Category Archives: Garden Weddings

Who Should Walk You Down The Aisle?

Who Should Walk You Down The Aisle?


When you are planning your wedding there are many factors to consider.  One of the things you need to think about is who will walk you down the aisle.

With divorced families, this decision can be especially hard.  Sometimes you don’t just have a biological father…but you also have a step father that you are close to and would like him included in walking you down the aisle. What should you do?  There is absolutely no reason both can’t be included as you see in the photo above.

Another option is to have one walk you halfway down the aisle and then the other dad or step dad walk you the rest of the way.

I’ve had brides who have no father living and decide to have their mom walk them down the aisle.  That is so awesome!  Their mom was not only their mother but also their father to them….why shouldn’t they pick their mother to walk them down the aisle.

Others opt for a close family member….sometimes a brother, uncle or even a grandparent.  I’ve had some brides who have no father or mother and a brother will walk them down the aisle.

Just remember that this is your day.  Do what makes you happy!

Happy Planning!

Picking Your Color Scheme


Ccpixx Photography by Crystal

Coordinating your color scheme for all of the different elements of your wedding can prove exhausting.  Where do you start?  There are several things you must consider, but for now  we will talk about your venue.

Depending on where you are getting married…say it’s in a hotel…the color of the walls or carpet cannot be changed.    You need to work with the colors that are already there.  You will definitely need to check out the colors in the carpet…you won’t be able to hide this in your photos; so work with those colors.  Take this in to consideration for all aspects of your wedding,  including your flowers, bridesmaid dresses, tuxes, cake decorations, etc.

If you are fortunate enough to have a venue that has neutral  colors….say an outdoor reception or even a venue with a neutral color for the walls….then your options are wide open.   Yay!

This is the main reason we chose grey for our walls….I consulted a photographer friend before we painted and he told me to go with grey because that would allow our customers to use any color scheme they wanted for their event.

As a bride you have a lot to consider…and you want to add the colors that not only go well with the venue you have picked, but also the colors that flatter you…that you love…and that your fiance loves as well.

Happy planning!



Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony

Jason, Andree and Janie

Your ceremony should be as exciting as your reception!  Start the celebration as soon as guests arrive by throwing a short pre-ceremony cocktail party.  Sprinkle your programs with personal details like facts about your VIP’s or photos from your engagement shoot.  If you’re marrying at a location like a museum, zoo or garden, give your guests the option of taking a fun behind-the-scenes tour before your I Do’s.  Want to do a slideshow?  Play it before your ceremony rather than at the rehearsal dinner.  It’s a unique way to entertain guests until the ceremony begins.  Have your ring bearer carry your bands on something unique like a mini fishing rod or a slice of wood that says “Here comes the bride…”  And finally change tradition and walk down the aisle with your Groom, it’s a great way to kick off your new life together!!

Janie Varisco, Wedding Officiant



Garden Weddings And Mother Nature

bryan and kyleen outdoor

Many of my customers who book with us want to have a garden wedding.  I tell them all the same thing… must have a plan B.  Mother Nature will tell you what you can and can’t do.  Fortunately my brides understand this….and have a plan if they have to move the wedding indoors.

Yesterday was a good example of this.  On Friday the grounds were still wet….too wet to put chairs down because when the guests sat down the chairs would sink.

But we still had one more day before Brian and Kyleen’s wedding.  The wind was blowing and the sun was shining…that was a good sign!   Kyleen and I spoke on Friday……she had a plan B to move her wedding indoors…but she really wanted an outdoor wedding.  They were going to wait and see what Saturday looked like.  Great idea!

By Saturday morning the wind and sun from Friday had dried the grounds enough to move the chairs outdoors.  Crystal with Acadiana Event Rentals was already in the gardens decorating the gazebo when my husband and I arrived to clean all of the leaves out of the garden area and path.

Brian and Kyleen were lucky….but most importantly, Kyleen had a great attitude….this was her day.  Attitude is everything!