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Rustic Southern Wedding at the Horse Farm

I could get lost in the brilliance of this wedding for hours. It has everything – a century-old horse farm, the Southern autumn, and Alyssa Arlene Events – all working in its favor. Even down to the bride’s daisy trimmed hairpiece from Root Floral Design, every detail is totally swoon-worthy. And there’s even a whole gallery of Erin and Geoffrey Photography’s photos for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!


From Erin And Geoffrey Photography… This gorgeous and rustic South Louisiana fall wedding was not only that, but historic. You see, the wedding took place at a historical landmark in Lafayette, LA widely known as the Horse Farm. The Horse Farm has been owned and operated by the local college since the early 1920′s, and we had the privilege of documenting the very first wedding held there in the 90+ years it’s been open, therefore making this amazing wedding a thing to remember. It rained on and off the day of their wedding in mid-October 2013, but the sun came out for the afternoon ceremony and throughout the evening reception, which pretty much makes up a typical Louisiana day, and also made everything look so warm and lush.

The bride and groom, Ashley and Mark-Allen, were amazing to work alongside with. When we think of easy-going and DIY couples, we automatically think of these two. Almost the entire wedding was DIY, from the 6 foot tall hand drawn chalkboard program her brother drew for the ceremony, down to each wooden log around the ceremony and reception that her father hand cut for her, even the ones the cake and desserts were set on.

When we arrived to start taking pictures of the bridal party getting ready at Mark-Allen’s parents home, Ashley spotted us and immediately ran to us, jumping and giggling. Ashley and her bridesmaids were stunning. Her dress was beyond beautiful and we fell in love with her flower crown, which was put together by her florist, Root Floral Design. Mark-Allen and his groomsmen looked dashing as well with their hand-picked wooden bow-ties to go along with their navy suits, a perfectly unique accessory.

She didn’t have a care in the world, and couldn’t wait to see Mark-Allen for their first look. She was so excited, in fact, that she kept saying, “I just want to see him, I just want to see him” and ran straight to him once he turned the corner where he picked her up and twirled her. After their first look, we took family pictures outside while the rain had stopped, and even got a few shots of them with their dog, Roux. The trolley then drove up and picked up the bridal party and headed over to the Horse Farm, where the ceremony awaited.

When we got to the Horse Farm, leading up to the ceremony location was hand-cut wooden signs, leading you to their wedding under the massive oak tree, where they would be exchanging vows. Ashley’s event planner Alyssa Arlene did an AMAZING job at putting everything together and making everything run so smoothly. As the ceremony started, Ashley’s father escorted her off the trolley and walked her down the isle while hearing her good friend sing and play on the guitar. They exchanged vows, shared their first kiss as husband and wife, and walked back down to the song “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, sung and played by her friend.

After taking a few pictures of just the two of them and seeing the magnolia tree they planted in honor of their marriage, we headed over to the reception, just a few yards away where the party started. There were so many highlights to the reception: When you arrived at the party, you signed in with a thumbprint tree and signing a Jenga piece, and they had a treasure chest of trinkets for each guest to take home as wedding favors. The band Krossfyre played sweet, soulful tunes that everyone danced to, the delicious southern Cajun food catered by Bon Temps Grill, and the yummy cake and dessert cupcakes made by one of Ashley’s close friends. 

A second rain storm quickly came rolling in about an hour before the grand exit, so Mark-Allen made quick arrangements to head over to The Office, a bar downtown just a few minutes down the road. So the bride and groom quickly jumped into the Rolls Royce Bentley they reserved for their exit and managed to make it there dry, where they along with their friends danced the night away, without a care in the world.

Event Planner: Alyssa Arlene Events | Florist: Root Floral Design | Caterer: Bon Temps Grill | Band: Krossfyre | Outdoor Ceremony/Reception: The Horse Farm

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Louisiana Rustic Chic Wedding Inspiration

Mondays call for a big ol’ dose of gorgeous inspiration, don’t you think? Well lucky for all of us, Brandi SmythMandy Cathey, and Silver Palate Cakery are serving up a big heaping helping of pretty so you kick off the work week in style. This gallery is the perfect compliment to your cup of jo, so dive right in here.

