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Katelyn + Clay’s Louisiana wedding at the Kent House is getting me excited for my own wedding in two short weeks!  Sure, K + C had an outdoor ceremony, and Kyle + I will be tying the knot in a church, but the all-white color palette and classic details are right up my alley.  Mark Eric photographed the plantation-like celebration, and Ferguson Rick Flowers (318-443-2986) designed the rose bouquets.  One detail I’d love to steal from this happy bride?  How gorgeous she looks in her flowy Paloma Blanca gown.  Gor-geous.  (Her bridesmaids’ crisp Watters and Watters frocks are pretty awesome themselves.)

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  We met in college at Oklahoma City University. Clay played golf and I was there for music. During my second semester, we met at “The Sip,” a favorite bar of OCU students. For our first date, Clay had a flat tire. I thought he was just trying to get out of the date. BUT, Clay and a friend changed the tire in the rain so we could still go on our date. We dated for 3 years before getting engaged.
Describe the proposal.
 In December of 2008, a new coffee and cupcake shop opened in Oklahoma City called Cuppies and Joe. We went there at least once a week and would always talk about our future and our relationship. We got to know the owners very well. Clay set the whole thing up as follows: The owners came up to us one day and asked us to do a photo shoot for their new website. We were to come in on a Sunday when they weren’t open and take pictures talking, drinking coffee, eating cupcakes, etc. On Sunday we walked into the shop, grabbed some cupcakes and coffee and sat down. The owners began taking pictures and told us to just act natural. I dived into my cupcake and on the bottom of the wrapper, Clay had written, “Will you marry me?” He got down on one knee and pulled out an antique lock and the ring attached with some ribbon. After I said “yes,” I unlocked the lock and slipped the ring off of the ribbon. The lock remained unlocked through the next year of wedding planning. On the day of the wedding, we locked it again as a symbol of strength and commitment. We threw the lock into the ocean on our honeymoon in Hawaii.
Three adjectives that describe the day are:
Simple, personal, perfect
Our favorite detail of the wedding was:
The lock. We couldn’t get the unity candle to light since it was an outdoor wedding. I thought nothing of it. I knew the lock was more sentimental to us than any other tradition.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration?  What was Southern about your wedding?
Well, first off, it was held at a plantation! The ceremony and reception took place at Kent House Plantation in Alexandria, LA. The magnolia garland also helped in the beauty of a Louisiana wedding. The table cloth overlay under my wedding cake was made out of the lace from my mother’s wedding dress. My grandmother handmade my garter, and sewed on an antique pull that her husband gave her when they first got married. I also pinned my other grandmother’s antique blue cameo on to my bouquet.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Finding my wedding dress was more difficult than I thought it would be! I knew I wanted something really simple. I finally found my dress at Mockingbird Bridal in Dallas, TX. As soon as I put it on, I knew I’d found it. It was light, airy, comfortable, classy, and timeless.

Written with love by Southern Weddings
1 Comment
  1. avatar Shawn reply

    Everything is just lovely. The lock and key is just brilliant….what a story! Many happy years to you both.

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