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Magdalen Place, Abbeville, LA: Sage & Thomas

Sage and Thomas' spring wedding was one for the books - it was truly one of the most unique and personalized weddings I've ever been a part of! The ceremony took place at St. Mary Magdalen Church, then guests walked to nearby Magdalen Place for the reception.

The wedding party prepped for the big day at Stillwater Retreat Center. The girls spent the morning jamming lots of Taylor Swift (Sage's favorite) and sharing giggles while getting ready. The Stillwater Retreat Center had tons of outdoor space that provided the perfect lighting for detail photos. I loved how Sage pulled in the blue with her invitations and shoes - I'm a sucker for a pop of color.

These two were so intentional with their schedule on their big day. There was plenty of time for prep photos which allowed so many special moments to be captured of the two of them with their family and closest friends. I've never seen a group of girls hype up a bride the way Sage's bridesmaids did - majority of them had never seen her dress until the moment she revealed it during the first look !

I can honestly say that Sage and Thomas are two of the most genuinely kind people I've ever met. They spread joy and kindness just by simply being themselves and it was so refreshing to be around. They share the kind of love for each other and for Jesus that simply radiates and couldn't be hidden even if they tried.

They chose to share a private first look with just the two of them. Before the big reveal they read letters they wrote to each other, as they stood back to back you could feel the anticipation building. Finally, they shared a bubbly first look filled with giggles, hugs and kisses and in that moment it was so evident how happy they make each other.

We all know that the wedding party's main job is to bring the FUN! This group was so laid back and easy going the entire day. Let's also take a second to talk about the bridemaids' dresses, y'all. They were the perfect way to tie in color, culture and fun - I could stare at these unique dresses all day long! Sage chose her grandmother as one of her Matrons of Honor and my heart still swells just thinking about it.

Sage's dress from Le Jour Couture was fun with an off the shoulder, ruffled neckline and had so many layers of bouncy tulle with the floral accents continuing down to the bottom. It truly seemed like Sage's sweet and bubbly personality was sewn into a dress.

Thomas and the guys all looked fantastic in their perfectly tailored suits from Mary Ellen's Tux Shop. I love that Thomas' suit was a different color - it really helped him stand out in the group of guys as the groom.

As we approaching the ceremony time, Sage and Thomas were both so calm and relaxed - this tends to be the case when opting to do a first look prior to the ceremony. Sage and her bridesmaids shared a sweet moment in the holding room where her girls prayed over her and Thomas' marriage. Finally, the church doors opened and Sage was escorted down the aisle by her father and grandmother. Sage and Thomas sang to each other as she made her way down the aisle and had the majority of the church in tears. The ceremony took place in both English and Spanish - they included a Lasso Ceremony as part of the mass and even had a Mariachi Band perform. This ceremony was truly beautiful and such a true representation of Sage and Thomas.

After the ceremony concluded the guests made their way to nearby Magdalen Place. One of my favorite things about this venue is how close it's located to St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church - just a short walk around the corner. Guests were welcomed by the sounds of the Mariachi Band and the walkway lined with paper lanterns.

I'm sure you picked up by now that Sage and Thomas are very intentional and their big day had so many meaningful touches - their reception details were no exception. Thomas' groom's cake was designed to look like the island of Haiti - Sage and Thomas actually met in 2017 during a mission trip there. Their cake topper was custom figurines made to look like the two of them and there was a wall filled with notes from the students in Sage's class on what love is.

When looking around the room, the main focal point was always the florals by LKB Floral Design. They consisted of beautiful whites and greenery, but the vases - man, did they bring a pop! Le Bon Manager was a hit as always with their delicious buffet and I don't think there was a single piece of cake leftover from Gateaux, seriously at one point of the night there was a line around the room for cake!

One of my favorite parts of wedding days is working with other vendors. I'm always amazed at the work the photographers and videographers create and this day was no exception. Parish Road Media was able to grab absolutely beautiful video footage - I can't wait to see the finished product! Every time I work with The Bertrands Photography I suspect that Clare may be a superhuman and this wedding proved that she is indeed. She photographed AND was a bridesmaid...all while being 38 weeks pregnant! She kept a smile on her face, curated the most beautiful flat lays and worked her usual magic behind the camera.

This group was truly there for a good time - from the second they arrived everyone was ready to dance and have a enjoy their selves. Casey with TuneTown Entertainment kept the dance floor packed the entire night with such a wide variety of music. Sage and Thomas elected to send a portion of their money dance earnings to a Haitian family that holds a special place in their hearts - this is just a small example of how selfless and loving these two humans are.

Sage and Thomas' wedding day brought so many people of different ages, cultures and backgrounds together in the most beautiful way possible. You could feel the love they share for each other and it was no secret how excited their guests were to share the day with them. They are honestly two of the easiest people to celebrate and I now consider them friends! Their day held so much sentimental value and they worked so hard to tie in personal, unique touches - this day will truly always have a place in my heart!

Ceremony Venue: St. Mary Magdalen Church

Reception Venue: Magdalen Place

Photographer: The Bertrands Photography

Videographer: Parish Road Media

DJ: Casey Nanez

Florist: LKB Floral Design

Cake Decorator: The Bakery Gateaux

Caterer: Le Bon Manger

DJ: TuneTown Entertainment

Bridal Gown: Le Jour Couture

Suits: Mary Ellen's Tux Shop

Hair & Make Up Artists: Angelle Godeaux, Olivia Guillory, Demi Thibodeaux, Bethany Bordelon, & Victoria Arsement

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