The Royal Wedding has Nothing on Louisiana

I LOVE weddings. Like almost to an insane degree. When I was in high school, I made collages from wedding magazines of things I liked – almost like a low-tech Pinterest board. And, like many people in the world, I tuned in to watch as Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle in what can only be called an American fairy tale come true. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching the replay. Not only was it a piece of history, the sermon was nothing short of groundbreaking.

BUT – historical groundbreaking aside – the wedding had all of us at Lafayette Moms Blog looking back at our favorite photos from our own big days, and one thing became evident: we may not be royal, but we sure know how to throw a party.

Tracy loved her wedding – and it’s easy to see why. This gorgeous setting has nothing in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.

Sure – there were smiles between Prince Harry and Meghan, but were they as infectious as Emily’s? And save that horse-drawn carriage. She rode away from her wedding reception on a motorcycle. #micdrop

It’s pretty clear that Amanda didn’t just have a wedding – she had a full blown party! She loved her band, and it’s obvious her guests had an amazing night!

So many Louisiana weddings have photos exactly like Ashley’s – breaking it down near the band with drinks in hand!

Lauren’s favorite photo from her wedding is this gorgeous shot of the newlywed couple sharing a kiss while the city bustles around them.

Meghan who? Betsy was serving LOOKS at her wedding. 

Louisianians wear their hearts on their sleeve, and you can clearly see the joy and happiness in Elizabeth’s favorite photo.  

Casey felt like royalty at her wedding, and I love this photo and the canailles groomsmen. She said that once the rings were handed to her husband, the groomsman threw the ring box over the crowd and it landed in a pond. Only in Louisiana …

Yvette hit the nail on the head when she said “I think most Louisiana weddings end like this.” YEP!

This photo is extra special because it is outside where Malary and her husband first met – Kindergarten! 

Amelia‘s wedding was amazing – the dress and the cake – just flawless! 

This is my favorite photo from my wedding, and it doesn’t even have my husband in it. I’m just keeping it real as usual. I went from not wanting a veil to getting the largest one they had – it was basically a hairstyle. That shirt belonged to my husband and I wore it to get ready for at least 6 weddings.

Now if I have to pick a favorite WITH my husband – this one is definitely it. My train caught on the stairs so my dad had to get up to help me out, and I was full of laughter and smiles.

Kendra’s favorite photo is magazine-worthy from the dress to the bouquet. NOT pictured … the groomsmen standing around a white board labeled “exit strategy” (my husband, while in the wedding, still swears he wasn’t a part of this.) 

Sure, there were some adorable looks shared between Prince Harry and Meghan … but none of them had SMITTEN KITTEN written all over them like Sarah’s. 

Stephanie claims she warned her husband that she had this planned – and you can tell on her face that she meant business. The best part? She said he sneezed while on the plane heading to their honeymoon and cake came out.

The look of love is THERE with Rebecca – even with her shades on. Is there anything better at a wedding than a big dance circle with sunglasses?

Amy’s brother had taken leave for her wedding and was sent back to Afghanistan just one month later.

So while we may not be royal, we sure know how to party like one. And one thing is for certain, as long as you have love, then the wedding is just a byproduct – a means to an end. Because as much fun as weddings are, the real fun starts when your life together begins. 

Meghan and Harry … the fun is just beginning.

Laurel Hess is a mother to 2 young boys, a rescue pup, an off-balance cat and likely a few foster pups. She spends her days as President of a local marketing agency, helping craft integrated digital strategies and leading a team of creative collaborators. Once at home, however, Laurel is just trying to find peace with being the World's Okayest Mom. A Dallas transplant in a Louisiana world, Laurel graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in Broadcast Production. She met her husband while she was evacuated in Lafayette during Hurricane Katrina. They lived 5 wild, kid-free years in New Orleans while Laurel served as the Sales and Marketing Manager for the Superdome, Arena and Champions Square, before finally returning to Lafayette and into the wildest phase of life yet ... Parenthood.