From Brandy Smyth PhotographyThis is an inspiration shoot with two very different looks! We had wonderful vendors that sent lots of dresses so we couldn’t help but to use 2 of our favorites! One look is more whimsical and soft while the other is bold and sexy. )

The shoot took place in Benton, LA in a field full of golden grass. We wanted to add pops of pretty colors so the florals are bright and cheerful yet subtle. We mixed together furniture and dishes, and topped the table with candle sticks, glass dome jars and lots of flowers. We displayed not one but 3 cakes on top of an old fireplace mantel set off in the distance. The bride first wore a Paolo Sebastion dress that was soft, whimsical and airy – her sheer grey dress matched the sky that day. Later in the evening to play up the golden setting she changed into a hand made dress – completely sheer see through beaded gold top with long flowing bands of chiffon on bottom, bold red lips, and a bouquet that went perfectly! (my personal favorite – such a unique dress this was!)

Photography: Brandi Smyth Photography | Floral Design: Mandy Cathey | Wedding Dress: Nearly Newlywed Boutique, New York - Paolo Sebastion Dress | Cake: Silver Palate Cakery | Hair & Makeup: Molly - Bel Viso Makeup Artistry | Grooms Attire: John Pickens - Tallia Suit | Bride's Hair Piece: Jannie Baltzer | Decor: Pursuing Eden Vintage Rentals | Invitation: Nealy - Chez Rivage | Wedding Dress 2: Hand Made By MD House In Europe - Etsy Vendor

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Gift Ideas for your Bridesmaids!

We’re all about gifting your girls pre-wedding. But let’s be real – finding that perfect something doesn’t always come easy. *Enter* A Pinch Of Lovely who’s here to share unique gift ideas your ‘maids will L-O-V-E. From the prettiest phone cases to a sparkly Kate Spade clutch, she’s taken the leg-work out of shopping and all you have to do is buy, wrap and go!

From A Pinch Of LovelyA girl’s bridesmaids are one of the most important (and first!) decisions a bride will make. Bridesmaids can be the operative difference in helping guide their BFFs wedding experience sail right into smooth waters. In addition to all of the emotional support, they also take on the huge monetary responsibility as being a member of the bridal party – the dress, the shoes, the showers – your maids deserve a little love too!

On the morning of the wedding or the night before, shower your maids with pretty gifts they can use both the day of the wedding and to keep forever, and don’t forget the bubbly and sweets! It’s a thoughtful gesture to thank your besties for their lifelong friendship, support of you and your groom’s relationship and all their assistance leading up to your big day.

Beauty products like flattering lip colors, body bronzer (this Kismet brand won’t budge until you wash it off) and girly polish will help your bridesmaids look their best all day long. Include a fragrance sample or two that you’ll think they will love. Also, picking product packaging with a touch of gold will feel oh-so-luxe!

One always-popular option is picking out coordinating jewelry for the bridesmaids to wear on the wedding day. Try to look for transitional pieces that can be re-worn afterwards. You can even choose individual pieces depending on each bridesmaid’s personal style – a bracelet for the friend who loves bracelet stacks and earrings for your more minimalistic maid. Jewelry lines that have many styles utilizing the same stones like Kendra Scott provide endless possibilities.

And, since your bridesmaids are always on the phone with you, treat your bridesmaids to personalized phone cases. These embossed leather cases by Graphic Image come in a rainbow of colors with the option of customization. Gold lettering can signify monograms, acronyms (like BFF) and words (like SIS for sisters or future sister-in-laws).

And finally, they are going to need somewhere to keep all of their new favorite gifts. A hand-painted jewelry box, sparkly clutch or pouch make for a thoughtful gift and a way to stay organized on the day of the wedding. Again, look for versatile styles that can double as a makeup pouch or a small, clutch so they can use your gift over and over again.

It’s easy to get caught up in the planning and countless decisions that need to be made, and that’s why your bridesmaids are there to help support you in the process. Remember to shower your BFFs with thoughtful gifts they can appreciate after the wedding and treasure for years to come!

Photography: A Pinch Of Lovely | Styling: A Pinch Of Lovely | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Bronzer: Kismet Cosmetics | Bronzer: Kismet Cosmetics | Glitter Clutch: Kate Spade | Gold Pouch: Target | IPhone Cases: Graphic Image | Lipsticks: Kismet Cosmetics | Painted Jewelry Boxes: A Pinch Of Lovely | Perfume : Joe Malone | Robes: Silk & More