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The new Mr. and Mrs. toasted their “I do’s” with an outdoor reception at the Louisiana Kent House.  Our favorite part of the celebration?  The to-die-for wedding cake and cupcake tiers from Edna’s Cake CreationYes, please!  For more from Katelyn + Clay’s photographer, Mark Eric, check out his blog post here.

Describe your wedding flowers: My favorite flowers are hydrangeas. We used white and blue hydrangeas everywhere. Our florist also did a Magnolia garland across the entire balcony of the Kent House, right above our “altar.” It was stunning.
Describe your wedding cake: Our wedding cake was very traditional. It had 4 tiers with white flowers on white cake. The raspberry almond layer was amazing!!
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? I have trouble making decisions. I always mull over them afterwards. After just a few weeks, I finally realized that I just needed to make a decision, get past it, and move on to the next one. I think everything worked out wonderfully in the end.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I always thought I’d want the ceremony to go quickly so we could move on the reception and start having fun! However, I almost thought about leaning up to the preacher and asking him to start vamping! I never wanted that ceremony to end. Everything about it was so meaningful and personal. The music was the most memorable. My brother and his wife did most of the music. Piano and cello provided accompaniment for the processionals. The weather, mixed with the music, mixed with the occasion provided for the perfect day!!
Did you write your own vows?  If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We did traditional vows. You would think it would be a piece of cake since everyone has heard them so many times! But when you are the one who is saying those words, it becomes a different story. The traditional vows cover all the bases and are very powerful and meaningful.
What’s next for you as a couple?  What are you looking forward to in the future?  We are having so much fun in our first house! Decorating, painting, etc. We are also eager to keep traveling, and eventually start a family.

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  1. avatar Dennis @ Wholesale Fresh Flowers reply

    What an intricate cake. Great venue.

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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.

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  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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We’re nearing the home stretch of wedding planning, so it only seems appropriate to introduce you to a super-star vendor who came to the party a bit late in the game.  Katharine thought she didn’t need a day-of coordinator… that is, until she started working with Ashley.

From Emily: We’ve worked with Miss Ashley Baber of Ashley Baber Weddings several times before, and both Katharine and I (and Lara, of course) love her.  She was a champ at our last issue’s Serenbe shoot, and sends us tons of beautiful weddings to feature on the blog (as evidence, see here, here, here, here, and here).  We were all thrilled when it was confirmed she’d be joining us in Boston for Katharine’s wedding (there was lots of squealing on that phone call)!

Ashley is such a pro, and we know she’ll make sure Katharine’s big day is one that everyone can enjoy, from her family to her office mates.  Plus, who wouldn’t want this smiling face at her wedding?

From Katharine: I want this smiling face at my wedding!  And, lucky for me, she apparently wants to be at my wedding.  Victory!  After months of planning, I’ll confess I didn’t know what exactly a day-off (or weekend, as the case may be) coordinator could add.  Emily, ever anxious to talk about weddings, was quick to list off the many tasks I likely wouldn’t want to do, but would have to do, without a coordinator.

Create a detailed timeline of the events.  Run the church rehearsal.  Check in with vendors and confirm their arrival details.  Handle last minute phone calls, and deflect potential crises.  Oversee reception set-up.  Wrangle my massive bridal party, and make sure little sis doesn’t take too long getting ready.  (Sorry, Bis, had to out you there.)  Make sure Grandma Busam and all the other ceremony readers know their cues.  Usher guests onto the buses that will take them to the reception.  Coordinate and oversee the reception timeline.  Run interference whenever and wherever possible.

Needless to say, my head was starting to hurt even before Emily had finished listing off the behind-the-scene duties that go into pulling off a wedding.  Before Type-A Emily could come up with any more tasks, I promptly agreed Ashley was a necessity.

Ashley and I already have had an hour and a half planning session over the phone.  I’m proud to report we have a working timeline, and Ashley has a better idea of the in’s and out’s of the weekend.  (Truthfully, I’m a little surprised she hasn’t backed out yet.  I was sure our phone call would send her running quickly in the opposite direction.)

In other news… Two weeks ago, we gave you a sneak peek at the custom veil Annette Thurmon of Chaviano Couture was designing for my wedding.  This week, Annette emailed me announcing the veil was finally ready!  (I’m embarrassed to admit that this veil has been one of my very favorite parts about the entire planning process, so needless to say, I was psyched.)  I don’t have the veil in hand yet, as its making its way up to North Carolina from Annette’s home in Atlanta, Georgia, but the gorgeous designer was kind enough to model her work for me.  I can’t promise I’ll look like that in the veil, but I know I sure do love it!

