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Why you should never let a little rain ruin your wedding day

text overlay of why you should never let rain ruin a wedding day, over a photo of a bride putting on rain boots in her dress

Some days, even the best laid plans can’t prepare you for what mother nature has in store! Last spring at Stella Plantation was no exception, with April showers surprising our bride and groom the week of their outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. As we always advise, no matter what happens with the weather, you’ll be no less married to your best friend at the end of the day!

We had originally planned for a gorgeous ceremony location to take place under the centuries-old live oak trees on this private estate. Working with our creative team of vendors, we put together a classic, traditional wedding ceremony design that would set the stage for Julie and Nick’s married life together. What we were not able to control (and can never predict!) was that mother nature would crash the wedding, uninvited! As the wedding day grew closer, our team as well as our couple all kept an eye on the forecast.

It was certain that throughout the week of the wedding, there was a good probability of heavy rainfall. Because of the terrain on the property, we knew that the ground would remain soggy even in the event that there wouldn’t be any rain storm on Julie’s actual wedding day. Julie remained calm, cool, and collected about the forecast and ordered Wellington boots for the bridal party: a floral pattern that coordinated with the tea-length bridesmaid dresses, and brown boots that would look good with the groom and groomsmen’s khaki suits. She also sent out a message to her guests letting them know to pack appropriate footwear for the muddy conditions.

When the wedding day arrived, rain was in the forecast. There was a torrential downpour on the property that began just as the ceremony chairs and florals were being set up. Assessing the situation, our team decided to pivot the plan and bring the ceremony in a bit closer to the main building, where the bride and bridesmaids were staged, so that if the rain let up, she would not have to walk very far in muddy conditions. When the rain continued, not letting up, we made the decision at the very last minute to bring the ceremony floral arrangement under the covered walkway that connected the main home to its private cottages.

With plan “C” underway, Julie and Nick both took the developments in stride. Having a focus on the wedding itself, in whatever conditions, they married with their guests standing around them under the intimate setting of the age-hold home sheltering them from the storm. After the ceremony, the newlyweds lead their guests to the reception tent, where the seated dinner gave way to a raucous reception as guests reveled in the good news of Julie and Nicks special day.

The results on this damp spring wedding could not have come out more perfect – and the memories from this day are sure to last a lifetime! These photos from Catherine Guidry Photography captured the essence of the day perfectly. See more of this classic New Orleans wedding in the rain featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs!

Ivory wedding invitation suite with blue calligraphy and a blue stamp story Ivory wedding invitation suite with blue calligraphy and a blue stamp story wedding rings in a gold box on top of a white and blue china plate Bride and bridesmaids smile in their robes after getting dressed ivory and dark teal invitations with delicate blue ribbon sparkly gold pumps next to the white train of a wedding gown close up photo oh brides stitching on her wedding gown and her gorgeous three stone engagement ring black and white photo of a bride in her wedding dress looking out the window Bride in her wedding dress showing her black hunter rain boots under the dress Brides white bouquet with greenery Grooms khaki suite with a blue pattern tie and a blue boutonniere bride and groom kissing in front of a giant oak tree in the park in New Orleans Bride and groom in their wedding dress and suite walking through the park with oak trees in the background Bride and groom pose in front of oak tree Bride and groom kiss in front of a big oak tree while the bride shows her rain boots under her dress Bride and groom kiss in front of a big oak tree while the bride shows her rain boots under her dress Groomsmen in khaki and rain boots, bridesmaids in short blue dresses and colorful rain boots Bridesmaids walking in light blue short dresses, floral rain boots and white bouquets groomsmen walking in their khaki suits and dark brown rain boots close up photo of a bridesmaid in her light blue short dress, white flowers, and pink and blue floral rain boots chalk board with "kick off those buddy Boots right here!" sign Bride, groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen all lined up in their rain-boots on a rainy wedding day in front of oak trees Bride and bridesmaids smiling with their rainboots on in front of oak trees and white bouquets Groomsmen smile for the camera in their khaki suits and dark brown rain boots ready for the wedding at Stella Plantation Bride and groom hols up umbrellas for them and bridesmaids and groomsmen after the wedding in the rain Bridal party walking in the rain with clear umbrellas enjoying their day Bride and groom kiss under an umbrella while the wedding party walks away under their umbrellas white chairs lines up under oak trees ready for the wedding ceremony Beautiful tall lush arrangement of white flowers at the wedding reception Bride and Groom kiss under a white walkway in front of their guests Chalk board painted with table seating for the wedding with flowers drawn around the names White and blue table linens with white hydrangeas lining the table with tea lights and candles White and blue table linens with white hydrangeas lining the table with tea lights and candles tall table numbers with white linens and baby blue hydrangeas on a circle table White and blue table linens with white hydrangeas lining the table with tea lights and candles White and blue table linens with white hydrangeas lining the table with tea lights and candles White and blue table linens with white hydrangeas lining the table with tea lights and candles 3 tier white cake with white flowers on the top of the cake white closed in tent with white tulle cascading from the ceiling at a wedding reception  silver and gold mardi gras beads on the white and blue pattern table linens, table numbers signed by the guests black and white photo of the bride and groom raising a glass white guests make toasts light blue, ivory and dark blue wedding invitation suite, wedding rings and jewelry on a white and blue china dish

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