Christmas Festival holds special memory for couple


By Hannah Richardson

Christmastime in Natchitoches is a magical occurrence.

It is a time of year where memories are made, as well as long-standing traditions among family and friends. The Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights is special to all, especially for Jordan and Stacey Sheppard.

On Nov. 23, 2008, after dating for five months and three days after her birthday, Jordan surprised Stacey by bringing her to the festival for their first time.

“I love Christmas and had always wanted to go,” said Stacey. “We went shopping on the strip and found a drawing of The Judge Porter House. We thought it looked beautiful so we stopped by to check it out! I didn’t know at the time but he had made reservations for us there for the weekend. After settling in, he brought me for dinner reservations at The Mariner, followed by looking at the Christmas Lights on a carriage ride.”

When the carriage stopped for them to get out and look at the water fountain across from the Steel Magnolia house, Jordan proposed to Stacey.

Jordan and Stacey Sheppard with their children, Lexi, Sawyer and Ryder.

Fast-forward almost nine years and they are married with three kids, Lexi, 6, Sawyer, 4, and Ryder, 1. They reside in Calhoun and play music together as an acoustic duet, Roses and Revolvers. The couple actually met at a singing competition,in 2008.

“We still come to see the lights and fireworks every year as a family,” said Stacey.