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REAL WEDDING:: Brooke Rafidi + Beau Mothe {A Who Dat I Do}



In Brooke’s words…

“We met and started dating at 15 and then broke up when we were around 19 when he started college. Years went by and I gave up on love. My heart never left Beau, and I never stopped thinking about him or loving him. I just continued to pray asking God to please help me with my struggles. By the grace of God, we saw each other again three years ago now at my mom’s aunt’s funeral, which was at the funeral home his family owned and he ran, and before you knew it, we couldn’t deny the love that was there. I married my prince and got my fairytale ending, marrying the love of my life 12 years later.”

wedding invitations


The night we got engaged started at Domenica in New Orleans having dinner with some of our best friends. Little did I know this was all a setup going months back! It was December 7th, so after dinner, we had to take our annual Christmas picture at The Roosevelt Hotel in front of all of the Christmas Trees. Of course, the perfect spot was crucial, and for more reasons than one (wink wink!). Before I knew it, Beau pulled me aside for a picture, and as I stood next to him, he got down on one knee, took my hand, and asked me for FOREVER! I said ‘Yes, yes, yes!’ and hugged him tight for this was just the beginning of our fairytale love story come true!”

formal photo of bride outside

“One of the most memorable parts of our wedding day was when I put my wedding dress on.” Brooke tells NOW Magazine. “Time stopped. It was the split second when all of the memories of Beau and I rushed through my mind. I was holding back tears of gratitude. That first love. That unconditional love because even at a young age, that is what we always had and what we always will have. All of the heartbreak, the struggle, the pain and all of it came to this moment. God had blessed me with his greatest blessing of all. All of my hopes and dreams were coming true with my sister, my Matron Of Honor, Laura, right by my side through it all. Even though, so many of my family and friends were at the house and my incredible photographer, Kacie, was right in front of me, in that moment, everything and everyone disappeared… it was just me and God.”

the groom finishing getting ready
wide shot of st. louis cathedral

bride and groom sharing a smile during wedding ceremony
wedding party photo at st. louis cathedral

It is no secret that my family loves white, and if you know our family, you’re laughing right now. There are a few reasons I picked white for my bridesmaids. One because after doing my research, an entire wedding party in all white is absolutely breathtaking. Two, the color white looks incredible on everyone, and three, white is timeless! I wanted every single bridesmaid to look and feel incredible, so I liked the idea of white making a subtle, yet beautiful statement on every single girl.” -Brooke

bride and groom kissing outside st. louis cathedral in front of the rolls royce
bride dancing with Saint's mascot
Brooke and her father did a unique father daughter dance ending with Gumbo, the New Orleans Saints Mascot joining them on the dance floor to get the party started!
bride and groom kissing in front of wedding cake
When Beau and I started dating on January 10, 2007, we didn’t realize back then that my parent’s wedding anniversary was on the exact same day! So, being that on our wedding day my parents would be celebrating 30 years married, I had to surprise them with a special anniversary song, “You’re The Inspiration” by Chicago.
bride and groom kissing on balcony overlooking guests

“Beau and I did our First dance to the song, ‘I’ll Be’ by Edwin McCain. This song has left us with so many memories over the years from our time together, it was always ‘our’ song. During the 6 years we spent apart, this song was heart-wrenching to the both of us. We chose this song as kids and finding out the story behind the lyrics of the song as adults, gave it a whole new meaning to us. Our wedding night was when it all came full circle as husband and wife.”

bride and groom in carriage outside the orpheum




PHOTOGRAPHER: Kacie Fayard, Studio Tran | CEREMONY LOCATION: St. Louis Cathedral  | OFFICIANT: Fr. Matthew | BRIDAL GOWN: Town & Country | BRIDESMAIDS GOWNS: White Runway | MENSWEAR: John’s Tuxedos | FLORIST: The Plant Gallery | BAKERY: La Louisiane Bakery | RECEPTION LOCATION: The Orpheum Theater | VIDEOGRAPHER: Shannon Talamo | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Larry Dewitt | INVITATIONS: Stationery Stylist | HAIR + MAKEUP: Glow | WEDDING PLANNER: Renee Collie | TRANSPORTATION: Riculfy Livery | REHEARSAL DINNER : Antoine’s Restaurant | JEWELER: Beje 

wedding reception signage
rosary wrapped bridal bouquet
groom and groomsmen in limo bus
bride and groom heading to the dance floor
bride posing outside with the rolls royce
four tiered white wedding cake decorated with white roses
bride and groom getting down with Gumbo, the Saints Mascot
the bride with her mom and the mother of the groom
bride's father giving her a kiss on the cheek
floral centeripiece with white roses and floating candles
horse and carriage outside the orpheum
cake ball wedding favors white with gold M
bride and groom kissing in the doorway to st. louis cathedral
bride's father shaking hands with groom
custom tie for groom that reads "I carry your heart with me, I carry it in my heart"
the bride and bridesmaids posing before getting ready
The bride getting out of the rolls royce just before her wedding
bride and groom kissing outside st. louis cathedral in front of the rolls royce
close up of wedding rings
artistic photo of the front of the Rolls Royce outside the Orpheum
bridesmaids holding flowers
Groom and groomsmen pose at the orpheum
floating candles, wedding reception decor
the outside of the orpheum theater
wedding bouquet with locket featuring grandparents
white wooden M for wedding guests to sign
artistic photo of the groom's jacket
customized handkerchief for mother of the bride
the bride and her father walking down the aisle
bride groom first kiss
bride dancing with a backward white cap on her head
artistic shot of wedding dress
artistic shot of engagement ring and shoes

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Myndee is a freelance writer and author. She is a New Orleans area native who has been creating digital content for over 10 years. Her work has been featured in local and national publications, including New Orleans Living Magazine and CNN. In her free time, she enjoys trying out new exercise classes, listening to audio books and spending time with her three kids. As an introverted extrovert, Myndee loves being part of the generation where most of her friends live in her computer.

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