If you’re thinking the veil looks a little different than the inspiration pics we shared with you a few weeks ago, you’re exactly right!  Last week, Annette sent me an inspired email detailing a brand new design for our veil.  Rather than having an all-over lace border that might compete with the clean, simple lines of my dress, Annette suggested we scrap our original design and go with a scalloped lace border and free-floating blooms along the bottom half.  That way, the top and sides would be just as simple as my dress, without any fear of the veil detracting from the main event.  It wasn’t what we had been planning for the past 8+ months, but I am so glad she modified our vision to help create the perfect veil.  These pictures are just making me itch to try it on!

I’m still debating what to do with the veil after the ceremony.  Do I take it off immediately after the “I do’s”, throw it over my arm for awhile, or some combination of the two?  Any pointers from fellow cathedral veil wearers would be greatly appreciated.

Weigh-in: Are you hiring a wedding planner?  Are you hiring a day-of coordinator?  If you’re already married, were you happy with your decision?

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  1. avatar Emily reply

    Katharine,I hired a day-of coordinator too. I didn't have a full on event planner, but I hired my day-of coordinator about 3 weeks before the wedding out of shear panic! There were some final details and loose ends that my Mom and I did not know how to tie up ourselves. She helped us with the schedule for the day, she contacted all the wedding party with detailed plans, she even put together our baskets for the programs, she helped at the rehearsal, annnddd put together an amazing wedding day emergecy kit. There are probbaly more things she did that I jsut do not remember or was not aware of. I really do not know what we would have done with out her. We did have the wedding coordinators at the Church, but they just handled ceremony details.As far as the veil, I wore a cathedral length veil as well. LOVED IT. It feels so bridal and oh so southern :)Buuut it was pretty annoying having to scoop it up all the time. It was not fun when people stepped on it or I sat on it! I just kept it on for pictures right after the ceremony and then took it off once I got to the reception. But I wore a blusher down the aisle, so I flipped that over backwards and wore it for the first dance. I was planning on keeping it on for the whole reception, but it started bothering me, soooo I stuffed it in my pocket of my gown. No joke. Who does that? Oh well!!Sorry for all the details! Hope this helps a little!

  2. avatar JTP reply

    I had a day of and am SO thankful. She was clutch. She made sure everything went smoothly and if something didn't, I never knew. Also, I wore a a cathedral length veil and I agree with the above comment, it can get annoying to have to scoop it up and have someone else pick up your train. It's just too much to fuss over. So I wore it for the ceremony and all the pictures and then took it off for the reception. SO glad I did that. I had a custom made hair piece made by and wore that in my hair for the reception to add a little something extra to my hair. It wasn't worth it to me to wear my veil to the reception and have someone step on it, etc and it rip out of my hair and thus mess my hair up :)

  3. avatar Sarah reply

    I'm bustling my chapel length veil so I can wear it a bit longer. They are adding two little loops to the edge about halfway down and those loops hook onto the comb. I plan on wearing it for the first dance and then taking it off for dinner and dancing.

  4. avatar Southern Weddings reply

    Hi Emily, Jenny + Sarah!So glad to hear your day-of coordinators were a success! I know we made the right choice in bringing on Ashley. (Of course, it's always nice to hear success stories from fellow brides, thought.)It seems the general consensus is that I should wear the veil for pictures, the ceremony and maybe the cocktail hour, but ditch it for the actual reception. Sounds reasonable to me – and probably smart, if I have any hope at all in preserving my veil :)Thanks so much for your input! This is really helpful.xo,Katharine @ Southern Weddings

  5. avatar kathleen reply

    I worked with Ashley and one of her associates for day-of-coordinating my wedding. You have gotten yourself the best! You and your parents and your groom will look back on your wedding day and know that this is one of the very best investments you made. You really can't put a price on all the stress she'll save you!

  6. avatar jen reply

    i took some pictures with my cathedral length veil and then removed it for some informal shots at the end of post-ceremony picture taking. i replaced the veil with a flower that i wore to the reception. i really don't like the look of veils at a reception, even short ones. (birdcage is ok in my book to wear all day ;) )

  7. avatar Polished Wedding Planning reply

    Great decision to hire a Day-of Coordinator!!!! Many brides who are willing to put forth the effort can go without a full wedding planner, but NO bride should be without a coordinator on her wedding day – for the excellent reasons you listed in your post and many more!As for the veil, it is entirely too gorgeous to take off after the ceremony and never wear again. You need to figure out some way to wear it for at least a little bit of your reception!

  8. avatar Jessica Lynn reply

    i wore a long veil but only for the ceremony and a few pictures @ the church after. EVERYONE was stepping on it and it was just easier to have it off. however, i wasnt much a a veil girl…but you might be. so i would advise just to keep it on until you feel iuncomfortable. then hand if off to someone that you trust so it will return to you the next day:)

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