In the eye of the storm

Couples hope when selecting that special day; one out of 365, that perfection will follow and all things will come together. As a planner I stray away from optimism, and try to think of everything. Often staying up late strategizing on plan b; negotiating with the florist, the caterers, the venue and others so that you don’t have to. Working on the fly to switch gears and execute the event with minimal disruptions. If there is one piece of advice that I can give my clients it is: panic does nothing to change the outcome of your event and this is so important to remember.

Repeat this through the planning process, make this your mantra, heck, let’s monogram it on some napkins if that helps! Trust me, if clouds start looming, a vendor falls through, or God forbid, a wardrobe malfunction occurs the day of or even the week before your big day; don’t panic; go to your planner, explain your concerns and sit back while we work to ease the anxiety. It’s very likely we already have a plan for what you are thinking of!

Nearing the eve of Ashley & Brian’s big day Hurricane Harvey was predicted to make landfall on the Louisiana coast. Weather predictions aside; Ashley kept calm, her preparedness allowed her to focus on what was really important; the union between her and Brian, all the family that came together and the future that would follow with Brian by her side.

Ashley and Brian were lucky enough to be the first wedding with new owners at Masion de Macarty; a Bed & Breakfast. After receiving an extreme facelift; this staff proved to be an ease to work with. Our teams were tasked with turning the ceremony configuration into the reception space with a 20 minute time limit. It was all hands on deck in the 100+ degree heat, setting up a 100+ seated dinner arrangement all the while, changing the floor plan in response to unforeseen issues.

Despite the things that could have gone wrong and were out of this couple’s control; that wasn’t their focus. Their demeanour, trust in each other, supportive family and reliance on me as their planner, made their special day come together flawlessly. With the culmination at the end of the night the wedding party, guests and family, jumping in the pool, celebrating with style! Talk about an unplanned event, but worth a lifetime of memories.

 Having the time during your day to share a secret and a cocktail with your maid of honor is priceless. It is a balancing act to make sure you enjoy your day, interact with your guests, and take it all in. Work with me on how we can make sure you can navigate the event and feel as though you get the most out of a cocktail hour and reception. Captured By:  Becky Cooper Photography

Having the time during your day to share a secret and a cocktail with your maid of honor is priceless. It is a balancing act to make sure you enjoy your day, interact with your guests, and take it all in. Work with me on how we can make sure you can navigate the event and feel as though you get the most out of a cocktail hour and reception. Captured By: Becky Cooper Photography

 The smiles shared in this moment speak for themselves. Hand in hand down the aisle this proud father is able to escort Ashley to her groom and support her through this new chapter of her life. If you are admiring the bride’s bouquet, send compliments to  Pistil & Stamen , for the bride’s bouquet and the boutonnieres. The centerpieces on the tables were a creation of Ashle, her mother and the bridesmaids; a great bonding experience and creative way to infuse a personal touch in the days’ details. Captured By:  Becky Cooper Photography

The smiles shared in this moment speak for themselves. Hand in hand down the aisle this proud father is able to escort Ashley to her groom and support her through this new chapter of her life. If you are admiring the bride’s bouquet, send compliments to Pistil & Stamen, for the bride’s bouquet and the boutonnieres. The centerpieces on the tables were a creation of Ashle, her mother and the bridesmaids; a great bonding experience and creative way to infuse a personal touch in the days’ details. Captured By: Becky Cooper Photography

 Leading the charge the second line band;  Kinfolk Brass Band , lead Ashley and Brian through the streets of New Orleans. A tradition, I personally had at my wedding, and wouldn’t trade for the world! Ashley and Brian can feel the support of their family and friends behind them and start the celebration off with a bang! Captured By:  Becky Cooper Photography

Leading the charge the second line band; Kinfolk Brass Band, lead Ashley and Brian through the streets of New Orleans. A tradition, I personally had at my wedding, and wouldn’t trade for the world! Ashley and Brian can feel the support of their family and friends behind them and start the celebration off with a bang! Captured By: Becky Cooper Photography

 I love when these moments are captured; only Ashley and Brian know what they were thinking and talking about on this walk; and it should stay that way! If you know me; I hold those private moments in very high regard and will work extraordinarily hard for my clients to have those moments during their day. Captured By:  Becky Cooper Photography

I love when these moments are captured; only Ashley and Brian know what they were thinking and talking about on this walk; and it should stay that way! If you know me; I hold those private moments in very high regard and will work extraordinarily hard for my clients to have those moments during their day. Captured By: Becky Cooper Photography

 The  Masion de Macarty  property was perfect for this intimate gathering; a dynamic space that allowed for everyone to celebrate together, but also provided corners and curves for private conversations, shared laughs and great photo opportunities. The pool was taken advantage of by night's end. . .luckily there isn’t photographic evidence of those shenanigans! Captured By:  Becky Cooper Photography

The Masion de Macarty property was perfect for this intimate gathering; a dynamic space that allowed for everyone to celebrate together, but also provided corners and curves for private conversations, shared laughs and great photo opportunities. The pool was taken advantage of by night's end. . .luckily there isn’t photographic evidence of those shenanigans! Captured By: Becky Cooper Photography

 I use this as a barometer of the couple; do they politely use forks, delicately feed each other, select an appropriate bite size piece, or are they a mouthful, handful cake in the face, couple? It’s a mystery until this time during the day, and I look forward to it at each wedding! Captured By:  Becky Cooper Photography

I use this as a barometer of the couple; do they politely use forks, delicately feed each other, select an appropriate bite size piece, or are they a mouthful, handful cake in the face, couple? It’s a mystery until this time during the day, and I look forward to it at each wedding! Captured By: Becky Cooper Photography