St. Francis de Sales Wedding – Sarah and Clay

December 6, 2022

I’m a sucker for a good love story – especially one that begins with high school sweethearts!   Sarah and Clay met and dated when they were in high school (even though they lived almost 30 minutes apart), attended LSU together, graduated college, and are now married!  I can’t imagine how sweet and special it is to be married to the person that you have so many milestone memories with – such a special and rare relationship.  You top that off with a proposal in Epcot (my favorite of the Disney parks) and a honeymoon in Jamaica (again, one of my favorite places), and it just doesn’t get any better than that!

Sarah and Clay’s wedding at St. Francis Cathedral was absolutely beautiful.  When I walked into the cathedral, my mouth dropped as I took in the candlelit aisle – it created such an intimate moment in such a large space.  Nick Hebert really did an amazing job with the decor and florals – he truly did “work his magic,” as Sarah put it.   Their reception was held at the Houma Civic Center, and once again, I was just blown away by the atmosphere created by Nick’s decor.  I really wish I had gone before the reception and captured the space before the guests had arrived.   This very large space had plenty of room for all of the guests but still had a very cozy, intimate feel.   Gold, candlelight, greenery, ivory – gorgeous little vignettes everywhere you looked with varying heights of centerpieces, a display of photos behind the bar, comfortable seating areas – it was just stunning.    The dance floor area was definitely my favorite part.   There was a custom dance floor with string lights overhead which created the perfect spot for the guests to enjoy the amazing Souled Out!  In addition to Nick Hebert, we got to work with another favorite vendor of ours, Moss + Magnolia Media.  Lara is always so much fun to work with and this time we also got to work with her fiance’ Colin.  They will be celebrating their own wedding in just a couple of weeks and I couldn’t be more excited for them!

Not only was the reception beautiful and tons of fun, but there were also special moments throughout as well.  Sarah and Clay’s first dance started out sweet as most first dances do, but then the music abruptly changed as they pulled out sunglasses and then treated the guests to a medley of popular dance moves.  It was so entertaining and fun to watch these 2 perform their routine, which Sarah said took them 3 days to learn and perfect.   This was followed by probably the sweetest father-daughter dance I can remember in a long time.   Sarah and her dad danced to a song that was written specifically for them with the help of her dad.  How many daughters can say their dad helped write them a special song?   It truly was the sweetest song and something she will cherish for the rest of her life.

After all the dances, cake cutting, and other typical wedding events, the guests had a blast dancing the night away to the amazing talent of Souled Out.  They were such a fun band and they kept the crowd dancing late into the night, ending with a second line straight outside to end the reception.  The guests were also able to refuel with hot dogs from a Lucky Dog stand!  At the end, Sarah and Clay had a private last dance, just the two of them in their own little world while vendors cleaned up around them.   This is such a sweet trend that couples have been doing – the perfect way to just decompress and truly soak in the last moments of their wedding day.  When the song was over, they exited through a line of sparklers and headed off to Jamaica for their honeymoon!   Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Knight!

Ceremony:  St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, Houma
Reception:  Houma Civic Center
Wedding Dress:  The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe
Hair & Make-Up:  Glam on Location
Florals and Decor:  Nick J Hebert Interior and Event Design
Invitation:  Amber Leblanc Studio
Groom’s Attire:  Tuxedos to Geaux, Metairie
Cake:  The Cake Shop, Lockport
Band:  Souled Out
Catering:  360 Catering
Coordinator:  Nick Hebert
Videographer:  Moss + Magnolia Media
Second Photographer:  Amanda Broussard


The wedding cake featured Sarah and Clay’s dogs, Dot and Thunder

I also got to see one of my past brides, Lerin, with her parents.  Lerin and Cameron were married 2 years ago and were one of the reasons Sarah and Clay booked us for their wedding!

Nick Hebert with his sister, Claire, who was one of Sarah’s bridesmaids.