A Brewery Wedding
Tell us your love story!
Here comes the cliché...for me, it was love at first sight. I didn't know what the "love" meant then, but the first time I saw Alana, I knew there was something so special about her that I didn't want to live without. We were set up by a mutual friend, and she could not have gotten it more right! I was absolutely taken right away and I was not giving up until she agreed to be mine! Luckily, she came around and gave me a chance. We were inseparable from the beginning and we still are. I've always been shy and she is my icebreaker. She makes friends everywhere she goes and lights up a room brighter than any sunny day I've seen. She has helped me grow, shown me true kindness, and has loved every flaw I've ever seen in myself.
I am stubborn to the core and I definitely know what's best for myself...or at least I thought I did until Katelyn showed up to prove me wrong! She had patience with me from the start, and to this day that is the quality I admire most about her. She made an unforgettable first impression and not once has she failed to blow me away. Selflessness is one of her best qualities and she doesn't even know that my world makes sense because of her. With her help I have become my best self, and I know both of us will continue to grow and support each other- no matter what- because we are a team! She always allows me to be front and center, all the while shining brighter than the sun. She is the most precious thing in my life and every day I'm reminded of how much faith she has in me.
What about the proposal?
We don’t really have a magical proposal story. We both had an understanding that we were in it for the long haul pretty early on. About 4 years in, Katelyn bought a ring and proposed on Valentine’s Day. Since it was important to both of us for our marriage to be legal, we waited until that day arrived to start planning our dream wedding. We really wanted our wedding date to be the same date we began our relationship, so we decided the 10 year mark was perfect. We started officially dating on 5-20-08 and were legally married on 5-20-18.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
It’s hard to say that there was one moment when we knew. I think after so much time of being together every day and still never arguing, getting tired of each other, or needing space was a huge sign that this is the type of love people search their wholes lives for.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We knew we didn’t want a completely “traditional” wedding. We wanted to pull from some traditions and do some things our own way.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
We planned to do a lot of things ourselves, as cheap as possible. Once the true planning began, we quickly realized why people pay professionals. We were extremely lucky to have a good friend do our day of coordination - that is one thing that was definitely out of our budget, but turned out to be so important for ensuring things go as planned. We really didn’t have a big budget, yet we ended up finding ways to pay for professionals where it mattered- photographer, cake, catering, tailor, and DJ. The most difficult and stressful part ended up being coordinating all the vendors at the end to have everything come together.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
We searched for a venue for a long time and the only one we loved was a local brewery. They only offered a 4.5 hour package which included setup and breakdown, since they were open for business before our event. The cost of an extra hour was too steep and we couldn’t fit it into our budget. We planned our timeline down to the minute, and although we did stay on time thanks to our coordinator, it simply wasn’t enough time. We wouldn’t change our venue, but would find a way to fit an extra hour into our budget. We didn’t get to visit with our guests as much as we would have liked.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
If you don’t have the time to contact and plan with every vendor, choose a venue that is all inclusive, or at least one that offers a few things, such as food, coordinator, cake, DJ, etc. It takes a lot of time and planning to get all of those things to come together. Also, if you want to visit with all of your guests, make sure your package is for at least 6 hours. Time flies by so fast! Also, don’t stress about the small details. Your guests will be happy if they have food, drinks, and a place to sit; they won’t remember the details.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Seeing everything we planned for so long come together so perfectly. Seeing our guests really enjoy all of the things we chose and the smiles on all of their faces. We are so lucky to have so many great people love and support us, having them share that love with us all at once was truly incredible. Once the formalities were over, we got to really enjoy our guests and see them have fun-we’ll remember that forever.
- Photography: Mateo & Company
- Venue: Abita Brewing Company
- Paper Flower Bouquets: Pine and Petal
- Catering: Sweet Daddy's BBQ
- Baker: Cocoa Bean Bakery
- Music: On Fire Entertainment
- Rentals: Southern Hospitality Event Rentals
- Alana's Attire: Men's Warehouse
- Katelyn's Attire: Bridal Boutique Baton Rouge
- Wedding Party Attire: Weddington Way
- Jewelry: Kay Jewelers