Intimate Southern Houmas House Plantation Wedding | Renee & Carl
Married: May 25, 2019
Bridal Prep: Houmas House Plantation
Ceremony: Houmas House Plantation
Reception: Houmas House Plantation
Band / DJ: Complete Weddings & Events
Florist: Gena at Billy Heroman’s
Bakery: Bittersweet Confections
Hair: Deborah Dávid
Makeup: Deborah Dávid
Brides Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero
Bridesmaid Gown designer: Badgley Mischka
Bridal Boutique: Azarues Bridal & Formal
Stationary: Please & Thank You
How did you meet?
Through family friends 25 years ago but life sent us in different directions. We reconnected one year ago to the day we were married.
What is your favorite thing about each other? Share a personal story.
Our life together this past year has been our favorite thing. We’ve experienced too much to narrow it down to just one or two moments.
We had a fun filled year with both ups and some downs. We traveled by air, car & railroads. One of us even got her passport for the first time! We learned so much about each other. We mapped out our future and what we hoped for it to look like. We cooked, we shared holidays, we met family & we fell in love naturally.
How did the proposal go? Who proposed to who, were you surprised?
All I can say is his proposal was very intimate!
Where was your ceremony held and why did you pick this site?
Our ceremony was held at a plantation in south Louisiana called Houma’s House. We fell in love with the property during our first visit and instantly knew that was going to be our wedding site.
Where was your Reception held and why did you pick this site?
The reception was held at the plantation as well.
What unique or special things did you do at the reception?
We had so much fun at our reception – Photobooth, glow sticks, monogrammed lighting, family members singing to us as we danced, an impromptu second line and sparklers to end the night!
Pick one moment in the day that was your favorite thing?
Sitting back with my husband and having time to ourselves in the plantation before entering the reception.
Did it really go by as quickly as everyone says?
I did not feel as though it went by too fast while it was happening. I definitely made sure to take a moment and just simply look around, watch our guest dance & mingle and simply take it all in as it was happening.
What was the inspiration behind picking the color palette and decor that you picked?
Our colors were blush pink and gold with touches of blue. Pink is my favorite color. I had to have gold for the New Orleans Saints and blue is the grooms favorite color. It all worked beautifully!
From the Bride – When you first saw the groom, what were you thinking/feeling?
That I was the luckiest girl in the world. I truly felt loved.
From the groom – When you first saw the bride, what were you thinking/feeling?
She was so beautiful it brought me to tears.
Who was your baker, what was the flavor of your cake? Was it delicious?!
Our cake was from Bittersweet Confections on Magazine St in New Orleans. It was delicious and everyone raves over both the wedding AND the grooms cake!
Did you have a coordinator or did you plan everything yourself? If you didn’t have a coordinator any advice for brides planning their own wedding?
I planned everything myself & would not have changed a thing. I truly enjoyed watching all my hard work come together into a fun celebration. It’s not an easy job though and it did get stressful at times. We did have a coordinator who worked with us at the plantation and she was wonderful!
What was your first dance song? Why this song?
Natalie Cole – “This Will be an Everlasting Love”
Band or DJ? Did they rock it?
Ryan with Complete Wedding & Events absolutely ROCKED it!!!
We want to hear YOUR advice for future brides.
Take a moment to sit back, look around and just take it all in! From the prep and planning, to the showers and the big day itself. Don’t forget to look around and SEE it all.