Weddings should always be tailored to you as a couple – to the things you enjoy and the things that make you happy. Diana and Thomas definitely understood this when planning their very family-centered wedding last weekend, which was on 12-11-21, a palindrome. A palindrome, if you don’t know, is a word or sequence that is the same forwards and backward. It was so enjoyable to be part of a celebration where the couple was surrounded by such a large and loving family and you couldn’t tell the difference between the bride’s side and the groom’s side because they all blended so seamlessly.
Diana’s day began by getting ready at her parent’s house with her sister, sister-in-law, and her nieces along with her mom and pop. Small bridal parties usually equal a very relaxed, laid-back atmosphere during the getting ready part of the day and this was no exception. There was some special champagne and everyone took part in getting Diana dressed, including her nieces, Hannah and Lily. There was obviously a very sweet bond between them and their Aunt Diana.
Thomas’ day was equally relaxing as he and his brothers, dad, brother-in-law, and nephews hung out right across the street from the church – no way could they be late to the ceremony when it was just steps away! I think Thomas’ attire deserves a special mention as well. His custom suit was designed completely by him and had so many neat details, including his signature and their wedding date in Diana’s handwriting. He also had a special bottle of liquor, a gift from Diana – Glenmorangie Signet Scotch.
Father Andre’ Melancon, who went to the same high school as the couple, performed their ceremony at St. Bernadette Church in Houma. Their priest isn’t the only connection they have with this local church. Diana’s sister, Elise, is the assistant principal at the school and her godmother also works there. There is also a long legacy of family members who have attended school there as well, including the bride.
After the ceremony, everyone headed over to Cuvee Wine Bar in Thibodaux – the perfect location for a small wedding reception. Diana and Thomas opted for brunch, their favorite meal, and pie instead of cake. Two more unique touches made their wedding day about them and what they love. The only problem with their choice of pie instead of cake is that there were EIGHT different kinds to choose from – how could anybody make a choice like that?! Speaking of unique touches, I forgot to mention the bouquets – they were custom wooden flower bouquets made by Southern Blooms Co and so pretty!
All of the guests enjoyed just being together and catching up as well as listening to and sometimes dancing to music by Matt Bourgeois. The kids seemed to especially enjoy themselves playing outside on the artificial turf patio! I also have to mention that the weather was supposed to be bad but it turned out to be a beautiful day with only a tiny bit of drizzle after the ceremony!
Normally the end of a wedding day is the last time I’ll see the bride and groom, at least for a while, until maybe when they have kids later in life. But because Diana was busy with school up until the day before the wedding, we still have bridal portraits and engagement photos to schedule, so I’m excited to see her and Thomas again in the next few months!
Congrats you guys – have a Merry Christmas and I’ll see you in the New Year!
Ceremony: St. Bernadette Catholic Church
Reception: Cuvee Wine Bar and Bistro
Wedding Dress: Weddings by Debbie, Katy, TX
Hair and Make-Up: Posh Salon and Spa, Jena
Bridesmaids Dresses: JJ’s House
Florist: Southern Blooms Co and Blooming Orchid
Groom’s Attire: Luca Falcone Custom Clothiers
Pies: Joe Yesso
Band: Matt Bourgeois
Second Photographer: Amanda Broussard