New Orleans Inspired New Year Wedding at Dogwood

RACHEL + CHRISTIAN | SUMRALL, MS

I really can’t say enough how much I just love Rachel and Christian! When I met them last year at the Premiere Bridal Show, I thought it was so sweet that the groom to be was joining his lady to check out possible wedding vendors. Shortly after meeting them there, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with them more and instantly knew they were going to be amazing to work with! They’re such a joyful couple who love each like crazy and are each others perfect counterpart. To say I am blessed to know them is an understatement!

The Chauvin wedding was the PERFECT way to kick off the new year! Christian and Rachel tied the knot at Dogwood on a gorgeous Saturday surrounded by their amazing friends and family. Rachel planned a lovely event full of details that represented who she and Christian are as individuals and a couple. The day was dripping with elegant florals of white and green and the bride couldn’t have looked more ethereal. Rachel was born in the Crescent City so there were lots of New Orleans inspired elements at the wedding. Mardi gras masks, umbrellas and, of course, an LSU themed grooms cake were just the things to celebrate the bride and grooms creole backgrounds.

There’s something SO special when a groom sees his bride for the first time! As Rachel walked down the aisle, Christian cried as did the rest of us. I remember watching him tell her over and over again how beautiful she looked. He loves Rachel SO much!! After saying “I do”, the newlyweds drove away in a horse drawn carriage into the sunset for portrait time. Once portraits were complete, they entered the reception with their bridal party in a “First Line” as the song “When the Saints Go Marching In” played. Then it was time to dance the night away!

FOR THE COUPLE

Rachel and Christian – I’m so thankful to call you guys friends! I’ll always be grateful that you attended the Premiere bridal show and that I had the opportunity to meet you! God has truly blessed me with your friendship, and I am SO excited for the life you two are building together! Thank you for letting me stand by your sides on the happiest day of your lives! I hope you love looking back on your amazing wedding day! All my love and big hugs, Shea


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Rachel and Christian’s wedding was so perfect! I can’t thank her amazing vendor team enough for making it the magical experience that it was!

Photography: Shea Gibson Photography | Venue: Dogwood Venue | Bride’s Gown: Bliss Bridal | Decor + Florals: Elements Catering and Floral Design | Catering: Elements Catering and Floral Design | Beauty: Madison Bilello hairstyling and makeup + Jody Reed | Cakes: Jessica Engle | Videography: Cory Cooley

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