Kristen + Michael

Hello!!! It's been SO SO long since I have posted. Things have been crrrrrazy around here! When you are actually working and taking care of brides, sometimes the blogging gets put on the back burner. If you know me, I'm a total control freak and can't just yet let anyone blog for me. I love to give me little insights on the memories I had with each wedding, so who better else to blog besides yours truly? Anyways, I am back..for now! Fall is approaching and I'm sure things will get crazy again.

This wedding is the fabulous wedding of Kristen and Michael. I cannot begin to tell you how amazingly, wonderful, awesome, loving this bride and her entire family his. Kristen's mother, "Momma Peel", was just a blessing. Having families who are loving and appreciative of our work just makes things beyond amazing. Kristen is a great example of how every bride should be on her wedding day. She left the worrying, stress, anxiety with me and she focused on having a great day. Not only does this reflect in the mood/atmosphere, but you really do have better pictures!!!! I love you Kristen!

Kristen's ceremony and reception were both at The Royal Sonesta. Kristen's fiance'(now husband) Michael is a yankee so Kristen decoded to go with a traditional seated dinner. With 100 guest and full seating, the ballroom looked amazing. Gorgeous, actually! Words can't describe how great everything looked. Let's start with some pictures-

An all bouquet of pink peonies? Yes Please! Fleur Du Jour florist did an amazing job on the flowers.How cute are those shoes? Stevie Ramos Photography always finds creative ways to capture the details.

This dress was perfect for Kristen. It fit her like a glove. It's amazing how you can see a dress and tell who it belongs to. The ruffles captured her personality and the drop waist showed off a little sexy. Love it!
And this would be gorgeous "Momma Peel" that I was talking about. Love that Stevie caught her reaction to Kristen fully dressed on camera.
  No words for this...
And this is Mr. Yankee himself, Michael. He loves Kristen so can see it through pictures later on!
Kristen and Michael decided to do a "first look" session. I love these because it takes the edge off an already nervous bride, helps timeline creation beyond belief, and gets all those other pictures out of the way so you can get to your party sooner than later. Here are a few....feel the love!

Now onto the ceremony. Kristen and Michael decided to write their own vows. Kristen's made everyone(even the strongest of men) break down in tears...and Michael's...well..the picture explains it all! 
So funny! And then we get to him making us all cry too...I love their love.
Sealed with a kiss!
We did a traditional hour long cocktail hour. Kristen and Michael swept away for a few private moments and the rest of the crowd got to enjoying the amazing food and drinks. Kristen and Michael also had a custom logo made just for them (a must) and we used it EVERYWHERE! It's all about tying everything together and making it YOURS! I'll show you a few pictures of the ballroom pre-guest entering. I hope you love them just as much as I do <3

Gorgeous, right? The details were on every table and it all tied together perfectly. So happy with the way everything turned out, and it was even better once Kristen and Michael saw it for the first time. Now onto their first dance. Ah, I normally don't separate pictures like this but their first dance pictures are just to die for. You can really feel the love...

After this, the bride wanted to make sure everyone had a blast. Enough with the seated dinners and cocktail music, they were ready to party! The Bucktown Allstars did not disappoint! Once the party got rolling it didn't stop until the lights went on! 

Kristen and Michael left the reception traditional NOLA style with a secondline, and continued in their after hours party suite. What a wedding!

On a serious note, this wedding really was special. Both sets of families were so welcoming and loving. They are truly blessed to have found one another, and I am so so thankful and honored to have been chosen to help them along the way. It's always hard saying goodbye to a bride, esp one that lives out of state. I'll forever cherish these pictures. This is one of those weddings that truly, truly, TRULY makes me realize just how special my job is. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

I promise to blog more as I get pictures in! Be sure to follow us so you can get the latest! In the meantime..Happy Planning!

Merideth <3

Planning & Design- Belle Soiree'
Photographer-Stevie Ramos
Ceremony/Reception- The Royal Sonesta
Florals- Fleur du jour LLC
Photobooth- Red Eye Photobooth
Band- The Bucktown Allstars
Hair/Make up- Blush and Bashful