Chad & Megan's Car Show Wedding in Monroe, Louisiana

Chad & Megan’s West Monroe Convention Center wedding was incredible. Remember Megan’s bridal portrait session? If you loved the car shot at the end, then you’ll *love* their reception set up!

They chose Megan’s favorite colors, blue and silver, to decorate and showcase their love of cars. Some of the bridesmaids even dubbed it the “Winter Wonderland Car Show” wedding. 


I love telling a couple’s story while incorporating the details they’ve chosen. I couldn’t resist snagging an image of their rings on this Hot Wheels Camaro! 


Next, I headed out to their show cars. With so many options, it was fun to get creative with their details. 

Megan was cool as a cucumber before her ceremony! She had a great time with her family and bridesmaids getting hair and makeup done for the wedding.

Once they were all ready, Chad & Megan wanted to be together but still have the first look as she walked down the aisle. We found the perfect spot for them to hold hands, talk, and calm each other’s nerves.  


The ceremony had a gorgeous backdrop of doors and pallets covered in white Christmas lights. Megan’s father walked her down the aisle to “Bridal March” by Vicente Avella.  


Everything went off without a hitch and it was time to party! The reception hall was framed with show cars, both their own and their friends’. Blue uplighting added to the atmosphere and transformed the entire room. Each table was named after a car brand with their emblem attached to wintery signs.

While guests were busy with the car hood ‘sign-in book’ (I know…SUPER cool!) and finding their seats, I snuck Chad & Megan back into the ceremony area for some portraits. I couldn’t resist using their gorgeous backdrop & giving them some time to enjoy a few moments alone as husband and wife. 

I’m totally convinced no reception is complete without karaoke now! Everyone had a blast getting up to perform, but the groomsmen rendition of Backstreet Boys took the cake! 

Speaking of cake…Chad and Megan enjoyed not one, but TWO cake cuttings (and smashings!). Patty Cakes designed an elegant 4 tier blue & navy cake for the first cutting. Then, they dove into the car themed grooms cake. You’d think Chad learned his lesson the first time around, but Megan got him twice- and I’m not complaining- it made for some hilarious images! 


Before their grand exit, we snagged a few images with their show cars. The dramatic lighting and crisp design of the cars made for the perfect photo op. 


At the end of the night, Chad & Megan made their great escape through *tons* of confetti. It was the perfect send off to a perfect day!  


We asked Megan for some words of wisdom to future brides…”The best advice I could give future brides is just relax. It will seem like anything and everything will go wrong on your big day but it will all just work itself out! I felt like there was a lot of stuff I could have stressed about but I didn’t let it get to me. Between my amazing bridal party and my mother, they made sure everything was perfect!” 
Chad advises grooms to “…enjoy the day! All the planning may be stressful but your wedding day is a time to enjoy all the hard work you and your fiance (now wife) put into having the best wedding day possible.” 

Chad & Megan are looking forward to building cars, shows, and road trips together. They’re headed off to their Florida honeymoon in June! 
Mr. & Mrs. Holloway, thank you so much for allowing me to play a role in your wedding day. It was honor to capture this milestone in your lives together! 


Venue & Catering: West Monroe Convention Center
Dress designer: Kenneth Winston  
Dress boutique: Azarue’s
Florist: Amy Owens
Cake designer: Patty Cakes
Band/DJ: Mike McKenzie
Videography: Change Allmon
Make-up artist: Debbie Pilcher
Hairstylist: Brittany Dye


Scottish Rite Wedding // Shreveport, Louisiana

When Douglas and Hannah had their first coffee date, neither of them know that they were starting an incredible love story.
Every part of their wedding day was perfect- from the jewel tone decor to the Disney music during the ceremony, you could feel their personalities in every detail.
Hannah, I hope you never forget the way he looked at you as you walked up the aisle toward you. I tear up just thinking about it! Douglas, you hang onto this girl- she may be the only person in the world who laughs at your jokes (even if it's only occasionally).

Thank you for letting me a part of your love story.

A huge thank you to everyone who made this day perfect for Douglas & Hannah!

Venue: Scottish Rite Temple
Hairstylist & Makeup artist: Lauren Weithaup
Videographer: Clay and Victoria Production
Band: Harmon Drew Band
Wedding gown: Bella Amore Bridals
Florist: Flower Power
Caterer: Savoie's
Cake designer: Southern Charm Cakery
Photographer: Daylight Fading Photography

Hannah's Bridal Portraits at Logan Mansion and CedarCroft Plantation

Hannah married her prince charming this weekend, and I'm so excited to finally share her beautiful bridal portraits!

We started her bridal session in the historic Logan Mansion, an 1897 Queen Anne Victorian home located in the heart of Shreveport. Legend says that it's haunted by a little girl, and we did hear some strange noises while we were there! Is it haunted? I guess you'll have to go see for yourself!

We then traveled to CedarCroft Plantation in Greenwood for sunset portraits. CedarCroft is one of my favorite wedding and portrait venues because the large property has countless options for photo locations. I've been several times and I've still only photographed about a quarter of the property!

Hannah, thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding story. Your wedding was amazing and I can't wait to finish your photos!

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
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
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

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
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!