Rachel and Dustin
February 6, 2021
Tell us your love story!
How did you meet?
Dustin and I met at work. The crazy thing is we did not like each other at first, but over the first two years we began a friendship that turned into something more. We began our relationship in December of 2018 and never looked back!
How did you know he was “The One”?
About six weeks after we made it official we were sitting at the Gumbeaux’s Restaurant at the Coushatta Casino in Louisiana when the “love” word was used. Everything just clicked with us. We enjoyed the same things and constantly laughed. For the first time in my life I truly felt I knew what love is supposed to be.
How did he propose?
Dustin proposed in the best way ever! We love hunting together. After exactly one year of dating, he secretly invited all my family, his family from Louisiana, and my best friends from Montana to come down to our deer lease. We woke up on Saturday, December 2019 and went hunting. I should have known something was going on because he looked amazing to just be going hunting while I had on his sweatpants, jacket, and hunting boots with my hair thrown on top of my head and no makeup. We were hunting! I didn’t care what I looked like but just wanted to stay warm! After the hunt, we drove the side by side back towards the camp as usual, and when we turned the corner by our favorite spot next to a pond where we loved having picnics, I was shocked to see all of our family and friends standing there in the woods. At that point, I knew what was happening. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I said, “Yes!” and the rest of the day was spent cooking and celebrating!
Tell us about your wedding planning process.
What planning tools did you use?
We had fourteen months to plan the wedding. I used The Knot website and The Knot planning book. I hired Heather from The Perfect Day and used her for the month-of coordinating service she offers.
Who helped with the planning?
My mother did almost all the planning. I don’t know what we would have done without her!
What was the easiest part?
The easiest part and best decision we made was deciding to spend money on a great photographer and videographer. Pictures, for me, are the most important part of the wedding day. Those are keepsakes you will have to cherish forever.
Did you DIY any aspect of your wedding?
My mother created all centerpieces, signs, table decorations for desserts, sign in table, and bucket list table.
Did you have a specific theme?
We did not have a theme other than simple. We decided on burgundy and navy with gold accent colors.
Where did you save the most?
We saved the most on the florals and decorations we did ourselves. We didn’t have a wedding cake, just donuts, cookies, and Nothing Bundt Cakes. The venue is so beautiful few decorations were needed which helped, too. We did have open bar the entire time, but the venue allowed us to bring our own liquor in which was a big savings.
Did you incorporate any special traditions or sentimental details in your ceremony or reception?
Dustin’s parents have been together for forty eight years and my parents have been together for thirty seven years. We asked both sets of parents to give their “Words of Wisdom” during the ceremony. Another sentimental moment was when Austin surprised me with a picture of my grandparents and a picture of his nephew that passed away from cancer at 27. It was a heartwarming moment.
What was your most stressful decision?
The only thing stressful in the planning process were the COVID restrictions through 2020 and things being shut down. We were not sure how people would feel coming to a wedding during a pandemic, but we quickly learned everyone was ready to party!
What turned out to be your best decision surrounding the big day?
Simplicity! I didn’t want things over the top. I wanted a relaxing day spent with the people I love. The BEST decision was deciding to hire Heather with The Perfect Day. She made sure everything was perfect, and I feel like everyone should invest in a wedding coordinator.
Is there anything you would have done differently?
There is not a thing I would have done differently! It was the best and most amazing day. I truly say that with all of my heart. Everything went off without a hitch.
Tell Us About
My dress was a Stella York. It was amazingly comfortable and easy to dance in, and I absolutely loved the details of the dress.
My mom made all the centerpieces using materials from The Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby. My bridal party bouquets were from Amazon. The Perfect Day made my bouquet, and made sure it matched my bridesmaids’ bouquets. I am not picky about flowers nor do I know much about them, so I gave free range to The Perfect Day, and Heather did an amazing job.
Because I am not a fan of cake, we chose not to have a traditional wedding cake. Instead, we did an arrangement of different desserts to include red velvet and confetti bundt cakes, decorated cookies, and donuts.
Recap your big day for us!
What made you laugh?
My husband’s vows which included comments about our rival LSU vs Florida Gators made me laugh! Also, the amount of alcohol consumed produced a lot of laughable memories on the dance floor!
What made you cry?
I cried during a first look with my father and brother. They were the first two male influences in my life, and I loved doing the first look with them. I waited to see my husband for the first time when I walked down the aisle, and I loved how special that was. I cried when my husband’s wedding vows included “the red bird” which I believe is my grandpa’s sign to let me know he’s still with me. Every hunting season, a certain red bird always plays in front of my deer blind, and I swear it’s my Grandpa Rippy. We call him Rippy the Red Bird.
What were the most memorable moments?
The entire day from start to finish was amazing. Everything was perfect, and having all my family and friends there to celebrate made it so special.
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
The best advice I have is to get a wedding coordinator. We did the month-of services, and it was the best money ever spent. Also, acquire a wedding photographer who makes things simple and quick. We did not want to spend the entire night taking photos and Harper from Harper Blankenship was amazing!
What did you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
I look forward to starting a family and enjoying the extra time we have since we are no longer planning a wedding!!!
Anything else you’d like to share? Feel free to add in anything you’d like!
Every vendor we worked with was amazing. I wish I could relive the night all over again.
Local Vendors used
|Venue||Milltown Historic District|
|Reception Venue||River Venue|
|Florals||The Perfect Day|
|Cake/Dessert||Nothing Bundt Cake and Donut Palace|
|Hair Stylist||Beyond Blessed Salon|
|Makeup Artist||Beyond Blessed Salon|
|Bar Service||Milltown Historic District|
|Bridal Attire||Celebrations Bridal and Prom|
|Wedding Planner||The Perfect Day|
|Entertainment and Music||CrossRoads DJ|
The soundtrack for our wedding day
All of Me
|Presentation of the Bride||How Long Will I Love You||Ellie Goulding|
|Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
|First Dance||You Make it Easy||Jason Aldean|
|Father/Daughter Dance||I Loved Her First||Heartland|
|Mother/Son Dance||Letter to My Mother||Edwin McCain|
|Last Dance||Got What I Got||Jason Aldean|