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Louisiana Backyard Wedding

There are less than two weeks of summer left, but we can’t think of a better way to bid adieu to the warm and colorful season than with this wedding from Cassidy Carson Photography. Allyson and Heath’s big day was a match made in citrus tone heaven, with the most gorgeous pinks, yellows, and oranges as far as the eye can see thanks to the styling and floral arrangements from Debbie Ahrens Designs and Flowerbox Design. Let’s jump in:

Louisiana backyard wedding - photo by Cassidy Carson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/louisiana-backyard-wedding

From the bride, Allyson: In 2010 Heath and I met at a small Christian college in Louisiana. He was THE guy to date at our small college and what the heck would he see in me to choose me from all the other ladies. Finally after I went on a 2 week trip out of the country Heath finally came around and opened his eyes to how hard I had been trying to gain his attention and how head over heels I was for him. The Spring of 2012 he asked me to be his girlfriend. 2 years later we were hitched. Ever since I was a little girl I had always said I was going to get married at my parents’ house. Heath knew that was a dream of mine, but since my oldest sister was married there the summer of 2013, I let my pride have the best of me and decided I could NOT get married in the same place. So since Heath knew how dear and special the place was to me he decided he would propose there instead. 2 weeks after the proposal I couldn’t decide on a location and my mom finally talked some sense into me, (it helps that she is super creative and can envision just about anything) and we decided June 14, 2014 would only be perfect and exactly what we were wanting in my parents front yard.

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groom getting ready - photo by Cassidy Carson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/louisiana-backyard-wedding

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pink peony bouquets - photo by Cassidy Carson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/louisiana-backyard-wedding
Flower recipe: My florist was by far the BEST. I showed Lacey a few pictures and ideas that I wanted, very big and whimsical and boy did she give me waaaayyyy more than I envisioned. She used peonies, tulips, hydrangeas, ranunculus, garden roses, cabbage roses, and lots of others. To add a special touch to the bouquets we had the girls’ initials monogrammed on ribbons and tied them around the bottom.

bridesmaids with balloons - photo by Cassidy Carson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/louisiana-backyard-wedding

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ceremony processional - photo by Cassidy Carson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/louisiana-backyard-wedding

Louisiana backyard ceremony - photo by Cassidy Carson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/louisiana-backyard-wedding

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Louisiana backyard wedding - photo by Cassidy Carson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/louisiana-backyard-wedding

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pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Cassidy Carson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/louisiana-backyard-wedding

Deciding on wedding details and big things was such a hard thing for me, but what can I say, I had been waiting for this day since I can’t even remember. My mom would buy me wedding magazines for my 12th birthday… 10 years later my dreams were finally becoming reality. I knew I wanted all things to be timeless, classy, southern, and FUN. I wanted a bright, fun, loving summer wedding. A lot of my inspiration came from J. Crew, wedding blogs, and other fun photographers. I chose to go with yellow, orange, and all shades of pink. I let my bridesmaids choose their own dresses, and the men wore khaki dress pants with chambray ties. Flowerbox Designs did an impeccable job and Debbie Ahrens Design, between the two of them, they made all my dreams come true. We also decided to plant a tree during our ceremony. It was something different we could do to literally watch grow as we grow in our relationship and marriage over the years. In Exodus, when God parted the Red Sea he told the people to build an alter to remember the promise he made with them. We wanted to have something we could always look back on and see the exact spot where we made our commitment with each other and God.

Louisiana backyard wedding - photo by Cassidy Carson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/louisiana-backyard-wedding

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Louisiana backyard wedding - photo by Cassidy Carson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/louisiana-backyard-wedding

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Louisiana backyard wedding - photo by Cassidy Carson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/louisiana-backyard-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It doesn’t have to be stressful. Make the best, wisest decisions that fit your budget, and get what you want within that. Something that held me back so often with making decisions was if everyone else was going to like what I had chosen and mostly the other women. But the reality of it is, all brides think their wedding is and was the best. And you know what, I was going to think the same about mine, and I do. So brides, DO WHAT YOU WANT. Also, try to include the groom in some decisions. His suit, his cake, first dance song, ceremony events. Heath loved getting to be a part of some of the sweet moments.

Louisiana backyard wedding - photo by Cassidy Carson Photography http://ruffledblog.com/louisiana-backyard-wedding

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Wedding Music:
Family and Groom’s Processional: “A Difference Maker,” Needtobreathe
Bridal Party Processional: “Those Who Wait,” Bethany Dillion
Bride’s Processional: “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” Kari Jobe
Ceremony: “10,000 Reasons,” Matt Redmond
Recessional: “Young, Dumb, and In Love,” Mat Kearney
First Dance: “A Place Only You Can Go,” Needtobreathe

Wedding Location: Bentley, LA / Photographer: Cassidy Carson Photography / Wedding Day Coordinating and Decor: Debbie Ahrens Designs / Flowers: Flowerbox Design / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals / Veil: Bride’s mother’s / Shoes: Dressy Shoes / Jewelry: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Express / Caterer: Outlaw’s BBQ / Wedding Cake: Marybeth Coleman (bridesmaid) and Whole Foods / Ceremony Musicians: Cameron Weatherford, Caroline Denton, Zachary Mullis, and Katy James / Reception Music: Aaron Watson and friends / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Jake Dugard Designs / Calligraphy: Shannan Inman with Paper Glaze Calligraphy and Rachel Gulotta / Videographer: Film | Baron

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Inspiration

Photos By: Bret Cole

We’re making our way towards the cooler weather of fall, and when we see shoots like this one from Bret Cole, Jan Hatch & Gayle Jarrett of California Vintage Rentals + Design, and Wanda’s Flower Shop, we can’t help but get even more excited to brew up some hot cocoa and pull out our cushy sweaters. Some inspiring floral design, a drool-worthy wedding cake, and a Monique Lhuillier gown all add up to pure wedding magic here!

Lake Tahoe wedding inspiration - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

From the photographer, Bret Cole: The stylist (Jan Hatch) and I wanted to come up with a look that was clean, but unstructured. Organic, but with touches of rustic elegance that fits Tahoe. We chose a lot of plants that are native to the Tahoe area to include in the floral arrangements, and the sleek lines and warm woods of our mid-century modern furniture flowed well with the Resort’s style. When I pitched it to the marketing team at Squaw Creek, they loved it. I chose the models and vendors who joined us, and they deserve big props. I think they did an amazing job!

geometric inspired invitations - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

greenery crown - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

diamond rings - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

modern wedding invitations - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

mountain wedding ceremony - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

wedding ceremony - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

summery wedding bouquet - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

fall wedding receptions - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

Monique Lhuillier gowns - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

drink tables - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

rustic wedding ideas - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

wood slice signs - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

fall wedding inspiration - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

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mr and mrs signs - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

paper table numbers - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

tiered wedding cakes - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

Lake Tahoe wedding inspiration - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration

floral centerpieces - photo by Bret Cole http://ruffledblog.com/lake-tahoe-wedding-inspiration


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Shoot Location: Olympic Valley, CA / Photographer: Bret Cole / Event Stylist: Jan Hatch & Gayle Jarrett of California Vintage Rentals + Design / Florist: Wanda’s Flower Shop / Venue and Wedding Cake: The Resort at Squaw Creek / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Hair: Kabra Steinberg Moss of Maple + Moss / Makeup: Eliza Veal / Wedding Invitations: Olive & Emerald / Letterpress: Sugar Plum Invitations / Models: Ashley Mangus & Benjamin Crawford

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