring, instead of the right to say a prayer, and for some reason, I was so nervous that I busted at the seams in laughter. It was obviously contagious!
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We’re all smiles now. This is so awesome! I’m happy to say, I didn’t stumble on my words, but I probably wasn’t talking very loud. I was still a little nervous! I’m not good at being the center of attention, so I’m sure underneath the make-up, I’m all sorts of red in the face!

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Don’t you just love this shot? I’m not sure why I’m holding my pinky up, maybe I thought it would look somewhat dainty.

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We were now official, and about to get totally busted. Oops..stay tuned! 🙂

Images courtesy of Amanda Meyer Photography

Previous recaps:
Our NOLA Nuptials: The Bridals
Our NOLA Nuptials: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Our NOLA Nuptials: Practice Makes Perfect

Our NOLA Nuptials: It Was All a Blur
Our NOLA Nuptials: Poof, Spray and a Lie
Our NOLA Nuptials: The Finishing Touches
Our NOLA Nuptials: Walk it Out


Our NOLA Nuptials: Walk it out

September 27, 2009

After we ladies got glammed up, it was time to get in the limos and head to the church. The great thing is, my parents live less than a mile away from the church, so it took literally no time to get to the church.

My bridesmaids and I walked in the church and stood in a small area between the two sets of double doors and just kept saying things like “Holy cow!”, “Don’t cry!”, “I can’t believe it!”, etc. During this time, Mr. Ballet Flat and I’s supportive parents and grandparents walked down the aisle.

The girls and I were all getting crazy butterflies, checking each other’s makeup and hair to calm our nerves, and then suddenly, the organist started playing “Canon in D”. It was time to walk it out.

First, the beautiful Miss K went. Next to her is Mr. A, one of Mr. Ballet Flat’s closest friends.

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Then, it was time for Miss J to go. This is Mr. B, Mr. Ballet Flat’s cousin. Aren’t their smiles amazing? I LOVE this picture!

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Then, of course Miss R went. She was beaming. I think she was still excited over being pampered…she LOVED getting her hair and make-up done. Ok, maybe she was excited about her oldest sister getting married…who knows? This is Mr. G, Mr. Ballet Flat’s cousin.

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Then, it was Mizz K’s turn to shine. Isn’t she gorgeous? Man, these ladies are seriously outshining me right now. This is Mr. J, Mr. Ballet Flat’s brother and best man.

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Oh gosh. The cuteness has unleashed. This is Mr. J’s son, who at a crazy mature 3 years old, walked perfectly down the aisle, flashed smiles and held that pillow like a pro! Golly, isn’t he a cutie? I had people ask me after the ceremony why I let this cute young man steal my thunder. Go ahead, say “aww”.

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Oh boy, oh boy. Is it time already? I think it is. Mr. Ballet Flat is ready!

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The organist started playing louder and everyone stood up. Another, ‘I’m a bride’ moment happened. My thinking was something like, Daddy, please hold me tight…I don’t want to fall. This Ballet Flat in heels can be a disaster.

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Mr. Ballet Flat approves of the wedding look! Hehehe…he’s so happy!

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Ok, let me look down a bit to make sure I’m not going to trip over anything. Sorry Mr. Ballet Flat, I’m really nervous here. I remember Daddy Ballet Flat was telling me to just breathe normally and most importantly, not to cry.

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After making it halfway down the aisle, it was time to embrace this walk, flash my groom a smile and work it! I got this…no tripping allowed!

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Whew! The finish line!

Daddy Ballet Flat happily flashed my groom a smile, a handshake-hug thing (you know how guys hug..it’s the cool thing to do), and gave me the biggest hug I’ve gotten from him since I graduated from college. 🙂

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Can we say SERIOUS butterflies here? This was the moment I first touched my groom at the wedding…wow! I was overwhelmingly happy here!

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Oh wow you guys, after 14 months of planning, tons of wedding dreams, this was real; it was finally time to get married!

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Stay tuned folks, there’s a ceremony about to take place!

Images courtesy of Amanda Meyer Photography

Previous Recaps:
Our NOLA Nuptials: The Bridals
Our NOLA Nuptials: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Our NOLA Nuptials: Practice Makes Perfect

Our NOLA Nuptials: It Was All a Blur
Our NOLA Nuptials: Poof, Spray and a Lie
Our NOLA Nuptials: The Finishing Touches


Our NOLA Nuptials: Some Afterthoughts

September 26, 2009

After we left the church, we stayed outside with all of our family and friends leaving the church to thank them. The photographer caught quite a few of these, but here are the most notable thoughts that I had going in my head during those Kodak moments.

Dearest Mizz K,
Thank you for allowing me to be a party pooper at 2am in NOLA. I know you gals could have lasted longer, but, check it out, I have no under-eye circles due to a serious lack of sleep. I also thank you for being SO helpful that morning of the wedding. My head was in Dreamland, so I needed a dose of reality.

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Dearest Miss R,
Thank you for being a great sister and friend. I know we’re almost 10 years apart, but me and you relate on so many other levels. I’m sure you are smiling here and repeatedly thanking Mr. Ballet Flat, because we once shared a room at our parent’s house and now it’s all yours. You’re welcome. 🙂

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My dear Memaw,
I know it was difficult for you, but I’m so glad that you were able to come to the rehearsal dinner AND the wedding! You looked so beautiful and super happy! I love you.

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My dearest best friend from high school,
Gosh doggit! You brought a cute, adorable baby to the wedding. I think I just melted. ::must resist baby fever::

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Dear Weather,
Thank you for steering away the impending tropical wave that was supposed to slam NOLA with rain. However, you didn’t have to be so extreme with the sun. Squinting and smiling is too difficult! I should have brought sunglasses.

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Stay tuned for a first look at our reception!

Images courtesy of Amanda Meyer Photography

Previous recaps:
Our NOLA Nuptials: The Bridals
Our NOLA Nuptials: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Our NOLA Nuptials: Practice Makes Perfect

Our NOLA Nuptials: It Was All a Blur
Our NOLA Nuptials: Poof, Spray and a Lie
Our NOLA Nuptials: The Finishing Touches
Our NOLA Nuptials: Walk it Out
Our NOLA Nuptials: Making it Official (Part 1)
Our NOLA Nuptials: Making it Official (Part 2)