I would have thought my day would have been hectic, crazy, & stressful but it was none of those things, it was the most relaxing day I could have hoped for. I had a great morning with the girls getting all dressed up, makeup and hair. I was never nervous or anything. Not until I got to the church.
I probably paced a hole in the floor of the waiting room the girls and I had to wait in. I was so excited and anxious to see him that I paced for what seemed like eternity, while applying lip gloss at least 30 times. All of that melted away the instant I saw him though with his nervous, cheesy smile. He had a grin from ear to ear and from the moment my dad gave me away to Cody on the altar, the nervousness and anxiousness feel away to complete joy, there were nonstop smiles and laughing from then on out. Our wedding flew by; it literally felt like 15 minutes. Cody of course talked the entire time we were on the altar. He could not wait to tell me all about his day! I remember after, when we got to the reception we had at least 20 people ask us what the heck he was talking to me about. Our photographer even has a shot of me where I am clearly smiling and shh’ing him at the same time. We also had a good laugh when we said our vows and when Cody blurted out, “that was a great kiss!” after our first kiss. It was a very relaxed, laid back wedding where I’m sure everyone saw how comfortable we are with each other.
Next, the reception, where we had plenty of cake, food, goodies, dancing and drinking. We went a nontraditional way and had guests sign plates that I had made at Clayfish Bisque, instead of signing books. We also had a sweets table with both of our favorite candies that was wiped out by the end of the night. We danced our first dance to “I have and I always will” by Dave Barnes and I do not think we could have found a more perfect song for us. After our first dance and dances with our parents, the party started and to say everyone danced is an understatement.
Everything ran smoothly, we cut the cake, toasted with our wedding party and took plenty of pictures. We had a blast and it was exactly what we wanted out of our reception; a big celebration. Two funny highlights from the reception would have to be my bouquet toss and our dance line.
Let’s just say my maid of honor was getting the bouquet whether anyone liked it or not. Instead of tossing my bouquet I actually pretended like I was going to throw it and at the last minute I turned around, got down on one knee and went to hand it to her. Well another bridesmaid caught on and it ended in a game of tug a war, which was extremely entertaining! But my maid of honor won in the end and it made for great pictures. The dance line was also fun to see the young and old alike throwing out dance moves never seen before; mock lawn mower pushing, leap frog and the sprinkler were a few choice moves.
Our cakes were both amazing and I really only remember Cody’s because of pictures. People are not kidding when they say how fast your night flies. I remember tons of ‘thank you’s’ and dancing, but fine details have escaped my memory because everything happened so fast.
We left the next morning for our Honeymoon in Jamaica and had an even more perfect week being lazy in the sun drinking all the rum we could ask for.
Bride’s Full Name: Courtney Leger Thomas
Groom’s Full Name: Cody Aaron Thomas
Wedding Date: July 24, 2010
Ceremony Site: River Oaks
Photographer/Studio: Photography Shoppe in Baton Rouge
Bridal Gown Designer: Allure Bridals
Bridal Gown Retailer: A-Net’s Enchanted Dream
Hair: Mandy Fargo; Soho Salon
Makeup: Heather Dees;Studio One 2 One
Groom’s Attire: Miller’s Formal; The La Strada Tux
Bridesmaids Dresses Designer: Bari Jay
Bridesmaids Dresses Retailer: Pearls Place in New Orleans
Flowers: Carole’s Florist & Gifts; Calla Lilies
Reception Site: River Oaks
Cake: Crystal Weddings
Caterer: River Oaks
Band and/or DJ: Smiley’s DJ Service
Videographer: Kim Guillotte and Derek Chapman
Wedding Rentals: River Oaks
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Prepare yourselves for sun
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
IND Style does Gabriel
Newsy bits for the fam
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.