Hi, y’all! This month’s Southern Bride of the Month is Meaghan. We couldn’t have picked anyone more perfect for this month of Mardi Gras, as both Meaghan and her fiancé Christopher are in school in New Orleans! Meaghan will also forever hold a fond place in my heart, because when I emailed her to let her know she was chosen as our next Southern Bride of Month, she responded by saying she “screamed in the library, skipped class, and called her two best friends!” That’s what we like to hear!!
Hi! What’s your name?
Meaghan Elizabeth McCarron
What’s your fiancé’s name?
Christopher Bryan Savoy
What do y’all do for a living?
I am currently a senior at Tulane University in New Orleans. In May, I will graduate with a certification to teach English for grades 6-12 and hope to be teaching in a New Orleans school in August! Chris graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Chemistry last May. He began school at LSU School of Dentistry in July, and has four more years of school here in New Orleans before completing his Doctorate of Dental Surgery!
How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.
Meaghan: We met in Rome 8 years ago.
Christopher: We actually met on the bus ride to the airport, but Meaghan doesn’t remember that.
Meaghan: Our school offered a trip to Italy and France for 8th and 9th graders that we both signed up for separately. I remember Chris making quite the effort to carry my Mom’s and my shopping bags around, loading our luggage onto the trains, and even protecting us during a confrontation with a homeless man on the metro!
Christopher: Little did Meaghan know, I thought she was beautiful and really started to like her.
Meaghan: However, it wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I really fell for him. We remember spending free periods together on the decks by the lockers, hanging out on the weekends in big groups, and going on double dates with my best friend and her beau. Eventually I worked up the courage to ask Christopher to the annual Sadie Hawkin’s Dance.
Christopher: After going to a local football game one night, I asked Meaghan to be my girlfriend when I dropped her off before her 10PM curfew.
Meaghan: We fell in love pretty fast and the next 7.5 years of our lives have been amazing! I taught him to play tennis…
Christopher: and now I can beat her!
Meaghan: …we both ended up at Tulane University on scholarships, we grew towards the Lord together, we went on vacations and mission trips, and we have made the best friends we could ever dream of having.
Now tell us alllll about the proposal.
Meaghan: On a beach trip with our friends after Mardi Gras last March, the two of us went on a night-time walk along the shore. Chris sneakily had our friends set up a blanket with a bottle of Veuve and champagne glasses a little ways down the beach. I remember thinking that the blanket had to be for another couple and wondering why we were walking towards it. When we got close to it, he got down on one knee and said the most beautiful words about our relationship, our future, and me. I was sobbing so hard that I don’t remember most of what he said, but I do remember him telling me I could adopt as many babies as I wanted, which is something very close to my heart!
Christopher: Actually I said “lots of babies”… not “as many as she wanted,” because then we might end up with 100 babies! Thankfully she said yes! I was only nervous because I hadn’t had a chance to shave off my Mardi Gras Mohawk!
Meaghan: We spent the next 30 minutes alone under the stars sipping champagne and talking about how far we’ve come and what the future holds. This was the calm before the storm.
Christopher: I planned the proposal this way, knowing that 14 of our best friends were back at the beach house.
Meaghan: All of our friends were gathered around a bonfire on the beach when we walked up and announced our engagement. It was pure chaos, tears, screams and joy until the wee hours of the morning.
The chapel where Meaghan and Christopher will be married!
When’s the big day?
June 2, 2012
Where might you two be tying the knot?
How did you pick your ceremony and reception venues? What do you love most about each space?
About a week after Christopher proposed, we called our school, the Episcopal School of Acadiana, to book the chapel. It is a beautiful space with big wooden beams, floor to ceiling windows, and exposed brick. Mossy oak trees, outdoor lockers, classrooms in barns, broken down school buses, and cane fields is where it all started, and we’ve always said we would go back there to get married!
After the wedding ceremony, the reception will immediately follow at the my childhood home! After over 50 birthday parties, dozens of family holiday dinners, 11 blow out Christmas parties, two graduation parties and endless nights in the pool, we thought we would add a wedding to the list of festivities we’ve hosted at the house!
Meaghan told us she loves gold shoes and coral flowers, so we picked this inspiration out just for her :) Photo by Lauren Kinsey, styling by Shelby Peaden, and florals by Myrtie Blue via Wedding Chicks
Were you totally that girl who planned her wedding from age 5, or not so much?
Christopher and I have been dating for 7.5 years, so I’ve been waiting/planning to marry this man for 1/3 of my life! However, I would say that my real obsession began in 2008 when I was a freshman in college. Big lecture classes really accelerated my devotion to wedding blogs! I can’t say that I keep up with 25 like Madelynne, but I stay super consistent with about a dozen beautiful blogs!
Who or what has been most inspiring in the wedding planning process?
God has felt so close to us during our engagement that we haven’t needed much besides him! Through the blessings of such amazing friends and family, receiving pre-marital counseling while we were missionaries in the Dominican Republic, and feeling like everything is secure and wonderful in our lives, we are so thankful for this God-given peace!
