By Lisa Hanchey
Photos by Sara Kelly
Yvette Naquin Guidry
Real Estate Agent
Dream Home Realty
Self Employed Welder/Photographer
Wedding date 5/6/2017
Yvette Naquin was a city girl. Chad Guidry was a country boy. When they first got together, friends thought it would never last. But after eight years of tough times and enduring love, the two proved the naysayers wrong.
In the Beginning
The two opposites first met on a Sunday afternoon in August 2008, at Whiskey River. Yvette, the big-city socialite, was celebrating her best friend’s birthday. Chad’s brother, Barry Guidry, just happened to be with the group, dancing and having fun. Barry called Chad, who had been going through a tough time, to come meet the partygoers. About 30 minutes later, Chad walked in the door, and was introduced to Yvette.
“Our first meeting was brief; however, there were some serious fireworks,” Yvette says.
Over the next few months, Chad and Yvette kept running into each other, talking only briefly. That all changed in January 2009, when Yvette and her best friend, Sandra Romero, were at Cowboys night club listening to Gene Delafosse when Chad walked in. This time, Yvette decided to throw caution to the wind, and walked right up to Chad. She asked him to dance while the bouncer was still putting on Chad’s wrist band. ”
We danced all night and had a blast,” Yvette says.
As the bar was shutting down, Chad asked Yvette if she would go to dinner with him. But, she did not want to wait and told Chad that the pork chop sandwiches, sold by the vendor outside, would suffice.
“We sat eating those delicious sandwiches for about an hour and had a great talk, getting to know each other better and realizing that this may be something we may want to pursue,” she says.
Chad asked for Yvette’s number, and the polite gentleman man asked if Yvette would consider going out on a date with him. She said, “Yes, of course,” and invited him to the Rio Ball (Yvette was a krewe member).
Magical Mystic Night
Before Rio, Chad had never been to a Mardi Gras ball, which made Yvette and Chad’s first “official”date even more special. In 2010, Chad joined Rio as well.
“It is something we look forward to every year, and we also celebrate it as the anniversary of our first date,” Yvette says.
Made for Each Other
Although the two were total opposites — a country boy and a city girl — they made the relationship work.
“We embrace each other’s differences, and the differences are what makes us such a unique couple,” Yvette says.
He now owns a tux, and she has La Cross Rubber Boots. Chad sealed the deal when he took dance lessons to surprise Yvette, because he knew how much she loved to dance. Yvette takes him to Mardi Gras balls and parties, while Chad takes her on swamp tours.
“We love each other so much that we celebrate these differences and appreciate them,” Chad says.
A Truly Special Wedding
Because Chad loves oak trees, Yvette envisioned a wedding under the magnificent branches at Jefferson Island. The couple married at sunset beneath the sweeping oak canopy, surrounded by their families and closest friends.
“What made the ceremony so special was all of the friends and family that were there to support us, after knowing our story and what all we have been through,” Yvette says. “They all said how special it was and that they knew our love was so strong for each other.”