Date Night

Date Night Lake Charles, LA – January 2015

We are so happy you found your way to The Louisiana Wedding blog! One of our main goals for creating this resource is to encourage beautiful marriages for Lake Area couples. A marriage starts at “I Do,” but the years and happenings that follow, are what build the substance and foundation for your marriage. With two babies and owning our own business, I realized my husband and I rarely take time to focus on us. As we start this new year we plan on committing time each and every month to spend time together, and we want you to join us! We plan on sharing some local Date Night suggestions, and one Date Night feature per month. Here is the thing, we get busy and its so easy to look over personal things and plan “more important” things instead. So you have to really look at your schedules – pull them out now – and mark a Date Night on your calendar. Block off that time and make it a priority. Yes, some VERY important things may come up and you might have to reschedule once this year, but really make this time together something you need to do, not just something you wish you did. We have some suggestions of local events below, so read on! We look forward to spending this necessary time together in 2015, and can’t wait to hear about your Date Nights as well!

1. Dinner and a Movie – This is honestly our go-to right now. Our goal is to get a little more variation into our Date Nights, to really get out and experience Lake Charles, but this is a good place to start! There are ways to mix it up and make dinner and a movie into a fun experience. For example, do you have a restaurant you always go to?  Do the servers know your name, or at least recognize you, when you go in there? Why don’t you mix it up for Date Night and visit a local restaurant that you have always wanted to visit! Order something new that you usually wouldn’t order, or a sampler platter, and try a variety of new things – or get that expensive thing on the menu that you wouldn’t usually order. Why not have breakfast for dinner or pick up a special dessert for after dinner? Does one person always pick the movie? Switch it up and let your significant other pick the movie! If you have two movies you really both want to watch why don’t you go both? Watch one and then go see the second movie right after! There are plenty of ways to make dinner and a movie a date night adventure. Get creative!

2. Cajun Dancercise (Starting January 10 – recurring monthly every 2nd Saturday) – What?! This sounds like a great date night adventure! Get acquainted with Cajun culture and learn a few dance moves. It is even advertised as great fun AND exercise! Here are the details (as shown on Lake Charles tourist center’s website linked above):

When – Starts January 10 – recurring monthly every 2nd Saturday from 7:oo pm to 10:30 pm
Where – VFW Post 2130 – 1900 Country Club Rd. Lake Charles, LA 70605
Cost – Admission is $7 (Must be 21+)
Contact – Ron at (337) 802-0802 with additional questions

3. Color Vibe 5K (Saturday, January 10) – Fun, exercise, and giving to a good cause! Color Vibe is a 5K that you a run (or walk) while being covered in “100% safe, edible, biodegradable, and beautiful, D&C approved and non-toxic” color.

When – Saturday, January 10 at 8:00 am
Where – Lake Charles Civic Center – 900 Lakeshore Dr, Lake Charles, LA.
Cost – Team Runner – $26; Individual Runner – $30 (Special Offer Valid until January 8, 2015)
More Info/Register –


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4. McNeese Cowgirls Basketball vs. Abilene Christian (Wednesday, January 14, 2015) – If you are McNeese and/or basketball fan go cheer on the MSU Cowgirls basketball team as they play Abilene Christian.

When – Wednesday, January 14 at 7:00 pm
Where – Burton Complex –  7001 Gulf Hwy, Lake Charles, LA 70607

5. Leann Rimes Concert (Saturday, January 17, 2015) – If you are a Leann Rimes or country/pop music fan, the newly opened Golden Nugget will be hosting a concert for the Grammy award winning singer! If you haven’t been able to visit the Golden Nugget since it opened a few weeks ago, this is a great opportunity!

When – Saturday, January 17 at 8:00 pm
Where – Golden Nugget Grand Ballroom – 2550 Golden Nugget Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70601
Cost – Tickets start at $39
More Info/Register – Buy tickets here

4. McNeese Cowboys Basketball vs. Abilene Christian (Tuesday, January 20, 2015) – If you are McNeese and/or basketball fan go cheer on the MSU Cowboys basketball team as they play Abilene Christian.

When – Tuesday, January 20 at 7:00 pm
Where – Burton Complex –  7001 Gulf Hwy, Lake Charles, LA 70607

5. Percussion Ensemble Concert (Wednesday, January 21, 2015) – Get cultured and enjoy a concert in the newly built McNeese State University art building, then follow up with a lovely dinner for two at your favorite restaurant!

When – Wednesday, January 21 at 8:00 pm
Where – McNeese Department of Performing Arts – 4205 Ryan St., Lake Charles, LA 70605
Cost – Free

6. Mardi Gras Community Dance (Friday, January 23, 2015) – Are you ready for Mardi Gras? Want a reason to get dressed up? Why don’t you and your special someone attend this free community dance sponsored by the City of Lake Charles, Community Inclusion, Market Basket and Billy Navarre!

When – Friday, January 23 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where – Lake Charles Civic Center – 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Cost – Free
More Info – Call (337) 436-9588 or visit the Lake Charles Mardi Gras website

7. Painting With A Twist (Friday, January 23, 2015) – Get your painting on! Plan a super fun date to Painting With A Twist, where you can both paint a masterpiece with the help of the teams instructors who guide you every step of the way! You can visit the Painting With A Twist website to view all of the planned paintings for this month – but we highly suggest the “Wet Kiss Set” night. You will both paint a canvas that can later be placed side by side to create a combined painting! You just might see us there for this one! ;)

When – Friday, January 23 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where – 4421 Nelson Rd, Lake Charles, LA 70605
Cost – $35 per person
Reserve a Seat – You can reserve a seat online or give them a call at (337) 478-0955 with any questions.

