A Simple Southern Wedding at Acadian Village in Lafayette, Louisiana

Melissa Martin (a chef) and Rush Jagoe (a photographer) directly incorporated their friends and family into the wedding-planning process and the result was nothing short of lovely. From her heirloom wedding dress to their five single-tier wedding cakes, everything was contributed by the couple’s loved ones. Heirloom Collective was there to document every sweet detail as Melissa and Rush said “I do” in a church ceremony and ended the night dancing to a Cajun band with their 100 guests. “We have so many talented friends. From florists to bakers to beer makers and musicians, they came together to help us on our wedding day,” Melissa says. “We wanted everything to feel very Louisiana and be natural, right down to wildflowers from the farmers' market.” Bright dahlias in clear-glass bulb vases accented each family-style table at the reception. The fence around their open-barn venue, Acadian Village, was even lined with hanging mason jars of purple astilbes, pink dahlias, white daisies and other bright blooms. One of the couple’s friends also made colorful 100 God’s Eyes that hung from the ceiling across their reception, dance floor and outdoor lounge area. Each stood out against rows of string lighting. For a sweet touch, Melissa’s former sous chef treated them to dessert. Surrounded by six pies and four other cakes, Melissa and Rush’s wedding cake was accented with a large, whimsical lovebird topper. Every detail at the wedding was filled with a personal touch. Melissa shares a simple tip: “Make your day about you.”