Monday, May 16, 2016

This couple had a flooded wedding venue and changed at the last minute... Natchez, MS wedding, Logan and Cade

Logan and Cade were originally supposed to get married at a rustic, huge hunting camp in Ferriday, Louisiana, very near Natchez, MS. But, as it happens sometimes, right around March or April of this year, a bunch of rain from the North floated down the Mississippi river and stayed, flooding all of the area around Ferriday and Natchez, including the hunting camp where they were getting married. Poor Logan and her mom had to search around several small towns to find a new venue less than 30 days before the wedding!

Now, if you've never been to Natchez, let me tell you about it. It's a beautiful, historic little town centered around the Mississippi River, and it's full of quaint restaurants, plantations, and treasures to find. It's one of mine and my husbands' favorite destinations for a night out. When you drive north and cross the river from Natchez, you'll drive into Vidalia, Louisiana. They're two towns and two states, but right next to each other.

Logan and Cade's wedding ceremony venue ended up being on the lawn of a hotel on the Natchez side with a gorgeous view of the Mississippi River bridge - Hotel Vue.  I was awed with the view, the breeze, and the ease of the guests being able to park and go right to their seats. After we all saw it and did the pictures, Logan and I both agreed that we were glad the ceremony was there!

Everyone got ready inside the hotel, and it was so easy to just walk back and forth from each person's room for the gift exchange.

You can tell Logan and Cade enjoy the country together! Is that a night vision thingy?

Logan's daddy gave her a letter and a bracelet that said something about "always my little girl" on her wedding day as well.

We staged Logan and Cade's first look to be overlooking the river bridge, and ended up doing all the pictures there.

The ceremony was set under a tall, dramatic yet rustic homemade arbor made of sweet gum trees, constructed by some of Logan's family friends.

 The ceremony was short and sweet.

I assume this was coordinated, but the family pictures with everyone wearing neutrals came out looking really nice!

After the ceremony and a few remaining family pictures, the reception was held across the river at the Gables. It took about 10 minutes to get there. The Gables is a newer reception facility made from what used to be a church. The vaulted ceilings made for a beautiful setting for the reception. Logan still used all her rustic, yet blingy, decor that was intended for the hunting lodge.

The Gables reception venue in Vidalia, LA, just across the river from Natchez, MS.
The Gables reception venue in Vidalia, LA, just across the river from Natchez, MS.
And, this is the moment when I break down and start crying at almost every wedding- the father/daughter and mother/son dance. All I can think about is my own two kids... getting... married. They're 4 and 5 now. I need to stop.

This was obviously a celebration of two people getting married, and Logan and Cade seemed to just enjoy the company of all their friends and family in one place. After such a rough time with getting the venues straight, that reception was just a perfect ending to the beginning of married life together.


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