Something Old, Something New,Something Borrowed, Something Blue, a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe; a timeless tradition special to every bride on her wedding day. The semi-annual event, Something Old, Something New, presented and hosted by the Old Governor’s Mansion and Weddings by Allie, showcases all the must haves from local Baton Rouge vendors for a bride’s special day. Thursday, January 17th was the 10-year anniversary of the event encompassing over 120 guests, multiple raffle prizes and 28 vendors. Wedding planner, Allie Wester explained how perfectly the night showcases the dear tradition.
Something old: the Old Governor’s Mansion, something new: all the new brides in attendance, something borrowed: borrowed advice from the vendors, and something blue: the blue tote bag received at the end of the night from all the vendors.
The night began as brides and their guests walked through the front doors of the Old Governor’s Mansion into the foyer, where a bride gleamed on the staircase. The guests had time to admire the mansion and mingle with vendors before the real fun started. “I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did when I walked in,” said bride, Claire Trahan. Unlike ordinary trade shows, brides were able to experience the venue as it would be on their wedding day. Bride Carly Wilton, who is having her wedding at the mansion explained, “Being from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I wanted to have a true, traditional Louisiana wedding and what better place to do it than the Old Governor’s Mansion?”
Guests enjoyed sampling food from caterers, viewing sample photographs and paintings, listening to musicians and much more. Kevin Grelle, the assistant general manager of Joe Gambino’s Bakery, is one of these vendors participating that keeps coming back to the event. “I love the intimacy you get at the Old Governor’s Mansion. So many places I do are big and sprawling with people. This is a more comfortable setting. The process of having vendors sign the cards helps brides make sure to visit everyone,” says Grelle.
Brides turned in their programs and so began the fun! Allie welcomed guests in the East Ballroom. A Bride and Groom were introduced and performed an uplifting spotlight dance, encouraging guests to join in. There was a cake pull, bouquet and garter tosses and raffle items ranging from free bridal portraits, spa packages, hotel stays and more. The grand prize featured an all-inclusive honeymoon to Jamaica. Winning bride, Olivia Price was overwhelmed when her name was called.
“I never win anything! We really just wanted to come enjoy the fun. Allie is doing my wedding and we were about to leave before the raffle, but she convinced us to stay,” says the bride. The night concluded with a second-line by the bride and groom out of the East Ballroom. Brides were gifted totes as they exited containing information from all the vendors they experienced throughout the night.
Troy Kleinpeter photographed the night and has been doing so since the inception of the event. “I have been working with Allie since she started,” says Kleinpeter. “The Old Governor’s Mansion is the most romantic venue in Baton Rouge and Allie is the hardest worker I know.” Something Old, Something New is the perfect bridal event to attend in preparation for your big day!
For more information on Thursday night’s event, visit www.preserve-louisiana.org
by Reagan Robert