Baton Rouge is full of rich southern culture and brides there no how to throw a traditional Louisiana wedding. Brittney Williams did exactly that for her Baton Rouge Nuptials. Learn ore about her and her groom’s southern love story today.
Brittney Jade (Fobbs) Williams
Noel Williams Jr.
Baton Rouge, La.
Wedding Date :
April 28, 2012
Current City where you live:
Baton Rouge, La.
I’m an army brat, but I was born in Shreveport, La
How did you meet?
I was home celebrating Thanksgiving with my family in Oil City, which a small town outside of Shreveport and I promised my friend I would stop by and pick her up on my way to Houston. She went on and on about this guy she had meet in Baton Rouge and how he had a friend and we should go on a double date. He asked for a picture of me and I said no, but my friend took my phone when I wasn’t looking and sent a photo of me to him. Let’s just say the rest was history.
How long did you date?
Noel and I dated for 4 years
How did he propose?
It was 2011 on Christmas Day surrounded by friends, family and our newborn son Alexander. He wrote a beautiful letter, which he read to me in front of my friends and family. As he was reading towards the end he proceeded to get down on one knee and propose. I did not even think about what he was doing or saying, until I looked around the room and everyone was in tears including me.
When did you know he was the one?
When he cried during the birth of our son and thanked me for giving birth to him. There is just something about a man and they way he loves his child.
What is the cutest thing he has done for you without you asking?
He sang the sweetest song, “Sure Thing”, by Miguel to me at a family function around New Year’s in front of my friends and family.
What is something you love about him that has completely changed your life?
His belief in me and my ability to do great things.
What part of wedding planning made you crazy?
I would have to say, trying to please everyone and make sure no one felt left out.
What part of wedding planning could you not live without?
My family and in-laws were very involved in the planning part of the wedding. My mom is an event planner, so naturally she planned the majority of the wedding. If I had it to do all over again, I would prefer to have a wedding planner who was not a family member. Only because I think they would have had more time to relax during the wedding, instead of having to work during the events.
What was your first thought the day after your engagement?
I had been in wedding before, so my first thought was to start planning now. That way things could go as smooth as possible.
What was your favorite part about the ceremony?
Our wedding was on a rooftop with candlelight and the sun setting in the background, so that was my favorite part. If made for some great photos!
What was your favorite part about the wedding?
This was the last wedding that my grandmother attend, so when I look back at the photos it makes me happy knowing that she was there along with my mother, aunt and how happy they were for me.
Did you do any DIY?
Yes, DIY is my middle name and luckily my family and in-laws were there to help me out. My sister-in-law and I made the invitations, which had a very New Orleans theme. We also made: flower girl baskets, programs, placement cards, monogrammed napkins, menu cards and umberellas for the traditional second line dance. The centerpieces were also DIY, created by my mom.
What were your wedding colors?
Plum, Grey and Silver
What was your wedding theme?
What is your favorite part about being married to each other?
The friendship we share and the laughter
What did you learn about each other through the wedding planning process?
How much of a perfectionist I am when it comes to planning and how hands on my future husband was throughout the process. I think that was he wanted to make sure he got the things he wanted.
What southern traditions did you do at your wedding?
With a theme like Louisiana Romance we had to have good food and a little second line dance during the reception.
Did you have any southern food on your menu?
Yes, no southern wedding would be complete without good food! The best dessert was the homemade pralines, they were a hit. Then for the main dish we served traditional fried catfish over a bed of white rice and etouffee to top it off.
What southern decor did you include in your wedding?
We chose the fleur de lis on the front of the invitation and throughout the wedding. Each table had themes of Louisiana staples like, Gumbo, Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras and masquerade mask as center pieces.
What did you love about being a southern bride?
I loved the fact that I could be as creative and authentic as I wanted to be. Southern traditions have different interpretations depending on who you ask, so a lot of research had to be done to get it just right.
Flowers: Jakrys Events (903) 399-3513 – My mom
Catering Family friend
DJ/Entertainment Family friend
Dress: Impression Bridal, purchased from Terry Costa in Dallas, Tx.
Rentals: Chairs, 504 rentals in New Orleans, La.
Wedding Planner: Jakrys Events (903) 399-3513
Photographer: Ashlyn Captured Photography, Baton Rouge La. (225) 636-0620
Transporation: 225 Rentals, Baton Rouge La.
Lighting: Stacie Party Lighting, Baton Rouge, La. (225) 612-8800
Venue: Shaw Center, Baton Rouge, La.
Makeup: MAC by: Mua Cleon (225) 761-82571