Photos by Tasha Rae Photography

Sara and Jonathan have a beautiful and supportive relationship.  Sara is an aspiring florist and designer, so Jonathan proposed in a walk through the “Yellow Garden” at Longue Vue Gardens, amongst yellow angel’s trumpets flowers.  They had a gorgeous rustic outdoor wedding, with Sara creating most of the florals and decorations “with lots of wood, glass terrariums, brass, gold and distressed white. I have always been a collector of antiques, so a lot of my decorations were coming straight from me. I ended up saving money by not having to rent centerpieces or extra decor pieces.”  They had many unique ways to make their wedding personal to them, such as:

  • The ceremony and reception were at Jonathan’s childhood home
  • Their family prepared the food, including cochon-de-lait by Jonathan’s father
  • They had fresh herbs and fruit in glass containers
  • They had a small cake for themselves to cut and multiple cakes for the guests, each with a different flavor and texture
  • The cake table was an antique buffet table with a breathtaking chandelier hanging from a tree branch
  • They served infused water for the guests
  • Everything had a personal, homemade touch of sentimentality
  • Sara made the invitations herself
  • They gave away jars of honey and succulents as wedding favors


What did you like most about the venue you selected?
“Me and Jon were at his parent’s home in Covington, Louisiana having wedding talk and trying to figure out the venue. It was at that moment that I truly realized the beauty of their
home, being wrapped by beautiful acres of forested land, azaleas, and fruit trees. With tall oaks and a just perfect clearing for the ceremony, I decided to have the wedding there. We
would say “I do” underneath the same trees Jonathan grew up around. It was very poetic. Choosing the open land, I was very excited about having this blank canvas to create
whatever I wanted. My theme ended up incorporating itself perfectly with the scenery.”

Do you have any tips regarding the wedding planning process?
“I do have a few tips for brides. When trying to do a diy wedding, make sure you do your research! Pinterest, wedding magazines, books and anything that you can draw
inspiration from will help you design your wedding. A lot of my displays came from something I saw and changed to fit my personality. If you can, hire a wedding planner.
Finding someone who can help with everything really takes a lot of stress out of the way and can help you have more time for the important things. Also hiring a great
photographer is a must. Other than memories, photos are really the only part of the wedding that lasts forever.
“We chose Tasha Rae Photography and she did a stunning job. Every time I look at my wedding photos I am instantly taken back to that moment of pure bliss. From the
engagement photos to the wedding photos, she had a way of capturing natural moments so elegantly.”

Do you have any recommendations for a successful and happy wedding day?
“My only recommendations for a happy wedding day is to try and remember all of it. In a blink of an eye, it’s gone. Always take time to breathe in little moments when you can
and, most importantly, make time for you and your spouse. Whether it’s a first look or taking time to read your vows privately with each other. It gives you both a moment of
peace and love.”

What is your favorite memory of your wedding day?
“My favorite memory from that day was when me and Jonathan were sitting at our sweetheart table. We had just sat down with our vows right next to each other when I
looked up at him. All I saw was him looking right back at me. It was so surreal. I just sat back and soaked everything in. It was magical being able to sit there and see what I had
created, to see what my family and I worked so hard on for a year. I had never felt so loved, so confident and so proud of myself than I did in that moment. It was the happiest
day of my life. The best part, that meaningful moment was captured by Tasha Rae.”

What is one of the best things about being married?
“The best thing about being married is the reality of having someone by your side, always. It’s a beautiful sense of security that empowers me to do and to be anything. Jonathan and I are ready to take on this world, together, in love.”

Venue: Jonathan’s childhood home | Caterer: Family | Bakery: Amazing Cakes | Décor: Pure Vintage, Timeless Vintage, Event Rentals | Florist:  Crystal Vase Flowers | Hair: Anne Kirsch | Makeup: Katie Malone Makeup Studio | Music: Pan String Quartet, Baton Rouge / Daniel Fresina | Transportation: A Luxury Transportation | Photographer: Tasha Rae Photography | Wedding Planner: Sara Gray Designs | Invitations: Sara Gray | Honeymoon: Colorado | Favors: Etsy shop SANPEDROCACTUS  | Bridal Attire: Dress- Essense of Australia D2174 / Veil- BHLDN: Cirque Veil / Shoes- BHLDN: Phoebe Lace wedges | Groom’s Attire:Tuxedo’s to Geaux | Bridesmaid Attire: BHLDN: Pippa dress | Groomsmen Attire: Generation Tux