8. River Cruise featuring Alvin Touchet and 3 Hour Tour (Saturday, January 24, 2015) – This is a unique date night! Cruise down the river aboard the Lady of the Lake for dinner (buffet style), fun, and music. Cash bar available – must be 21+ years old to board.

When – Saturday, January 24 – boarding at 4:30 pm, departure at 5:00 pm, return at 7:30 pm
Where – Riverside Resort (Loggerheads) – 3748 Hwy 3059 (Old Town Road), Lake Charles, LA 70615
Cost – $75 per person
Reserve a Ticket – Call 337-491-6794 to reserve your ticket
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These are just a few suggestions, and you are welcome to view more local events by visiting the Lake Charles event calendar. We CAN NOT WAIT to see what fun date night ideas you all come up with this month! Please share your Date Night Adventures with us below in the comments!

Engagement, Wedding Planning

Wedding Planning Lake Charles, LA – You Are Engaged! Now What?

Yay! You are engaged! You have been awaiting this day for some length of time – whether you have been planning and dreaming about this since you were a little girl, or once you realized he was “the one.” More likely than not, this is your first go round and you aren’t too sure what to do first.

Here are five suggestions to get you started on your wedding planning journey:

1. Do some research.
Stop by a grocery store or bookstore, like Books-a-Million in Lake Charles, LA, and check out some wedding magazines. (You might even want to purchase one or two to take home and reference later.) We highly recommend Southern Weddings Magazine which can be found at Target in Lake Charles, LA or online.

What are you looking for exactly? Flip through the magazine and see what stands out to you the most. Do you really like a color scheme that you see being used for a wedding? Do you like the rustic country look or a modern and very sophisticated look? Are you drawn more to the lace wedding dresses or the princess dresses? Would you like an outdoor wedding or an indoor wedding? What time of year would you like to get married?

2. Compile your ideas in one central place.
Once you start getting an idea of what you would like your wedding to look like, start writing things down. Cut out photos from the magazines (okay we know the magazines are really pretty, you can totally make a copy of the pages and cut the copy out if you prefer) and compile them in a binder or folder. A great resource and place to keep all of your wedding ideas would be The Southern Weddings Planner (we plan on reviewing this beautiful wedding planner soon!).

3. Pick a date.
Picking a date can be a big deal or just a detail depending on each individual couple. Some couples choose a specific date that is very special to them for their wedding, some choose a date during the time of year that they love most, and others just choose a date based on how long they will have to plan or around other important life events (ex. 6 months, 9 months, or a year from their engagement). Picking a date is actually a crucial first step as all the vendors you chat with will want to know what day you would like to book to make sure they are available for your wedding day!

4. Discuss your budget.
While you won’t always be able to plan your budget to the dollar at the very beginning of your wedding planning adventure, it’s a good idea to ballpark a budget that you would like to stick close to. The more research you do on vendors, the more precise your budget planning will get. A really great tip for budgeting that we used when we were planning our own wedding and absolutely swear by, is to each pick one thing that is most important to you about your wedding and allot a good bit of your budget for those two things. For me, the photography was the most important thing, because the photographs were the memories we would have and look back on for years and years to come after our wedding. For my husband the most important thing was the honeymoon, because he wanted to go somewhere fun and really have a vacation together. Once we decided on the two things that were most important to us, we focused the budget to make sure those things were paid for first and foremost and then if we had to cut back we did so in other areas of planning. Looking back this really helped us so much in not only our wedding planning, but also in the over-all experience we had with everything because we were able to enjoy the things that were most important to us.

5. Book a ceremony/reception venue.
Once you and your fiancé have selected a date for your wedding (or at least a general idea of when you would like to have it), go ahead and make a list of venues that you would like to have your ceremony and/or reception at. (You can view a list of local wedding venues here.) Once you have at least three options for both the ceremony and the reception, or ceremony and reception together, check out their hours of operation and call to see if you can schedule a time to come and take a tour of the venue(s) they offer for weddings and discuss booking fees, etc. (You can reference a post we wrote with some tips on researching and booking a wedding venue here.)

There is plenty more wedding planning to do, but we hope this gives you a good starting place! Keep researching and feel free to reference our vendor list to scroll through and find some local vendors you would love to work with!


Tademy Design and Photography

Congratulations!! We can’t tell you enough how excited we are for you both as you begin this amazing journey to your lives together! As a husband and wife team, we love being able to work together to capture special memories for our couples and build new friendships!

Our wedding collections start at $2500. Each wedding is as special and unique as you are. For this reason we do offer custom options that are set up according to your specific needs.

Location: 900 Ryan Street, Suite 306, Lake Charles, LA 70601

Phone: (337) 564-6740



“Thank you both for capturing our very special moments! The pictures are amazing!” – Tabitha Holman (October 2014)

“Leroy and Chelsea are absolutely THE BEST!! I thought engagement pictures were going to be somewhat awkward, but they made it so easy and fun! Im looking forward to working with them this Saturday for bridals and then for our wedding in October!!!!!” – Lauren Leibee (October 2014)

“Y’all are just amazing. God has blessed you both with amazing talents. I hate taking pictures and I’m so self conscious, but you both made me feel like a princess!! I’m so happy!” – Candice Holmes (December 2014)