Julie and Jeremy’s real wedding has touched us beyond words. The beautiful couple, who said “I Do” at Envie in Louisiana, not only had a gorgeous ceremony and reception, but their day was one of those special ones that was clearly filled with so much love. More from their photographer, Arte De Vie (one of our favorites!), below:
“When I first met Julie she had just lost her mother to cancer. I can’t begin to grapple with this, as it happened so quickly. But from the moment I met Julie, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that her mother had to have been one of those people. One of those people that change your life for the better.
Tears were shed briefly at different parts of the day for a person that was missed greatly. When the song Sweet Caroline came on at the reception, I immediately heard a cousin ask the person beside them, are we going to say “Adeline?” Having just learned Julie’s mother’s name only hours before, I began to scan the floor for Julie and she was already making her way to the band’s lead singer and yelling in her ear, “Adeline, not Caroline!”
We’ve witnessed many things in close to 15 years as wedding photographers, but this will be a memory that will not soon fade for me. There was probably close to 100 people on the dance floor, all singing in unison, and belting out Sweet Adeline at the top of their lungs. Julie was surrounded by her husband, her father, her sister, and everyone else in that room that loved this special, unique woman. Meanwhile, I was behind the camera choking back the tears at this very real celebration of life. We don’t always have all the answers, and it always seems the good ones are taken much too soon. I’d say that I wish I had the opportunity to meet Miss Adeline, and I do, but in a sense I do feel that I met her on that day. I believe she was there. I could feel her presence, as well as everyone else. On a wedding day the focus is on love and life. What a beautiful combination of the two.”
Photographer: Arte De Vie//Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell//Dress Store: Bustles and Bows Bridal//Cake Designer: Cindy’s Cakes of Chackbay LLC//Floral Designer: Connie Ledet//Event Venue: Envie //Caterer: Envie //Makeup Artist: Fran Lapeyre //Tuxedo and Mens Attire: John’s Tuxedos//Shoes: Kate Spade//Dress Designer: La Sposa//Hair Stylist: Salon Aleurier //Band:The Mixed Nuts//