"Remember you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine."

Are y'all ready for this?! *Chair dances*

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Last summer, a group of local vendors and I started collaborating on a stylized photoshoot. These are such a unique creative outlet and a wonderful way to see a vision brought to life. Our plans were sadly halted by a major flood in Baton Rouge, ruining the wedding gown & most of the props. But, we didn't let that stop our dream!

Months later we were able to join together again and move forward. On February 5, 2017, we headed to a private residence in Denham Springs. Everyone showed up ready to work & make magic. All in all the shoot lasted about 7 hours and involved a lot of work, and even more laughs. We had everything from cake, to décor, to hair & make-up, to stationary, and more. Look out for these images to be featured soon in Southern Celebrations Magazine!

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Each bride chooses her details for a reason. Drawing out her beauty & personality is always my number one goal, but I love capturing the thoughtfully chosen elements in a way that tells a bride's story.

The best part?! Mon Cheri recently shared the shoot over on their blog! Talk about all the happy chair dances. I'm thrilled to have showcased the dress in a way that makes the designer proud.

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How incredible are these intricate details?

 

This is definitely one for the books. <3

Huge thank you to all our vendors:
Concept & Design: Southern Celebrations Magazine
Dress: David Tutera For Mon Cheri at Shea Couture
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Kiss & Makeup Full Service Studio
Floral: The Floral Cottage Florist
Cake Designer: Fairy Dust Cakes
Rentals: Antiques at the Crossroads
Invitations: Invitobella, LLC
Styling Assistance: Poppy Lane Events, LLC

Vintage Woodlands Romance

From the breathtaking Windsor Ruins to the gorgeous gowns courtesy of Magnolia Mairee Bridal Boutique, Virginia of A Day To Remember Wedding & Event Planning, LLC brought magic and whimsy into this styled editorial. I am very honored to have been a part of it!

You can see the full editorial in Volume III of Southern Celebrations Magazine.

"Fierce. Beauty. Vintage. Woodlands. Romance. When you're madly in love, your romantic aura is fierce! You want to capture that essence for eternity.

For this inspirational shoot, Windsor Ruins in Port Gibson, Mississippi caught our attention. Its history is magnificent. To have lived in that era would've been ideal, to have seen the Ruins at their best.

It was said to be one of the largest antebellum homes overlooking the river! It survived wars and at one point was used as a make-shift hospital for wounded soldiers. Yet a lonely cigarette from a guest, caused Windsor Plantation to burn to the ground, leaving behind only the columns that stand today.

We used two different brides and grooms for this shoot, each couple tells their own story through the beautifully captured photos by Daylight Fading Photography. Our first couple, Brooke Allen and Matt Waldrop, had an intimate dinner prepared by Indulgence Fine Catering, Macadamia crusted salmon with lobster broth and buckwheat noodles. Their sweet-heart tablescape was styled by A Day To Remember Wedding & Event Planning, LLC. Virginia wanted to capture the surrounding woodlands and bring it to the table. The tablescape was completed with gorgeous floral designs by The Floral Cottage. Their wedding cake tells a story of its own! Kyleen Kiger-Smith, owner of Fairy Dust Cakes, captured the Ruins and columns beautifully, without taking away from the landscape.

We hope you're inspired by this shoot! Our fabulous creative team worked long and hard to capture the beauty of the surrounding woodlands of Windsor Ruins.

-Virginia Conway Buckner, Editor
Southern Celebrations Magazine

Guest Blog - Average Wedding Costs in Louisiana

We've compiled the average cost of having a wedding in Louisiana based off figures from The Wedding Market and from averages we know of in our area for 2015 weddings with a 200 person guest count. 

Now remember, these are averages, and not every wedding is the same. Many of you will spend a lot less than the average, some by half. Some wedding couples will spend more or less in different categories. How does your wedding add up?

Market Average    $40,693

Attire & Accessories
Dress Accessories    $226
Tuxedo/suit/other Accessories    $101
Tuxedo/suit/other Rent/purchase    $203
Wedding Dress/es    $1,226
    
Beauty & Spa
Hair Service    $66
Makeup Service    $105
Manicure & Pedicure    $44
    
Entertainment
DJ    $728
Live Band    $1,706
Musician/s, Soloist, or Ensemble    $611
    
Flowers & Decorations
Boutonnieres, Corsages    $144
Bridal Bouquet    $148
Bridesmaid Bouquets    $179
Event Decorations    $446
Event Table Centerpieces    $1223
Flower Girl Flowers    $85
Flower Petals    $95
    
Gifts & Favors
Gift/s for Attendants    $104
Gift/s for Parents    $120
Tips (for all services)    $485
Wedding Favors    $235
    
Invitations
Ceremony Programs    $121
Engagement Announcements    $105
Guest Book    $59
Invitations & Reply Cards    $228
Postage    $106
Reception Menus    $124
Save the Date Cards    $112
Table Name and Escort/place Cards    $83
Thank You Cards    $89
 

Jewelry
Engagement Ring    $3,386
Wedding Bands    $1,254
    
Photography & Video
Digital or Photo cd/dvd    $305
Engagement Session    $396
Prints and/or Enlargements    $237
Wedding album/s or photo book/s    $428
Wedding Photographer    $2,344
Wedding Videographer    $1,068
    
Planner/Consultant
A La Carte Services    $957
Day of Coordinator    $825
For Getting Started    $883
Full Service    $2,886
Month of Direction    $1,085
    
Venue, Catering & Rentals
Ceremony Officiator    $208
Event Accessories    $325
Event Bar Service    $2,378
Event Food Service    $4,771
Event Location    $3,628
Event Rentals    $1,719
Hotel Room for After Reception    $309
Limo Rental    $480
Other Transportation    $515
Rehearsal Dinner    $577
Wedding Cake/dessert    $422


Written by Virginia Conway, owner of A Day to Remember - Wedding & Event Planning, LLC and Publisher of Southern Celebrations Magazine. Get your copy of Volume III by clicking the image below!