Meaghan is hoping for a moment like this at her wedding (photo by Brooke Courtney from this post)
Have you picked your dress yet? How’d that go? What will you be wearing on the big day?
Yes! I found my dress at Wedding Belles on Magazine Street with help from the most wonderful consultant, Katie. My mom and I made a few appointments all over the city on a beautiful Saturday in May. I had probably tried on a few dozen dresses that day, but when I slipped on this dress, it was just perfect! It is candlelight in color, an a-line silhouette, with a sweetheart neckline and beautiful lace sash! We all know it’s bad luck to share a picture of the dress before the big reveal, so I guess y’all will have to wait and see it in June!
Who is your favorite vendor you’ve booked so far?
Okay, so this is where it gets really Cajun! As I thought about our menu, I couldn’t imagine paying a caterer to make jambalaya when in reality, nobody can make it better than Christopher’s mom… and I would never dream of ordering somebody else’s crawfish etouffee when clearly, we all want Christopher’s grandmother’s secret recipe! Slowly, word got out, and the rest of his family wanted their infamous Cajun recipes to be a part of the limelight! So, our menu will be mostly family cooking! However, we knew we needed someone to manage the chaos and fill in the holes in our menu, and we are so thankful to have Joey’s Catering on board to really polish off the menu and take the stress out of it for us!
Delicious Southern food from Camille + Mark’s reception (photos by Gina Zeidler)
What is Southern about your wedding?
Born and raised in “Cajun-country” and spending the last four years of college in New Orleans… Louisiana pride is a huge part of my identity. By beau lives to duck hunt, cheer for the Tigers and the Saints, praise the Lord on Sundays, and make his mama proud. Nothing makes me happier than slaving all afternoon over a gumbo for my friends, spending the day on St. Charles at the parades, and coming home at the end of the night to my college house decorated with wreaths, sorority paddles, and the women I love. Our wedding will be a reflection of all of those things, plus the Cajun/New Orleans culture that raised us and brought us together. My 78 year old nanny who helped raised me is in the wedding party, our dance with Chris’ parents will be to Zydeco jams, there will be chandeliers in the oak trees of my backyard, and my dad will probably be walking around with a pitcher of his best batch of Old Fashioneds (a recipe given to him on his grandmother’s death bed). I’d like to think of our wedding as “classy-Cajun”… which to me, is the best kind of Southern elegance there is!
Meaghan’s been busy collecting family wedding photos to display at the reception, just like we did in V4! (Photo by Katie Stoops)
Do you have a favorite Etsy store you’d love to tell us about?
I am so proud of this one. After years of browsing blogs, I always knew that my bridesmaid’s dresses would be the hardest decision to make. I wanted my ladies to look beautiful and stay cool during my hot Louisiana summer wedding while still avoiding the “bridesmaid-y” look. After actual WEEKS of searching on Etsy, I found it. I came across Lana Stepul and this stunning linen backless dress with pockets and a bow. She found the most perfect coral-pink linen that will match my bouquet and look great on all 8 my ladies!
Inspiration for the gents’ attire by A Bryan Photo via Southern Weddings
If you had to pick three top priorities for your budget, what would they be and why? Are your fiancé’s priorities different?
Meaghan says guests (I want EVERYONE to be there!), music (I just want to dance all night!), and photography (I want classic pictures we will love forever!). Christopher says food (My mama spoiled me with the best Cajun cooking Louisiana has to offer!), friends (I don’t want to leave anyone out!), and honeymoon (after studying non-stop during my first year of dental school, I am ready for some time off with my boo!).
What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?
Getting ready with my best friends, dancing with my daddy, and calling Christopher my husband for the first time!
Meaghan has gorgeous long, and she’s planning to wear it down and loosely curled! We love this inspiration from Abby Jiu (via SW) and Melissa Schollaert (via SW)
Any plans for a honeymoon? Where do you want to go and what will you do?
This was Christopher’s contribution to the wedding planning and I have to say, he did a pretty amazing job! We are flying to Barcelona, Spain the day after our wedding to go on a 12-day Mediterranean Cruise! We are stopping in Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Malta!
Any advice you’d like to pass along to fellow brides?
Stick to your guns! We went into the planning process with a lot of ideas that were a far stretch and super unique to us as a couple. When we shared these ideas, a lot of vendors told us we were crazy. We kept going until we found people that shared our vision, loved our drama, and were excited to be working with us! We are so happy that we didn’t conform to the cookie cutter wedding and that Christopher and I are really making June 2nd a celebration of OUR love!
Meaghan wants the existing furniture and cozy lighting at her home to create ambiance, and we love this inspiration image! (Photo by Steve Steinhardt via Southern Weddings)
Now it’s your turn to ask for advice – is there anything you’d like to poll the SW readers on?
For those of you who have been in weddings or have any experience coordinating, how long does it take for everyone to get down the aisle? I have the most beautiful song picked out but it is only 2.5 minutes long. Do y’all think that Is that enough time for grandparents, parents, the bridal party, and myself to all get down the aisle?
Thank you so much for playing along, Meaghan! Readers, if you’d like to apply to be a Southern Bride of the Month, check out this post for all the details! If you’ve already emailed me, you’re still in the running for future months!
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