Category Archives: Past 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!

Flower Idea For Your Wedding


Sometimes my brides have accent colors they want to use…but they also have a certain flower they want to use that doesn’t come in the accent color they are using.

This happened to my daughter.   Her accent color was lavender.   She really loves Calla Lilies, and to this day she grows them beautifully in her gardens in Austin, Texas.  So she bought white Calla Lilies and took lavender eye shadow to highlight the tips of the Calla Lilies.  Perfect idea!  Her bouquet came out beautiful and the colors were just what she wanted.

Remember this when you are planning your flowers.  Think outside the box, like Maggie did.  I’ve told many of my customers this idea….and it’s helped many of them.

Happy Planning!

Your Wedding and Beyond!

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Planning your wedding can be stressful…..but while you are in the process of planning please remember that though it is very important…beyond your wedding is really what it’s all about.

This month Billy and I will be married for 25 years.  Above are photos of our grandchildren….that’s what I’m talking about!  The years after your wedding when you start to plan your family…and believe me, time just flies by!  Before you know it your children are all  grown up and have children of their own….and then you’re grandparents!

I know it’s hard to imagine all of this now…when you are busy planning your wedding…but my point is don’t be stressed over the little things that go wrong.   Remember that you are marrying your best friend…..the person you will spend the rest of your life with and build a future with.

These things are very important, whether you believe it or not right now.  I love seeing my past couples who post their photos of their babies and the changes that are taking place in their lives.

So try to stay calm during your planning.  And remember…your wedding is just the beginning of your new life!

Happy Planning

Budget Ideas. Wedding Cake Tower

Cake tower make by Chris Lasage 

The wood tower was made by Chris Lasage, father of the bride.


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It seems many couples planning their wedding are on a tight budget.  I am always keeping my eyes open….looking for ways they can save money.

A cake can be very costly.  But there are several ideas I have seen, not only from my customers, but searching around on Pinterest.    You will see the top photo….the tower was made by the father of one of my brides.  I thought this was a unique idea and have seen many variations of this idea on Pinterest!

You can have a small cake for the top so you can cut the top and take photos.  The bottom can be filled not only with cupcakes, but you can use a variety of items such as brownies, petite fours, cookies, etc. that will go with your color scheme.  You can choose individual desserts and put them in cupcake paper or small plastic cups, using your color scheme and place them on the tower.  Extras can be kept on hand to replace as the guests eat the delicious items on your tower.

Are you a baker?  Are there family members who make special candies or items they would be willing to bake for you?  You would be surprised how many would love to make these items for you….a cost saver and they get to brag!  Be sure to send them a thank you note for their help!

Your guests will love this idea because of the variety and easy access!

Keep in mind, some of my clients just don’t like cake at all!  So leave the cake out at the top and instead put the bride and grooms special sweet item…these can be shared for the photo taking!  Remember….it’s your special day…do what makes you happy.

Happy Planning!

Grooms Cake?

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I’m am really surprised that twice this week I had clients that either the bride or groom was shocked to hear there was such a thing as a “grooms cake”!

Yes there is the main cake where you, as a married couple, will take many of your photos….typically this is called the “Wedding” cake. But there is also a separate cake that is commonly called the “Groom’s” cake.

And what exactly is the groom’s cake?  Actually, I was a little curious about that myself so I looked it up on Wikipedia and this is what I found.

“A groom’s cake is a wedding tradition originating in Victorian England,[1] but observed more often in the modern age in the American South. While a wedding cake may often be decorated in white and light in texture or color, the groom’s cake can take a variety of forms, many incorporating chocolate or fruit.[2] Cheesecake sometimes serves as a groom’s cake. The groom’s cake is often served at a table separate from the wedding cake at a wedding reception or wedding breakfast, though it may be served as a dessert for a rehearsal dinner.”

The article also said…. “One tradition was to cut a piece of the cake and put it in a small box, then present the box to an unmarried woman attending the wedding.[5]”

I liked that idea when I read it!   But….then I read…..

“The woman was not expected to eat the cake, but rather to put it under her pillow. Superstition held that this tradition would help an unmarried woman find a husband.[5]”


Did you know this?   I didn’t so I’m glad I looked it up.

I must say I have seen many different wedding cakes….and now they are just not decorated in white and light in texture or color…I have even see a red wedding cake!

As for the grooms cake, you will notice the LSU cake above.  Usually whatever the groom is into…that will be the theme of the cake.  Saints and ULL cakes are very popular as are any type of hunting themes.  I’ve seen 3D deer, rabbit and ducks!

So be creative in planning your grooms cake theme!

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



A Wonderful Wedding Idea!


My son, Zack, met and married a wonderful girl, Kaysha, who had a daughter, Jenna, then four. ( Oh, my…she just turned 13 this year and now they have two children of their own, Addison and Molly…how time flies!)

When Zack and Kaysha got engaged, Jenna would say, “we’re getting married”.  After Zack and Kaysha exchanged vows and the rings, Zack bent down to Jenna, who was standing next to her mom, and put a ring on Jenna’s finger too!  Jenna was so excited and surprised.  It was very touching to watch as Jenna was included in this very special way.  I don’t think there was a dry eye in the reception hall…it was a surprise for everyone….including me!

Remember, when you are getting married and there are children, to include them in some kind of way.  This is a special and big day for you, as well as for them.

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Haloween Wedding at Magnolia Court Reception Hall

Ashley and Andrew wedding party photo for Halloween wedding at Magnolia Court Reception Hall.
Bride and groom, Ashley and Andrew, along with their wedding party. Our first Halloween wedding held at Magnolia Court Reception Hall.

On the day of any event, I like to go to our facility and see how it has been set up and decorated. In our 17 years of business…no two have ever looked the same….and I’ve been amazed, many times, at the transformation our facility takes.

I love seeing the “personal touch”  each of my clients put into their event.   I walk around and take photos, always with their permission, so that I can use some of them for my website, blog or even to put in my photo album.  On this day…I was lucky !

Ashley and Andrew decided to take photos, with their wedding party, before the wedding. I was at the facility taking photos, when I saw them outdoor with their photographer. I was thrilled when they let me take this photo.

I just love the brides wedding dress, as well as the bridesmaids dresses…and the black tux with red tie was perfect! And I love the shoes…you can be assured…these bridesmaids danced all night…without hurting feet or blisters! 🙂

Being comfortable and feeling beautiful…is such a perfect match!