REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

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REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

Even with the news of losing her original reception venue, Courtney was all smiles on her wedding day.

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

Courtney had her grandmother's wedding dress re-designed so she could wear it on her own big day!

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

Jake and Courtney's families and friends really rallied together to make sure that the wedded pair had a positive day to remember.

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

The love in the room was like a burst of sunshine.

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

The couple were still able to have wedding traditions in their makeshift reception at Jake's parent's home.

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

REAL WEDDING:: COURTNEY + JAKE {All You Really Need is Love}

For many couples it can take months or even years to plan the “perfect wedding”. From booking caterers to finding the best venue, there is one thing you just can’t plan for: the weather.

And this was true for Courtney and Jake. All the planning in the world could not have prepared them for the historic flood that occurred in southern Louisiana. When flooding began in earnest on August 12th, the rising waters took with it two-thirds of Courtney and Jake’s guests as well as their wedding venue for the following day.

But come hell or high water, Courtney and Jake were getting married on August 13th, 2016. Jake’s parents offered their home, Courtney’s brother cooked jambalaya and both families contributed to make sure the ceremony and reception were magical.

“Our friends and family rallied around us to make sure we had the most memorable night of our lives,” Courtney says, and “…those who could not be there sent an overwhelming amount of love and support.”

Even though their original reception venue was washed out, they were still able to have their first dance, bouquet and garter toss and Cajun wedding march right in Jake’s parent’s living room.

“We wanted a classic and fun Cajun wedding, and even with the last minute changes due to the flooding, we made it happen,” Courtney says.

Even if nothing goes as planned, celebrating your commitment to spend your life with the one you love is what a wedding is all about. All you really do need is love.

PHOTOGRAPHER: VCB Photography | GET READY LOCATION: Groom’s Parents Home | CEREMONY LOCATION: Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church | OFFICIANT: Gary Schexnayder | RECEPTION: Groom’s Parents Home | REHEARSAL DINNER: Abacus | BRIDAL GOWN: Custom redesigned-Grandmother’s gown | BRIDESMAID’S GOWNS: David’s Bridal | GROOM/GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Mary Ellen’s Tux Shop | FLORIST: Leona Sue’s | BAKERY: Best Sweets | CEREMONY + RECEPTION MUSIC: Paul Granger | HAIR + MAKEUP: Lacie Arceneaux (cousin of the bride) | CATERER: Family + Cody Hollier (brother of the bride) | JEWELER: Ramsey’s | INVITATIONS: Zazzle

Starlight Williams

Wedding enthusiast. Multimedia Journalist. Scorpio. When not trying to meet a deadline, Starlight can be found singing off-key to Broadway show tunes, mourning the decline of manners, and watching the latest flick from the wonderful world of Disney.

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